Category: Tourism

In the Sierra Foothills, the neighboring towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley are among the best places to visit in California for a Halloween getaway. Just a few miles apart from one another, the fall colors in both towns are breath-taking. But, perhaps better than the fall colors, is the wide-variety of sweet treats for a mature audience.

There is wine tasting and a wide variety of micro breweries Nevada City and Grass Valley.  There are also a handful of dive bars to explore.  While the dining in both towns is wonderful, the dessert is amazing. This Halloween, skip dinner and go on a search instead for candy, cakes, and ice cream.

To start, try The Chocolate Shoppe on Broad Street in Nevada City. They have a Port Wine Truffle that melts with slow decadence. For something more whimsical try a classic caramel apple or a candy-covered apple.

Trick or Treat Nevada City

Next, visit Three Forks Bakery and Brewery for your choice of sweet or savory. This incredible restaurant is a local favorite and no one can decide which is better, the beer or the baked goods.  The menu is based on local availability and in-season produce so you never know what you are going to get.


After lunch, perhaps you’ll want to head to Grass Valley to go antiquing or wander the art galleries. While in Grass Valley, stop by Fable for a cup of coffee or Lazy Dog Chocolateria for some chocolate covered espresso beans.


Whatever you decide, a visit to Nevada County is always a sweet time.

Take a hike in Nevada County! Empire Mine State Park offers one of the best hikes in the foothills.  Just an hour from most Sacramento locations, it is one of the great hikes near Sacramento.


Take Highway 49 north into Grass Valley, CA and drive through town for less than a mile before happening upon the main entrance. You can spend time at the State Park Visitor’s Center, stroll the century-old gardens, or hit the trails.


Grass Valley is just a few miles from Nevada City so if you want to get the weekend started early but still need to put in some time with work, drop in to our coworking space in Nevada City during the week for day use. If you are planning a longer stay, we have bulk day rates.


Enjoy your hike!

Are you looking for coworking in Nevada City? High speed internet in Nevada County? Just a really great place to work?

Sierra Commons is Nevada County’s best coworking space. We have some of the best and brightest of Nevada County under our roof. Nevada County’s remote workers and freelancers work at Sierra Commons.  We house Software Engineers, Film Makers, Journalists, Writers, Lobbyists, Copy Editors, Small Business Owners, and more.  Sierra Commons has been a staple of the Nevada County community for 7 years. In 1999, when founded, we were one of the first rural coworking spaces in all of the United States. Now we have partnerships all over Northern California and in the Tahoe/Truckee area.


We are the destination for weekenders from the Bay Area and Sacramento and we offer tourists and locals drop-in rates, day use, high-speed internet, and a fun place to work. Enjoy our beautiful summer patio. Come for the high-speed internet and stay for the community.

We are located in Nevada City on Searls Avenue.  We are next to Wild Mountain Yoga and we are central to Three Forks Bakery and Brewery, Matteo’s Public, Lefty’s Grill, the National Hotel, Broad Street Inn and the Inn Town Campground.

Starting on Thursday, January 14th and running through Sunday, January 17th, the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  For any outdoor enthusiast, environmental activist, or inhabitant of planet earth, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival provides a weekend of non-stop fun and education for all in attendance.  There is something for everyone—movies, music, beer, wine, food, art, and more.


The festival always provides entertainment for a great weekend.  Sierra Commons’ members will often meet up at different locations to talk about the films, get a bite to eat, and give reviews.


Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s coworking space, is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and offers day-use rates for locals and for out-of-towners looking to get a jump start on their weekend but still needing to get work done.  We have high-speed internet and all the coffee you can drink.  Join our community for a productive work day before heading to the festival.

If you are sitting at your desk in Sacramento or in the Bay Area wishing you could pack up and head to the snow, do it. Don’t wait. Hit the road. Spend a day in Grass Valley or Nevada City and work at Sierra Commons, Nevada County’s coworking space.  You’ll finish your work day and be able to hit the slopes just an hour away.


Outside magazine released its 2016 Ski Report and things are looking good for winter sports this year, especially in the Tahoe/Truckee Region.  This afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Tahoe area claiming “Snow accumulations above 7000 feet, 1 to 2 feet with locally up to 3 feet near the Sierra crest. Below 7000 feet, 7 to 14 inches except 12 to 18 inches west of Highway 89.”


Enjoy the beauty of Nevada County, affordable lodging, and, for just $20 for day use, Nevada County’s coworking space with all the coffee you can drink.  Stop by, relax, get work done and jumpstart your weekend.

Gung Hay Fat Choy.

We are pleased to support this year's Chinese New Year Festival February 17, 2013. 

For more information click here.

CNY 2013


April 3rd

SPECIAL LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION: Marketing Strategies for Nevada County Tourism Industry: Roundtable Discussion

Note special time and location:  12:00- 2:00pm at The Stonehouse, downstairs from Sierra Commons

carlaPresented by: Carla Bonetti of  Nevada County Escapes

Tourism can bring additional revenue and jobs to our community. Learn what is being done to market Nevada County from local experts.  Panelists include:

Lunch & Learn Series Every Tuesday
12:00 to 1:15pm @ Sierra Commons

The Sierra Commons Lunch & Learn series is a presentation or roundtable discussion with some of our area’s leading professionals.

