Chocolate and sweet treats, Nevada City, Ca

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, have you thought about how you’re going to celebrate?  There are so many great things to do, see, eat and buy for your loved one locally.

For the sweet tooth, you can buy DeGroot truffles from Nevada City Truffle Shop, chocolate covered strawberries from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, chocolate fondu or a sundae for two from Treats, a bar of Cello Chocolate, a cupcake from Emily’s Catering Pop Up Bakery, a s’mores kit from the Inn Town Campground or something sweet from Lazy Dog Chocolateria.

BriarPatch Coop is offering Deanna Figueira’s “The Alchemy of Chocolate” cooking class on February 13th is going to be amazing, you can learn how to make Mayan Chocolate Truffles.  The BriarPatch bakery is has the following specials through the 14th:  Wheat free Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Covered Strawberries (hand dipped), Chocolate Raspberry Eclairs and Wheat-free Red Velvet Cupcakes.  Little Boy Flowers locally grown anemones and poppies will be at on sale at BriarPatch on 8th, 12th and 19th.

Foothill Flowers, in downtown Grass Valley, hand-picks flowers at the San Francisco Flower Mart for bouquets with gorgeous roses, tulips, orchids, lilies and much more.

There are some great local shopping options in Nevada City from My Favorite ThingsKitkitdizzi, J.J. Jackson’s, Gray Goose, Abstrakt, Judi’s.   Downtown Grass Valley offers gift options in Mint, Cult of Gemini, HEX, and Yuba Blue or maybe Awesome Toffee, Stained Glass Heart Bud Vases, Cards, Rose Bath Products from Gather & Mill.

Or perhaps you want to get creative and make your sweetheart something special. The Artist Workshop has Valentine’s Day pottery pieces and a few holiday workshops.  Or stop by Treats Cards and Cones event on Saturday, Feb 10th between 2-4pm.

If you’re thinking about eating out there are lots of great options in downtown Nevada City or Grass Valley to grab a bite to eat.  Nevada City Winery is having Wine Wednesday on the 14th with happy hour specials, plus the band Undercover, the $10 door fee will include gourmet cheeses and chocolate!  Sierra Stages is hosting a Theater by the Book at the Miners Foundry, on Wednesday the 14th.

The downtown Grass Valley wineries are hosting their Valentine’s Day Wine Walk on Saturday, February 10th from 4-7pm.  Stroll to the tasting rooms and get two complementary tastings at Avanguardia WinesLucchesi VineyardsSierra Starr Vineyards and Smith Vineyards.

Although I do love the gift that keeps on giving; whether it’s a local wine club membership, a CSA to a farm or a membership to the local Polly’s Paladar Supper Club.  Or maybe you want to give someone an experiential gift; a spot in either the upcoming Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic or the Ladies Glamping Yoga Retreat, a guided fishing lesson, an art class, a ticket to a local concert, Chef’s Dinner at Tess’ Kitchen.  Maybe this Valentine’s Day you want to book a trip for a future adventure (like a room at the Inn or a campsite at the Inn Town Campground).

And now the giveaways, why not share the love and have 6 different prizes?  Post a comment for your to chance to a dozen cupcakes from Emily’s Catering, a bath bomb from Yuba Blue, a couple of chocolate bars from Cello Chocolate, fondue for two at Treats or $20 gift certificate from Carolines Coffee or a Valentine’s Day Bouquet from Foothill Flowers valued at $75.  Edited to say the winners are: Vickie, Merry Lynn Byles-Daly, Lucinda Porter, Emma Williams, Nancy and Mags Matthews, congrats!

Cult of Gemini Yuba Blue

© 2018 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem and Zach Bruce

78 replies
  1. Natalee
    Natalee says:

    Oh yummy everything sounds so good! I loved reading your blog and would like to add another idea, the artist workshop is a great place to go to for a date

  2. Lillian
    Lillian says:

    Wow, Erin! You never cease to amaze me. Pulled off this thorough and creative post, even from out of the country? Cheers! Thanks for the reminder about the truffle shop. Somehow always forget to stop in there 😉

    • erin
      erin says:

      Ha ha…. you know I’m home (and I may have rounded up some of some help from our fabulous community before I went on vacation). But yeah, so much love… and now I want some chocolate.

  3. Emma williams
    Emma williams says:

    Beautiful blog post! We will be going to dinner at tweleve twenty eight after I work the mouth watering pop up at emilys catering! Such a delight to spend the holidays working at the bakery.

  4. casey
    casey says:

    So much to do in these wonderful towns!! Any more info on the Wine Walk? I almost don’t know where to begin planning the day there’s so much available =)

  5. Mike
    Mike says:

    What an incredible town to spend a night out with your sweetie. Thank you Erin for putting together this fun package.

  6. Diane Richards
    Diane Richards says:

    Lots of incredible ideas! Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you want to do something special for a special someone in your life. It is all Good!

    I love when I have the opportunity to wind multiple items so I can keep one, share the rest or just share all of them.

    Good Luck Everyone and Thank You, Erin, for organizing and bring this all together 🙂

  7. Dena Nick
    Dena Nick says:

    Love is in the air, and you have made it even more special with great ideas for Valentine’s Day (or anytime) and a wonderful give-away! Thanks for giving us another glimpse into what our county has to offer.

  8. Gary
    Gary says:

    All looks great! I like your CSA gifting idea — we have have loved our Mountain bounty boxes this year!

  9. Kelly O'Neil
    Kelly O'Neil says:

    Thanks for the valentine’s day ideas! Everything sounds so good, I’m not sure which one to choose!

  10. Sue M
    Sue M says:

    All those pictures of sweets are making me hungry! Thanks for always letting us know what is happening in town and all the celebration opportunities we have!


    Thank you for the chocolate ideas. We will be gifting the sweets with the Valentines treatments at Aloha Massage. If you would like to add an aloha massage to the mix, let me know. 🙂

  12. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Valentine’s Day is so special to me. My oldest son was born on the 13th so we have so much to celebrate!

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thank you for your contribution from Yuba Blue, loved your display table at the front (and fyi, I bought the items we talked about).

  13. Vickie
    Vickie says:

    We are so blessed to have so many options in our area to spread to love!
    Chocolate and coffee for me any day of the year

  14. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Thank you for the wonderful suggestions! We are blessed to live in community with so many wonderful businesses and so much natural beauty. We love our Nevada City home!

  15. Marissa
    Marissa says:

    That all sounds awesome, February is my favorite because every thing in stores has hearts and chocolate ❤

  16. Judith Cowles
    Judith Cowles says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. As a widow, Valentine’s Day can be challenging but your ideas are inspiring.

  17. Aspen
    Aspen says:

    Visiting Southern California this week and this is making me miss our cute, tiny town! Excited to come back (and for our valentines reservation at New Moon)

    • erin
      erin says:

      Thanks, and since posting this I’ve realized there are so many other things going on that I didn’t include… so I’d say this is a good starting point, but not the complete answer of all events/things to buy.

  18. Maggie McKaig
    Maggie McKaig says:

    On Wednesday, Feb 14th, Beaucoup Chapeaux will be playing our tenth Valentine’s Day soiree at the Nevada City Classic Café. Surely that’s some kind of record in Nevada City. Come be romanced.

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