Outside Inn Blog Grateful 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. Five years ago a little end of year basket came to life on its own.  The Ultimate Giveaway, the Epic Giveaway, the Crazy Giveaway and last year’s 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 76 different businesses and is valued at over $3000.  Can I say, yet again, how amazing our little town is?  This year the collection of goodies means even more to me, because it really showcases how many businesses, organizations and individuals in our community are excited to be a part of the blog.  The launching of the Inn Town Campground this year was a huge undertaking for us and its success is because of the support of the entire community.

One extremely lucky person is going to win this entire crate 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 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 on the right hand side.  The winner will be announced at noon on Christmas Day.  Want a chance to throw your name in the hat for a second chance?  Scroll to the bottom of the post for details on how sharing the love will allow you to enter twice.

Outside Inn Blog Grateful 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 platofrm you want: 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 (box on the right hand column) 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 community 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.  Above are my top 9 Instagram photos (thanks Josh Miller for capturing me in the middle of snowy Nevada City), 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, only valid for persons age 21 and above (if under 21 you can always gift the Outside Inn the bottles of wine and we’ll call it good).  Gift certificates not redeemable for cash.  **To see who won, click here.

© 2016 InnSide Nevada City, Photo © by Kial James/Nevada City Scenics and Erin Thiem

598 replies
  1. Vicki Stremel
    Vicki Stremel says:

    We are still newbies to Nevada City, but the Outside Inn blog has been amazingly informative. From small to large events and absolutely beautiful accompanying photos, we are kept informed and inticed to participate with our fellow County friends, neighbors and new acquaintances.
    Can’t wait to sew what 2017 brings!

  2. Holly Graham
    Holly Graham says:

    I absolutely love this blog. It has great ideas on things to do year round, and includes links so information on different activities is easy to find. It’s absolutely wonderful for both long time residents, and new residents alike. My favorite event is Victorian Christmas in Nevada City. I go every year if I’m in town, and it’s wonderful to see that it has become such a big event, huge turn out of people, tons of vendors, the shops stay open as well, good food, and I love listening to the carolers. We just went on Sunday, and the crowd was phenomenal. Biggest crowd I’ve seen to date, and more vendors than when I first went 4 years ago. Thank you for having such a wonderful and resourceful blog for us to reference when we are looking for things to do in the area! Keep up the good work.

  3. Rosanne Stratigakes
    Rosanne Stratigakes says:

    I look fwd. to the outside inn pictures of Nevada City and share emails and facebook posts with others-love em. My friend has stayed at the campground twice since it opened and loves it. She and her husband were so glad I told then about it. We visited it once when they were here the first time. This second time they used the community room for a day after Thanksgiving meal with his son and gf who live locally. Fun.Family.

  4. Emma Reagan
    Emma Reagan says:

    I was lucky enough to win the leta hearing cd from a blog post showing an upcoming event of hers. I love the blog, I always learn new events and things going on in the county. Thanks for all that you do erin!

  5. Shea Smith
    Shea Smith says:

    Erin, thanks so much for all you do to promote amazing Nevada City!
    I’d love to have a chance to win this fabulous Christmas basket — please enter my name!❤️

  6. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    I love this blog because it is by far the best resource for cool places and happenings in Nevada City, and Erin’s positive vibe and friendly writing style are always a pick-me-up. The most exciting thing i learned from it in the past year is a new place to hike. And i have to admit, the possibility of winning such awesome give-aways adds to the appeal.

  7. Maggie McKaig
    Maggie McKaig says:

    Wow, looks like I might be the first to comment. Okay, here goes. A hub is the central part of a wheel that connects the axle to the wheel itself. As such, describing Erin’s blog as a hub for our community is a perfect analogy. If you want to find out what’s cooking both literally and metaphorically in Nevada City, Erin’s Innside Nevada City blog is the place to go. She obviously puts an incredible amount of effort into gathering and sorting these many pieces of information, with gorgeous photos to boot, and presents it to the community, and all those checking out Nevada City, as a gift. As if that wasn’t enough, she creates these gift packages too! Yes, of course it’s business, and PR…but with heart, and the heart of the blog highlights the heart of Nevada City’s rich culture, for the benefit of all. Thanks for that, Erin! Cheers!

  8. Pam
    Pam says:

    Wow Erin! You have outdone yourself. We are grateful to you for making sure we remember why we live in this lovely little town. Your blog posts are an upbeat look at life and an inspiration to go out and enjoy! Thank you!

  9. Kaelee
    Kaelee says:

    My favorite part about the innside Nevada city blog is, now that I live farther away, I can still be involved in all the events happening in Nevada city! I get to live vicariously through this blog and see all the places I miss and find new places to explore the next time I’m in town! But getting to your the inntown campground in person this summer was the best part about following this blog this year.

  10. lisaj212
    lisaj212 says:

    What I love about this blog is that I can keep up with what is happening around our two towns (GV as well) and see great photos of the events. Watching progress of Inn Town Campground and knowing when we could visit at various stages of construction was perhaps my favorite set of posts because the concept is so special and the end result is just great.

  11. Becky Ahmadi
    Becky Ahmadi says:

    I am somewhat new to town and love ALL of the the great information and events you post! The photography in your blog is phenomenal, I think my favorites are the ones of the different seasons in town that you capture. Thank you!

  12. Kim
    Kim says:

    This looks wonderful! I discovered Nevada City as we looked for a wedding venue and ended up booking Minor’s Foundry. We fell in love with the town instantly. I am grateful for you posts keeping those of us out of town informed of local events – and we plan to come up for Victorian Christmas next week! <3

  13. sofia grace beeson
    sofia grace beeson says:

    what a lovely gift and perfect way to explore the city – like a treasure hunt.

    i first experienced nevada city when i was a child. my parents owned a business called green heart market – it was a health food store of which i have kept alive through an online community, green sourcing products and bringing awareness to the environment and humanity. i have shared the beauty of what you share @greenheartmarket which is small and growing everyday as the community grows.

    i was inspired by the magical lifestyle i lived in the foothills of the sierra nevadas — the rivers, an interactive waldorf school that brought us to be a part of the culture of nevada city; the theatre, the rich history and the diverse community.

    the best memories of my formative and adolescent years were spent exploring this incredible town i am proud to call home. i hope to return someday. thank you for sharing the most beautiful community with the world. it makes me feel i can experience the gems everyday i see and feel what you share.

  14. Becky
    Becky says:

    I love seeing ALL of the happenings around town. We stayed at the campground for a week over the summer and drove through The Outside Inn. Having been a resident of Nevada city and grass valley I love seeing the exciting growth happening nowadays!

  15. Sus Mazza
    Sus Mazza says:

    Our family has stayed at the Outside Inn twice now and booked a 3rd. We absolutely love this place. So well thought out, friendly with so many different things to do in close proximity. We are so glad we found this gem.

  16. Cristina Armacher
    Cristina Armacher says:

    I discovered this blog a few years ago and thoroughly enjoy when I get an email notification that there has been a new post. I grew up here but through your blog and wonderful pictures it helps me discover new and fun things that I would never have thought of on my own. From new coffee shops to new fun places to eat and all the events you cover – my husband and I could never get bored in this town. Thank you for serving this community through your eye for photography and updating us on the best of what this place has to offer!

  17. Elizabeth Soderstrom
    Elizabeth Soderstrom says:

    Outside Inn’s blog is my go to place to find out what is going on in Nevada City and Grass Valley. I also love the blog because the beautiful photos and compilations of what is going on make me feel so proud and grateful to live here. Thank you, Erin!

  18. foodchoicefreedom
    foodchoicefreedom says:

    Hi Erin! If you weren’t for you and Kial, I wouldn’t know half of what I know about Nevada County since moving here two years ago. I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful pictures, and your great descriptions of places to go and people to see in our lovely area. I shared this blog on Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Thanks again for all you do and all you show us.

  19. Cherie Maitland
    Cherie Maitland says:

    What an amazing giveaway. My favorite thing to learn from your blog was about your Outside Inn Campground. It looks wonderful and I can’t wait to stay there. I’m hoping this is what I need to do to be entered for the giveaway Thank you!!

  20. Kayla Philpott
    Kayla Philpott says:

    Whoops, posted before I was done! I’m new to the blog but I LOVE all the beautiful photos you post. So nice to see how you capture our beautiful town. It’s refreshing to see something positive and beautiful on my fb feed. And this gift is AMAZING! Would love this for my beautiful family.

    Sharing this on FB!!!

  21. Cherie Maitland
    Cherie Maitland says:

    2nd give away entry …shared on my fb page.

    I’m doing alot of exploring in the area in hopes of moving by the end of the summer to the Nevada City area. I’m self-employed and would love to make a donation to your giveaways in 2017….Our Furry Friends Training…100$ gift certificate for in-home dog training lessons.

    So far I’ve only come up for the day, but in the near future I’m going to come up with my travel trailer and spend the night with a couple of my dogs at your cool Campground.

  22. marina bernheimer
    marina bernheimer says:

    Too many wonderful images to pick one, but I have to say, the images from the new InnTown campground are stunning! And what a wonderful new addition to our little town! Thank you Outside Inn for being such a wonderful part of our community!

  23. Jeff Provancher
    Jeff Provancher says:

    My wife and I have always visited Nevada City and I am pleased to say that we were very fortunate to have purchased a home in this great little town this year. We love to walk down to the Farmers Market every Saturday morning where we can buy everything we need for our dinner that evening!
    I absolutely love the Outside Inn blog posts for all of the great information that we’ll be using to explore more about what’s in and around our new digs!
    Merry Christmas

  24. Mary Englund
    Mary Englund says:

    I love our little town. It’s got such warmth and charm. And the Outside Inn is nestled right in the middle of it, yet it’s got a quiet cozy feel to it. Your blog highlights the wonders of our precious community & I always enjoy reading it! I also posted it to my FB page!!!

  25. Karen Hoida
    Karen Hoida says:

    Before moving here, OUtside Inn was one of our favorite places to stay! You give so much to our city, so kind and generous of you to do even more!! Continued good luck and blessings in your business for 2017!

