Outside Inn Blog 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 GiveawayGrateful Giveaway, Ultimate Giveaway, Epic Giveaway, the Crazy Giveaway, InnSide Nevada City giveaway were a lot of fun; if you have time I highly recommend reading the comments.  This year the crate has grown to include 73 different businesses and is valued at $3495.  Can I say, yet again, how amazing our little town is?  The time I spent reaching out to local businesses and organizations leading up to this giveaway really reminds me how fabulous our community is and how thankful I am to call this place home.  When we opened the Inn Town Campground 2 years ago, I really grew to understand that its success is due in large part to the support of our entire community.  This year the collection of goodies means even more to me, because it really showcases how many businesses, organizations and individuals are excited to be a part of the blog and to join together to highlight our area.  This prize is a really great, over the top way to say thank you to the entire community.

One extremely lucky person is going to win this entire box full of prizes.  Scroll down for the complete list of what’s included.  How do you enter to win this amazing basket of Nevada County goodness?  Add a comment to this blog post and tell me what you love about the Outside Inn’s InnSide Nevada City blog?  Do you have a favorite post?  Do you have a favorite photo?  Do you have a favorite local event?  Did you learn something new this year from the blog?  Feel free to add a link in your comment to one of your favorite blog posts or photos.  You can always look back through the blog with the search box in the footer of the website.  The winner will be announced at noon on Christmas Day.  Want a chance to throw your name in the hat for a second time? Scroll to the bottom of the post for details on how sharing the love will allow you to enter twice.

Outside Inn Blog Holiday Giveaway

Want an extra chance to win?  Like the Outside Inn’s Facebook page and share this giveaway with your friends via whatever social media platform you prefer:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterest and then post a second comment on here telling me that you’ve shared the love.  Feel free to include #VisitNevadaCity in your social sharing.  Or, if you’re shy and you don’t want share, sign up for my email feed (see box in the footer of the blog) and add a comment on this blog post saying you subscribed via email. If you have any issues with posting a comment, please see our FAQ.

Thank you to each and every one of you for helping make our community what it is.  That gratitude includes people near and far who make up the greater group of people who love Nevada City.  You all play a part in helping to support our town and I’m excited to be a part of it.  I’ve written plenty of posts on why I love Nevada City, but I look forward to hearing from you guys about what you love.  But I also love seeing your photos of our fabulous community, so feel free to get creative and share via Instagram and use #VisitNevadaCity to share.

*One entry per person, for an additional entry please see above.  Winner will be drawn by random.org and announced on Christmas Day.  Giveaway must be collected in person, winner must contact the Outside Inn by January 15th.  Gift certificates not redeemable for cash.

© 2018 InnSide Nevada City, Photo © by Nevada City Scenics

275 replies
  1. Lori Gubera Stengel
    Lori Gubera Stengel says:

    Thank you for showcasing and honoring the cultural creatives in our community, and for being a local’s resource as well as one for tourists.

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  2. Marjorie
    Marjorie says:

    Holy moly, Erin! You’ve really outdone yourself this year. What an amazing package of goodies. Thanks for all you do for our little town. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks Marjorie, I do love that the giveaway grows with time…. but it’s truly just a great example of our small town love! (It’s not me, I swear, I just get the pleasure of sharing it with others).

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  3. Donna C
    Donna C says:

    You rock! I look forward to your blog posts, and you let me know via email when you’ve posted, so that’s great! The photographs are beautiful and make me thankful that I live in such a beautiful place with wonderful people! Thank you for sharing the beauty and wonder!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Beauty and wonder is a great way to describe it… I just returned from a trip of wandering around Paris and it was literally all about exploring beauty and wonder– but there is so much we can do here in our own backyards and sometimes traveling that far away is a great reminder! Happy Holidays.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      I agree, even though I did that Folk Trails Hike both years, I learned something new on both times! And events like that always amaze me that folks travel from out of the area to be a part of it.

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  4. Sadie
    Sadie says:

    I learn about so many events through the blog, I’ve lives here almost all my life and it still surprises me how many events I don’t know about. However my favorite thing about Nevada city is Halloween! Seriously, it’s magical ✨

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    • erin
      erin says:

      While I feel like I have to admit that Halloween isn’t my favorite event of the year (the clean up work is a bit daunting), I do love that the town gets so into the spirit and that the entire motel is full of guests who come from afar to be a part of the fun.

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  5. Leia
    Leia says:

    OMG Erin. This gets better and better every year. I love seeing some old favorite stores contributing to this and the new ones too. Some serious local love goes into this giveaway. Thanks for reminding me throughout the year about the amazing events our community offers as well as places to explore. Love everything about your blog including the photography. Thanks for showcasing our wonderful area.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      I love that you chime in throughout the year, so even if we don’t cross paths in real life that often, I know that you’re thinking of me…. so thanks for being a consistent cheerleader.

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  6. Vanessa Saavedra
    Vanessa Saavedra says:

    I love everything about this blog, but I especially appreciate the events and new restaurants postings. Thank you for contributing so much to the community and beyond!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Oh man, I’m behind on the restaurants– really need to eat my way through more of the amazing offerings in Nevada County. Perhaps we should encourage the restaurants to reach out to me directly? But, on the short of places I have not covered and should: The Ol Republic Roadhouse, The Pour House, Wild Eye Pub, Watershed at the Owl, Tara, MeZe, The Stonehouse…. to name a few. You see how I have more work cut out for me?

