Looking for something to do this winter that doesn’t involve skiing? I put together my list of 5 things to do that will ward of the winter blues! Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family fun day there is so much to do in the Sierras without having to deal with the crowds in Tahoe. You can make Auburn your home base and make day trips to some of these exciting places or plan on an overnight stay and come back and pass through Auburn!
Nestled in the beautifully forested town of Nevada City lies a historic Victorian home just a walk away from quaint Downtown Nevada City.
A three story Queen Ann Victorian has all the charm to make for an incredibly romantic vacation. Beautiful rooms all with their own bathrooms are decorated elegantly but with modern conveniences. The gardens are lush and overlook of course the Deer Creek. Relax on the patio or meander the grounds.
Pictures Courtesy of Deer Creek Inn
Take a stroll to Downtown Nevada City and get a lovely dinner or go shopping at some of the best stores in the foothills. The Deer Creek Inn will not disappoint and winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the serenity of the area.
Well, take a 4-star award winning menu, experienced chef and a warm fire and I’m not sure what else you could ask for on a cold winter’s night. Oh wait, how about one of the largest selections of European beers in the area and a wine list featuring many of the local wines and now you have everything you need for a lovely cozy evening.
Picture Courtesy of Bootleggers
The menu offers an eclectic menu from Korean Skirt Steak (one of my favorites!) to Chicken Risotto. Much of the food is locally grown and prepared beautifully with the freshest of ingredients. The setting is quaint located in the heart of Old Town Auburn. Take a leisurely walk through the historic streets of the oldest gold mining town in California. Visit adorable shops or enjoy the iconic glow of the Auburn Court House as it lights up this wonderful town in all it’s glory.
3. Yuba Pass Snow Park-Near Sierra City
About two hours from Auburn lies Yuba Pass Snow Park, a winter wonderland of snow activities! Pack your inner tube, snow shoes, sleds, kids and the dog and spend a thrilling day in the beautiful Sierra Montains. The Yuba Pass Snow Park is a popular place to visit for winter recreational sports with approximately 100-miles of groomed winter trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and other popular winter pursuits. Located 13-miles north of Sierra City, the Yuba Pass Snow Park accesses trails that reach the Little Truckee Summit staging area, Jackson Meadows reservoir and Bassetts staging area, traveling through the woods on forest service roads. The snow park has a snow-cleared parking lot and restrooms. Snow park permits are required. Purchase them at Bassetts Station or call (916) 324-4442.
Picture Courtesy of Yuba Gap SnowPark-Amy Gerbic
4. Cedar House Sports Hotel-Truckee
“The Cedar House is an active lifestyle hotel complete with avant-garde restaurant, well-equipped event center, enriching yoga space and in-house adventure guiding company that connects people to the Sierra Nevada as well as magnificent natural places in the West.”
This unique hotel is dog-friendly and has amazing rooms to pamper yourself and enjoy the great outdoors as much or as little as you like. Cedar House also has a restaurant called Stella, only open to the public during it’s Pop Up Dinner Series. At a Stella Pop Up, guests are encouraged to walk around the kitchen, joining conversations that are free flowing, robust and even educational. For a one of a kind experience for people with exquisite culinary tastes this is a must do!
Pictures Courtesy of Cedar House
This is where history meets modern day craft cocktails, some of the BEST I’ve ever had! The Golden Era location has been serving cocktails, spirits & beers since 1867 in the heart of the gold country. The Brunswick, Balke, Collender “Record” bar was made in the mid-1890’s in Chicago, and has been in place there since 1904. Golden Era let’s you reminisce in a world’s past while sipping on cocktails with fresh herbs, homemade bitters and unique ingredients. Not much is typical at this local hot spot! Golden Era offers a small bite menu and nightly music. They are closed on Wednesdays. Truly don’t miss out on this energetic and wonderfully unique bar in the heart of Downtown Nevada City.
Picture Courtesy of Golden Era
So, where are some of your favorite winter getaways? I would love to hear where you plan on going to enjoy this time of year!