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Nevada County Plein Air Painters

Nevada County Plein Air Painters, Exhibit at Foothills Flowers, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

The Nevada County Plein Air Painters are hosting their second annual show at Foothill Flowers.  Featuring landscape and still-life paintings by Warren Knox, Linda Roemisch, Mim Meakin, Patty Sussberg, Sandy DeLong, Sandy Lindblad, Dan Peck, Kathleen Woolsley, Kim Roseth, Chris Springer, Kathy Tardif, and Jane Welles.  You can chat with one of the 12 artists during Cornish Christmas nights, Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, & 19 from 6-9 PM, and on Santa Lucia Sunday, Dec 7, 1-4 PM.  With the upcoming holiday season there are a lot of great ways to support local artists, you can check my local art Pinterest board or the Outside Inn’s Entertainment & Arts page with some additional suggestions.  Don’t forget this weekend is the Miners Foundry Artisans Festival and the Country Christmas Faire and Victorian Christmas and the Nevada City Craft Fair are coming in December.

Nevada County Plein Air Painters, Exhibit at Foothills Flowers, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem



Holiday Wine Tasting

Nevada City Winery, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNevada City Winery Bottle Your Own Wine Party, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

With Thanksgiving it’s important to do your homework on which bottle of wine you might need.  The first stop on our local wineries tour was the Nevada City Winery, which was hosting their annual bottle your own wine party.  Winemaker Mark Foster made a Syrah and  Cabernet Sauivgnon and folks got the chance to walk through all the steps of filling, corking and labeling their bottles.  Thanks Sapo Guapo Gourmet Cookies for the delicious samples of gourmet cookies made Nevada City Winery Rough and Ready Wine.

Sierra Starr Vineyards Wine Tasting Room, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNext up we stopped into Sierra Starr Vineyard downtown Grass Valley Tasting Room for their holiday food and wine pairings event.  The menu included seasonal favorites of turkey, triple cream brie cheese, cranberries and pumpkin pie with Sierra Starr wine varieties of champagne, Rose of Zinfandel,  Old Clone Zinfandel, Cosmic Reserve Chardonnay and a dessert wine.  It was a great opportunity to try a traditional Thanksgiving item with an unexpected wine, we were pleasantly surprised.  Their tasting room is located at 124 W. Main Street, mark your calendars for their Ugly Sweater Contest on Friday, December 5th (during Cornish Christmas).

Avanguardia Wine Grass Valley Wine Tasting Room, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnAvangurardia Wine focuses on Italian varities and their tasting room loves to help educate folks on their non traditional wine blends.  The downtown Grass Valley tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 at 209 West Main Street if you want to pop in and do a tasting, we enjoyed the Cristallo, Due Fiori and Ampio.  Avanguardia owner Marilyn Chrisman recommends stopping by during Cornish Christmas to try their traditional Italian mulled wine.

Lucchesi Vineyard Wine Tasting Room, photso by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

And our final pit stop was to Lucchesi Vineyards Tasting room, at 128 Mill Street, in Grass Valley offers wine tasting, wine by the glass, live music and fun holiday merchandise.  Owner Linda Clough recommended checking out the Turkey Trio, a bottle of Zinfandel, Masque and Pinot Gringo. For more information on other local wineries and tasting rooms in the area, click here.  With so many wine tasting options in Nevada City and Grass Valley you’ve got plenty of options to help you choose the right bottle for your holiday meal or Christmas party, cheers!  If you made it this far, feel free to leave a comment on your suggestion on a local wine to try.

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem



Classic Cars at the Outside Inn

Classic Cars at the Outside Inn, Nevada City Motel

Earlier this fall we had a fun classic car group stay at the Outside Inn for a few nights, always fun to see our 1940′s motor court motel surrounded by vintage cars.  This beautiful Chevy Bel Air seemed right at home at the motel.  Does anyone have any photos from the Airway Motel back in the day?  If you’re a car enthusiast check out the annual Grass Valley car show or the Roamin Angels Car Club.  We’ve had all sorts of amazing vintage cars stay at the Outside Inn over the years, always a treat.  The winner of the Mountain Bounty Farm CSA giveaway is Lenka.

