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JetBlue to offer only nonstop New York-Reno flight, offering easy access to Truckee

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JetBlue Airways will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the U.S. East Coast as it launches service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 28, 2015. Reno-Tahoe will be the airline’s 89th destination and is among a number of new JetBlue routes in the West.

To celebrate the new route, JetBlue is offering an introductory fare of only $89 one way between May 28 and June 17, 2015. All introductory fare tickets must be purchased by January 14, 2015.

“A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue. JetBlue is pleased to provide the only direct service linking the East Coast to an airport that is the gateway to so many great year-round destinations in the Reno-Tahoe region.

“Customers will finally have easy access to Reno, beautiful Lake Tahoe, the great historic town of Truckee, Donner Lake, Tuolumne River and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range — home to Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park and two National Monuments. We are eager to bring the JetBlue experience to Reno-Tahoe so customers can enjoy our superior customer offering that includes the most legroom in coach, with live TV at every seat and great service offered by JetBlue’s award-winning crewmembers,” said James Hnat, JetBlue’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs.

“Landing nonstop daily service on an incredible airline like JetBlue is an example of what this region can do when it works together for a common goal,” Marily Mora, President/CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said. “We are bringing the Biggest Little City and the Big Apple together. We are bringing JetBlue to the blue waters of Lake Tahoe. It’s a great day for the Reno-Tahoe region.”

Customers from Reno-Tahoe will be able to easily connect to JetBlue’s large network at its very own Terminal 5 at JFK, including access to the largest network to the Caribbean. With Reno-Tahoe, JetBlue will offer nonstop routes to 66 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

JetBlue’s Schedule between New York’s JFK and Reno-Tahoe as of May 28, 2015:

JFK – RNO
7:40 p.m. – 11:07 p.m.

RNO – JFK
11:59 p.m. – 8:09 a.m.

JetBlue has continuously expanded its presence in the West, with new services recently launched between Salt Lake City (SLC) and Orlando, Fla. (MCO) on November 12, 2014; San Francisco (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS) on January 5, 2015; and the upcoming Portland, Ore. (PDX) to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) on June 18, 2015.

(Source: Jet Blue)

Truckee River Winery wines two medals in prestigious S.F. wine competition

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Did you know that Truckee has its own winery? It does — and it just won two medals in the prestigious 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting Competition.

The family owned winery — whose owner-winemaker is Russ Jones — won a silver for its Pinot Noir and a silver for its Malbec in the competition. After receiving a record 6,417 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines, announced its winners this weekend.

Truckee River Winery was established 25 years ago with the vision of sourcing quality grapes, bringing the fruit to Truckee in order to take advantage of the high elevation and cold temperatures to naturally cool the fermentation and slow down the barrel aging process,” as the winery states. “Thus becoming the highest and coldest winery. Our focus from the beginning has been to produce handcrafted wines with great structure and finesse.”

The grapes aren’t grown in Truckee, mind you, but the winery (complete with a bocce ball court) and the winemaking talent is there. Jones was born in Yosemite, was a ski racer in high school at Squaw, and he graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Enology and Viticulture (winemaking and grape growing). He and his wife traveled through Oregon, Washington and Paso Robles, where he worked at several wineries and perfected the Pinot Noir process. They then moved back to Truckee to start a family, and that is when he decided to make his own wine.

Other Nevada County wineries that won medals were Avanguardia, Naggiar and Montoliva.

Truckee River Winery from Destination Media Solutions on Vimeo.

(Source: Sierra FoodWineArt magazine)

New Donner Memorial State Park Interpretive Visitor Center to open

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Yesterday the Nevada County CEO’s office announced that the New Donner Memorial State Park Interpretive Visitor Center will be opened due to an increase of $424,000 in operating funds in the State Parks Fund. This was included in Governor Brown’s 2015/2016 State Budget announcement today. The construction of the facility was funded through Proposition 84
 and was completed in April 2014. It is expected that visitation will double at the new center as a result of the new exhibits, expanded interpretive programs, and modern auditorium.

To learn more about the Donner Memorial State Park area, click here.

Sunset magazine names 3 Truckee restaurants to their “Favorite New Restaurants in 2014″

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Sunset magazine’s “Westphoria” named three Truckee restaurants to their “Favorite New Restaurants in 2014″

“3. Truckee, California’s impressive new trio

“Okay, so this one’s a three-way tie. Locals have griped for years that this Lake Tahoe ski town needed something—anything—besides Mexican food and pub grub. This past winter, three new restaurants granted that wish. Spice (11421 Deerfield Dr.) serves quick, cheap Indian street food, like curried sausage on naan and shrimp pakoras on roti. At Morgan’s Lobster Shack (10089 W. River St.), folks line up for hot chowder and a West Coast twist on the lobster roll, with chunks of avocado and a hit of Sriracha. And despite the name, Marg’s Taco Bistro (10164 Donner Pass Rd.) goes way beyond Mexican with Vietnamese bánh mì tacos and Korean pork tacos.”

