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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

Nevada City Uncorked

The Broad Street Inn Partners With Solune Winegrowers and The Pleasant Valley Grill

Nevada City Uncorked, a walk-about-town wine event that takes place on Saturday, August 29, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., includes 21 different venues throughout downtown Nevada City. Each location, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, winery tasting room, or B&B will include wine or beer tasting, and food sampling.

19 wineries from Nevada and Placer Counties, as well as two local breweries will be pouring their favorite wines and beers. Additionally all the wineries will be featuring their newest releases in celebration of the upcoming harvest.

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This year enjoy the Victorian charm and quaint elegance of The Broad Street Inn. The tranquil and lovely ambience of their backyard offers a perfect spot to enjoy some great wine and delicious food.

The Pleasant Valley Grill will be at showcasing their culinary talents serving fried chicken, and assorted cheesecakes. Solune Winegrowers will be pouring their award winning wines including 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Musqué, 2014 Barbera Dry Rosé, 2011 Barbera and two featured new releases, a Petite Cab and Fleur de Lune.

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 on the day of the event, or $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries. Each ticket includes a wine glass, unlimited wine/beer tasting, and five food tickets. For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 530-265-2692 or visit Purchase tickets online at

Anyone who buys a ticket by August 19 will automatically be entered in a raffle to wine a one-night stay at The Broad Street Inn.

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20 Terrific Reasons to Go to Nevada City Farmers Markets

It’s that time of year. Summer, swimming in the river, sipping lemonade, and relaxing. It’s also the time of year for fresh juicy vegetables and fruits. Head over to our many local markets to satisfy your stomach.

Downtown Nevada City Farmers Market

Nevada City Farmer’s Market
June 13 – November 21, 2015
8:30 am – 1 pm
Between Robinson Plaza & Union St. in historic Downtown Nevada City

Other Local Farmers Markets

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market at the North Star House
end of April – mid-November
8:00 am -12:30 pm
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market at the Rood Center
June – October
2:00 – 5:30 pm
950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City

Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market at the Seventh Day Adventist Church
June – October
2:00 – 5:30 pm
17645 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley

Mill Street Farmers Market
June – First weekend in September
6:00 – 9:00pm
Downtown Grass Valley

There are many markets to chose from but our main market is right in downtown Nevada City. Come every Saturday for live music, fresh food and baked goods, and cold drinks and shop for food proudly grown from local farmers.

Here are 20 great reasons to visit our farmers markets:

It’s environmental
Eating locally saves large amounts of useless packaging and energy used for food shipped around the world.

Live music
Come listen to talented artists in downtown Nevada City.


Fresh fruits
Farmers markets have a huge variety of fruits from nectarines and peaches to berries to melons all grown with pride and care.

Bakeries and cafes
Many local cafes set up for the downtown market. Stop in for some soft bread or pastries or a cool drink for a hot day.

Our local markets have a huge supply and fresh, ready to eat vegetables.


Help your Health
Come have a juicy berry basket or apple and treat your body as well as your taste buds.

Support Our Local Farmers
Riverhill, Mountain Bounty Farm, and First Rain Farm are just a few of the many vendors there.

Baskets and bags
Farmers market isn’t all food, come look at our imported woven basket collection and beautiful recycled fabric bags.


Run into friends
Nevada City is a small town you’re likely to run into someone you know. Spend an afternoon catching up with some cold drinks and live music.

Soaps and lotions
The downtown Nevada City market has some beautiful soaps and amazing smelling lotions.

Ethnic food options
There’s some great ethnic food options at the markets for you to try.


The people
Every face you see is a smiling one and the vendors are oh so friendly and helpful.

Vitamin D
Help your skin soak in that beautiful sunlight by shopping outdoors at the markets instead of the grocery stores.

Fresh food
These fruits and vegetables are top quality, juicy and utterly delicious.

Face painting
Your little ones can have their face painted at the downtown farmers market. With a variety of colors they can turn into a super hero, butterfly, princess and so much more.


Learn something
You can learn something new maybe how a fruit is grown or what native herbs are in the area.

Our local markets have gorgeous, fresh flowers. Add a splash of color to your home with a bouquet or just a few.

Organic and natural
The fruits and veggies and natural and organic and so very fresh and ready to eat.

Experience the seasons
The food there is freshly picked from what is in season. Shop often and watch how the seasons change.

Enjoy the atmosphere
Enjoy the beauty of Nevada city.

We hope to see you at our local Farmers Markets in Nevada City

Bikes and beer in Nevada City. Your guide to 52 days of pure bike heaven and locally brewed beer.

