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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 […]

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 parade kick off on Sunday with a street […]

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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.  From all your friends in Nevada City & Grass Valley, we’ve got a few ideas, plus a bunch of great giveaways.  And […]

Nevada City Winter Activities

During the winter months are you looking for more ideas on things to do in Nevada City & Grass Valley?  While I think of Nevada City as a great year round destination (spring wildflowers, tulips, swimming in the South Yuba River, fall colors and holiday events), there are actually a number of fun things to […]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The 2020 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 annual film festival is a call to action, whether it’s environmental, energy uses, adventures, inspiring youth to get involved, improving agriculture or showcasing […]

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Nevada County Weddings

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 upcoming […]

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Get Outside

With so much holiday fun, maybe now is the time to take a moment and head outside.  Nevada City & Grass Valley have a lots of options for outdoor activities (and even a few indoor activities).  While you can hike, bike and explore in Nevada City, if you’re looking to head up the hill and […]

Best of 2019

Happy 2019!  Let’s ring in a new decade….  I wish I could give you my round up of all my favorite things this last year, last decade… but I’m still in awe from all the amazing comments on the Holiday Giveaway, so let’s keep this short and sweet, 10 reasons why I love Nevada City. […]

Merry Christmas

Happy holidays!  Merry Christmas from the whole crew at the Outside Inn & Inn Town Campground.  I wish I could say I have a favorite comment from the Nevada County Giveaways 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 […]