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Nevada City, CA 95959

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Nevada City in California's northern California Nevada County offers splendor to behold. The burnt gold trees framed by deep blue skies provide an awe-inspiring image that early settlers to this Gold Country region must have equally enjoyed over 150 years ago. Nevada City is located in the heart of Tahoe National Forest along the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Among the many types of trees you'll see in this wonderland are Douglas Fir, Foxtail Pine, Giant Sequoia, Grey Pine, Incense Cedar, Jeffrey Pine, Kellogg Oak, Live Oak, Ponderosa Pine, Red Fir, Sierra Juniper, Sugar Pine and White Fir. From these golden foothills on the western slope to high peaks at Sierra crest, the forest thicket protects a floor containing hundreds of historic and prehistoric sites representing human influences over several thousand years. In reality, it's likely that pre-Gold Rush peoples also stood on mountain tops to enjoy the autumn splendor of the changing tree leaves.

 

The Tahoe National Forest at Nevada City offers outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the seasons. Millions of people visit this forest to bicycle, camp, hike, hunt, ski, snowboard, take pictures and swim.

For those who prefer a more urban pace, there are many wineries, museums, restaurants and shops throughout the region that you can enjoy. Nevada City wineries features wine tasting, wine sales, some tours and products for sale. When visiting, sample local "gold" from  Double Oak Winery Tasting Room, 14510 Blind Shady Rd., Nevada City, CA 95959 Phone: 530-292-3235 www.doubleoakwinery.com;  Indian Springs Vineyards Tasting Room from its 450 acre plantings, 303 Broad Street, Nevada City. Phone: 530-478-1068. www.indianspringswines.com; Iron Mountain Vineyard features a tasting room in the landmark ASSAY OFFICE building at the very end of Main Street in Nevada City. Phone: 530-478-9450  www.imvwines.com; Nevada City Winery, Best of Sierra Foothill awards recipient, features Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus an antique corkscrew collection. Phone: 530-265-9463 / 800-203-9463   ncwinery.com.

 

In addition to wine tasting, the wineries are host to a great list of cultural events throughout the year. In fact, wineries have become gathering points for the community and visitors to enjoy food pairings, dinners, musical concerts and other special events. Check the websites listed above to discover the many great cultural events you can enjoy at Nevada City wineries.

 

Nevada City backgrounder: The word nevada in Spanish means snowy or snow-covered. A region that enjoys a dusting of snow in the winter months, was one of the first California towns with electric lights, thanks to the Pelton wheel which was designed to power gold mines.  Nevada City is also home to the first commercially viable picture-phone. Most visitors to this rustic region know that over 50 high tech firms and more than 1,000 hardware and software design and development professionals call Nevada County home. In fact, it is often called the Silicon Valley of the Sierras. When visiting, don't assume that the docent in coveralls telling you about the Gold Rush is a country bumpkin. Oftentimes, you'll find yourself in awe that you're speaking with someone so incredibly intelligent that you'll need to throw your stereotype out the window before you blow your cover.