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Vintage Clothing Shops

If you’re looking for something unique, Nevada City & Grass Valley have a great selection of vintage clothing shops for the bargain shopper who wants a one of kind item.   The vintage scene in Nevada County is alive and well with each shop curating a different esthetic and style. Grass Valley and Nevada City make […]


Buddhist Monks

The Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet Tour with the Buddhist Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastery are returning to Grass Valley at a new location, Banner Community Guild Hall (formerly known as Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley).  The opening ceremony of the Sand Mandala will be on Friday, February 22nd at 7pm and […]


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 festivities 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. For the sweet tooth, you can buy DeGroot truffles from Nevada City Truffle Shop, chocolate covered strawberries from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, […]


Dog Friendly Hikes

What’s your favorite dog friendly hike?  I asked a few locals for some suggestions and here’s a list of 10 great options to take your four-legged friend on your next outdoor adventure around Nevada City & Grass Valley.  Please remember to bring along a bag and pick up after your dog. Empire Mine State Historic […]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The 2019 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 SYRCL annual film festival is a call to action, whether its environmental, energy uses, adventures, inspiring youth to get involved, improving agriculture or showcasing […]

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 […]



Have you had a chance to pop in and check out the new TYSA Designs store in downtown Nevada City?  Located on the corner at 300 Spring Street, on the corner of South Pine Street (next door to South Pine Cafe) the boutique offers clothing from the TYSA Designs line (skirts, dresses, jump suits and […]

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Nevada City Craft Fair

The 8th annual Nevada City Craft Fair turned the Miners Foundry into a bustling holiday market.  The Bi-Annual event is 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, […]

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 […]