  26. Michelle Ogaidi
    Michelle Ogaidi says:

    What I love about the Outside Inn blog, and really everything the Thiem family has given is the community they have created. I have been involved in various efforts to promote Nevada City and all you do has been most successful! All of your efforts have created a great deal of admiration and respect and that connection of everyone to you has created unity. From your Halloween maze to your NC postcards. From your various businesses promoting tourism to your blog. All of it is beautiful!

  27. Kevin Click
    Kevin Click says:

    I love your in-depth writing about my hometown, as well as the beautiful photos. You manage to capture things that make it special and occasionally I still find out about things I was unaware of. Keep it up!

  28. Alison
    Alison says:

    These are a couple of my favorite pictures that you have taken in the past year. Thank you for capturing the beauty of this quaint mountain town that I love so much!

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now. My husband and I moved out of state this past March, but recently moved back to the Grass Valley area because we missed this town, the mountains, and the community here so much. There is nowhere else like it! We are blessed to call it home. I appreciate you keeping me informed about local events, new businesses, and for making me aware of the Outside Inn veggie cart! Great blog! ❤ Happy Holidays!



  29. Alison
    Alison says:

    Just realized the photos aren’t being shown individually. My two favorites are: the California poppy next to the Yuba river and the picture of the string of lights against the dark blue night sky with the brick building.

  30. Lynn Skrukrud
    Lynn Skrukrud says:

    I love that the blog is a great way to keep up with all of the amazing things happening in our town! It’s shows off what makes our town special and unique. Thanks Erin!

  31. Maisie
    Maisie says:

    Woohoo, i love thIs sweepstakes! Especially love that Soil Sisters Farm calendar in the mix :). I loved that post this year about all the places to get coffee, with all those gorgeous photos, made me drool!

  32. Janet Jensen
    Janet Jensen says:

    Every Wedneday I walk by the Outside Inn on my way to volunteer at the Library. I love to see the changes in the Inn, the free fruit/veggie cart and the different plants blooming and changing. With the pictures on the blog it opens your eyes to see what is right in front of us in our wonderful town. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your Family.

  33. Chris
    Chris says:

    Love this ! We camp as a family near Nevada City every year , it’s trudition !
    And it’s a Christmas destination !

  34. Katie Bergen
    Katie Bergen says:

    I love the Outside Inn blog for so many different reasons! I discover new fun things to go experience in my home county, like the Narrow Guage Railroad Museum which my whole family loved! It also is an excellent showcase of this beautiful little town we call home, something I can show to people who aren’t familiar with the area to entice them to come visit! Thanks for the commitment to displaying the wonders of our county!

  35. Kaathlyn Connor
    Kaathlyn Connor says:

    I love all the great information about what is going on in our community. What I really love about the blog, though, are the photos.

  36. Brenda V
    Brenda V says:

    My favorite post was the Halloween post with all the ghosts and ghouls. All the fun spilled over to the Inn Town Campground and despite the rain, we had a fabulous time!

  37. Dennis Boatman
    Dennis Boatman says:

    You are showing the true spirit of the west. We stay with you guys once a year, should be more. The eateries in your town are the best. Many memories of your area for us. We almost moved there, but decided on Sonora, CA., but still only about 3 hours away.

  38. Allison Ibsen
    Allison Ibsen says:

    So excited to live close enough to Nevada City to enjoy its blessings. The yuba, the trees, the trails, the flowers, the people, the film festival, the experience. Thanks for letting me be a part of this love!♡

  39. elec1951
    elec1951 says:

    I love receiving your Blog in my inbox and I also follow you on Instagram! I enjoy everything you write about and your photos. Its hard to choose a favorite Blog because we enjoy hearing about the musical events whether they be a few musicians in a resturant or a show at the theater. We also love learning about the plays, a new trail ( we love to hike) or what streets to walk to enjoy the fall foliage. Halloween we found ourslves walking thru your fun Display of Halloween Decor, probably the only ones without children, but we are young at heart!
    Thank you so much for keeping us informed, you truly are the best resource for the area.

  40. Elizabeth Schroeder
    Elizabeth Schroeder says:

    Oh goodness, I’ve been following you guys for ages and trying to get out to Outside Inn for the longest time. I would love the opportunity to win to do so. I’ve grown up in Nevada City, and now I am lucky enough to be coming back to get married to my best friend at the Miners Foundry next year thanks to the help of talented, local vendors. I absolutely love all the local shops you’ve included in your giveaway. Your giveaway surely captures the essence this artistic, entrepreneurial, and independent city we know and love stands for. Every time I come up for a visit (any free weekend my fiancee and I get), we are in awe of the magic and whimsy NC offers. From visiting our favorite restaurants and shops, hiking, or supporting local artists, we always have the best time creating memories. I can’t wait to raise my kids up there and keep the tradition going.

  41. Anjali kessler
    Anjali kessler says:

    I loved your posts about fall in Nevada city! Such beautiful colors. Nice to be reminded of my favorite little town while away.

  42. Sydney
    Sydney says:

    What an incredible giveaway! I feel like every year it gets better and better! I love reading the blog, it keeps me up to date on events and new shops. I also love your Instagram!

  43. Ingrid Knox
    Ingrid Knox says:

    Thanks Erin for taking the time to keep us informed and up to date on what’s happening around our little community. I feel so privileged to live here and this blog is just one of the reasons. Thanks also for making it possible for me to win various things in the past via the blog. I perhaps liked the Honest Pie pie the best. 🙂 I hope I win this treasure trove this year.

  44. Stephanie L.
    Stephanie L. says:

    What’s NOT to love about the blog? I LOVE everything about it. I love reading about the river!

  45. Rhonda Apicella
    Rhonda Apicella says:

    Erin, I love this blog because though I come to Nevada City a lot, I still find something new to love about it almost every time I’m there. Often, it is through something mentioned in your post. Recently, I attended the Constitution Day Parade and was blown away by all the different groups represented – it was truly impressive and fun! I stayed at the Inn Town Campground in it’s inaugural weekend (and since 🙂 and loved it. Katie and I even discovered a new (to us) route on the Tribute Trail that took us past the Tin Man and Woman sculptures. Cannot lie, though, my favorite Nevada City/Grass Valley happening is SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival (yes, that’s a plug!) Thanks 🙂

  46. Allison Moyer
    Allison Moyer says:

    Wowza! What an incredible giveaway!!!! I’m always in awe by your blog posts and beautiful pictures to accompany them. Our favorite blog is the one that introduced us to Treats! Yum! It’s a favorite of all time at our house!

  47. pattilouhoo
    pattilouhoo says:

    Thanks, Erin for your newsletter and posts! I look forward to seeing the newsletter in my inbox, and I can’t say that about most of my emails. I don’t always get to do most of the stuff you mention, but at least I know what I’m missing 🙂

  48. Donna Cobb
    Donna Cobb says:

    How fo I count the ways I love Outside Inn’s blog? I love the grrat photography! I love all of the insightful posts about out beautiful community! And I really love thr give-aways!

  49. Emily Raymond
    Emily Raymond says:

    Nevada city has been such an incredible part of my life. This is my first time living away from home and I’m so excited to be back for the holidays. This would be such a great opportunity to share my love for Nevada city and local places with my loved ones. Love the outside inn and our beautiful town!

  50. Jayne kluger
    Jayne kluger says:

    Your blog has inspired me to seek out new places around the town and to rekindle old favorites. Thank you

  51. Rhonda Apicella
    Rhonda Apicella says:

    I have officially shared the love on Facebook. If one of my friends wins, they’d better share 🙂

  52. Tiffany Smith
    Tiffany Smith says:

    I loved the post of kid friendly activities. When I came up this summer for my regular family trip to the ashram in Grass Valley my friend Kim who lives in Nevada City said we MUST stay at Inn Town Campground and check out Nevada City. WOW what an amazing city and campground. We felt so blessed to experience them both. The glamping tents were such a treat! Now every year when we go to Grass Valley the campground and Nevada City will be a part of our family vacation.

  53. Kate Strolle
    Kate Strolle says:

    Wow! What a prize! I love our little town! It’s hard to pick a favorite event, but I’m partial to Victorian Christmas and the Miners Foundry Christmas craft fair! So cheery and festive!!

  54. pattilouhoo
    pattilouhoo says:

    Just shared the love for your blog on Facebook, Erin. I love your coverage of the local craft fairs, which I won’t be showing in this year – I will just get to enjoy them. See you there (behind your camera).

  55. Scotland Imrie
    Scotland Imrie says:

    I fell in love with Nevada City the first time I visited. We came up from Sacramento for a concert at the Miners Foundry Cultural center. Our orginal plans were to stay for one night and ended up staying the entire week. We stayed at the Broad Street Inn and couldn’t have asked for a better place. Nevada city has so much exciting history. Cooper’s a pub in town were we ran into some locals that shared there experiences living in Nevada City for 50 plus years. Let’s say I wanted more and started following The Outside Inn Blog. This blog has it all. Thank you for all the great information posted about events, hikes, history, camping …. etc! Cheers

  56. Whitney
    Whitney says:


    Thank you so much for bringing our amazing community groups together. The Outside Inn’s continual kindness and collaboration has always served as our best ambassador to the rest of California!

  57. Kristy Hillin
    Kristy Hillin says:

    Learning about Nevada City has been so exciting! I live in the Reno area, but love visiting. We also loved our stay st the InnTown Campground!

  58. April H
    April H says:

    What don’t we learn from your blog, Erin? From new restaurants to try, shops to check out, shows and events in our town, to reminders of all the beautiful natural gems to explore nearby, you cover our area wonderfully. Thank you for the work you do and for loving this town so well.

  59. Cindy Siegfried
    Cindy Siegfried says:

    I am so glad the Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground are in our community. They are such assets to locals and visitors. I like the photos posted on the blog…especially the many different views of the campground and its progress!!!!! I can’t wait to have granddaughters visit from Long Beach so we can go ‘glamping’!!!!!

