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Grass Valley (California)

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Grass Valley is a city in Nevada County in California's Gold Country.

Get in[edit]

  • By Car. From Sacramento take I-80 East to Auburn and then take 49 from Auburn to Grass Valley. From Truckee take I-80 west and take the highway 20 exit towards Nevada City and Grass Valley.  edit

Get around[edit]

  • Gold Country Stage, 530-477-0103 ext 1004, [1]. Local buses that take people all over Nevada County including Grass valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, North San Juan, Cedar Ridge, Lake Wildwood and Alta Sierra. Follow the link to get access to the system route map.  edit
  • Gold Coutry LIFT, 530-271-7433, [2]. Local door to door paratransit. Call ahead to make a reservation.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

  • Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 East Empire St.,Grass Valley. Ca. 95945, (530) 273-8522, [3]. Empire Mine is the site of the oldest and richest gold mine in California. Despite having only 20% of the available gold extracted (5.8 million ounces of gold by weight) the mine closed in 1956 after 106 years of production and now is preserved as a California state park. The visitor center has diagrams and models of the mine itself, and numerous items of mining machinery are on show inside the park. Visitors have the opportunity to enter the top of the mine shaft itself and an underground train tour is coming soon (2008/9). The state park also has many miles of riding, walking and mountain biking trails.  edit
  • Victorian Houses. With Grass Valley being a major 19th century Gold Mining area in the American West there are a large number of Victorian houses in the area. Wandering the streets of the city is a good way to appreciate these buildings and there are many excellent photograph opportunities.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Wine tasting. Enjoy wine tasting at various locations in the City of Grass Valley and at some of the surrounding wineries. As of April 2007 there are 3 wine shops/tasting rooms in the downtown area.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Alpaca Yarn and products, 10521 Godfrey Lane Grass Valley, California 95949, +1 (530) 274-8748, [4]. Alpaca products created by the AStarAlpaca Ranch of Grass Valley including natural and dyed yarns.  edit
  • Foothill Mercantile, 121 Mill St., 530-273-8304. Opened in 1976, this shop has gifts for all ages. Head upstairs for a wide variety of toys.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • South Pine Cafe, Richardson Street, [5]. Excellent slightly alternative restaurant. Be prepared to wait a short while at the weekend, but be assured the food is worth it. Try the the "south pine sampler", but be aware the Louisiana Hot Sausage can be fiery. The menu has lots of variety-options for vegetarians and carnivores. Great selection of liquid to wash down your meal, from fresh squeezed juices to beer and wine.  edit
  • Diegos Restaurant, 217 Colfax Avenue,[6], Chilean food. Open Monday through Saturday. Fun mismatched decor and pleasant staff. The bread balls they start you off with are melt in your mouth delicious and go perfectly with the dipping sauce and garlic butter that accompany them. The Agave wine margaritas are quite refreshing.
  • Taste of Thai, 204 West Main St, 530-274-2968, [7]. Tuesday-Friday 11:30-3:00 and 5:00-9:30 Saturday and Sunday 12:00-9:30. Affordable and tasty Thai food. The staff here treats every customer like they are the most important person in the restaurant.  edit
  • Cirino's at Main Street, 213 West Main St, 530-477-6000, [8]. The Bloody Marys are so popular here that they sell their Bloody Mary mix. There is a restaurant section and a bar section, connected by an open doorway. You can order the same food and drinks from either section, so choose the one that feels right to you. Grab a Bloody Mary and a window seat in either section for some great people watching. The Spanish Ortega Garden Burger and Pork Sandwich are favorites here.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Pubs and Bars

  • The Owl Grill and Saloon, 134 Mill St,(530)274-1144, [9] Open daily at 4:00pm. Casual, welcoming atmosphere. Live music on select nights. The Billy Blue Bread is a magical partnership of garlic and blue cheese and the beer battered french fries have a deliciously subtle fish flavor. Good selection of beer on tap, plenty of wine and lots of the hard stuff. Order food in the bar or venture into the restaurant.
  • Golden Gate Saloon, 212 W. Main St, (530)273-1353, [10]. Located in the Holbrooke Hotel, the Golden Gate Saloon is known as the oldest continuously operating bar west of the Mississippi. Live music Wednesday through Saturday nights. Happy hour Monday through Friday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. They have a good selection of beer, wine, and liquor, and a relaxing atmosphere - sit at a table near the window for some good people watching. There is also patio seating in the back.  edit


  • Summer Thyme's, 231 Colfax Ave, 530-273-2904, [11]. With coffee and baked goods, this is a good place to start your day. In addition to baked goods, they have breakfast and lunch items and use local ingredients whenever possible.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Gold Country Inn, 11972 Sutton Way, +1 530 273-1393 (fax: +1 530 273-4229), [12].  edit
  • The Holbrooke, 212 West Main St. / Grass Valley, CA 95945, [13].  edit
  • VIctorian Lady Inn, 304 South Church Street / Grass Valley, CA 95945, (), [14]. $125-200.  edit

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