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  7. Marina Bernheimer
    Marina Bernheimer says:

    I grew up in Los Angeles and did not experience seasons in any real way throughout my childhood. After living here for 18 years, I remain totally enchanted and delighted by fall in the foothills. The crisp air, stunning foliage, change of seasons, and excuse to pull out my boots combine to make me a very happy camper. Your Fall blog with gorgeous local photos and cool info on local walks and tree viewing is wonderful.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      What I love is that even though I grew here in Nevada City I fall in love with the town every year at that time– the colors are so much fun to see. And even though I know which trees I love seeing, every year I get excited by them again. Happy holidays, so glad to hear it inspired you to get out and enjoy the colors.

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  8. Mike Markov
    Mike Markov says:

    Erin, we just love your blog, we have learned a lot about the area and have adjusted our camping trips accordingly. I think we have only gone to only one other campground this entire year. For me, I like the info on the breweries (GVB for one) and the kids events. We brought our grand daughter up for the Halloween event and in the past the Easter egg hunt. She was supposed to come up with us later today for the Christmas events as we will be camping but she’s a little under the weather. She loves the trains so that was going to be her day. One of my favorite pictures you took was on the South Yuba River post, the one with the flowers in the foreground with the river in the background. I like trying to get those kinds of shots but I rarely get the colors all to cooperate like that. Thanks for the blog and see y’all later today!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Oh, the Santa event the railroad museum is a fun one, I’m sorry she’ll miss it (although it can be rather crowded, so maybe a visit another time is for the best). Look forward to having you return, thanks for your consistent support (and awesome decorated RV sites).

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  9. Susan Schreiber
    Susan Schreiber says:

    I love your photos. Also, I like that you have local walks leaving from the Outside Inn highlighting the beauty of where we live in different seasons. Thank you.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      The series of local walks with Folk Trails Hiking Club has been fun (we’ve got one more for this year next Thursday). But stay tuned for the 2019 series (we did them starting from the Inn Town Campground in the summer).

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  10. Meshawn
    Meshawn says:

    Yes! I love to see all of the local fun and delish offerings here and on your blog throughout the year – thank you for putting this together and for keeping our inboxes full of beautiful pics of this sweet place.

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  11. Shana Maziarz
    Shana Maziarz says:

    Erin, you are amazing! This basket is such a testament to both you and the amazing creative spirit and generosity of our community. I think that’s what I love most about your blog – you’re such a great supporter and celebrator of who we are! I’ll share now on our FB page, and of course, I want to win the basket!
    Thanks for everything you do!
    Shana

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks Shana…. I was thinking of you b/c I went to Paris and when I told someone about the amazing almond croissant I had someone asked, “Did it compare with Three Forks’ croissants?” That, in itself is a compliment that I think you should take seriously.

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  12. Sue McElligott
    Sue McElligott says:

    I think what inspires me most, Erin, is your absolute passion and joy of living here, and sharing it with all of us. I get a lot of my local information from your blog posts, and I enjoy reading about our fantastic little town. We are truly blessed to live here. Thank you for all that you do and keep the inspiration!

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  13. Shannon Davis
    Shannon Davis says:

    How can one choose? All the photos are fabulous. And your blog posts keep me in the loop of what’s happening. After living there for 20 years (and working at j.j.jackson’s for Martha Meredith) I still love being in the know and visit every year.
    The store owners are a very generous lot (Leea, Stuey, LeeAnne……). I would love to win so I could share some of the gifts with all my old friends in NC and GV. Or better yet with some Fire refugees that are in need of some joy.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  14. Theresa Dreher
    Theresa Dreher says:

    I love your posts. Your pictures always remind me of why I love and live in this beautiful little town. I signed up for your emails so I don’t miss any posts. Thank you for all that you do.

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  15. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    I have been two inntown twice and have enjoyed both times tremendously. I love Nevada city for its natural wonders, such as the hiking! Can’t wait to go back.

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  16. Jacqueline Wapp
    Jacqueline Wapp says:

    I just love all the great ideas you have regarding what to see and where to look.
    Loved the fall color session! I am a member of the Nevada City Lions club and just love to help this beautiful town. Thanks for all you do!

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  17. D.D.
    D.D. says:

    New to Nevada City in 2017, my first order of business was to Find The Hikes. I thought I had done good coverage until I found this blog. The amazing pics on this site sent me down trails I would never have found on my own. The guided walks added layers of meaning and appreciate for buildings and streets I walk past daily. More importantly, through this blog I found my community. My adventures are more social than solo these days. In short, InnSide Nevada City gave me what I craved the most: Belonging.

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  18. Brad
    Brad says:

    Love getting updates about what is going on in Nevada City! I think my favorite one is “Top 5 Dog Friendly Restaurants”. We used to live in Nevada City and so enjoy our return trips. We travel with our dogs and your blog posts about the dog friendly restaurants, the trails, activities, etc. has been so very helpful! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Oh, I should do more on dog friendly activities.. it wasn’t actually a blog post, but a page on the Things to Do section of the website (but a blog post is a great idea!). Happy Holidays.

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  19. Melinda Booth
    Melinda Booth says:

    I love the images you use–they often speak for themselves. They always highlight our community in such a wonderful way and remind me why I love it here.

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  20. Ruth Chase
    Ruth Chase says:

    Erin, you ROCK, thank you for another yearlong posts of all the new and interesting places to go and business that are opening, among so many other things that you do for our community. AND thank you for including my art as part of your offering. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    R

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks for being a part of it– I realize that the actual painting was too large, but glad to have a smaller representation of your artistic fun in the mix.

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  21. Raul Audelo
    Raul Audelo says:

    What an epic giveaway and what a fantastic way to showcase all the hometown Love! My favorite post was from Instagram and highlighted the spectacular fall colors we get to enjoy around town. This particular post was of a tree in the neighborhood that I see every day on my drive into town and back home. One of my favorite fall splendors: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bo0LuN7AQdN/

    Keep up the amazing work!

