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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Pleasant Valley Road

Pleasant Valley Road passes by the gated community of Lake Wildwood, situated along the shores of a manmade lake under which the remnants of a 19th century stagecoach stop rests. In 1970, when a dam was being built to create the lake, the old stage stop—with its hotel, livery stable and other buildings in disrepair—was burned as a training exercise by the local fire department. Just south of Penn Valley was a community known as Indian Springs. And it was there that a young writer named Bret Harte taught school for a year and later wrote “M’liss”—changing Indian Springs to Smith’s Pocket, but accurately describing the school, church, post office and other buildings he had known while teaching school there. For more than 160 years, Penn Valley has been the agricultural and livestock center of Nevada County and celebrates that heritage each May with the Penn Valley Rodeo. It is also the location of Western Gateway Park—an 80-acre recreational facility featuring a stage and pavilion, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, playgrounds, meeting rooms and much more. The park is definitely a recreational and entertainment gem. Best of all, Penn Valley has the ideal climate: above the valley fog and below the snow line—a healthy place to live, work and raise a family. Fortunately, many of the family-owned ranches and farms that dominated the landscape in the 19th century continue to prosper, and a sense of community can be found that is often lacking in more populated areas. For more information about Penn Valley, events and visitor information, contact the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, 17422 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley, CA 95946, (530) 432-1802. 116 DESTINATION Nevada County

Lake and Golf Course Living at its Finest Where you choose the life you want to experience A visiting friend quipped, “Wow, you have so much traffic here. A car went by twenty minutes ago.” Living in the tranquil Sierra Foothills community of Lake Wildwood does not mean sacrificing the lifestyle choices available in big population centers. It does mean getting away from the crowds and congestion of those areas. With some 2800 homes and numerous amenities, the scale of Lake Wildwood affords residents abundant choice. You can select a home with the character, size and style you like and that fits your budget. You can be as active and engaged as you want. Here, you can participate in virtually unlimited indoor and outdoor recreational activities and indulge your interests through more than thirty clubs and social groups. Whatever you choose, you will not be competing with the crowds of most public communities. And you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with 24/7 gated security and patrol, especially if you travel extensively, use your home part-time, or just want your children to feel safe when they get off the school bus. You can golf on our superbly maintained mature 18-hole course (easy access tee times); play tennis or Pickleball; work out at a fitness class; take the kids or grandkids for a boat ride on the lake, fishing, or a swim in the pool; play board games with friends on the clubhouse terrace; enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner with friends or family at the clubhouse; join the garden club; enjoy our theatre or choral productions or community TV; hike; or just take your lounge chair to one of the five lakeside parks and read a novel. If you like to snow ski, it is a short day trip to the Lake Tahoe ski areas. And if there is not a club for what you enjoy, there is a process you can use to form one. The choice is up to you. You choose the life you want to experience. To learn more about our wonderful community, visit and to visit Lake Wildwood, contact one of the realtors listed on our website under the Realty Resources tab, http://www.lwwa. org/realtyResources.html. DESTINATION Nevada County 117