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Nevada City Fall colors photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

I seriously love fall.  I love the fall leaves, the changing colors, the crisp mornings, the final breath of fresh air after mother nature blessed us with some rain.  When the rain clears if you want to take a walk around either downtown Nevada City or Grass Valley, click here for the online fall colors walking map.  The other fun walk is the Nevada City Tree Tour, click here for more information.  And I promise I’ll keep posting more fall photos on the Outside Inn Instagram account.    

Other fun fall activities can include– shopping for a pumpkin at McCourtney Road Pumpkins, Bierwagon’s Pumpkin Patch, Bridgeport Fall Festival (Sunday, October 26th), find your Halloween costume at Solstice,  Nevada City Halloween Parade, trick or treating at the Outside Inn’s haunted pathway, Fright Night,  Altar Show, or the Miners Foundry Artisan Festival (November 28th and 29th).  What’s your favorite fall pastime?  Post a comment here and share.  And remember there’s still time for my ski giveaway and the gift certificate to Nourish.    

Fall colors at the Outside Inn, Nevada City motel, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem


Nourish, Nevada City Cafe and Juice Bar, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNourish opened its doors earlier this summer on Union Street in downtown Nevada City (next door to Nevada City Eats and the Nevada City Chamber).  The cafe offers fresh organic juices, smoothies, plus salads, sandwiches, paninis and Nourish bowls (Mango Drop pictured above).  Eat your greens today, either in a salad or try the Green Force Juice with spinach, kale, dandelion, celery, cucumber and chlorella.  Eat in or take out, they’re open 8am-4pm Monday- Friday and 8am-2pm on Saturdays.  The InnSide Nevada City blog has a $25 gift certificate to give away, post a comment here on what you’d like to try and the winner will be announced on Friday, October 31st.

Nourish, Nevada City Juice Bar

 © 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem

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Ski/Snowboard in the Sierras

Lake Tahoe Skiing and Snowboarding, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley

Ski season is coming!  Are you ready?  I know we’re all enjoying the amazing fall weather, but really, it’s not too early to start gearing up for the upcoming winter.  With a number of world-class ski resorts just up the hill from Nevada City (Sugar BowlBorealRoyal GorgeNorthstarSquaw Valley and Alpine Meadows) there are a lot of great opportunities to play in the snow, whether you ski, snowboard, cross-country ski or just want to go sledding.  The InnSide Nevada City blog has put together a great pre-ski season giveaway package to get you excited for the upcoming winter.  To get the legs in shape we’ve got one spot in the upcoming South Yuba Club’s Ski Conditioning workout series, which starts the week of November 4th.  We’ve also got 2 tickets to Sugar Bowl Ski Resort*, and remember if you’re going to buy a season pass this year the early season rates ends on November 1st.  Check out the new Sugar Bowl pass options this year with tickets at Squaw and Alpine as part of the benefits.   Mountain Recreation is offering up a free ski/board tuning.  Their pre-season juniors rentals are currently available, get your child equipped for $99. Flowlow Gear has a special 30% off coupon to buy, so stock up on a new pair of ski pants or jacket.  Other ways to help pray for snow, go check out the Snowlands Network Backcountry Film Festival at the Nevada Theatre on Tuesday, December 2nd or the Warren Miller ”No Turning Back” on Saturday, November 29th at the Dog Baggett Theater as a fundraiser for the NU Ski Team.  Thanks to Mountain Recreation for adding 2 tickets to the Warren Miller show to the prize package.  So who’s ready for winter?  Post a comment on this blog post about your favorite winter activity and I’ll draw the winner on Halloween.  And many, many thanks for all your support on the future Inn Town Campground, we’ll dream about summer camping soon enough!

Ski Season giveaway, InnSide Nevada City Blog

 © 2014 InnSide Nevada City,  © photos by Erin Thiem, Megan Michelson and supplied by Sugar Bowl Ski Resort// *lift tickets valid Sunday through Friday

Inn Town Campground

Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, photo by Kat Alves Photography

Inn Town Campground, Nevada City CampingThe Outside Inn is proud to share our exciting new venture, the Inn Town Campground.  We have been working on this idea since our time and travels in New Zealand when we fell in love with kiwi holiday parks.  We spent 2 1/2 months travelling around New Zealand in a campervan and really came to appreciate the camping experience that provided family friendly amenities (like a playground, swimming pool, communal kitchen, close to town, etc).  Since returning from New Zealand, we have been searching for the right property in the Nevada City area to open our own “holiday park”.  So…we are so excited to say that after a year of working behind the scenes we have secured a use permit for a 15 acre property in Nevada City and will soon start the development of the Inn Town Campground.