Classic Cars at the Outside Inn, Nevada City Motel

Vintage Classic cars at the Outside Inn, Nevada City



Banner Mountain Artisans

Tricia Burbank gourds, Banner Mountain Artisans

Bill Juhl wood artist, Banner Mountain Artisans

The Banner Mountain Artisans Festival is this weekend, Saturday & Sunday (November 15th and 16th) at the Nevada City Elks Lodge (off Highway 49).  Stop by between 10am-5pm on Saturday or 10am-4pm on Sunday and check out the 31 local artists.  Booths include gifts ranging from glass works, woodwork, metal works, hand-woven towels, upcycled birdhouses, photographs, Christmas ornaments and much, much more.  To learn about the individual artists please click here for more information on the Banner Mountain Artisans website.  It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping.  If you love art festivals mark your calendars for the upcoming Miners Foundry Artisans Festival (November 28th and 29th), Country Christmas Faire (November 28-30th), Hometown Holiday Craft Faire (December 6th) and the Nevada City Craft Fair (December 14th).  The winner of the Encanto Jewels giveaway is Melinda.

Banner Mountain Artisans, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Lilly Creations, Banner Mountain Artisans, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Banner Mountain Artisans Festival, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside In

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem



Fall Photo Contest

Nevada City Fall photos

Fall is so beautiful in Nevada City, I’m constantly inspired by the colors, textures and beauty that surrounds us. The Outside Inn has an Instagram account and I keep taking photos of leaves, trees and fall colors.  I’ve decided it would be fun to host a fall color photo contest/showcase.  If you’ve got any new or old Nevada City/Grass Valley fall colors photos please use the hashtag #nevadacitycolor and tag the @outsideinn, if you don’t use Instagram, feel free to email me (erin@outsideinn.com) the photo or post them to the Outside Inn’s Facebook page.  I’ll share my top 9 picks on Thanksgiving Day, so deadline to enter is Monday, November 24th.  My favorite picture will get a special InnSide Nevada City blog giveaway package (a set of local postcards, an Outside Inn travel mug, a free ice cream to Treats and a pumpkin spice latte from Carolines Coffee).  And the winner of the gourmet cupcake from Emily’s Catering is Krista.

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem



Mountain Bounty Farm Winter CSA

Mountain Bounty CSA vegetable boxes, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

Eat your greens!  I’m a huge fan of eating local produce and love seeing the fabulous variety of fruit and veggies that come through the Outside Inn’s free veggie cart over the summer.  But with only a few more weeks left of the Nevada City Farmers Market and Nevada County Growers Market it’s a good time to think about joining the Mountain Bounty Farm Winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  Click here for more information about a weekly box of either fruit or veggies from Riverdog Farm.  Sign up by November 13th to be on the first winter delivery on November 19th.  If you’re looking for more information on local farms, check out the Nevada County Grown Farm Guide.  The Outside Inn blog is excited to have one Mountain Bounty Farm vegetable CSA box to giveaway*. Post a comment on here about your favorite winter vegetable and I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday, November 19th.  Thanks Lenkaland Photography for some additional photos from the Mountain Bounty Farm, have you hugged a farmer today?

Mountain Bounty Farm, photos by Lenkaland Photography© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem and Lenkaland Photography, *Giveaway valid for new Mountain Bounty subscribers only, must pick up box in Nevada City before February 1st.



Encanto Jewels

Monica Farbiarz, Encanto Jewels, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Have you heard of Encanto Jewels?  Monica Farbiarz, owner and designer, has been creating eco-friendly jewelry using Tagua, a seed from the Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil rainforests.  Encanto Jewels recently moved their operations to downtown Grass Valley, if you’d like to see their new space check out their ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 11th at 5:30pm.  Their space in Grass Valley is their working studio, to buy directly from Encanto Jewels please contact them to make an appointment.  While the business is mainly wholesale, you can purchase their jewelry online or stop by Being Green in downtown Nevada City.  Or check out their Facebook page for updates and giveaways.  Known for their high-quality, vibrant colors, and eco-friendly source Encanto jewelry is designed locally, but helps support the global economy by helping Columbian workers and the preservation of the rainforest.  Interested in winning a pair of tagua earrings?  Post a comment on this blog post and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, November 15th.

