“These are a few of our favorite things”

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays: Foothill Flowers An institution since 1966, the Johnson’s family-owned shop creates exquisite arrangements with hand-picked flowers from the San Francisco Flower Mart. Foothill also offers a selection of fine wines to compliment your bouquet. The holiday window displays are among the best in the […]

“A few of our favorite things” for the holidays

Editor’s note: These are a few of our favorite things in the foothills: Breakfast at Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Nevada City We like the Applewood smoked ham topped with caramelized onions, eggs with a side of fresh-made bbq sauce, served with Yukon hash, potatoes and cornbread. Ike’s uses naturally raised meats, organic eggs and makes its […]

Visit Santa at Nevada County Railroad Museum on Saturday

For old-fashioned holiday fun, go to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City. On Dec. 4, you can ride on a steam-driven train, see toy rail cars in snowy settings, even visit Santa Claus. The gift shop is a welcome reprieve from toy-store chains: It offers railroad-related toys, games, puzzles and books. […]

Little Engine That Could Debuts

THE NEVADA COUNTY NARROW GAUGE Railroad Museum provides a glimpse into the region’s storied past, when a streamdriven train hauled more than $200 million worth of gold during the mining era. The railroad, also the nation’s first with a woman president (Sara Kidder, 1901-1913), operated from 1876 to 1942. Now you can experience a once-in-a-lifetime […]