Old Becomes New
Restoration reinvigorates Grass Valley’s historic Holbrooke Hotel.
If the Holbrooke Hotel’s walls could talk, what stories they would tell. Once home to Mark Twain and host to five US Presidents, the Holbrooke dates back to the Gold Rush and is one of California’s oldest operating hotels. And after two years of careful renovation and restoration, it’s finally reopened in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
Now restored beyond its former glory, Holbrooke dazzles with modern one-of-a-kind rooms incorporating vintage fixtures and furnishings. Relive the 49er era in the Golden Gate Saloon, one of the West’s oldest watering holes, or descend into the subterranean speakeasy for live music and craft cocktails. Chef Zachary Ahren-holtz’s inventive dining menu features updated California classics accompanied by house-made sauces and breads. During holiday weekends, reserve high tea sessions complete with canapés and champagne.
From the Holbrooke, walk pedestrian-friendly Grass Valley and shop for holiday gifts at hip local boutiques.
Holbrooke Hotel / 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley / holbrooke.com
Golden State Sippers
Cannabis-infused drinks take off in California.
Looking for a boost without the buzz? Try these California-made drinks infused with CBD and/or psychoactive cannabis.
House of Saka: Imbibe without booze and sip the world’s first cannabis beverage made with Napa Valley grapes blended with odorless, tasteless THC and CBD.
Cann Social Tonics: Canna curious? Get a social boost without the hangover from these sparkling alcohol-free sippers with CBD and a microdose of THC.
Hi-Fi Hops: Swap beer for bud with this calorie-free, zero-alcohol beverage from popular Petaluma brewery, Lagunitas. More similar to sparkling water as it’s not brewed, this cannabis-infused concoction is available in 5- or 10-milligram THC dosages.
Artet Cannabis Aperitif: Infused with cannabis and eight botanicals, this nonalcoholic aperitif is delicious on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail.
Kikoko Tea: Whether you seek better sleep, pain relief, a mood boost, or better sex, try these organic, boutique teas mixed with microdoses of Mendocino-grown cannabis.
Soul Fixx Elixirs Sparkling Water: Hooked on sparkling water? Get your fix in a blackberry lime Flavor infused with 10mg of Hemp CBD and turmeric extract.
Isolated Liquid CBD: Rehydrate with the first CBD sports drink. Made with electrolytes and Hemp CBD, it’s a zero-sugar, zero-calorie alternative to Gatorade.
COOK & STAY WELL WITH CANNABIS
Learn to prep CBD & THC in The Cannabis Apothecary.
In her new book, The Cannabis Apothecary, celebrated cannabis cookbook author Laurie Wolf shares her recipes and preparation tips for everything from body balms and massage oils to cannabutter and brownies. This essential cannabis guide covers buying and preparing both CBD and THC to improve your health and wellness. Learn the differences between strains and the benefits of using cannabis from Wolf, a lauded edibles expert with her own cannabis food-focused business called Laurie + MaryJane. Flip to The Life chapter to get Wolf’s favorite canna-pie recipes for your holiday celebrations.
The Cannabis Apothecary / laurieandmaryjane.com
When we strive to become better, everything around us
becomes better too.”
—Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist
Mobile Meal Mania
Best Food Truck Ever and Haven launch in Napa.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has closed hundreds of businesses temporarily or permanently, others are pivoting to make do in these challenging times. One winner is Napa’s family-owned Heritage Eats launch of a new food truck, the Best Food Truck Ever, and Haven, its online-only wing delivery.
Parked at the historic Food City building in South Napa Thursday to Saturday evenings, this food truck makes up for the current lack of food truck festivals and events by serving a variety of cuisine. Expect the greatest hits from fast-casual Heritage Eats, such as topped waffle fries, chicken sandwiches, and falafel bowls. Place pickup orders online at bestfoodtruckever.co or order on Door Dash for delivery.
For finger-licking-good wings delivered straight to your door, order from Haven, a Napa business solely focused on chicken wings and sauces for watching football games at home. Open for delivery Thursday through Sunday at havennapa.com.
1 THE MORE THE MERRIER One in three Americans now lives in a state where recreational cannabis is legal, thanks to voters in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota supporting measures to legalize the plant for adult use.
2 MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS Supporters of marijuana legalization in Arizona outraised and outspent opponents 10 to one leading up to Election Day. In New Jersey, that number was 99 to one.
3 THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION According to a new Gallup Poll released in November, 68 percent of Americans support cannabis legalization. That’s 5.5 times more support than five decades ago in 1969. If you’re a young adult American male with a college degree earning more than $100k, there’s at least a 74 percent chance you support legalization, according to the poll. If you’re Republican or attend religious services weekly, there’s a 52 percent chance you don’t.
4 MAGIC MONEY David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps wrote checks totaling more than $6.4 million toward drug-war reform campaigns this year, thanks in part to COVID-19, which has the soap business booming.
5 TRIPPING OVER NOTHING Psychedelic mushrooms send the fewest people to the emergency room of any drug on the market, according to a massive report by the Global Drug Survey. Related: there are more than 100 varieties of psilocybin-producing mushrooms, aka “magic mushrooms,” aka the kind Oregon voters legalized in November’s election.
“THE SECRET OF CHANGE IS TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ENERGY NOT ON FIGHTING THE OLD, BUT ON BUILDING THE NEW.”
CHOP YOUR OWN TREE
Get in the holiday spirit at Apple Hill.
With most Northern California holiday events canceled due to COVID-19, chopping down your own Christmas tree is a safe, socially distanced way to celebrate the season. Head to the hills, Apple Hill that is, to pick your perfect tree in the Sierra Foothills near Placerville. Bring the whole family to Christmas tree farms with kid-friendly activities and steaming cups of apple cider or hot chocolate. Masks and social distancing required for safety. applehill.com