Bring a brown bag filled with your favorite midday meal and learn something to move your business forward.

A $10 donation is requested.

By: South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

Nevada City, CA January 6, 2012 – Some Nevada County, CA residents are stepping up to very publicly shave their heads to keep the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins State Parks from closing.

The State’s budget issues have led to draconian cuts, and the State Parks are one of the hardest hit, but regions that have fought for their parks have seen progress towards taking them off of the closure list. The South Yuba River Citizen League (SYRCL) is spearheading this fight locally, educating the public and generating community energy to save the parks and keep them open and accessible. A petition is circulating, the goal is to send 5000 signatures to California Gerry Brown to show support for the parks and, hopefully, stem their impending closures.

Generating as many signatures as possible inspired a new movement – “S(h)ave Our Yuba State Parks.”

It started when former SYRCL Director Shawn Garvey agreed to bare his dome once the petition reached 2000 signatures, a number achieved in just a few days. Soon after, two more residents, Robert Trent and Mike Mooers, agreed to undergo the same hair-styling procedure should other benchmarks be reached.

Mooers set that benchmark at six thousand signatures. “Let’s show the state that this community needs and loves these parks. Five-thousand signatures sends a powerful message, but when we hit 6000 it gets loud.” He notes that getting buzzed is a bit of a sacrifice. “I have nice hair – definitely nicer than Garvey’s – but our parks are far more valuable than vanity.”

Adds Trent: “There’s an alignment: The Yuba is the fiber of our community, my hair is the fiber of my head. I love my community and the parks that are such a big part of it. I will proudly sacrifice my personal fibers for the greater good, and to get people to step up and sign.”

“The ‘S(h)ave the Yuba State Parks’ movement has definitely raised the stakes of personal commitment to keeping our parks open,” said Caleb Dardick, SYRCL’s Executive Director. “We surpassed our goal of 5,000 signatures in only 10 days so we raised the goal to 7,000 – maybe that will challenge a few others to put their locks on the line too.”

The heads will be publicly shaved during SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Every year Wild & Scenic brings leading filmmakers, activists, social innovators, celebrities and adventurers to the largest festival of its kind in the country, and the audiences pack the small town. This year’s begins Friday, January 13th, with hair styling commencing at 5 PM in front of the Mowen-Solinsky Gallery on Broad Street. Stylists from Bel Capelli Salon will provide professional shearing services.

Garvey, who spends much time at the Yuba with his children, is putting tremendous effort into raising awareness about the closures. “The parks are so important to us. The river is our soul, and Malakoff is our history. Beyond the personal connections my family and I have to these parks is the impact closures would have on the community. Tourism would drop off, jobs would be lost, and it would be emotionally and economically devastating to Grass Valley, Nevada City and the entire area.”

Now with SYRCL’s leadership, the community is responding to the increased goal. “Anyone can sign, adults, kids, whether you live here or not,” says Garvey. “All you need is a love for the river, or Malakoff’s link to our history.”

If you are interested in signing, visit SYRCL’s website,, and click on the link for the on-line petition. Or take it up a level, download a printable petition form, and go get some signatures in person.

About the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival:

SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River and the Greater Yuba Watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA. SYRCL is the leading regional advocates for creating resilient human and natural communities throughout the greater Yuba River basin by restoring creeks & rivers, regenerating wild salmon populations, and inspiring & organizing people—from the Yuba’s source to the sea—to join in the movement for a more wild & scenic Yuba River. More information at,

This January 13-15th, SYRCL’s 10th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California. More information at

The soul of Nevada County is at risk: the state plans to close our beloved Yuba River State Parks by July 2012.

Nevada County’s business and environmental communities don’t always agree. But on one subject, we have a consensus: closing access to the South Yuba will be a devastating blow to our county’s future.

Join us and thousands of Californians: ask Governor Brown to work with Nevada County residents to keep our state parks open.

While the state has been drawing up plans to close both Malakoff Diggins and South Yuba River State Parks, a coalition of local residents has been working to find an alternative. In December, over 400 people packed a town hall meeting in Nevada City to discuss ways to keep the park open. Sierra Commons strongly endorses this community-driven effort.

Tourism brings over $250 million into our local economy every year (Nevada County Economic Resource Council, PDF). The South Yuba is the backbone of Nevada County tourism—park closures are an unaffordable and unacceptable threat.

This is a big deal for all residents of Nevada County. Stand up for our livelihoods—it only takes a few seconds. Or, download a printable petition to share with friends and family.


Max Norton, Interim Chair
Robert Trent, Executive Director
and the Sierra Commons Board of Directors

P.S. For more great resources on this issue, visit SYRCL’s Save our Yuba State Parks page.

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