Posts Tagged ‘gift ideas’

Valentine’s Day in Nevada County

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day in Nevada County? This year Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday, so that makes for a fun full day or weekend! These are some of my ideas:

Go wine tasting. Tour our local vineyards dotted around the foothills for a tasty day and lovely scenery. Many of them are open to the public for wine tasting on weekends. Visit Northern Sierra Wine Country for information and maps.  Or, like the sound of wine tasting, but wishing to stay in town? The Lucchesi Winery tasting room in downtown Grass Valley is putting on a Valentine’s Day event. There will be wine tasting, music, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and flowers! Visit for details about this event.

For a romantic outdoor dining adventure, pack a creative picnic and head to the South Yuba River. Or if you prefer to go out to eat… In downtown Nevada City, try the fondue at Friar Tuck’s, Thai at Sopa Thai, or everything is good at the New Moon. In downtown Grass Valley, Italian always has a romantic flair, so go to Villa Venezia.

Whatever you plan to do on Valentine’s Day, there are many local shops with the Valentine’s Day gifts and treats you need. In downtown Grass Valley, stop in Dorado’s for chocolate, Foothill Flowers of course, Sierra Starr Winery for champagne, and Aimee Taylor’s on Mill Street has some unique jewelry, prints, and other gifts.

Holiday Craft Boutique at Sierra Pres

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Come one and all—you don’t want to miss this event. Everything you need to complete your Holiday Shopping: Candles, skin care, crafts, name-brand jewelry, health and well being, gourmet foods, kitchen products, quality art, purses and much, much more. Save gas, time and money by doing your shopping early and locally.

Sierra Presbyterian Church (church website) is located on the corner of Ridge Road and Zion Streets in Nevada City, and the event is on November 14th from 2pm to 7pm.

For this and more Nevada City events see!

Nevada County Gift Shopping – Hand Made Soap

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

IF you frequent the various markets in Grass Valley and Nevada City you’ll have come across Frontier Angel Soaps, that is if you can get through the crowds of people at their stall to be able to smell their excellent range of soaps!  They make the soaps by hand locally in Grass Valley, and as I walk the dog at night I always look forward to the smell of the batch of soap being made, especially pungent on clear, cold, still nights.

Anyways, looking for another local gift idea?  Well we have been sending these soaps around the country to all and sundry and after the initial response of “thank you for the soap you sent from Grass Valley for my birthdaty / Christmas / whatever (delete as applicable)”, we usually get a follow up response a few months later which normally starts like this “remember that Grass Valley soap you sent me, can i get some more?”.

So we can heartily recommend giving this soap as a present.  It’s not your run of the mill soap.  It’s hand made, and it’s very nicely packaged.  Here in Grass Valley you can buy it at the Briarpatch, or at Amy Taylors (on Mill St).  And if you want any further details about the soap or where you can buy it, see the Frontier Angel website.  One word of warning, if you are sending these soaps out of the area, buy them early and ship them early so you can spend less on shipping.