Lost Hill Farm

Today, we took a short walk up American Hill Road to visit a small farm known as Lost Hill Farm. Juniper is the gardener and owner of Lost Hill Farm, along with a few interns part of the Living Lands Agrarian Network. Tim Van Wagner started the Living Lands Agrarian Network to offer training and mentorship to the next generation of farmers. (Tim Van Wagner is the brother to Wendy Van Wagner, who owns In the Kitchen on Zion Street where they often use veggies and herbs from LLAN gardens). Read more about the non-profit here. We usually take our resident pup, Dot, for a walk right by Lost Hill Farm. We have seen the land transform over the past year from an empty, dry field to a thriving, groomed garden. Juniper was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Virginia and caught the gardening “bug”. She loves to garden and spend time outdoors. She moved back to California and started Lost Hill Farm. She is a part of Living Lands Agrarian Network. She does most of the gardening herself, but donates some of her land to the interns at LLAN and in turn gets a little help. Every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. she sets up her garden stand and sells her crops. She asks only for a donation, or to pay what you can. Currently she has kumquats, bok choy, arugula, spinach, turnips, and radishes at her farm stand.

Nevada City Bicycle Classic 2011

This year marked the 51st annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic. The race makes a one-mile loop around Nevada City starting on Broad Street. Five races took place, Junior’s, Master Men’s, Women’s, Men’s Elite, and Men’s Pro. The Men’s Pro Race is the big race (the one Lance Armstrong raced and won in 2009) that started at 5:00. Ten year old Decker Krogh raced in the Junior’s Race and won for his age range! The races began at 1:00 with the Junior’s Race and ended with the Men’s Pro Race. The winners of the Men’s Pro Race were Ian Boswell in 1st place from Bend, OR; Evan Huffman in 2nd place from Elk Grove, CA; and Nate English in third place from Berkeley, CA. For full results, click HERE. To see more pictures, visit our Flickr page HERE. Our previous blog post has more information on the race.

Henry Rabas #422 from West Sacramento came in 27th place Men’s Master Race.
The starting and finishing line for the bike race at Broad and South Pine
The winners of the Men’s Pro Race are Ian Boswell #46 (center) in 1st place, Evan Huffman #24 (left) in 2nd place, and Nate English #13 (right) in 3rd place.



Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

In case you missed the very first Nevada City Soapbox Derby, we took plenty of pictures! The course ran down almost all of Nimrod Street in Nevada City. The soapbox cars went flying by Pioneer Park this afternoon to improve and support the park. At least 42 cars were submitted to race. Each one was unique and some were made independently and others were made by local businesses. Some were fast and aerodynamic, while others were goofy and clunky. Local businesses including South Pine Cafe, Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, Empire Fence, BYOB, Mountain Recreation, and Nevada City Winery all entered cars. Take a look at a few of our photos below, and see the rest HERE. Read more information about the derby on our previous blog post.


Busy Father’s Day Weekend in Nevada City!

It’s a busy weekend in Nevada City. The 36th annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is going on all weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Today, the 4th annual Nevada City Farmers’ Market is from 8:30-12:30, and is every Saturday until November 12. The very first Nevada City Soapbox Derby is taking place today on Nimrod Street to support Pioneer Park. Tomorrow is the 51st annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic bike race that goes right by the inn! The first weekend of Music in the Mountains‘ SummerFest is this weekend at the Miners Foundry. Events take place at various venues until July 3rd. We have just updated our events page on our website! Also, the Nevada City Chamber has a great events blog.

