From California’s Gold Country in the west to the High Sierra in the east, Nevada County is also home to the Nisenan Tribe, one of the most endangered in the state, as well as the ancestral homelands of the Washoe. These histories, and the stories of the many cultures that continue to contribute to this place we call home, are a vital part of our daily life.
Today, Nevada County is a haven for art buyers in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region, and home to some of the best talent in California. The historic twin cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City merge in the Sierra Foothills amidst pristine rivers and picturesque forests, boasting outstanding year-round programming in music, theatre and dance; a density of artists and makers; a festival culture to die for, and over a hundred arts-related organizations producing upwards of a thousand events a year, including street fairs, art walks and studio tours.
Meanwhile, amidst state and national forests at 7,000 feet, Truckee Cultural District is a stone’s throw from Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Donner Lake. Steeped in emigrant history it is a gateway site of the ill-fated Donner Party, and dotted with stunning interpretive trails, museums and monuments. Following the Truckee River as it meets America’s first transcontinental railroad, Truckee is home to its famous Railyard Project and Truckee Artist Lofts, themselves symbolic of a quintessentially modern mountain town. Here, adventure and the outdoor life meet public art, galleries, live music venues, and artisan places to eat, drink and stay.