What’s in Season

Fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy the local bounty, artisan foods and seasonal dishes. Some examples: LOCAL APPLES Crisp, sweet and refreshing, the apple is redolent of the fall season. In our region, we enjoy visiting Bierwagen’s in Chicago Park and Machado Orchards in Auburn. Bierwagen’s grows heritage Arkansas Black apples. Machado’s […]

Nevada City: An Artsy Sensibility

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’S decision to recently host a public meeting in Nevada City is a testament to the town’s cultural heritage. “I learn so much from seeing council members on their own turf and experiencing the deep connections you have with the arts,” said Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford at the historic Miners Foundry. Grass […]

Boomtowns: Redefining the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region

IN THE PAST DECADE, SACRAMENTO HAS been emerging from San Francisco’s shadow. Once dubbed a “cow town,” it has become known as “America’s farm to fork capital,” showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty and some stellar restaurants and craft breweries. The new Golden 1 Center, whose food concessions are locally sourced, and adjacent Kimpton Sawyer Hotel […]

Nevada City: Focused on economic development

Thanks to the Gold Rush, Nevada City was once California’s third largest city, behind Sacramento and San Francisco. The picturesque foothills’ town—incorporated in 1856—has enticed some famous people. Mark Twain lectured in the Nevada Theatre “when Los Angeles wasn’t much more than a squalid cow town,” as the Los Angeles Times observed. The town also […]

Gold Rush towns: Pairing food and wine with winter sports

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE appealing, some people would rather stay out of the deep snow and take easy day-trips to the slopes. In Colorado, Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills—historic towns such as Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Sutter Creek and Plymouth are all less congested […]

America now home to over 5000 craft breweries

In the 1870s, America had over 4,000 breweries. Before Prohibition, the total had fallen to under 700. Now the U.S. is home to over 5,000 breweries, according to the Brewer’s Association. “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” says Bart Watson, chief economist of […]