16 Apr

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, photo by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet play by CATS, photos by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) opens the production of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tonight at the historic Nevada Theatre.  The play is based on the best-selling historical fiction novel by Jamie Ford.  Follow Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, during the internment in World War II as they navigate love and friendship in the 1940’s in Seattle and what becomes of their relationship after the internment camps.  Tickets are on sale online as well as Briarpatch Co-Op and The Book Seller.  The show runs through May 9th with a special opening gala on Saturday, April 18th and reception with author Jamie Ford on Saturday, April 25th.  The Outside Inn’s blog has 2 tickets to give away for Friday, April 24th show, please post a comment here and I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, photo by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

13 Apr

Hiking the North Yuba Trail

North Yuba River, photo by Erin Thiem

North Yuba Trail

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get outside and hit the trails.  While there are a lot of great hiking trails in and around downtown Nevada City, we decided to head up Highway 49 and spend an afternoon hiking along the North Yuba Trail outside of Downieville.  Check out the Yuba Expeditions video of mountain biking the trail.   If you’re looking for more information on some of the best of Nevada County hikes, click here for a list of outdoor activities.

If you’re looking to connect with other outdoor minded folks make sure to check the Bear Yuba Land Trust upcoming Treks or check out the new Folk Trails Hiking Club, a hiking group that gets you outside and gives a chance to learn about natural and local history.  And mark your calendars for the upcoming Celebration of Trails Day on Saturday, May 30th.  What’s your favorite local spot to go for a hike?  Post a comment and share.


© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

10 Apr

LORE: The Art of Story

DANK, art by Dylan McConnell, photo by Erin Thiem

DANK, Art Showcase "Lore" at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

DANK’s new art exhibit “LORE: The Art of Story” in the Miners Foundry Osborn/Woods Gallery opens this weekend.  The collection of pieces opens at noon, Saturday, April 11th.  DANK (which is an acronym for Do Art Now Kids) includes:  Celine Adrianna NegreteRoseanne BurkeSheila CameronKathy FreyCynthia LevesqueMoira McLaughlin, Joe Meade, Nancy Nelson, Dylan Sherwood McConnell and Reinette Senum. Opening weekend festivities include Steffan Snell of Foxhound Espresso pouring coffee from 12-4 on Saturday.  The opening night reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., no-host bar featuring sangria and craft beer from Sierra Moonshine Home Brew Supplies, performance by Joe Meade at 7pm and live music by Halfpence & Haypenny at 8:00 p.m.  Past shows have been featured on the Outside Inn blog here and here.  If you can’t make it to the opening the gallery will be open Saturdays 10-2 and Wednesdays 11-2.  And look for upcoming “Wild Card” Sundays with specific events like erasure poetry meet ups, coloring clubs, coffee, music, story telling, check the DANK facebook page for more information.

DANK, Art Showcase "Lore" at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

08 Apr

Let’s go to the movies

Del Oro, Grass Valley movie theater, photo by Erin Thiem

Looking for something to do? Grab your favorite 80’s outfit and head to the Del Oro theater in downtown Grass Valley for their Wednesday night movie series this month.  Show starts at 7pm, $7 and includes prizes for best costumes.  Don’t worry, the traditional blockbusters are still playing too, click here for the Sierra Cinemas movie times.

And don’t forget about the Magic Theater in Nevada City, home to independent, foreign, and other high-quality films or the Sunday night series at the Nevada Theater.  Other continuing special movie programs include the Met Opera series and National Theatre Live.  It’s not too early to start planning your Nevada City Film Festival weekend, September 10-13th.

So, grab the popcorn, let’s go to the movies!

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photo by Erin Thiem

06 Apr

Got Beer?

