Grass Valley and Nevada City: A Cultural District that rivals a big city

THOUGH IT’S A RURAL REGION, western Nevada County, anchored by historic Grass Valley and Nevada City, is a cultural district that rivals a much bigger city. Nevada City has more than 100 arts and cultural organizations; arts venues that attract the likes of jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell and singer-songwriter Willie Nelson; famous […]

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 […]

Art Works Gallery’s world traveling local artists

“LOCAL ART BY LOCAL ARTISTS” IS THE MOTTO for Art Works Gallery in downtown Grass Valley. Artwork in the gallery regularly features the scenic foothills and mountains that surround our region, including the South Yuba River, rolling, oak-studded hills, and Lake Tahoe. But many of the over 30 juried visual artists that belong to Art […]

Visit Nevada City for an endless summer

NEVADA CITY IS AN “ENDLESS SUMMER” destination. Located at 2,500-foot elevation, the days and evenings are cooler than in the Sacramento Valley. The Gold Rush-era town is home to the South Yuba River, known for its pristine swimming holes; Scotts Flat Reservoir, named one of the nation’s top spots for paddle boarding; and it is […]

Springtime in Nevada City

SPRING IS A GLORIOUS TIME TO visit the Gold Rush towns in the foothills, and few are more picturesque and enjoyable than Nevada City. Wildflowers are in full bloom on surrounding hillsides and alongside the wild and scenic South Yuba River. The 56th annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic is on Father’s Day, June 19. It […]

A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around […]

Arts & Culture: An economic engine in Nevada County, CA

A HALF CENTURY AGO, NEVADA County— long known for its rich gold mines and Wild West feel—experienced an arts and culture revolution that has reshaped the local economy well into the 21st century. The county also continues to influence the statewide arts scene. Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation member and “deep ecology” poet Gary […]

Wildflower walks begin March 6, 2016, along the South Yuba River

When spring arrives in the Nevada County CA foothills, there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. State Park docents will lead guided wildflower walks every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning on Sunday, March 6, […]

Winter storms get South Yuba River roaring back to life (video)

This weekend’s winter storms got the South Yuba River roaring back to life. A warm, wet storm, which forecasters described as an “atmospheric river,” drenched the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra. Snow fell at higher elevations — near 8,000 feet. The rushing South Yuba River, visible in both Nevada County, CA, and Placer County, was […]

Grass Valley hosts Foothills Celebration for food and wine tasting on March 5

NOW IN ITS 15TH YEAR, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food tasting events. Participants gather on Saturday, March 5, from 1-4 p.m., to sip wine from more than 20 foothills’ wineries while sampling delicacies from local restaurants, including favorite nibbles from their menus. One of […]

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