Entries by erin


Bounty of the County

Nevada County Grown brings back to the popular Bounty of the County event this Thursday, August 23rd.  The 6th annual event has grown in size and will be at the Grass Valley Vets Hall for the first time this year.  The expanded venue will allow up to 500 visitors to take part in 8 different […]

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Uncorked and Sierra Brewfest

Interested in sampling local wines or tasting a selection of craft beers?  Saturday, August 25th, Nevada City hosts Uncorked (1-4pm) and the Nevada County Fairgrounds welcomes the Sierra Brewfest (3-6:30pm). Uncorked, Saturday, August 25th 1-4pm, downtown Nevada City Wine tasting, food sampling and more!  The event is put on by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and brings together 16 different […]

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South Yuba River

Happy August.  If you haven’t been for a dip in the South Yuba River, it’s time to motivate.  At the Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground I am constantly getting asked, “Is there any water?  Can we go swimming?”  The answer is yes.  The other question is “What’s your favorite swimming hole?”  I don’t have […]

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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 8th through Sunday, August 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, gates open at 10am on Wednesday with activities and fun for the whole family. […]


The Children’s Festival

The Children’s Festival returns to Nevada City’s Pioneer Park this Friday, July 27th.  The one day Renaissance Fair has 2 sessions (9am-noon and 5-8pm).  The admission price of $3 includes arts & crafts, faeries, craftsmen, face painting, spinning, music, fencing demonstrations, magic show, Pirate Skool and a fire-breathing dragon.  New this year will be local favorite Izzy […]


Nevada City Summer Nights

Nevada City Summer Nights continues the next two Wednesdays (July 18th & 25th) from 6-9:30 throughout downtown. The event includes live music, vendors, street food, entertainment and more.  You can also check out Troupe Al Ama Belly dancers, look at classic cars or grab a beverage.  The free event is a great family outing, kid activities include face […]

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Nevada County Grown

Nevada County Grown, how many of your are familiar with the bounty of options in Nevada City & Grass Valley?  The Nevada City Farmers Market is going strong, if you haven’t been to the summer season of the downtown farmers market, if you’re looking to stock up on all your favorite fall foods, the market runs […]

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4th of July Activities

Who’s ready for 4th of July?  If you’re looking for a great family friendly option check out the Music in the Mountains SummerFest Patriotic Pops on Tuesday, July 3rd at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  The MIM Chorus and 65-piece Orchestra all come together in this rousing patriotic program to perform some of the greatest works of patriotic music […]

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Outdoor Summer Concerts

The long summer nights and warmer temperatures are a perfect time of the year to enjoy an outdoor concert.  Nevada City & Grass Valley have a great range of different options, from local artists playing at the farmers markets to world class music shows.  The Music in the Mountains SummerFest kicked off last weekend, but […]

Happy 20th Birthday

Twenty years ago the Outside Inn opened its doors and welcomed folks to check out the new and improved Airway Motel.  The motel has had a lot of history, but when my mother, Evans Phelps, took ownership of the property in the winter of 1997 she had a lot of work ahead of her.  After […]

Nevada City Kid Friendly Activities

Summer vacation is days away and Nevada City offers so many great activities for things to do for kids.  So regardless of what your family likes to do, here’s a list of all sorts of ideas of things to do.  And scroll down to the bottom for our great kid-centric giveaway! Things to do with Kids: Summer […]

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Nevada City First Friday Art Walk

The Nevada City First Friday Art Walk 2018 season kicked off in downtown last night with art receptions, outdoor vendors, music and more.  With 25 different locations both inside merchants and galleries, plus street vendors and art pop up shops, the event celebrates the arts while supporting the local businesses.  “The family friendly event encourages […]

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Celebration of Trails Weekend

With the warmer days, Nevada County Celebration of Trails Weekend is a great way to motivate to get outside and enjoy local trails.  Bear Yuba Land Trust kicks off the celebration with the Fireside Chat at the Inn Town Campground Thursday, May 31st with Hank Meals (6-7:30pm). 1st annual Hike-a-Thon along the future trail Pines-to-Mines Trail […]


Nevada City Craft Fair

The 8th annual Nevada City Craft Fair is currently happening at the Miners Foundry.  The Bi-Annual event was a great way to support artisans, do some shopping and meet some of the makers.  The independent, juried craft fair showcased over sixty of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and featured handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, […]

Gold Crush Climbing Gym

Have you been to Gold Crush Climbing Gym?  The 3000 square foot indoor climbing gym offers over 70 different routes, with options for bouldering, top rope and lead climbing.  The gym opened a year ago off Whispering Pines Lane (between Foothills Fitness and Grass Valley Cross Fit and next door to Peaceful Valley Farm & […]

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Sierra Vintners Wine Trail

The Sierra Vintners Spring Regional wine trail is coming up, next Saturday, May 19th. The regional wine tour will include: Avanguardia Wines, Bent Metal Winery, Gray Pine Winery,  Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Nevada City Winery, Smith Vineyard and Szabo Vineyards.  Each winery will have music, food pairings and plenty of wines to taste.  Stop by any one of the […]

Nevada City Summer Camp Fair

Do you have the kids’ summer activities all planned?  There are lots of great summer camps, activities and workshops for children in the community, if you need any additional information or want to meet the camp counselors, the Nevada City Summer Camp Fair is a great event. The 7th annual event is coming this Saturday, May 5th, […]

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Hike Like A Girl

Bear Yuba Land Trust, The Friendship Club and Folk Trails Hiking Club have teamed up to celebrate the national event Hike Like A Girl Weekend, Saturday, May 5, to encourage females of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day. The event offers the community a safe, supportive and fun-filled day that […]

All things Books

Books, books and more books…  this Saturday is California Independent Bookstore Day and if you’ve got time you can stop by The Book Seller for any one of their events, prizes or snacks, costumes encouraged for the Captain Underpants visit (first 20 kids get a free cape). “We’re so lucky to have so many resources […]


BackPorch Market

Need a picnic for a Nevada City hike or swim at the South Yuba River, then definitely stop by the BackPorch Market in Grass Valley to stock up on a great selection of gourmet foods.  The sandwich special of the day, either vegetarian or meat, is simply amazing.  You can either pre-order one of their […]