Historic Nevada City, California

Published Date Author: , April 11th, 2012
by Erin Thiem, The Outside Inn, Nevada City, California
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Looking for a Northern California weekend getaway, try visiting Nevada City. The town was once a thriving gold rush town, but now maintains its quaint small town charm.

Points of historical interest include Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the longest single span wood arch bridge, built in 1862. Or visit Empire Mine in nearby Grass Valley, the oldest, largest richest gold mine in California.

49 Crossing, Nevada CityTours daily through the well-kept grounds provide a peak into the past, including a Living History tour with early 1900 era costumes on the weekends during the summers. The Historic Firehouse No. 1 Museum in downtown Nevada City is a small museum, but has exhibits ranging from information on local Nisenan Indians, Donner Party relics as well as information on the early Chinese settlement.


If you’re looking for outdoor activities, bring your hiking boots and hike along the South Yuba Trail, find the perfect pool and cool off in the wild and scenic South Yuba River. The South Yuba Trail runs from the small town of Washington downstream 12 miles, with options of joining the trail at Humbug Creek, Edwards Crossing and Purdons Crossing.

Nevada Mountain Biking

If you want to cover the whole distance consider renting a mountain bike at Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop and checking out some of the singletrack trails, just beware of the prolific poison oak. Other good local walks include Hirschman’s Trail and Deer Creek Tribute Trail, both accessible from downtown Nevada City.

Hirschman’s Trail starts at the beginning of Cement Hill Road and offers an ADA accessible trail to Hirschman’s Pond, a four mile walk, if you continue past the pond through the Woods Ravine trail, offers a glimpse into some of the destruction of hydraulic mining.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a multi-use trail that provides access to Deer Creek while providing interpretive signs to share some of the local history and flora and fauna.

Wine Tasting - Nevada CityIf you’re looking for a more mellow getaway try one of the four downtown wine tasting shops, or visit one of the many local vineyards. Within a one-block area you’ll find Indian Springs Vineyards, Szabo Vineyards, Clavey Wines and Nevada City WineryTasting Rooms. Stop by
and sample some locally grown varietals.

Nevada City Winery has a lovely back deck to sit on and soak up the sun, or stop by Clavey Wines on a weekend night and listen to live music. All tasting rooms offers flights and wine tastings or wines by the glass.

Sierra Vintners offers a number of events through out the year. One great event is the Discover the Gold Wine Trail, where all of Nevada County wineries and tasting rooms combine tastings, food and live music.

Brewery - Nevada CityOr perhaps you’d prefer to visit the Republic Brewery and sample some handcrafted beer.

If you’re coming to Nevada City to do a bit of shopping stop by Gray Goose for a large selection of items you never knew you needed. Their motto is from “Sublime to ridiculous.” If you’re looking for fine art stop by Mowen Solinsky Gallery with a wide range of local and international artists. Other fun shops to check out include J.J. Jackson’s, Maiden Lane and the Earth Shop.

Nevada City DiningNevada City’s restaurants scene offers everything from The Fix’s raw, organic Vegetarian menu to New Moon Cafe’s local, natural and gourmet menu. If you’re looking for ethnic food check out the intimate setting of Sushi in the Raw or sit out on the patio at Sopa Thai. The best bites for casual dining are Matteo’s Public and Lefty’s Grill.

And if you want to add music to your meal stop by Friar Tuck’s bar where they have live music seven nights a week. After a big night sit outside on the patio at Ike’s Quarter Cafe with vegan biscuits and gravy, roasted corn flaps or a bayou boat with Andouille sausage, corn, peppers, caramelized onions and chili cream sauce on top of potatoes.

Depending on the time of the year of your visit, you can check out one of the many events, performances or live concerts in Nevada City. Venues to keep an eye on include the Miner’s Foundry, Nevada Theatre or the Haven Underground, depending on what’s playing. Special events like Summer Nights, Victorian Christmas and Nevada City Soapbox Derby bring the fun to the local city streets. Check on the Nevada City Chamber’s website for a list of local events.

Outside InnWhether it’s outdoors, shopping, eating or just hanging out Nevada City is bound to have an option to fit your agenda.

Stay in one of the themed rooms at the Outside Inn, just 3 blocks from downtown Nevada City. The creekside patio with the fire pit is a great place to include a glass of wine after a busy weekend, make sure to check out the laser light show after dark.

By Erin Thiem, owner of the Outside Inn in Nevada City, a small motel offering themed rooms within walking distance of downtown. Check out her blog, InnSide Nevada City for more ideas on things to do and see in the area.

Comments reader  3 Reader Comments

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www.maidenlanenc.com Bo & Stu Wolfson said on April 12, 2012, 9:34 am:

Erin your awesome. Keep up the good work.

Susie - Gravatar

Susie said on April 13, 2012, 5:23 pm:

Bo & Stu are right on!

Alan - Gravatar

Alan said on December 8, 2018, 9:20 am:

Do you have any information about the gay community in Nevada City? How big is the gay community? Is Nevada City Gay welcoming? Ect

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