You are in luck! A Victorian Rose is centralized to many great outdoor, and indoor activities. There are a lot of things to discover such as the area’s unique history, museums, recreational opportunities like golfing and biking, diverse cultural events, the county fair, charming Gold Rush architecture on the Grass Valley and Nevada City walking tours, antiquing, and we’re not even that far from the ski resorts. You will be surprised at the variety and quality of the many nearby restaurants and would you believe Grass Valley even has a gaming parlor? Nevada County is home to vineyards and wineries some open for tasting and special events. There are tasting rooms in Nevada City and Grass Valley. If you enjoy the night life, then there are a few places in Nevada City and Grass Valley to enjoy a little night music too! 

We can help you arrange for special occasions, including wine tasting tours, massages and SPA treatments! Just ask!

Please continue to scroll to the bottom of this page for additional resources to help plan your vacation.

In the house hidden away, can you find the         “Heart of A Victorian Rose?”


Local Activities:

Especially Good For Kids: This is by no means an inclusive list, just a list to get you started.

Playground: (Just down the street from A Victorian Rose) Behind Hennessey School 225 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Designed by children, built by community volunteers, 14,000 sq. ft. park structure.

Rock Creek Nature Trail: Off Hwy 20, six miles from Nevada City. One-half mile, easy. Theme is ecosystems in area. picnic tables.

Sierra Discovery Trail: Hwy 20 out of Nevada City to Bowman Lake Road. PG&E community service project, less than one-mile loop, interpretive signs, waterfall, restrooms, picnic area with barbecue on Bear River.

Imaginarium Science Museum: 161 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City. 530/478-6415 Interactive science center with hands-on exhibits including wave machine, garden on smells, distorted room & model of Hubble Telescope lens.

Nevada County Traction Company: Northern Queen Inn, Railroad Avenue, Nevada City. 530/265-0896 Take “train” past historic sites including the Mohawk Gold Mine & a Maidu village, 3 mile round trip, stop at Chinese Cemetry. Make sure to call for dates, times & special events.

Public Parks:

Memorial Park: Colfax Hwy, Grass Valley, 530/274-4350 Veteran’s Memorial Wall, playground, baseball, picnic and barbecue areas, tennis, swimming pool.

Condon Park: Minnie Street off Butler Street, Grass Valley, 530/274-4350 Hiking trails, basketball court, baseball, bocce court, horseshoes, disc golf course, arboretum, playground, pond, skateboard park.


Alta Sierra Country Club: 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley, 530/273-2010. Semi-private with public play in afternoons, 18 holes, par 72

Nevada County Country Club: 1040 E. Main Street, Grass Valley, 530/273-6436. Semi-private with public play afternoons & weekends, 9 holes, par 34

Quail Valley Golf Course: 1 1/2 miles from Nevada County Fairgrounds at 12594 Auburn Rd., Grass Valley, 530/274-1340. Public golf course, 9 holes, par 29.


Firehouse #1 Museum: 214 Main St. Nevada City, 530/265-5468 Firehouse built in 1861. Relics from Donner Party, Chinese temple altars, Indian artifacts, Victorian clothing, toys, tools.

Searls Historical Library: 214 Church Street, Nevada City, 530/265-5910. Law office of Niles Searls, Chief Justice of Ca State Supreme Court, built in 1872. Historic books, photos, manuscripts & research material.

Nevada County Railroad & Transportation Museum: 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, 530/470-0902. Artifacts & exhibits relating to historic Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad including vintage locomotive & antique railroad cars, 1901 auto, the county’s 1st on display.

North Star Power House & Pelton Wheel Mining Exhibit, Mill St. & McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, 530/273-4255. One of the finest collections of hardrock mining equipment & artifacts in US. Giant Pelton Wheel, picnic area.

Grass Valley Museum, 410 S. Church at Chapel Street, Grass Valley, 530/273-5509. Restored school & orphanage built in 1895. Classroom, parlor, music room, doctor’s office, special exhibits.

State Parks:

Empire Mine State Historic Park, Visitor center & mine, 10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, 530/273-8522. The oldest, richest hardrock gold mine in California. It is one of the areas most popular attractions. You will find restored buildings, exhibits, an illuminated mine shaft & Bourn Cottage with its lovely gardens.

Donner Memorial State Park, 12593 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, 530/582-7892, Study Sierra Nevada’s geological history, fish, hike; in the winter build snowmen, cross county ski.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 26 miles from Nevada City via Tyler Foote Crossing Road off Hwy 49. 530/265-2740, picnicking & gold panning.

South Yuba River State Park, 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, 530/432-2546. Historic Bridgeport is the longest single span covered bridge in the country. Swimming in one of the river’s natural pools, kayak, hiking, picnicking & fishing.



Rollins Lake: Hwy 174 & Rollins Lake Road, Colfax, restaurant, boat rentals, stores, gas dock, water-skiing, swimming, boating, shore fishing--catchable trout planted yearly, bass, catfish, bluegills

Scott’s Flat Lake: Off Hwy 20, Scott’s Flat Road, Nevada City, Playground, swimming, water skiing, hike, fish--catch trout, kokanee salmon, bass, catfish, bluegills & German brown trout.

Tributary Whitewater Tours: 20480 Woodbury Drive, Grass Valley, 1/800/672-3846 Ride nearby rivers, easy to difficult, half-day to four day trips.

Kayaking: Wolf Creek Wilderness, 595 E Main St., Grass Valley, 530/477-2722. World class white-water within a four hour radius of western Nevada County including South & North Forks of the Yuba River. Quiet-water at area lakes, guide book available.

Mountian Biking & hiking: Too many trails to list, but both Chambers have brochures

Tahoe National Forest Trails: Ranger-530/587-3558

Empire Mine State Park & other state parks listed above.

Bullards Bar Reservoir

 Remember the above is only a partial list!

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