To read the full article, click here.

(Source: Sunset magazine)

Nevada County Restaurant Week is promoted at VisitCalifornia.com

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VisitCalifornia.com continues to promote Nevada County Restaurant Week as part of their “California Restaurant Month: Prime time for foodies” on their website and through emails. Click here to read the list of participating Nevada County restaurants and their special Restaurant Week offerings.

Love local trails? Say no to mud this rainy season

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Love Local Trails? Say No to Mud This Rainy Season

With the increase in precipitation from December storms in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a number of local trails are taking a beating.

Bear Yuba Land Trust asks the community to be responsible trail users and stay off the trails when the ground is water logged and muddy to avoid further damage to the soil, trail widening, unnecessary erosion and higher maintenance costs. Bikes and horses can cause the most damage, but foot traffic is also destructive when the ground is wet.

“We are appreciative that you use our trails, however when the trail surface is displaced it creates maintenance and erosion issues. During these wet conditions please find a hard surface trail until soggy trails can drain and dry sufficiently for use,” said BYLT’s newest Trails Coordinator, Shaun Clarke.

Already this season, Hirschman Trail is showing big ruts from mountain bicycle use near the pond. Crews will have to bring rock in to raise the grade. Hiker boots can become a problem when people step around mud puddles and widen the trail.

After recent storms, downed limbs littered the Tribute Trail. On Banner Mountain, the Orene Wetherall Trail was closed temporarily after a slide over the weekend. Volunteers quickly corrected the situation but it is still recommended to stay away until there’s a break in the weather and the soil has a chance to drain.

“We don’t recommend they go down there because it’s so wet and muddy. When you get six inches of rain it gets pretty saturated,” said BYLT’s senior Trails Coordinator Bill Haire.

Besides damaging the trail, hiking in a storm can be dangerous. Tree roots can lose their footing with flooding and rockslides. A wind storm can break branches and topple trees overhead.

It might be better to stay home, eat soup and read a book or use alternative trails like the Litton Trail, the paved bike path around Western Gateway Park or the Hardrock Trail at Empire Mine State Historic Park.

“It’s a bummer but that’s the climate here, you have to wait until it dries out,” Clarke said.

To find trails in Nevada County, click here or here. Learn more about Bear Yuba Land Trust at BYLT.org.

(Source: Laura Peterson, Bear Yuba Land Trust)

Daniel Tosh, Andy Samberg, Bobby Flay, Jerry Brown and other notables enjoy dining in our region

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When he was governor the first time around, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at The Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on State Highway 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York Steaks, carefully aged and cut daily.

Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular visitor to our region. Andy married Joanna Newsom of Nevada City last year. The newlyweds from Hollywood enjoyed Thanksgiving with friends and family in Nevada City.

The late Robin Williams had strong ties to North Lake Tahoe. “Aside from skiing, Williams also enjoyed dining out locally with family and friends,” as Squaw Valley Times owner Bill Jensen wrote this summer. “He was a regular customer at Wolfdale’s in Tahoe City and became close with owner/chef Douglas Dale.

“He started coming in about 20 years ago,” Dale told Jensen. “He liked to dine, he liked his food, he liked his wine. I once served him a roasted, stuffed pheasant breast and that became his favorite.”

This week comedian Daniel Tosh, who hosts the Comedy Central television show Tosh.O, enjoyed breakfast at the Squeeze In in Truckee. Tosh is performing on the South Shore this weekend.

In 2010 the Squeeze In was selected to be featured on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on the Food Network. The family owned restaurant was honored and humbled when world renowned celebrity Iron Chef Bobby Flay visited their restaurant and said they were “the nicest competitor in the history of Throwdown.”

For its part, Nevada County is hosting its first Restaurant Week January 23-February 1. Nevada County Tourism and GoNevadaCounty.com, the official tourism website of Nevada County, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Area Chamber, South Nevada County Chamber, Truckee Donner Chamber and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are sponsors.

The event will be held in conjunction with Visit California’s statewide California Restaurant Month. During Nevada County Restaurant Week (Friday, January 23 to Sunday, February 1), restaurants located throughout the County will be offering “deals,” specials and prix-fixe menus enticing local “foodies” as well as visitors to come and experience a new restaurant, one of your favorites or both.

“As the top U.S. destination for culinary travel and one of the leading agricultural producers in the country, there is a vast array of culinary experiences to be found in California. There’s no better time to visit than during January’s California Restaurant Month, when this special program treats visitors to offers they won’t see any other time of the year,” says Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO.

Below is a list of participating restaurants in Nevada County. Check back often to see which new restaurants have been added to the list and learn what special dining opportunities each restaurant will offer during Nevada County Restaurant Week.

