Fall in love with Fall in Nevada County

Nevada County is beautiful year round, but autumn is just breathtaking.  If you’re looking to get out of the house in a safe, socially-distanced way, here are four ways to fall in love with fall in Nevada County.

Compared by many to the foliage on the east coast, our towns, highways, and byways boast views around every corner that rival anything you can find in Maine…and it’s all right here!  In fact,  On August 17, 2019, Via, AAA’s official travel magazine, published an article titled Fall Weekend in Gold Country, Grass Valley, California. The article highlights the beautiful fall foliage found in the town, along with different activity and dining suggestions. Also, last year Fox 40 News in Sacramento did a segment on Where to Find the Best Fall Foliage, and highlighted Nevada City as one of the best places to do so in the region. So, how to best enjoy the most beautiful season in Nevada County?  Here’s four ideas to get you started:

1. Take the self-guided fall colors tour

Photo courtesy of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce


Nevada County has some of the most breathtaking fall foliage on the west coast.  Take the Nevada City and Grass Valley Fall Colors Tour while enjoying all of the great things our towns have to offer.  Pick up a to-go picnic at one of our local restaurants, find a good spot, and enjoy the splendor of autumn.  You can download fall foliage map here.

2. Enjoy some local art

Open Studios 2020

To really get a feel for the beauty of the area while enjoying some of the wonderful art our communities have to offer, The Center for the Arts presents the Nevada County West Open Studios Tour continuing this weekend, October 17-18.  Open Studios is a free, self-guided art tour of the studios and galleries of local fine artists. Beyond an art sale, Open Studios is a chance to experience firsthand how, where, and why art is created. This marks the 25th year of this annual event featuring the incredibly diverse variety of artists in Nevada County’s Western Region. Every October, hundreds of local artists open up their studios and galleries during the second and third weekends so that you can see where art is made, displayed, and appreciated. The tour features a multitude of classic and contemporary art for every taste and hosts sculptors, printmakers, photographers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, woodworkers, designers, and much more! This tour is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, view new pieces and works in process, watch live demonstrations, learn about their processes from conception to completion, and buy original art in a wide range of mediums and methods!

With 30+ artists on the tour and only four days to visit, The Center for the Arts makes it easy for you to plan your self-guided tour! A piece from each studio on the tour is on display in The Granucci Gallery so that you can pick up a guide, note of the studio numbers of your favorites and then set off on your customized art tour!  The Preview Exhibition is on display through October 23, 2020.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00pm.  The gallery will also be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 5:00pm during the weekend of the tour.

3. Take a Drive


Once upon a time, families would pile into their cars and take Sunday drives.  What better time to revive this classic American tradition?  Meander through the Victorian neighborhoods stemming from the historical hamlets near and around Pioneer and Memorial Parks. The Truckee River and Martis Valley also come alive with deep oranges, yellows and reds – you can pass through Martis Valley to get to the popular picturesque shack encompassed with aspens on Highway 267.

4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Pick a Pumpkin at Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch.  Photo by Valerie Costa


Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival is always a family favorite.  The Bierwagen Family Farm has been in existence since 1902 and has been family-owned and operated for the last 115 years. The pumpkin patch has been going for the last 25 years and has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Be sure to have some of their homemade cider, take a wagon ride and get yourself a pumpkin. Admission is free and the pumpkin patch is open every day except Mondays in October from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Looking for a place to stay?  A lodging guide is here.