Coldest spot in the nation?

Coldest Spot in the Nation? Truckee has often been recognized as the coldest spot in the nation, but not during the winter ski season as one might expect. These nippy temperatures are noteworthy because they occur from June through early October. While it may be true, it really doesn’t give a true picture of Truckee’s […]

Disc golf booming in our county

Disc golf is booming in our county, with courses around Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley and Truckee. Condon Park, for example, is rated as one of the best places to play disc golf in the world, according to, a website that focuses on local disc golfing. Local tournaments are held throughout the year […]

Foothills Celebration on March 3

Foothill Celebration will be held rain or shine as the weather in the foothills this time of year can be unpredictable. Shop owners and restaurateurs are prepared with covered courtyards and a warm place to sample the best foods, wines and beer in the Sierra Foothills. 
Celebrate the foothills all weekend long! Packages are available […]

Video: Dog-friendly places in our county

More travelers are looking for places to stay and play with their pets. Nevada County offers a variety of dog-friendly amenities. Here’s a video from “Sierra Snapshots”:

InConcert presents Steinway Artist Lara Downes today

InConcert Sierra presents critically acclaimed Steinway Concert Artist Lara Downes and The Rising Stars of California. Performing with Downes will be cellist Clark Pang and pianist Alex Chien. These remarkable young virtuosi have garnered local and national attention, including features on National Public Radio’s popular “From the Top” program. Downes is the Artist In Residence […]

Hirschman Trail official opening on March 24

The City of Nevada City invites you to attend: Hirschman Trail Official Opening Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. 115 Cement Hill Rd. There will be a brief ceremony with guided hikes following. Details will be available soon. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Call Dawn Zydonis, Nevada City Parks […]

Visit Sierra Vintners this weekend

Sierra Vintners wineries are loosely clustered around the towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley, slightly North of Interstate 80, between Reno and Sacramento. This emerging wine region is closer than you think! Directions From Sacramento: I-80 East Toward Reno Take CA-49 Exit Toward Grass Valley/Placerville (Exit 119B) Turn Left onto CA-49 N To Grass […]

Western county dog friendly parks

The President’s Day weekend is almost here, and it would be fun to get your dog out of the house for some exercise with fellow canines. Here are some dog friendly parks to choose from for the long weekend: Western Gateway Park 18560 Penn Valley Drive Penn Valley 95946 530-432-1990 Western Gateway Park Off-Leash Dog […]

Valentine's Day hikes

For hikers and walkers, the Grass Valley / Nevada City area offers a trail for every taste, age and ability. Short hikes are found near town, others meander through the nearby South Yuba River canyon, and high country hikes are found in the Tahoe National Forest and Grouse Ridge Lakes Basin. Before heading to the […]

Valentine's Day gifts in our county

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days to buy jewelry, flowers, cards and candy. More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day, according to the National Confectioners Association. In our county, here are some choices: Nevada City: Utopian Stone 301 Broad Street California Gold 300 Broad Street […]

Truckee Donner Historical Society

TDHS was founded July 24, 1968 to preserve the history of the Truckee – Donner area. The Society operates the Old Jail Museum which was built in 1875. We participate in several events during the course of the year. Our research historians write articles on the history of Truckee. We have several books on local […]

ASiF sets out on its fifth year

This January 2012, the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) sets out on its fifth year, serving as a resource for the many talented visual artists of Nevada County. The center has earned wide acclaim for its stable of high caliber artists, and their hugely attended art events featuring themed gallery shows every six to […]

National Geographic names Truckee one of world's top 25 ski towns!

BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Best For: Families with aspiring ski or rider rock star kids; also, ski and rider rock stars. In the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe, between Reno and South Lake Tahoe, the old logging and railway town of Truckee has bloomed into a ski mecca, with no less than eight different ski […]

Video: Sierra Nevada geotourism

The Sierra Nevada MapGuide, created through a collaborative process, highlights the natural, historic, and cultural assets unique to the area. In this partnership, our region benefits from National Geographic’s considerable map-making expertise. But the project could not work without input from people like you who know what makes this place truly unique and noteworthy. Credit: […]

State officials: South Yuba River State Park will stay open

California State Parks’ Director Ruth Coleman announced today that action by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and community supporters will help keep South Yuba River State Park open. At a recent meeting, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors gave their unanimous support to a State Parks’ proposed Revenue Generation Parking Plan that will provide […]

Visit the Doris Foley Library for historical research.

The Foley Library is housed in a 1907 Carnegie library building. It is home to a wealth of materials covering the history of Nevada County from the native population and the Gold Rush to the present day. The collection includes newspapers, maps, census data, genealogy information, indexes to birth, marriage and death records, Nevada County […]

Students, officials urge state to keep Yuba River State Park open

Grass Valley elementary school kids are boarding The Yuba Express on February 8 to return to Sacramento and urge state officials to keep Yuba River State Parks open.    This time, they’ll bring more than their own compelling stories and undeniable commitment.  They’ll also bring more than 10,000 petition signatures, demonstrating overwhelming popular support the […]

Birding at Bridgeport

The South Yuba River is home to a large number of bird species, and a stopover point for many more migrating birds. You may see the small but mighty American Dipper swimming underwater in the rapids, a Bald Eagle soaring overhead, a Hermit Thrush calling within a shrub, a Belted Kingfisher diving for a meal, […]

“Beatles” Event at the Miners Foundry Feb. 10

The Magic Lantern Film Society & Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Deconstructing The Beatles – A Multimedia Journey Into the Studio with The Beatles”, Friday, February 10. Hosted by composer, producer and Beatles expert Scott Freiman, this popular presentation which has sold out Carnegie Hall and been hailed as “pure MAGIC” features rare audio, unreleased […]

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