County wineries fare well in S.F. Chronicle competition

County wineries fared well in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, the world’s largest competition of American wines. The Nevada County wineries, also known as Sierra Vintners, that won medals included Avanguardia Wines, Lucchesi Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard, Naggiar Vineyards and Pilot Peak Winery. Montoliva won “best of class” for its 2008 Sierra Bella. “Now […]

A visit to Penn Valley features numerous itineraries of the county. Here’s an example of one — a visit to Penn Valley. The trips can be modified depending on the season. Click here for a full list of them. A Visit to Penn Valley – South Yuba River Park at Bridgeport, Pilot Peak Winery and the Tack Room Following […]

Nevada County Arts

In May 2009 the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County was designated by the Board of Supervisors as the county’s leadership and coordinating agency on behalf of the county’s arts organizations. The Collaborative is now known as Nevada County Arts. Nevada County Arts facilitates collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts […]

Nevada City and Gold Country in top 10 travel destinations for 2012 by Lonely Planet

California Gold Country, including a specific mention of Nevada City, was listed among the top 10 travel destinations for 2012 by Lonely Planet. A photo of Nevada City was included too. Grass Valley and Truckee also are in the region. Ranked at #6, the “Gold Country” listing for Lonely Planet read: “Tahoe and Yosemite gets […]

Walking food tour in Nevada City this month

Ready to explore hidden gem restaurants and eateries in one of California’s oldest and most preserved Gold Rush mining towns? Nevada City is famed for its church steeples that rise above the Sierra foothills and its gorgeous fall foliage. Join a fun and trained tour guide as you wander through former gold assay offices, saloons, […]

Malakoff Diggins: A window into the past

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains […]

Visit Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine was the richest hard-rock mine in California, producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years (1850-1956). George Roberts, the original discoverer of the gold, soon sold his interest and by 1869 William Bourn Sr. owned controlling interest. The Bourn family maintained control of the mine until 1929 […]

Comedian Lily Tomlin coming to Grass Valley on March 25

The Center for the Arts presents An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin •Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley •Sunday, March 25, 2012 •7:30 p.m., $48 members, $58 non-member $78 VIP includes reserved seat, parking $95 VIP includes reserved seat, parking and meet and greet Limit of 4 tickets per member at member price •Tickets are […]

Mardi Gras in Nevada City on Feb. 18-19

A downtown parade and masquerade ball are featured February 18 and 19 as this colorful Sierra foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras in Nevada City. Friday Night – Masquerade Ball at Miners Foundry Weekend activities open Saturday night with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, featuring a live band, in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring […] Blog Comment and Attraction Submission Rules welcomes your tourism-related business/attraction submission and thoughtful comments to articles. All business/attraction submissions must be located within Nevada County and be related to tourism. In the interest of fostering civility, accountability and issue-oriented discourse, GoNevadaCounty does not publish reader comments identified by anonymous Internet “handles” (fake user ID names such as “farfromthinkin”). Your full […]

A "Starr" winery: New state-of-the-art facility in the foothills

FOOTHILLS WINEMAKERS continue to innovate despite a sluggish economy, signaling a bright future. Nowhere is this more evident than at Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley, which just built a new wine processing facility. “It’s among the newest, biggest and most energy efficient in the foothills,” says owner/winemaker Phil Starr. The state-of-the-art winery […]

4 Wheel Winter Fun Festival at Fairgrounds on Jan. 13-15

The 30th annual Winter Fun Festival, a major four-wheel drive event hosted by the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, has been scheduled for Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Winter Fun will offer three different historical and narrated sport utility vehicle (SUV) trips and […]

Truckee: Know and go!

Location Truckee is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California, 200 miles northeast of San Francisco; 100 miles east of Sacramento, Calif.; 35 miles west of Reno, Nev.; and 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe, Calif. Elevation Downtown Truckee: 5,980 ft.; Donner Summit: 7,239 ft.; Donner Peak: 8,019 ft.; Mt. Judah: 8,243 […]

World-famous pianist in Grass Valley on Jan. 15

What: InConcert Sierra presents Garrick Ohlsson, piano When: Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum; 2 p.m. concert Where: Seventh-day Adventist Church – 12889 Osborne Hill Road (off hwy 174) Grass Valley Tickets: $30 general $20 youth – 17 and under InConcert Sierra is very proud to bring the highly acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson […]

Tenth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming Jan. 13-15

Nevada City, CA: For ten years, this small town known for its gold mining history has been host to the largest environmental film festival in the nation. Founded by the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL), a grass roots organization that sprung out to protect the local river from a dam project, the Wild and […]

Major 2012 events for downtown Grass Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Foothills, Grass Valley is truly a postcard image. Bathed in a mix of cedar, pine and deciduous trees that burst forth a multitude of Fall colors, this circa 1800 Gold Rush-era town offers a window into the past while providing the best the present has to offer. Here […]

Sierra Vintners: California wine in a new direction

The towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City still have an energy that reaches back to their roots at the heart of the California Gold Rush. In 1850, miners discovered a huge strike of gold-bearing quartz and started a boom that made Grass Valley and Nevada City two of the most important mining towns in […]

Sierra Stages starts new year with Death of a Salesman

Sierra Stages once again offers an affordably-priced Season Pass for all three of its principal productions in 2012: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins”. The Sierra Stages 2012 Season Pass is priced at only $50, and allows the season pass holder to select […]