Beer, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem

Craft Beer sampler, Pint Night, Jernigans Tap House, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem

Are you a beer fan?  Nevada City has a lot of great options for local craft beers.  Matteo’s Public has 10 draft beers on tap, some “local and not-so local,” says owner Matt Marguiles.  “We’ve got local beers from Three Forks and Ol Republic on tap, Auburn Ale House beers, plus four trappist bottled beers.”  Jernigan’s Tap House hosts a pint night every Wednesday from 5-10pm featuring one of their 18 craft beers on draft.  Ol’ Republic Brewery is a great place to try locally made beer, open 7 days a week below SPD.  The commercial brewery with a tap-room welcomes you to bring your own picnic or enjoy one of the local food trucks.  Take your Ol Republic growler for a refill on Tuesdays and get $2 off.  Three Forks Bakery & Brewery in downtown Nevada City brews California craft style beers with “a nice balance of hops and malt that’s not too hoppy,” says co-owner Shana Maziarz.  Starting on Wednesday this week Three Forks will have a Chinook Red Ale on draft made with 100% Chinook hops with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting SYRCL.  And if you’ve decided you love beer so much you want to brew your own, check out the Sierra Moonshine Homebrew Supplies.  They offer homebrew, wine, mead and cheese making supplies.  “We think of ourselves as the on call beer specialists,” says Anthony Schoensee, co-owner of Sierra Moonshine.  “We are open 7 days a week and happy to help customers with their beer crisis or fermenting questions.”  And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual Music in the Mountains Sierra Brewfest, Saturday, September 5th.  So who’s heading to a happy hour for a beer?  What are you favorite local beers?  Leave a comment and share.Ol Republic, Matteo's Public, Three Forks, Nevada City Beer Pubs, photos by Erin Thiem Got Beer?  Nevada City beer, Ol Republic, Matteo's, Sierra Moonshine Home Brew, Jernigans

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

03 Apr

Points of Historical Interest

Points of Historical Interest in Nevada City

Pelton Wheel, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem, Outside inn

Have you ever stopped and looked at all the points of historical interest in downtown Nevada City?  You can check out the map below or print out the Nevada City Chamber Walking Tour Map.   It is a great way to check out mining artifacts and a brief intro to the history of our gold mining town.  You can pick up the map at the Nevada City Chamber or the Outside Inn’s office.  The map highlights places like the Sargent House, the home of US Senator Aaron Sargent who wrote the 29 words that would later become the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to vote. Other great spots include  the Miners Foundry (No. 6), Firehouse No. 1 (No. 2), the Nevada Theatre (No. 4) and the Nevada City Winery (No. 7). Other points of historical interest include the South Yuba Canal Building, built in 1855, home of the Nevada City Chamber, the National Hotel, Firehouse No. 2 (built in 1861) and the Stonehouse Brewery, dating back to 1857.

The walking tour is a great kid friendly activity that can take as little, or as long as you need, it was great to take the opportunity to stop and read some of the plaques around town, you learn something new every day!

And while you’re in Nevada City learning about history make sure to visit the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, Empire Mine State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Park or the Pioneer Cemetery.  What’s your favorite spot to visit for local history?

And the winner of this week’s giveaway to the Miners Foundry comedy show is Melaine Green.

Points of Historical Intersest in Nevada City, California, photos by Erin Thiem, Outside Inn

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

31 Mar

Things to Do

Things To Do in Nevada City

Things to do in Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

What to do in Nevada City?  I get this question every day at the Outside Inn and often I ask folks, tell me a little bit more and I can help send you in the right direction.  What I love is that our guests end up getting out and about and doing so many cool things.

An ideal day of being a tourist in Nevada City would include some food, playing outside and just one of the many activities in our area.  Start with breakfast at South Pine Cafe, can’t beat the Blackstone Benedict and fresh squeezed OJ.  To work off your food take a stroll down to the Deer Creek Trail suspension bridge.  Dash through town and either pick up a few treats, pack a picnic to head down to the river.  The wildflowers at Buttermilk Bend are perfect at this time of the year, or head out to Ananda and check out the tulips at the Hermitage Gardens.  For an afternoon pick me up there are a number of beverage options (coffee, juice bar, wine or beer depending on your preference) and then get dinner before hitting the town.  Whether you’re looking for live music, wine tasting or an event, there’s always something happening in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  Click here for a list of other local itineraries for couples, kids, foodies and more.

