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Things to do in Winter

Here at the Outside Inn, we’re excited that Nevada County has moved back into the Purple Tier so we can welcome recreational visitors again.  While the motel will continue to adhere to all of the modifications and COVID-19 requirements, if you’re feeling a little stir crazy or need a staycation, maybe now is a good […]

2020….

Oh 2020!  Let’s put this year behind us and know that we have all survived! I wish I could give you my round-up of all of my favorite things from this last year, and decade since taking over as owners of the Outside Inn…instead, I will keep this short and sweet with 10 reasons why […]

Outside Inn Updates

During this holiday season, we want to let our customers and locals know that we’re thinking of them and despite not being able to see one-another, we appreciate you all and look forward to brighter days this coming spring.  We are now under a new shelter in place mandate; many of our guests have rescheduled […]

Holidays 2020

The holidays may look and feel different this year, but now more than ever it’s worth taking the time to get into the festive spirit. Each of us know in our heart that the frenzy of shopping malls and endless holiday parties is not what makes the holidays special, but rather it is the memories and […]

Shop Local this Holiday Season

With global impacts of COVID-19 have had on our communities, we’re focused on highlighting how great all of our local businesses are here in Nevada County.  So, here are 4 great ways to support local businesses this season. Shop Local This holiday season the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the community to “Put […]

Fall Colors

Is anyone else wandering around Nevada City in awe?  Here are a few snapshots from around Nevada City today.  We’ve gotten a lot of calls for “Are the trees turning?”  So here are a few photos to help show the color around town. There are many great opportunities to enjoy the fall color.  The Nevada […]

Nevada City Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween?  While we’re toning things down at the motel this year, with no haunted pathway or trick or treating, we wanted to remind folks that we’re still celebrating the spirit, just in a socially distant way.  While our annual Day of the Dead Historic Cemetery hike with Folk Trails Hiking Club […]

Nevada City Fall Activities

Is it really October?  While the blog has been on a hiatus these last few months while we navigated the summer season, I’ve always said fall is one of my favorite seasons, so might as well remind folks of some of the things to do in Nevada City. Here are a few suggestions to help […]

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Nevada County Strong

The Outside Inn recently re-opened for business after being closed to all non essential guests for 3 months.  It’s been such a delight to welcome back some of our regular guests, meet new customers, and get back to work.  We haven’t had the opportunity to celebrate, but this month marks the 22nd birthday of the Outside Inn.  As a family owned small business, the closures had a large impact on us, and we’re working hard to move forward.

Upside Down World

It’s an upside down world at the Outside Inn these days.  We’re focusing on the things we love; we’re especially finding beauty in the flowers blooming and the heartfelt comments from customers who love and support the business.  While public health and our long standing commitment to our community demand that we remain mostly closed […]

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Earth Day

Over the last few years I’ve posted a number of round ups of Earth Day events, as our community has really gone above and beyond to celebrate Mother Nature.  As I wrote last week, it’s hard to come up with ways to continue to be a cheerleader for all things Nevada County when it seems […]

Hunker Down

Hello from the Outside Inn and a very quiet Nevada City. The entire world is stunned by coronavirus, and this unprecedented time in our history.

Spring Blooms

So, instead, if we can’t share the great things to do that normally happen in our community, we’ve decided to share some pretty photos of spring popping in town.  This is a great virtual shout out to something colorful and cheerful during a gloomy time. 

Stay home

I wrote a blog post last week on how we can support local businesses and it seems like the entire world has turned upside down since then.  It’s amazing to think how much our lives have changed in just a short period of time. One of my job descriptions is to be the “Nevada County […]

Small Town love in Nevada City

Over the years I’ve written so many blog posts on fun things to do, businesses to check out, outdoor adventures, local events, concerts, plays, kid activities, you name it.  So when I looked at my line up of upcoming suggestions of things to do, or things that I that I’d planned to write about and […]

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Mocktails at Golden Era

Did you know that Golden Era Lounge in downtown Nevada City has an impressive menu of mocktails?  For those who don’t know about their nonalcoholic drinks, they set the bar high with top of the line ingredients, flavor combinations and beautiful drinks.  Thank you to the owners Cindy & Steve for inviting me down to […]

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Sierra Stages Blithe Spirit

Sierra Stages kicked off their 2020 season with the comedy classic Blithe Spirit at the Nevada Theatre.  The play, by English playwright Noël Coward, brings laughter and chaos to socialite and novelist Charles Condomine’s séance with eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati.  Caught between one live wife and one dead wife — both jealous of […]

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Nevada City Photo Walks

Earlier this month Kial James, of Nevada City Scenics, and I kicked off our 2020 Nevada City photo walk series.  We started this free meet up collaboration over 5 years ago as a way to connect with other photographers using Instagram through Instameets.  Over the years we’ve done photo walks at the South Yuba River, […]

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Foothills Celebration

The 19th annual Foothills Celebration, a joint production between Sierra Vintners & Grass Valley Downtown Association is coming to downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 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 […]