Drought encourages Tahoe to focus on year-round activities

WE LOVE CELEBRATING OUR REGION’S year-round lifestyle centered around farm-fresh food, fine dining, local wine and beer, art and music and outdoor recreation — and it’s becoming a bigger draw for vacations, staycations and relocations.
Tahoe and Truckee have deep roots in winter sports, going back to Sugar Bowl in the ’30s and the 1960 Winter [...]

Lake Tahoe Music Festival is August 18-22

Bring lawn chairs, picnics and your favorite beveragevto the annual Lake Tahoe Music Festival on August 18-22 in Tahoe City, Truckee and the West Shore.
The festival’s Academy Orchestra is joining soloists Chris Kachian, renowned classical guitarist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and Laura Hamilton, co-concertmaster for the Metropolitan Opera. Selections from [...]

Tahoe Maritime Museum expanding in Tahoe City

THE TAHOE MARITIME MUSEUM, WHICH began as a small seasonal display at Sugar Pine Point, now is on its way to having its own campus, encompassing exhibition galleries, offices and collection storage on a 10-acre property in Tahoe City.
With the purchase of the Tahoe Tree Company’s property slated for early fall, the Museum will move [...]

Chef’s Notes: Farm to Fork, Treats, Tahoe Central Market, Carolines

FARM-TO-FORK DINNERS
Our region is going to offer more farm-to-table dinners this summer. The third annual Nevada City farm-to-table banquet is August 16. It is downtown on Commercial Street, which has become a foodie paradise, thanks to the Nevada City Farmers Market, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and now Wheyward Girl Creamery.
At Lake Tahoe, Homewood [...]

Sierra Adventures: Get up and go

Spring in the Sierra is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors before the summer crowds. Some of our favorite places include:
DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK
A new Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center opens in June. The new visitor center will replace the existing Emigrant Trail Museum and will feature a state of the art [...]

Tasting Notes: Tahoe City Wine Walk, Smith Vineyard’s new labels

NOW FOUR GENERATIONS STRONG
Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Wayne Smith fulfilled his desire to farm when he planted a vineyard in Grass Valley. The winery, housed in a restored red barn, opened in 1987. Nowadays Wayne’s grandsons, the third generation, work alongside their parents, Gary and Chris, at the winery.
Gary and Chris are now honoring the [...]

Winter food, wine, art and music festivals in the foothills and Sierra

Winter festivals include Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year in Nevada City, the Foothills Celebration food-and-wine pairing event in Grass Valley and, for the first time, WinterWonderGrass in Squaw Valley.
MARDI GRAS
NEVADA CITY, FEB. 14-15
A downtown parade, Masquerade Ball and Carnevale are featured, as this colorful foothills town again celebrates Mardi Gras. Weekend activities open Saturday [...]

Art Haus & Cinema featuring classical movies filmed in Tahoe in February

Located in the former Cobblestone Cinema in Tahoe City, The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema is a completely remodeled and revamped theater and bar. It features a new state-of-the art digital projector, 75 new rocking leather seats, a bar with craft beer and espresso machine.
It brings together the passion of 25-year Tahoe local and [...]

Daniel Tosh, Andy Samberg, Bobby Flay, Jerry Brown and other notables enjoy dining in our region

When he was governor the first time around, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at the Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on State Highway 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York Steaks, carefully aged and cut daily.
Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular visitor to our region. [...]

Fall colors and food & wine tours in the foothills and Sierra

HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40
Weather permitting, take an old time Sunday drive at slow speed along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee— or a “leg” or two—instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors are spectacular.
“You will see the parade of rich history that formed California: the path of the Native American petroglyphs and [...]

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