Visit May 1 to June 21st, 2015,  for 52 days of bike-related events, local rides, live music, great food, local atmosphere and great beer in Nevada City.

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On Friday, May 1st, Nevada City kicks off the inaugural Bike Nevada County, a grand 52-day celebration of pro, amateur and recreational road cycling and mountain biking in Northern California.

Nevada City is surrounded by National Forest, and is a spectacular destination for both road and mountain biking. Nevada City is also home to Ol’Republic Brewery, 3 Forks Brewing Co., and a number of restaurants pouring local craft beers.

Day 1

Friday, May 1st

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 1 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Lyman Gilmore School, Grass Valley.

First Friday ArtWalk
Food, wine, & live music in downtown Nevada City from 5-9 p.m.

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Day 2

Saturday, May 2nd

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 1 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
4:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 3

Ride the Pioneer Trail & have lunch at the 5 Mile House
This mountain bike ride parallels Highway 20 and has a very nice flow. The best way to do this ride is to have a friend drop you off at White Cloud Campground (or shuttle a car). Then ride the Pioneer Trail west to the 5 Mile House and have lunch, and regional craft beers, on their patio. After lunch continue into downtown Nevada City on the Old Miner’s Loop Trail. Another ride option is to park at Harmony Ridge Market (across the street from the 5 Mile House, and ride the Scotts Flat Lake Trail).

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Day 4

Monday, May 4th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 5

Ride the Deer Creek Tribute Trail & then eat at Jernigan’s
On your mountain bike from downtown Nevada City, ride behind the Miners Foundry and down Factory Street.  Keep to your left and look for signs for the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Cross the Deer Creek Suspension Bridge. End your ride at the back of the Nevada City Tech Center and then ride down Zion Street to Argall Way. Look for Jernigan’s Grill & Tap House. Jernigan’s has 13 beers on tap and seeks out the very best, hard to find and eclectic brews that just don’t make it to mainstream, along with a number of local favorites. If you go on a Wednesday night it’s Pint Night where they showcase a handful of great beers and get you a cool pint glass along with your brew. If you want to make this ride a little longer, you could always do the Hirschmans Trail first, then ride down Indian Flat to Newtown Road. From there turn left onto Champion Mine, and the ditch trail that parallels it, then connect with the Tribute Trail.

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Day 6

Wednesday, May 6th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 7

Thursday, May 7th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 8

Friday, May 8th

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 2 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Day 9

Saturday, May 9th

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 2 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Keeping Kids Safe Festival
GVFD Station #2, Grass Valley
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Gold Country Cycling Challenge
Ride the beautiful and historic backcountry of Nevada County. There are route options for all levels, ranging from 18 to 100 miles.

Day 10

Sunday, May 10th

Amgen Tour of California – Start
Drive to Sacramento (1 hour from Nevada City) and watch the start of the Tour. Then, on your way home, stop in Auburn, and have lunch at the Auburn Ale House. Be sure to try their Gold Digger IPA.

Day 11

Monday, May 11th

Amgen Tour of California – Stage 2
11:00 a.m. start on Broad Street, Nevada City

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

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National Bike to Work Week

Day 12

Go for a ride and have lunch at Lefty’s Grill
Sit outside on their patio, overlooking beautiful Deer Creek. Drink Ol’ Republic’s English Pale Ale (Gold Medal Winner).

Day 13

Wednesday, May 13th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 14

Thursday, May 14th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 15

Listen to Live Music at Cooper’s
Cooper’s pours a number of regional craft beers including beers from Auburn Ale House, Ol’Republic Brewery, Knee Deep Brewery

Day 16

Saturday, May 16th

The Union’s Community Bike Ride

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

Beginning Mountain Bike Ride
4:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Live Music with the Bonanza King Band
8:30pm 10:30pm
3 Forks Brewing Co.

Day 17

Sunday, May 17th

Amgen Finish
Follow the finish on social media, or watch it live on TV. The final stage starts at 9:15 a.m. and the estimated finish is around 11:45 a.m.

Day 18

Monday, May 18th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 19

Go for a ride and eat at 3 Forks Brewing Co.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.’s well-balanced and tasty beer is brewed on-site in their Nevada City restaurant. A wood-fired pizza oven cooks thin-crust sourdough pizzas to perfection, and their food is made using fresh, organic and local ingredients.  

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Day 20

Wednesday, May 20th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 21

Thursday, May 21st

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 22

Friday, May 22nd

Miners Dirt Series MTB Races
Race 3 of 3 (10-14 year-olds). Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley.

Day 23

Saturday, May 23rd

Big Brothers Big Sisters Endurance Ride
Starts in Pioneer Park, Nevada City

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.

