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 [...]

Sierra Vintners’ wine trails are May 14, July 16 and Sept. 24, 2016

Sierra Vintners’ regional wine trails are May 14, July 16 and September 24 in 2016.
The May 14 wine trail is Amour Privé, Bear River, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, Naggiar, Sierra Knolls and Viña Castellano.
The July 16 trail features Avanguardia, Bent Metal, Coufos Cellars, Grant Marie, Gray one, Pilot Peak and Szabo.
The September 24 wine [...]

Holiday Fairs & Festivals in the Sierra Foothills

Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 1:30-6 p.m.
Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 5-9 p.m.
Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a Christmas card come to life.
The annual, family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory [...]

Fall Road Trips: Bierwagen’s, Machado and Otow Orchard

FALL IS THE IDEAL SEASON FOR A ROAD TRIP. The trees are ablaze in fall colors, fresh local apples are being pressed into apple cider, the fields are full of pumpkins, and the wineries are less crowded. Here are some places to go:
Just off I-80 in Auburn, visit its fifth annual Apple Festival—October 17. [...]

Auburn Symphony’s 2015-16 season: an energetic program

“THE PRESENCE OF AN ORCHESTRA often is an indicator of a community’s strength,” according to the League of American Orchestras. “They fuel local economies, attract new business development and educate young people.”
About 27 years ago, Placer County leaders had the foresight to start a community orchestra: the Auburn Symphony. In its first season, the orchestra [...]

Epic burgers in the Sierra Foothills

When it comes to burgers, In-N-Out Burger in the West and Shake Shack on the East Coast have cult-like followings. But our local restaurants create some epic burgers, made with organic and local ingredients. Some examples:
The flame-broiled Kobe-style bistro burger features Wagu Kobe-style beef and caramelized shallots, topped with cheddar and onion strings [...]

Where to get real BBQ in the Sierra Foothills

Our region has its own top-notch barbecue restaurants, with their “low and slow” smokers primed for summer. Some of our favorites:
The real deal: St. Louis-style pork spare ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken. The meats are slow cooked in a Cookshack SM360 smoker—14 hours for the pulled pork alone—often using peach wood grown [...]

Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

AN ABUNDANCE OF LAKES, RIVERS, streams and ponds have defined our region’s geography and culture for generations. This also is reflected in the landscaping and design around our homes and businesses: lush lawns, water features, water-loving trees and shrubs.
But a prolonged drought is forcing us to rethink our commercial and residential landscapes, often the site [...]

Placer and Nevada County CA ranked tops in nation for recreation

WHETHER IT’S BIKING, HIKING, camping, swimming or picnicking, Placer and Nevada Counties are ranked among America’s 50 best counties for outdoor activities, according to a new survey.
Placer County ranked #36, Nevada County ranked #47 and El Dorado ranked #49 in the nation, according to Niche, which runs a popular ranking and review site. The top [...]

Lakes that survived the drought: Tahoe, Rollins, Donner and Scotts Flat

SURE, CALIFORNIA HAS A drought, which is impacting recreation on some of its most popular rivers, lakes and reservoirs. But with trillions of gallons of water, Lake Tahoe — the nation’s second deepest lake — is poised to welcome water enthusiasts from all over this summer.
The same goes for most other lakes in our region, [...]

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