28 Aug

Nevada City Uncorked

Nevada City Uncorked, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Uncorked Wine Tasting event, photos by Erin Thiem
Saturday, August 29th is the 5th annual Uncorked Wine and Food event in downtown Nevada City.  The event is a collaboration between the Sierra Vintners Association and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and brings together over 20 different wineries and breweries.  In addition to wine tastings, you can sample bites from local restaurants including: tri tip with chimichurri sauce, Lefty’s Grill pizza, chocolate truffles, Tcho Mochaccino cheese, pulled pork tartin and more.  Check-in at the Nevada City Vets Hall starts at 12:30 and the event goes from 1-4 throughout downtown Nevada City, you can buy tickets online or at the door.  If you’ve never been check out the photos from the previous years here, here, here and here.  Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a great giveaway.

Below is a list of all the tasting options and locations, for a full map click here.

Emma Nevada House with Avanguardia WinesBroad Street InnSolune Winegrowers and Pleasant Valley Grill,  Two Room Inn:  Fawnridge Winery and Diegos RestaurantMadison House and Lone Buffalo VineyardsMana BeadsBent Metal Winery and 151 Union SquareNevada TheatreLucchesi Vineyards & Winery and BriarPatch Co-Op,  Szabo Vineyards with Kane’s,  Nevada City Winery with Conscious CateringFoxhound EspressoKatoa Cellars and Harmony Ridge Market, Powell House: Vina Castellano and Sopa Thai, National Hotel: Pilot Peak Vineyards and Hoovers at the NationalLefty’s Grill with Mt Vernon WineryCornerstone Realty: Smith Winery and Beach Hut DeliThree Forks Bakery & BreweryWheyward Girl with Coufos CellarsCrazy Horse Saloon with Sierra Knolls Winery & VineyardsClavey Vineyards with SPD Deli, Nevada City Crystal & Glass:  Bear River Winery and Nevada City Chocolate ShoppeJJ Jackson: Double Oak Vineyards & Winery and Emily’s Catering & CakesMatteo’s Public with Ol’ Republic BreweryFriar Tucks and Gray Pine Winery.

Nevada City Uncorked Wine Tasting event, photos by Erin Thiem

While this sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, if you can’t make it, I’ve got several fabulous giveaways to continue the spirit of the event.  Many thanks to those businesses who donated, please post a comment on this blog post and I’ll randomly draw 5 winners on Saturday, September 5th, cheers!

Prize No 1: Solune Winegrowers group tasting for 10 with the winemaker with Jacques Mercier and a free bottle of wine.

Prize No. 2: A collection of goodies: a bottle of wine from Bent Metal Winery, Wheyward Girl Creamery bag of Effie’s Oat Cakes, $5 coupon to Diego’s, BriarPatch Co-Op shirt with Nevada County local farmers listed, two complimentary wine tastings and a bottle of wine from Smith Vineyard Tasting Room.

Prize No. 3Ol’ Republic Brewery coupon: Buy a flight of beer or a pint and receive the 2nd one at no charge.

Prize No. 4: Matteo’s Public seven beer taster with an appetizer.

Prize No. 5: A private wine tasting for 8 people out at Lucchesi’s Vineyards with light appetizers included. In addition Mario & Linda will offer a 20% off wine purchases made at the tasting.

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem, *Gift certificates for prize packages to be collected at the Outside Inn.

25 Aug

Visit Nevada City

South Yuba River, photo by Erica Hartnick

Visit Nevada City #VisitNevadaCity photos

Have you checked the Visit Nevada City Instagram account?  I am active as both the Outside Inn and the Inn Town Campground, but wanted to create an online gallery that showcased photos by other photographers. On Instagram use the hashtag #VisitNevadaCity to be featured, check out the online gallery for lots of great local images.

Photos today by Katie White, Kial James, Riverhill Farm, Andi Lambert, Jacque Boatman, First Friday Art Walk, Erin ThiemLeora Coronel, Jeremy Heslup, ReVisit ProductsDarby Aldaco and David Nicholson.  The photo below, of Alan Hartnick leaping into the South Yuba River by Erica Hartnick was recently featured on the Visit Sacramento Instagram account.

