Where to find things made and grown in Nevada City!

Your guide to eating, drinking and shopping local in Nevada City. From breweries and wineries, to farmstands and local grocery stores, you’ll be amazed at the creative talent and local food available in Nevada City.

Ol’ Republic Brewery

Ol’ Republic Brewery opened its taproom to the public in 2012 by brewers Jim Harte and Simon Olney. Inspired by renowned old-world styles, Harte and Olney handcraft lagers like Dead Canary, a Dortmunder Export, which won the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition Best of Show. They brew a Munich-style Helles lager called Hell Beer, a Bavarian-style Schwartzbier called Bläk, and their version of a California Common named Frontier Amber, among other classic German styles. Their ales include an English-style IPA called Lucky Joe, the Irish-style Celtic Red, and Resolute, the blackest Export Stout you will ever encounter.Loved and frequented by families and their pets, their taproom has been coined the “Town Parlor” by some. It is a commercial brewery with a taproom. 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 leashes are allowed on the non-smoking patio.


Three Forks Bakery & Brewery Co.

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co serves wood-fired pizza, craft beer brewed in their 7 barrel brewhouse, regional wines, artisan breads, sandwiches, baked goods, fresh drinks, and much more. They source as much of their food and drinks as possible from local, organic, and fair trade producers. Their menu changes weekly – it’s fresh, simple, and based on what is available locally in each season. You can look forward to being served great food and beer!


Nevada City Winery

Creating world-class wines with a local flavor since 1980, Nevada City Winery is a full production winery located in the heart of Historic Nevada City, just blocks from where the original stood in 1880. Winemaker Mark Foster continues the tradition of producing flavorful and award-winning wines, earning Gold Medals, Best of Class, and Best of State awards for Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Enjoy sampling or wines by the glass, browsing for wine-related gifts or relaxing on the deck. Their Tasting Room is located on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City. They offer complimentary tours of the winery on Saturdays at 1:30 pm.


Szabo Vineyards

Szabo Vineyards is a boutique family-owned winery that produces wines made exclusively from their estate-grown grapes. Owner and winemaker Alex Szabo personally tends to all aspects of wine production from the vineyard to the bottle. Their vineyard offers award-winning Primitivo, Petite Syrah, Syrah and Zinfandel varietals made from our sustainably grown grapes. The tasting room is in downtown Nevada City, across from City Hall. It’s especially nice in the summer months when the tasting room shutters are open to the sidewalk.


The Golden Era

Shaken or stirred with historical style. The Golden Era serves cocktails that are handcrafted with house-made syrups, bitters, and sodas — giving the feel of the 1920s and early ’30s — and also pours local wines and craft beers. The vision of the lounge is to give the customer a drink that is “reminiscent of the golden era” in an atmosphere that is rich with Nevada City history. They also have a hand crafted soda fountain offering of non-alcoholic beverages


Treats Ice Cream

Treats in Nevada City offers exciting twists on traditional ice creams, sorbets, and baked goods. The desserts are made with local, organic, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. A few favorites are mint chip, bittersweet chocolate, violet, and lemon custard. They also have delicious sorbets and vegan options.



Kitkitdizzi offers independently designed and executed art, artifact, adornment, and finery made all over by the new generation of artisan and gathered most curatiously in Nevada City, California for your local pleasure. You’ll always find our favorite Pickle Pottery mugs there! Pickle Pottery is locally made in Nevada County by Sierra College art instructor, Stephanie Adams. Each of her pieces is food safe and decorated with beautifully graphic blue or gold patterns inspired by the Wabi Sabi style.


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

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LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is an artist-owned gallery and combined studio. Located at 300 Spring Street, in the heart of historic downtown Nevada City, the 1,000 square foot gallery also incorporates the working studio of LeeAnn Brook, where visitors can see paintings in process and discuss the art with the artist firsthand. With a contemporary nature-inspired theme, the gallery features Brook’s large format contemporary paintings, as well as over five additional artists, whose work ranges from hand-turned wooden vessels, branch assemblage and sculpture, to ceramics and hand-blown glass.