  60. Valerie Cassity
    Valerie Cassity says:

    I love everything about your blog! Not only do you keep us informed about what is happening around town, the pictures you include are absolutely beautiful. Before I moved here (over three years ago now), I signed up for your blog to learn about all of the great events and places I had to look forward to once I became a resident. You helped me find two of my favorite swimming holes, as well as letting me know about all of the great things happening and helped me to feel at home as soon as I moved here. Thank you so much for all you do; you provide a wonderful service not only for visitors but also for those of us who live here.

  61. As
    As says:

    I love how even though I have lived in this area for a while, I continue to learn new things from this blog!

  62. Kasey
    Kasey says:

    Living in London, there are many things I miss about October in Nevada County. I miss the colors of leaves changing. I miss pumpkins. I miss the taste of winter coming in the air.
    That’s why I love reading this blog. It helps me remember.

  63. kimculbertsonwritesYA
    kimculbertsonwritesYA says:

    Thank you for your tireless devotion to this community — the blog is the public face of that and highlights the diverse wonders of this small but busy town. Grateful for your family and the love you have for Nevada County.

  64. Laurie Schell
    Laurie Schell says:

    Nevada City Victorian Christmas has a special place in my heart because my daughter and I went every year throughout her childhood. It is a magical respite from all the preparation for the.holiday and those few days we visited from Redding, Ca was the way we put aside responsibility and rushing around to immerse ourselves in the restorative loveliness of this beautiful town.

  65. Anna Schwyter
    Anna Schwyter says:

    The Fall Colors Walk blog post came just in time for my arrival in this vibrant little town, as I moved here for a volunteer position with AmeriCorps at SYRCL. As an east coast transplant, autumn is not the same without a gorgeous display of leaves changing color. Thanks to that blog post, I did not miss out on all the colors our town has to offer! What a special treat 🙂 Thank you

  66. Jessica robinson
    Jessica robinson says:

    Some things I love: all of the beautiful Yuba pics that remind me I need to go swimming, the pics of events at the miners foundry which remind me of our wedding and best of all… the food and restaurant pics that make my mouth water for some of my fav spots. South pine and Ike’s! Mmmmm

  67. Anna Schwyter
    Anna Schwyter says:

    Shared this opportunity on Facebook to spread the opportunity of rad local bounty to friends…and not to mention spread how generous and special the Outside Inn is!!

  68. Frieda Slavin
    Frieda Slavin says:

    So awesome! Love this collection of goodies and amazing community members who contributed. Thanks for doing this again Erin.

  69. Marjorie Woodall
    Marjorie Woodall says:

    Learned about all the local wineries this year, thanks to your blog. Still working at drinking my way through them. Thanks!

  70. Alice Blandy
    Alice Blandy says:

    Nevada City is my dream town.There is a sense of living in the past, present and future. The past, due to the reminder of the Gold Rush days, the present, with so many enjoyable year round events with friendly people. The future, because the culture is very advanced in the arts, music, healing with spiritual and nature influences.

  71. Shari
    Shari says:

    We moved here 12 years ago to give our kids a beautiful and healthy place to grow up in, and it’s the best decision we ever made. Our daughter is now studying Architecture after eyeing probably every beautiful building and breathtaking scene in this county growing up. Our son loves all the trails and rides them as part of the high school mountain biking team and YBONC. Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground are perfect examples of the heart and soul of our mountain communities. Couldn’t imagine life here without them

  72. Mary Anne Hughes Davis
    Mary Anne Hughes Davis says:

    Thank you, Erin, for all you do for our community! Your photos are amazing too. It speaks volumes that so many of our local businesses donate to your prize package — that means they also value what you do!!

  73. Micaela Pettigrew
    Micaela Pettigrew says:

    I really loved the blog about the Vintage retailers in the area and I love all the photos every week!
    Also, I liked the Facebook page & Subscribed via email.

  74. Amanda Gray
    Amanda Gray says:

    I love always knowing what’s happening in Nevada City each weekend! I love knowing about the new businesses that are opening, as well! And, the photos are fantastic. 🙂

  75. Wendy Hunter
    Wendy Hunter says:

    Thanks for the best local blog and holy crow! That is the best local yocal gift basket of all gift baskets!

  76. Debbie McLachlan
    Debbie McLachlan says:

    if I win the fabulous prize, you can “gift” it to someone who would be grateful for it in your community!

  77. Jennifer's
    Jennifer's says:

    Three of my favorite things from Outside Inn: the stellar photography in this blog, the totally hip Inn Town Campground, and these amazing give-aways that showcase all our town has to offer! Thanks to all involved!

  78. Robert Haycock
    Robert Haycock says:

    Can’t get to Nevada City as often as I’d like but your blog is a vacation in my armchair. Shared this post to Facebook.

  79. Heather
    Heather says:

    I love Nevada City, the Outside Inn, and your blog! I have lived and worked in NC for years. I used to walk my class by there all the time.

  80. Darcy White
    Darcy White says:

    Always the go to place to find out whats going on! We live in Downieville-and travel down there for all our shopping for the past 50 years..Thanks for all your hard work!

  81. lilydw
    lilydw says:

    I love it because it is super helpful in planning a trip! It gives lots of great upcoming events and suggestions for things to do! Great job with the site!

  82. Lindsey
    Lindsey says:

    I enjoy reading about local events, business and happenings! I find the blog more representative of my interests and aesthetic than any other publications in town

  83. Shari Wilson
    Shari Wilson says:

    This is great! I love the OutsideInn blog as a continual source of news (with great photos) on the amazing events and happenings going on around our towns NC and GV!

  84. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    What a prize package extraordinaire you have put together! Amazing! I love that you have introduced me to so many local businesses though this blog that I would not have otherwise learned about!

  85. Lillie Piland
    Lillie Piland says:

    I love the blog because it highlights all there is to offer in our small town! The photographs always capture the Beauty of each event!

  86. Rachel Ramsey
    Rachel Ramsey says:

    I love your blog. I really like your pictures of the yuba and trail ideas. I got my parents a weekend in one of your cabins and they loved it!

  87. Mary Anne Andersen
    Mary Anne Andersen says:

    I love your blog! It’s fun to be reminded of and learn more about some great Nevada County activities and places, as well as learn about new ones!

  88. Aleta Smith
    Aleta Smith says:

    Hi, I’ll call you MY outside Inn, I used to live across the street from you many years ago. I’m so glad you own it now. Looks so great!. My sister comes to visit often, she always books a room with you, She had to show me the Celestial room I was in love. You’ve done so much for our community, and now having internet, share the best photos in and around our so loved community, photos are all great. I appreciate them very much as I am a photographer also. My sister was here a couple of months ago, and last year too, she will book again with you in about june/july 2017. I love the cups you sell too. Everything about our community here, well, your place is like a home away from home. I shared on FB. I tell anyone and everyone who asks , where’s a good place to stay? they say, I say only place I recommend is the outside inn in nevada city, ca. Thanks again for all you do, my sister thanks you too, Her name is Elaine. xoxo Stay warm, might have our first / excuse me second snow tonight.

  89. Stephanie Johnson Wiseman
    Stephanie Johnson Wiseman says:

    My guy and I spent a fantastic weekend at the Inn Town Campground, and though we extended our stay an extra night, I still didn’t want to leave when it was time to go. This blog reminds me of all the great things we saw, and more importantly, all the reasons we will come back again.

  90. Roseann Bath
    Roseann Bath says:

    I learned about Hirshman’s pond in the Kid Friendly Activities post, and then checked it out myself. What a beautiful place! This is a fantastic giveaway, I’m sure you’ll have a ton of entries!

  91. Marea
    Marea says:

    I have found no better way to learn about community events then the Outside Inn blog. I also love the beautiful photographs

  92. Alli Massam
    Alli Massam says:

    My favorite thing about the blog is the way you bring the community together in so many ways. Your photography of our local area and especially the photographs you take from our local events is the best I’ve seen. You have an eye for capturing our community spirit in photographs. Thanks for putting together this giveaway!

  93. Alli Massam
    Alli Massam says:

    I shared the post on Facebook. I love all the responses you are getting! We have the best community!

  94. Randi Pratini
    Randi Pratini says:

    Always great fun to see Erin’s posts and more than impressed by her serving of our community!

  95. Judith Cowles
    Judith Cowles says:

    Love your Blog and I find the postings My Go-to information for events in NC, keep up the great sharing.

  96. Vanessa Bond
    Vanessa Bond says:

    I love all of the information that this blog provides! My favorite part of the year is Victorian Christmas and I like seeing pictures of the outfits people wear. It’s such a beautiful time of year!

  97. Sarah Hendrickson
    Sarah Hendrickson says:

    Thank you for everything you so for our community! I met your camp host Scott the other night at the brewery…what a great guy!

  98. Melinda Booth
    Melinda Booth says:

    I love that while I feel pretty plugged into our community, I learn about new events and happenings from your blog. You really cover a wide array of opportunities. Thanks, Erin!

  99. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Thank you for your blog! You always remind us of upcoming events. And I love the pictures from around the County.

  100. Brooke Igarta
    Brooke Igarta says:

    You weren’t kidding about this being the most amazing giveaway ever! My mom and I stayed at the Outside Inn this past weekend for Victorian Christmas. It was truly a magical experience, from the wonderful accommodations, to the beauty of Victorian Christmas, to the incredible way the people of Nevada City come together to create such a festive and memorable experience for locals and guests alike. I have been visiting Nevada City at least once a year for 36 years, and I can easily say that this town is one of a kind, in the best way possible. No place on the map speaks to me quite like Nevada City does! I dream of living there one day. In the meantime, it would be glorious to be gifted this spectacular giveaway!
    Thank you again for giving my mom and I such a perfect place to stay last weekend. I can’t wait to come back for some “glamping!”

  101. Amy S. C.
    Amy S. C. says:

    Hi …here I am looking at this long list of donors to Outside Inn and am always amazed how this community contributes to the whole of us. Thank you for what you do and to Outside Inn for hosting our visitors. Thank you for your blog and I have shared on FB.

  102. Helen Cope
    Helen Cope says:

    What is there not to love about Nevada City? The beautiful scenery, history, myriad activities, and friendly people are reasons why I love being close to Nevada City! One of my favorite activities is shopping at the unique stores and lunch with my daughter in Nevada City.

