Après Ski in the Foothills

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE APPEALING, some people would rather stay out of the snow and take day-trips to the slopes. Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills— Nevada City, Grass Valley and Auburn are “snowless” escapes—but only a one-hour drive to Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge […]

Arts & Culture Getaways in Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City

SMALL, PICTURESQUE TOWNS SUCH AS Ashland, OR and Telluride, CO have long been popular with arts and culture enthusiasts. Though lesser known, the Sierra foothills is a cultural destination in its own right, with world-class performers, award-winning theater, including Broadway shows, and eclectic art galleries—all within walkable, historic towns. Dining, shopping and lodging—from B&Bs and […]

Pet-friendly trips in Tahoe-Truckee and Sierra Foothills

MORE PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING with their pets, on the road and in the air. Last year about 30 million people vacationed with their pets, with dogs leading the pack, according to the Travel Industry Association of America. Dogs love summer vacation, and Tahoe-Truckee and the foothills are top choices for travelers. They offer a wide […]

Fall Colors Getaways in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee-Tahoe

WITH GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY AS A BASE, visitors can view fall colors in historic towns and along the “roads less traveled” — Hwys. 49, 174 & 20. Enjoy the splendor of fall, along with food & wine, arts & culture, history, shopping and recreation. NEVADA CITY Check into a B&B, inn or motel: […]

Nevada City: Let the Good Times Roll!

MARDI GRAS, OR “FAT TUESDAY,” is celebrated annually around the world—in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; and New Orleans. In the “Big Easy,” hundreds of thousands of people crowd the streets. The foothills has its own Mardi Gras celebration February 9-10 in colorful Nevada City, just named one of the best “river towns” in […]