Grass Valley, CA, USA

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Grass Valley, CA, USA

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Hit the mother lode in Grass Valley

Nestled amid the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Grass Valley is known for its charming main street, mining history, and scenic natural surroundings. Less than an hour from Sacramento, your Grass Valley vacation rental is close to a number of noteworthy Gold Country sights, including the Empire Mine State Historic Park, the 19th-century Holbrooke Hotel, and the North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum. Grass Valley also has a rich Cornish heritage, and it's famous for its annual Saint Piran's Day celebrations, the national holiday of Cornwall.

Splendor in the Grass Valley

While it might seem like a sleepy mountain town, you'll find lots to do in Grass Valley. Nature lovers flock to the surrounding foothills for their numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, and the nearby Yuba River is a popular destination for rafting and kayaking. There are several of parks in town, as well as a number of grassy, historic cemeteries that are open to the public. You can stroll past Main Street's shops, restaurants, and cafes, and a number of bars in downtown Grass Valley feature live music in the evenings.

Grass Valley is mines

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Grass Valley, you'll want to be sure and check out the Empire Mine State Historic Park. The 850-acre park is home to rose gardens, and walking and equestrian trails, as well as a preserved stone cottage and outbuildings, where you can see how workers lived during the mine's 106-year run. After you've drunk your fill of local history, why not try something a little headier? Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery features 20 acres of grape vines against the scenic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and they're regularly recognized for some of the region's best varietals.

The heat is on in Grass Valley

Grass Valley has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, which means summers are hot and dry, while winters tend to be cooler and wet. July and August are the warmest months, with average highs of 87_F and little or no rainfall. Winter lows hover just above freezing, while highs are typically in the low 50s from December through February. You'll find that prices on Grass Valley vacation rentals tend to line up with the mercury throughout the year _ they're high in the summer and generally at their lowest in the winter.

Head for the hills in Grass Valley

Although it can trace its roots back to the Gold Rush _ and even further, to the early 19th century _ Grass Valley is still a small town at heart, without the dense development of more urban areas. You'll find plenty of hiking trails in the surrounding foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. There are a number of rivers and streams in the area, too _ the largest is the Yuba River, which empties into the Englebright Lake reservoir. A Grass Valley vacation rental will put you close to ample open space, and plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, and birdwatching.