  103. Deanna Reardon
    Deanna Reardon says:

    It’s hard to say how many great tips I’ve gotten from this blog everything from awesome river spots great hikes where to buy my Christmas tree – things to do with my friends children on and on and on ! I so appreciate the time you take to do this – Not to mention your frequent an incredible giveaways I do love a contest ! fingers crossed!

  104. Megan
    Megan says:

    Erin, Holy cow! This is so awesome! 145 comments already!? You’re winning life, girl! I think what you do is amazing and I’m glad we’re friends! Thanks for showcasing PP so often too! Now, let’s have a shrub tasting.

  105. Brian McFarren
    Brian McFarren says:

    Love your blog. It’s always loaded with great information about events and activities and lovely photos of the area.

  106. Chelsea
    Chelsea says:

    Outside Inn is always giving away something special! I personally love the photography and how connected you are with this community Sharing on IG❤️

  107. Jennifer Trujillo
    Jennifer Trujillo says:

    My favorite thing about the blog is that it gets the word out about the great variety of things going on in our wonderful little community. We appreciate your hard work in spreading he word about Nevada City!

  108. Carolyn Engstrom
    Carolyn Engstrom says:

    Our 20th wedding anniversary was spent snuggled up at the delightful Inn Town Campground!!! Can’t wait to return!!!

  109. Marcia Luger
    Marcia Luger says:

    Your blog brings our town to life. I depend on it to keep me informed on what is going on. You simply have a way with words that grabs my heart. Thank you for all you do!

  110. Leah
    Leah says:

    I love Nevada City and I love that you let people around here know what’s going on locally. Seems like I’m constantly finding out about local hikes or meet ups or community events I never hear about elsewhere. Oh and love your photography! Such lovely places around here that you capture perfectly! Thanks for the chance to win!

  111. Ariella Daly
    Ariella Daly says:

    I love that you’re doing this again. It’s been so amazing to see the progression of this blog since it started. I loved your post on Riverhill Farm berry picking. Back when I ran the crepe stand Elevensies (before it was sold to Calla Lilly Crepes), we prided ourselves on using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. I would go up to the farm every couple days and pick fresh strawberries for our Strawberries and Cream crepes, as well as blackberries for our “The Mama’s” crepe: lemon curd, whipped cream, poppy seeds and blackberries. Picking berries from Alan and Jo’s farm was like a secret get away from the hustle and bustle of the stand. Even though I was working, it felt like a quiet retreat in the morning air. I loved it. I still make it out at least once a year for their berry picking days. They are such a gift to our community. And on top of that, they plant for the honeybees!

  112. Roxy Wilson
    Roxy Wilson says:

    Learned about Hirscmans pond from your post and I’ve lived here my whole life! I love Nevada city and daytime shopping there enjoying the nightlife all the great food Victorian Christmas and most of all trick-or-treating

  113. Alyssa O
    Alyssa O says:

    I’m new to the blog, but living up the street, I can’t believe that I haven’t known about it. Love the connection to our community especially in the food and wine scene (personal favs) Sharing this giveaway now! (Not something I usually do 🙂 )

  114. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    We discovered Inn Town Campground this summer and one of our new favorite activities is hitting up the Nevada City farmers market and then swimming in the Yuba River. Thank you for all the tips on various swimming holes!

  115. Mary M
    Mary M says:

    Erin, you do such a lovely job with this blog. So many pictures of Nevada City and the area around it and all the great information on things to do. And your give-aways are awesome. THANKS so much for all you do.

  116. Jessica Drollette
    Jessica Drollette says:

    I LOVE your blog Erin. While John and I are on the other side of the literal globe, California and all our friends and family feel like they’re 5 seconds away virtually. It’s such a treat to read your witty prose and gaze misty-eyed at the photos. While it does make me a little bit homesick it reminds me how lucky we are to have grown up in such an amazing place as the West and always feel like we have somewhere to come home to. It was so great to see you and the InnTown Campground this fall! I can’t wait to be back in the area again someday so John and I can both visit. You and Dan have created such a unique and special place. Thanks for being an inspiration!!! And don’t forget, you’ll have a place to stay in Jerusalem if you can get over here!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks Jess… while I don’t think it’s in the immediate plan, never say never with us… and so glad we can provide you some California love while you’re off working overseas. Happy holidays!

  117. Therese
    Therese says:

    I love your blog! I love that you keep us all up-to-date with what’s going on around town, and your photos are awesome! Thank you

  118. francesca
    francesca says:

    hi all, i love this blog because makes me feel close to my piece of heart that i left in Nevada City. i was an exchange student from Italy in 2006, i was 17y. o. and super lucky to be part of this community. everyone was kind and always helpful. i was back some years ago and i can’t describe the joy i had when i could walk again in my fav town in the world. it doesn’t past a day of when i think of NC and all my friends there. i will be back soon, i hope. 🙂

  119. Tasia
    Tasia says:

    What an absolutely incredible giveaway. I bet my mom at harmony books would donate. Thanks for being a center point of our town. Excited to check out the camp ground.

  120. Jenn Palmer
    Jenn Palmer says:

    Wow, Erin! What a testament to you and the relationships you’ve built in the community!

    I don’t comment as often as I should (sorry!), but I love everything about your blog – the photography, the local flavor, the knowledge of events in the community, the introduction to new-to-me businesses, and, of course, the giveaways. 🙂 This is the first place I look when I want to know what fun things are happening in our area. Thank you so much for all the work you put into it.

  121. Delphi
    Delphi says:

    I forgot to mention that I absolutely love Victorian Christmas – the ambiance, running into friends, and seeing so many people enjoying themselves. I loved your last coverage on it – the pictures got me excited!

  122. Laurel McFarland
    Laurel McFarland says:

    To be perfectly honest, I did not know this blog existed until my daughter tagged me in her sharing of the post. She knows how much my husband and I love to get away from Auburn for date-night and weekend adventures, and NC/GV is our preferred go-to region. We typically stay at Piety, the National, or Outside Inn, the latter which we adore especially because of the creek and lighrs! We love the movie theaters, coffee culture, live theatre, restaurants, wineries, suspension bridge, festivals, and the overall feel of NC. Despite all we do there, we feel we miss out on so much, but, until now, did not know there was such an easy way to learn more about what is going on there! The information you share here is priceless! I have become a blog follower! Yay!!!! Thank you!!!

  123. Gail
    Gail says:

    Hi Erin, Happy holidays to you and your family! Thank you for all the hard work you put into this blog sharing all the activities/festivals/events/programs of this fabulous community. You are a true champion of Nevada County! When I looked back at the blog, there were so many articles that I used as resources when friends and family came to visit. I love that you share “what’s coming up” instead of posting post-event articles & photos. That truly makes this blog unique. Cheers! Gail

  124. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    My husband and I are relocating to Nevada City in Jan. I love reading your blog posts to learn about our soon-to-be new community and all the amazing events taking place. Can’t wait to join in some of the events in the future!

  125. Megan Miller
    Megan Miller says:

    I love your blog! I have discovered new wonderful hiking trails through your blog and love looking to it for new events happening in the area. But I have to say that the photographs on this blog are beautiful! They definitely capture the beauty of Nevada County. Thank you for your blog. I love reading it!

  126. Laci Lund
    Laci Lund says:

    I absolutely love Nevada City! This blog makes me love it even more because it’s full of exciting places and events to visit and enjoy. You can’t go wrong with the greatness that is within Nevada City, thank you! *Sharing now

  127. Angie Kiker
    Angie Kiker says:

    I grew up in Nevada city. Born there, and left in 1958. I recall this Inn north of town way back in those days. You have have done wonderful things with it! Thank you for the giveaway, if I win it will be a wonderful excuse to come back “Home” for a visit!

  128. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    Hello….I have watch your family come back from New Zealand, settle back into the community, and then……POW! Erin and Dan, you are both amazing. I love seeing the extraordinary accomplishments that you have both achieved! I feel honored to know you both. Keep doing what you are doing.

  129. Stephanie Lewis
    Stephanie Lewis says:

    I love learning about all of the fun things happening in our little community. Some of my favorite things from this year — like taking my niece to the Railway Museum and riding the train — I learned about because of this blog. Thank you so much for all your hard work throughout the year!

  130. Megan Clock (Doyle)
    Megan Clock (Doyle) says:

    Nevada city is, to me anyway, the most special and unique place in the world. There’s really nothing like it. It’s home. I grew up on it’s streets and with its trees, and now I get to watch my children do the same.
    For me, your blog is like checking in with a friend to see what’s happening with the rest of our crew and what exciting things are coming up. It’s personal and beautifully written and photographed.
    Thank you for enriching our little slice of mountain paradise!


    *Shared on Facebook

  131. Erika
    Erika says:

    Holy moly — what a giveaway! I love the Outside Inn Blog and refer to the archives often to find the specifics about all of the gems we have in our wonderful community…

  132. kat
    kat says:

    I am just blown away about how friggin’ much you cover in each of your blogs. If you do one on camps (i.e., the summer camp idea one) … you have pictures and details about SOOO many camps. I especially love how you cover the things that make this place SOOO unique and amazing – the Wild and Scenic film festival, summer river hikes, the fall colors even!! You really really do rock and I know it is A LOT of work to put together .. and you give our community such rich information and GREAT photos!! Thanks thanks!! And ps .. I WILL win this one of these days — and I still do promise to SHARE if i do!!

  133. kat
    kat says:

    shared the love … posted on FB too!! Hoping one of my NON local peeps wins and they just HAVE to share with me before certificates expire? !!!

  134. Sierra
    Sierra says:

    I love your blog and useful information. The photographs help to remind me of the beautiful place I live. It helps to keep my informed about all the wonderful things happening in and around town. Thank you again and again.

  135. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    I love that this blog is such a great resource for newbies to the area. While grew up visiting to hike Edwards Crossing or Victorian Christmas but that’s about it, and moving up here as an adult and trying to get to know more about resources and events in the area in such a festive and positive forum is what I love most about this blog! Just wish i had known about it during the first 2 years and remembered to subscribe earlier!
    And of course as a photography enthusiast myself, I LOVE all the great photos 🙂

  136. kellysantos
    kellysantos says:

    I am so grateful for this blog. I share it with my friends and family when they visit so that they know about all of the amazing things we can do together in our amazing little town. I know it is a lot of work to run an Inn (and a campground!) while also maintaining a blog that is a voice for the community. Thank you, Erin, for being the go-to source for things to do in Nevada City and Grass Valley!