Tagua, Encanto Jewels, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Monica Farbiarz, Encanto Jewels, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Encanto Jewels Earrings

Outside Inn blog giveaway Encanto earrings

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem



Emily’s Catering and Cakes

Emily's Catering and Cakes, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Emily’s Catering & Cakes recently opened their doors in Grass Valley, (421 Colfax Ave, where Summer Thyme’s use to be located).  The dessert cafe is open Thursday-Sunday (Thursdays: 11am-6pm, Friday & Saturdays: 10am-7pm and Sunday: 10am-3pm) and welcomes you to stop by for a sweet treat or grab a cake and go.  They’re serving Fable pour over coffee if you want to have coffee, with a limited selection of savoury items.  Check out their Facebook page for weekly specials.  The gourmet cupcakes range from chocolate/mint, Oreos and cream, red velvet with vanilla bean frosting, buttermilk with whipped cream.  If you’re not in the mood for a cupcake try the homemade s’mores bar or a candied apple.  The grand opening celebration is this Saturday, November 8th from 10am- 7pm.  Would you like to win a gourmet cupcake?  Post a comment on your favorite cupcake flavor and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, November 12th.  The winners from last week’s All Things Pumpkin posts are Diane R (Treats ice cream) and Ingrid (An Honest Pie).

Emily's Catering and Cakes, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Emily's Catering and Cakes, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem

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Happy Halloween

Outside Inn Haunted Pathway, Nevada City motel, photos by Erin Thiem

Outside Inn Haunted Pathway, Nevada City motel, photos by Erin Thiem

Happy Halloween!  The Outside Inn’s haunted pathway is ready for Nevada City, stop by tonight and play a visit with our resident ghosts, Dracula, witches, ghost pirates and more.  If you’ve never checked out our Halloween decorations before, be warned, they’re family friendly, but maybe not suitable for the youngest trick or treaters.  Lots of fun for Nevada City tonight– check out the Nevada City Halloween parade at 5pm on Broad Street, Miners Foundry Fright Night, trick or treating in the neighborhoods or if you’re really up for a fright, the haunted house in town.  The winner of the ski giveaway is Ariana and the winner of the Nourish gift certificate is Mags.

Nevada City Haunted House, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Nevada City Haunted House, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Nevada City Haunted House, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem



All Things Pumpkin

Pumpkin Sundae, Treats, Nevada City, California Ice cream Shop, photo by Erin Thiem

Pumpkins, Bierwagen's Pumpkin Patch, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

It’s pumpkin time!  With Halloween this week I’ve been thinking about all things pumpkin.  I did a little research and have a few local suggestions to help you into the spirit.  Stop by Treats in downtown Nevada City and sample their pumpkin sundae or try a scoop of vegan pumpkin ice cream.  An Honest Pie has 2 pumpkin options; classic pumpkin pie and Pumpkin Brew, their buttermilk pie with pumpkin filling.  Look for the food truck in the Staples parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursday 10-4 and at Ol Republic Brewery on Thursdays from 4-8pm.  If you need a pumpkin pie to feed more than just yourself, stop by Flour Garden Bakery and pick up either the pumpkin tarte with gingerbread crust or a gluten-free pumpkin pie.  Think you want to make your own pumpkin treat, visit the Nevada City Farmers MarketRiverhill Farm is selling their pie pumpkins for $1.50/lb this Saturday 8:30am- 1pm.  While you’re at the Farmers Market check out Mark Einhert Organically Blown hand blown glass pumpkins or stock up on the pumpkin ravioli from Bear River Pasta Company.  Caroline’s Coffee Roasters has their seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte on the menu, but if you’re looking for other pumpkin food items check out the Pumpkin Butter from Hurley FarmsMandarin Pumpkin Marmalade from Earth and Vine or the Pumpkin Spice Tea from Republic of Tea.  Also available at Caroline’s are Rainbow’s End Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies and pumpkin bread.  Briar Patch Co-Op has a contest to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin from local Super Tuber Farm, winner gets to take home the pumpkin!  If you’re feeling artsy and want to paint a pumpkin, Community Canvas has a mixed media Harvest class, click here for more details.  Or stop by My Favorite Things in downtown Nevada City and check out their velvet pumpkins with real pumpkin stems.  So, who’s ready for a little giveaway?  I’ve got one scoop of pumpkin ice cream from Treats and one pumpkin pie from An Honest Pie to giveaway, post a comment here on anything pumpkin and I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday, November 5th.

Briar Patch Co-Op Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin, Super Tuber Farm
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem and submitted by Briar Patch Co-Op



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