Grass Valley has long been the town that supplied goods and saloons for the miners and loggers, while Nevada City, only 3 miles north, attracted more tourists and entertainment. Today, Grass Valley has flourished with it’s specialty shops, boutiques, wineries, restaurants and live entertainment. It has a friendly energy of forward thinkers in a small-town atmosphere! Most people are involved in something in the community. School & Church activities, Hospice & Animal Thrifts, Farm to Table, etc. It’s very easy to get involved and become a part of what makes this town such a great place to live.
Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, the most beautiful fairgrounds in the whole state! It seems like every weekend there is something going on there. They also have campgrounds there for RVs and tents with showers and restroom facilities. Grass Valley is also home to the Empire Mine Historical Park. Here you can relive the affluent life of the Bourne Family (also owners of the Filoli Gardens near San Francisco) and experience the daily lives of the miners, don’t miss the model of all the tunnels underground! There are miles of trails to hike or ride a horse here with some very beautiful views all across the state! Sierra Community College, Grass Valley campus is also here and a Hi-Tech University is also in the planning stages to supplement the video and other local industries.
The terrain around Grass Valley ranges from rolling hills, pasture land, ponds and oak trees to a little higher elevation with steeper slopes, red clay soil and a mix of pines, cedars and oaks. The Winters seldom get below 20 degrees with an occasional light snow. Although 20 years ago, they did get about 1-2 feet of snow at the lower elevations. It broke a lot of oak tree branches and melted away 2 days later. The Summers can get warm, a little over 100 degrees for about 2 weeks in August. It’s not a humid heat and is usually 5-10 degrees cooler than Sacramento.
Grass Valley is the growing community of this area. They seem to be moving at a good, thoughtful pace with lots of input from people who do not want to see this place turned into the place they left behind!