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  22. Chelsi
    Chelsi says:

    This is quite the amazing show of our community and it’s fantastic efforts to work together! The Outside Inn has always been such a wonderful part of Nevada City for as long as I can remember! My favorite blog posts are any and all about the Yuba river! The photos always bring me to the grandeur of the river and remind me once more how lucky I am to live here!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      We’ve been in business for 20 years- amazing to think about how long that is… But I too feel lucky to live here, thanks for playing along with this giveaway.

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  23. Emma
    Emma says:

    You know I love the blog! I’ve been subscribed for a long time on the email list and I’m always reading what’s new and current and what’s happening in town. My favorite from this year was https://outsideinn.com/blog/nevada-city-kid-friendly-activities.htm/ with a four year old I feel like were always doing the same things each week espically in the summer so I loved this article and found new things to do with my little. Photos are always amazing and I love how extremely active you are in our community! Thanks for keeping us all up to date Erin and always sharing the love!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you for your consistent enthusiasm and I love that you’ve won plenty of things over the years (I realize this giveaway takes the cake, but the little ones are still fun too).

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Well in addition to the Staycation you could go eat, shop and enjoy events throughout the year… but a staycation is always a good option….(in my slightly biased opinion).

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      • Sarah Herbert
        Sarah Herbert says:

        Erin, there is enough in this giveaway to have a whole stay-cation with food, movies and shopping included! Thank you. I just shared the post on Facebook!

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  24. Gerry
    Gerry says:

    I love all the photos, especially the river pictures. This blog is also the best (in my opinion) way to find out what is going on in town!!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks! And I appreciate the positive feedback on the photos of the river, as there’s always a healthy balance of respecting Mother Nature and reminding folks to do their part to pack it in and pack it out (or carpool, etc).

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  25. Emma Hinojosa
    Emma Hinojosa says:

    I often find my way to the blog via instagram posts and I am always delighted by what I find. It would be hard to choose a favorite. I don’t live locally, but my mother does and I love finding fun events to use as an excuse to visit her as well as spend time in such a beautiful and unique area. I have fallen so in love with Nevada City/Grass Valley and I love to share that love with others. So much so in fact my now husband and I just got married this past year in the area. I sincerely appreciate this blog for constantly keeping me informed about such a special place in my heart. Thank you!

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  26. Beth
    Beth says:

    I especially appreciate the blogs about local hiking trails – I’m always looking for a new place to hike and your descriptions and information are always helpful. I read every blog and always get new info.

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  27. April Holland
    April Holland says:

    It isn’t often that I open and read every email from a blog subscription, but I can’t risk missing something wonderful you’re sharing about our lovely, engaged, and unique little community. Thanks as always for your great contributions, Erin!

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  28. Chris Orr
    Chris Orr says:

    I love this Blog. I moved to Nevada City from Seattle 2 years ago and I haven’t found anything better than shows local events and gives background. Also, I work right by the in-town campground get to walk through there often. Nicest campground I’ve ever been to. 🙂

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  29. Tyson Brown
    Tyson Brown says:

    I say this every year I can’t live in my hometown, your blog connects me to home, and to reminders of the place that shaped me, even when I’m far away. It also keeps me up-to-date on changes to look for when I visit, which is often. Thanks for your great photos and I’m pretty keen on your Insta feed. @outsideinn

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  30. Miranda Sheldon
    Miranda Sheldon says:

    We recently stayed in the Cottage at the Outside Inn, and I had planned to go several places in and around Nevada City you had highlighted on your blog. But when we checked in, we noticed a paper in your display rack of activities describing locations where the Hallmark Christmas Card movie was shot. It’s my parent’s favorite Hallmark movie of all, so we had a total blast visiting the different locations with them, taking pics, and chatting with all the friendly business proprietors. And we are still enjoying the delicious bags of coffee we purchased at Crumbunny Coffee. Thank you for a lovely experience, we would love to return.

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  31. Matt Bloesch
    Matt Bloesch says:

    I love how the blog tells the ongoing story of Nevada City. The town is truly a jewel in the Sierras. My wife and I have had the chance to visit twice since October, staying at the Inn Town Campground, our new favorite. It is hard to describe the charm and feeling of peace around the town, but I think the Outside Inn blog captures the essence perfectly. We want to keep coming back to experience all of the wonderful things we keep reading about, the Yuba River in the summer, colors of the fall, all the deliciousness the farmers’ market has to offer… Keep up the great work!

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  32. Julie Lehman
    Julie Lehman says:

    Oh my gosh!!! Your posts and pictures always make me feel like I’m there even when I can’t be. Keeping me informed and updated has actually allowed me to attend and plan my day trips (and a few weekend trips) around what’s going on. Love the pictures!!! Your blog makes me feel like I’m part of your amazing community up there!!

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  33. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    That’s quite a list of prizes!
    Long time follower of your blog, and I especially appreciate all the news you share with us about local events and businesses! Many times I learn about a new shop that opened up that I wouldn’t otherwise have known about, or a fun happening in our area that I would not have been aware of! Thanks for all you do!

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  34. Angelina Andes
    Angelina Andes says:

    What’s not to love about where we call home? Beauty abounds. Love all of our festivals, street fairs and feel of community.

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  35. Pam Esmon
    Pam Esmon says:

    Hey Erin – amazing basket! You are a poster child for community spirit. My favorite thing about your blog is seeing photos of everyone having fun. Also wondering how you manage to do it all.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Wait… you’ve been in the blog before– so you can count yourself as someone who’s been having fun…. I don’t get it all done, that’s the running joke.

