You know you are from Nevada City when…

You have to remind people that your hometown is in California, and not Nevada

It’s so dark at night in downtown you need to carry a flashlight

You call the wrong number and the person on the other line politely gives you the right one

An exciting day is driving 30 miles out of town to the nearest…. anything

A helping hand isn’t at the end of your own arm

“Bro code” doesn’t exist. It’s almost impossible not to date your friends’ exes

When describing where you live to someone out of town or state, you always have to refer to Sacramento as the closest reference point

There is more people hanging at the tea shop than at the bar

A tank of gasoline lasts over a month

Church and the Yuba are one and the same

People say “Aw man, that’s all the way on the other side of town”, and they really mean five miles

You have to park in Grass valley in order to stroll through the Nevada City shops

You can never be a jerk publicly without the entire town knowing the next day

You write down a local phone number with only 5 digits.

Grass Valley seems too far to drive for dinner

You don’t know all the street names, only landmarks

You have no tan lines but a really great tan

You don’t know if bears, coyotes, or raccoons will get your garbage before Waste Management does

You end a relationship and your best friend asks if you’d mind if she dates him

You can’t imagine not knowing your neighbors

You can’t go to SPD without running into at least 3 people you know

You are friends with all the local shop owners, and they greet you by name every time you walk into their store

When you get to a 4-way stop, everyone will always wave for you to go first

It’s impossible to explain where you’re from without referring to larger cities or big landmarks

You go away to college, the college itself is 5 times the population of your hometown

You are shocked when you go to a big city and realize one quarter only gets you about 10 minutes

You look forward to reading the police blotter

Most of the time you buy your clothes online

The closest mall is an hour away

No one’s going to judge what kind of car you have

There’s not such thing as being underdressed

The fair is the biggest event of the year

You can’t leave the house without running into at least 5 people you know.

Your teachers had your older siblings and mix up your names

Everything closes at 9 pm

Little Free Libraries

The lending libraries are scattered around Nevada County. Located on Gracie Road, Wet Hill Road, Newton Road, outside of Broad Street Inn, and on the corner of York and Pine, these libraries, which add so much sharing to our community, were first thought up in 2009 and since then, 25,00o have been built, 5 of which stand in Nevada County that are still cherished today.


The History:

Back in 2009, a man named Todd Bol who lived in Hudson, Wisconsin built a tribute to his mother, a school teacher, It was modeled after a one room school house on a smaller scale and was filled with books. The model was popular with friends and neighbors and Bol built many more.

Meanwhile at the university of Wisconsin, Bol’s project caught the eye of Rick Brooks. The two men got together to achieve a variety of goals for the common good. Bol contributed his craftsmanship in coming up with creative models while Brooks was very learned in social marketing and the education in community development.

As the ideas,  based on lending libraries of coffee shops, Andrew Carnegie’s 2,510 free libraries, and the 4,000 locations Miss Lutie Stearns brought to libraries in Wisconsin, to name a few, soon painted a clearer picture of the two men’s goal by the summer of 2010.

The Goal:

The goal was to have as many libraries as Andrew Carnegie (2,510) but as of 2015, this number has reached nearly 25,000. The original goal was reached in August of 2012 and since then the libraries have continued to expand. Another goal was to draw people together throughout the exchange of books.


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Today the goal has been exceeded by more than 20,000. These brilliant idea started in Wisconsin but has since reached all the way to California as well as many other places. Five of these precious libraries stand proudly in Nevada County for all to enjoy so the next time you have an old, cherished book, drop it in the “Little Free Library” so it can be cherished all over again.


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Featured Business: Abstrakt

Looking for adorable, comfortable, and stylish clothing and accessories? Abstrakt is the store for you. This charming boutique is a jewel for Nevada City. Their many options range from hats, to jeans, to scarves, to socks, to dresses. They also have a stunning collection of jewelry not to mention other accessories such as belts, purses, earrings, and candles.

