Picture perfect Grass Valley is a part of California gold rush country, located in Nevada County. Nestled in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Grass Valley is a popular weekend getaway destination. With close access to Sacramento, Reno and Lake Tahoe as well, this river city is full of—and surrounded by—an assortment of things to do.
Downtown Grass Valley is an entertainment district with numerous venues for shopping and dining. Pop into a specialty boutique store to browse anything from home furnishings to pet accessories. Tour the Holbrooke Hotel, a historic landmark that has been around since 1862. It’s where Mark Twain and several former U.S. presidents made their stay during their visits to the city. For more history, visit the Empire Mine, a noteworthy gold mine where more than 5.6 million ounces of gold were extracted. Visitors can learn more at the Empire Mine State Historic Park, a living museum built around nature trails and picnic areas. For even more living history, the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park in nearby Nevada City is home to California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Visitors can see towering cliffs carved by streams of water and learn all about hydraulic gold mining. A trip to Grass Valley also calls for wine tasting—the region is known for growing more than 40 types of wine grapes, after all. To sample wines from local wineries in one location, head to the Wine Company downtown. To visit regional wineries, check out Gold Country Hiking and Adventures’ guided tours.
Grass Valley is located 57 miles from Sacramento, California’s capital city. After touring the state capitol, see pioneer reenactments at Sutter’s Fort, antique locomotives at California Automobile Museum and creative installations at the Crocker Art Museum. From Grass Valley, drive 88 miles due east to get to Reno, Nevada. Reno is known for its casinos and proximity to various ski resorts. A longer drive of about 177 miles will get you to San Jose, a major technology hub in Silicon Valley. San Jose’s historic district is abundant with architectural landmarks, while the downtown area is the epicenter of innovation and exploration.
Experience Gold Rush era ambiance at the Holbrooke Hotel in downtown Grass Valley. Each of the 28 guest rooms combines elegance and modernity to create a unique yet comfortable environment. For a more intimate setting, look into area bed and breakfasts or local inns. Book a room in a renovated Victorian home within walking distance of the historic district downtown. Amenities would include a pool, spa and gardens on the property. Or enjoy the comforts of a local inn, with a complimentary breakfast bar and high-speed internet access. If you’re bringing your pet, there’s a dog-friendly hotel in Grass Valley that will make sure both you, and your canine, have all the best comforts.
State Route 49 and State Route 20 are the main highways that serve Grass Valley. As for public transportation, Route 3 of the Gold Country Stage is the main Grass Valley loop. Travelers taking air transportation can fly into Sacramento or Reno Airports. From the airport, there are cabs or limousine services to Grass Valley. There are cars available for rent, but once you’re in town, walking and biking are alternative options.
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