Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

Hotels & Wineries Double as Art Galleries

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is becoming an “art hotel.” Embracing the recent state Cultural District designation, the owners plan to display local artwork throughout the hotel, including at its 1,300-square- foot event center. Each month, the hotel will feature a different artist or collaboration of artists. It also will host artist receptions. “We’re thrilled to […]

Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery owners, arts leaders and dealmakers. JORDAN FIFE The ebullient hotelier is helping to revitalize the National Hotel in Nevada City and The Holbrooke in Grass Valley — two of our region’s most historic hotels. “We are excited to be entrusted with the restoration […]

Hotelier Jordan Fife shares his imaginative plan for The Holbrooke

The summer issue of our quarterly magazine — circulating since last week — features a striking photo of downtown Grass Valley on the cover, with the headline “Historic Hotels,” among others. We also ran a newly assigned photo of The Holbrooke in Grass Valley on page 3. (Thanks to local Kial James for both). We […]

The Center for the Arts begins its multimillion-dollar upgrade

The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley, one of the region’s premier performing arts venues, is undergoing a much-anticipated multimillion-dollar renovation. The capacity of the venue is increasing from 310 to 492, with a flexible floor plan that will allow The Center to program more events in its own home. With the square […]

Nevada County Arts’ Events for Summer 2018

Music in the Mountains MIM’s 2018-19 season celebrates favorite classics, and showcases exciting emerging new artists along with world-class performers. The new season begins October 18, when MIM partners with the Sacramento Philhar- monic & Opera to present Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, as well as Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. Happy Holidays […]

Local Pride

WE RECENTLY ENJOYED A “STAYCATION” in Sacramento, spending a few days at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel next to the gleaming Golden 1 Center. Our room had a picture-perfect view of the iconic Tower Bridge, home of the annual Tower Bridge Dinner on September 30. And as if on cue, The New York Times published […]

California WorldFest is July 12-15 at Nevada County Fairgrounds

SEVEN STAGES OF MUSIC, more than 50 artists from around the world, a full work- shop and educational schedule, daily yoga, family and children’s activities, an artisan marketplace, Global Indigenous People’s Village and onsite camping are all areas to explore at this year’s 22nd annual California WorldFest, presented by The Center for the Arts. The […]

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 […]

Below the ski belt: Satellite ski towns

“Unless you have a family inheritance, or somehow snagged one of the few affordable rentals, living in a traditional ski town is a less viable option than ever,” observes Powder Magazine. “Unable to afford the old ones, young, adventurous people are making new ones.” Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski […]

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