Category Archives: Truckee

Truckee Continues to Grow as a Foodie Destination

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Three new culinary outposts have opened in Truckee in time for the spring season.

Located in downtown Truckee, Marg’s Taco Bistro features menu items that reinterpret Latin cuisine by adding global flavors, inspired by Caprese salad, Korean barbecue and Philadelphia cheese steaks, to tacos and tamales. Marg’s also offers alternatives to the traditional margarita, with flavors like kiwi-jalapeno, watermelon-mint and pineapple-basil.

Truckee’s first Indian restaurant, Spice, features curries, masalas and vindaloos made with locally sourced ingredients and offers sauces, chutneys and breads for retail sale.

Tahoe Oil and Spice is a new gourmet shop that offers flavor-infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, as well as spice rubs and blends; honey; tapenades; jams; and mustards, all of which are available for tasting.

(Source: Visit California, Photo: Marg’s Taco Bistro)

Truckee Legacy Trail Expansion Continues

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Truckee’s riverside Legacy Trail continues a $4.6 million expansion project to increase the total paved trail from 2.5 to 4.75 miles and provide bikers, pedestrians and their canine friends a safe, scenic path along the Truckee River.

The Legacy Trail is part of a larger, multi-phase project to connect the two ends of Truckee via 130 miles of Class One paved pedestrian pathways. The trail connecting Historic Downtown Truckee and Truckee Regional Park to the nearby neighborhood of Glenshire continues it build-out and will next extend to Donner Memorial State Park.

(Source:, Photo: Town of Truckee)

New book: Exploring Nevada County

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A new book “Exploring Nevada County: An Illustrated Guide to Local Landmarks and Historic Sites” has been published by Comstock Bonanza Press that is worth reading.

“About 170 photographs and 16 detailed maps show you exactly how to find each of the recorded landmarks, historic buildings and monuments in Nevada County, many dating from the early 1850s,” according to the introduction. “The exact text of every plaque is included, along with informative notes to explain occasional discrepancies or to provide additional facts.”

It was compiled and photographed by members of the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission. We reviewed the book and enjoyed it.

More information is here. (Scroll to bottom).

O’Neill stand-up paddleboard race starts at Donner Lake on May 24 (video)

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O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Prone Paddleboard Race Series

The 2014 O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Prone Paddleboard Race Series will host 500+ participants and more than 4,000 spectators from all over the world to the Truckee-Tahoe-Reno area. In addition to the SUP Open and Prone Paddleboard Divisions, the 2014 Race Series will introduce an OC1 Outrigger division and offer an Elite board Class Option.

2014 Race Series Schedule

DONNER LAKE – May 24, 2014, kicks off the series. The 5-mile race course circumnavigates Donner Lake. The start/finish of the race is the west-end beach, Donner Lake.

JAM FROM THE DAM – July 12, 2014, is the second race in the series. This is a 6-mile point-to-point race that starts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City and finishes at the Watermans Landing (next to Sierra Boat Company) in Carnelian Bay.

TAHOE FALL CLASSIC – September 14, 2014, is the final race of the series. This is a 22-mile point-to-point race from *El Dorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. The Fall Classic Race is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world.
NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS: New Start Location-El Dorado Beach, SLT
Race Series Divisions


Stock 12.6, Fourteen, Unlimited (over 14.0)
-Awards will be presented to first, second and third place men’s and women’s in each class at each race in the series.


Donner Race and the Jam From The Dam Race:
-Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s overall.

Tahoe Fall Classic:
-Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s stock, fourteen, and unlimited class.

NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS: A $300 cash purse will be presented to the first prone
paddleboarder to cross the finish line, $200 cash purse to the second prone
paddler, and $100 to third prone paddler to cross the finish line.


-Awards will be presented to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s overall.


Men’s Elite Class: 14.0 or Unlimited (over 14.0)
Women’s Elite Class: 12.6 or 14.0

-The board class chosen remains the same for all 3 races.
-Awards will be presented at each race to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s in each class. The $20K men’s and women’s combined cash purse will be awarded following the Tahoe Fall Classic Race.

Elite Class/Cash Purse Breakdown:

Men’s Elite 14.0
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500

Men’s Elite Unlimited
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500

Women’s Elite 12.6
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500

Women’s Elite 14.0
1. $2,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,000
4. $500


Boreal announces $199 season pass for 2014-15 to celebrate its 50th anniversary

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As part of its 50th anniversary, Boreal is offering the renewal offer to its current season passholders as an incredible bonus. For 10 days only, 2013-14 passholder will have the opportunity to purchase a 2014-15 season pass at a “ridiculous price” (including $199 for adults) before the sale opens to the public on April 1, 2014.


Come ride every day of the season from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. The age group is determined by passholder’s age as of November 1, 2014. “Unlock the best deal now before prices increases,” said Boreal.