    • erin
      erin says:

      I really can only do my small slice of being the voice for the community, I will admit that the campground did impact my ability to cover as many events as years past. But, still doing what I love. Thanks for playing along.

  137. Em
    Em says:

    This is one of the many reasons I love my community. I’ve never lived in a place that is not only so welcoming, but so giving in definitely more ways than one. I love this so much, and I would be tremendously grateful if I won!

  138. Kari
    Kari says:

    I just saw this post on FB. I love everything about Nevada City. My family has been coming up here since 1976. I still want to make it to the Victorian Christmas, that is still on my to do list. What I learned this year is that they have a film festival.

    • erin
      erin says:

      We have several film festivals, the Wild & Scenic and the Nevada City Film Festival, both great events. 4 more opportunities for Victorian Christmas this year… thanks for entering.

  139. Colleen morrissey
    Colleen morrissey says:

    Just discovered you & the blog through fb friend…I would love to come back to Cali & check out this awesome town!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Plenty of armchair travel opportunities for you to figure out what to do when you get a chance to come visit (although this prize would provide you a great catalyst to make it happen).

  140. Sarah Hudspeth
    Sarah Hudspeth says:

    I have lived in this small area for most of my life and it still amazes me how many small wonders are still new to me.

    • erin
      erin says:

      You know that was the catalyst for the blog… growing up here, but then living abroad for 6 years, I realized I needed to go rediscover my own hometown…and I can tell you 6 years later, the blog has led me to all sorts of adventures and new businesses and fun events that I’m not sure I would have experienced otherwise. You should go read the post on the Points of Historical Interest….

  141. Lily Carrow
    Lily Carrow says:

    I love being updated on the activities and events of our amazing hometown! I feel so lucky to have grownup in such a great community, and I love the way your blog connects everyone. I love your pictures you post of the fall colors, and all your Christmas pictures. Some of my favorite events are the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and of course Victorian Christmas! Your passion for supporting local businesses and promoting events makes me so happy and excited to be a part of this community. Keep sharing the joy and spreading the love for our town. I can’t wait to stay in the Inntown Campground this summer. Thank you for all the happiness you spread!

    • erin
      erin says:

      It’s so great to hear that you think I’m spreading happiness… and I appreciate the Instagram love, but I agree it does make us all appreciate the greater community.

  142. Sarah Lehmberg
    Sarah Lehmberg says:

    What I love about the blog is that even while I’m away for college I can still keep up on what’s happening in town and of course look at the beautiful pictures Erin takes. It always makes me proud of our town and excited to come home. I feel like the blog, website and social media posts Erin runs really connects us all to Nevada City and to each other. Would love to win this for my momma.

    • erin
      erin says:

      So glad to have you be a part of the greater Nevada City community, and yes, I’m sure anyone in your family would appreciate all (or some) of this goodie basket.

  143. Mary lehmberg
    Mary lehmberg says:

    The Outside Inn blog is a part of NC! Love the weather pics! So glad the Outside Inn is a choice for people in NC & the blog provides special information!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Trying to figure out what is considered a weather picture? As I look outside and go, “Definitely not photographing much in this downpour.” Thanks for playing along.

  144. Marguerite Vulfs
    Marguerite Vulfs says:

    Shared on Facebook and sent around the love. Loved it since age 14 and still love it at almost 60 this month!

  145. susan
    susan says:

    I so enjoy the photographs posted by your blog! I love the beautiful colorful trees on your property at the Outside Inn and the photographs of our beloved Yuba River at different times of the year, as well as pictures of happenings around town. Your pictures are always positive and give me a good feeling in my life. I always click on them knowing I will have an uplifting experience. I enjoy seeing pictures of the happenings in town because at times I have missed events, and yet I get a taste of what went on through your photographs. Thank You! You are the photographic journalist of our town!

  146. Tyson
    Tyson says:

    The photos! They are expert and evoke emotion, which is really art! They connect me to my roots, though I live away, for now. This blog is better than the Union (and free) for all things home. Thank you Erin!!

  147. Jorgen Jensen
    Jorgen Jensen says:

    I have been getting your weekly updates on facebook, and appreciate the “What’s happening this week in Nevada City” and the gorgeous pictures. Thank you. I am now signed up for your blog updates.

  148. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    My odds were SO much better the first year. Why do we have to have so many outsiders ruining everything for our little town? Thanks Obama!!!! (please note my extreme sarcasm and know that I no longer live in Nevada County, so am now myself an outsider). Jokes aside, I love this annual giveaway. Thank you for all the great things you do for Nevada County, my home away from home.

  149. Lisa Cunningham
    Lisa Cunningham says:

    I love your blog because it keeps me in touch with everything I miss in Nevada County. I recently moved out of the area…if it weren’t for reading your blog and facebook posts, as well as listening to KVMR ,streaming, I’d miss it so much more than I do. I made many memories with family and friends here, and come back to the area to visit when I can. Your photos, words and sentiments echo mine. In fact, my son proposed to his girlfriend in downtown N.C. last Sunday beneath the twinkling glow of the lights of Victorian Christmas. Two generations of our family now have a romantic attachment to this sweet little gem in the Sierras. Thanks!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Congratulations, how exciting that there will be a wedding in your future. So glad to hear that I’m helping keep the Nevada City love alive.

  150. Linda Toll
    Linda Toll says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to enter your amazing giveaway! Erin I think my favorite thing about your blog is the beautiful photos that make me feel proud yo call this town my home. Thanks for that. Cheers to the lucky winner!

  151. Megan Michelson
    Megan Michelson says:

    I love this blog because it reminds me of how lucky I was to have grown up in such a magical little town. Plus, the photos sure are pretty to look at.

  152. Linda K. Hempel
    Linda K. Hempel says:

    Hi Erin, Your photos are the best and I often find myself sharing them on facebook! Your enthusiasm for Nevada City is unequaled! We who live in this charming community thank you for all that you and your family do to make NC and surrounds so inviting! Happy Holidays!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you Linda, there are plenty of other amazing cheerleaders for our fabulous community, not to worry. But thank you for the volunteering work you do and the fact that every time I see you you give me a compliment.

  153. Moira
    Moira says:

    Who needs Oprah’s favorite things when we have Erin? What I love best about your blog is your passion and commitment to it — always endlessly inspiring. Thanks for all you do.

  154. Andrea Lanser
    Andrea Lanser says:

    Wow what a gift giveaway. I love how community involved your blog is, you include Grass Valley and Lots of surrounding towns not just our beautiful Nevada City. The photos are stunning and the information is current and includes so many fun things to do, which we sometimes forget about when you live her. I enjoy every email and always read them. Thanks for your hard work and community service, your heart is on the outside not inn ❤️️.

  155. Lacey Oliver
    Lacey Oliver says:

    Wow, what a awesome goodie box! I have to say what you have done with the outside Inn is so wonderful, wish I could do something like you guys have done. Your blog is also amazing as well as the ig post. Keep up the good work, happy holidays!

  156. Julie Carrara
    Julie Carrara says:

    The stunning photos always capture the essence of our special town. This blog is one of the first things I share with our Airbnb guests and also with my real estate clients. Thank you Erin, for all the time an energy put into this gem of a blog. Best wishes to you and your family this holiday season!

  157. Ann Hobbs
    Ann Hobbs says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter. My favorite post was about Briarpatch, in remembering that they offer some really awesome cooking classes. Additionally, the coffee ones too, cause I enjoy coffee. My favorite event, is the movies in the Pines. Love volunteering with the film festival (aka Jessie L). I can’t say I learned about anything new, as I’m pretty familiar with home and the events here. Here’s the link to Briarpatch Post: https://visitnevadacityca.com/blog/briarpatch-cooking-classes.htm/

  158. paigestone
    paigestone says:

    I LOVE NEVADA CITY!! The Outside Inn’s Blog, is Fabulous for finding out what is happening in town. Speaking of Inn Town, I am so excited for the first season, of the INNTown Campground.
    I mostly like looking at all the beautiful photographs, taken of the Yuba Rive.

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks for being a part of the campground team Paige, your enthusiasm for our campground is much appreciated. Yuba… right, must get on that pronto.

  159. grace forrest
    grace forrest says:

    What a wonderful giveaway this year! The Outsideinn blog has been one of my go-to places for great ideas since I started spending time in the Nevada County. The post about Riverhill Farm berry picking made my summer. Berry picking is something I didn’t grow up doing, but for the past handful of years I have found myself in Oregon during berry season and I have made a point to go pick. This year however, I was kept in California and I thought I had to let go of my berry picking love, but thanks to your post I spent an afternoon gorging myself at Riverhill Farm.

    • erin
      erin says:

      I love reading these comments… my friend took our boys on that adventure (b/c we were weeks away from opening the campground), so not only was it a gift to eat their bounty, have her share her photos with me and therefore the blog, but now I know that we inspired others too. Thank you.

  160. Tami noyd
    Tami noyd says:

    The blog is so informative about one of the most unique towns in CA. I got married 26 years ago 12/31/1990 1 in Nevada City at the Methodist Church at the top of the hill, horse drawn carriage from Church to the National Hotel! The blog highlights the local businesses and happenings of this romantic sweet town! I love all the photos! And, I love that there is this beautiful new little camp ground, The Outside Inn to stay at the next time we’re passing through! Now I live in Nashville Tennessee but follow the blog to still feel a part of the local scene!

  161. jmiller761
    jmiller761 says:

    I think my favorite posts were all the photos of your new campground that you shared. It just made me feel like I was back home and in my woods. I will be home from June until the end of the year and look forward to being in Nevada County again. Papua New Guinea is nothing like it.

    • erin
      erin says:

      And here I am thinking I haven’t done enough to share the campground through the Outside Inn’s blog (ha ha, guess I’m wrong). I’m sure those little people in your world will appreciate you being a bit closer, glad to know we’re helping you feel a part of the community from afar.