Location, Interior, and Hours:

Abstrakt is located in downtown Nevada City on 228 Broad Street. Their gorgeous interior is stylishly decorated. Their service is very good and their staff members are very friendly and helpful. Two spacious dressing rooms both equipped with large mirrors, sit in the front and back of the store. Abstrakt is open everyday from 10:00 to 6:00 monday-saturday and 10:00-5:00 on Sundays.


The colorful interior of the store


The back of the lovely store



Customers shopping near the display windows


Checkout counter


Another part of the spacious store


A customer shopping


One of two generously sized changing rooms



From wooly hats and slippers to stylish hats and jeans to elegant dresses, Abstrakt has it all.


Rows of cute cardigans in an assortment of colors and sizes


Jeans, scarves, and cardigans


Multi-colored shirts and wooly hats


More comfy cardigans


Accessories: Ranging from belts to purses to scarves:


Classy leather belts and purses with intricate designs


Eye-catching scarves with fun patterns


Candles and incense sticks with a variety of scents


More high quality candles



Abstrakt has some of the most beautiful jewelry around. Their colors are exceptional and their stones are stunning.

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Their wrap bracelets are extremely popular right now. They come in a huge variety of colors.



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Run by Roi Lynn Arnold and Lize Hottegindre, Abstrakt is a great little store filled with stylish affordable choices to add to your wardrobe. Lize also owns Annex across the street and designs some of the jewelry featured in this post. Check out their website and Facebook page.

Featured Business: Matteo’s Public

Matteo’s Public is the first business to be in featured in the “Featured Business” section of our blog and they completely deserve that honor. They have an incredible beer selection both bottled and on tap, delicious pub style grub, petite meals for the half pints, and desserts almost too beautiful to eat. Their specials change daily.  They have live music every night indoors and when the weather permits the musicians move outdoors onto their beautiful patio. The service is great and they have a massive menu so you can always try something new.

Location and Interior:

Matteo’s is located on the corner of North Pine and Commercial Street. They have a relaxed atmosphere and an authentic interior. On their brick walls hang the works of the talented painter Paul Honatke. Behind their bar is the beers they offer on tap and the beers they offer in the bottle and right next to the bar is the live music. On the other side of the bar sits a handful of tables and next to those tables is the entryway to the patio.



Matteo’s Public view from the street.



Some of Paul Honatke’s paintings hanging in Matteo’s Public.



Beer’s on tap at the bar.


One of the many tables with a view of the patio at Matteo’s.

Beer on Tap:

Matteo’s has a great section of local beer on tap including but not limited to Ol’ Republic, Three Forks, Auburn Brewing Company, and Mammoth Brewing Company. They also have bottled belgian beers and more.



Matteo’s is very kid-friendly. Their half pint menu is full of options for a delicious lunch or dinner. Matteo’s offers milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, house-made lemonade, and hot chocolate piled with whipped cream. Their children’s menu comes with a small bowl of crayons and lots of coloring space.

Lots of space for scribbles and cute animals to color in on the half pint menu for kid’s 12 and under. The menu offer’s refreshing drinks, sliders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, a bowl of fruit, organic apples and caramel sauce, and soft salted pretzels served with house mustard all in child-sized portions and prices.


Mini Beef Burger served with organic apples and caramel sauce for kids 12 and under.



Matteo’s has a talented musician performing every night they are open. The music adds even more liveliness to the pub.


Chuck Richards at Matteo’s Public.



When the weather permits the live music moves out onto a spacious patio.


Outdoor music


The patio during a popular lunch rush.



Looking to beat that huge dinner rush but still want to go to a great restaurant, Matteo’s, which opens at 11:30, serves lunch Tuesdays through Sundays. Their specials change daily and their service really is amazing. Your warm meal whether it be one of their signature dishes such as fish and chips or a pulled pork sandwich or whether it’s oysters, fish tacos, a hamburger, fries, onion rings, soups, or pastas has a creative presentation and is delivered to your table in barely any time. Their soups which change every few days range from clam chowder to cream potato to roasted red pepper to french onion.


