A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth.
In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around Auburn, [...]

Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events
Nevada City
April 9-10, 16-17
Springtime at Ananda
The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City.
CrystalHermitage.org
June 5
Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Cars compete on creativity and team spirit, not just speed. Teams race nearly [...]

Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows takes top spot among 20 ski areas nominated in North America

Out of the 20 resorts nominated by a panel of pro skiers and snowboarders, USA Today and 10Best announced that their readers have selected Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as the winner of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Poll for ‘Best Ski Resort’.
“Our team is thrilled to be recognized as the USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice [...]

Tahoe ski resorts welcome two feet of fresh snow

“Storm total snow accumulations: 12 to 24 inches above 7,000 feet, with 6 to 12 inches between 6,000 and 7,000 feet, including Lake Tahoe. Highest accumulations will be along and west of Highway 89 and above 7500 feet in Mono County. Two to six inches east of Highway 395 in Mono County,” according to the [...]

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends.
“The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and a [...]

Skiers and snowboarders rejoice: Epic snow dump possible next winter

El Niño is forecast to weaken through the spring with conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean potentially transitioning to La Niña next fall, according to the latest monthly outlook issued this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“The strong 2010-11 La Niña contributed to record winter snowfall, spring flooding and drought across the [...]

Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend.
Locally sourced meat and seafood rank at the top of the [...]

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee:
KANE’S
The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural triple sec, cran- berry juice and [...]

Winter: An ideal time to sign up for a cooking class

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.” — Julia Child
WINTER IS AN IDEAL TIME TO SIGN UP for a cooking class in the foothills or Truckee. We’re indoors more, thanks to the wintry weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the [...]

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good for skiing, biking and hiking,” writes Outside magazine. “For years, these areas have reinvented themselves as outdoor-friendly tech alternatives to Silicon Valley.”
Outdoor-friendly tech towns with the lure of a work-life balance, along with a growing culinary and arts scene, offer the special ingredients [...]

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