Entries by erin


Make Local Habit and Kiya’s Naturals

Make Local Habit and Kiya’s Naturals opened up a new location in downtown Nevada City.  Located at 241 Commercial Street, next door to Heartwood Cafe, the smaller Nevada City retail location offers a mix of upcycled eco fashion, wooden toys, pottery, jewelry, art, skincare, local wood furniture and more.  Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm and Sundays from 12-4.  […]

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President’s Day Weekend Activities

With Valentine’s Day this week there’s a lot happening in our small town.  Check out last week’s Valentine’s Day post for a round up of ideas (and the names of the winners).  But President’s Weekend also offers a number of great activities and events.  The Mardi Gras festivities kick off on Sunday with a street […]

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, have you thought about how you’re going to celebrate?  There are so many great things to do, see, eat and buy for your loved one locally. For the sweet tooth, you can buy DeGroot truffles from Nevada City Truffle Shop, chocolate covered strawberries from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, […]

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Food & Farm Conference

Nevada County’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference is coming to town February 9th-11th.   The event is organized by Sierra Harvest (who’s mission is to “educate, inspire, and connect Nevada County families to fresh, local, seasonal food.”)  This year’s keynote speakers include Joel Salatin, Elizabeth & Paul Kaiser, Daphne Miller, M.D.  Over 500 farmers, foodies and homesteaders will come to learn first-hand from local […]

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Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply

While the weather doesn’t necessarily scream garden time, now is actually a really good time to think ahead.  Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply just reopened their 2,500 square foot retail shop in Grass Valley after an extensive remodel.  With over 4000 items in stock, in addition to the extensive online catalogue (GrowOrganic.com), there’s something for every […]

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Grass Valley Wedding Fair

Are you getting married?  Nevada City & Grass Valley are amazing spots that offers a little of something for everyone, whether you want a rustic barn wedding, a large outdoor setting or the unique feel of the Miners Foundry. If you’re planning a wedding, or just day dreaming about the special day, check out the […]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival makes a big impact on Nevada City, but also helps increase awareness of so many important issues, organizations and environmental causes.  The mission of the SYRCL annual film festival is a call to action, whether its environmental, energy uses, adventures, inspiring youth to get involved, improving agriculture or showcasing […]



HEX, a lifestyle boutique, opened its doors in downtown Grass Valley right before the holidays.  Located at 114 Neal Street, next door to the new Thirsty Barrel Taphouse (and behind the Del Oro Theater) the shop features women’s apparel, gifts and home decor.  Amy Stoeckle says, “We believe in supporting small businesses & offer an […]

Best of 2017

How does one sum a whole year?  From the look of my Top 9 Instagram photos I’d say Mother Nature and the South Yuba river are the favorites.  I loved reading about what you liked about the blog, but I can’t say exactly what my favorite post, picture or event.  I love that we live […]

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays!  Merry Christmas from the whole crew at the Outside Inn.  I wish I could say I have a favorite comment from the Grand Giveaway, but we’d be here for days.  I want to take a moment and thank all the amazing local businesses and organizations who played along, I’m impressed by our community’s generosity that the […]


Holiday Cheer

Holiday cheer from your friends at the Outside Inn.  I was trying to find images that made me think of the holidays in Nevada City and I got extremely side tracked looking at everything from Christmas trees, to holiday drinks and wine tasting, to local shopping ideas, elves who visited the Outside Inn and holiday events.  Then I settled on the […]

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Nevada City Craft Fair

The Nevada City Craft Fair is currently happening at the Miners Foundry.  The Bi-Annual event was a great way to support artisans, do some holiday shopping and meet some of the makers.  The independent, juried craft fair showcased over sixty of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and featured handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, […]

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Victorian Christmas

Nevada City’s 40th Victorian Christmas helps bring out the holiday spirit. The street fair organized by the Nevada City Chamber transforms downtown Nevada City into a big street fair with over 100 vendors, food trucks, hot mulled wine, holiday music and more.  You can stock up on Christmas gifts, sit by the roaring fire with roasting chestnuts or […]

Grand Giveaway

The Outside Inn’s InnSide Nevada City blog is excited to share our end of the year giveaway!  All year-long I showcase, spotlight and share exciting things to do in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Six years ago a little end of year basket came to life on its own.  The Grateful Giveaway, Ultimate Giveaway, Epic Giveaway, the […]

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Holiday Concerts

The 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 Thursday and Friday, December 7th and 8th and Saturday, December 9th afternoon.  The Nevada County […]


Cornish Christmas

Hello holidays!  Cornish Christmas, celebrated its 50th anniversary in downtown Grass Valley tonight.  If you missed this week don’t worry the outdoor street fair continues for the next couple weeks (December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd).  The event includes merchants, artists and food trucks through out Mill Street and part of Main Street.  In addition the […]


Nevada City Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  There is a lot going on this time of the year, click here to check out my weekly events page.  If you’re looking for a family friendly activity this holiday weekend check out the Holidays at Empire Mine, Cornish Christmas (Friday 6-9pm) or the new Legacy Presents show of Scrooge.  Or maybe you […]

Holiday Art Shows

Are you looking to celebrate art this holiday season?   If you’re looking for a unique gift, or a one of a kind piece, consider supporting local artists this season.  November and December is a great time of the year to check out a local art showcase, craft fair or exhibit in Nevada City or Grass […]


Nevada City Farmers Market

The Nevada City Farmers Market wraps up its summer season today.  If you’re looking to stock up on all your favorite fall foods, the market runs today, Saturday, from 8:30am-1pm.  Whether you want a cup of coffee, artisans gifts, olive oils or bounty of organic fruits and vegetables, come stroll the market and catch up […]

Downtown Grass Valley

Downtown Grass Valley’s annual Open House this year was themed “Holiday Market” to help showcase local businesses.  Seventeen different merchants participated in the event.  I popped in and took photos at Yuba Blue, The Olive Groove, Heart and Home, Caroline’s Coffee, The Book Seller, La Te Da, Tess’ Kitchen Store, Cult of Gemini and The […]


Day of the Dead Folk Trails Hike

To celebrate Day of the Dead over 50 people joined the Folk Trails Hiking Club Urban hike to historic Nevada City cemeteries.  The Nevada Cemetery District operates 27 public cemeteries in western Nevada County, 25 historic natural and 2 modern lawn cemeteries. Eighteen of the cemeteries are open and active, while the remaining 9 historic cemeteries […]