Explore Penn Valley

Just six miles outside of Grass Valley, Penn Valley is a world unto itself. The tight-knit community embraces the outdoors and wildlife. Visitors will see horses, llamas, deer, and wild turkey going about their daily business just as retirees and school children make their way to the local coffee shop and Western Gateway Park. Plan your visit around popular events like the Penn Valley Rodeo, colorful Daffodil 10K Run, Holiday Lights in the Park, and living history days. Pilot Peak Winery sits above Penn Valley and rivals most area tasting rooms with its terraces and patios overlooking incredibly scenic grounds and vineyards, and Gray Pine Winery has music, tastings, and tours available most weekends throughout the year.

The nearby Bridgeport is home to one of the longest single-span wooden bridges in the world and accesses one of the most inviting swimming and hiking areas on the South Yuba River. Bird and wildflower walks, living history days and gold-panning demonstrations are held seasonally.

A stop at Caleb’s Creamery is a must. The family-run shop is a throwback to simpler times, serving old-fashioned ice cream and organic, fair-trade coffee. Other notable eateries include The Tack Room Restaurant and Bar (serving classic steaks and grilled seafood), China House for some delicious Chinese food.  Daybreak Café for delicious omelets, Blue Cow Deli for a delicious sandwich, Tuscany Gardens, and Northridge of Penn Valley.  Cool off with some seasonal flavors at Crazy 4 Yogurt, or enjoy one of the newest restaurants in the area, including Squeeze Burger, Moi’s Thai Cafe, and Twelve 28 Kitchen.