TOP TEN: Kayle Martin, river assistant, South Yuba River Citizens League |

TOP TEN: Kayle Martin, river assistant, South Yuba River Citizens League

Top 10 reasons to live in Nevada County

1. Yuba River

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I love the Yuba for its serenity, its natural beauty, and for its therapeutic value. What other river can you go to where you can lie on boulders that shape to your body like a chair? My love for the Yuba goes back to my childhood when, I used to swim in its blue/green pools.

2. Family/friends

I am lucky to have my family live right here in the county near me. This is one of the many reasons why I love living here. My friends are very important, also. I have made some great friends while living here.

3.Natural surroundings and wildlife

Nevada County has so much to offer in terms of its beauty and setting. I feel fortunate to have not only the Yuba River at my back door, but also the majestic oaks and pines that are native to this area. And what about the plethora of birds, squirrels and deer we have roaming around our yards? All are assets to our community.

4. Community/small-town feelings

Isn’t it great to go to SPD and know at least a third of the folks there? In what other community can you go to the grocery store and have a social experience? I love running into people I know, no matter where I go in Nevada County.

5. Variety of arts, music, entertainment

What a wide range of art forms we have here! I love that I am able to go see a play at the Nevada Theatre, the oldest continuously running theater this side of the Rockies, or a local film festival at the Magic Theatre. On just about any given night, I can enjoy listening to a musician play at one of our local restaurants, bars or community centers. What a treat!

6. Charming downtown areas

Grass Valley and Nevada City are two of the best-looking Gold Rush towns I have ever visited. I especially appreciate the way both cities have tried to keep their downtown areas historically accurate through preservation of the old buildings.

7. Change of seasons

Unlike living in Southern California, where the weather stays almost the same all year, Nevada County has a distinct change of seasons. In the fall, the leaves change to brilliant colors; in the winter it rains, freezes and even snows; spring brings vibrant wildflowers; summertime is warm enough to take a dip in the Yuba River. What else could anyone ask for?

8. KVMR Radio 89.5 FM

KVMR is THE best radio station ever! I have never heard any station with such a wide range of music, radio personalities and live-event coverage. My favorite show of all time is the Flea Market Tune-in on Thursdays at 1 p.m., where you can come across some really great finds.

9. Summer Nights/Victorian Christmas/Friday Night Market

I know that other towns have street festivals, but come on, no other town can put on street fairs like us! I love getting bundled up with a jacket, hat and mittens to attend Victorian Christmas in Nevada City. Summer Nights is my favorite by far. Not only are these social events for me, but fun as well. I can buy yummy organic produce while listening to my favorite Grateful Dead cover band, the DeadBeats.

10. Great restaurants

For being as small as Grass Valley and Nevada City are, we sure have some excellent restaurant choices! My favorite Italian cuisine is Cirino’s, of course. Be sure to try the shrimp linguine next time. For Mexican food, try none other than Maria’s in Grass Valley. They have fabulous veggie burritos. For a nice night out on the town, I prefer Citronee for its fine wines and delicious specialty entrees.

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