Entries by erin

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Mardi Gras

Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is coming back to town.  Mark your calendar for  Sunday, February 27.  The event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a colorful, festive parade & street faire from 12-4pm with vendors selling food & drinks.  The parade starts at 2pm on Broad Street. “After a rough […]

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Valentine’s Day Ideas

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.  From all your friends in Nevada City & Grass Valley, we’ve got a few ideas. For the sweet tooth, you can buy […]

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Winter Activities

Here at the Outside Inn, we’re happy to welcome 2022.  While we enjoyed the great snowstorm at the end of 2021, it was a challenge for so many members of our community.  But, now we’re back to highs in the mid 60’s and wondering what happened to old man winter?  So, we’ve put together a […]

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Nevada City Victorian Christmas

Hello December!  Things are looking festive at the Outside Inn, but as we round out the year, we are excited about the return of one of Nevada City’s favorite events.  Victorian Christmas helps bring out the holiday spirit for both locals and visitors. The street fair organized by the Nevada City Chamber transforms downtown Nevada […]

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Think Local Holiday Events

With the community-wide impact of COVID-19 on our communities, we’re focused on highlighting how great all of our local businesses are here in Nevada County.  So, here are 5 great ways to support local businesses this season. Shop Local Several upcoming events give you additional options to support local merchants.  This Saturday, November 13th is […]

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Nevada City Fall Activities

Is it really October?   I’ve always said fall is one of my favorite seasons, and I’m excited to share the season with guests at the Outside Inn.  Here are 15 ideas to help motivate you to get outside and celebrate the season. Pick a pumpkin at Bierwagen’s. Check out the Fall Colors Open Studio & Art […]

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Hello September

Hello September!  The Outside Inn crew wants to take a deep breath and marvel at another amazing summer season.  Despite the challenges of COVID, forest fires and the continual changing of plans, we’re proud of being able to show up and continue to provide consistent top notch accommodation.  We get many repeat guests who come […]

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Nevada City Film Festival

Nevada City, CA, is home to the “Sundance of the Sierra” also known to locals as the Nevada City Film Festival! From August 27th-September 2nd, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers showcasing award-winning short and feature-length films from around the world to this beautiful historic town in the Sierra […]

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Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is right around the corner with 5 days full of rides, exhibits, demonstrations, arts & crafts, animals, music and so much more.  The fair runs from Wednesday, August 11th through Sunday, August 15th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, gates open at 10am on Wednesday with activities and fun for the whole […]

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Nevada City Summer Bucket List

We are in the heat of summer vacation in Nevada City and we thought we’d give you a round up of 10 ideas of things to do. Summer Bucket List Ideas: Grab an ice cream cone at Treats. Check out one of the summer events (Movies Under the Pines, California Worldfest, First Friday Art Walk, […]

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4th of July Activities

Who’s ready for 4th of July?  For those who are looking for some local activities here are a few of our suggestions to celebrate Independence Day.  If you’re looking for a family friendly option check out the Music in the Mountains SummerFest Patriotic Pops on Saturday, July 3rd at Western Gateway Park.  The MIM Chorus and […]

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Summer Events

With Memorial Day right around the corner, it’s time to revisit a few of our favorite local summer events.  While the COVID modifications are still changing, here are a couple of events you can put on your calendar and have something to look forward to in Nevada City & Grass Valley. Nevada City First Friday […]

Nevada City Farmers Market

The Nevada City Farmers Market in downtown Nevada City operates year round, but kicked off the the weekly summer season market today.  If you’re looking to stock up on all your favorite local foods, the market runs Saturdays from 8:30am-1pm.  Whether you want a cup of coffee, artisans gifts, olive oils or bounty of organic […]

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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.  Here are 10 ideas: Take a walk outside (we’ve got a few ideas over here on our Things to Do section). Even thought Ike’s Quarter Cafe […]

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Eating Out

Nevada County re-entered the red tier, allowing restaurants to re-open limited indoor capacity.  So, who’s hungry and where should you go to support local restaurants?  I checked in with a few to see what was happening downtown Nevada City.  Please remember to keep your social distance, wear your mask when interacting with the staff and […]

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Buttermilk Bend, South Yuba River

The wildflowers are starting to bloom along the Buttermilk Bend trail by Bridgeport, South Yuba River. The 2 1/2 mile walk along the South Yuba River is a great way to experience the beauty and magic of the river.  Bring your camera and look for a variety of California wildflowers including Golden Poppies, Purple Lupine, […]

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Spring Activities

I love spring, while I say that about every season (so many things to do in the summer, fall and winter in our community), one of the things I love about this time of year are the flowers everywhere you turn.  So if you’re a flower happy person here are a few ideas on ways […]

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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 […]