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  36. Kim
    Kim says:

    What a great giveaway!!! I love this time of year, and your blog has been so helpful in letting me know what’s happening always and the dates for events! I follow you on Instagram also and can see what’s locally going on through you since you’re so informative. In the past we’ve found hiking trails and attended events like Victorian xmas. 🙂

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  37. Maisie
    Maisie says:

    Wowza, what a gift box! Someone’s going to have a lot of fun when they win this! I really like your blog, and love how I find myself forwarding your posts often to friends and family who are coming to visit Nevada City – I can say, “look, this cool concert series is happening, or this cool downtown event,” and they can get excited about going! Thanks for your work! – Maisie

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  38. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    Fabulous information and photos. It is great to have such a wonderful go to, to find upcoming events! The basket is perfectly put together! Thank you!

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  39. Nickie
    Nickie says:

    I’ve never before lived in a town with such community spirit. Nevada City is my home and I’m proud to be a part of our town! As others have commented, thanks for all you do to foster the feeling of oneness in Nevada City.

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  40. Chelsea Lynch
    Chelsea Lynch says:

    I liked the national coffee day post because coffee is my life blood! This pictures made me want to get cozy in one of our many great coffee shops and settle in for a long time! We are lucky to have some great coffee shops in our town.

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  41. Cara Wasilewski
    Cara Wasilewski says:

    Wow. This is amazing Erin. You are a pillar in this community. We are blessed to have you do all you do to promote our vibrant town. You photos and blog posts are award-winning. Thank you. Happy Holidays.

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  42. Chelsea Lynch
    Chelsea Lynch says:

    I shared this post on my Facebook page. I love this awesome blog. Thank you for helping my celebrate a place that I love!

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  43. Shiree Swenson
    Shiree Swenson says:

    I really enjoy your posts about events happening in town. My brother and I enjoyed the fall photo walk . What a cool giveaway!!

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  44. Julie Goldman
    Julie Goldman says:

    I love your blog! I started reading it before we moved up to learn about the area. I love all the ways you highlight local businesses and great things to do around town. We’ve now been here four years and I’m happy to call this place home ❤️

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  45. Karen McCann
    Karen McCann says:

    Erin you are amazing. Thank you for all you do for the community. Your blog is the place to go to know what’s happening in Nevada County.
    The basket is amazing and generous. ❤️

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  46. Lisa Johnson
    Lisa Johnson says:

    Your posts inform me of so much that is going on in our community, a community we all love. The generosity of people who live here is beyond comprehension.

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  47. Ragena Ensley
    Ragena Ensley says:

    Outside Inn is our favorite place to stay when visiting Nevada City, in all seasons. We especially love the fall colors and Victorian Christmas! I love following all the blog posts throughout the year! Thank you!

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  48. JoAnne Middleton
    JoAnne Middleton says:

    I love all of your posts and photos! One of my favorite, National Coffee Day, since I love coffee and you highlighted all the coffee shops around town You contribute so much to our community and we are so grateful!

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  49. Kaathlyn
    Kaathlyn says:

    I love how involved in local happenings your blog is. It’s often easy to forget all the amazing things happening in our area.

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  50. Alexis Patton
    Alexis Patton says:

    I always follow the Outside Inn to learn more about new, local businesses. Erin, you really have you finger on the pulse of this community and I love that you are a supporter of every other local business. The Outside Inn is my resource for learning about new shops and restaurants. I know if you’re giving it two thumbs up, it’s a place I need to try for myself.

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  51. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I so enjoy all your wonder posts about upcoming events in our special little town and the beautiful quality of the pictures that you share makes me want to visit even though I live here. Thank you for all you do!

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  52. Sheri Fogarty
    Sheri Fogarty says:

    We’re local and read and save your posts as they’re such a great resource for what’s going on in the area. Thank you Erin and happy holidays!

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  53. JoAnne Middleton
    JoAnne Middleton says:

    I love all your posts & photos but I particularly like the National Coffee Day because I love coffee and you highlighted all the coffee shops in the area. You contribute so much to this community by posting your blog and hosting the numerous events at your campground and we are so grateful.

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  54. Kelly O'Neil
    Kelly O'Neil says:

    I love this blog! Thank you for sharing all the fun events upcoming in this lovely town. Without you, I wouldn’t know about most of these things! As a person who doesn’t have a subscription to the local newspaper, I am so thankful for this blog to fill me in on all the local upcoming happenings. You rock!

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  55. Caitlin Kelley
    Caitlin Kelley says:

    I think we can all agree on loving the stunning, crisp, dynamic photos of events, food, stores, and our beloved Yuba on your blog! Visual aids are the most important thing when you’re presenting someone with information; you want to catch their eye and reel them in with fun things to look at! I loved going through this blog and seeing how our Nevada City is captured so simple and elegantly. That’s probably my favorite thing about this blog. I also spent quite some time on your Victorian Christmas page; it’s jam packed with information on food, vendors, performances, and other things to do! There’s not a website or brochure I’ve ever read with as much information on it as your blog posts. For that, I really appreciate it. It’s great to have one source to go to that’s local who provides great reliable information. Anyone who is coming to Nevada County for the first time, I will definitely point them in the direction of the InnTown Campground’s Blog!

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  56. Lisa Arnaudo
    Lisa Arnaudo says:

    I’m totally loving the blog, but I am for sure down with the Nevada County Fair and the FROZEN Tshirt contest! WHAT?!? I am so signing my son up for that – he is always whining about how cold he is!! 😆

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  57. Maisie
    Maisie says:

    I have just loved learning about all the events and activities in the area. It inspired my husband and I to come and stay in the area last spring for our anniversary.

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  58. Elizabeth Whitman
    Elizabeth Whitman says:

    There are so many things I love about our community!!! I enjoy reading your posts which bring to light how rich in history and beauty we are. I loved your article on the 20th Birthday of the Outside Inn and growing up being part of a historic business. Reminds me that we all have different stories to tell. Of course, one of my favorite parts about living here is the Yuba River. I am a summer lover at heart and I always have a fondness for those articles and photos. https://outsideinn.com/blog/yuba-river-nevada-city.htm/

    Not to mention some of my other favorites, the Celtic Festival, Nevada County Fair, NC Summer Nights, Hiking Trails……and the art……and the food…….the list goes on.