Day 24

Sunday, May 24th

Strawberry Music Festival
Festival runs from May 21st-25th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Day 25

Monday, May 25th

Local Hero’s Memorial Day Bridge Ride
9:00 a.m. at Pioneer Park

Day 26

Tuesday, May 26th

Free Maintenance Class (Repairing Flat Tubes) 
6:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City.


Day 27

Wednesday, May 27th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 28

Thursday, May 28th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 29

Friday, May 29th

The Pat Travers Band
This band always delivers tangible energy and infectious enjoyment. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. at The Miners Foundry.

Day 30

Saturday, May 30th

Nevada City Dirt Classic Series
Race 3 of 3. Tahoe National Forest, near Nevada City.

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

National Trails Day
Family Mountain Bike Ride. 9:00 a.m. at the Rood Center. Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Day 31

Day trip to Truckee. 
Go for a ride then then have lunch at either Knee Deep Brewing Co. and 50/50 Craft Brewery. &

Day 32

Monday, June 1st

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 33

Go for a ride and enjoy beers at Ol’Republic Brewery
Ol’ Republic Brewery is a commercial brewery with a taproom. Their ales include an English-style IPA, a Celtic Red and the blackest Export Stout you will ever encounter. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic basket, or order food from a variety of menus provided by local restaurants offering take-out. Children are welcome in the taproom, and dogs (on a leash) are allowed in the beer garden.

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Day 34

Wednesday, June 3rd

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 35

Thursday, June 4th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 36

Friday, June 5th

First Friday ArtWalk
Food, wine, & live music. Downtown Nevada City from 5-9 p.m.

Day 37

Saturday, June 6th

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.

Day 38

Sunday, June 7th

Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club

Day 39

Monday, June 8th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 40

Go for a ride and enjoy dinner at Bistro 221
Bistro 221 has four taps, and pours only local beer. Try Ol’Republic’s Black Bavarian, California Common, and Lucky Joe IPA, or Auburn Alehouse’s Fool’s Gold.

Day 41

Wednesday, June 10th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 42

Thursday, June 11th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 43

Friday, June 12th

Classic Cafe Parisian Friday Night
Every Friday Night from 6pm to 9pm join local musicians Maggie Mc Kaig, Luke Wilson and their pals for a community/family bistro soiree that is typical of European life. Enjoy traditional French crepes and savory European foods, served with wine and beer.

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Day 44

Saturday, June 13th

BONC Gala Ride

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen.

Opening of Farmer’s Market in Nevada City
Celebrate summer Nevada City style! Enjoy live music, local farmers, vendors, and artists, freshly baked treats and more. Shop for healthy food, locally grown with care and pride. Come, feel the energy and live the goodness! 8:30 a.m. t0 1:oo p.m.

Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Teams will race nearly 1/2 mile downhill (powered only by gravity) on Nimrod Street in Nevada City, while being judged for creativity, speed and team spirit! Proceeds benefit Pioneer Park. Starts at noon.

Day 45

Sunday, June 14th

Ride the Amgen Tour of California Route
Sierra Express Bicycle Club

Day 46

Monday, June 15th

Intermediate Road Ride
5:45 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 47

Go for a ride and then enjoy dinner and live music at Matteo’s Public
After your ride enjoy dinner and live music at Matteo’s Public. Every night Matteo’s has live music (outside on the patio when the weather is warm). They also have a great selection of regional craft beers on tap, that rotates weekly, including beers from Ol’Republic, Three Forks, Mammoth Brewing Co., Auburn Alehouse, and Loomis Basin Brewing Co. If you like to try new beers, you’ll love their 4 oz Ale Tasters where you can try seven (7) beers on draught for $13.00.

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Day 48

Wednesday, June 17th

Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride
5:30 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 49

Thursday, June 18th

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride
6:00 p.m. at Tour of Nevada City

Day 50

Friday, June 19th

Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Festival runs from June 18th to 21st at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Day 51

Saturday, June 20th

Folsom Historic Criterium
Race #1 of the Sierra Historic Omnium

Sierra Express Advanced Road Ride
Every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet in front of Paulette’s Country Kitchen

Farmer’s Market in Nevada City
Enjoy live music, local farmers, vendors, and artists, freshly baked treats and more.

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Day 52

Sunday, June 21st

55th Nevada City Classic
Race #2 of the Sierra Historic Omnium
Broad Street, Nevada City

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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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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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© photo Lefty’s Grill


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.


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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© photo Abstrakt

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.

Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe

After Gray Goose walk up Broad Street and stop in at the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe for their homemade chocolates, caramel apples, or Nevada City Gold. 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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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.


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.


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.