A visitor’s guide to downtown Grass Valley

“Take the scenic route to downtown Grass Valley.” Off the beaten path, the Gold Rush-era town is a heritage travel gem. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options.
Grass Valley’s historic downtown core—about 15 walkable blocks— continues to be the community’s main [...]

Wild & Scenic salmon in downtown Grass Valley

The 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental festival of its kind, is January 15-18 in Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Downtown Grass Valley is known for its creative window displays, and this week we noticed salmon popping up on the windows, with artistic flair.
Some of them are photographed here. We talked to [...]

Grass Valley is seeking a brewpub, joining Auburn, Nevada City and Truckee

Grass Valley is actively seeking a tenant and location for a brewpub, and the historic downtown is a top contender, our magazine has learned. A brewpub, with craft beer brewed on site, would offer a needed economic boost, creating jobs and drawing visitors and locals.
Grass Valley’s quest for a brewpub comes amid a craft beer [...]

Visit downtown Grass Valley: A cool small town

THE FOOTHILLS ARE HOME TO SOME OF THE WEST’S coolest small towns, and Grass Valley is at the forefront. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options.
Grass Valley’s historic downtown core— about 15 walkable blocks—continues to be the community’s main shopping hub, [...]

Old Town Cafe in Grass Valley now open for dinner on weekends

The Old Town Cafe on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley is branching out and has just started serving dinner on Friday and Saturday each week, according to its Facebook page.
Weekend hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They also will be open for Monday Night Football.
Owner Robin Buckman wanted to offer an affordable [...]

World-renowned pizza coming to historic Grass Valley

Here’s a food scoop: The Quiznos in downtown Grass Valley is closing but keeping the same owner. The owner’s other Quiznos franchise in Brunswick Basin will remain open, pumping out the popular hot deli sandwiches.
But here’s the most exciting news, worthy of regional attention: The Grass Valley store at 121 Neal Street will be transformed [...]

Latke demo at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley on December 8

Visit Tess’ Kitchen Store for a demonstration on Saturday, December 8, starting at 5 p.m., on how to make Latkes in their new restaurant quality kitchen.
Latkes are a popular treat during the Eight-Day Festival of Lights. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept [...]

Grass Valley: What’s new in this gold-rush town

GRASS VALLEY REFLECTS THE RESURGENCE of small towns all across America. It has beauti- fully restored buildings, an historic downtown, festivals, top-notch dining and shopping—and world-class hiking, biking and kayaking nearby.
Grass Valley also boasts The Center for the Arts, which hosts big-city talent such as Lily Tomlin and Kris Kristofferson. The historic Holbrooke Hotel is [...]

Rendering of proposed ice skating rink in downtown Grass Valley

The fundraising for an ice skating rink in downtown Grass Valley, open from just after Thanksgiving to New Year’s, is underway.
Downtown Ice Skating Rink
December 7, 2012 – January 1, 2013
The first of its kind in downtown Grass Valley or Nevada County! We are looking for sponsors to help us operate the family-friendly ice skating rink [...]

Tess’ Kitchen Store: Expanding in Grass Valley

NOWHERE IS THE RESURGENCE OF downtown Grass Valley more visible than at Tess’ Kitchen Store, a longtime Mill Street merchant that will become an ultimate cooking store this spring with an innovative expansion.
Tess’ has been in continual operation since 1931, when original owner Tess Hawkins had a gift and card shop. The store has [...]