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
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
19 Mar

Nevada City Running Club

Yoga for Runners

Buttermilk Bend, photo by Heather Goodspeed-Walters

Spring is such a beautiful time of year in Nevada County.  If you’re looking to get out and connect with other folks, check out Dr. Goodspeed-Walters running club or yoga for runners.  Her Saturday morning runs cover trails through out the area (Buttermilk Bend Trail pictured above).  Click here to check out the Goodspeed Chiropractic Facebook page for more details.  Dr. Heather has offered up one lucky Outside Inn blog reader a chance to try out the yoga class*, post a comment on this blog post for your chance to win, winner will be announced on Friday, March  27th.  There are so many opportunities to get outside in our community, what’s your favorite?  Click here for a list of other outdoor activities I’ve profiled on the Inn’s blog over the years, so if you’re a hiker, a biker a South Yuba River sun soaker, there’s something for everyone.

Goodspeed Chiropractic Running Club, Nevada City

Yoga for Runners

Purdons Bridge, South Yuba River, photo by Heather Goodspeed-Walters

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Heather Goodspeed Walters

*Yoga class must be used during April 2015

16 Mar

Gray Goose

Gray Goose, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem

Gray Goose, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Gray Goose on Broad Street is one of those shops that you go inside looking for something in particular and you find 10 others things you didn’t realize you needed.  Stuey stocks the shop full of eclectic and humorous items, ranging from bags, mugs, jewelery, cards, Day of the Dead speciality items, books, toys, gag gifts and much, much more.  You can often find someone reading the greeting cards and giggling up a storm.  Check out the new RL Crabb Nevada City t-shirts and totes.  Gray Goose is open 7 days a week at 230 Broad Street in between Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe and Abstrakt.  Need an excuse to go shopping?  The Outside Inn’s blog has a $10 gift certificate for one lucky winner, post a comment on why you love Gray Goose and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 23rd.

Gray Goose, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Gray Goose, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

12 Mar

Cherry Tree at Ike’s Quarter Cafe

Ike's Quarter Cafe, Nevada City

Ike's Quarter Cafe, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

It’s that time of the year when you have to walk up Commercial Street to check out the Cherry Blossom tree blooming on the patio at Ike’s Quarter Cafe.  Click here for more spring time ideas of things to do in Nevada City & Grass Valley.  What’s your favorite place to go see the spring flowers?

Ike's Quarter Cafe, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem/Outside Inn

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

09 Mar

One Fine Day, Miners Foundry Wedding Event

Lenkaland Photography

One Fine Day, Nevada City Wedding Event, Miners Foundry, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnOne Fine Day at the Miners Foundry gathered wedding vendors together to showcase some to today’s unique and modern wedding ideas.  The event included wedding planners, photo booths, photographers, local florists, vintage rentals, fine desserts and caters, luxury glamping safari tents and cocktails.  Live music from harpist Lisa Stine, bluegrass from the Pine Street Ramblers and DJs Shocks and Struts spinning vinyl, plus a full-bar serving signature cocktails.  If you missed out on the event, check out the various businesses below.

Under Canvas Events
Little Boy Flowers
Muse Juice Videography
Nicole Dianne Photography
Emily’s Catering
Broad Street Bistro
Taylor Kane Events
Special Arrangements Event & Wedding Coordination
Lisa Stine
Pine Street Ramblers
Anything’s Possible Events & More
Temple Photography & Photo Booth
Bee, Leaves N’Love
Shannon Morse Photography
The Haven Downtown
Angela Nunnink
Athena Kalindi Photography
Fable Coffee
Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals
The Studio Collective
Shocks N Struts
Pretty Plates Vintage Rentals
Table Nectar Local & Organic Catering
The Traveling Photo Booth
Perfect Pear Catering
Sierra Living
Tin Roof Farmhouse
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens

For more information on local wedding locations, check out the Outside Inn’s website. Good luck to those lucky couples planning their upcoming wedding, there are lots of great resources in our area for your special day.  Check out the Outside Inn’s wedding Pinterest board for more ideas.  Thanks Lenkaland Photography for some additional photos from yesterday’s event.  And the winner of the Sierra Stages’ tickets to Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike is Kat Kress.  Feel free to leave a comment and shout out on your favorite local wedding vendor.