Neva Co. Vintage, Apothecary & Homemade

Shop for unique, locally made gifts and wares at Neva Co. on Broad Street. Here you’ll find jewelry, greeting cards, art, eco-friendly clothing and a wide array of hand-picked vintage clothing and accessories.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

These books aren’t exactly made in Nevada City, but they are books donated by local residents, and all the proceeds benefit the Nevada County Libraries. Most books cost between 25¢ and $3.00. Thousands of paperback and hardback books are included: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, collectible, etc. Friends of the Libraries Monthly Book Sale takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 3pm at the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research at 211 North Pine Street in downtown Nevada City.


SPD Market

You can’t call yourself a local if you don’t shop at SPD! With their Community Card you can earn 3% of your qualifying purchases for your school or non-profit organization every time you shop. They carry local wines, and a number of other local products including: Bubba’s Bagels, Sierra Sweets Toffee, and local honey. It’s impossible to go to SPD without running into someone you know.


Nevada City Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning, from early June through mid-November, stroll down to The Plaza at Union St. in historic Downtown Nevada City for a small town Farmers Market. You’ll find homemade, organic pastries, organic produce from local farms, local olive oils, handmade bags, hand woven baskets, and a lot of friendly faces. The market has been so popular that it now runs through the winter (limited hours).


Riverhill Farmstand & U-Pick Berries

Riverhill Farm is located only a few miles from downtown Nevada City, off of Cement Hill Road. The farm features more than 40 varieties of seasonally available fruits & vegetables. On Wednesday afternoons from early May through November you can visit the farm and shop the farmstand for fresh picked produce. During berry season, visit the farm on Sunday mornings to pick your own fresh strawberries and blackberries. Hours vary, so check the website in advance, or sign up for their newsletter to be notified of farmstand hours and offerings.


Haalo: All Things Botanical

In the shop you will find a vast selection of bulk Western, Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Culinary herbs. You are invited to come inside anytime to explore the local offerings and wonderful herbs. HAALo provides a support network for practitioners, farmers who grow their medicine, and for those in the community who need healing. It serves as an educational center by hosting annual events and classes focused on herbal plant allies and healing. They also carry a selection of books about herbs, wild crafting, and healing in the store.


You won’t find any big box or chain stores in Nevada City. The shops and restaurants are all locally run, and supported by locals and visitors alike! Visit Nevada City and eat and shop local.

Bistro 221

I was honored to be invited to a “friends and family” dinner at Bistro 221. It’s the newest eatery in downtown Nevada City located at the old Lefty’s site.

Melissa, the owner, along with her wonderful staff and chef, Christian, presented a fabulous feast! They serve down home, comfort food…like your mother’s, only better! The staff is like one big happy family, most having worked together over the years at Cirinio’s.


We were generously served samples from their menu starting off with creamy Deviled Eggs, a delicious Clam Chowder in a warm bread bowl, a Wedge Salad and a Caesar Salad. Next up was Mac n Cheese with Chitlins, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Herbed Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Short Ribs with Goat Cheese Polenta, and a Bacon Avocado Burger. My head was spinning from all the great taste sensations! Of course, dinner would not be complete without dessert which included a Lemon Curd Tart, Flourless Chocolate Ganache, Crème Brulee and German Apple Cake.  Choosing a favorite would be impossible…maybe they should offer a dessert sampler on their menu!

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Bistro 221 opens this Friday so be sure to drop in! You won’t be disappointed and you will most certainly leave with a warm heart and a full belly!

Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill

Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill, a new restaurant with a reggae feel, opened in Nevada City this week on July 27th, the opening day of the Olympics. This new grill has a unique menu unlike any other in town. Cool Runnings has a wide variety of traditional Jamaican dishes, including curry chicken, curry goat, jerk chicken, jerk pork, roast fish, brownstew chicken, brownstew fish, fried chicken, escovitch fish, oxtail, rasta pasta, ital stew, festival, plantain, and fried dumplins.

We tried the jerk chicken, which has a little bit of kick, the fried chicken, which was hot out of the frier, and brownstew chicken, which was sweeter and fell apart in your mouth. Each of our meals had a generous serving of the main dish. All the meals include tasty rice and seasoned cabbage and carrots. Meals are $5-$12 and sides/small dishes are $3-$5. This new grill will be opened for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

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The Curly Wolf Espresso House in Nevada City

Nevada City local, Joshua Henry, has opened Curly Wolf Espresso House, a fun new coffee shop on Broad Street, near Lefty’s Grill and the National Hotel. They got the name “curly wolf” from old miner slang for a tough or rugged man. The general manager, Stephen, is an experienced barista. He takes much pride in their beautiful Slayer espresso machine, hand built by a two-man crew in Seattle.