People enjoying lunch in the dining area of Matteo’s near the patio.


Enjoying an afternoon lunch at Matteo’s



Matteo’s Menu is the same for lunch and dinner. Their signature dishes are their pulled pork sandwich and salad, their fish and chips, and the Matteo’s Pub Burger, a half pound patty served with house mustard and topped with smoked bacon and a crispy cheddar cheese skirt.

Matteo’s pub burger in all it’s glory.


Freshly caught cod beer battered and fried to perfection is served with french fries, sesame slaw and malt vinegar to make a delicious fish and chips.


Fish Tacos of wild cod served on tortillas with cheese, homemade guacamole, grilled pineapple salsa, chipotle sour cream & slaw.


Salad of tomatoes, greens, cucumbers, and onions.


Fluffy salted pretzels  crispy on the bottom and soft in the middle served with house-made mustard.


Mini beef burgers served with fries seasoned with house seasoning.


Laura Apple is the dessert chef at Matteo’s Public and she makes beautifully decadent desserts almost too pretty to eat. She uses organic ingredients and puts time and effort into each and it shows in the presentation of these treats. Laura makes an assortment of desserts from cakes to cookies to pies to puddings.



Laura’s cheesecakes change seasonally. This one is a rich peanut butter. Some other ones that she makes are bourbon pumpkin, peppermint bark,  summer berry, and lavender peach.


 Flourless Chocolate Cake:

The flourless chocolate cake is a gluten free delight that is rich and creamy with a delicious raspberry and chocolate sauce. This dark chocolate cake is dense and not top sweet perfect with a glass of red wine.


Banana Cream Pie:

Laura makes a luscious banana Cream pie with ripe bananas and a crunchy gram cracker crust garnished with tart strawberries.



Lady Fingers in creamy layers and topped in chocolate sauce make a delicious tiramisu.


Hazelnut liqueur bread pudding:

Served hot and made with Challah bread, almond and Frangelico, this treat is topped with a warm caramel sauce. and tart strawberries.


The desserts not shown are warm chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk and dark chocolate kahlua mousse (gluten free).



Delicious pub-style food, a wide selection of beer on tap and bottled, lot’s of options for the little ones, great service, a beautiful patio, and talented musicians makes Matteo’s the amazing pub it is. Whether you come in for a cold beer, a warm meal, or an exquisite dessert, Matteo’s has something for everyone.


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Great Hot Chocolates and Where to Get Them in Nevada City

Although hot chocolate is traditionally a winter treat, these hot chocolates are so good they can be sipped all year long. Here are 6 great places to get a hot chocolate in downtown Nevada City in no particular order.


Curly Wolf:


As the steams rises slowly from the warm mug in your hands the aroma of chocolate fills the air and as the rich hot chocolate glides down your throat you hold a small piece of rich, chocolatey heaven. Curly Wolf makes a thick, rich hot chocolate topped with chocolate shavings and a soft layer of foam. Their hot chocolate is soft as silk and easily quenches that chocolate craving so the next time your in town swing by and pick up your own mug of this heavenly hot chocolate. For more information click here.


Java Johns:


Fluffy whipped cream doused with sprinkles if desired sits delicately on top of a light, foamy hot chocolate. The ceramic mug is filled to the brim with this liquid delight. This hot chocolate is thin so you can drink more and more of this sweet beverage. As you near the end and your spoon scrapes the bottom of the mug you’ll find yourself ordering seconds. Kids will love their wide selection of colorful sprinkles. To visit their website click here.

The Chocolate Shoppe:


The spiraling whipped cream piled high and topped in chocolate shavings on the glass makes a picture perfect hot chocolate, one that is  a creamy light chocolate flavor. Step back from life as you enjoy this smooth beverage of chocolatey goodness. To visit their website click here or to visit their Facebook page click here.



