Amazing Nevada County -

     History, Sports, Wine, Dine and Fun...


contemporary Off Grid living at it's finest

Discovery of gold in 1848 carried California’s name around the globe. Men came from the East, from England, Germany, Chile, China, and all around the world. By the mid-1850s, an estimated 120,000 miners were at work in California.

Nevada City is among the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality dining, lodging, and shops, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality.

Grass Valley is the location of the Empire Mine and North Star Mine, some of the richest mines in California which are now memorial parks. Many of those who came to settle in Grass Valley were tin miners from Cornwall, England. Grass Valley still holds on to its Cornish heritage, with events such as its annual Cornish Christmas celebrations.

Nevada County plays host to some of the most spectacular and diverse recreational opportunities in the country. Known for its world class mountain biking, kayaking and winter sports offerings, visitors from around the globe travel to participate in their sports of choice at all athletic levels from beginner to professional. It is also considered the central hub of the West Coast for water sports enthusiasts of all types. It is home base for one of the most spectacularly beautiful stretches of river in America, the Yuba River. With its gushing waters, deep emerald swimming holes and forested natural beauty, the river is central to the lives of many Nevada County residents.

Enjoy live music and dancing offered at the many restaurants and watering holes in Nevada City and Grass Valley!  Award-winning tasting shops and locally-brewed ales are some of the highlights. Downtown coffee houses will perk up your morning, and give you a quiet place to end your evening after dancing at one of the local bars. There are also numerous farmers markets in season where you can shop for healthy food, locally grown with care and pride by local farmers.  

You won’t find any chain restaurants in Nevada City or Grass Valley. What you will find is an amazing selection of fresh and local California cuisine to Italian, Mexican, Asian and many other ethnic choices. Begin the evening at one of the many downtown wine tasting rooms, show for artisan one of a kind items and then wander from the tasting room to one of the many downtown restaurants for dinner.