The Perfect 3-Day Weekend in Nevada City Over the Holidays

The holiday season in Nevada City is one of my favorites. It kicks off over Thanksgiving weekend with The Artisan’s Festival and the Nevada City Methodist Craft Faire. Victorian Christmas starts just after Thanksgiving, and “The Christmas Card” movie, filmed in Nevada City, begins to air then too.

If my best friend came to visit me over the holidays, this is how I would show her my town. Enjoy this selection of completely-biased, local favorites, for the perfect Nevada City holiday weekend.

Friday Night

Dinner at Lefty’s

Start your weekend on Friday night with dinner at Lefty’s. The restaurant has moved from the middle of Broad Street, down to the bottom of Broad on the creek. The views are great, and Friday is their fish & chips night. If you love traditional English fish & chips, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your dinner with a pint of one of their beers. They have a great beer selection, and you could take one of your beer snob friends here and they wouldn’t complain.

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Entertainment

After dinner you have a lot of entertainment options. There is usually something playing at the Nevada Theatre. Just walk by the box office before dinner to see if there’s a play that night. Also, check the Miners Foundry schedule.

For a complete list of venues offering live music and entertainment in Nevada City, visit the Chamber’s Arts & Entertainment section.

Saturday

Breakfast at South Pine

On Saturday morning go to breakfast at South Pine Cafe. I love the Huevos Rancheros, the breakfast burrito and their breakfast sampler, but all their food is yummy, so you can’t go wrong.

Shopping in Nevada City

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After breakfast wander around town and do a little Christmas Shopping. First stop at Abstrakt for some bracelets, scarves, comfortable clothes or candles. Abstrakt oozes style, and you are sure to find something for the person who has everything. Next door is Gray Goose, and you’ll want to stay for hours. The owner, Stuey, carries “everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.” You’ll find lots of stocking stuffers for adults here. After Gray Goose walk up Broad Street and stop in at the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe for their homemade caramel apples, or Gold Miner’s Delight. Then turn right on Pine Street and walk down to J.J. Jackson’s to look through their colorful kitchen items, travel bags (my favorite!), and book selection.

Warm Drinks at Curly Wolf

When you’ve had enough shopping, walk back to Broad Street and head to Curly Wolf for a warm drink. You’ll love the warm interior, sort of a hip Victorian salon, if there is such a thing. I always order the chai tea latte with soy milk, but also can’t resist their hot chocolates and London fog. Their teas are all loose, and they infuse them in your mug with your steamed milk. So good! If they have the butterscotch bars, make sure to try at least one.

Artisans Festival and Craft Faire Over Thanksgiving Weekend

The Miners Foundry Artisans Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Nevada County and is known for showcasing the exceptional work of regional artisans. Enjoy installation art displays, performance art, live music, children’s holiday art activities, and a Wine Bar. The festival takes place Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Nevada City Methodist Craft Faire is held Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (opening at noon on Sunday). There are handmade gifts for all ages, homemade soup and sandwiches, pie, coffee and hot spiced cider.

Note: if you’re visiting over Thanksgiving weekend and attend these festivals, you’ll be out of time to do the walk over the Suspension Bridge, so do this on Sunday afternoon instead.

Cross the New Suspension Bridge Over Deer Creek

After your break at Curly Wolf, head up Broad Street, and then turn left at the Nevada Theater and walk down to Miners Foundry. As you pass Miners Foundry, you’ll see a street that runs around the back of the Foundry (as you look at the Foundry, the street is on the right side of the building). Once you are on this street, you’ll turn right on Factory Street. This road will take you to the Deer Creek Environs Trail and across the new Suspension Bridge over Deer Creek.

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© photo by Erin Pardini, Livingstone Photography

Saturday Night

Dinner at Sushi-in-the-Raw

Saturday night go to dinner at Sushi-in-the-Raw (make reservations as many weeks in advance as possible, as it’s really hard to get a table). I always have one of their drunken shooters with a scallop (sounds gross, but trust me, it’s delicious and I’m sort of picky). The Susan Roll is also amazing. Their sushi is always fresh.

Off Broadstreet Theatre

After dinner, head down Spring Street and then turn left onto Pine Street. You’ll cross Broad Street, and then you’ll see Friar Tucks on your left. Turn left at Friar Tucks onto Commercial Street and  Off Broadstreet Theatre will be just past it, on your left. They always have something showing on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s lots of singing, and you sit at cafe tables, and enjoy drinks and dessert during the show.

End your night with a walk through town to enjoy the lights, which are so pretty this time of year.

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Sunday

Breakfast at Ike’s

In the morning go to Ike’s Quarter Cafe for breakfast. Their frittatas are amazing, or, for a decadent treat, get the french toast with chocolate chips and cream… yummmm.

Walk the American Hill Loop

During the school week, this is the walk of choice for local moms, after they drop the kids off at school. If you are staying at Broad Street Inn, walk out of the Inn front door, and turn right onto Bennett Street. Depending on the direction you choose, you can either walk up or down the big hill.  If you want to get your heart rate up, turn left off of Bennett onto Monroe. At one point there will be a fork in the trail, stay to the right on Old Downieville Highway. Or, if you’d rather take it easy, keep going on Bennet Street up American Hill. The beginning of American Hill is a little steep, but nothing compared to the hill the other direction. If you have a phone, one landmark you can enter for the halfway point is Queen Lil Place. This road is at the opposite end of the loop from town, and something you can reference to make sure you are on the right path.

