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Independence Trail

Step back in time and check out the Inpendence Trail, the walk, located 5 miles out of town off Highway 49, follows the ditches and flumes from the Excelsior Canal, built back in the 1850's.  The 1 1/2 mile section wheel chair accessible trail…
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The Artist Workshop Classes

The Artist Workshop in downtown Grass Valley is a great place to take the kids and get creative.  I've talked about them on the Outside Inn blog before (here, here,  here and here), but today I had the pleasure of teaching a Kids Valentine's…
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Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas has begun.  If you missed last night's event, come join us for the next one, either Wednesday (December 12th or 19th) or the Sunday afternoon event (December 16th or 23rd).  For additional information on the event visit…
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McBurney Christmas Tree Farm

Looking for a Christmas tree?  Check out McBurney's Christmas Tree Farm off Highway 174 in Cedar Ridge.  Walk the farm and choose between  Douglas Fir,  White Fir and Red Fir and once you've selected your perfect tree you can either…
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Sugar Skull Making at Neva Co

Neva Co Artisan Boutique in downtown Nevada City Sugar Skull making class was so successful that they've recently added additional classes.  Limited space available, but RSVP online and save $3 on the $15 class.  My research assistants loved…
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

Want to get 365 degree views of downtown Nevada City?  Take a short walk up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.  Bring a picnic and sit and enjoy the views.  The trail starts at the top of Coyote Street on the left hand side and takes approximately…
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Independence Trail

The weather in Nevada City is fabulous, why not take a hike?  Independence Trail is 5.5 miles from downtown Nevada City off Highway 49.  The trail twists and turns along the Excelsior Canal, where the gold rush era wooden flumes now provide…
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Northridge Restaurant

Looking for casual, family friendly dining in Nevada City, check out the Northridge Restaurant at the top of Nevada Street.  While pizza is always our first choice, you can have a burger, fish 'n chips, salad or a sandwich.  Stop by to watch…
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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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Holiday Gift Guide for Children

Looking for some holiday gift ideas for kids, don't drive to Roseville, check out some of these fun ideas from shops in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  Start your shopping trip with an entertaining trip to Gray Goose, you'll probably end up…
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Snow Mountain NID trail

It's a beautiful fall day in Nevada City and no better time to go explore some of the vast network of trails.  I went for a quick walk along the Snow Mountain NID trail, easily accessible from downtown Nevada City, just one mile up Highway…
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Java John's

The weather is finally cooling down in Nevada City and it's a perfect time to treat yourself to a hot chocolate, or two.  We stopped in Java John's on Broad Street on were greeted with smiles and warm wishes.  The child's size hot coco is…
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South Yuba River

Fall is a fabulous time to go check out the South Yuba River.  It's a great time to take the kids for a hike along the South Yuba Trail, pack a picnic, sunbath on a rock or go for a mountain bike ride.
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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…
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Halloween Treasure Hunt

Halloween is one of the Outside Inn's favorite holidays.  The motel transforms into the No Way Out Motel and we create a haunted pathway through the property for the masses of trick or treaters that come to downtown Nevada City.  In preparation…
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Hirschman's Pond

The recently completed trail to Hirschman's Pond is a great adventure for all ages.  The handicap accessible trail starts from a new parking lot at the bottom of Cement Hill Road.  Follow the winding dirt path to the pond, where you can sit…
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Nevada County Fair

The annual Nevada County Fair is an event for the whole family, livestock, rides, Demolition Derby, Treat Street, live music and much much more.  The favorites from our visit included the disgusting cake contents, the ferris wheel and the…
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Pioneer Trail

Looking for a shady place to go for a moderate hike or mountain bike ride?  Or looking for a child friendly outdoor activity?  Check out the Pioneer Trail just 5 miles up Highway 20.  Park by the Harmony Ridge Market and head up the hill,…