If you’re interested in learning more about Instagram, stay tuned for more information about an upcoming social media workshop series later this fall in collaboration with the  Nevada City Film Festival.

South Yuba River, photo by Erica Hartnick

South Yuba River, photo by Erica Hartnick

Nevada City by Kial James Photography

Downtown Nevada City by Kial James


20 Aug

South Yuba River

South Yuba River, photo by Erin Thiem

49 Crossing, South Yuba River

Who’s ready to say goodbye to summer?  Not me!  While school may have started for many Nevada City and Grass Valley students this week, I think it’s a great time to head for another dip in the South Yuba River.  Click here for another photo from our recent river trip on Instagram.  At the Outside Inn I am constantly getting asked, “Is there any water?  Can we go swimming?”  The answer is yes.  The other question is “What’s your favorite swimming hole?”  I don’t have a favorite and explain to visitors and guests that we recommend a choose your own adventure, you pick the access point (Bridgeport, 49 Crossing, Purdons Crossing, Edwards Crossing, Washington) and then figure out where to go from there.  Not all river spots are easy access, so please see my blog post earlier this summer about Lemke’s Lagoon.  Regardless if you’re going to Mountain Dog Swimming Hole, 49 Crossing, Bridgeport , Washington, there’s no bad place to go.

The Outside Inn always encourages visitors to our beautiful California State Park to treat the river with respect (click here for a local’s perspective on how to act in nature), pack out all garbage and if you want to give back, check out the SYRCL River Ambassador program and the annual South Yuba River Clean Up program.  “The Yuba River is the heart of our community and the Yuba River Cleanup is your chance to give back to this very special place. The Cleanup spans more than 80 miles of creek and river shoreline and since 1998, 8,073 volunteers have removed 179,208 pounds of trash and recycling!” said Andrew Collins-Anderson, River People Coordinator at SYRCL.  Save the date for Saturday, September 19th if you want to participate.

It’s a magical place, you never know when you might run, maybe you’ll spy Anika the mermaid.  What’s your favorite part about the river?

South Yuba River, photo by Erin Thiem

Anika the Mermaid, South Yuba River, Lenkaland Photography

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem and Lenkaland Photography

17 Aug

Farm to Table Dinner

Nevada City Farm to Table, photo by Erin Thiem


Nevada City Farm to Table Dinner

The Farm to Table Dinner in downtown Nevada City is a truly magical Nevada City experience. Click here and here to see photos from previous years. The event, organized by Reinette Senum, was a fundraiser for the First Friday Art Walk and featured a multi-course meal with local farms and businesses.  The menu was created by Shanan Manuel of Feast & Gather and highlighted the bounty of local farms: First Rain Farm, Sweet Roots Farm, Family Friendly Farms, Early Bird Farm, Riverhill Farm, Grass Valley Grains, Living Wild, Mountain Bounty Farm and the Soil Sisters.  The community event used the help of neighborhood restaurants: Matteo’s Public, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co, Nourish, Fable Coffee and Treats.  Matt & Michelle Margulies from Matteo’s Public wanted to thank all their staff and family for pitching in to help with the event, as Matt joked that “it takes a village.” Thanks to Valerie and Dave from the Nevada City Chamber for pouring Nevada City Winery and Clavey Wines, plus Nash’s Natural Brewing Company for the Kombucha on tap.

Nevada City Farm to Table, photo by Erin Thiem

The 6 course meal included:  Nettle pesto, roasted plum & walnut pizza (shaved Asiago), melon smoked pepper gazpacho, BBQ smoked heritage chickens with roasted strawberry salsa, abundant summer bounty salad, heirloom tomatoes with purslane, Manzanita dressing & edible flowers, BBQ garlic ‘rattlesnake’ green beans, and for dessert, grilled stone fruits & honey with Treats lemon custard ice cream and Three Forks Cookie.  Who doesn’t want Feast and Gather’s weekly meals after that menu?