More information is here.

(Photo: Boreal)

Bay Area media: Truckee gets a boost from the Olympics

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“The athletes are home now, some bearing medals from Sochi and some not, but all contributing to global recognition of Lake Tahoe — and the town of Truckee, in particular — as a world-class center of winter sports,” the San Jose Mercury News is reporting.

“Former alpine racer Daron Rahlves, a 12-time World Cup champion and four-time Olympian who lives in Truckee, was among those cheering on the 16 ski and snowboard athletes with Tahoe ties.

“‘Watching the Olympics on TV, you heard ‘Tahoe’ and ‘Truckee’ every time a ski event came on,’ he said. ‘It makes me proud to see so many others out there representing our town and putting it on the map.’

“The action in Russia also served to energize Truckee businesses that otherwise would have suffered more than they have from the severe drought engulfing Northern California. Hotels sold out, ski shops ran out of rentals and parking places in the downtown shopping/dining/entertainment district were as scarce as USA medals in the Nordic combined.

“And it wasn’t just the resorts and restaurants that stayed busy. Young skaters with stars in their eyes whirled until after dark on Truckee’s municipal ice rink, while down the road at Woodward Tahoe, the action-sports training facility at Boreal Mountain Resort, future Olympians inspired by TV coverage lined up to slide down indoor ramps and throw aerial tricks into foam pits.

“The people not skiing are shopping,” he added. “We fell off a cliff during the recession, but this year, business is back up above pre-recession levels.”

The rest of the article is here.

Welcome to

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Nate Beason, Supervisor and Board Chair

Welcome to “The Official Online Guide to Nevada County.”

Four years ago, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors launched a comprehensive and dynamic website devoted to tourism. The collaborative effort between the County’s leisure, cultural and recreation tourism sectors have created and sustained as one of the primary portals for helping visitors discover and enjoy the best our County has to offer.

Established during the Gold Rush, Nevada County has always been proud of its gold mining heritage. Place names such as You Bet, Last Chance Mine, Donner Summit, Emigrant Gap, Empire Mine, French Corral and Rough and Ready whet the appetite for exploration and discovery.

Our diverse network of trails, historic downtowns and mining museums further refine the adventure. Thousands of acres of National Forest lands verdant meadows, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the magnificent Yuba River Watershed provide a breathtaking backdrop and setting for all manners of recreation.

On the west side, visit Spenceville Wildlife Area and Bridgeport in Penn Valley, home of the world’s longest covered bridge. From there, it’s less than two hours east to Donner Summit and Truckee.

Donner Memorial State Park and Donner Lake offer the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water‐skiing and hiking. In winter, visitors can downhill ski at Boreal Mountain Resort or cross-country ski and snowshoe on beautiful quiet mountain trails in and around the Park.

Truckee, which was recently ranked by National Geographic Adventure among the top 25 best ski towns in the world, also boasts excellent restaurants, fine arts galleries and unique craft stores in its walkable downtown historic district.

Nevada County, with its bucolic farms and ranches, has deep roots in agriculture. The original townsite of Chicago Park, home to the Donner Fruit Trail, is known for its rich soil and bountiful produce, including renowned pears, apples, peaches and Italian wine grapes.

Community-supported agriculture, our many talented small farmers and a number of local restaurants offer a “farm to table” experience, and wonderful farmers markets and food tasting events take place throughout the year.


Nevada County’s four distinct seasons, and its range of elevations and landscapes, make it a fertile home for more than 40 varieties of wine grapes, ranging from Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon to Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Sangiovese and Tempranillo.

Nevada County offers the visitor an opportunity to experience more than 16 wineries, such as Lucchesi, Solune, Nevada City, Truckee River Winery, Naggiar and Pilot Peak, whose premiere winemaking techniques and styles produce some of California’s most surprising award-winning wines.

Craft beers are also gaining recognition here, such as ol’ Republic in Nevada City and Fifty-Fifty Brewing and Tahoe Mountain Brewing in Truckee.

Today, Nevada County’s gold lies in its creative culture. A dizzying array of artists, poets, actors, photographers and musicians live and work in our beautiful community.

More than 130 arts organizations present everything from the internationally-renowned annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to our weekly calendar of star-studded musical, dance and theater performances.

The vibrant mountain lifestyle has inspired many nationally and regionally acclaimed artists to call the Sierra Foothills home. Nevada County, with cultural hubs in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, is quickly emerging as the newest in West Coast art destinations.

Come be our guest for a day visit, a mid-week adventure or a weekend getaway. Nevada County promises you will want to return again and again.

Huffington Post: Nevada City is one of America’s 15 coolest small towns

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Huff Post Travel — a widely read online publication — publicized Budget Travel’s contest for America’s coolest towns, including Nevada City.

