Entries by erin

Holiday Giveaway

The Outside Inn’s InnSide Nevada City blog is excited to share our end of the year giveaway!  All year long I showcase, spotlight and share exciting things to do in Nevada City and Grass Valley. It’s hard to believe I started this blog just shy of 8 years ago!  The Grand Giveaway, Grateful Giveaway, Ultimate Giveaway, Epic Giveaway, […]


Victorian Christmas

Nevada City’s 41st Victorian Christmas is a great way to kick off the holiday season.  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 […]

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Holiday Concerts

The holidays are a great time to get out and support the arts with numerous concerts, plays and performances.  Whether you want to enjoy caroling outside, a rock concert or classical music from around the globe, Nevada City & Grass Valley have a number of options.  Music in the Mountains will have their Happy Holidays program […]

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 […]


Kid Friendly Holiday Events

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 9th, mark your calendar for three Sundays and two Wednesday evening outdoor block parties […]


Grass Valley Holiday Market

Downtown Grass Valley’s annual Holiday Market is coming up this weekend, Saturday, November 10th.  The event, designed to showcase local businesses is a great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping and get some great deals. La Te Da is offering 20% off all shoes and outer wear, The Book Seller is […]

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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’re truly celebrating the Halloween spirit.  The motel’s haunted pathway is done, our resident ghosts, Dracula and witches are waiting for you to stop by and say hello.  The inflatable dinosaur is joined by a Day […]

Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains presents the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Angelo Xiang Yu this Thursday, October 18th at the Don Baggett Theatre.  The start of the 2018-19 Classics Series season with one of the greatest violin concerto’s ever written – Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – featuring violin virtuoso Angelo Xiang Yu along with […]

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Fall Colors Open Studios and more

The 2018 Fall Colors Open Studios & Art Tours opens this Saturday & Sunday, October 13th and 14th.  The event includes over 80+ artists in 54 different studios and continues the weekend of October 20th and 21st. You can check out all the individual artists’ locations on The Center for the Arts’ event page (scroll down below […]

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Fall Walks

Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Nevada City, it seems everywhere you turn you can find a pop of color.  If you’ve never experienced the Gold Country fall color it’s a great time to get outside.  If you are looking for some suggestions on where to go the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers […]

National Coffee Day

In preparation for National Coffee Day (Saturday, September 29th) I’ve put together a coffee love fest to help celebrate all things coffee in Nevada City & Grass Valley.  There are so many great places to enjoy a cup of coffee in Nevada County, so I’ve put together a few caffeine infused reminders and some fun […]


KVMR Celtic Festival

The 22nd annual KVMR Celtic Festival is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley next weekend (September 28th-30th).  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 Festival is […]


Draft Horse Classic

The 32nd annual Draft Horse Classic is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds next week, September 21st-23rd.  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 Mustang Act, CHP […]


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 […]

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Nevada City Film Festival

2018 Official Nevada City Film Festival Trailer from Nevada City Film Festival on Vimeo. Nevada City, CA, is home to the “Sundance of the Sierra” also known to locals as the Nevada City Film Festival! From September 7-14, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers showcasing award-winning short and feature-length films […]


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 […]