Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nevada City, California

John and I took a day trip to Nevada City, CA today. It is a beautiful little historic tourist town about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. The historic district is the main attraction. It is several square, hilly blocks of beautifully-preserved buildings that now house unique shops and restaurants.

We at lunch at Las Katerinas. It was, surprisingly for a tourist town, one of the few places serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. I am glad it was, however, as the Mexican fare was some of the best I have ever had.

After lunch we strolled around, visiting various shops and a seller of rare books.

I enjoyed visiting My Favorite Things, which offers a large selection of unique and handcrafted items. Their displays are beautifully staged. I loved these large glass jars with bird-shaped knob handles. They held little birds and flowers that could be used in crafting or decorating.

I really thought about taking this little cast iron guy home. Isn't he sweet?! Maybe on our next trip. There will definitely be a next trip. I did come away with a small bag of beautiful ribbon and tiny boxes for my crafting.

Here are some shots from around town:

Beautiful produce at the Farmers' Market.
Click on the image and look at the size of those radishes!
 Hand-crafted baskets for sale

 Historic building with pretty gingerbread details

So, you might wonder how a town in California came to be called Nevada City. According to,

It was first settled in 1849, during the California Gold Rush, under the name Nevada (meaning "snow-covered", a reference to the snow-topped mountains in the area). In 1850-51, it was the most important mining town in the state, Nevada County being the leading gold-mining county in the state. The town of Nevada was incorporated on April 19, 1856. In 1864, “City” was added to the name to avoid confusion with the State of Nevada, and since that time, the town has been legally, “Nevada City.”

We ended our day with a wonderful cup of joe at Java John's. They serve a really nice coffee out of Seattle called Herkimer. Very smooooth.

It was a lovely day. I'll leave you with a rose blooming in the front yard of a residence tucked in between two shops. Be well.

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