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Truckee Thursdays announces its music lineup for this summer

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From mid-June through August, Thursday night in Downtown Truckee is a special experience for people of all ages – residents, tourists and participants alike.

The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association is proud of the growth and popularity of “TT”, one of the most successful promotions in Downtown Truckee.

The event features a Certified Farmers Market, food vendors, merchant and community displays, as well as great entertainment, children’s activities and a beer garden.

Enjoy one of the best experiences Historic Downtown Truckee has to offer.

What’s Up in Nevada County, CA May – July 2014

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What’s Up in Nevada County, CA this May – July, 2014


Nevada County’s Farmer Markets are starting to open. Below is a list of the Markets with dates, times and locations.

Nevada County Certified Growers Market at three locations:

North Star House, Grass Valley
Saturdays – 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 12 – November 22, 2014

The Rood Center, Nevada City
Tuesdays – 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
June 3 – October 28, 2014

7th Day Adventist Church, Penn Valley
Thursdays – 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
June 5 – October 30, 2014

Nevada City Farmers Market
Union Street, Downtown Nevada City
Saturdays – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm.
June 14 – November 22, 2014

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market
Mill & Main Street, Downtown Grass Valley
Thursdays – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
June 26 – August 14, 2014

Foothills Farmers’ Market
Truckee River Regional Park
Tuesday – 8:00 am. – 1:00 p.m.
Begins June 10

Gold Country Cycling Challenge
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
Saturday, May 10, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Grass Valley invites everyone of all ages to participate in the first annual Gold Country Challenge. The event includes a 50k, 100k and 100- mile tour of the beautiful Gold Country region of Northern California. The ride is fully supported by friendly volunteers, fantastic rest stops, support vehicles, and well-marked routes. After your ride, you enjoy a hearty dinner and live entertainment. Bring your family with you and the kids can enjoy the family ride and children’s bike rodeo. BBQ and beverages will be served.

57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo
Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds, Penn Valley, CA
Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18, 2014

The 57th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo kicks off with exciting performances including saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull dogging, team roping, barrel racing and, the highlight of any rodeo, bull riding. Sunday is the Annual Community Rodeo Playday where anyone can be a rodeo cowboy or cowgirl. There is always a rodeo clown, intermission performances and our very own Penn Valley drill team. The Cook House serves BBQ tri tip meals with all the fixin’s. Beer Garden has several brands of beer on tap and always serves wine for those with a more refined taste.

Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous
Nevada County Fairgrounds, CA
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Over 100 vintage trailers will set up at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the four-day Tall Pines Vintage Trailer Rendezvous. Owners will open their doors to public to show off their vintage trailers. Enjoy delicious BBQ and dancing to live music while the kids have fun fishing in the lake and getting their faces painted. Viewing the trailers and dance are free to the public.

Humbug Day
Malakoff Diggins State Park
Nevada City, CA
June 14, 2014

Revisit the exciting and controversial hydraulic gold mining era of the 1870’s! Enjoy Old Time music, wagon rides, barbecue picnic, homemade ice cream, reinactments, craft demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and tin punching, old fashioned family games and prizes, storytelling, living history tours of historic North Bloomfield, the world’s shortest parade and shooting the water cannon!

2nd Annual Mule & Donkey Show
Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds
Penn Valley, CA
Friday, June 27- Sunday, June 29, 2014

This American Mule Association (AMA) sanctioned Mule Show will feature cattle classes; Halter, Western & English-style riding; packing and Gymkhana. 

Food & Fun will be served up at this FREE admission event.

29th Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
North San Juan, CA
Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

For one magical weekend in July, settle back and hear stories unfold beneath the big trees and nighttime stars of California’s Sierra foothills. Come join us while our storytellers spin tales spanning the centuries and connecting generations — guaranteeing laughter, tears and moments of pondering the impossible. One festival, three days, and a world of stories reaching the very heart of our human experience.

Sierra FoodWineArt Launches Mobile Website

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine launched a new mobile-friendly website geared for travelers. The mobile-friendly website is an “on the go” guide for visitors when they’re traveling on the highways, visiting Sierra Foothill or Sierra towns or enjoying the outdoors. Unlike an “app,” it doesn’t have to be downloaded. You merely type into your iPhone or smartphone, and it automatically appears.

The mobile site has more interactive features than desktop sites. Once a user logs onto, he or she is prompted to share their exact location. This gives visitors information on attractions and venues that are in close proximity. Highlights of include directories and GPS mapping for dining and nightlife, wine and beer tasting, lodging & B&B, wedding venues, spa & wellness centers, art galleries and theaters, Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts, visitor attractions and parks — even pet friendly travel. All of the magazine’s archived article and blog posts — more than 1,000 of them — are tailored for smart-phone reading.

Grass Valley

Mother’s Day Springtime Event
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Grass Valley, CA
Sunday, May 11, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Beautiful fountains, rose gardens in bloom, and lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes, will make this a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget! She’ll enjoy chatting with docents portraying the colorful characters who shaped our local history. Don’t miss free surprises in the gift shop and blacksmith shop, and delicious food and beverages. Grandmothers and children under 6 enjoy free admission. Turn our golden history into a golden memory!

Sierra Festival of the Arts
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Sunday, May 25, 2014
10:00 am. – 5:00 p.m.

Over 40 artists throughout Northern California converge in Downtown Grass Valley, Memorial Day weekend, to bring you a “symphony for your senses.” There will be incredible, gallery quality art in a variety of media, and music by young local artists. Children 12 and under can enjoy and art projects with the help of The Artist Workshop. All downtown shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms will be open throughout the event. The Festival is a collaboration Grass Valley Downtown Association and Nevada County Arts and is FREE to the public.

