The city of Grass Valley is the largest city in the western region of Nevada County, California, United States. Situated at roughly 2,500 feet elevation in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this historic northern Gold Country city is located 57 miles by car from the state capitol in Sacramento, 64 miles from Sacramento International Airport, 88 miles west of Reno, Nevada, and 177 miles northeast of San Jose, California. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 12,860. Wikipedia
Grass Valley, California, Time Magazine has called Grass Valley “one of the top ten best small towns to live in.” The downtown Grass Valley area is considered by many to be one of the best preserved historic towns in the United States. Located in the California Sierra Foothills, just an hour from Sacramento and 3 hours from San Francisco. You will find tall pines and a rural feel, with great shops and restaurants. If you enjoy hiking, golfing, tennis and wine…this is the place for you! Tucked away in the southernmost tip of Nevada County, Grass Valley is often an overlooked jewel among the foothill’s gold rush towns. Despite a cornucopia of events and attractions, Grass Valley’s main draw may be its low-key profile and unassuming small town charm. While much of the nation has re-embraced small town America and main street revitalization have soared in recent years, Grass Valley has always simply been there.
Arts and Shopping: Grass Valley has an old fashioned charm that locals and visitors can’t resist! If you love cute little boutiques and bookstores, you will enjoy perusing through the many shops. Events and Activities: Whether you’re coming for the mountain biking or mining memorabilia, locals are delighted to share their home. Ask for an ideal spot to soak up the sun on the Yuba River or a fecund fishing hole and you’ll be told no lies. And while many make their way to Grass Valley for the Draft Horse Classic or Cornish Christmas festivals, there’s bound to be something for everyone all year long. South Yuba River State Park offers living history days, interpretive hikes, and gold-panning demonstrations throughout the year.
Wineries and Dining: 17 wineries are peppered throughout Nevada County and several have found their way downtown where shoppers and diners can pop into a boutique tasting room for a quick flight. Restaurants run the gamut from hearty pasties (a miner’s diet staple) to Central and South American-inspired, environmentally-friendly menu. Bakeries and down-home cafes featuring farm to table foods are also in abundant supply.
Accommodations: Multi-day visits are a must for outdoor explorers and aspiring gold-miners. If a historic inn isn’t up your alley, there’s the grand Holbrooke Hotel, centrally located Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express and numerous hotels and motels like the Sierra Mountain Inn full of character and authentic small-town hospitality.