2015-03-09_0004 2015-03-09_0003 2015-03-09_0002Lenkaland Photography, One Fine Day, Nevada City Wedding EVent

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

05 Mar

Sierra Stages: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Sierra Stages, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, photo by Erin Thiem

Sierra Stages, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, photos by Erin Thiem

Sierra Stages opens their new production Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike tonight at the historic Nevada Theatre. The 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a laugh out loud comedy full of humor and drama.  The family sagas plays out in a Pennsylvania farmhouse when movie star Masha shows up to visit her brother Vanya and adopted sister Sonia.  Please note the play includes strong language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.  The Sierra Stages adaptation is directed by Jeffrey Mason and staring Casey Burke, Susan Mason, Robert Rossman, Karen Leigh Sharp, Rachel Wellman and Sharon Winegar.   The play runs today through March 28th, tickets on sale online.  Want to win a pair of tickets?  The Outside Inn’s blog has 2 tickets*, please post a comment on the blog on what play you think Sierra Stages should bring to Nevada County and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 9th.

Sierra Stages, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, photos by Erin Thiem

Sierra Stages, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

*Tickets for the play are only valid for Fri/Sat performance March 13th/14th or March 20th/21st.

03 Mar

Spring Flowers

Nevada City Wildflower hikes

Tulips at Crystal Hermitage, photos by Kurtis Ostrom PhotographyI love spring, while I say that about every season (so many things to do in the summer, fall and winter in our community), one of the things I love about this time of year are the flowers everywhere you turn.  So if you’re a flower happy person here are a few ideas on ways to get out and “smell the roses.”

  • Buttermilk Bend wildflower hikes are every Saturday and Sunday mornings at 11am down at Bridgeport along the South Yuba River through mid-May.  If you’ve never been down there now is the time of the year to go.  Click herehere, here and here for previous Outside Inn blog posts with more photos.  Click here for the self guided trees and shrubs brochure.
  • Sit under the cherry tree at Ike’s Quarter Cafe
  • Check out the tulips at the Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda.  Open Saturdays and Sundays through April, the gardens showcase over 13,000 tulips.
  • Soropotimist International Garden Tour is coming May 16th and 17th, 10am-4pm, rain or shine.  Click herehere or here for photos from previous years.
  • Take a workshop at Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
  • Want flowers every week, but don’t want to grow them?  Sign up for a flower CSA, Soil Sisters and Mountain Bounty Farm offer weekly flowers in the summer season.
  • Check out the dogwoods around downtown Nevada City
  • Daffodil Run in Penn Valley, Sunday, April 12th

And for those of you looking for ideas on things to do every week, check out my local events page.  And the winner of last week’s Buttermilk Bend postcard giveaway is Ingrid.

Buttermilk Bend Wildflowers, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

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

27 Feb

Foothills Celebration

Foothills Celebration, Grass Valley Wine Tasing, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Foothills Celebrations, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outiside InnThe 14th annual Foothills Celebration, a join production between Sierra Vintners & Grass Valley Downtown Association is coming to downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 7th from 1-4pm.  The event combines wine tasting and food pairings from local wineries and restaurants.  There are so many great wine tasting options in our community, check out the Outside Inn’s wine tasting page for more details on local tasting rooms and events.

Wineries:

Restaurants:

Tickets are on sale through Sierra Vintners, $35 for advance tickets (hurry, the deadline is 2/28).  Want to win a pair of tickets?  Post a comment here with your favorite food and wine pairing and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 4th.  *Edited to say the winner is Jennifer Palmer, congrats.

Foothills Celebration Wine & Food Event, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem