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Nevada City Mountain Biking

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Because Nevada City sits at the edge of the Tahoe National Forest, our area
excels as a mountaiin mike mecca with trails that wind up and down our river
canyons and around our mountain ridges.  Local enthusiasts like BONC (Bicyclists
of Nevada County) and Forest Trails Alliance spend many volunteer weekends expanding and improving the existing trails. Pictured here is Dieter King and his daughter Emme on his
newly finished trail just a quarter mile from the Outside Inn.  Most of our
trails are not for the faint of heart, but the vistas are worth the climb and
summer dip into the Yuba River to cool off make it worth the visit.  Feel free
to come by the Outside Inn to get maps and directions for many of our local mountain bike rides.

Eco-friendly cleaning products

**We’ve moved our blog to www.outsideinn.com/blog.  But we didn’t want anyone to miss out on the updates, so here’s our latest post on Tumblr for the time being.**

The Outside Inn has been a part of the California Green Lodging Program since 2009, and we’ve done a lot of small things to make a difference for the environment, from recycling to line drying our linens in the warmer months.  We also use soap dispensers in all of our rooms with fabulous eco-friendly products.  We recently decided to do some product testing with some of the earth friendly cleaning products available at S.O.A.P (Save Our Ailing Planet) and see if we could continue to improve our overall green status.  Today I stopped byS.O.A.P and refilled some empty containers and stocked up on some fabulous eco-friendly cleaning products (BioKleen, KDGold, Shower Kleener and Super Pine).

Nevada City Classic Cafe

There are a lot of great places in Nevada City to eat, I’ve already blogged about South Pine Cafe and Ike’s, but this morning while out for an early breakfast out we stopped in at Nevada City Classic Cafe on Broad Street.  I tried some of Geneieve’s crepes, sauteed onions, red bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and topped with hollandaise sauce.  The restaurant has been in operation since the 1950’s and feels like your quaint small town diner, complete with a counter and stools.  Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch stop by and let them know the Outside Inn sent you by, you’ll be glad you went.

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The Truffle Shop

These amazing truffles arrived at my desk at the Outside Inn with an informational sheet about the DeGroot Truffle selection at the Truffle Shop in downtown Nevada City.  Folks, I think my blogging project is finally starting to pay off!  I took my trusty helpers down to investigate further, because we don’t want to say that we’re shamelessly accepting bribes for blogging posts do we?  The Truffle Shop is located in the New York Hotel on Broad St, just look for the sign that says “Chocolate Truffles & Cakes” and you know you’re close.  

Rudy Udarbe, who’s been with The Truffle Shop since they opened 25 years ago, thinks of his little slice of chocolate heaven as a Nevada City destination.  The popular Nevada City Iced Cappuccino is a hit in the warmer months, while the amazing selection of DeGroot truffles and desserts are popular year round.  Rudy suggests stopping by for a special Mother’s Day treat, or if you can’t make it between 11am and 5pm order online

Kayaking in Nevada City

This is the time of year we begin to see brightly colored boats on top of trucks and vans driving in and out of our river canyons.  These intrepid kayakers come from all over the western United States to challenge themselves on our world class whiewater rivers.  Within an hour’s drive of Nevada City we have six major river canyons, the three forks of the Yuba and the three forks of the American Rivers, that have 40 or more miles each of class 4/5 whitewater rapids and some of the best  scenery and wilderness experiences left in America.  While the rivers are raging and too dangerous of us who enjoy the Yuba River during the summer months, watch for this hardy group that know how to make the best of our classic river canyons and warm spring days.  

Living Wild

Living Wild: Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of the Sierra Nevada by Alicia Funk & Karin Kaufman had a well attended book signing event at Mowen Solinksy Gallery last week.  The local authors were on hand to answer questions, sign books and sample some of the delicious goodies from a few select recipes from the book.  My personal favorite was the gourmet sorbet, hand crafted by the good folks at Treats, with Douglass Fir tips.  If you’re curious to learn more about this book, you can either order a copy online or stop by the Outside Inn and purchase a book.  100% of the profits from Living Wild will be donated to environmental and cultural preservation in the Sierra Nevada.

More Nevada City Wine Tasting

Nevada City has been on the wine lovers pit stop list for some time with Nevada City Winery, Indian Springs Vineyard and Clavey Wines.  Click here to read my post on those tasting rooms from earlier this year.  But, my list was not complete, so with a little help from my helpers, I went to visit the new tasting room for Szabo Vineyards and the fun and forward thinking BYOB.  

Szabo Vineyards opened their tasting room on Broad Street just last week and while winemaker Alex Szabo has been growing wines out on his Bitney Springs property since 2003, he felt it was time to move into town to provide a better outlet for his award winning wines.  He jokes that “the foot traffic on Broad Street is a bit better then Bitney Springs.”  He’s proud that his wine is made from 100% local grapes and that his vineyard has worked hard to gain their sustainable farming certification, thus leading to his 2004 Conservationist of the Year award by the National Conservation Resource Services of Nevada County.  Szabo Winery currently makes 7 varieties of red wine, tasting are available of a number of the wines for $5.  White wine drinkers don’t be disappointed, the a white wine will be coming out in June.  The tasting room is open Thursdays 12-5, Fridays & Saturdays 12-7 and Sundays 12-5. 

BYOB is also a tasting room, located on Zion Street next to Fudenjuce, but with an environmental twist.  Tony Norksborg, winemaker and founder for Nevada County Wine Guild and maker of the well known series Our Daily Red, wanted to do take his organic wines to a different level and offer a place where customers can purchase moderately priced wine in a bottle that can be refilled at a discount.  Stop by BYOB and have a complimentary tasting, you’re bound to go home with a cute reusable canvas bag with 6 bottles of wine.  Once you’ve enjoyed your wine, simply rinse the bottles in hot water and take them back for a refill.  BYOB has 3 wines in bulk, a daily red, a select red and a select white.  Another bonus is that you can always find at least one red sulfite free wine.  The BYOB slogan is “Save a Bottle, Save a Buck”.  The tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday 12- 5:30.

Chocolate, ice cream & Easter treats

It’s that time of year when people start thinking of chocolate.  If you’re looking for some Easter sweets there are two great places to check out.


Dorado Chocolates in downtown Grass Valley is known for its artisan chocolates.  The counters are stocked with decadent looking treats to satisfy any chocolate lover.  Check out their fabulous Easter goodies in stock now.  They are located at 104 E. Main Street, open 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sundays.

If you’re in Nevada City and need a sweet treat check out the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe.  In addition to a large selection of yummy treats they also sell ice cream by the scoop.  Don’t miss their happy hour special on Tuesdays and Thursdays, $1 a scoop from 5-7pm. If you’re looking for some Easter treats check out the personalized eggs, just the perfect item for an Easter basket.  Located right in the center of downtown Nevada City on the corner of Broad and Pine St.  Open Sunday through Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm.  

Davis Bike Club visits the Outside Inn

The Davis Bike Club didn’t drive to Nevada City to do some of our great bike rides, instead they rode the 94 miles to get here.  With the assistance of one support van, 15 riders from the cycling club climbed the uphill route from the valley to the foothills, leaving Friday morning at 7:15am and arriving at the Outside Inn at 4:30 in the afternoon.  The crew all had huge grins on their faces when they rolled into the inn’s driveway.  Once the bikes were safely put in their individual rooms, the friendly group sat around the landscaped water feature and toasted their ride with beer and wine.  Many of the riders are in training for this year’s Davis Double, which takes place on May 21st.  When I asked the group what they liked best about the bike club a lot of them were really excited about the charity aspect of the organization.  The Davis Bike Club donates bike helmets to disadvantaged youth every year, as well as supports local organizations who assist with ride pit stops.  If you’re looking for some motivated cyclists to connect with and you’re down in the Davis area, definitely check them out.  I’m inspired, time to dust off the bike and go for a ride!