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Get Homemade Ice Cream at Treats

After your walk you’ll be ready for another snack. Directly across from Ike’s Quarter Cafe is Treats. It’s a tiny little shop, and sometimes the line is out the door, but it’s worth the wait. In the winter they have pumpkin and also peppermint ice cream, and you can sample the flavors before you choose.

Victorian Christmas

If you are visiting in December you will be ready to wander around town for the annual Victorian Christmas street festival. This annual, family tradition takes place on two Wednesday evenings and three Sunday afternoons in December (noon to 6 p.m.). The downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. For more information go to the Nevada City Chamber’s Victorian Christmas page.

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Sunday Night

Dine at New Moon

Sunday night go to dinner at New Moon for “big city dining with a small town atmosphere.” They use local, natural and organic food. Dining there is always relaxing, and delicious.

See a Movie at the Nevada Theatre

After dinner, walk down York Street towards the Nevada Theatre on Broad Street. Peek at their Sunday Film Series to see what is playing. The Nevada Theatre is California’s longest running theatre (built in 1865). They host a variety of foreign and independent films, and documentaries. Films run every Sunday evening and many weekends.

Or, Watch “The Christmas Card”

This time of year you might get lucky and catch a showing of “The Christmas Card” movie, filmed in Nevada City. To check showtimes, visit the Chamber’s The Christmas Card page. After watching it you’ll walk through town and see it different. The church in the movie is Nevada City Methodist Church, on Broad Street, above the Nevada Theatre. The cafe is Nevada City Classic Cafe, also on Broad Street, which is across from the National Hotel, also in the film. The Christmas Tree Lot doesn’t really exist, but was set up on the corner of Pine and Commercial Street.

Monday

Coffee at Java John’s

Before you leave town, have breakfast at Java John’s. This is a classic, small-town, Nevada City coffee shop. The same crowd is there every morning during the week. You’ll see kids coming in on their way to school, and the table of regulars working on the daily crossword puzzle. Rita and Patrick are always there and often their son Chris. It’s a cozy, family-run cafe, and the perfect way to finish off your Nevada City holiday weekend.

Fall Colors

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

 

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

Photo by Livingstone Photography

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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

Photo by Livingstone Photography

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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.

Photo by Livingstone Photography

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

Photo by Livingstone photography

 

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Photo by Livingstone Photography

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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.

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

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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

 

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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

 

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Photo by Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop

 

 

 

 

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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There’s no better time than now to hit the outdoors of Nevada City.

Whether it’s a leisure walk through our charming neighborhoods, or a hike on one of our many trails, or just hanging out in a garden, you must not miss the opportunity to seize the season of Fall.

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Autumn weather brings us crunchy grounds and crisp air along with a palette of delicious colors.

May you be inspired to take in the beauty that surrounds us.

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Be sure to stop by our place on Broad Street and say hello. We’d love to hear from you!

Halloween Costume Shopping

If you are in need of a halloween costume come on down to Solstice in downtown Nevada City and get some inspiration. They have a huge collection of dresses, wigs, halloween makeup, masks, fake blood, hats, jewelry, and pre-packaged costumes.

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Halloween Parade and Dancing in Nevada City

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Not only will the 2nd annual Halloween parade take place in Nevada City on Friday October 31st, there will also be live bands playing at the Miner’s Foundry afterwards.

Come join us for some ghoulish fun and catch all the wild and creative costumes.

The parade starts at 5 pm on Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. For more information click here. 

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After the parade, head over to the Miner’s Foundry where we will dance the night away to Mumbo Gumbo.

Mumbo Gumbo blends many genres from rock to soul, afro-pop to lush balladry, zydeco to country, into a celebratory, danceable noise, creating something less a specific style than a particular feeling:  The Sound of Sheer Joy.

For more information click here.

See you on the dark side!

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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Good-bye To The Fix Restaurant

IMG_3095 If you haven’t eaten at The Fix restaurant in Nevada City, now would be the time.

The Fix is closing soon.

Great tasting healthy food is what The Fix is known for.

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Super foods, beautiful ambience, and delicious smoothies are just a few reasons why you should grab a seat at their table before they close their doors.

Enjoy!

Suspension Bridge Is Now Open

The 120 ft long suspension bridge is now open. Walking down from the Miner’s Foundry along a winding path, you approach a newly installed bridge suspended over the tranquil waters of the Deer Creek. This is no ordinary bridge. Walking across feels like you are on a trampoline and  you are suspended quite high over  the river below. The Forest Trails Alliance built this bridge for our community and it is beautiful.

For more information on the trail and how to get there go to:

 

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Friday Artwalk:

The Nevada City First Friday Artwalk is this Friday, October 3rd from 5PM to 10PM. This will be the last Artwalk so come down and enjoy it.

Be sure to pick up your maps from any of the 20+ businesses featuring local artists and performers with receptions, sales and specials. Your favorite jamband MAU, will be playing at the Nevada City Boardwalk. Playing at 6 PM will be 12 year old dubstep wonderboy Nukesickle

Thank you for supporting those businesses and artists who support First Friday Artwalk.

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