Thanksgiving travel to reach highest level since 2007

AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013.
Almost 90 percent of travelers (41.3 million) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip and likely will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas [...]

Country Christmas Faire is Nov. 27-29 at Nevada County Fairgrounds

Mark your calendar for the 31st annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 27, 28 and 29.
Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state, as well as from Nevada, [...]

A sneak peek inside Golden Era: Nevada City’s newest lounge

Longtime residents Steve and Cindy Giardina and their son Eric and daughter Jessica invited us for a sneak peek of their “labor of love” this weekend: the Golden Era on Broad Street in Nevada City.
It is expected to open to the public as early as Friday; it expects to be open from 4 p.m. [...]

Boutique hotel planned for Old Town Auburn

The developer-operator behind the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Grass Valley is proposing to build an 80-room boutique hotel, conference center and parking garage for about 120 cars in Old Town Auburn.
The hotel addresses a chronic problem in the Auburn-Grass Valley corridor — a lodging shortage. It is being proposed by Hallmark [...]

Downtown Lincoln’s new streetscape and public artwork

In October 2012 Caltrans opened the State Route 65 Lincoln Bypass. “The Bypass offered the City of Lincoln an opportunity to change the aesthetic and function of Lincoln Boulevard to better serve multiple forms of transportation, adjacent land uses, and the connecting street network,” as the City of Lincoln notes.
Now the first phase of the [...]

Sierra Starr’s 2015 harvest: “One for the record books”

The 2015 growing season has been one for the record books as far as Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley is concerned, according to vineyard manager and co-winemaker Jackson Starr. Despite widespread reports of California grape yields being down as much as 50 percent in some cases, Sierra Starr enjoyed perhaps the [...]

Tahoe Maritime Museum closes escrow on its future home in Tahoe City

Tahoe Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the purchase of the Museum’s new property in Tahoe City. On October 15, TMM officially closed escrow on the Tahoe Tree Company property located at the corner of West Lake Boulevard and Granlibakken Road. The Log Lodge and the adjoining ten acre property will be the future home [...]

Our Wild & Scenic River

“I am foremost a person of the Yuba River Country in the Sierra Nevada.”
—Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Gary Snyder
Our region is known worldwide as home to Lake Tahoe, “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” as Mark Twain wrote in Roughing It. Tahoe is one of the oldest, deepest and purist lakes in the world.
Lesser known, [...]

Popie Wines: Now at historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis

POPIE WINES IS A BOUTIQUE winery creating award-winning wines in Loomis. Since the 1920s, three generations of the Duarte family have worked in the Napa Valley growing high-quality grapes. Michael Duarte represents the fourth generation and is continuing the family tradition in Placer County.
Michael named the winery after his dad, whose nickname is “Popie.” Popie’s [...]

Culinary Staycations: World travel at home

MANY PEOPLE DREAM OF a culinary vacation to France, Italy, China or Thailand. But it’s also possible to explore the world from home, in a cooking class or a night out with ethnic cuisine.
Our region offers a growing number of experiences to explore the cuisines of the world—from hands-on cooking classes, underground and “pop up” [...]

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