Camp-Run-A-Muck – Nevada City, California

Author: , June 7th, 2017


Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Nestled in the foothills surrounding Historical Nevada City (in California’s Gold Rush Region), we invite you to come join us at Camp-Run-A-Muck to relax, refresh and recharge your body and senses; and to escape your normal routine or daily grind.

An easy drive from the Bay Area, or Northern California, Camp Run A Muck is as nice and more charming than Lake Tahoe, but without the crowds, traffic and the noise.

The property is situated just an easy stroll from one of the Sierra Nevadas’ private, hidden lakes (3 1/2 miles long X 1 mile wide), Camp-Run-A-Muck is a Tahoe Style A-Frame cabin comprising 4 Bedrooms and 2 Bathroom located on an uphill cul-de-sac surrounded by mature evergreens (some of which actually grow through our expansive sunset deck).

We can comfortably accommodate up to 13 guests at a time in standard Queen sized beds or comfy sleeper sofas. Premium 560 thread count sheets and resort quality plush towels are standard.

For those that are still tied to the world, we offer full connectivity via Wi-Fi and telephone. Or, as the alternative, it’s a great place to “unplug” and re-acquaint your self to nature and tranquility. Ordinarily, the only sound one hears here is the wind through the trees.

Dining room table is expandable to 10+ people at a time. Breakfast bar with 3 extra seats compliments dining room for more casual dining. Steps away through 2 sliding glass doors is our patio (or sunset) deck with 3 tables and 10 chairs for a more alfresco experience or the perfect place for morning coffee or the cocktail hour. All electric kitchen with all the bells and whistles, full dinnerware, eating utensils, condiments and service items round out our kitchen decor. All that you need is your food and beverage choices.

After dinner or drinks, our guests can luxuriate in our 4 – 6 person jetted hot tub with ambient lighting for after dark. No streetlights in the area means stars shine brightly through our canopy of tall trees surrounding the property.

Located an easy drive from the Bay Area or Northern California, and a short 10 minutes from the Hwy (49) and Downtown Nevada City. We have almost everything that will truly make your stay with us memorable and inviting.

Your hosts have been in the travel and guest services industries for the past 30+ years and have tried to replicate what we personally enjoy and expect in our travels and experience to replicate those attributes for the guests at Camp-Run-A-Muck.

So, we invite you to experience what a stay at our “little place in the woods” can do for you.

Please contact us for a unforgettable getaway at Camp-Run-A-Muck.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Sierra Nevadas

Nevada City Getaways

Author: , May 16th, 2013
by Erin Thiem, Outside Inn, Nevada City, California
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Nevada City, California

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Nevada CityNevada City’s historic charm leads to a perfect romantic getaway, whether it’s an intimate evening for two or a party with your all of your friends and family.  With so many choices, it’s hard to figure out how to fit it all in one date.  So here are a few options, depending on what type of adventure you’re looking for.

Nevada CityIf you’re the type of couple who likes to celebrate a special occasion with a nice meal out, start your date with a reservation at New Moon Cafe.

Treat yourself to a roasted beet salad, fresh fish and a decadent dessert.  The seasonal menu is made of fresh ingredients, with a wine list to impress even the most educated wine drinker.

Nevada CityPerhaps your idea of the perfect couple retreat is a strenuous hike down by the South Yuba River, followed by a couples massage and then take out pizza from the Northridge and a night in.  Start your date day off with a hardy breakfast from Ike’s Quarter Café and then head out to Edward’s Crossing and head downstream along the South Yuba Trail.

Nevada CityMake sure to take your camera for the picturesque view point 45 minutes downstream from the bridge and if you’re feeling up to you can continue hiking all the way down to Purdons Crossing, 4 ½ miles downstream, but remember, you’ll have to turn around and walk all the way back, as the hike is an in and out, not a loop.  If you’d like a little bit of pampering check out the Insight Directory for Healthy Living for a list of local body workers, or refer to the Nevada City Chamber’s list of personal care businesses in both Nevada City and Grass Valley.

Nevada CityOr maybe you want to have a night out with friends to celebrate an occasion, meet your friends down at the Mine Shaft and then head over to Lefty’s Grill for a casual bite to eat.  Check the latest music listening and head over to Haven Underground, the Miners Foundry, The Stonehouse or The Center for the Arts to listen to some live music.  Perhaps finish your night out with some live music and a drink at Coopers or the Crazy Horse Saloon.

Nevada CityPerhaps you and your partner would like a day of exploring local vineyards.  Downtown Nevada City has 5 tastings rooms, Nevada City Winery, Indian Springs Vineyards, Clavey Vineyards and Szabo Vineyards.

Grab a cheese platter and watch the foot traffic on Broad Street out the windows from Szabo, or chat with the lovely ladies at Indian Springs while shopping for wine related gifts.  You could check out the wine club events at Nevada City Winery and chose a date when they’re either having their bottle your own wine event or one of the many Sierra Vintners or Nevada City Chamber Wine Tasting events.  There’s something for everyone, so sample away, you’ll probably end up with a bottle or two to take home with you to help remember your Nevada City.

Nevada City

Outside Inn - Nevada CityNevada City is constantly hosting events, workshops, theatre productions and more, so whether your getaway is an organized event, or a self-created itinerary, there’s always something special to do.

Erin Thiem is the owner of Outside Inn, a small hotel in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Nevada City.

Erin is a passionate supporter of everything Nevada City.  She publishes articles on many local sites in town, including her own blog Innside Nevada City.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Harmony Ridge Lodge, Nevada City, California

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Harmony Ridge Lodge, Nevada City, CaliforniaAnnouncing Harmony Ridge Lodge, a pleasing combination of Nature’s best and inspired human design.

Rediscover nature’s harmony at the South Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest. Harmony Ridge Lodge is located 160 miles from San Francisco, one hour from Sacramento, or Reno, and five miles from Grass Valley or Nevada City. The Lodge occupies 5 acres adjacent to Tahoe National Forest, in California’s Gold Country.

Outside the doors you’ll find decks for lounging and star gazing, a barbeque, and fenced acres of wooded gardens for strolling (great for safely exercising your dog). The Pioneer Trail, directly across from the lodge, is a local favorite for both cycling, hiking and horseback riding. Cross country and downhill skiing at Lake Tahoe, are a short drive. South Yuba River State Park swimming and fishing holes are nearby, and are dog-friendly. The vibrant cultural scenes of Nevada City and Grass Valley are a few miles down the hill.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the California Central Valley & Sierra Nevadas

Historic Nevada City, California

Author: , April 11th, 2012
by Erin Thiem, The Outside Inn, Nevada City, California
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Nevada City, California


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.