GRASS VALLEY AREA

Apple Alley Café
13469 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley (530) 273-9266


Bear River Pasta Co.
109 Bank St., Grass Valley (530) 274-1760

Charlie’s Café
145 So. Auburn St., Grass Valley (530) 274-1839


Christopher’s Old World Deli and Catering
206 West Main St., Grass Valley (530) 272-8919


Cirino’s at Main Street
215 West Main St., Grass Valley (530) 477-6000


Culture Shock Yogurt
106 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 274-3442

Diegos Restaurant
217 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley (530) 477-1460

Happy Apple Kitchen
18532 Hwy. 174, Grass Valley (530) 273-2822

Kane’s Family Restaurant & Lounge
120 E. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 273-8111

Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
226 E. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 274-2040

Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli
231 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley (530) 273-2904
Breakfast Eggs Summer Thyme’s with a choice of any beverage ($10); The Ploughman’s Lunch: A Bowl of Soup with a chunk of Dubliner Cheddar, Salad and housemade ciabatta with any beverage (beer, wine, espresso, etc.) ($10)

Old Town Café
110 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 273-4303

South Pine Cafe
102 N. Richardson St., Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 265-0260
Either a small freshly squeezed juice OR a natural house made soda with the purchase of an entree item if Restaurant Week is mentioned

The Owl Grill and Saloon
134 Mill St., Grass Valley (530) 274-1144

The Restaurant at The Holbrooke
212 W. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 273-1353

Tofanelli’s Restaurant
302 W. Main St., Grass Valley (530) 272-1468

Trattoria Milano
124 Bank St., Grass Valley (350) 273-3555

NEVADA CITY AREA

Bistro 221
221 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-0221
10% discount when Nevada County Restaurant Week is mentioned

Hoover’s Restaurant
211 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-4551
Complimentary glass of house wine or soda with purchase of entree

Lefty’s Grill
101 Broad St., Nevada City (530) 265-5838


Matteo’s Public
300 Commercial St., Nevada City (530) 265-0782
Complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink with purchase of dinner

Nevada City Classic Cafe
216 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959
20% off Christmas Card Club Sandwich

Old 5 Mile House Restaurant & Bar
18851 Hwy. 20, Nevada City (530) 265-5155

The Willo Steakhouse
16898 Hwy. 49, Nevada City (530) 265-9902

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.
211 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-8333
A special prix-fixe seasonal pizza and salad with choice of Three Forks Beer

PENN VALLEY

Blue Cow Deli
17500 Penn Valley Dr., Ste. A, Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-5500

Caleb’s Creamery
17329 Penn Valley Rd., Penn Valley, CA 95936 (530) 432-3129

Crazy for Yogurt
10136 Commercial Ave., Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-2490

Pleasant Valley Grill
10120 Commercial Ave., Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-9201

Tack Room
17356 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley, CA 95946 (530) 432-1126

SOUTH NEVADA COUNTY AREA

Alta Sierra County Club
11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley (530) 273-2868

Dark Horse Golf Club
24150 Dark Horse Dr., Auburn (530) 269-7900

El Agave Taqueria
10007 Combie Rd., Auburn, CA 95602 (530) 268-3554

Pacific Mountain Bike Works & Coffee
15686 Johnson Pl., Grass Valley (530) 274-2878

Round Table Pizza
10894 Combie Rd., Auburn (530) 268-0433

TRUCKEE AREA

Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar
10142 Rue Hilltop Rd., Truckee (530) 587-5711


Diego’s in Truckee
10130 W. River St., Truckee (530) 550-9900
Burrito with chips and a drink for $7.50


JAX at the Tracks

10144 W. River St., Truckee (530) 550-7450



Marg’s World Taco Bistro
10164 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee (530) 587-6274


Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats
10007 Bridge St., Truckee (530) 587-8688

Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market
10089 W. River St., Truckee (530) 582-5000

Cool new video about Truckee!

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The Town of Truckee Chamber of Commerce produced a cool new video about locals’ favorite things to do. Check it out!

Read our Top Stories for 2014

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In case you missed any of them, here are some of our top stories in 2014. Enjoy!

Nevada City a finalist for America’s coolest small town. Nevada City was named of the the 15 finalists for America’s coolest small town, according to BudgetTravel.com. “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 travel website states.” To read the full article and watch a video, click here.

Nevada City Snowboarder Evan Strong wins Gold Medal in Sochi Winter Paralympics Nevada City snowboarder Evan Strong won the inaugural Winter Paralympics men’s snowboard cross medal Friday in Sochi, Russia. The 27-year-old Strong had a total time of 1 minute, 43.61 seconds. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Sacramento Bee writes about Bridgeport Covered Bridge “The historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge on the South Yuba River is about to be fitted for a life-saving girdle,” writes the Sacramento Bee. To read the full article, click here.

