Father’s Day Weekend Celebrations in Nevada City

A local tradition since 1961

nevada city classic

Crash on Turn 2 of the 2015 Nevada City Classic

The highlight of annual Father’s Day Weekend celebrations in Nevada County is the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race, first held on the third Sunday in June, 1961. The race is such a venerable tradition that it predates the official Father’s Day itself, as established in a 1966 proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson urging “all our people to give public and private expression to the love and gratitude which they bear for their fathers.”  Now in its 56th year, the Nevada City Classic remains the perfect way to end Father’s Day weekend.  Here are a few ways to get the front half of the weekend off to an equally great start:

A good old-fashioned cocktail

golden era cocktail lounge

Traditional “dad” drinks — especially those of the Scotch and Bourbon variety, like Rob Roys and Manhattans — can be enjoyed amid authentic 19th century decor in the heart of Historic Downtown Nevada City.  The Golden Era Lounge and the bar at the National Hotel are two local favorites, right on Broad Street.

A big, honking rainbow trout

rainbow trout

Guided drift boat and wading excursions on the blue ribbon Lower Yuba River give dads an opportunity to catch (and release) the trout of a lifetime.  The wild, powerful rainbows of this river, which is a 25-minute drive from Nevada City, average 14-18 inches with many up to 20 inches.  For more information, call Baiocchi’s Troutfitters at (530) 228-0487.

A perfect parfait with handmade ice cream

treats ice cream

Dads wanting the royal treatment will stop by Treats at 110 York Street, for a sundae made with handmade artisan ice cream using local, seasonal and organic ingredients.  Classic combinations could include Salt Carmel gelato with caramel sauce and pecans, or a S’mores Sundae with marshmallows, graham crackers chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

A home-town theater, like the old days

magic theatre nevada city

One of the smallest movie theaters in the Western United States, the 62-seat Magic Theater combines great films and high-quality presentation with a uniquely warm and intimate environment.  Check out the Art Nouveau mini lobby and concession stand, serving organic popcorn with real butter and imported Mexican Coke (the kind made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup).  Located at 107 Argall Street. For showtimes, call(530) 265-8262.

A paddle among the pines

stand up paddle board scotts flat

Nothing beats the first sweltering days of June like a paddle on Scotts Flat Reservoir, nestled in a forest of cedar and pine at an elevation of 3,100 feet and just 10 minutes from Nevada City. Explore 7 miles of shoreline and scenic coves, including the idyllic inlet of Deer Creek.  Single and tandem kayaks, SUPs and canoes are all available by the day or the hour at the shoreline rental area.  For information, call Mountain Recreation at (530) 477-8006.

A traditional shave that’s close, clean — and even green

haalo mens shave

Take dad to HAALo for a whiff of Frontier Angel Shaving soaps, available in Bay Rum & Goat Milk, Lime & Aloe, and Woods & Ale.  Frontier products are made “for green living enthusiasts who want to make a positive impact on the environment by making informed personal care choices.”  Learn more by visiting HAALo at 412 Commercial Street or calling (530) 265-8804.