  162. SSteve
    SSteve says:

    I love how the Outside Inn showcases all the things that make our community such a life-enhancing place. And the photography is second-to-none.

  163. Daisy
    Daisy says:

    There are always times where I forget why I love living here. Thankfully, your blog is a regular reminder of why I do. Thank you for the weekly dose of inspiration!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you my friend, I still think of when you guys told me you used the blog to figure out where to pick your Christmas tree and I was surprised b/c that was an old post… I forget how people use it from time to time. Holiday cheer to your family.

  164. Eya Benko
    Eya Benko says:

    This being my first year here the blog has shown me so many new and interesting things about our lovely community!! And the photos are great : ) Thank a million!!

  165. Carolina
    Carolina says:

    I came across this blog through a very close family friend and so incredibly glad I did! I love all the informative blogs regarding events in the city, local shops, and all the beautiful photography!

  166. Marissa N Greg
    Marissa N Greg says:

    I absolutely love seeing what’s going on in Nevada city, my kids and I love to be outside and the inn is absolutely perfect for adventuring outdoors. We love the inn for helping us make those special memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for a great opportunity!

  167. Sonia
    Sonia says:

    Love all the informational posts and gorgeous photos! I cannot wait to come back to Nevada city and visit again!

  168. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I shared on my Facebook page so that all my peeps can tell their friends and they can tell their friends and so on and so on and so on and…..

  169. Mike
    Mike says:

    What’s not to love about this town & your blog? With all the amazing scenery and events happening in this little town, how can you do it all. Thank you Erin for all you do to to share everything this incredible town has to offer & bring the community together. Happy holidays to all.

  170. Tara Taylor
    Tara Taylor says:

    Love the blog and all the info! We stayed at the Outside Inn cottage for our June wedding this year and loved it! It was perfect for us and our guests. We used the oversized deck to organize and put together all the flower arrangements the morning of our wedding. It was so pretty and just what we always imagined. Our favorite events so far are local wine tasting and Victorian Christmas! My favorite blog post would have to be the Inn Town Campground. Can’t wait to visit and bring our vintage camper trailer! Thanks for being awesome. Xo, the newlyweds

    • erin
      erin says:

      Yeah!!! Love to see your vintage trailer (I have such #trailerenvy), maybe for your anniversary? Can’t go wrong with wine tasting… thanks for playing along.

  171. Alexis McKelvey
    Alexis McKelvey says:

    Definitely shared the ❤️!!
    My husband and I have only had 2 date nights in the last 4 years and born times we were lucky enough to stay at the outside inn. We love it here!!

  172. Diana
    Diana says:

    I couldn’t possibly pick one favorite blog post. I love them all. I’m a huge fan of locally sponsored events…..both big and small. And I can always find the best of the best on this blog! Thank you so much for all you do for this community!

  173. Julia
    Julia says:

    I love the outside inn blog! The detailed information and phonamonal photos posted make you feel like you are experiencing it first hand. Great resource and motivation for locals to explore the lovely Nevada City.

  174. Lori
    Lori says:

    I’ve just today discovered your blog and have enjoyed all the great information and beautiful pictures you’ve shared. I’m inspired to spend more time in NC and am looking forward to next week’s Victorian Christmas. Thank you for showcasing your town so beautifully!!

    • erin
      erin says:

      I hope you enjoy Victorian Christmas… come early and budget extra time looking for parking. The giveaway post is definitely a great first step in terms of the fun on the blog, but definitely look back in the archives for more local fun.

  175. jalanadsmith
    jalanadsmith says:

    My favorite thing about the blog is probably the amazing photos, they motivate me to continue to get out and enjoy our beautiful home some more! this gift crate looks so amazing!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks, it’s always good to have reminders of the amazing things we have in our own backyard. And the crate is amazing, I’m in awe too.

  176. Eleni Rodgers
    Eleni Rodgers says:

    I love all the posts from the Outside Inn Blog. You are such a great resource for finding out whats happening in and around Nevada City.

    • erin
      erin says:

      My dad calls it “where’s Waldo” when he tries to find his grandkids in the blog… they make appearances, on occasion… so good to hear that you’re also playing the spot the ____ game.

  177. Kial James
    Kial James says:

    I, like so many others, appreciate all that you do for our little community here in Nevada City. You are much more than just the voice of Nevada City, you keep us all informed, inspired, and community-minded, you go above and beyond in everything that you do. So thank you!

  178. Gerry Buck
    Gerry Buck says:

    Outside Inn blog is my go to whenever we are looking for a hike. Detailed directions, accurate difficulty ratings, and gorgeous pictures of the hikes make it easy to pick a good one!!!

  179. Rebecca Schaeffer
    Rebecca Schaeffer says:

    I love all the BEAUTIFUL pictures on your blog. Especially the pictures of the Christmas events like Victiorian Christmas. I always enjoy seeing if I recognize someone in your pictures.

  180. Cynthia Evoy
    Cynthia Evoy says:

    I don’t get to Nevada City very often but I love it when I can visit. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  181. Jahwei Chen-Graf
    Jahwei Chen-Graf says:

    I love the photography in the blog and enjoy knowing what’s going on in town. I subscribed to the email list. Also liked your Facebook page ❤️

  182. Hindi Greenberg
    Hindi Greenberg says:

    I always read your blog as soon as I see it in my in-box–even if I’m in a bad mood, the beautiful photos and your obvious love of Nevada County bring a smile to my face and I then feel good. Plus, I find out about things happening that I didn’t previously know–even though I often know much of what is happening in town. Your showcase of area merchants is wonderful and your warm-hearted writing about places, people and events is a joy to read. But most of all, I have to say the photos you include are what really catch my attention. Colorful, careful attention to focus, person and place, and they wonderfully showcase our beautiful, charming county. I guess I could say that your blog is “love made real.”

  183. Sarah Brown
    Sarah Brown says:

    I love Outside Inn and Nevada City. I love your Facebook page and how you share what’s going on. I love how beautiful the city is and Victorian Christmas. This year we discovered Constitution Day and had so much fun at the reenactment site in the beautiful park. It was very educational for all of us, especially the kids and my boys loved the musket drills. I love the old buildings in town too. Thank you!

  184. donna
    donna says:

    Charm. The wonderful return to the past of our town you have shared has been amazing see. I worked at Alpha Hardware in Nevada City in the early 1970’s and you have helped to retain not only the charm of our area but the feeling. Most grateful.

  185. Carlie Regan
    Carlie Regan says:

    I love reading your blog, and following your artistic and informative instagram accounts. I live over in Placerville, but Nevada City is my feel-good home and your posts always tell me exactly what to do when I go on my adventures to NC.
    I’ve been following your beautiful creation of the Inn Town Campground, and you and it is obvious that your family’s love for the outdoors flows through everything. From the glamping tent decor to the craft marshmallows, you really think of everything!

    My favorite post has been the Summer Kid Friendly Activities – “https://visitnevadacityca.com/blog/summer-kid-friendly-activities.htm/”. You sparked so many fun times, thank you! I’m still referring back to it 🙂

  186. Alyson Collom
    Alyson Collom says:

    Hi Erin! Good job on putting this together, as usual! What an amazing community we have here. A friend of mine recently moved here after I told her about what fantastic people make up the community here and she couldn’t agree more.
    My favorite blog posts you do are always the ones in Fall. It is my favorite time of year here (although Christmas time is equally amazing) because of the picturesque colors and you are able to capture it beautifully. Thank you for all you do!

  187. Rene Nitz
    Rene Nitz says:

    I love how Outside Inn covers the Nevada City Winter Craft Show at MIner’s Foundry. I am a vendor at that show and I believe that your articles contribute to our great turnout every year. Thanks!

  188. Shaun Clarke
    Shaun Clarke says:

    Bear Yuba Land Trusted hosted a Trail Care Crew from IMBA and we needed to provide the team with housing. We were scrambling to find a good spot and Outside Inn stepped up and accommodated the crew! We are so grateful to have this wonderful Inn in our community! Thanks Outside Inn for all you do for our little village! Your generosity helped build new trails and educate our community on how to be good trail stewards.

  189. Denise Kelly
    Denise Kelly says:

    Nevada city has always been one of my favorite places to visit. Since discovering the Outside Inn and the visit Nevada city blogs I’ve discovered even more reasons to be smitten by the beauty and abundance of all that is Nevada city! The photos draw me in over and over. Every time I visit I look back at the blogs and make it a point to see many of the local spots and favorite businesses highlighted. Thank you for sharing your heart for this wonderful community!

  190. Govinda McComb Bryant
    Govinda McComb Bryant says:

    Your blog is always entertaining and informative. I especially liked a recent post about kayaking on the South Yuba River. I’d love to try it someday!

  191. Katherine
    Katherine says:

    Love how you highlight all the amazing things going on in our community. I’ve subscribed to your email list.

  192. Miles Michelson
    Miles Michelson says:

    I love that your blog lets me keep up with happenings in Nevada City even though i’m hundreds of miles away.

  193. lisa porcelli
    lisa porcelli says:

    I love you blog because it keeps me up to date on all the awesomness that is going on in Nevada City.

  194. Sara Zahm
    Sara Zahm says:

    This is the first time I have seen this. This would be the most amazing present ever! Everything is awesome! Thank you

  195. Erica J Rewey
    Erica J Rewey says:

    I am always beyond impressed at your work ethic, Erin (and Dan, too!). You guys are pillars of your community, and I can’t wait to come visit again (maybe soon?). Love you tons!

  196. Carol
    Carol says:

    Shared the love. I look forward to another year of your blogs, emails and most especially, your beautiful photos!

    VICKY REEDER says:

    I love the pictures that you include with your blog. We also like to see what your blog says is going on in Nevada City. We also love the Inn TownCampground; so well done.

