“A Walk Through Autumn” in the foothills and Sierra

Our region is one of the best places in California to view fall foliage, earning it the name “New England of the West.” Here are some suggestions: HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40 Weather permitting, take an old-fashioned Sunday drive along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors […]

Tesla ramps up production expectations while Reno-area Gigafactory is on track

Gigafactory construction and implementation near Reno continues at a pace consistent with Tesla’s plans for cell production by year end. This will result in battery cell production in 2016, in preparation for a ramped up build plan, Tesla said in its shareholders letter on Wednesday. “Additionally, given the demand for Model 3, we have decided […]

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good for skiing, biking and hiking,” writes Outside magazine. “For years, these areas have reinvented themselves as outdoor-friendly tech alternatives to Silicon Valley.” Outdoor-friendly tech towns with the lure of a work-life balance, along with a growing culinary and arts scene, offer the special […]

Fall Road Trips: Bierwagen’s, Machado and Otow Orchard

FALL IS THE IDEAL SEASON FOR A ROAD TRIP. The trees are ablaze in fall colors, fresh local apples are being pressed into apple cider, the fields are full of pumpkins, and the wineries are less crowded. Here are some places to go: MACHADO ORCHARDS Just off I-80 in Auburn, visit its fifth annual Apple […]

Exclusive: Grass Valley Courtyard Suites to get Tesla charger

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites soon will become the first business in western Nevada County to get a Tesla charging station, increasingly a draw for affluent tourists, our magazine has learned. More electric vehicles are on the road, with Northern California ranked as the top EV region, as we reported in our fall issue. The stations […]

Sierra and foothills roadtrips in an electric car

More electric vehicles are on the road, with Northern California ranked as the top EV region. By 2022, California’s electric vehicle sales are expected to be more than double the total for the next three most popular EV states. EVs aren’t just for intercity travel. Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors, which is building an EV battery “gigafactory” in […]