Why the Sierra and its foothills are a world-class destination

Recent accolades that make our region a world-class destination:
Cool Small Towns
Nevada City was just named the sixth coolest small town in America in Budget Travel’s 9th annual America’s Coolest Small Town contest. “Residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes and [...]

Fresh food teams in the Sierra Foothills

“FROM OUR COUNTY TO YOUR TABLE” is the theme of the California State Fair in July. It is well suited to our region, where chefs specialize in using fresh, local ingredients, including fruits and veggies, meats and poultry, and grains.
Examples include Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City; Newcastle Produce; Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli and [...]

Stella restaurant in Truckee features a “Culinary Tour de France” on May 10 and June 14

TRUCKEE IS KNOWN FOR ITS year-round outdoor activities. But it also is becoming a popular foodie destination, with menus that hold their own in any food-obsessed city.
Restaurant Trokay received a four-star review in the Sacramento Bee. More modest restaurants have recently opened, such as Marg’s Taco Bistro, Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market and Spice, [...]

Springtime at Ananda tulip garden open house in April — thousands of bulbs

THE TULIP FESTIVAL IN HOLLAND is world-renowned. But the foothills has its own stunning display of tulips, at Ananda Village outside of Nevada City.
The yearly event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors, to see more than 10,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas.
This year’s Springtime at Ananda tulip garden [...]

Real Food on I-80

TRAVELERS ALONG I-80 NEEDN’T SETTLE FOR fast food on their way to the Sierra and back. Some of the region’s best eateries are just off the highway.
This restaurant, just off I-80 at Loomis, is a longtime local favorite and worth a stop. Its menu features seasonal fare such as fish, chicken, meat, salads and [...]

Tahoe Central Market & Deli: “Farm to You”

FOR 20 YEARS, PRODUCE PLUS HAS SUPPLIED chefs in Tahoe-Truckee with year-round, seasonal produce, includ- ing organic and local fruits and veggies whenever possible.
Owned by the Bob Habeger family of North Lake Tahoe, “Produce Bob’s” customers have included Burger Me, Cottonwood, JAX at the Tracks, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, Pianeta Ristorante, West Shore Café, [...]

Sugar Bowl: Fresh & Local Skiing

“STEEPED IN TRADITION AND MODERN in amenities” is the motto of Sugar Bowl Resort, which has been California owned and operated since 1939.
This past year alone Sugar Bowl invested more than $20 million into widespread upgrades, including a new chairlift that opens an entire peak to lift-served skiing. The Crow’s Peak chairlift, a triple, provides [...]

Après Ski in the Foothills

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE APPEALING, some people would rather stay out of the snow and take day-trips to the slopes. Après Ski Denver now has a following.
Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills— Nevada City, Grass Valley and Auburn are “snowless” escapes—but only a one-hour drive to Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge XC [...]

Tahoe Adventures

“Stopping by woods on a snowy evening”
—Robert Frost
The Sierra offers imaginative winter adventures:
“Snowshoeing is a great way to access the natural areas around Lake Tahoe,” says Kevin Hickey, owner of Tahoe Adventure Company.
The tour company’s guided treks let you experience the beauty and solitude of winter. The adventures [...]

Olive Vitality: fresh olive oil and vinegar on tap

WINE HAS SOMMELIERS, AND BEER HAS Cicerones, or certified beer experts. Olive oil has its own elite certification program, and a local has just been certified—which is unique in the foothills.
Jeanette Campbell Angell, who owns Olive Vitality in downtown Grass Valley with her husband Matthew, just completed the intense training and testing to earn certification [...]

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