The Center for the Arts presents
 Two Great Concerts at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley, CA

Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Songs & Stories Together Onstage
Friday, May 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
$45 members, $55 non-member

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have announced a special run of tour dates together this May. “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage” features the two esteemed artists sharing the stage for a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling and stellar guitar playing. The evening promises to be a rich and inspiring musical experience as these two long-time friends and mutual admirers share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.

Thursday, July 17, 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
$58 members, $68 non-member

Whether alone with her guitar or fronting a band of ace musicians, Jewel has always been a charismatic live performer, earning the respect of other singer-songwriters such as Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who, not only invited her to open their shows, but mentored her in the early phases of her career. After a tremendous amount of success as a singer-songwriter and over 27 million albums sold, Jewel released a Greatest Hits album in 2013. The album features a collection of her most known songs as well as two new duets with Kelly Clarkson and The Pistol Annies, in addition to a new track called “Two Hearts Breaking.” She also starred as June Carter Cash in the Lifetime biopic “Ring of Fire,” which earned four Emmy nominations.

Gold Rush Days
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Take a step back in time to the 1850′s where gold was king in Grass Valley and Nevada County as historic downtown Grass Valley is transformed the time when people came from all over the world to mine here with the hope of hitting “the Mother lode.” On Saturday night, kick your heels up at an old-fashioned “hoe down” and enjoy a chuckwagon BBQ. Sunday morning “Cowboy Church” followed by a “flap jack” breakfast. Featured attractions over the two day FREE event include:

• Empire Mine Historic State Park- Living History, Blacksmith, Gold Panning and mining equipment exhibit.
• Local history writers (on hand for autographs and questions).
• Dr. Solars Magical Medicine Show.
• The Humbug Band.
• Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce presents – Succession Days reenactment.
• Learn to hand weave with an old fashioned loom.
• Old fashioned keg sarsaparilla (made just for this event) and Cornish Pasties.
• Old Time Pictures Saturday night

Nevada City

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk
Throughout Downtown Nevada City
Friday, May 2 and June 6
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, boutiques and wonderfully creative community! Every first Friday of every month downtown businesses will stay open until 9pm and will be hosting artist receptions, live musical performances, trunk shows and much more!

Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby
Nevada City, CA
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Starts at noon

Build for ART, Build for SPEED and Build for FUN – that is GREEN! It is a GRAVITY POWERED event, fueled only by the creativity and imagination of the participants! The race is also a benefit for Pioneer Park improvement projects and helps fund additional amenities within the park such as Bocce Ball courts, a sand volleyball court, additional seating areas around the pool, and a multi-use (bicycling/jogging/walking) pathway within the park boundaries. Applications are being taken now.

4th of July Parade and Celebration
Downtown Nevada City

Friday, July 4, 2014
Parade starts at 11 a.m.

The festive parade comes down Broad Street in Nevada City. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point. The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m. Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m.


Donner Lake Paddleboard Race/O’Neill Tahoe Paddleboard Race Series
Donner Lake, Truckee
Race #1 – Saturday, May 24, 2014 starting at 9:00 a.m.

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. Race #1 starts at West-end Beach of Donner Lake and is a five mile race that circumnavigates the Lake. Awards will be presented to both the men’s and women’s first, second, and third place finishers in the Open (including youth 18 and under and masters 55+), Elite, and Outrigger divisions .

Truckee Running Festival
Riverview Sports Park, Truckee
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Sign In Starts at 7:00 a.m.

Bring the whole family out for a beautiful morning of trail running along the beautiful Truckee River. The race starts and finishes at the Riverview Sports Park in Truckee. Try a 5K or 10K along the Legacy Trail or a Half Marathon (part of the 2012 Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series) featuring the scenic trails and single track of Waddle Ranch. Shorter kid’s races are scheduled throughout the morning. The Truckee Running Festival is part of The Tahoe Trail Running Series which offers a unique set of running races for all ages and abilities.

Truckee Thursdays
Historic Downtown Truckee
Every Thursday – June 12 – August 21, 2014
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

From mid-June through August, Thursday night in Downtown Truckee is a special experience for people of all ages – residents, tourists and participants alike. The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association is proud of the growth and popularity of “TT”, one of the most successful promotions in Downtown Truckee. The event features a Certified Farmers’ Market, food vendors, merchant and community displays, as well as great entertainment, children’s activities and a beer garden. Free and this is a “Rain or Shine” event!

Truckee 4th of July Parade
Downtown Truckee
Friday, July 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Truckee’s 4th of July Parade is the quintessential display of small town Americana!

The parade begins at 10:00 am at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District parking lot at the west end of town, and progresses 1-1/2 miles down Donner Pass Road into historic downtown Truckee, ending around noon.

Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival
Truckee Tahoe Airport
Saturday, July 12, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 2014 AirShow will highlight “Women in Aviation”, the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team “Wings of Blue”, several world-renowned aerobatic pilots, Vendor Village, static aircraft displays with pilot docents, Kids’ Zone, free flight for kids on July 13 and more.
Admission is FREE and all event proceeds from vendor booth sales, food sales, and other miscellaneous items go to local youth organizations.

(Photos:, Nevada County Cycling Challenge, Charles and Virginia Diffey, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Empire Mine State Historic Park, The Center for the Arts, Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe Adventure & Oar, Truckee Tahoe AirShow)

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.