The Inn Town Campground will offer a range of family ­friendly camping options including pitch-your-­own tent sites, RV spaces with full hook ups and glamping tents (canvas tents, complete with electricity, a real bed and linens!).  Nestled in the heart of the 15 acre property’s towering pine and cedar forest will be a communal building full of comfortable amenities like a camp store, kitchen, laundry, T.V. and reading nooks, swimming pool and BBQ area.

We hope to open the campground in the summer of 2016, but in the meantime, we welcome you to follow the building process, either on the Inn Town Campground’s website, Facebook or Instagram account.  And since we all know I love a good contest, I hear there’s a fun giveaway over on the Inn Town Campground’s blog, cheers!  And the winner of the free McCourtney Road Pumpkin is Jason.

Inn Town Campground, photos by Simon Weller and Erin Thiem

The photos I’m sharing today are all part of our marketing material, please note that the campground is not yet open, but we wanted to give you a glimpse of Nevada City’s upcoming campground. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Stylized photos of campground by Simon Weller and Erin Thiem.  Airstream photo by Kat Alves Photography

McCourtney Road Pumpkins

McCourtney Road Pumpkins, Nevada County Kid Friendly Activities, photos by Lenkaland PhotographyPumpkin time!  Have you been for a visit to the new McCourtney Road Pumpkins?  The pumpkin patch is open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm and offers an antique tractor, craft booth, hay ride, pumpkin patch and “low-key family fun,” says owner Andy Barhydt.  They have pumpkins ranging in price from $3, $5 and $8 and a guess the weight of the giant pumpkin (winner gets to take the pumpkin home).  The family oriented pumpkin patch welcomes you to come out, check out the train, hay ride, toss a bean bag, bring a picnic and take a fall photo.  Open till Halloween or till they run out of pumpkins, they’re located at 20267 McCourtney Rd in Grass Valley.  Post a comment on your favorite fall activity and I’ll draw one winner to win a coupon for a free $5 pumpkin form McCourtney Road Pumpkins.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, October 16th. Many thanks to Lenkaland Photography for these lovely photos, click here to check out her photography website or her Facebook page.

McCourtney Road Pumpkins, Nevada County Kid Friendly Activities, photos by Lenkaland Photography© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Lenkaland Photography

Smith Vineyard

Smith Vineyard, Grass Valley winery, Open House, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Smith Vineyard is hosting their annual fall harvest Open House at their vineyards.  Located at 13719 Dog Bar Road in Grass Valley, go visit the organic estate grown vineyard either Saturday October 11th, 18th or 25th between 12-4pm for an opportunity to taste their latest releases.  Bring a friend, a picnic, pick a pumpkin, listen to live music and enjoy the fall colors while drinking a glass of Primitivo or Christina’s blush.  If you can’t make it out the winery, feel free to visit the Smith Vineyard downtown tasting room and enjoy a cheese platter and catch up with a friend.  If you’re looking to explore other Gold Country wineries or downtown tasting rooms, check out the Outside Inn’s wine tasting page for more photos and information.  What’s your favorite local winery or wine event?  Post a comment and share.

Fall Harvest at Smith Vineyard, Open House and pumpkins, Grass Valley Winery, photos by Erin ThiemSmith Vineyard, Grass Valley Winery and Wine Tasting, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

Ages and Ages, London Jax, Discover Series, The Center for the Arts

Ages & Ages, Horse Theif, The Center for the Arts, photso by John Taber/ Live Shots

The Center for the Arts Discover Series brought three great bands to the intimate Grass Valley stage last night, Ages and Ages, Horse Thief and local band London Jax.  It was a great show and so exciting to see the community and local fans come out and cheer on Jackson, Jacob and Max.  Ages and Ages and Horse Thief just started their tour and will be traveling around the country before returning to their respective hometowns in Portland and Oklahoma City.  Nevada City is so lucky to have so many amazing artists visit and perform, whether you’re in the 300 seat Center for the Arts main stage, Off Center Stage, Vet’s Hall, Miners Foundry, The Stonehouse, Haven Underground, Music in the Mountains or InConcert SierraCrazy Horse Saloon or any of the smaller restaurants, wineries or bars.   Check out the Nevada County Underground or Nevada County Arts for more information on other events and musicians.  Thanks John Taber for the photos from last night, click here for the gallery with more photos.  Who are you going to see perform next?  Feel free to leave a comment and share.