Nevada City Bike Classic and Soapbox Derby

This weekend, the first annual Adult Soapbox Derby is taking place in Pioneer Park the day before the 51st annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic. The Soapbox Derby is a family friendly event as a fundraiser for the benefit of Pioneer Park. The goal is to make all of the changes within one year so that, in hopes of making this an annual event, the changes can be seen at next year’s derby. There is a lot of work and effort going on behind this event to make it fun, green, and family friendly. You can read more about it on the derby website or at the Nevada City Chamber site This year, the Nevada City Bicycle Classic is celebrating its 51st anniversary. As always, the race will take place on Fathers’ Day, which is June 19, 2011. The Classic is the largest and oldest bike race on the West Coast, and second oldest in the country. The race starts at 1:00 p.m. and will come to a close sometime around 6:30 p.m. The cyclists wind their way through historic Nevada City and whiz right by Broad Street Inn. Broad Street, East Broad, and a few other streets will be closed on Sunday for most of the day. Spring Street and West Broad will remain open. This poster is based on an original design created by David Osborn and Charles Woods in the 1960s. Osborn/Woods made significant contributions to Nevada City through their vision and work in architectural restoration, historic preservation and graphic design. In their memory, this year’s poster and logo have been recreated and produced by Robert Stelson and LeeAnn Brook. More information about the race is available from the Nevada City Chamber, the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, and the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop. A breakdown of the tour times is available here.

Being a Green Hotel

Each day at the Broad Street Inn, we strive to be as eco-friendly, or green, as possible. When the weather is enjoyable, we line dry the linens and open the windows and doors and turn off the thermostat. We have ceiling fans in every room to reduce the A/C usage. In the cooler months, we have small space heaters in each room to help heat the room for those who prefer a warmer room. We use energy efficient light bulbs, and have most lights on sensors to save energy. We always encourage our guests to walk to town for dinner, shopping, wine tasting and plays (plus we’re so close, why drive?). All of our cleaning products are eco-friendly and purchased in bulk to reduce waste. When deciding what kind of products to put in the bathrooms, we opted for a wall-mounted dispenser instead of small, disposable bottles. All of the bath products–the lotion, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash–are all natural or organic. We have appliances throughout the inn, for guests and ourselves alike, and we purchased as many Energy Star appliances as possible. We also encourage our guests who stay more than one night to reuse their towels to save water. We have applied to many green programs and are now members of the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program, Keep the Sierra Green, Think Local First, Green Life Pages and It’s a Green Green World. Whenever possible, we try to make any purchases from local and green businesses. When we opened our doors, we committed ourselves to be as eco-friendly as possible while still maintaining quality, comfort, and cleanliness.

Abstrakt: Nevada City's Newest Addition

A new store opened in downtown Nevada City this past weekend called Abstrakt. Roi Lynn Arnold and her daughter Lize Hottegindre have been working hard the past few months to put together a store of fresh and trendy clothing, plus the all the accessories (belts, purses, jewelry, scarves, etc.) to make an outfit complete. After spending quite some time in their shop, I couldn’t leave without one of the many cute things I found. The prices were very reasonable and the clothing is excellent quality. They also carry a wide variety of gifts and home goods. From the start, they aimed at providing only American-made clothing. They found it a little challenging to keep the prices affordable on merchandise made in the U.S. but still try their hardest. They also own another store, Contrast, which carries jewelry and other accessories from the U.S., France, Israel, and other countries. Contrast is located at 234 Commercial Street with the outlet store across the street. Abstrakt is located next door to Gray Goose at 228 Broad Street. For more information, click here. The pictures were taken by Lize Hottegindre and more are available on her site.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City

The sun is out and everyone seems to be heading outside to play.  The Outside Inn and the Broad Street Inn teamed up today to go check out the progress on the new Deer Creek Tribute Trail, in preparation of the upcoming summer guests who are looking for a great way to explore some of Nevada City’s trails.  The Deer Creek Tribute is a connection of various trails along Deer Creek in downtown Nevada City that will soon be a total of 8 miles long.  The trail starts at Pioneer Park and will wind through town then head out along the creek off Champion Mine Road.  A new singletrack trail has been carved into the hillside ending at a picturesque foot bridge crossing Deer Creek to a loop on the other side.  We rode our bikes along the newly constructed Champion Mine side and are looking forward to exploring the trails on the south side of the creek beginning at the old Pine St Bridge in town.  What a treasure that Nevada City values walking and riding bikes along the natural beauty of the creek.  The Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a great addition to our small community and the citizens that have worked hard for the past few years to make it a reality should be very proud of their efforts. In the future, we will have photos of the completed trail!