Entries by erin

, , , ,

Earth Day

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day?  There are a lot of great local events this week and beyond to help you appreciate Mother Nature.  Go check out the State of the Yuba, Wednesday, April 18th, and find out how you can get involved to protect the watershed this summer season.   The event takes […]

, ,

South Pacific

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) kicks off their 2018 season with a debut of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”  The non-profit organization’s goal is to promote diversity through the arts through multicultural theater, events and workshops.  The musical, which represents the 23rd season of theater for CATS opens tonight, Thursday, April 12th and runs through […]

, ,

Ike’s Quarter Cafe

It’s that time of the year when you have to walk up Commercial Street to check out the Cherry Blossom tree blooming on the patio at Ike’s Quarter Cafe.  The Louisiana cuisine restaurant has been “Keepin it Creole” since 2001 and serving up breakfast and lunch to lots of locals and visitors.  You can check […]

InConcert Sierra

For more than 70 years, InConcert Sierra has presented the top classical and chamber musicians from around the world to perform in Nevada County. The non-profit arts organization’s first concert took place in June 1946 at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Grass Valley.    Seven decades later, InConcert Sierra continues to attract the best in […]


St. Patrick’s Day Events

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend and do you have any plans?  Here are a few suggestions on activities and things to do in Nevada County if you want to celebrate Irish heritage and culture, wear green or find a shamrock shaped cookie. Stop by The Thirsty Barrel in downtown Grass Valley and […]


The Olive Groove

Have you been to The Olive Groove, a ultra-premium extra virgin olive oil in downtown Grass Valley?  The shop provides top quality olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar from around the world.  Stop in and visit with owners Christina and Jake, they’re eager to share their love and knowledge of the olive oils and vinegar. […]

Sierra Stages “A New Brain”

Sierra Stages opens their new production, “A New Brain” this week at the Nevada Theatre, a musical comedy about life, love and brain disease.  The play is based on the real life experience of composer William Finn and brings laughter to the subject of mortality through songs “Poor, Unsuccessful and Fat,” “Heart and Music” and “Change.”  Directed […]

, , , ,

Foothills Celebration

The 17th annual Foothills Celebration, a joint production between Sierra Vintners & Grass Valley Downtown Association is coming to downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, April 7th 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.  “The excitement over this event is a joy […]


Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year

The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival welcome the Year of the Dog.  The seventh annual celebration was organized by CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) to honor the early Chinese pioneers of the Sierra Foothills.  “The Festival producers today are pleased to revitalize this tradition and honor the early inhabitants of the old […]


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.  […]

, ,

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 […]

, , ,

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, […]

, , , ,

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 […]

, , ,

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 […]

, ,

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 […]

, ,

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 […]