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John Olmsted Memorial Birthday Celebration

A birthday celebration in memory of conservation pioneer John Olmsted will be held March 2nd 6-10:30pm at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley. Organized by the Mendocino-Tahoe Conservancy which is continuing John’s mission of…
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Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply

Want to learn how to make cheese?  Prune trees?  Buy a wine making kit?  Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass Valley offers organic seeds, supplies, classes and more.  Check out their comprehensive website groworganic.com for…
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Flour Garden Bakery

Need a sandwich, a latte, a birthday cake, a gluten free treat and a warm spot to check your email?  Stop by Flour Garden Bakery in Grass Valley.  Now serving gluten free bagels in flaxseed, blueberry and jalapeno cheddar, along side…
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Lucinda Williams at The Center for the Arts

Lucinda Williams rocked The Center for the Arts stage last night.  The show, "An Intimate Evening with Lucinda Williams" sold out a month in advance and did not disappoint the packed house.  Lucinda marveled at the amazing stage and told…
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Maria’s Mexican Restaurant

Maria's Mexican Restauarant is known for their excellent food, fabulous outdoor patio and lively bar, but perhaps it's time to try their breakfast.  Open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 1pm, you can enjoy some heuvos rancheros…
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Best of Nevada County Coffee Shops

Need a cup of coffee?  There are a number of great options in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  Here's a list of some of the coffee shops we've profiled over the course of the year. Java John's Karma Coffee Summer Thyme's Sierra Mountain…
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Best of Nevada County hikes

There are a lot of great walks and hikes in our area and I've been profiling a few of them throughout the year, so I thought in honor of the end of the year it'd be nice to compile a best of list with a few photos to help motivate you to…
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Wild Plum’s Hot Chocolate Bar

Looking for a sweet adventure over the Christmas break?  Take the family to Wild Plum, on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley.  The home decor shop has a fun new hot chocolate and gelatto bar in the back of the shop.  Create your hot cocolate…
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Summer Thyme’s

Looking for a casual cafe to meet up with a friend?  Check out Summer Thyme's on Colfax Ave in Grass Valley.  The place was packed with people conducting business pitches, girlfriends bonding over fresh baked goods and small children playing…
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Naggiar Vineyards

Naggiar Vineyards is worth a drive out to their picturesque tasting room outside of Grass Valley.  During the winter months the tasting room is open Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 12-5.  Even during the quieter months the tasting room was still…
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Cornish Christmas

Cornish Christmas in downtown Grass Valley.  The downtown area of Mill Street is filled with vendors, music, food stalls and even a pony ride for the kids.  From 6pm to 9pm, Friday night from now till Christmas.
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Gift Guide for the Gardener

Welcome to week five of the Outside Inn's local gift giving guide, this week we're focusing on ideas for the person on your shopping list who loves to garden.  There are a number of great nurseries in the Nevada City and Grass Valley area.…
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Sierra Snapshots Travel Program

Cheryl Noble's TV program Sierra Snapshots is a travel show that showcases the Northen Sierra Nevada areas.  This week's episode is all about dog friendly activities.  Click on the video below to see some of the people and places Cheryl and…
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Grass Valley South Pine Cafe

There are a number of great choices in Nevada City for breakfast and lunch, but our family decided to go visit the South Pine Cafe in Grass Valley for a change of pace.  Both locations offer the same great menu, whether you're in the mood for…
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Outdoor Enthusiast Gift Guide

Looking for a gift idea for the outdoor enthusiast on your Christmas list?  Join the Plaid Friday movement this week and shop local.  (For other great local gift ideas click on my previous gift giving guides, Wine Lovers, Children Gift ideas…
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Food Lovers Gift Guide

This week's gift guide guide is for the food lover on your shopping list.  Nevada City and Grass Valley have so many great local options for the person who either likes to cook, eat or just enjoys reading cookbooks.  Stop by JJ Jackson's for…
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The Artist Workshop

The Artist Workshop celebrated their grand opening in downtown Grass Valley today with a welcome party.  The family friendly studio designed to provide children of all ages a place to create.  In addition to open studio time The Artist Workshop…
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Wine Lovers Gift Guide

It's not too early to start thinking about the holidays, so I thought it would be fun to do up some buying guides to help get you into the holiday spirit. If you're looking for a gift for the wine lover here are a few fun suggestions that you…
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Karma Coffee

  Looking for a place to sit and relax and read the Weekend edition of The Union?  Check out Karma Coffee on Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley.  With both indoor and outdoor seating options, you're bound to find a place to sit and…
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Bear River Pasta Company

Bear River Pasta Company in downtown Grass Valley caters to folks who are looking for excellent food, good value and no fuss.  Stop by to eat a sandwich, sample some gelato or pick up either fresh pasta or ravioli.  I went home with the artichoke,…
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Empire Mine Trails

Looking for a nice place to take a walk in Grass Valley, check out Empire Mine.  The extensive trail network is open to walkers, runners, mountain bikers, horseback riders and dog walkers.  Open sunrise to sunset, you can access the…