Nutcracker season in Nevada City starts this week. First up is the Holt Ballet Conservatory Clara and the Nutcracker at the Miners Foundry, Wednesday and Thursday evening, December 11th and 12 at 7pm, to purchase tickets, click here. The show is a family friendly performance with dancers of all ages and abilities. If you can’t make this week’s dance performance, you can still go see the Nevada County Nutcracker later this month, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Don Baggett Theater. Center Stage is excited to share their 10th anniversary production of the Christmas classic. So if your holiday season isn’t complete without dancing sugarplum fairies, dancing mice or a nutcracker prince, you’ve got several opportunities in Nevada City to support local dancers.
Nevada City Snow
Winter has arrived in Nevada City! I can’t think of anything more beautiful then our little town blanketed in a layer of snow. The snow in town is bound to be gone soon, but here are a few moments to help capture the beauty. I love that the people out walking the streets this morning were all thinking the same thing (for any of those other photographers out there this morning, post a comment with a link to your shots, I’d love to see). What’s your favorite winter activity? Heading up 20 to go sledding? Skiing? Building a snowman in your front yard? Drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa? Please enjoy the photos, I’ve posted additional ones on the Outside Inn’s Facebook page, but if you share them, please put a note that they came from the Outside Inn’s blog. © 2013 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
La Te Da Boutique
La Te Da Boutique is back! The women’s lifestyle boutique has reopened for business at 167 Mill Street in Grass Valley, next to the Del Oro Theatre entrance. If you’ve missed them, stop in and say hi and check out the collection of women’s fashion, including Mavi Jeans denim, payjama sets from PJ Salvage, socks, sweaters, scarves and Lollia fragrances. La Te Da is open 10 am-5pm Monday- Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sundays. The Outside Inn is excited to have a $25 gift certificate to offer up to one lucky InnSide Nevada City blog reader (in case you thought the Epic Giveaway wasn’t enough!). Please post a comment welcoming La Te Da back to Mill Street and I’ll draw the winner on Friday, December 13th.
Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas holiday street fair kicked off the 2013 season. The downtown event continues the following two Wednesdays, December 11th and 18th (5-9 pm) and Sunday December 15th and 22nd (1:30-6 pm). Come wander the streets of Nevada City sipping mulled wine, shop in the local shops or street booths and watch the entertainment (click here on some more info on Izzi Tooinsky’s shows). I love the opportunity to hear the various musicians on the streets performing their holiday favorites. Bundle up, the evenings get chilly, but it’s a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and most likely bump into someone you know. Happy Holidays, and if you missed my epic giveaway post from earlier this week, click here, ’tis the season to give back to the community. © 2013 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Epic Outside Inn Blog Giveaway
Are you ready for the Epic Outside Inn blog giveaway worth over a $1000? Last year I had an Ultimate Nevada City giveaway (read the comments if you need a reminder why Nevada City is a great place), and this year my end of the year blog giveaway extravaganza sort of took on a life of its own, yet another reason why I love our community. This prize is just one way I can stop and thanks to each and every one of you. One lucky person is going to win this entire basket full of prizes, scroll down for the complete list. What do you have to do to win? Post a comment on this blog post and tell me what you love about the Outside Inn’s InnSide Nevada City blog? Do you have a favorite post? Do you have a favorite photo? Do you have a favorite local event? Feel free to post a link in the comments with your thoughts, you can always search through the blog with the search box on the right hand side. The winner will be announced on Christmas. Want a chance to throw your name in the hat for a second chance? Scroll the bottom of the post for details on how sharing the love will allow you to enter twice.
One free night at the Outside Inn, $114.40
Nevada City Winery 2011 Merlot, $19
Smith Vineyard Primitivo, $24
South Yuba Club one month Personal Training Membership*, $239
Mountain Recreation Camelbak water bottle and $15 gift certificate, $30
Bear Yuba Land Trust Trek Voucher, $12
Enid and Edgar Vintage gift certificate, $25
Yuba Blue gift certificate, $10
J.J.Jackson’s Gift Card, $20
Neva Co Artisan Boutique magnet, soap and candle, $30
Judi’s of Nevada City gift certificate, $25
Kitkitdizzi gift certificate, $20
Gray Goose Gift Certificate, $25
Rosanne Burke Nevada City Greeting Cards, $28
Outside Inn Nevada City Postcards, $10
Free class with Community Canvas, plus mini easel and cavas, $50
Free Ruth Chase Fine Art class, $30
Gift certificate to The Artist Workshop, $10
Pint of ice cream from Treats, $10
Matteo’s gift certificate, $25
Farm to Table Catering boxed lunch, $25
Cello Chocolate, $8
Free meal and latte at Nevada City Eats, $10
New Rome Breads 1/2 share gift certificate, $16
Outside Inn coffee mug, $7
Fable Coffee, $8
CaCoCo superfood drinking chocolate, $20
Carolines Coffee Roasters Holiday Coffee, $13.99
Olive Vitality 4 60ml Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, $24.95
SandBags coffee holders, $16
LivingWild Manzanita Sugar, $6.99
2 sets Stack’d cloth napkins, $36
Prettywell Feed, $30
Wild & Scenic Film Festival stainless steal cup, $8
Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply steel caddy, $22.99
Want an extra chance to win? Like the Outside Inn’s Facebook page and share this giveaway with your friends (via whatever social media choice you want: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) and then post a second comment on here telling me that you’ve shared the love). Or if you’re shy and you don’t want share, sign up for my email feed (box on the right hand column). If you have any issues with posting a comment, please see our FAQ.
*SYC gift certificate note valid for current Team Training members, must be redeemed by 3/31/14. One entry per person, for an additional entry please see above. Giveaway must be collected in person, winner must contact the Outside Inn by January 15th, only valid for persons age 21 and above.
© 2013 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem
Izzi Tooinsky is going to be out entertaining the crowds for Victorian Christmas. He has a brand new idea for Victorian Christmas called Izzi’s Playshop. Sign your young ones (ages 6-13) up at Treats for a 15 minute exploration of Skill Games and Balancing Tricks with Master Juggler and Storyteller Izzi Tooinsky. He will be performing in front of Treats on the Sunday Victorian Christmas (December 15th and 22nd) between 2-4pm. Thanks to Treats for sponsoring the kid friendly activity, with additional sponsorships from Nevada City Retreats and the Outside Inn. If you can’t make the Sunday performances, look for Izzi on the corner of Pine and Broad from 6-8pm on the Wednesday evening Victorian Christmas celebrations.
Nevada City Shopping, Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday, Nevada City has lots of options to chose from, where are you going shopping? Photos today include Kitkitdizzi, Neva Co Artisan Boutique, J.J.Jackson, Wink Boutique, Enid and Edgar, Judi’s of Nevada City, My Favorite Things, Mowen Solinsky Gallery, Darbeads, Phoenix Rose, Gray Goose and The Earth Store. Thanks for thinking local, our local merhcants apprecate it. And don’t forget downtown Grass Valley, plenty of great shopping options there too. Where’s your go to shopping spot? © 2013 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Thanksgiving Cycling Events
Eat too much turkey? Maybe it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! This weekend there are a number of great outdoor themed events, if you missed the Turkey Trot there’s still time to join the Bear Yuba Land Trust Turkey Trek. If you’d rather go on your own hike check out the Art OnSite on Deer Creek Tribute Trail or any one of my favorite Nevada County hikes. But if you want to ride your bike this weekend don’t miss the YBONC Take A Kid Mountain Biking Event on Sunday, December 1st at Lyman Gilmore. If you need even more of a challenge check out the Sacramento Cyclecross event at Condon Park. The Grass Valley event is hosted by Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop from 9am-3pm, photo below of Real Wheels Bicycle Shop owner Chris McGovern.
© 2013 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Evans Phelps and Jeff Namba, used with permission
Happy Holidays from your friends at the Outside Inn. Wishing everyone a festive Thanksgiving weekend, there’s a lot going on in town, click here for my local events board. Definitely stop by the Miners Foundry and check out the Artisan Festival, shop locally, pick out your Christmas Tree and get ready for Victorian Christmas (December 4th, 11th, 15th, 18th and 22nd). The winner of the Mountain Bounty Farm giveaway is Jeff A. I’ve got something exciting brewing for next week as a special way of thanks to our community, stay tuned!
Nevada City Winery
Become a wine maker for a day? Normally I just enjoy drinking wine, but yesterday I took part in the Nevada City Winery’s annual Bottle Your Own Wine party. The winery opens up their barrel rooms and invites people to sample wine and learn the bottling process. Winemaker Mark Foster made a special variety Zinfandel and Petite Sirah for the occasion. After bottling, corking, foiling and hand signing the bottles we got to enjoy some delicious cheese from Shaft Cheese, food from Antonio Ayestaran and live music. Cheers!© 2013 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem