Incredible historical sites and attractions abound in western Nevada County, and Gold Miners Inn guests enjoy easy access to them all.
Empire Mine State Park
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
Beautiful South Yuba River State Park is home to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the longest single-span covered bridge in the world. The park also includes the famous Independence Trail – the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. Visit their web site here.
Let’s go Wine Tasting! The Grass Valley and Nevada City area is dotted with more than 24 wineries that feature award-winning wines. Several vintners have tasting rooms right in downtown Grass Valley. Others offer summer concert series, pairing fabulous wines with memorable entertainers and great dining under the stars.
Downtown Grass Valley
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 Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce website or Historic Grass Valley for more information.
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.”
Pack your gear…. Outdoor activities abound in the Sierra Foothills. Within 20 miles you can hike, bike, golf, swim, boat, paddle, 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.
Arts & Entertainment
Music in the Mountains
The Nevada Theatre, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, and 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. And while the drum beats throughout the year, the mountains truly resonate with music in the summer months with Music in the Mountains, and the Truckee River Regional Park’s outdoor concerts.
The Center for the Arts
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.
For a complete list of current local events, please visit these great web sites: