About the Area
The discovery of gold in the Sierra Foothills of California more than 150 years ago spurred one of the greatest migrations in history, as thousands came from many parts of the world to seek their fortunes in the gold fields.. Gold mining is no longer central to the economy of this area, but local mining history provides a colorful and fascinating atmosphere to a golden region blessed with great natural beauty and four delightful annual seasons..
Western Nevada County offers an abundance of year-around recreational activities, including golf, thrilling hiking, horse and mountain bike trails, unparalleled car and motorcycle touring, boating, fishing, swimming, whitewater rafting, and bird-watching. In winter, visitors can enjoy world-class skiing and snowboarding within an hour of Grass Valley.
History buffs can explore the Gold Country by visiting the amazing Empire Mine and Malakoff Diggins, now California state parks. Hands-on, small historical museums recreate the history of the local mining communities. Visitors can even try their luck at gold panning.
Both Grass Valley and Nevada City have charming historic downtown shopping areas offering antiques, jewelry, clothing, books, gifts and unique items for the home. The Fairgrounds offers the best of everything from Shakespeare to horse and cars shows. (1.) Downtown associations and the (2.) Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and the (3.) Nevada City Chamber of Commerce are very active with street and historic theme fairs, art shows and wine events.. More than a dozen Western Nevada County wineries offer tastings at the wineries, some also have tasting rooms in town.
Nevada County also boasts a flourishing arts scene, with live theatre, comedy-improv, live music, dance, and studio arts.
The Holbrooke is located in Downtown Grass Valley.
212 W. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
P: 530.273.1353 / 1.800.933.7077