  198. Diane Richards
    Diane Richards says:

    Always enjoy receiving and reading your blog. I subscribe to many and yours is the best by leaps and bounds. So real, warm, genuine and down to earth. I enjoy your beautiful photography and updates of what is going on/happening in Nevada County in a beautiful, positive light. It is no surprise the number of businesses wanting and selflessly donate to your annual year-end giveaway. Whenever I come visit your beautiful community, folks are always so warm, kind and welcoming. Thank you and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  199. Starr Dion
    Starr Dion says:

    My favorite is the Fall Colors blog. How you explain it simply takes me there. The photos are my favorite. Love all that you do. I could really use this basket and it would get shared with many many people

  200. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    I just love the blog! I love learning about nee businesses around town and upcoming events. The photos are great and the information seems really accessible. Thanks!

  201. Heather Siebels
    Heather Siebels says:

    Love Nevada City, your blog and the Outside Inn. We attended the Constitution Day Parade for the first time this year and loved the end with all the Presidents! Merry Christmas!

  202. Margaret Vodicka
    Margaret Vodicka says:

    You do an excellent job sharing our many activities in Nevada County. I find myself going often to your site to see what’s happening. Also love your photos.

  203. Katie James
    Katie James says:

    Your blog is the best for locals and out-of-towners to be in the know! Thanks for an awesome give-away

  204. Diane
    Diane says:

    The photography is amazing! You are a great source of information and your presentation compliments our beautiful town and community. Thank you!

  205. Debra
    Debra says:

    I love the things to do in Nevada County. I have gotten so many great ideas of things to do with kids! Shared on Instagram!

  206. Janie Berry
    Janie Berry says:

    I love being reminded of all the things that make me love and miss my home town. That, and my husband and I spent our first overnight get away at the Outside Inn 15 or so years ago

  207. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    The Outside Inn blog is where I search when I’m trying to figure out what’s coming up. You do such a great job of capturing events and providing great info. I know what goes into having a blog, so my hat is off to you!

  208. Britta Reyier
    Britta Reyier says:

    Wow, what a giveaway! What I love most about the blog, and your instagram, is your infectiously-positive attitude. I have moments where I yearn for the sea, or crave wide open spaces, but you continue to remind me of the beauty in my backyard. Thanks for that. ♥

  209. Tamara Davenport
    Tamara Davenport says:

    I love reading about the area even though I live here you have shown me things I didn’t know about. I love the idea of the inn town campground and will recommend it to my friend who visit. Keep up the awesome job. Merry Christmas

  210. Mellisa Hannum
    Mellisa Hannum says:

    Erin, your giveaways just keep getting better and better. They give such a wonderful nod to all the amazing local businesses in our community! My favorite posts of yours are usually the ones involving wine or the ones that showcase our incredible artists, though your Riverhill post might be your most beautiful.

    Happy holidays!

  211. Michelle Noe
    Michelle Noe says:

    I love your photos of Nevada City, and hearing about things that are happening. And I love walking by your place. Thanks for being there.

  212. Jessica Dax
    Jessica Dax says:

    I absolutely love the pictures you post. I’ve lived here for 35 years and the pics always show me a new view and/or perspective.

  213. Kim Knighton
    Kim Knighton says:

    I really enjoyed your blog on the Nevada County growers market last Spring, as well as all your beautiful local photos. Also exciting seeing your campground come together, congratulations friend! Thanks for all you do for the community, year round.

  214. Tiffany Shultz
    Tiffany Shultz says:

    Hi Erin, I love the blog because it makes me feel like I am up in my favorite place–Nevada City – even when I am down in the valley. I love your pictures and updates on the weather and activities. We just booked two nights for next December in the inn so we can fully experience the Christmas festivities up there and curl up by the fire or hop in the big tub at the Cabin rather than having to drive down the hill. Shared the giveaway on facebook too!

  215. TAMMI Barker
    TAMMI Barker says:

    Likes, shared & commented!
    We love this town – the people, our family, the views, the fair, the blog and more…

  216. Alicia Bertoli
    Alicia Bertoli says:

    Great Blog! Love reading your posts of all the comings and goings of our little town!
    I’m sharing the link to this beautiful blog onto Facebook!

  217. Sarah Farmer
    Sarah Farmer says:

    I love that Nevada Ciry is the town that I Grew up in, the friendships and memories made here make this town always feel like home! I love your blog seeing the great things/events in this community!❤️ I love the fact that I can bring my son to these events and shared special times with him here like Eddie the elf! My son will now have all these memories know what traditions are Victoian Christmas to parades through rivers! We can’t wait to experience the new camp ground with my family, congratulations to you and your family well deserved for all you do for this community to see your dream build from the ground up another reason to love Nevada City! Merry Christmas to you and your family! ❤️

  218. Carlie
    Carlie says:

    Wow, your Pinterest is amazing! More people need to check that out! Erin, I love that you’re uploading more of your incredible photography. You are so talented at capturing NC!

  219. Anne
    Anne says:

    Wow! The responses on this comment thread alone are pretty uplifting! I feel like I’ve won already! This blog is a huge part of what brings and keeps people in our town. What a wonderful showcase of or awesome community. I love that this little blog is not only geared for tourism but can also be used as a tool for locals. Find a good movie or new shop to support. Or, check out some strange new event ran by a stellar organization. I love the outside Inn blog and I love Nevada city! Thanks for all the support. And the story on the craft fair! What a wonderful event! What a wonderful blog! What a wonderful world!

  220. Lisa M.
    Lisa M. says:

    Wowza – that isn’t a word often used in my vocabulary, but what a fantastic giveaway! Anyway your blog keeps me up to date on events and your photos are a feast for the eyes. It showcases the magic of this community so well! Thanks so much!

  221. Janet Yates
    Janet Yates says:

    Your blog is always filled with interesting information about the area. I’ve lived here many years and am still seeing new things on your blog. It is always interesting. I also like your summer veggie stand at the Inn!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks Janet, the free veggie cart brings so much joy, it’s a constant reminder of how giving our community is… so glad you’re finding things (I feel the same way too)>

  222. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    So many things to love about this blog… I like the photos. I like the outside focus. I like the community building. I like it all, really. 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  223. Shannon Davis
    Shannon Davis says:

    I so miss all the wonderful events in Nevada City and reading your blogs and seeing your photos on FB always bring back such great memories. My recent favourite was the Victorian Christmas blog. I used to work at j.j.jackson’s for many years and remember those fun evenings and the Sunday celebration fondly. So, thank you. And if I didn’t have so many friends to stay with when I come back to visit every year, I would definitely be staying at the Outside Inn! Merry Christmas from Shannon in Port Townsend, WA.

  224. Travis Wondra
    Travis Wondra says:

    Favorite picture is from Presidents Day and how it instantly creates a time machine effect of going to my uncles old glass blowing shop as a kid. Great memories with great people in one of the more beautiful places in Ca. Excited to be able to take my kids and show them that history.

  225. Amiee
    Amiee says:

    I love seeing the town, our town, my town through someone else’s eyes…a reminder of the privilege it is to live here in a community that is engaged and vibrant and beautiful

  226. Hannah Miller
    Hannah Miller says:

    I love following Outside Inn on social media because you bring me the best of my hometown through every season. I miss being there but I love every snapshot you share and they make me feel so connected! Thank you!

  227. Katie Apicella
    Katie Apicella says:

    I love your blog because it keeps me in touch with what’s going on in Nevada County. I’ve been staying at the Outside Inn since I was a little kid and we’re there a few times a year. Can’t wait for the pool at the Inn Town Campground next summer though! See you in a few weeks for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival 🙂 Woo hoo!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Oh the pool…. it’s going to be fabulous. You’ll have to see if you can go back to camping after going glamping. See you lovely ladies soon for WSFF.

  228. Brett
    Brett says:

    The incredible number of comments you have received on this post says it all. I love that the blog showcases the wide variety of things that make our community such a special place to live and visit. From the arts, to the trails, to the stories behind local businesses, it is a reminder of all the good around us. Thank you!

    • erin
      erin says:

      That rings true…. I think of the fact that I grew up here and probably didn’t appreciate our community as much as I did in my youth… happy holidays.

  229. Bonny L.
    Bonny L. says:

    Love all the wonderful pictures. We are fairly new to the area. Your blog, and Instagram pictures give us ideas for places to go in Nevada City, and the surrounding area. Thank you!
    P.S. Tried to enter earlier. If that post goes through please disregard this one.

  230. Alicia Diaz
    Alicia Diaz says:

    What I love about this blog is that every single day I can see something fun and cool to do along with beautiful pictures of our wonderful community I call home! This is an amazing place in the world we live in and, Erin, you always capture it so well! Thank you for sharing! Happy holidays!

  231. Jeanette DiAnda
    Jeanette DiAnda says:

    @visitnevadacity @outsideinn and @inntowncampground help me feel like I’m still there when I can’t be! I love seeing all the places and businesses that I didn’t know about. The feeds are a great resources when I bring friends to the area. Thanks for all the great info!!

  232. Kamryn W.
    Kamryn W. says:

    I love that, even though I’ve lived here half my life, your blog still tells me wonderful things to explore! I also appreciate that your blog really communicates the small town feel to others.

  233. Megan
    Megan says:

    I have followed this blog for a while now (I particularly love the Instagram account), and when this contest came up I started to think of what my favorite post was. And I thought. And I thought. And I scrolled and re-read. And then thought some more. Then, I decided that I can’t choose a favorite, because this town can’t be summed up in one blog post, one event, or one photo.
    I’ve lived in this town for over 10 years now, grew up here, and have since moved away for college- and trust me I miss it all the time. Nevada City shaped who I am as a person, and introduced me to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. So, my answer is there is no best post, I can provide you no link, and I can’t pinpoint my favorite part of the blog. What I can tell you is that this town isn’t just a town, it’s a home.

  234. Zorah
    Zorah says:

    I just discovered this blog and very excited about it. I’m new to Nevada City and its just what I need to find out about local events!!

  235. Colby Smith
    Colby Smith says:

    My favorite part about the blog (and following on Instagram) are by far the way Nevada City is talked about with such love. My dad grew up here and when we came to look at Miners Foundry as a venue for our January (2017!!!) wedding, there was no debate – that was it for us. We’re so full of gratitude for the people of this city – all of our vendors/everyone we have worked with have been the kindest, warmest people we have ever met. Nevada City is so special and we can’t be more excited that it will forever be the most special place to us. See you in a couple weeks, Erin!

