Grass Valley — Even when the trees are stripped of leaves and ground is not as green, Grass Valley is still an excellent weekend escape, full of fine dining options, historic sight-seeing, quaint lodging, and a casual ambiance to boot. If you desire to head into the mountains, but not quite as high as the snow levels, Grass Valley is your target.
Proudly considered above the fog and below the snow, Grass Valley is only about an hour out of Sacramento… a simple jaunt up I-80 with a quick exit onto historic Highway 49 near Auburn. Before you’ve had time to unwind from the drive, you will find yourself exiting into historic downtown Grass Valley, where the pace suddenly seems to reverse in motion. Grass Valley is an eclectic town.
The Grass Valley slogan is “Enliven Your Senses”, and that quickly becomes a reality when you first see the narrow streets that were once covered in dirt with horses and wagons moving about. Many of the historic buildings still stand, despite two fires that nearly wiped Grass Valley from the map. Mill Street, downtown Grass Valley’s main strip, is a nice walk to venture into local retail stores, encounter some good foothill wines in one of the tasting rooms, or to feast in dining establishments owned by chefs with San Francisco resumes. They, too, desired to escape the Bay Area bustle and brought their unique cuisines and talents with them.
The Grass Valley Center for the Arts has events planned throughout the week, whether artist displays, live concerts, or local thespians performing works from name playwrights. The Center for the Arts is a jewel in the Sierras, and boasts performances from entertainers such as Clint Black, Elvin Bishop, Paula Poundstone, and Kris Kristofferson. Who would expect such talent to visit Grass Valley, with a modest population of 13,000? It’s all due to The Center’s draw as one of the Sierra’s hubs for entertainment.
Make Grass Valley part of your next get-away!