The Sierra and its surrounding foothills: A model for sustainability

“Of all the mountain ranges I have climbed, I like the Sierra Nevada the best,” John Muir wrote in The Atlantic magazine in 1899. “Its marvelous beauty, displayed in striking and alluring forms, woes the admiring visitor.” Writings by Muir and Mark Twain, and photos by Ansel Adams have introduced multiple generations to Yosemite, Lake […]

“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 […]

Stewards of the Sierra: Meet the owners of Carmel Gallery and Sorensen’s Resort

The President of the United States visited twice this summer to help preserve and protect the Sierra— from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite. When the President is not around, we can count on local business owners, political leaders and community members to help out. Meet some of them: Elizabeth and Olof Carmel Award-winning fine art photographers […]

Watch an epic ice fall at Yosemite Half Dome this month

“You’re walking on the Mirror Lake Loop trail, enjoying the sounds of Tenaya Creek flowing by when, suddenly, you hear a loud booming noise! Perhaps your first thought is “rockfall!” and you search the cliffs that surround you. Your eyes land on Half Dome and see the cause of the sound: snow and ice crashing […]

Fall Strawberry Music Festival is in Tuolumne

“The Fall 2015 Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, on September 3-7 at the historic Westside property in Tuolumne CA,” according to the Strawberry Music Festival organizers. “Steeped in history and natural beauty, Westside is easy to get to but is still somewhat off the beaten path. The property is a geographic bridge to […]

Home Sweet Home

SUMMER IN PROVENCE, ALASKA OR THE SOUTH PACIFIC SOUNDS WONDERFUL, but our own backyard offers an unforgettable vacation experience — from our Gold Rush towns to picturesque vineyards, to crystal-clear Lake Tahoe, to awe-inspiring Yosemite. The Sierra and its foothills has rebounded from the recession with a more refined food, wine, craft beer, art and […]

Why the Sierra and its foothills are a world-class destination

Recent accolades that make our region a world-class destination: Cool Small Towns Nevada City was just named the sixth coolest small town in America in Budget Travel’s 9th annual America’s Coolest Small Town contest. “Residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, […]

Grass Valley photographer’s work featured on Bing search engine’s homepage

Every day Microsoft’s search engine — viewed by millions of people daily — features a photo of an amazing scene on its homepage. We were glad to see that today’s photo is from Josh Miller of Grass Valley. It is a reminder of our region’s wonderful photographic talent, including David McKay, Elizabeth and Olof […]

Food, Wine & Art economics

In the introduction to our Fall 2012 issue, we wrote about we we called “Food, Wine & Art economics.” “Food, wine and art (which go hand-in-hand) are becoming a potent force in economic development in the Gold Country and Sierra,” we wrote. “They are providing economic diversity and growth.” Now others are weighing in. “Rural […]

Christmas trees in Auburn, Nevada City, Truckee and Yosemite

We collected photos of Christmas trees from throughout the region for you to see. They are all beautiful, in wonderful and historic settings. •Downtown Auburn’s Central Square (from Mary West on Facebook): •Robinson Plaza in historic downtown Nevada City, with lit-up Pelton Wheel: BELOW •Blanketed in snow in historic Truckee: •Yosemite National Park Visitor’s Center: […]

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