Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Charming Nevada City

Nevada County is at the northern end of California's Gold Country, about one hour northeast of Sacramento and about 2 1/2 - 3 hours from San Francisco. The county is home to at least 15 wineries, which I'll talk about in my next post. First I want to highlight the charming town of Nevada City.

The first gold miners settled along Deer Creek in 1849. The town quickly grew with 30,000 people calling Nevada City home at one time. Today Nevada City is much smaller with just 3,000 people living in town. The central business district is on the registry of National Historic Landmarks. City law requires that the downtown area keep its 19th century appearance. Walk down any street and you will see many Victorian homes and buildings.

Fall is a nice time to visit Nevada City. The summer's heat has dissipated and the winter rains have yet to come. Many streets are lined with maple trees and, as a result, this is one of the few places in Northern California where you can see fall foliage. Broad, Main, and Commercial Streets are home to many antique stores, boutiques, galleries, and interesting shops.

The town is home to a number of restaurants. We dined at New Moon Cafe and Citronee Bistro and Wine Bar. New Moon Cafe features California cuisine, while Cintronee is more American albeit with a French influence. New Moon Cafe has a very interesting wine list that includes wines from some lesser known wine regions. You're sure to find something tasty at either restaurant. If you want a taste of New Orleans at lunch or breakfast, stop by Ike's Quarter Cafe.

Nevada City is home to many bed and breakfasts. We stayed at Emma Nevada House. Innkeeper Andy Howard will give you an overview of the house's interesting history upon your arrival. In the morning, you'll wake up to Susan Howard's delicious breakfast. Rooms are pretty good size and quite comfortable. If you enjoy Victorian bed and breakfasts, you'll want to check out Emma Nevada House.

For something a little different, try the Outside Inn. This typical roadside motel was refurbished with each room featuring a different outdoor theme. Rooms are quirky, clean, and very reasonably priced.

Whether you are a Bay Area resident in need of a weekend away from the city or an international visitor seeking some old west character, head up to Nevada City for a couple of days. You'll not be disappointed.

If you would like to take a private tour of California's Gold Country that includes a visit to Nevada City or you have a group that would like to visit Nevada City for a couple of days, Blue Heron can take care of your travel arrangements. Just call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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