    Xo – your January bride! 🙂

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you Colby, we’re so excited to host you and your wedding crew for your upcoming wedding, I’m confident you’ll be very happy with the Foundry. Thanks for playing along with my giveaway!

  236. Suzanna
    Suzanna says:

    i love the community here and the feeling that i am always being watched out for. growing up here has truly been a blessing. this beautiful little haven with have a spot in my heart forever. i have also shared this on facebook, what an amazing opportunity!

  237. Kim Fitch
    Kim Fitch says:

    I discovered this blog last year and am so grateful for it! In summer you posted local hiking trails and I went to the ones you posted with my family and had a wonderful time. I’ve lived here my whole life and am still discovering new things through this blog :).

    • erin
      erin says:

      That’s great to hear!! And to think there are still plenty of trails and adventures I have yet to discover myself, 2017 goals.

  238. Sadie
    Sadie says:

    My favorite part about this blog is the wonderful photography that photographs the everyday parts of Nevada City, and showing the beauty of where we live! Seeing your photos are my favorite part of the day! Shared on facebook

  239. Kate Arenchild
    Kate Arenchild says:

    I love getting pictures of home while I’m at school. Especially being able to see the seasons change when I don’t have a chance to come home to see the leaves change and the river swell and downtown all decorated for something. 🙂 It makes me so happy every time a blog post shows up in my inbox. I always make my friends come look at the photos of my town.

    • erin
      erin says:

      So great to run into you in SPD, you made it through all the comments…. now did you get a new Icebreaker top too? Glad to know I’m keeping you up to speed with the seasonal fun of all things Nevada City.

  240. Karsen
    Karsen says:

    What an amazing give away! My family has been going to the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City for a few years now and we loved the Craft fair this year ❤ I made sure to pintrest this

  241. Jessamy Ross (jemthestone)
    Jessamy Ross (jemthestone) says:

    What I love about your blog and instagram is how informative you are about things happening in our awesome county!! And not only that but I do love your photos, support of all things local, and just the general delight of living in a small town and how glad it makes me to live here and raise my son here. Thank you!!

  242. Nora
    Nora says:

    My favorite posts this year were about the evolution of the Inn Town Campground. You and Dan did an amazing job, and it was fun watching it grow from the ground on up!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Well it helps when you drag me to the river… the warmer season photo sessions are a little easier then the last raging water river photos. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  243. Therese Gibboney
    Therese Gibboney says:

    Hello, love your blog and Nevada City! We live in North Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows and our day trip is usually to Nevada City to walk and shop and have a wonderful lunch at Three Forks! Hope I win the giveaway

  244. spiritfarmer2013
    spiritfarmer2013 says:

    We love the Outside Inn and of course the blog. We especially like it when keeping the beautiful Yuba River clean is shared, discussed and advertised such as the blog about SYRCL. Thank you Outside Inn!!!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks, the river is a special place and it does take all of us educating and reminding both visitors and locals on how to look after it.

  245. Michael Moltchanoff
    Michael Moltchanoff says:

    We love Nevada City and The Outside Inn. Reading the Blog sorta keeps us up to date on the Happenings. The Prize would be such a cool way to explore the Town while staying at the Outside Inn.

  246. Taya
    Taya says:

    Wow! I shared with my Facebook friends! Thank you for putting this contest together and for all your amazing blog posts! Happy Holidays!

  247. Jenn Tamo
    Jenn Tamo says:

    Erin! The work you do in the community is invaluable. I routinely gush over your gorgeous shots and love how you capture the sweetness of this unique, charming, generous, and beautiful place we get to call home. I love staying in the know through your blog and really appreciate your tireless work/passion. I loved the Visual Storytelling workshops you and Nevada City Film Festival put on earlier this year. Thanks for the great work you do. Thanks for celebrating local. I hope you have the happiest of holidays!

  248. carolyn ayers
    carolyn ayers says:

    I love the Outside Inn’s InnSide Nevada City blog for all the information you share. You also help so many small businesses to get their names out there. In going through the list of sponsors, I found several businesses that I never knew existed! Now I do! Thank you

  249. Ashley Johnson
    Ashley Johnson says:

    I love the Outside Inn Blog – whenever I try and explain how wonderful our community is I direct them to your blog and say “better pictures and explanation than I can do here!”

  250. cathy
    cathy says:

    I miss my home town of 49yrs. Had to move recently and really enjoy your pics on your blog. Will also share on facebook.

  251. V Wambaugh
    V Wambaugh says:

    There are so many great blog posts about events in our community and places to explore it’s hard to pick one! I enjoyed reading about the Inn Town campground. I think it’s a wonderful addition to our community!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you! The campground is really a fabulous addition to our community, but I admit I’m a tad bias. Thanks for playing along with this year’s Grateful Giveaway, it’s okay if you don’t have a favorite.

  252. Debbie Tyrrell
    Debbie Tyrrell says:

    Wow!! Somebody is going to win BIG!! I love most all on the list!! The movie The Christmas Card is my favorite Christmas movie!!

  253. Alli Jaquith
    Alli Jaquith says:

    I have been following your blog for about 5 years now. I love how you do such a fantastic job of spotlighting local businesses; your photography and ability to encapsulate a business and it’s owners in a succinct and compelling way is truly a gift to this community! I remember running out to check out new businesses that you have spotlighted here. I get almost giddy to see a brand new business popping up. Hopefully that trend will continue.

    I tell everyone who asks me what I think about living here: “I find a new reason to love this place EVERY SINGLE DAY.” It is truly magical, and I am so grateful! ✨✨

  254. Cindy Studebaker
    Cindy Studebaker says:

    I love this blog! It gives you all the happenings around our area! Plus goes there and takes pics and gives you a first hand report! This is a very nice way to bring the people and the events together! Thanks

  255. Jessica Barton
    Jessica Barton says:

    My favorite part must be this post!!! So many examples of why this place is amazing ♡ reading everyone’s comments and it makes me smile and adventurous to check out a few new places

    • erin
      erin says:

      I 100% agree… I realize there’s a large prize attached to this post and most people would most likely something nice, but it’s so refreshing at this time of the year to have such a outpour of positiveness and appreciation of our small little community.

  256. Tanya Telford
    Tanya Telford says:

    You’re an amazing photographer that captures our vibrant community! As a 3rd generation & raising the 4th generation I honor and value what you’ve done to provide unity, local spirit, history, with just an awesome cool-factor. Thank you!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Awesome cool-factor, laughing… I do have local spirit though, but really, our town provides so much inspiration, it’s hard not to share. Many thanks for appreciating the work that goes into the blog.

    • erin
      erin says:

      Oh the colors are so fabulous, I feel like I share too many fall colors photos, so I’m glad to hear that I haven’t gone too overboard.

  257. Maeve
    Maeve says:

    The Outside Inn is absolutely my favorite place to stay in my favorite getaway town. That’s largely due to Erin’s warmth, hospitality, and enthusiasm for Nevada City. She’s got a go to list of activities any given day. We can’t wait to come up for the Wild and Scenic film festival in January, and we
    can’t wait to try out the Inn Town campground next summer. Thanks for all you do, Erin!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Maeve, you are the gal who comes to town and does it all, I get to space out my bucket list, yet somehow you manage to squeeze it all in the span of a weekend! Look forward to having you guys return in the new year.

  258. Ed Hensley
    Ed Hensley says:

    Definitely too many good articles and photos to pick from. My favorite part, though, is Erin’s “voice” in the research and writing of each piece. You can see from the mix of responses that they are from the widest range of audience possible. Newbies and old timers feel equally included. Everybody invited and enticed equally by your choice of topics and your way of presenting them. That balance of a personality that’s clear and inviting combined with a neutrality and clarity of perspective makes this blog work so well.

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks (and glad to hear you weren’t too cold in your glamping tent over Thanksgiving). Three Gingers is new, they only opened their online and event based cupcakes and pies this fall. We had their mini pies for our holiday party and they were a huge hit, I’d recommend the pecan pies.

  259. Mackenzie
    Mackenzie says:

    I have to say that my favorite aspect of the blog is the behind the scenes moments when I run into you around town and at events collecting photos and stories.
    Happy holidays!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks Mackenzie, it is handy to run into people I know out and about without having to explain myself, so thanks for your continued support.

  260. Susan Dermond
    Susan Dermond says:

    my favorite post is the Victorian Christmas one because I know many of the people in the Victorian Singers group…and their costumes are so fun to see!

    • erin
      erin says:

      There are a number of people who use this blog to play the game of I spy, that and the postcard series I have… so glad to know that you enjoyed the post on Victorian Christmas, it’s a great event.

  261. Michele
    Michele says:

    Nevada City Native and I still look forward to each blog post. I’m constantly amazed at all the beautiful things and places that are posted that I had never known before. Thank You Outside Inn!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you, I agree… I felt that way when I finally stopped and read a few of the plaques for the post a couple years ago on the Points of Historical Interest… how many times had I walked by that same plaque… Happy Holidays.

  262. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    How long it took me to scroll to the bottom of this post shows the level of love we locals have for your blog, Erin. I can always count on reminders of how cool, passionate and delicious a place we live in through your posts. Thanks for lots of goodness in 2016, friend.

  263. Crystal Miller
    Crystal Miller says:

    I love that it’s our Grandpa’s place to stay every year, and the great photos you post
    And things to do!

  264. Jane Bland
    Jane Bland says:

    Love your blog, love all you do for the community and showing us all the events, shopping, wineries, I could go on and on. Thank you. Shared you on facebook, love your giveaways.

  265. Deb Foxen
    Deb Foxen says:

    I love this community for many reasons. The amount of creative culture is very rich here from visual art to theater, music and more. The people here are kind and care about our community and each other. It’s also a beautiful and magical place to live. It’s the first time I’ve settled somewhere this long and have really become a part of the community. Here to stay.❤️

  266. Sharon Miller
    Sharon Miller says:

    I like the blog about Celtic Festival in September. I’m looking for an idea for my sister’s birthday next year. She lost her husband suddenly & her birthday is hard. I think she would definitely enjoy an overnight at the cabin. Outside Inn is our favorite chillin’ getaway – always the first place we think of!!