Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany, has recently become a sister park to Yosemite. Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the leading parks in Europe, and is currently working with other protected areas. Berchtesgaden represents a small, bitter slice of German World War II history as the site of Adolph Hitler’s retreat, the Kehlsteinhaus – also known as the Eagle’s Nest.
Head to the mountains for Thanksgiving, and let someone else do the cooking. Some of California’s best restaurants are situated in the central Sierra. Whether you go for the day or spend the weekend, one of the following holiday outings should appeal. Menus, prices, seating times and related activities vary. And some establishments require reservations.
The world’s best love stories often include opposite personalities, a romantic or exotic setting, and enough adversity to challenge and refine – all the while nudging memorable characters toward triumph. This particular romance has all of the above. It started close to 50 years ago with a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. And Mariposa provided a rewarding twist to this French-American love story.
October comes only once a year, and doesn’t last long enough, according to some Mariposa residents. Professional and amateur photographers are heading to the mountains this season in search of gold – aspen gold.
The trees are already losing their summer garb and dressing for fall. And nights have turned chilly as autumn arrives in the foothills. A favorite season of many folks, nature’s beauty isn’t the only lure to the Sierra communities. This time of year our annual events bring visitors back to our neck of the woods again and again. Maybe one of the following activities will interest you?
What are you in the mood for this month? Music, dramatic stage productions, appreciation of unique art or browsing at a country flea market? The foothills communities provide the setting and backdrop for events that will satisfy whatever you’re interested in.
Visitors to the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour (SAT) are continually amazed by the hand-crafted beauty of regional artistry. Not only that, local artists create their best work surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the mountains, forests, canyons, granite cliffs, meadows, rivers, waterfalls and wildlife. Next weekend — October 3, 4 and 5 — marks the 12h year for the tour.
The historic mining communities of Grass Valley and Nevada City are located in the western half of Nevada County. If you’ve never visited this part of the state, autumn couldn’t be a better time to go.
“Parlez-vous Français?” asked an ad in the newspaper asked in 1981. Karen Silver and the late Cori Smith hoped to start a French club in Mariposa. Over the years the numbers and faces have changed, but the mood is always lively. Especially when JJ Gillispie is chef.
School’s out, and this season brings a multitude of activities to Sierra foothill communities. From outdoor concerts to Yosemite’s anniversary events, summertime won’t be complete without at least one trip to the mountains.
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