Nevada City Farm to Table, photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Farm to Table Dinner, photos by Erin Thiem

Music was played by Halfpence and Haypenny and The Crux.  Nevada City Film Festival has a gift of turning outdoor spaces into fun and exciting cinematic experiences. Once again they utilized the historic brick walls of Nevada City to screen a classic black and white silent film during the Farm to Table dinner.

Nevada City Farm to Table, photos by Erin Thiem Outside Inn

The event is a beautiful way to showcase Nevada City, bringing people together to eat local food and experience small town ambiance.  While Reinette and Shanan say this is the last year for organizing this dinner, I’m confident the local food movement will stay strong in our community, you can go out to eat, go to the Farmers Market, get a local CSA box, go to Polly’s Paladar Supper Club or participate in any of the local food events (Uncorked, Sierra Brewfest are happening soon).

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, ©Photos by Erin Thiem

14 Aug

Nevada County Fair

Nevada County Fair, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada County Fair, photo by Erin Thiem

Airstream at the Nevada County Fair, photos by Erin ThiemThe Nevada County Fair is 5 days full of rides, exhibits, demonstrations, arts & crafts, animals, music and so much more.  The Fair runs through Sunday, August 16th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, gates open at 10am with activities and fun for the whole family.  Check out the daily fair schedule, special contests, entertainment guide, Monster Truck and Demolition Derby.  What’s your go-to booth on Treat Street?  There are lots of great local organizations selling food to help raise funds for their programs year round, we helped in the Lions Club Taco booth yesterday.  I’ve included a few photos, thanks NEO for the fun Teen Lounge and the California State Parks for the opportunity to practice gold panning.  What’s your favorite part about the fair?

Nevada County Fair, photos by Erin Thiem California State Parks at the Nevada County Fair, photos by Erin Thiem Nevada County Fair, photos by Erin Thiem Nevada County Fair, photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada County Fair, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

11 Aug

Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart

Outside Inn Free Veggie


The summer bounty is overflowing at the Outside Inn’s free neighbor vegetable stand.  The cart is located in front of our office in downtown Nevada City and during the summer a variety of extra fruit and vegetables come and go all day long.  I love watching the range of items dropped off (pictured here are tomatoes, plums, nectaries, pears, peaches, squash and apples), but I also love the smile on the faces of the folks who stop by and take items home.  The free veggie cart is just another example of why I love our community.  For photos from previous years click here, here, here, here and here, plus click here to see how the famous cart won Nevada City a spot in the Outside Magazine Best Towns wild card contest and top 50 photos.

Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart, Nevada City

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © Erin Thiem and Sydney Moon

07 Aug

Nevada City Craft Fair

Nevada City Craft Fair, photo by Erin Thiem

Cult of the Gemini, Nevada City Craft Fair, photos by Erin Thiem Outside Inn Nevada City Craft Fair, photos by Erin ThiemThe Nevada City Craft Fair returns today to the Miners Foundry.  The event is today, August 7th from 3 -9 pm, stop by and check out over 50 vendors, or grab a beverage at the full bar or coffee by Foxhound Espresso.

I took a quick tour before the Craft Fair opened so I could share some photos with you, while I haven’t managed to capture all the vendors, here are a few photos to help motivate you to head down to the Miners Foundry and check it out.

The Summer Nevada City Craft Fair includes: ElemenopySleeping Phoenix Design, J&D Workshop, OscaromoriThe Cosmic Soaper, Swiminsidethesun, Vanessa Mellet JewelryHoney Hills FarmEko KreationsRebecca SpencerDanilo Navarro Jewelry, Marty MayBohoBold, Louella’s ToffeeKaruna Clothing, The Cozy Cabin, Lime Tree Jewelry, Susan Griffin Designs, Broken Arrow Art, Handmade by Heather and Her Kind, IDHHB, Inc., Full Circle PressWhite Willow CreationsPrimal WellPiquant PiecesRUKUSZoo Gang StudiosLaxmi LotusOther People’s Junk, Crafting Tiger/Knitting Dragon, Idoltree Studio, Cult of GeminiPickle PotteryOld Tree EssentialsScumugsKiya’s NaturalsCerridwyn StudioLone Wolf Jewelry, Sparrows Jewelry, Amani Arts, Nickels Flowers, Alice De Lite, KMB PhotographyBellabellota and Wild Eye.

