You might have come to Nevada City for the mountain air, the gold rush era equipment, the 1860's Victorian buildings, and even shopping, but did you think that wine from a local vineyard was able to be tasted with a complimentary tasting of a large selection of varietals and library wines. Well, yes you can right in downtown Nevada City.
Indian Springs Vineyards Wines & Tasting Room is located right on Broad Street, the main street in Nevada City. The staff on hand when my wife and I entered the store was very warm and helpful in not only taste testing the many wines, but even gave me some labels from the different varietals that I found to be works of art. I must say one wine, a table wine to drink anytime, labeled "Hog Wild Red Table Wine" had a very unforgettable label, so much so that I purchased a couple of bottles. Stop by the Indian Springs tasting room when in Nevada City. It will warm the cockles of your heart. It did mine. Say hello to the kind, friendly staff from travelgourmet. Tell them I'll be back.
What to buy: The Indian Springs wines are plentiful in different varietals. I liked the Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and of course, the Hog Wild Red Table Wine, not so much for the taste, but for the wild label. They also have many wine accessories such as glassware and barware.
Nevada City isn't big enough to have one of the chain stores like Borders or Barnes & Nobles. That leaves room for the locals to have an independent bookstore. Harmony Books is right on Broad St., and has a good selection of books of local interest - history, gold mining, travel - along with a general selection of fiction and non-fiction. They have a bit of a new age feel to the place, which fits into a certain demographic of the area and the tourists.
The Lotus Mountain is a boutique for the body, mind, and home. The owners, Helen and James Jay are both consultants and instructors of Feng Shui. Many of the items in the store are inspiring and make one aware of the touch of nature. Don't let the words Feng Shui make you shy away from walking in and look around at the items that are personally picked out and brought in from China and the far East.
The day my wife and I walked in was by shear accident. We noticed a large square with gold mining equipment and a huge water wheel. Next to this square was a quaint brick building that said "Assay Office". Thinking if had something to do with gold, we walked in. One of the owners was in, Helen Jay, and she was the gold within the door. Pleasant, delightful, and full of knowledge of China and Feng Shui, Helen is one reason to enter the store. The atmosphere is pure harmony.
What to buy: Many bells and whistles and I mean bells are available. I could not take my eyes off of the Nepalese Singing Bowl and the sound was haunting to my ears. So, after some practice, I learned how to have the bowl sing. I had to purchase this bowl that called to me. It sits today, in our family room and is a favorite topic of conversation. For me, it reminds me of the quaint little town of Nevada City and the fresh, pure, clean air of the mountains.
My wife spotted a pair of small earrings made to look like Tibetan drums. She quickly, for once, decided to purchase them. So, jewelry, bells, and many other items such as hand and face lotions are in the store. Go to their Lotus Mountain website to learn more about this shop of wonders. If you drop in, please say hello to Helen from travelgourmet.