New York Times lists Truckee-Tahoe among Top U.S. places to visit in 2014 This weekend’s New York Times has listed Truckee-Tahoe as one of the top 52 places in the world to visit in 2014. It is a reminder of our region’s world-class amenities. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Nevada County Restaurant Week January 23 – February 1 Nevada County Tourism and GoNevadaCounty.com, the official tourism website of Nevada County, in partnership with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, Penn Valley Chamber, South County Chamber, Truckee Donner Chamber and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, are excited to announce Nevada County Restaurant Week 2015. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Bierwagen’s Farm 24th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival The 24th annual Bierwagen’s Farm Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival is happening everyday in October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a huge pumpkin patch with tons of pumpkins just waiting to be picked. To read the rest of the article, click here.

What’s Up in Nevada County November through December 2014 Check out what’s happening throughout Nevada County from November through January. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Tour the HGTV Dream Home 2014 in Truckee starting January 9 Schaffer’s Mill in Truckee is proud to be the host community for the incredible HGTV Dream Home 2014. You can tour this amazing 3,200-square foot home beginning Thursday, January 9th and continuing every Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Feburary 14th. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Nevada City named one of the 10 intriguing smalls towns in the USA Nevada City has been named one of the “10 Intriguing Small Towns in the USA Everyone Should Visit” by Lifehack.org. “I’ve been fortunate enough to do some traveling around the USA, and along the way I’ve come across a lot of neat little towns,” states Lifehack.org. To read the full article, click here.

Amy Grant (watch video) and Jeff Bridges coming to Grass Valley The Center for the Arts announces Amy Grant and Jeff Bridges & The Abiders will be performing in Grass Valley. To read the rest of the article, click here.

 

Take a hike this fall! With the arrival of fall comes cooler days and nights meaning local trails are awash in gold and crimson, providing a wealth of opportunities for families to unplug, get outdoors, take a walk and encounter the wonders of nature. To read the rest of the article, click here.

Truckee – the perfect setting to stir your holiday spirits

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Make Truckee part of your annual pilgrimage and enjoy the holiday in a festive mountain setting – it’s the perfect place to shake off the post Turkey bacchanal or give the chefs some room in the kitchen. A few holiday happenings before and after Thanksgiving that are sure to stir your spirits:

Historic Downtown at Night

The town of Truckee pulls no punches when it comes to a sparkling parade of downtown lights. The holiday lights are up and so is Truckee’s iconic Christmas tree. Walking around at night, with snow glistening and lights twinkling is quite magical and never ceases to astound old and young alike.

Thanksgiving at Tahoe Donner

Relax at the Lodge in Tahoe Donner and enjoy a Thanksgiving all-you-can eat buffet at $38.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are highly recommended (please visit TahoeDonner.com).

First Fridays with Trokay and Forever Heyday at Bespoke

Grab a truly unique gift, and try limited edition jams made by Truckee’s Restaurant Trokay at First Fridays December 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bespoke on Donner Pass Rd. Amanda Tennant of Forever Heyday will also be creating personalized calligraphy gift tags.

It’s all about the Après

It may sound predictable, but this is a right-of-passage for nearly all locals and visitors alike. Ski, snowboard, snow shoe, hike, sled, ice-skate … then head into Historic Downtown Truckee for food and drinks. Must-do’s include Bar of America (yep, years ago this was a Bank of America), situated in a historic brick building with a warm and robust feel. Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats offers sophisticated libations and drool-worthy appetizers, plus an amazing selection of wine and beer along with live music. Don’t forget Cottonwood, a charming restaurant and bar that harkens back to wood skis, tall tales and a cozy fireplace – very Truckee and very Après. The Pour House, located on Jibboom Street offers both a wine shop and tasting bar – grab some stocking stuffers while you try out a new Tempranillo or Pinot!

Truckee Folks

“The Streets of Truckee” dinner show, featuring Richard Blair has one more show on December 10th at the Cottonwood Restaurant. Richard Blair captures Truckee’s history with his inspired guitar songs, celebrating Folk-Roots music at its best. Reservations are required, $35/person. To make reservations, visit TruckeeBlair.com.

Shop Local: Truckee’s Shop Local program is going on from November 28th through December 24th. Avoid the big-city chaos and remember what it’s all about. With over 70 participating Truckee locations you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. For each $25 you spend, you’ll receive a stamp on your card (found at any of the participating stores). Collect 4 – 12 stamps and deposit your card at one of the shops to be entered for a chance to win some great prizes including an 8 day/7 night stay at the destination of your choice: Greece, Costa Rica, Cancun, or Sedona! To learn more, visit ShopNorthTahoeTruckee.com.

(Source: Anna Koenig)