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lobby inside the National Exchange Hotel

Valleys of Luxury – How to Pamper Yourself in Nevada County

You deserve to treat yourself. Discover the best of Nevada County in style and comfort. Indulge in a private massage and relax in a luxurious King Suite that even Mark Twain would have admired. Enjoy a prix fixe farm-to-table dinner in a historic building dating back to 1857. Go ahead and live a little.

By Alex Silgalis

Sometimes you just need to splurge and live in the lap of luxury even if it’s for a brief escape. The definition of luxury is having a unique experience that exceeds your expectations. Picture a large suite with plenty of privacy, tailor-made tours, and unexpected amenities. Add to that the charm of historic towns, stunning mountain vistas, and sparkling alpine lakes, and you got yourself the pinnacle of a mountain getaway. Here’s how to indulge yourself when exploring Nevada County.


exterior of Gravity Haus Hotel in Truckee California at dusk
Image appears courtesy: Gravity Haus Hotel

Kick off your High Sierra luxury getaway by reserving an Idlewild room at the stylish Gravity Haus Hotel. Nestled amidst towering pines, this lodging gem is an ideal adventure basecamp to access the slopes of Palisades Tahoe, explore Truckee’s trails or even visit the shores of Donner Lake. Rent a bike from the hotel to effortlessly cruise down to the charming historic downtown area. Here you can leisurely explore the array of unique boutiques and treat yourself to a glass of wine or a delightful lunch at one of the many restaurants showcasing Truckee’s “mountain cuisine.”

Exclusive Outdoor Adventures

Image appears courtesy: Alpenglow Expeditions

For the adventurous souls, conquer your fear of heights or simply test your limits by booking a private tour at the Tahoe Via Ferrata. Alternatively, opt for a more serene experience by hiring Trout Creek Outfitters to lead you to prime fishing spots as you wade along the Truckee River. And to elevate your relaxation to new heights, indulge in a rejuvenating deep tissue massage.

Nevada City

Image appears courtesy: National Exchange Hotel – Photo by: Kat Alves Photography

Ever wondered what it was like to live luxuriously over a century ago? Then book the King Suite at the National Exchange Hotel. The room is adorned with elegant fixtures such as soft Persian rugs that would impress Mark Twain. Lofty ceilings and large windows offer unique views, overlooking the historic Nevada City downtown area. Take a leisurely stroll through the town center, exploring its charming bookstores, boutiques, and artisanal chocolate delights that would excite even a French king.

Wine & Dine

Continue your indulgence by exploring the award-winning vineyards along the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail. Finally, conclude your day by reserving a spot at the SupperClub at the Stone House. Tucked inside a building dating back to 1857, the SupperClub offers a prix fixe farm-to-table experience showcasing Chef Garett Dakan expertise in using locally sourced ingredients.

Grass Valley

lobby inside the Holbrooke Hotel
Image appears courtesy: Holbrooke Hotel – Photo by: Kat Alves Photography

Sometimes you just need a weekend getaway that restores your soul and melts your daily stresses. Treat yourself to the regal comfort of the King Suite at the Holbrooke, where timeless antiques harmonize with contemporary amenities, cocooning you in history while indulging you in modern luxury.

Pamper Yourself

Start your day with a leisurely brunch before embarking on your chosen relaxation journey. Immerse yourself in a pampering spa package at Wolf Day Mountain Spa. Indulge in a serene sauna experience at Vela Massage. Or explore the depths of relaxation with floatation therapy at Revival Float.

Dinner & A Show

Pink Martini at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley California
Image appears courtesy: Center for the Arts – Photo by: Bob Free Photography

For dinner, venture to Kaido, renowned for their flavorful offerings. Discover a diverse menu boasting sushi and grilled favorites like Teriyaki and Tempura. Afterward, explore local art galleries or catch a captivating live performance at the Center of the Arts, presenting a stellar lineup of over 150 shows annually.

Then finish your evening with a nightcap at the historic Golden Gate Saloon within the Holbrooke, the oldest watering hole west of the Mississippi. While preserving its frontier charm, it seamlessly blends classic ambiance with contemporary comforts, providing the perfect finale to your enchanting Grass Valley escape.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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