Start your Nevada City First Friday Art Walk stroll early, check out the DANK gallery in the Osborn/Woods Gallery, grab a glass of wine at Nevada City Winery before they close at 6 and then check out the many great artists around Nevada City for the First Friday Art Walk.   Lots of great events today, if you’re looking to celebrate the arts come check out downtown Nevada City.

Nevada City Craft Fair, photos by Erin Thiem Nevada City Craft Fair, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © Erin Thiem

06 Aug

Photography Exhibit at Java John’s

High Sierra Meadow by Mike Shea
High Sierra Meadow

High Sierra Meadow by Mike Shea

Yellowstone by John Daly

Yellowstone by John Daly

Nevada County photographers Josh Miller, Dave McLellan, Margie Determan, Ed Rotberg, Mike Shea, Jim Bair, John Daly and Douglas Hooper  are displaying some of their landscape and nature photographs in Java John’s this month.  Stop by the coffee shop and meet the artists during their opening reception on Friday, August 7th between the hours of 5-9pm.  As a huge fan of the arts its great to see so many talented artists showcasing their work throughout the community.  Make sure to check out the First Friday Art Walk on Friday evening as well, 30 different stops with music, art and family friendly crafts.  And the winners from the Foxhound Espresso giveaways are: Jenny, Krista, Ed, Mike and Roseanne.

Leopard ascends mound

Photo by Edward Rotberg

Fire and Flight

Fire and Flight, photo by Ed Rotberg

Alghero, Sardenia

Alghero, Sardenia by John Daly

Yosemite Moon by Douglas Hooper

Sunset Point Again

Susnet Point by Mike Shea

Orange Glow at Twilight

Orange Glow at Twilight by Jim Blair

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos ©Ed Rotberg, Mike Shea, Jim Bair, John Daly and Douglas Hooper

03 Aug

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Deer Creek Tribute TrailOne of the more popular local hikes in Nevada City is the Deer Creek Tribute Trail.  I’ve written numerous blog posts about the trail over the years, with the new suspension bridge, Art OnSite and the Chinese Bridge.  If you’ve never been, stop by the Outside Inn for a free trail map and directions, it’s a great hike or mountain bike trail right in downtown Nevada City.  For more fun outdoor activities check out our informational page with hiking, biking and swimming hole information.  What’s your favorite thing to do outdoors in Nevada City and Grass Valley?

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem and Dieter King

30 Jul

Foxhound Espresso

Foxhound Espresso And Coffee Broasters, photo by Erin Thiem

Foxhound Espresso

Foxhound Espresso & Coffee Broasters, Nevada City’s newest coffee shop is now open for business on Spring Street.  Many local coffee lovers know Steffen Snell and his coffee roasting business and involvement with Alchemy Collective Cafe, but now you can stop in his local coffee shop and enjoy his single origin coffee beans, grab a shot of espresso, latte or cold brew.  The coffee shop, located at 317 Spring Street in between Sushi in the Raw and Nevada City Winery,  is open 7 days a week, 7am-6pm on week days and 8am-6pm on weekends.  Steffen referred to his addition to the coffee scene in Nevada City as a place that’s “passionately crafted and compassionately served coffee.”  The grand opening party is this Saturday, August 1st, 7:30pm onwards with music by Brett Shady, Aaron Ross, Yumi and Cody Copeland.  Now who wants to try some coffee?  We’ve got 5 gift certificates for a free latte, post a comment about coffee (or something witty for Steffen) and I’ll announce the winners next Wednesday, August 5th.      2015-07-30_0002

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem