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Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe

Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNevada City Chocolate Shoppe on the corner of Broad Street and Pine Street in the heart of downtown sells chocolate, candy, ice cream and more.  Stop in, they’re open 7 days a week and sample the famous Nevada City Gold,  grab a hot cider or stock up on sweets.  During the holiday season check out their fun Victorian Christmas village in the window or stop by and say hi to them at their booth during Victorian Christmas, the candied apples and popcorn are big hits.  If you’ve never been in, the Outside Inn blog has a $10 gift certificate to one lucky commenter, post a comment on your favorite treat and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, December 29th.  And for those of you who have been procrastinating about enter the Outside Inn’s Crazy giveaway, there’s still time to enter, click here for the specific post to enter.

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Nevada City Craft Fair

Nevada City Craft Fair, Miners Foundry Nevada City Craft Fair, Miners Foundry Nevada City Craft Fair, Miners FoundryNevada City Craft Fair at the Miners Foundry is a great way to support artists, do some holiday shopping and browse a great selection of handmade goodies.  The bi-annual event started in 2010 (click here, here, here, here and here for previous Craft Fair events).   So whether you were buying pottery, jewelry, vintage clothing, sweet treats, totes, paper goods or herbal remedies there was something for everyone.  Or perhaps you just fueled up on Fable Coffee and visited with friends?  While I didn’t manage to capture all the vendors (check out the Nevada City Craft Fair’s Facebook page for vendor spotlights) I did photograph a number of them.  Included in this post are photos of: Rukus, Aquarian Dawn Haunted Threads, Green Light Restortation, Scumugs, Dandelion and Co, Marty May Press & Stitchery, Eko Kreations, Lord Von Schmitt, Bellabellota, Sleeping Phoenix, Pickle Pottery, Mud and Pearls, Eye of the Avocado, Hand Maiden Collective, Cello Chocolate, Sweet Grass General StoreGraphic Anthology and Claire Ray Art.

“We started the event four years ago as a group of local artists inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents of those around us. We do emphasize that it is the premiere event to see and purchase handmade items from local and regional artists and makers because it is. The craft fair is so wonderfully unique that after four years and eight craft fairs later it continues to grow and support local artists by providing a platform that raises awareness about the young DIY crafters and artists in our community and helps them sell their wares, while also networking and building connections with other like-minded communities that can hopefully help to expand their business. It is also hosted at the Miners Foundry, a historic building which was built by hand from local timber and stone. We are pretty lucky to have such a cool event in our community!” said co-founder Jesse Locks.

So who do you still have on your Christmas list?  You can still shop local, visit Victorian Christmas or Cornish Christmas or enter the Outside Inn’s Crazy giveaway (because we all know we want that present).  Feel free to leave a comment and share your favorite holiday shopping ideas.

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© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem

Holiday Concerts and Plays

Nevada County Nutcracker, photos by Lenkaland PhotographyThe holidays are a great time to get out and support the arts with numerous concerts, plays and performances.  Nutcracker Season returns with two different productions in Nevada County.  Clara and the Nutcracker by Holt Ballet Conservatory at the Miners Foundry is tonight and tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, December 10th and 11th (click here for photos from last year’s performance).  The Nevada County Nutcracker returns to the Don Baggett Theater for the weekend of December 19th-21st with evening and matinée performances (thank you Lenkaland Photography for photos from last year’s performance).  In addition to dance performances both Music in the Mountains and InConcert Sierra have holiday musical concerts.  Music in the Mountains will have their Holiday Pops show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday December 13th and 14th, with a free children’s concert on Saturday morning.  InConcert Sierra will showcase the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st.  Legacy Presents Tiny Tim’s Christmas at the Nevada Theatre through December 28th and Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play continues at Off Center Stage through December 20th.  With so many things to do how are you going to choose?  Leave a comment about your favorite holiday concert.  And don’t forget there’s still time to enter the Outside Inn Crazy Blog Giveaway.

Music in the Mountains, Tiny Tim's Christmas, InConcert Sierra, Clara and the Nutcracker, Sonja Weissman

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem, Lenkaland Photography, Barry Dorland, Dinah Smith

Victorian Christmas

Nevada City Victorian Christmas, photos by Erin Thiem Outside Inn

Nevada City Victorian Christmas, photos by Erin Thiem Outside InnNevada City Victorian Christmas is always a great way to ring in the holidays. The event continues the following two Wednesdays, December 10th and 17th (5-9pm) and two Sundays, December 14th and 21st (1:30-6pm).  A fun festive celebration that transforms Broad Street and the surrounding blocks into a street party.  Get a cup of mulled wine, enjoy the holiday music, stock up on Christmas gifts, sit by the roaring fire with roasting chestnuts or grab something to eat at one of the many local food vendors.  Make sure to keep an eye out for the walking Christmas tree and Father Christmas.  I’d like to invite you to join me in another photo contest, share your favorite local holiday photos, either by using the hashtag #NevadaCityxmas on Instagram, share on the Outside Inn’s Facebook page or email them to me (  Deadline will be Sunday, December 21st.  Winner will be featured on the Outside Inn’s Instagram and blog on Tuesday, December 23rd.  I’ll put together a little prize package for the winner (although nothing compares to the Crazy Outside Inn blog giveaway, I’ve obviously set the bar far too high).  The photos can be from Nevada City or Grass Valley, just something to help share the spirit of the holidays.

Nevada City Victorian Christmas, photos by Erin Thiem Outside Inn

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Cornish Christmas

Grass Valley Cornish Christmas, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn‘Tis the holiday season, last week was the kick off for Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas.  The downtown street fair includes vendors, food, music and a great opportunity to stop into the downtown merchants for your holiday shopping.  The event is tonight and continues Friday evenings from 6-9pm through December 19th.  I’ve also included some photos of Foothill Flowers two-story Christmas tree, stop in and check out the Nevada County Plein Air Painters showcase upstairs during the Cornish Christmas celebrations.  The downtown Grass Valley wine tasting rooms are open and invite you to join them, click here to read about my recent holiday wine tasting post.  This year Cornish Christmas has a free shuttle, park your car at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 1) and the bus will drop you off behind The Owl.  The shuttle runs from 5:45- 9:30pm, compliments of Network Real Estate.

Nevada City Victorian Christmas starts on Sunday, December 7th, 1-6pm.  Click here and here for photos from previous years.  And speaking of holiday celebrations, we had so much fun with the #NevadaCityColor photo contest the vote has been cast and I’d love to invite those who want to play along to a #NevadaCityxmas photo contest (it can be photos from Grass Valley too!).  I’ll share more details on Sunday, but time to think about your most festive local photos.

And for those of you who missed the Crazy Outside Inn Blog giveaway, click here.  For those of you who have left comments sharing the love, I am humbled and grateful for the overflowing love and support, thank you.

Smith Vineyard Tasting Room, Cornish Christmas, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Foothill Flowers, Grass Valley Florist, holiday decor, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem

Crazy Outside Inn Blog Giveaway

Outside Inn Crazy Blog Giveaway

The Outside Inn’s blog is excited to share the end of the year crazy giveaway.  All year long I showcase, spotlight and share exciting things to do in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  Two years ago a little end of year basket came to life on its own.  The 2012 Ultimate Giveaway and the 2013 Epic Giveaway were a lot of fun, if you have time I highly recommend reading the comments.  This year the bucket has grown to include 47 different businesses/organizations and is valued at over $1800.  Let’s take a moment to pause.  Can I say, yet again, how amazing our little town is?  This prize is a really great over the top way to say thank you.  One extremely lucky person is going to win this entire bucket 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?  Did you learn something new this year from the blog?  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.

Outside Inn Crazy Blog Giveaway

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: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram) 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) and post a comment saying you subscribed via email. If you have any issues with posting a comment, please see our FAQ.

Thank you to each and every one of you for helping make our community what it is.  That includes those friends near and far who make up the greater community of people who love Nevada City.  You all play a part in helping to support our town and I’m excited to be a part of it.  I’ve written plenty of posts on why I love Nevada City, but I look forward to hearing from you guys on what you love.

*One entry per person, for an additional entry please see above.  Winner will be drawn by and announced on Christmas Day.  Giveaway must be collected in person, winner must contact the Outside Inn by January 15th, only valid for person’s age 21 and above (if under 21 you can always gift the Outside Inn the bottle of wine and we’ll call it good).  Gift certificates not redeemable for cash.  Bucket not included in giveaway.

Lower Yuba River Fishing

Fishing, Lower South Yuba River, photos by Tom Page, Reel Anglers Fly Shop

Did you know you can go fishing locally year round?  Local fly fishing school owner Ralph & Lisa Cutter stopped by the Outside Inn the other week to say hi and we got an opportunity to chat about some of the local spots for fishing.  Their school California School of Fly Fishing offers classes and private clinics where you can learn the “basics of casting, knot tying, fly and equipment selection, reading the water, safety, and of course catching (and releasing) fish,” says Ralph Cutter.  If you’re looking for a local guide, check out Baiocchi’s Troutfitters.  I spoke with Jon Baiocchi about Nevada City fishing options and he highly recommends the Lower Yuba River as a ”premier for trout, salmon and steelhead.  It is the best winter spot in California for dry fly fishing, a fly that floats on the surface which is a neat game for fly fishing, a real visual experience.”  He explained to me that every month is productive on the Lower Yuba River.  Check out Jon’s blog for more in depth local fly fishing information, including information about his recent article for California Fly Fisher about Skwala hatch.  Jon also recommends that anyone who is interested in fishing in the Nevada City/Grass Valley region stop by Tom Page’s shop Reel Anglers, because not only do they sell rods, fly reels, waders, vests, footwear or clothing supply but Tom is a great resource for the area.  In addition to gear Tom also offers guiding on all are local waters: North Fork Yuba, Lower Yuba, Feather River, Truckee River, and all the local Reservoirs.  So regardless of your skill level there are lots of great resources for locals and visitors who want to go fishing.

Fishing, South Yuba River, photos by Jon Baiocchi, Fishing Guide

Fishing, South Yuba River, Nevada City Fly Fishing School, photos by Ralph Cutter

 © 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Ralph Cutter, Tom Page and Jon Baiocchi

Miners Foundry Artisans Festival

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The Miners Foundry Artisans Festival is happening today and tomorrow (November 28th and 29th) from 10am-5pm.  30 different artists have booths set up, plus live music, installation pieces by Tahiti Pehrson and Faye Schoolcraft, children’s holiday arts and crafts and the Acoustic Cafe and Wine Bar.  A gallery of all the artists is available online here.  I managed to capture the following artists: Art by Myah, Brigitte Mayer, Dancing Tree Studio, Sweetland Pottery, Pottery Texture Queen, Artisan Moss, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, Jude BischoffJerianne Van Dijk and Liz Collins.  Kick off your holiday shopping by supporting artists and supporting Small Business Saturday.  Nevada City is so festive at this time of the year, loved seeing the Victorian Christmas flags hanging from the street with people out enjoying the fresh air.  Happy Thanksgiving weekend, so many great events to keep you entertained.

Artisan Moss, Pottery Texture Queen, Brigitte, Miners Foundry Artistans FestivalDancing Tree Studio, Jude Bischoff, Art by Myah and Sweetland Potttery

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem

Fall Colors Photos #NevadaCityColor

Fall photo contest #NevadaCityColor

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hosted a fall colors photo contest to celebrate the natural beauty of Nevada City and Grass Valley and I have to say I was blown away with the entries.  Thank you to everyone who played along, many of these photos can be seen on Instagram with the hashtag #nevadacitycolor.  Photo credits go to Nancy Nelson, Kathy Frey, Roseanne Burke, Waking Crow Studios, Ryan HoffmanHolly Fike, Shannon Ronan, Kial JamesCody Joseph Painter, Lori Spencer,  Chandra Hall, Shawndra Kuffel, Simon Weller, Megan McCollam, Liam Ruff, Amber Magnolia Hill, Christina Smith, Jim Pyle, Sean Duggan, Lily Gicker, Lynette, Cat, Jordan Damm, David Cross, Katie and Mellisa Hannum.

And the winner of my little prize is Kial James.  As a visual person I really enjoyed seeing our town through the eyes of others, I think we’ll have to do this again.  For those of you who don’t use Instagram, you can always play along either via the Outside Inn’s Facebook page or just email me the photos.  And for those of you who submitted and your photos didn’t make this blog post, please know that I spent far too much time agonizing over which photos to share and had a really hard time choosing.  Leave a comment on your favorite fall colors photos and maybe your suggestion on the next theme?

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© 2014 InnSide Nevada City

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

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