Nevada City & Grass Valley

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Route for 700-mile Amgen Tour of California race, including Sierra Foothills

Route for 700-mile Amgen Tour of California race, including Sierra Foothills

The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as five stages that highlight different regions of California for the very first time. An all-star field featuring...

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Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS in the Gold Rush-era brought winemaking to the region, but they also introduced the tradition of baking in stone ovens. Area restaurants and wineries have revived the tradition, from North Auburn to Grass Valley to Nevada City to Truckee. Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room, just off...

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

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...

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Chicago Improv in Nevada City

Chicago Improv in Nevada City

The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December 1959. No one could have guessed this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, and from Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, The Second City imprint is felt...

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A Baker’s Dozen

A Baker’s Dozen

CELEBRATED FRENCH CHEF Alain Ducasse helped put San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery on the map when he wrote about it in Harvesting Excellence. It helped set off a decade-long artisan baking craze in Northern California, with bakeries such as Della Fattoria Café in Petaluma or Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery in Yountville. Now the bakery boom is...

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Ol’ Republic doubling its size again, sponsoring Nevada City Bicycle Classic

Ol’ Republic doubling its size again, sponsoring Nevada City Bicycle Classic

Ol’ Republic Brewery is expanding again: The Nevada City brewery is nearly doubling its space for the second time in only a year; it is now selling its bottled beer at grocery giant Whole Foods Market; and it is the principal sponsor of the 55th annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic on Father’s Day, our...

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Miners Foundry begins Mardi Gras with legendary saxophonist Karl Denson

Miners Foundry begins Mardi Gras with legendary saxophonist Karl Denson

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center kicks off Mardi Gras weekend in Nevada County on Friday, February 13 with the heavy grooves, high-energy, shake-your-tail-feather music of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe featuring celebrated steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier. For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. ...

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Full Circle Press in Nevada City

Full Circle Press in Nevada City

Judith Berliner grew up in Nevada City, worked in a printshop in Sacramento for 12 years, and returned to her hometown in 1991 and started Full Circle Press, whose customers are world famous. “I’ve come full circle,” says Judith, whose vintage letterpress equipment was used by her father, renowned print craftsman Harold Berliner, more than...

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Nevada County natives return home to start new businesses

Nevada County natives return home to start new businesses

THE LURE OF THE BIG CITY IS costly to communities in the foothills. The talented young people often move away. “Bring them home” campaigns seek to persuade natives to come home for local careers—no easy task given the lack of jobs, relatively low pay and high cost of living (also known as the foothills’...

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Nevada City’s Spring St. Neighborhood: An Emerging Arts District

Nevada City’s Spring St. Neighborhood: An Emerging Arts District

LAST YEAR WE WROTE ABOUT an emerging food lovers’ neighborhood on lower Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City, anchored by the farmers market, annual farm-to-table banquet, the Boardwalk and the new Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. In the new year, across town, the Spring Street neighborhood is being revitalized. This includes a new building...

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