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  59. Alison H.
    Alison H. says:

    So much thought and love goes into each of your blog posts that I think maybe you should be the one to receive the prize basket this year! I am so appreciative of the work you put into your blog, especially when it comes to fresh ideas for weekend activities or hikes for when family comes to visit from out of town! I enjoyed your blog post about the walks through Nevada City to see the fall colors. Even though I have lived here my whole life I learn something new with each post. Thank you!

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  60. Deanna Reardon
    Deanna Reardon says:

    Im always so amazed and inspired but all there is to do in our small town! I rely on your blog to know about it all! Thank you!

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  61. Mikala Stroud
    Mikala Stroud says:

    I subscribed via email! Can’t wait to see more about what’s happening in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Also this giveaway is awesome!

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  62. Wes Berkshire
    Wes Berkshire says:

    Oh! Me! Me! Me! Pick me! My favorite part of the blog is the blogger and her husband (okay, their kids are pretty cool too). Good people. Some of the best.

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  63. Amber Ayres
    Amber Ayres says:

    Such a warm inviting little town. Always love to see your posts! You live in a little slice of heaven. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Elenita Duelo
    Elenita Duelo says:

    Happy Holidays Erin,
    I’ve been enjoying your Blog since we moved here 3 years ago. I could never pick a favorite, they are all wonderful but what really stands out to me is that you include the entire area, not just Nevada City. That says a lot about you and I for one appreciate it.
    The Yuba is a definite favorite and I love your fotos, they capture the beauty of it in so many ways.
    The fact that so many businesses contribute to your basket says a lot about how respected you are in our communities!
    Thank you so much for all you do!

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  65. Shauneen Deschaine
    Shauneen Deschaine says:

    I LOVE the awesome photos that are on your blog posts, your website and on facebook. You are able to truely capture the essence of Nevada City with your beautiful, professional looking photographs and it is truely appreciated!

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  66. Susan Rogers
    Susan Rogers says:

    Erin your blog is indispensable for a new resident like myself. I feel more connected to my new community through your many resources and love staying up-to-date on local events and new businesses. Thank you for your creativity and leadership.

    –Sue

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  67. Heather Siebels
    Heather Siebels says:

    Love love love The Outside Inn! We have a Staycation here about once a year. It is a fabulous place to stay thatbis walking distance to town!!!

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  68. Elliott Vander Kolk
    Elliott Vander Kolk says:

    I really appreciate your write ups on new places to explore and try out. Recently went to grass valley brewing company based on your write up and had a great time. Also love how well you capture our town with stunning photos. Thanks for being such a great resource to locals and visitors!

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  69. Vicki Stremel
    Vicki Stremel says:

    Erin, Thank You for continuing to provide so much wonderful information in your blog! Info about businesses, events, activities, community and varying degrees of history. And your wonderful photos that accompany each blog, makes us feel a part of the activity, even if some folks can’t participate. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year season!

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  70. Trisha
    Trisha says:

    The Fall Walks blog post this year has such gorgeous photos and really helped inspire my dad to get out on walks to enjoy the fall colors! Thank you for showcasing so many of the places and events that make our home so special!

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  71. Sarah Hendrickson
    Sarah Hendrickson says:

    Well, I think my favorite blog was the one about coffee…and I’m always loving your pictures that are so early of downtown that there aren’t any cars in the photos! I also am grateful that not only do you promote local businesses, you also support them (I’m a beer tender at one of the breweries you grab a beer at.) thank you for all you do!

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  72. Rosie Bierwagen
    Rosie Bierwagen says:

    I love the pictures on your blog! I feel like they always capture a slightly different perspective of the area, but I’m a totally recognizable way! Thanks for what you do!

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  73. Alice Blandy
    Alice Blandy says:

    I had stayed at the Outside Inn and fell in love with the Nevada City community.
    Eric’s notices and beautiful photos keeps the community well informed about the many wonderful events, which bring our community together. Erin provides a great service for us all.

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  74. LInda Toll
    LInda Toll says:

    Erin, I love your photos of our sweet little town. Fall blogs are my favorite. Your give away is more amazing than ever. I love being apart of this community.

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  75. Bonny L.
    Bonny L. says:

    What a wonderful treasure box of local gifts! I love all of your photos. I am always finding new things to do in the area via your Instagram , and blog. The winner of this giveaway will be a very lucky person.

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  76. Zena Benson
    Zena Benson says:

    I personally loved the blog on art shows and of course, Victorian Christmas!! My husband and I love the Outside Inn and try to visit every year at least once!

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  77. Ruth Goodin
    Ruth Goodin says:

    As a relative newcomer of 1 year to the are – I have relied on the Outside Inn Blog – much as I would a great friend – to teach me about the goings on around town! Thank you for being so welcoming and informative.

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  78. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    We visit Nevada City all the time! We come from the Truckee area and love the vibes of Nevada City! Having found your blog I love that there is a place for me to check out what is going on so we have an excuse to come again! Your post on Kid friendly activities from June 2018 is especially wonderful as we always have our little man in tow! Thanks for all the info!

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  79. Debbie Campbell
    Debbie Campbell says:

    I so appreciate your blog posts – especially those with “kid-friendly activities.” My favorite of favorites is your summer activities post. I would say I share that one the most each year.

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  80. Stephanie Liel
    Stephanie Liel says:

    This giveaway gets bigger each year! Love the Yuba River posts and the pics of Victorian Christmas. It’s now become tradition and nostalgic. It’s not a holiday or a summer without them!

