Downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City

Historic Grass Valley, with its vibrant downtown corridor, is one of the most popular Gold Rush towns of the Mother Lode. Gold Miners Inn guests can walk to unique stores, wine. tasting rooms, art galleries, and world-class restaurants and entertainment. Visit the Historic Grass Valley or Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce website.

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. Visit the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce website. for more information.

Cornish Christmas

Each Friday night from Thanksgiving to Christmas… Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus

Victorian Christmas

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!

Nevada City Bicycle Classic

The Annual Nevada City Classic returns to the foothills on Father’s Day weekend, celebrating a tradition that is older than national Father’s Day itself. In 2017, the traditional 1-day bicycle race (which has a reputation as perhaps the most challenging 1-day bicycle race in America) expanded to a 2-day affair which will also include Saturday cycling events and an urban running event on Sunday aptly named The Nevada City Mile.

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Just a few blocks from the Gold Miners Inn, The Nevada County Fairgrounds is home to the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.”

Draft Horse Classic

Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2017 Draft Horse Classic. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” – it’s all part of the Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes.

Empire Mine State Park and The Bourne Cottage

Explore the rich history of gold mining in Northern California. Visit Empire Mine State Park, which was the largest and most productive hard rock gold mine in America. Visit their site here.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California’s largest hydraulic mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Visit their site here.

South Yuba River State Park

Just a 25 minute drive.  Beautiful South Yuba River State Park is home to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, is one of Nevada County’s best swimming holes. The park also includes the famous Independence Trail – the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. Visit their web site here.

Wine Tasting

Let’s go Wine Tasting! This area is dotted with more than 24 wineries that feature award-winning wines. Several vintners have tasting rooms right in downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City. Others offer summer concert series, pairing fabulous wines with memorable entertainers and great dining under the stars. Visit their site here

Pack Your Gear…

Outdoor activities abound in the Sierra Foothills. Within 20 miles you can hike, bike, golf, swim, boat, paddle board, fish or just lie out on a big rock by the river and get a tan. Our downtown Grass Valley location is the perfect base camp for your next foothills adventure. Guide Books with maps of Nevada County’s best trials are available in our Corner Store.

Want a preview… Try the Art On-Site Deer Creek Tribute Trail or one of the only ADA accessible trails in the country the Independence Trail. Looking for a real challenge try Castle Peak located in Truckee.

Arts & Entertainment

Music in the Mountains

Music In the Mountains while the drum beats throughout the year, the mountains truly resonate with music in the summer months. Music in the Mountains, with SummerFest being the signature program, Music in the Mountains brings the classics to life in new ways, in new places and new formats.

The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts host everyone from Kris Kristofferson and Winton Marsalis to regional performances of Shakespeare and local dance companies. Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedienne-actress, writer and producer Lily Tomlin has brought her live stage show to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Comedians, magicians, and acrobats have all found the spotlight in Nevada County. As the official Hospitality Sponsor of the Center for the Arts, we offer some of the best “Stay and Play at the Center” packages available. For a list of who’s playing at the Center, click here.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Located at 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era. Visitors are offered a docent-led historical tour of the museum, rail yard, and restoration shop.

  • November 1 – April 28:
    The museum is open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed Holidays.
  • Summer Hours:
    April 29 – October 31
    The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Holidays during the summer.

The North Star Mining Museum & Pelton Wheel Exhibit

The North Star Mining Museum Located at 933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley (530) 273-4255, and the Pelton Wheel Exhibit located at 10933 Allison Ranch Rd, Grass Valley are part of the Nevada County Historical Society, these ‘gems’ of Nevada County and exist not only to preserve and protect our area’s mining heritage but also educate and inform people not only about the mining process, but also about the impact the industry had upon the humanity of the people who built the mines and those who toiled there during their operation.

  • Summer Hours:
    (May 1 – Oct 31) Wed-Sat, 10pm – 4pm & Sun 12pm – 4pm
    *Closed temporarily on Tuesdays
  • Winter Hours:
    (Nov 1 – Apr 30) by appointment

Penn Valley Community Rodeo

PVCRA… the Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association is a non-profit corporation, founded in 2005 to promote the sport of rodeo in Penn Valley, and to preserve the western lifestyle. The PVCRA benefits local schools and service clubs. PVCRA awards two scholarships each year to students in Agriculture.