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, [...]

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” [...]

Stucki: Free jewelry if it snows

Our region’s local stores offer exceptional shopping experiences. One of the best is Stucki Jewelry in historic Grass Valley, the oldest continually operating jewelry store in the foothills. Owners James and Nicole Arbaugh have come up with an innovative program called “Free If It Snows.”
Now in its eighth year, the store offers a chance to [...]

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 [...]

Crush: “quality over quantity” this year

WINE LOVERS MAY BE ONE OF THE few beneficiaries of the long dry spell in California, at least for one more year.
Just as every cloud has a silver lining, the drought is causing the vines to produce smaller grapes, which results in more concentrated sugars and flavors. Vintages during dry years tend to garner better [...]

Sierra Stages presents Falsettos Nov. 5-22 in Grass Valley

THIS FALL, SIERRA STAGES PRESENTS the groundbreaking musical Falsettos for ten performances from November 5-22 at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, next to The Center for the Arts’ main theater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m.
Falsettos is the final production of Sierra Stages’ seventh season and is [...]

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 [...]

BriarPatch Co-op backs local groups with donations

Four local groups recently received $500 each from BriarPatch Co-op Market’s Cooperative Community Fund: Nevada County Grown, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, Bitney College Prep High School, and Hospitality House.
Nevada County Grown requested funds to help host their “Bounty of the County” educational event, which raises community awareness of local agriculture. Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release will [...]

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