This elegant drink is served with a dollop of whipped cream and is made from dark chocolate shavings. The hot chocolate is served at the perfect temperature to enjoy as it trickles down your throat warming you body on cold winter days or in the summer you can get a scoop of ice cream in it as well as an extra treat. To visit their website click here or to visit their Facebook page click here.




This light hot chocolate is a decadent one with impressive foam swirls and a sweet, mouth-watering texture. It’s extraordinarily lovely and a joy to sip in Mekka’s cozy surroundings. It’s magical taste and sweetness make this a great choice for those who enjoy light foamy drinks where you’ll be craving seconds. For more information on this charming cafe click here.

Broad Street Bistro:

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Festive Lights in Nevada City

Downtown Nevada City is ready for Christmas. Our old Victorian houses are strung with twinkling lights. Starting down in Robinson Plaza, home of the Nevada City Chamber, a grand christmas tree sprinkled red and green and topped with a glittering snowflake stands proudly. Beside it the historical wheel is strung with rainbow lights. Journey up from the plaza to the Methodist Church which is outlined with golden stars. Just past the church, continue to observe Broad Street Inn and then cross and walk up the street. Soon you’ll come across rows Victorian houses with festively lit lights and decorations. Nevada City is beautifully lit for Christmas, come enjoy it before it’s over because Christmas is coming very soon.


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Fall Colors

It’s not too late to experience beautiful fall colors in Nevada City.



This stunning tree is one of many in and around Nevada City.

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Just outside of downtown Nevada City, is the beautiful suspension bridge. The golden leaves from the surrounding trees make this incredible bridge a great spot to see autumn at it’s finest

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Another great place to see the beauty of autumn is the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Surrounded with trees shedding their golden leaves, the view from this bridge is not one to be missed.

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The wonderful months of Fall affect almost every tree such as this one in Nevada City

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Fall is right outside your door step. Come to Nevada City and enjoy it while it lasts.


All Photos by Erin Pardini of Livingstone Photography

Check out Erin’s Website: Livingstone Photography and like her Facebook page

Biking in and Around Nevada City

One really great way to see Nevada City is by bike. We have many bike friendly trails and two amazing bike shops. Tour of Nevada City allows you to rent a bike.

Their store offers biking clothes, wheels, helmets, shoes, and other necessary gear.


They rent out a variety of mountain bikes, hard shell bikes, the average bicycle, snow bikes, road bikes, and more. For more information on renting or buying a bike click here



Known best for their custom made wheels Real Wheels is another great option. With a huge variety from clothing to components to bike fitting to tires you have plenty to chose from. To see more of what Real Wheels has to offer click here.

Both bike stores have a repair shop where you can take your bike to be fixed.


Now to set out on your trail. For a nice short ride, cycle around downtown Nevada City. For a longer rides try the Empire Mine Trail. To see more trails and how to reach them Click here

If you are want a longer ride -anywhere from 10-40 miles- some possible trails to explore are the Allison Ranch Loop, the LeMond Loop, the Indian Springs, the McCourtney Loop, the Bridgeport loop, the Bitney Springs Loop or the Old Donner Pass Road. For more information on these routes, their lengths, and how to get there click here.

For other rides in and around Nevada City click here



Photo by Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop





Fall Treats in Nevada City

Nevada city is ready for Autumn. Pumpkin ice cream is currently being sold at Treats, regular and vegan. A delicious blend of fresh pumpkin and an assortment of spices make this ice cream a delicious creamy treat. Treats has a pumpkin fest going on with milkshakes, brownies and ice cream, and the original single scoop of the most natural ice cream around.

The Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe has stunning chocolate turkey and pumpkin truffles and a very large assortment of halloween goodies. From candy pumpkins to swirled lollipops to caramel apples to the traditional candy corn the shop is fully stocked for the halloween season.

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