London Jax performing at The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, photos by John Taber/ Live Shots

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by John Taber/ Live Shots

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Deer Creek Tribute Trail, Nevada City hiking, photos by Erin Thiem

The new Deer Creek Tribute Trail suspension bridge is open and the extension of the trail is a great new addition to the downtown Nevada City trail network.  ”This new segment of trail and this new pedestrian bridge are part of the larger trail network called the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, which pays homage to difference cultural communities from the region around different sections of the trail. This new segment and bridge pays tribute to the Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, who will be honored at the opening celebration,” says Amber Taxiera from the Sierra Fund.  The trail construction was done by Forest Trails Alliance,  engineering by Holdredge & Kull and Seattle Bridge Company designed and installed the bridge.  Additional project partners include: CA Natural Resources Agency, The Sierra Fund, the City of Nevada City, Forest Trails Alliance, the Foothills Nisenan of the Nevada City Rancheria, American Rivers and Sierra Streams Institute.  The Outside Inn has update our trail map, so if you’re unfamiliar with where the trail please stop by our office for a free map (available to locals and guests).  The access to the Deer Creek Tribute Trail from the Outside Inn will take you less than 10 minutes on foot. The official opening celebration for the suspension bridge is on Tuesday October 28th from 11:00 am-12:30pm, ceremony begins at 11:30 am.  It’s great that our local trail network has expanded, so enjoy this beautiful weather and grab a friend and go for a hike or jump on your bike.  Have you been to down to check it out? Found a petroglyph?  Signed up to do trail work with Forest Trails Alliance to help build more local trails?

Deer Creek Tribute Trail, Nevada City hiking, photos by Erin Thiem Deer Creek Tribute Trail, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem, Sarah Brennan Deer Creek Tribute Trail, Nevada City hiking, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem, Sarah Brennan and Dieter King

Open Studios & Art Tour of Western Nevada County

LeeAnn Brook Open Studio, Nevada City Artist, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnRuth Chase Fine Art, Open Studios Tour, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

The Center for the Arts Fall Colors Open Studios Tour is a great way to get to know local artists in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  Seventy Two artists open up their creative spaces and invite you to stop by and see where they work, their art and demonstrations.  You can check out the online guide or pick up your  copy of the book at The Center for the Arts.  Open Studios is the first two weekends (Saturday & Sunday) of October 10am-5pm.  Obviously I couldn’t make it too all of the studios today, but I did enjoy my visits to LeeAnn Brook, Ruth Chase, ASiF Studios (with photos of Rebecca Bleau, Kathryn Wronski, Jerianne Van Dijk, Jill Mahanna and more), Betsy Lombard, Mowen Sculpture and Kathy Frey.  With so many creative people making and enjoying art in our community, its reason to celebrate.  So if you haven’t popped in to visit an artist (or 10), mark your calendars and get out and explore, just follow the signs, you never know where you’ll end up!  If you did visit a studio, or plan to visit one, feel free to post a comment and share.

ASiF Studios, Open Studios Tour, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Betsy Lombard artist, Open Studios Tour, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Mowen Sculpture, Open Studios Tour, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn
Kathy Frey Wire Jewelry, Open Studios Tour, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

Fall Colors

Nevada City Fall Colors, Nevada Street, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Nevada City.  I love that everywhere you turn there is some beautiful reminder of the changing of the seasons.  These photos were taken last week on Nevada Street.  If you’ve never experienced the Gold Country fall colors here are a few posts from previous years (click here, herehere, here, here, here or here) to help inspire a visit or remind you to get outside and look around.  The Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers have created a great walking tour map, click here to download it.  There are so many great fall events and things to do in our area, check out my Pinterest weekly events board for ideas or follow me on Instagram to watch my leaf peeping.  And now… since you’ve all been eagerly awaiting the list of winners from the National Coffee Day post, the winners are: giveaway #1: Amanda Thibodeau, giveaway #2: Jeanne, giveaway #3: Amanda Daley, giveaway #4: Rachel, giveaway #5:  Lenka, giveaway #6: Sadie, giveaway #7:  Soha Molina, giveaway #8: Chip, giveaway #9: Denise Wilson, thanks to everyone who played along, I’d say we have some coffee fans in our community!

Nevada City Fall Colors, Nevada Street, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

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