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Chocolate, ice cream and Easter treats

It’s that time of year when people start thinking of chocolate.  If you’re looking for some Easter sweets there are two great places to check out. Dorado Chocolates in downtown Grass Valley is known for its artisan chocolates.  The…
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Davis Bike Club visits the Outside Inn

The Davis Bike Club didn’t drive to Nevada City to do some of our great bike rides, instead they rode the 94 miles to get here. With the assistance of one support van, 15 riders from the cycling club climbed the uphill route from the valley…
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Grass Valley Wine Tasting

Downtown Grass Valley is quickly becoming a wine lover’s hot spot, within a two block distance in historic downtown there are 5 different tasting rooms representing a diverse selection of locally grown wines. Here’s a quick cheat sheet if…
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Buttermilk Bend Trail

Buttermilk Bend trail at Bridgeport on the South Yuba River is covered with wildflowers and worth a visit.  Docent led wildflower walks are held every weekend at 11am between now and early May.  The walk is suitable for all…
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The Grass Valley Wine Company

The Grass Valley Wine Company is a collection of 3 local wineries, Pilot Peak, Bent Metal and Solune Winegrowers.  Their brand new tasting room in downtown Grass Valley just opened and it’s worth a visit. The tasting room is open Thursday…
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Ike's Quarter Cafe

Ike’s Quarter Cafe is a place not to be missed in Nevada City.  The restaurant is known for its New Orleans style menu, and just about everything on the menu is mouth watering.  They’ve got vegan, vegetarian and gulten free options on…
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Spring is in the air in Nevada City  

Spring is in the air in Nevada City.  The lupine, brodia and daffodils are along the South Yuba river canyon.  The tulips are from downtown Nevada City, but will soon be sprouting up at the Outside Inn, which is a treat because…
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Deer Creek Tribute Trail

The sun is out and everyone seems to be heading outside to play. The Outside Inn and the Broad Street Inn teamed up today to go check out the progress on the new Deer Creek Tribute Trail, in preparation for the upcoming summer guests who want…
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No Tell Motel by Sandi Sumner

“No Tell Motel” by Sandi Sumner is a fictional murder mystery set in the early 1950’s.  The work in progress novel is loosely based on Sandi’s pervious visits to the Outside Inn.  “I’ve stayed here many times and it always inspires…

The King and I

The Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) is currently showcasing the play “The King and I”.  Friday night’s show was a fundraiser for the Friends of Nevada County Libraries and was almost sold out despite the rain and snow.…
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Broad Street Bistro

Nevada City has a number of great coffee shops within a small space.  At the top of the hill (and closest to the Outside Inn) is Broad Street Bistro.  The outdoor seating is a great place to sit and people watch.  Stop in for a yummy bagel…
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Spring Flowers

Check out our newest flowers!  The Outside Inn has a large collection of fun and interesting yard art around our property, click here for more photos.  Today we added 3 oversized tin flowers to the mix, because we’re all sick of the rain,…

Prosperity Lanes

When the rain never stops and the kids are going nuts, take them to Prosperity Lanes bowling in downtown Grass Valley.  The helpful gentlemen behind the counter gave us shoes, light weight bowling balls, and helped us set up our lane for…
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Guess the kitchen

Mystery Kitchen #1 Mystery Kitchen #2 Mystery Kitchen #3 Mystery Kitchen #4 Mystery Kitchen #5 Mystery Kitchen #6 Guess the kitchen, can you correctly identify which room is which?  Post your answer on the Outside Inn Facebook page…
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S.O.A.P

S.O.A.P (Save Our Ailing Planet) in Nevada City offers a unique, eco-friendly option for soaps, bath salts, shampoos and more.  Bring in your own container and choose from some amazing products.  Lori Largent, owner of the shop, says that…
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Treats

Treats, the local ice cream and coffee shop in Nevada City, isn’t some place you’d find on accident, but once you discover it you’re bound to keep going back again and again. The Outside Inn testing team has decided that they like the…
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A Matter of Taste and A Night on the Town

Community support is important in a small town like Nevada City and the Outside Inn tries hard to support as many local organizations as we can.  Two great events are happening this weekend, “A Matter of Taste” a fundraiser for Arts…
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Dusting of snow

Nevada City has had some snow, but come quick to check it out, because we spy blue sky and it’s all melting away.
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Mardi Gras in Nevada City

Tom & Terry Coleman, Mike Cannon and Debbie Short guests at the Outside Inn for the annual Nevada City Mardi Gras celebration.  The event was well described by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce as “known for its colorful, entertaining,…
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Cirino's

If you ask the locals where to go to eat on a Wednesday or a Sunday they’re likely to suggest Cirino’s Italian pizza night with their authentic thin crust made to order pizzas.  While I stopped by Cirino’s on a quiet Tuesday night for…
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Outside Inn Treasure Map

The Outside Inn is full of fun sculptures and hidden treasure around our property.  To see a few photos click on our flickr album.  Yesterday we put together a fun treasure hunt, a list with 14 photos of different items, ranging from…