Entries by erin


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]