Grass Valley: Revitalizing the historic downtown

NOWHERE IS THE THEME “what’s old is new again” more prevalent than in Grass Valley, the Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills. The Center for the Arts and historic Holbrooke Hotel are undergoing major renovations. Another historic building, the Nevada County Bank Building, is being transformed into a retail center, and new businesses are […]

“Old Tahoe” is new again

MARK ZUCKERBERG HELPED USHER in the era of social media when he co-founded Facebook in 2004 — and his success made him a multi-billionaire. But when it comes to his own lifestyle, Zuck has embraced the theme of “what’s old is new again,” spending $59 million this spring to purchase two circa-1920s properties on the […]

Sippin’ in the Sierra: Nevada County Wineries

NEVADA CITY WINERY The winery is deep-rooted in the historic downtown shown on its label. It is Nevada County’s oldest and largest winery and has been buying grapes from local growers to produce its award-winning wines since 1980. Its structure rests nestled between the same brick buildings and Victorian houses laid down by hopeful miners […]

Economic Renewal in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

SPRING IS A TIME TO REGENERATE, and our region is experiencing its own growth and renewal — throughout the Sierra Foothills and in the High Sierra. New restaurants and cafes are opening, award-winning wineries and craft breweries are expanding, and the arts and culture scene is booming. Our region is unique in California as a […]

All in the Family

Meet some of them: fathers, sons, mothers & daughters who are coming together to help our “food, wine, art economy” prosper: THE GIARDINAS The family owns the Golden Era Lounge in downtown Nevada City, arguably the most inviting cocktail lounge in the footills. Golden Era is located in the old Cirino’s building on Broad Street, […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Montoliva

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY The winery presents Wine Down Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Visit during happy hour between 5-6 p.m. to get $1 off glasses of wine. Enjoy a glass of wine, Wheyward Girl Creamery cheese plate and live music. The winery will host “Conservations with a Winemaker” on Friday, August 24 during […]

InConcert Sierra presents “BBQ, Bingo, Bach & Blues” on July 20

THIS SUMMER, INCONCERT SIERRA presents BBQ, Bingo, Bach & Blues at Pilot Peak Winery in Penn Valley. The July 20 fundraiser includes a catered dinner of tri-tip and BBQ chicken, fresh salads, desserts and award-winning wines. Guests receive two bingo cards for play, and InConcert’s Artistic Director Ken Hardin performs. OCT. 21 Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano […]

Twelve 28 Kitchen: “Eat. Smile. Repeat.”

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO New York or San Francisco for first-rate food,” as The Wall Street Journal concluded recently in a front-page feature. “We are one great restaurant nation.” America’s culinary frontier is expanding to small towns for multiple reasons. This includes often prohibitive restaurant startup costs in big cities; a growing foodie […]

‘Tis The Season: Events Calendar, Oct.-Dec. 2017

40TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 13 & 20, 5-9 p.m. Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card […]

Buttermilk Bend Trail

IN THE FOOTHILLS, LOCALS AND VISITORS have long welcomed spring’s arrival with a walk among the wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park in Nevada County. Docents provide guided wildflower walks on weekends through May 14. The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is highly regarded for the […]

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