Entries by erin

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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 […]

Calla Lily Crepes

Calla Lily Crepes has opened their brick and mortar restaurant!  After many years in the tent across the street from the Nevada Theatre, the crepe stand has expanded to a full restaurant, beer & wine on tap and an outdoor patio.  The hours will stay the same, open Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday, late on Fridays & Saturdays, […]


Victorian Christmas

Nevada City’s 42nd Victorian Christmas helps bring out the holiday spirit. The street fair organized by the Nevada City Chamber transforms downtown Nevada City into a big street fair with over 100 vendors, food trucks, hot mulled wine, holiday music and more.  You can stock up on Christmas gifts, sit by the roaring fire with roasting […]

Nevada County Giveaways

The Outside Inn’s InnSide Nevada City blog is excited to share our annual end of the year giveaway! It’s hard to believe that I started this blog just shy of 9 years ago, and have written over 1000 blog posts about our local communities, their activities and businesses!  The Grand Giveaway, Grateful Giveaway, Ultimate Giveaway, Epic Giveaway, the Crazy […]

Kid Friendly Holiday Activities

Looking for some fun ways to get the kids into the holiday spirit?  Here are a few Nevada City & Grass Valley activities that are great for the whole family.  The Nevada City Victorian Christmas celebration kicks off on Sunday, December 8th, mark your calendar for three Sundays and two Wednesday evening outdoor block parties […]

Nevada County Thanksgiving

Who’s looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday?  If you’re looking to stock up on the essential meal items, don’t forget the Nevada City Farmers Market is happening Saturday, November 23rd (for the final date of the summer season before they move to the smaller twice a month winter market).  If you can’t make it to […]

Holiday Art Shows

Are you looking to celebrate art this holiday season?   If you’re looking for a unique gift, or a one of a kind piece, consider supporting local artists this season.  November and December is a great time of the year to check out a local art showcase, craft fair or exhibit in Nevada City or Grass […]

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Think Local

With the community-wide impact that the recent power outages 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 5 great ways to support local businesses this season. Shop Local Several upcoming events give you additional options to support local merchants.  […]


National Chocolate Day

Did you know today is National Chocolate Day?  With the recent power outages and the uncertainty of things, we thought it was a good chance to celebrate all things chocolate.  Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe in downtown Nevada City has a great great selection of candies, chocolate and my personal favorite at this time– special Halloween […]

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Nevada City Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween?  Between the Inn Town Campground’s forested haunted pathway and the Outside Inn’s annual fun we are going big for Halloween.  The motel’s haunted pathway is almost done, our resident ghosts, Dracula and witches are waiting for you to stop by and say hello on Halloween night.  The Inn Town Campground […]

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Fall Activities

There are so many great things to do in fall in Nevada City, here are a few suggestions to help motivate you to get outside and celebrate the season. Pick a pumpkin at either Bierwagen’s  or McCourtney Road Pumpkin Patch. Check out the Fall Colors Open Studio & Art Tours throughout Nevada County, click here to see the […]

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KVMR Celtic Festival

The 23nd annual KVMR Celtic Festival is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley next weekend (September 27th-29th).  The slogan for the event is “Come for the music, stay for the magic” and if you’ve never been, it’s time to go experience the event first hand.  To kick off the festivities this year the Celtic […]

Draft Horse Classic

The 33nd annual Draft Horse Classic is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds next week, September 19th-22nd.  Known as one of the premier Draft Horse shows in the western United States, it’s a great opportunity to see the gentle giant Draft Horses up close.  Click here for a schedule of Draft Horse performances, including specialty acts Bobby Kerr […]


Hello September

Hello September!  The Outside Inn crew wants to take a deep breath and marvel at another amazing summer season.  We get so many repeat guests who come year after year.  Many visitors swim in the river, others attend local events, celebrate loved ones at weddings and take advantage of many of the kid friendly activities.  So thanks […]

Local Art Galleries

Looking for a way to support local artists?  Nevada City & Grass Valley have a number of great art galleries to visit, in addition to a variety of different festivals and exhibits.   If you’re looking for a unique gift, a one of a kind piece or just want to look at art, here are a […]

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, but we always encourage guests to be safe and know about river […]