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Donner Summit Bike Ride

The bicycle ride up and over Donner Summit on the historic Highway 40 is a classic road bike ride not to be missed in the summer months. The Outside Inn cycling crew of Wanda Shiotsuka, Heidi Biber, Rosanne Paul, and Evans Phelps started…
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Amigos & Co

Looking for a nice cool glass of Sangria in Nevada City?  Stop by Amigos & Co at the bottom of Broad Street and enjoy the outdoor patio by Deer Creek.  But make sure you're hungry because the portions are large and the service is fast.…
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Free Veggie Cart

The Outside Inn's free neighbor's vegetable cart has been getting a lot of activity this summer, click here for the first post of the summer, a real heart warming story.  For photos of some of the colorful items that have come and gone from…
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Celebration of Life Triathlon Training

Every September for the past 15 years an ever growing number of ladies celebrate life by competing in a women's only sprint Celebration of Life triathlon at Scotts Flat Lake, raising money for the fight against breast cancer.  All proceeds…
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Nevada County Fair

The annual Nevada County Fair is an event for the whole family, livestock, rides, Demolition Derby, Treat Street, live music and much much more.  The favorites from our visit included the disgusting cake contents, the ferris wheel and the…
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More Yuba River Swimming holes

Summer in Nevada City is all about swimming in the South Yuba river.  There are a number of different places to take a dip, some as close as 10 minutes from downtown Nevada City.  Many thanks to Outside Inn repeat guest Paul de Benedictis…
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Uncorked

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners "Uncorked" their first joint wine tasting event in downtown Nevada City today.  An extensive selection of local wines were poured throughout historic downtown Nevada City and paired…
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Gold Lakes Cycling Loop

Another great road ride for summer is the 45 mile loop up and over Gold Lakes, then returning through the Portola valley and back up Yuba Pass at the northern end of Highway 49.  This ride starts at Bassetts if you are leaving from Nevada…
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Swimming holes on the South Yuba River

Summer in Nevada City is not complete without a trip to the South Yuba River for a dip in one of the many fabulous swimming holes.  If you're new to the area and want some tips, stop by the Outside Inn office and we're happy to point you…
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Nevada County Growers Market

The Nevada County Growers Market at the North Star House is held on Saturdays 8am-1pm (April 30th- October 29th).  Grab your basket or canvas grocery basket and stock up on fresh fruit, organic veggies or a bottle of Lucchesi or Montoliva…
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Sierra Wine Tasting Tour

Melony Vance started Gold Country Hiking & Adventures as a way to offer locals and visitors guided tours to some of Nevada County's wineries.  If you're looking to sample some of Nevada County's fabulous wines and don't want to worry about…
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In The Kitchen

Wendy Van Wagner, owner of In the Kitchen, has been teaching and cooking up fresh food with mainly organic and local ingredients since she returned to her native Nevada City four years ago when she set up her own cooking school and local community…
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Lower Scotts Flat Lake

If you're looking for a secluded, scenic adventure check out Lower Scotts Flat lake.  We went on an amazing lake adventure only ten minutes from the Outside Inn that is totally secret and beautiful with plenty of wildlife. Lower Scotts Flat…
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Nevada City Summer Nights

Looking for something to do on Wednesday night?  Stop by the Nevada City Summer Nights street fair between 6pm and 9:30pm.  Live music, fresh food, wine and beer for sale, vendors and plenty of people watching. The kids can bounce on the…
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Pioneer Trail

Looking for a shady place to go for a moderate hike or mountain bike ride?  Or looking for a child friendly outdoor activity?  Check out the Pioneer Trail just 5 miles up Highway 20.  Park by the Harmony Ridge Market and head up the hill,…
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Neighbor's Vegetable Cart

The Outside Inn's free veggie stand is out for the season and already getting a lot of local activity.  The cart is located right in front of the office and offers a local option for extras veggies, to either drop off or pick up someone…
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Vintage cars at the Outside Inn

Blast from the past in our restored motel check out the classic cars at the Outside Inn, 1937 Ford Club Cabrilet, 1958 Corvette, 1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster and a 1955 Buick.
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Edwards Crossing, South Yuba Trail

Edwards Crossing of the South Yuba River is a great place to take a hike, ride your mountain bike or in the summer time swim in the swimming holes.  The section of the South Yuba trail starts just to the left of the bridge and heads downstream.…
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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July from the Outside Inn!
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Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and Tomes

Looking for a nice place to read your Sunday paper, drink your coffee and perhaps stock up on some summer reading books?  Check out Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and Tomes.  The two businesses share a space in perfect harmony, used books…
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South Yuba Trail, Purdon Crossing

One of the gem's of Nevada County is the South Yuba River, just minutes from the Outside Inn.  Whether you're panning for gold, mountain biking, swimming or hiking they are plenty of great spots to enjoy the beauty of the river and its surroundings.…