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Meals, Accommodations, and Directions

Your daily workshop fee includes breakfast and lunch. Dinner is on your own, or with other members of the group, at restaurants in nearby Nevada City or Grass Valley. We serve hearty, tasty, home-cooked breakfasts and lunches each day, and we promise you won't go hungry! Our participants consistently tell us how much they enjoy our food.

Each workshop participant arranges their own accommodations. Below is a partial listing of area favorites. Nevada City and Grass Valley are home to dozens of hotels, motels, and quaint bed & breakfasts. Many workshop participants choose to bring their spouses with them as the area is a perfect weekend get-away, with shopping, dining, theatre, music and other recreational activities. We are also one hour from the Lake Tahoe recreation and ski areas.

For more information on lodging, restaurants, area events, recreation, and more, there are two excellent local websites and


The Northern Queen Inn
530-265-5824 400 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City. Large, nice motel with restaurant on-site. Easy freeway access. Owner loves trains.

Nevada City Inn
530-265-2253 760 Zion Street, Nevada City. Small restored 1950's vintage inn. Quiet location off a residential street.

The Outside Inn
530-265-2233 Located 2 blocks from downtown Nevada City. This is the closest motel to the workshops. Quaint, eclectic, remodeled 1940's motel.

Gold Country Inn (Best Western)
11972 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 530-273-1393

Milano's Inn
530-292-0193 27949 Cherokee Street, N. San Juan.
This small family B & B is the closest accommodation to the workshops (about a 10 min. drive). The owner (Jeannie) has been flexible with previous workshop participants so you can ask her if she will reduce the room price slightly since your breakfast is included in the workshop fee. The only disadvantage to staying close to the workshop location is that you will need to drive into Nevada City each evening (a 20-25 min. drive) for dinner, as there is only one restaurant in the N. San Juan area that serves dinner. Otherwise, this is a good, reasonably-priced choice.

Holiday Inn Express
530-477-1700 website. 121 Bank St., Grass Valley.
Featuring quality lodging with high-speed internet access, meeting and banquet rooms, a deli, and a day spa. The hotel architecture was influenced by the many buildings of historic Grass Valley and is conveniently located in the downtown area for walking tours and shopping. Newest hotel in Grass Valley.

Other accommodations:

Holbrooke Hotel
530-273-1353 Historic hotel in downtown Grass Valley.

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites
530-272-7696 Newer hotel in Grass Valley.

Restaurants/Nevada City
Café Mekka
Coffeehouse, plus snacks & desserts. Late-night local hang-out, quirky atmosphere. (Gothic Bordello). Open till 11 pm. 237 Commercial Street, Nevada City. 478-1517. ($)

California Organics
Health-food store and Natural Foods Café specializing in Organic-only. Sit-down dining or Take-out Deli with hot & cold to-go items, and natural foods grocery. Vegetarian & organic meats & wild-caught fish. 135 Argall Way, Nevada City. 265-9392. ($ - $$)

Italian, in a sometimes noisy & fun, other times a quiet atmosphere. Consistently good food. Reservations recommended on Friday & Saturday. 309 Broad Street, Nevada City. 265-2246. ($$ - $$$)

Five Mile House Steaks & Prime Rib, Seafood, Pasta, Vegetarian entrees. California Continental. Very Nice restaurant with fireplace/bar, large outdoor patio. Located at Hwy 20 & Scotts Flat Road (5 miles NE of Nevada City). 470-8849. ($$ - $$$)

Friar Tucks
A Nevada City Classic. House speciality is Fondue of all kinds. Also serving Steaks, Ribs, Duck, Fish. Desserts & nice coffee drinks. Live acoustic music nightly in upscale bar area. 111 N. Pine, NC. 265-9093.$$ - $$$)

New Moon Café
Contemporary California cuisine. Good food in an almost elegant atmosphere. A bit more high-end. 203 York, Nevada City. 265-6399. ($$$)

Sopa Thai
Traditional Thai food in a really nice setting. Outdoor patio. 312 Commercial Street, NC. 470-0101. ($$)

Sushi Q
Sushi + other Japanese dishes, and interesting Asian salads. Reservations usually needed. 238 Commercial St., Nevada City. 265-5757. ($$)

The Willo
You will pass this roadhouse steak joint along Hwy 49 on the way to Kent's shop. Dress is optional (you can't under-dress at this place despite the Mercedes & BMW's you see in the parking lot!) Funky roadhouse atmosphere, but reputed to have the best steaks in town. ($$ - $$$)

Restaurants/Grass Valley

Tasty mexican fare in a casual setting. Vegetarian & fish available. Inexpensive. 108 East Main, Grass Valley 272-6646. ($)

Asian Garden
Consistently good Chinese food in a comfortable atmosphere. Vegetarian & fish available. Sit-down or food to go. 12074 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley (in the Brunswick Basin, next to B & C Hardware). 273-0666. ($ - $$)

Briarpatch Co-op Community Market
Nevada County's largest Natural Foods Market & Deli. Soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials in the whole-foods deli, and an excellent natural foods store. Beautiful location, outdoor and indoor seating. 290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley. 272-5333.

Cute, cozy restaurant serving fresh, delicious home-cooked South American specialities from Chile and surrounding regions. We can personally vouch for the crepes, soups, salads, homemade rolls, and desserts, and have heard positive reports on other menu items. 217 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley. 477-1460. ($ - $$)

Villa Venezia
A quaint, historic Victorian House is the setting for this Italian restaurant. Vegetarian & fish available. Owner tries hard to please. Patio dining and to-go. Closed on Monday. 124 Bank Street, downtown Grass Valley. 273-3555. ($$ - $$$)

India Oven
Indian food. Vegetarian & fish available. Will sometimes make things not on the menu if you request them. Run by a helpful, friendly Punjabi family. 722 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. 477-5670. Located next to J.C. Penny. Closed Monday. ($ - $$)


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