Entries by erin


The second annual Nevada County STEAM Expo took place today at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The free family friendly event combined science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Kids of all ages had the opportunity to do hands on art projects, play with robots, watch videos and chat with local businesses in the STEAM fields.  “My favorite […]

Nevada Theatre Film Series

Didn’t get a chance to see The Best of The Fest or the Locals Night at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January?  The Nevada Theatre Film Series is partnering with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to host an 8 week series of festival winners and crowd favorites.  Wild & Scenic Film Festival […]

Nevada City Spring Fever

I 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 […]

Nevada City Dance Festival

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Nevada City Dance Festival, a celebration and showcase of professional dance in Western Nevada County, March 14-17, 2017. This year, the festival has expanded its programming to offer a full week of professional dance activities, including three evenings of performances by five professional […]

End Days

To kick off the 2017 season, Sierra Stages presents the play “End Days” at the historic Nevada Theatre.  ​Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen […]

Foothills Celebration

The 16th annual Foothills Celebration, a joint production between Sierra Vintners & Grass Valley Downtown Association is coming to downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 4th from 1-4pm.  The event combines wine tasting and food pairings from local wineries and restaurants at 20 different locations through historic downtown Grass Valley.  There are so many great wine tasting options […]

Mardi Gras

The 25th anniversary of Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras celebration takes over downtown Nevada City, Sunday February 19.  The event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a colorful festive parade & street faire from 11am-4pm with vendors selling food & drinks.  The parade starts at 2pm.  This year the Mardi Gras Parade […]

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, […]

52 Hike Challenge

Who’s interested in joining the Nevada County 52 Hike Challenge?  A joint effort with Folk Trails Hiking Club and Bear Yuba Land Trust the challenge is to help encourage folks to get outside and connect with other outdoor enthusiasts.  To see upcoming events, either follow Folk Trails Hiking Club on Facebook, check out the upcoming events […]

Polly’s Paladar 5th Birthday

Have you been to Polly’s Paladar?  The private supper club in the heart of downtown Nevada City offers a new chef and menu every month.  The January, Off the Hook Paladar was a unique collaboration with Pink Zebra, Stag Dining Group, Fine and Rare and Metal & Match.  The event, in collaboration with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, included […]

Nevada County Weddings

Are you getting married?  Nevada City is one of the 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 […]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The 2017 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, saving the fish or […]

Nevada City Weather

2017 has started off with a bang, first snow, now the atmospheric river and huge amounts of rain. Nevada County Weather reports that we’ve had nearly 2 feet of rain in a week. I’ve shared some of the photos of our wild weather on the Outside Inn’s Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter and just added […]

Sierra Cinemas CineCafé

Sierra Cinemas recently opened their new cafe, CineCafe, allowing movie goers an opportunity to either get a bite to eat before the movie or bring the food into the theater.  The menu includes pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, humus plate, potato wedges and other great kid friendly finger foods. For the adults they’ve got Three Forks, […]

Best of 2016

How does one sum a whole year?  I loved reading about your favorite parts of the blog, but I can’t say exactly what my favorite post, picture or event.  I love that we live in a community that celebrates being a small town, but has something have happening every single week.  Click here to follow […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the whole crew at the Outside Inn.  I wish I could say I have a favorite comment from the Grateful 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 truly in awe that the crate […]

Holiday Shopping

Only 4 more days till Christmas!  Tonight is the final Nevada City Victorian Christmas (never too early to plan for 2017, the dates are: 12/3, 12/10, 12/13, 12/17 and 12/20) and Friday is the final Grass Valley Cornish Christmas. Downtown Nevada City has 40 different merchants ranging from gifts, clothing, jewelry, locally made artisans, fine […]

Nevada City Craft Fair

The Nevada City Craft Fair returned to 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 fifty of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and featured handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, […]

Grateful 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. Five years ago a little end of year basket came to life on its own.  The Ultimate Giveaway, the Epic Giveaway, the Crazy Giveaway and […]

Victorian Christmas

Nevada City Victorian Christmas helps bring out the holiday cheer.  The street fair transforms downtown Nevada City into a big street fair with 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 catch up with old friends.  Make sure to […]

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 8th and 9th and Sunday, December 11th afternoon (click here for […]