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  81. Sally Fountain
    Sally Fountain says:

    Perfect for anyone of any age to enjoy the outside inn. The area is timeless but contemporary. So much to do and yet new experiences are just around the corner.

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  82. Sarah H
    Sarah H says:

    Subscribed via email. I love seeing all the incredible experiences our community has to offer. Sometimes our corner of the world feels small, but it is making amazing things happen all the time. Thank you for shedding light on what makes Nevada County wonderful.

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  83. Tricia Bush
    Tricia Bush says:

    Hi! Your blog does such a wonderful job capturing the beauty of Nevada City and Grass Valley. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community. I must say- there is a tie between which photographs are my favorite. One being the picture of the purple leaves on the wandering paths post. Secondly- I love the one of Victorian Christmas with the street lit up in the background. There is something truly magical about Nevada City during Christmas. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on what is going on in the community. You do a fantastic job.

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  84. Keri
    Keri says:

    This giveaway is amazing, Erin! I am always amazed at how you know about everything that’s going on and how much energy and support you give the community.

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  85. Yusra Shelton
    Yusra Shelton says:

    I love how beautiful the yuba is this time of year. No one is out there and yet the river is super full and there is life everywhere. I also love SPD sandwiches. Xoxoxoxox

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  86. Donnell
    Donnell says:

    I moved to Sacramento just over a year ago, and had never been to Nevada City…till I stumbled on your Instagram feed. I believe it was a post about a hike, sometime in August. I visited for the first time soon after, on Labor Day weekend, and fell in love. And I find no shortage of reasons to keep coming back on your Insta feed and blog. Thank you for sharing your lovely mountain town!

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  87. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Erin, I have been an admirer since the beginning. I love what you do for the little town of NC to keep it enchanting and downright awesome! I especially love the photos you take of the Yuba. This post of such is my favorite: https://outsideinn.com/blog/south-yuba-river-swimming.htm/. NC holds such a special place in my heart. So much so, that my husband and I got married up there, are NC Winery members, and spend every weekend we can up there. We stop into the shops and say “hi” because we know the owners and shop personnel. We feel the sense of community. We know the locals. That’s something we never have had in the town we currently live we. We can’t tell you enough how much we love NC for its sense of community and small town vibe. I guess this post was supposed to be about the Yuba and the gorgeous photos you capture of it. But it’s so much more. Thank you Erin. Keep doing what you are doing to promote and advocate for NC, the Yuba, and for community. We love you! Xo Robert and Elizabeth

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  88. Gina Farley
    Gina Farley says:

    Dear Outside Inn,
    Every time I read your posts, I want to go visit you. That’s correct, I have not been to your lovely Inn. My husband and I have been to Nevada City thanks to the movie, “Christmas Card”. Since then I have followed Nevada City news/events but have only attended the Victorian Christmas which I absolutely love. In visiting the Nevada City FB page, I believe It’s been a year, I came across your Outside Inn post. Since then i have followed your FB page and read your posts. You bring such comfort with your pictures and descriptions of the lovely “Outside Inn” and the area—it’s like a fairytale place. I’m not there yet and i feel the warmth and coziness. I hope to visit you someday in the near future. Thank you for sharing pictures of your sweet Outside Inn, the beautiful nature around you and the cute little town of Nevada City.

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  89. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    I’ve enjoyed how the photography captures the essence of our sweet town. There is something for everyone weather you’re young or old, lived here a long time or new to the area. Thanks

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  90. Celia Tate
    Celia Tate says:

    I love the blog about the yuba river, it is my fVorite thing about living in Nevada City. I like the choose your own adventure it really is for all people!

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  91. Sunshine Osteen
    Sunshine Osteen says:

    When ever we have out of town guests I always refer to you for the happenings. I love following you on Instagram for all your beautiful photos and updates of new stores and restaurants. You keep me in the know of our cute towns. Thank you

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  92. Christina Smith
    Christina Smith says:

    Erin, where do I begin? I love any and all of your photos, mostly of the Yuba.
    As a previous business owner I believe you truly are Nevada County’s Ambassador! Thank you for all you do!
    FYI: this is a first time for me to actually enter, after years of donating;) xo

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  93. Mary Lou Garcia
    Mary Lou Garcia says:

    What I love most about this blog is that it shares just how great the community is in Nevada City and in the surrounding areas. It’s the reason that people like me, who aren’t from or even live there, have fallen in love with the city, it’s people/businesses. It’s why my husband and I got married there. Coffee at Fable, lunch at Three Forks, a cold beer at Ol’ Republic, a film at the Onyx, mass at St. Canice and dessert at Treats. Small town America at its finest.

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  94. Megan Miller
    Megan Miller says:

    I always love a good yube river or fall colors post. The photo walks are always great too. Hoping I can make it out to one of those soon.

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  95. Megan
    Megan says:

    This is incredible! We certainly do have an amazing and beautiful community here. We are so lucky to call this place home. What I love about your blog most, is the kid friendly posts. I plan out all of our holiday activities through you!! Seriously! Also, I look to the blog for info on all the new restaurants that are opening up lately and plan date nights with my husband. I really loved your article on “National coffee day” in September…there were coffee shops on the list that I had yet to visit! (Which is pretty astonishing). There’s no better source of information on what’s goin down in our little town than from your lovely posts. Thank you, for helping to keep us all better connected.

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  96. Christian
    Christian says:

    Erin, I love your genuine passion and appreciation for this community. It is easily seen in your work, business, photography, even this giveaway. I truly enjoy your posts, and appreciate how much hard work you put into this giveaway. Thank you! And I look forward to many more years of your photography and give aways 😉

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  97. kasey wilson
    kasey wilson says:

    I spend many hours sitting backstage in a circus tent in Vegas waiting to go onstage and make people laugh. So, how to spend my time between acts? Looking at this blog is one of my many pastimes. I miss my home. I miss trees. I miss the river. I miss Victorian Christmas. I miss Nevada County. This blog makes me happy so I can go out and do the same for others.

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  98. Julie Fong
    Julie Fong says:

    What don’t I like about your blog?!! It introduced me to the magical and sublime that is Nevada City, current home of my heart and (hopefully) real home of my future. I think that what I love most about the blog is seeing Nevada City through the eyes of someone who clearly feels deeply about the community and nature and beauty of it all. Your rootedness and love are reflected in every blog and Instagram post.❤️ Thank you. Headed to Victorian Christmas this weekend, and I cannot wait!!

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  99. Celine Rice
    Celine Rice says:

    You are such an important part of this community. I appreciate your passion to share your love of your home town! Your pictures often help me see familiar places in a new light. Thank you for all that you do to connect us all.

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  100. Hindi
    Hindi says:

    You keep us all well-informed about upcoming events, scenic locales and fun things to do. Plus, your photos are beautiful–you must be an early riser to get some of the shots, like the one above of the basket of goodies you’re giving away.

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  101. Lynn Skrukrud
    Lynn Skrukrud says:

    I love learning about local events from the blog and seeing all of the beauty of our town captured through the images you share. Thank you for what you do!

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  102. Olivia
    Olivia says:

    I have lived here most of my life and your blog still provides information on events I didn’t know about or reminds me of ones I went to as a kid that would be fun to take my granddaughter to now. My favorite blog was the Happy August one with the gorgeous pictures of the Yuba River. It reminded me to take some time out of a busy life and go splash around in the water. https://outsideinn.com/blog/yuba-river-nevada-city.htm/

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  103. Valerie Costa
    Valerie Costa says:

    This blog is such a great resource for our community and the visitors who come here. Not only is it well written, warm, and informative, but the photos are sensational. Thank you, Erin, for contributing so much to our community!

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  104. Erin Melugin Davis
    Erin Melugin Davis says:

    I have said this before, but I always appreciate being able to visit your blog to find out what is going on in and about town. I’ve lived here for 35 years but sometimes even I forget all this wonderful place has to offer! Thank you for always giving great insight into what’s new and beautiful about our little town.

    Fall in Nevada City is one of the things that has kept me around so long. Every year I’m in awe, like it’s the first time I’ve seen the colors. Thank you for highlighting the season every year with your fall walk photos!

    https://outsideinn.com/blog/fall-walks-2.htm/

    We are so lucky to live in such an incredibly beautiful corner of the planet, and to have you here with us!

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  105. Goddess in the Groove
    Goddess in the Groove says:

    I love how you always pull the community together and showcase the local artists. Nevada City is truly a mecca for artists and independent types . I still have hopes of us buying one of those quirky Victorians one day and moving up there. For now, it’s just day trips every once in a while. I’m in the process of finishing my van, so a camping trip in the spring is on the horizon also . I follow you on Instagram also, and the photo of the street in the morning with the gifts just caught my eye. Great photo, wonderful giveaway. Of course I’m crossing my fingers! Thank you for organizing this and thank you to all the businesses that contributed, the list is amazing. Hoping to make it to Victorian Christmas this year, maybe I’ll stop in and say hi .

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  106. Vanessa W
    Vanessa W says:

    I love your blog because even though Ives lives here for 8years I can always find a new local event or place to visit that I wasn’t aware of. You do a great job of showcasing everything local and I always reccomend your blog for friends and family that are visiting or new to the area.

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  107. Adriene
    Adriene says:

    What a giveaway! You do an amazing job of showcasing our community. Your posts inspire me to get out more and check out all the great things to see and do. Thanks for always showing the positive side of our hometown. We are lucky to have you. I also shared this on Facebook.

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  108. Ali
    Ali says:

    This is my first time coming across this blog and after moving here 3 years ago I feel like this is my missing link to becoming more connected and aware of the community!!! Thank you!!! I don’t quite yet have a favorite because I have some catching up to do but I will follow up as soon as I can! Thank you thank you!!!!!

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  109. Liz Kellar
    Liz Kellar says:

    Your amazing photography always does justice to the unique attributes of Nevada City and the county as a whole. Love them and this blog!

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  110. Shari Collom Wilson
    Shari Collom Wilson says:

    I really appreciate the Outside Inn blog for beautiful photos of local sites and events. This is my go to when work takes me away from home and I want to stay connected. It would be impossible to suggest a single photo but I do love all the images of my favorite local event the SYRCL Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Thanks for showing the beautiful of your area!

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  111. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I love your blog! I’ve been following the Outside Inn since my family moved here in 2012. It was so helpful for us to find our way around this little town. All the hiking spots and fun events. So very grateful. We used to stop in the Inn to get maps of local hikes and river spots. Thanks to you, we never miss out on events and know our way around pretty good now!

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  112. Grace
    Grace says:

    Hey Erin! Love the outside inn and all your blog posts! I really like your post about the south yuba river. Love all the photos! I’m in Nepal right now so I love getting just a taste of home

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  113. Clare Hamlin
    Clare Hamlin says:

    I have always adored this city and just how amazing the community is to contribute to things like this. I think you guys have such a wonderful group going. I loved reading about Victorian Christmas and I cant wait to go for the first time. Shared this on facebook as well and whoever wins will be a very lucky person. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  114. Sus Mazza
    Sus Mazza says:

    Reading the blog keeps me informed of the many activities in the area. Our family has made the short trip up here for many of the fun events highlighted. Such a wonderful community. Also shared to Facebook. We have brought friends with us on several of these outings and will continue share the joy that this town provides.

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  115. Linda Siska
    Linda Siska says:

    Erin, you have outdone yourself! What a wonderful collection of gifts highlighting so much of what this community has to offer. One of my friends asked me, “How do you know so much about what’s going on around here? You’re always going to this and that — where do you get your information?” and I told her, “Erin Thiem’s blog.” You do keep us informed and I know that takes a lot of work and a lot of dedication — and I, for one, appreciate that immensely!

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  116. Breanna Lancaster
    Breanna Lancaster says:

    I love how you support local businesses. You always take time to feature them!! You’re great at keeping us (readers) informed about local activities.

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  117. Cori Ove
    Cori Ove says:

    The thing I enjoy most about your blogs are the reminders of events that I forget are happening! So much goes on here that it’s good to be reminded sometimes 🙂
    Amazing gift basket you have here! Such a great example of what this community is all about. Have a merry Christmas!

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  118. Veronica
    Veronica says:

    I love this blog, it reminds me of events that are going on in Nevada City and I love the pictures that come along with the articles. I love the Victorian Christmas event each year. It is fund to take the whole family.

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  119. Lacey Oliver
    Lacey Oliver says:

    Your blog is my go-to when I am looking for events in our community. You do such a wonderful job of keeping everyone in the loop on the latest and greatest this town has to offer. Its people lime you who make this world go round.

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  120. April Lovelace
    April Lovelace says:

    I love being able to check this site for upcoming events that are kid friendly, as well as new places to check out! And I love all the places that have donated to this basket! So fun. Fingers crossed for our little family to win it 🙂

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  121. Ingrid Knox
    Ingrid Knox says:

    Thank you Erin for keeping us informed and entertained AND showcasing our lovely and interesting community. I would love to win this cornocopia of prizes but if I don’t, I am lucky enough to live here and enjoy everything Nevada County has to offer. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!!

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  122. Marissa Hernandez
    Marissa Hernandez says:

    Erin!
    You have out done yourself yet again! This is fabulous!
    Love reading your posts simply because it keeps me up to date on what’s happening in our sweet towns. With jobs and kids and chickens and life it’s hard to stay on top of all the amazing stuff happening!
    Thanks for keeping me in the loop!
    -marissa

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  123. Jeanne
    Jeanne says:

    Seeing the list of goodies to win is a true testament of the generous folks in our town. Keep up the great work in writing posts that inform us And also realize just what a special treasure of a place we are fortunate to call home. Merry Christmas to all.

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  124. Matt O
    Matt O says:

    Hi Erin, It is so nice to see all of the fabulous vendors who are supporting your year end give-away! I am glad to know we are in such a giving community!

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  125. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    What fun goodies! Thank you for everything you do for our little community. You keep us all informed on the wonderful upcoming activities to enjoy throughout the year. You rock! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  126. Chrissy
    Chrissy says:

    Your river pictures are beautful! We are so grateful to raise our children here in this beautiful area. We have created many memories of summer days spent at the river.

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  127. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Wow, what an amazing example of how great our community is! I love this blog for keeping up to date throughout the year on what events are happening, and what cool new shops are opening. I particularly loved the photos from the South Yuba River post! Thank you so much for all your hard work year-round, Erin!

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  128. Emily G
    Emily G says:

    First off your photography of the town is beautiful. My favorite thing about the blog is how much work and effort you put in to go to all the new shops and promote them.

    You do a wonderful job of making every new shop seem exciting and I know those business owners appreciate all the business they receive from your posts.

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  129. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Erin, you truly are Nevada City’s ambassador and we are lucky to have you! Your dedication to our area and commitment to sharing its many wonderful qualities is simply palpable. Keep up the good work, and thank you for representing our town so well. I think the greatest compliment of all is the sheer number of locals and natives like me who rely on your blog to stay up-to-date – a true testament to the quality of your work. Happiest of holidays to you…

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  130. Kat
    Kat says:

    Oh my gosh!! It just GROWS and GROWS!! Wow. No kidding about this community. And I guess that is a favorite for me (besides getting to win even the small give-aways — SOOOO fun to hear my name called!!!) … the way you showcase this gorgeous place I chose as home. Like your gift basket, the community seems to grow stronger and more connected all the time. Oh .. and your photography is SOOO stunning my friend! Thanks for all you do!

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  131. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    Your photos always capture the beauty I see in this community. I love your shots of the Yuba especially. Thanks for all you do to welcome people to our community. Big love to you!

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  132. Mike
    Mike says:

    Thanks for all you do to remind us how much we have to be thankful for in our community. We really appreciate your posts on family activities over the years. Merry Christmas.

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  133. Audra
    Audra says:

    Thanks for giving of your time to organize this great giveaway! I love that looking at your blog gives me new ideas of where to explore in our community.

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  134. Mellisa
    Mellisa says:

    The thing I love most about this blog is the regular reminder of the amazing things to do and see in our area. Even if I’m having a challenging day, a visit to this site reminds me what a blessing it is to live in such a beautiful place filled with creative, giving people.
    Thank you for the constant local love, Erin!

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  135. Sarah Catalano
    Sarah Catalano says:

    My favorite thing about the blog is the Things to Do section. I visit Nevada City multiple times a year and your blog always has its finger to the pulse of the community. I make sure to check the Things to Do on my way to Nevada City to see what’s going on when I’ll be in town. Your blog is a great resource!

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  136. Debra Christenson
    Debra Christenson says:

    Thanks Erin for all of your work on behalf of our community. Also, my students really appreciated the opportunity to explore the Outside Inn’s Halloween decorations!

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  137. Sierra Tonn
    Sierra Tonn says:

    I shared the love! What a great package! This would be a great opportunity to learn more about my new community. I love it here!

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