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Taste Your Way Along
the Placer Wine Trail

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Therese’s Tasting Notes—
Your Local Guide to the Foothills Wine Scene…

By Therese Pope

Taste-Your-Way-Along-the-Placer-Wine-Trail-Wine-tasting-barrelsYou only have to look in your own backyard to find amazing wines in Placer County. Whether you prefer your wine red and bold or pink and sweet, the 19 (and counting) boutique wineries that line the Placer Wine Trail offer a personalized tasting experience for both novice and seasoned wine drinkers.

Adventures in Auburn Quarry:
Hiking and Climbing

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Hiking and Climbing in Auburn Quarry

By Nick Smith

 

Auburn Quarry

Auburn Quarry

From a parking lot, just off of Hwy 49 after you cross the American River, you can access a 1.7 mile trail that leads to an old limestone quarry. Auburn quarry is one of the most beautiful places in the Sacramento area. I’ve been hiking and climbing there regularly for nearly two years now and I’m still amazed by it every time I go!

Notes from the Trail:
Robie Point Fire Break Trail

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Robie Point Fire Break trail is great for families

This is the fourth in a series exploring local hiking trails.

By Don Chaddock

Robie_Point_01About a quarter-mile down Highway 49 from Lincoln Way is one of the most family friendly trails in the American River Canyon.

The best thing I like about this trail is the ease of access. I don’t have to drive all the way down to the bottom of the canyon. It’s an extremely short drive and there currently is no day-use or parking fee.

Hoist a Cold One…

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By  Lisa Bloom

Hoist-a-Cold-One-Auburn-AlehouseLike most of us, I started drinking the beer my dad drank…beer was beer. As I got older and I tasted more beer, I found the ones I liked, and discarded the ones I didn’t like so much. I remember the first wave of home brewing and craft brewing in the 70s and 80s and had friends whose bathroom or a corner of their garage was filled with the pile of equipment that accumulates about the home beer aficionado, but didn’t really pay that much attention. I stuck pretty much to the mass-produced available most everywhere.

As the weather warms and our food choices turn to barbecue and outdoor grilling, sometimes the perfect beverage is a cold brew. And we’re in luck…Auburn and the surrounding area is host to a growing number of craft breweries, each with their particular focus, each distinctive in their own way.

Notes from the Trail:
Miner’s Ravine

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Placer County boasts history, nature on short kid-friendly trail

This is the second in an ongoing series spotlighting trails in the Auburn area.

By Don Chaddock

hike miners ravine signA short drive from Auburn is a park and trail loop rich in history, nature and wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot birds, maybe a few deer, lizards and butterflies.

Miners Ravine Nature Reserve is open from dawn until dusk. There is ample parking at the park at 7530 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay.

A Foothill Feast: To Market, To Market…

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By Lisa Bloom

Foothill Farmers Market - 2014A trip to the Foothills Farmers’ Auburn Market, open for business every Saturday in a City parking lot near the intersection of Lincoln Way and Auburn Folsom Road, in the shadow of our historic Auburn Courthouse, is an adventure. If you love to eat seasonally and like to know where your food comes from, this is the place for you. If you like to support local small business, the market is the ultimate “shop local” experience. For someone who cooks like me, the market is heaven of possibilities.

Auburn Borealis…
The Shining Lights of Our Town

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The Amazing Dr. Fox

By Frank Ordaz

Dr-Fox-Portrait When I first came to Auburn and turned off the Maple exit into Old Town I saw the large concrete sculpture of a man panning for Gold. It was a symbol of Auburn’s rich history of gold mining. However, as I continued to drive around town I passed these larger than life concrete sculptures of Amazonian warrior women. One was ready to shoot an arrow into the air and the other majestically balanced a spear. It soon became apparent that a tiny dental office was the background for these marvelous structures. Soon I found out that it was the work of dentist Dr. Ken Fox. However, his work did not appear without some concerns from the local folks as a result of these giant nude figures.

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Tacos…

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By Lisa Bloom

Taco-Tuesday1Most cultures have something that’s sandwich-y…if you believe the tale, ever since a peckish Earl of Sandwich, desiring to keep playing cards uninterrupted, slapped some meat between two slices of bread, we Westerners have had a love affair with portable food. Then there’s the gyro, the falafel, the shawarma, the Panini and who knows how many more. The variations are endless. The Mexican version of this moveable feast is the taco. It’s street food, it’s the food of the commoner, and it’s at its best as casual fare. Many have tried to make them trendy, but if I’m being honest, the traditional makes it happen for me.

Notes from the Trail:
Canyon View Preserve

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Nice family hike is easily overlooked in Auburn

This is the second in an ongoing series spotlighting trails in the Auburn area.

By Don Chaddock

canyon_view_preserve_6_foresthill_bridgeThere is a gem hidden on Upper Lincoln Way, just below the Cal-Star helicopter pad – a family friendly hiking trail. The relatively new trail and nature preserve is owned and operated by Placer Land Trust.

Known as Canyon View Preserve, the small trail has really made strides since it was opened a few years ago. Expansion has included a picnic area complete with benches and a shade structure.

Bill James and the Miracle Braves

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By Ralph Gibson

Bill-James-1914-WS-2Before the Civil War, most Americans were not familiar with the game of baseball because it was only played in sports clubs for the affluent. During the war, hundreds of thousands of young men in the North and the South were introduced to the game. Officers believed the sport to be a morale booster and kept the men in good physical condition. Once the war ended, former soldiers brought the game home to their communities and by 1870 baseball was being played on makeshift fields from Maine to the gold fields of Placer County.

Notes from the Trail:
Hidden Falls Regional Park

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Dust on Your Boots

By Don Chaddock

dust_on_your_boots4I’ve always been an outdoorsy type, with my dad and grandfather taking me camping, hunting and hiking. While I no longer hunt, the scent of pine trees along the vast network of trails in the Auburn area can take me back to those childhood trips in the forest.

This is the first of a resurrected series dubbed Notes from the Trail. I regularly wrote this column about 10 years ago andVisitAuburnCA.com thought it was time to bring it back to life. This is by no means an advanced hiker’s guide but is geared more toward those who are just beginning to explore our trail systems. This guide is more like a primer.