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What to do after the turkey’s been gobbled

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

There’s no need to stay cooped up with all those tempting leftovers beckoning from the fridge. Instead, gather family and friends and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend doing something memorable.

Entertaining guests locally is easy to do, just head to Northstar at Tahoe for some ice skating, the Flume Trail for some late season mountain biking, or catch live music at a local restaurant or Stateline casino.

“We have some great things going on here this weekend and this is going to be one of our last chances to go out before the winter,” said Kim Fabel, program manager for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. “There are some very good specials for locals, especially for lodging and dining, and prices will start going up in December.”

But if you’ve been-there-done-that enough times here in Tahoe, don’t forget that there is plenty to do just a morning drive away …

What: A great destination for families of all ages. Visit more than 50 ranches, Christmas tree farms, wineries, a microbrewery and the not-to-be-missed cider press, where you can crush your very own mug of tasty apple cider.

Bring home some homemade apple pies, apple butter and preserves, apple sauce and plenty of kitchy apple knick-knacks.

“The fall colors are just gorgeous up here. The apples have been harvested, so we have a great selection, and all the ranches have wonderful baked goods,” said Joan West, executive director of the Apple Hill Growers Association. “It’s also a wonderful time for people to come up and get their Christmas trees.”

Where: Camino, Calif.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Drive time: About an hour and a half

More info: http://www.applehill.com

What: A peaceful place for the art enthusiast. Currently six exhibits are on display, including an animated film, the paintings of Mary Warner, and photography by David Muskin.

On Sunday the museum will host a hands-on print-making program for families from noon to 4 p.m., and guided tours will be offered Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. Spanish-language tours are offered at 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month.

Where: Reno, Nev.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults, $8 students and $1 children.

Drive Time: Less than one hour

More info: http://www.nevadaart.org

What: A historic holiday celebration for families who enjoy an evening stroll. Carolers, gospel singers, carriage drivers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Choir, and Santa Claus will all be in attendance for an evening of festive celebration.

“Dress warm. It’s getting cold so we advise a hat and gloves, and we’ll have lots of hot drinks available,” said Julie Baloga, projects administrator for the Grass Valley Downtown Association. “Everyone is also welcome to wear something Cornish. All of our vendors will be wearing Cornish attire because the Cornish are the ones who settled in Grass Valley.”

Food and drink can be purchased from a number of specialty vendors all evening ” including chestnuts roasted around a communal fire pit. Handmade arts and crafts will also displayed.

Where: Grass Valley

When: Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Drive Time: About an hour

More info: http://www.grassvalleychamber.com

What: Clothing-optional relaxation on a whole new level. Adults and “well-behaved” children can enjoy soaking in nearly a dozen indoor and outdoor pools of various temperatures.

Families interested in staying for more than a few hours can cozy up in the main lodge or at the Globe Hotel, and for some real post-feast down-time, massages, watsu and other spa treatments are also available.

“There’s numerous medicinal qualities to the minerals in the water ” not to mention just getting out in nature for some complete and utter relaxation,” said hot spring employee Beenie Rose. “There is nothing like coming out to the largest alpine valley in North America and relaxing.”

Where: Sierraville

When: 24/7/365

Cost: $12

Drive Time: About a half hour

More info: http://www.sierrahotsprings.org

What: The Gift of the Magi ” a lively musical version of O. Henry’s classic American fable.

Jim and Della Young are newlyweds sharing their very first Christmas together in 1905. They are poor and struggling to make ends meet, but so in love that each is resolved to give the other a very special Christmas present, even if it means sacrificing some most prized possessions.

“It’s about the true spirit of Christmastime ” real sweet and real heartwarming,” said box office manager Richard Fisher. “It runs about an hour and is intentionally short so that we can cater to families with young kids.”

Where: Nevada City

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cost: $11 to $26

Drive Time: About an hour

More info: http://www.foothilltheatre.org