So, since I think everyone should get out and explore– I’ve got a fun giveaway for the upcoming Nevada City Film Festival Winter Comedy Show, coming to the Miners Foundry this Saturday night, April 4th.  The show will feature live performances from Tig Notaro, Tim Heidecker, Nick Thune, and Sara Schaefer.  What do you have to win a pair of tickets?  Post a comment here on your favorite local thing to do and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, April 3rd.

Winter Comedy, Miners Foundry, Nevada City

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

27 Mar

Mountain Biking

Upper Pioneer Trail, Mountain Biking Nevada City, photo by Dieter King

Mountain Biking, Trail Building, Nevada CountyNevada City is known as a world-class mountain biking destination and if you haven’t been out cruising the trails, now is the season.  If you’re looking to connect with others, think about joining BONC (Bicyclists of Nevada County), YBONC (Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County) or one of the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop group rides.

If you’re interested in participating in the upcoming IMBA Trail Building workshop on April 3rd and 4th, check out the Bear Yuba Land Trust page for more information.  The weekend includes an evening presentation at the North Star House, trail building school and trail work and maintenance on the Miner’s Trail off Highway 20 with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders.

And mark you calendars for the YBONC 2015 Nevada City Dirt Classic, May 2nd, 9th and 30th.  The course starts at 3500 ft elevation and has forest canopy, technical descents, and punchy climbs. The USAC sanctioned event is open to pros and amateurs of all ages.   And for the younger riders, make sure to sign up for the inaugural Miners Dirt Series, the XC race for 10-14 year olds, click here for more details.

And don’t forget to mark you calendars for the Amgen Tour of California Nevada City start: Monday, May 11th and the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race:  Sunday, June 20th.  So folks, time to get outside and get on your bikes.  And the winner of the Yoga for Runners free class is boswellfamilyof4.

YBONC Dirt Classic, photos by Ellen Lapham© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Ellen Lapham, Liam Ruff, Dieter King and supplied by IMBA

25 Mar

NEO Youth Center

NEO in the Nevada City Mardi Gras parade
NEO will be celebrating the grand opening on their new Youth Center on Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-8pm with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.  The event is free and open to the public. It will include music from a youth jazz combo, appetizers and full use of the new facility. NEO is excited to bring this highly needed facility to local youth and hopes that the community will come out to celebrate this momentous occasion!  The center is located at 139 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley (next to Smiley Guys BBQ), stop by Saturday, March 28th to the grand opening concert between 6-10pm with Rat Stomp, Loose Cannon Marachi and Hayley Pritchard, free for all ages.
NEO Youth Center, photo by Tim McVicker
NEO, photo by Lynn Skrukrud
© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem,  Lynn Skrukrud andTim McVicker


23 Mar

Malakoff Diggins

Kris Holland Photography, Malakoff Diggins
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Have you been to Malakoff Diggins State Park?   I often tell people that taking a hike on the loop trail is like visiting the moon as you have the opportunity to see California’s largest hydraulic mine and the lasting effects of the environment.  The mining led to California’s first environmental protection by the federal court in 1884.  The park visitor center/museum officially opens April 1st, but self guided tours are available sunrise to sunset.  You can get a tour of the historic North Bloomfield town at 1:30pm during the summer spring and summer season.  Plus, mark your calendars for the the upcoming 50th annual Malakoff Diggins Humbug Days on Saturday, June 13th from 11am – 4pm.  Humbug Days features living history, crafts, games, wagon rides, bbq picnic, gold panning, candle making, tin punching, a parade and hydraulic water cannon demos.  Click here for more information about upcoming events.  The drive to the state park takes about 25 minutes from downtown Nevada City.  Many thanks to local photographer Kris Holland for his images of the park, he came to my blogging meetup and accepted my challenge to showcase some of his non-wedding related work, check out his Instagram feed for more photos.  Have you beien out to Malakoff Diggins?  Feel free to share a comment and your favorite part of the park.  And the winner of the Gray Goose giveaway is Aidan.
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
Malakoff Diggins State Park, photos by Kris Holland Photography
 © 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Kris Holland Photography