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Nevada City Farmers Market

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning in Nevada City?  Stop by the Nevada City Farmers Market, open from 8:30am to 12:30 mid June through mid November.  Fresh veggies from Mountain Bounty Farm, Dinner Bell Farms, Riverhill…
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Outside Inn Bike Jerseys

The Nevada City Bicycle Classic raced through the streets of Nevada City putting everyone in a bike happy mood. For those of us who aren't professional cyclists there are plenty of amazing rides throughout Nevada City and beyond. We've asked…
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Nevada City Bicycle Classic

The Nevada City Bicycle Classic Race raced through the streets of downtown Nevada City for the 51st year in a row.  The 1.1 mile course is considered one of the most challenging one day courses in the US.  Year after year cyclists from around…
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Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby

The inaugural Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby was held today as a fundraiser for Pioneer Park in Nevada City.  Forty two individual creations were raced, three at a time, down Nimrod Street as a fun, environmentally friendly community event.…
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Drum Power House Group Ride

Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop sponsors about half a dozen bike rides during the week, ranging from easy 10 miles to hard riding, fast paced 60 mile rides. This week the group ride was from Colfax to Drum Power House and back, a 36 mile ride…
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Cafe Mekka

Looking for a cup of coffee in Nevada City?  While we don't have a Starbucks, there are a number of locally owned options within the downtown area.  Cafe Mekka on Commerical Street, next to the new Pete's Pizza, has a great ambiance.  Stop…
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New Moon Cafe

New Moon Cafe is rated as one of the best restaurants in the Sierra Foothills and there's a good reason for it.  For 13 years Peter Selaya and Buzz Crouch have combined their top notch skills (as head chef and maitre d) to provide fine dining…
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Mountain Pastimes

Mountain Pastimes, located on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City, has been selling toys, magic tricks and puzzles for 22 years.  There's something for everyone, with toys for toddlers, games for kids age 6 and up and magic tricks for…
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Mountain Bounty CSA

Nevada County has a rich diversity in local farms, Nevada County Grow offers a complete Farm Guide online.  I figured I'd start my farm tour with Mountain Bounty Farm, as the Outside Inn has been the CSA Nevada City pick up location for the…
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Deer Creek Tribute Trail Community Trek

The Deer Creek Tribute Trail a joint effort by a number of fabulous local non-profits (Sierra Fund, Nevada County Land Trust, American Rivers & Sierra Streams Institute (formally Friends of Deer Creek) is having a kick off party for National…
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Cycling Oregon to Mexico, pit stop Outside Inn

Bill Gruesz left his home in Redmond, Oregon 9 days ago and is en route to the Mexico border, on bike.  The Outside Inn is just one of the many pit stops on his solo journey.  Riding his Cycle Genuis recumbant bike he's got it all decked…
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Sierra Vintners Wine Trail

The annual Sierra Vintners Wine Trail is taking place this weekend throughout Nevada County and if you missed today's festivities there's still time tomorrow to visit one of the 15 different venues.  In the name of research my trusty wine tasting…
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Cycling South County Loop

Inspired by the Amgen Tour of California starting in Nevada City, Wanda Shiotsuka and Evans Phelps set off on one of the local bikers favorite rides commonly known as the South County Loop. Starting at the Outside Inn it is a beautiful 60…
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Soroptimist Garden Show

This past weekend was the 18th annual Garden Tour of Nevada County, presented by the Soroptimist International Society of the Sierra Foothills.  It is always a treat to be able to visit amazing private spaces throughout the county.  The…
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Poison Oak

This time of year all hikers and bikers should be aware of the poison oak that flourishes on our trails.  Poison oak does not grow above 4000 feet, but Nevada City's vast network of outdoor adventures are mainly below that elevation, so…
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Amgen Tour of California

178 of the world’s best cyclists representing 18 teams from around the world kicked off the Tour of California in Nevada City today at 12:25.  The organizers of the Amgen Tour of California announced a drastic modification to the start of…
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BookTown Books & Tomes

If you're in the Nevada City and Grass Valley area you've got a lot of options for buying books, both new and used.  We recently stopped by BookTown Books & Tomes in downtown Grass Valley and we unable to leave empty handed.  The large…
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Grass Valley Grains

Grass Valley Grains is a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for grains.  Reed Hamilton's one man farming operation mills wheat, oats, rye, barley, dry beans, and flour corn.  His monthly pick-ups could include any flour, cornmeal,…
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Mountain Biking in Nevada City

Because Nevada City sits at the edge of the Tahoe National Forest, our area excels as a mountaiin mike mecca with trails that wind up and down our river canyons and around our mountain ridges.  Local enthusiasts like BONC (Bicyclists of Nevada…
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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

The Outside Inn has been a part of the California Green Lodging Program since 2009, and we've done a lot of small things to make a difference for the environment, from recycling to line drying our linens in the warmer months.  We also use soap…
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Nevada City Wine Tasting

Nevada County offers a lot of great local wines and if you’re in the area one of the fun activities is to sample some of the amazing wines.  The first stop on our walking tour of Nevada City tasting rooms was Indian Springs Vineyards, located…