Visit Gold Country

The California Gold Rush….. Eureka! Discovery of gold in 1848 carried California’s name around the globe. Men came from the East, from England, Germany, Chile, China, and all around the world. By the mid-1850s, an estimated 120,000 miners were at work in California. For the most part, prospectors found little romance in the Gold Rush; […]

A visitor’s guide to downtown Grass Valley

“Take the scenic route to downtown Grass Valley.” Off the beaten path, the Gold Rush-era town is a heritage travel gem. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options. Grass Valley’s historic downtown core—about 15 walkable blocks— continues to be the community’s […]

Lake Tahoe and Scotts Flat Lake named among California’s top 10 paddle boarding spots

Lake Tahoe and Scotts Flat Lake near Nevada City are among California’s top 10 paddle boarding spots, according to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) magazine. “California is a waterman or woman’s paradise with paddling opportunities abound,” the magazine writes. “Whether your calling is the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean or one of the Golden State’s […]

Things to do on Tahoe’s West Shore this summer

THE WEST SHORE OF LAKE TAHOE was home to the S.S. Tahoe, a famous steamship that opened the area to tourism in 1900. It was home to the rustically elegant Tahoe Tavern, whose passengers arrived by train from San Francisco after a stopover in Truckee. The West Shore hosted the Nordic trails in the 1960 […]

Our Parks Turn 150

SO MANY OF US HAVE FOND MEMORIES of visiting Yosemite National Park and the California State Parks. We have long enjoyed camping, hiking and swimming in the state parks, from D.L. Bliss State Park at Tahoe to South Yuba River State Park. At Yosemite, we remember glancing up at Half Dome, hiking in Tuolumne Meadows […]

Visit Grass Valley: Things to do

DOWNTOWN GRASS VALLEY IS A TOP DESTINATION for entertainment in the Sierra foothills, thanks to The Center for the Arts, Del Oro Theatre and downtown restaurants and wine tasting rooms that offer live music. “The vibe going on in Grass Valley is fantastic,” says jazz legend Wynton Marsalis after he performed at The Center this […]

Visit downtown Grass Valley: A cool small town

THE FOOTHILLS ARE HOME TO SOME OF THE WEST’S coolest small towns, and Grass Valley is at the forefront. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options. Grass Valley’s historic downtown core— about 15 walkable blocks—continues to be the community’s main shopping […]

Video: Top 10 places to visit with your grandparents in Grass Valley

Grass Valley Charter School kindergarten classes present “Top Ten Places to Take Your Grandparents in Grass Valley.” The video highlights local business and attractions and promotes the City of Grass Valley as a great place to visit with your grandparents. The service project was developed and produced by two kindergarten classes with the help of […]