“Nevada City, CA (Population: 3,046) Nevada City may be a little off the beaten path (60 miles northeast of Sacramento, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains), but residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food, and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes, and the Sierra.”

The rest of the article is here.

What’s up in Nevada County, CA, this spring

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Spring is around the corner and nothing is more stunning than the wildflowers blooming at the South Yuba River State Park or sitting outside and enjoying a glass of wine at one of our countryside wineries or attending one of our annual fairs or festivals packed full of family fun.

As you plan your springtime adventures, schedule a stop in Nevada County, CA, located along Highway 49 in the Gold Country region — we welcome your visit.

South Yuba River State Park, Penn Valley
Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County, South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everybody. The patchwork park boundaries form a “string of pearls” for 20 miles along the river, including four historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation’s only wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail.

The river’s beauty and solitude has long inspired the dedication and stewardship of those who know it best. Come experience your state park, and let the river work its magic on you.
Birding at Bridgeport with Local Expert Bill Cortright
February 22; March 15; April 19 and May 10.  Bird Walks lead by local expert Bill Cortright. Over the two hour bird walk you might spot the Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Acorn Woodpecker, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Bald Eagle, Phainopepla and more. Bring snacks, water, binoculars, a field guide and wear good shoes. Meet at the North Parking Lot (across the new Pleasant Valley Rd. bridge). Walks begin at 8 a.m. FREE Admission to Park; $5 Parking Fee.  
Wildflower Walks along Buttermilk Bend Trail
Saturday and Sundays from Mid March through May.

The Buttermilk Bend trail is well known among locals for its spectacular explosion of wildflowers most springs. The display changes every week, so come more than once! Docents will identify the flowers and explain some of their natural history and traditional uses. Plan on 1.5 hours and 2 miles. Please no dogs.
Nevada City Mardi Gras 2014
Historic Downtown Nevada City
March 1 and 2, 2014

Celebrate Mardi Gras the Nevada City way with a full weekend of fun.  Weekend activities begin Saturday night, March 1 with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 8 pm to midnight, featuring a live band, in historic Miners Foundry. 
On Sunday, March 2 the Mardi Gras Street Faire will be held on North Pine Street, in Historic Downtown Nevada City, from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.  
A festive Carnevale for the whole family will take place after the parade.  Carnevale will be held at the Miners Foundry from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Enjoy New Orleans style food and a full bar offering Hurricanes and Bloody Marys will be available for adults.  Delight in Cajun music, entertainment, and more.  Tickets are $5.00 at the door for adults.  Kids are free.  For more information contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Snow is Still Falling in Nevada County, CA!
Boreal Mountain Resort –  mix 480 acres with 500 vertical-feet; add snow (lots of it) and you have a mountain ready to be ridden. 
Soda Springs Ski Resort - is a winter destination for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. 
Donner Ski Ranch - is one of California’s last family-owned and operated ski resorts and has offered an unassuming skiing experience for many years.  
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort - is North America’s largest cross country skiing resort.  
Snowshoeing, tubing hills and more await you in Nevada County.  Click here for a full listing of all our winter recreational activities. 

Foothills Celebration
Saturday, March 1
1-4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon strolling the shops and sites of Historic Downtown Grass Valley. Enjoy fine Northern California wines, gourmet cuisine and confectioners delights. Tickets are only $35.00 per person/ $45 after February 23 and includes unlimited wine tasting and 5 food selections from over 20 local restaurants. Contact the Grass Valley Downtown Association or the Sierra Vintners to reserve your ticket or more information.

Bear Yuba Land Trust
Treks on Tuesday

Once a month the Land Trust will lead a trek on one of the trails mapped on the Trust’s website Trails Portal and in their Trail Cards.  This is a FREE outing and will introduce you to some of Nevada County’s local trails. Bring water and wear good hiking shoes. Click here for more information.

Our County at nation’s largest travel show this weekend

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Nevada County is one of the exhibitors at the 2014 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show this weekend, the biggest travel show in the country.

Now in its 9th year, the two-day event at the Long Beach Convention Center offers informative seminars, interactive activities and cultural performances.

“It’s like walking through the world’s best travel guide,” says Unicomm chief executive John Golicz, the show’s organizer.

“Californians have an appetite for travel and adventure, and this show is a great way to experience the world through the eyes of well-traveled speakers and the thousands of experts who represent exciting destinations.”

Last year’s show drew nearly 29,000 travel enthusiasts, and this year is expected to break a new attendance record.

Featured speakers include Rick Steves, host of the popular television series Rick Steves’ Europe; Travel Channel personalities including Samantha Brown; and Emmy Award-winning travel journalist Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News.

Additionally, more than 400 exhibitors representing some of the most desired destinations are on hand to entice, educate and give details about destinations and tours to attendees.

The show is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.