They brew Caffé Vita coffee, a dark roast from a small company also from Seattle. At Caffé Vita, the coffee is roasted by hand in small batches on a 1930s Probat cast metal roaster The coffee is freshly ground cup-by-cup in a Mahlkönig coffee grinder. The German company founded in 1924 specializes in high-quality grinders that concentrate on emphasizing the natural flavors of the coffee.


This new coffee shop has a very comfortable and elegant atmosphere, with couches and window seat, perfect for reading a book or catching up with friends. Curly Wolf is set apart from the rest of the cafés in town by staying open late until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. They hope to eventually stay open 24 hours in the summer. Curly Wolf will be a great place for locals and tourists to go after a late dinner or a movie. Check out more photos on our Flickr HERE.


The coffee shop held a soft opening tonight with live music at 7:30 with a $5 cover.

You can find Curly Wolf Espresso House at 217 Broad Street, Nevada City, California.

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Summer in Nevada City

It’s really starting to feel like summer in town! With temperatures rising, it’s a great time to hit the Yuba River. We went to a little swimming hole this week and made rock art!


In the back patio at the inn, the daisies are in full bloom! They look amazing growing right above the fire pit. There are so many that we added some to the bouquet from Magickal Florist in the front office.


You can kick off summer by watching the Soap Box Derby on Nimrod St. by Pioneer Park tomorrow from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Don’t forget that Fathers’ Day is on Sunday! Celebrate by bringing dad (and the whole family, really) to the 52nd Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic, starting at 1:00 p.m. with the Juniors race and the Pros starting at 5:00 p.m. To really make dad happy, bring him to the Pre-Race Brewery Party at the Ol’ Republic Brewery behind SPD.


If you’re looking for more fun activities this summer, check out our June Events blog, or talk to Carla at Nevada County Escapes for any type of adventure or getaway!

March 2012 Events

Ewing Venture Productions presents Harold & Maude from March 1 through March 25 at Nevada Theatre. Based on the 1971 film, this cult comedy tells the tale of Harold, a young man obsessed with death, falling in love with Maude, a 79-year-old woman who feels she’s lived her life. In their time spent together, Maude teaches Harold some of life’s greatest lessons. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased online HERE.

The 2nd Annual Burnal Equinox takes place on March 3 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. at the Miners Foundry. This event features Burning Man related vendors, food, costumes, mini camps, and more. There will be live entertainment, including Albino! a 10-piece Afro-funk band from San Francisco. Purchase tickets in advance online HERE.

Come join us at the 23rd Annual Psychic Fair where you will enjoy lectures, workshops and readings. There will also be vendors offering artisan jewelry, clothing, lotions and potions,  and gems and crystals. Entertainment includes music by Lasher Keen, The Blackbird Quartet, the Billzillionairs, and belly dancing. This event takes place on March 24 from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and March 25 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Miners Foundry and costs only $5.00 per person.

Take a hike! Docent guided Wild Flower Walks will be held every weekend beginning March 17 through May 13 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the South Yuba River State Park. Bring a lunch, snacks, good walking shoes and a camera. Take in the flowers and views of the South Yuba River on the Buttermilk Bend Trail. For more information call the Park Visitor Center at 530-432-2546 or visit their website at www.southyubariverstatepark.org. This is a fun, family event and you can support our local park by donating a suggested $3.

For a new way to see Nevada City, go on a food tour! We highly recommend Local Roots Food Tours for a fun and interesting way to discover Nevada City for first-time tourists or return visitors. Read our blog on our food tour experience by clicking on the blog tab above or clicking HERE.

Once a month, join local bird expert Bill Cortright on a birding expedition along the South Fork of the Yuba River. The 2012 schedule is posted on the South Yuba River State Park website or click HERE.

Local Roots Food Tours

Looking for a way to learn about Nevada City? Whether you’re a local, a first time visitor, or a regular in town, a food tour is a great way to learn about the history of Nevada City, try the different restaurants, and feel truly immersed in the town. Eric and Lisa have a food tour business, Local Roots Food Tours, where they take patrons on a tour of the town, while incorporating food and history. Eric and Lisa are locals who live in Grass Valley and started doing food tours in Sacramento. They saw how successful it was down there, that they decided to expand their business to Nevada City.

I joined in on Eric’s tour last weekend and learned so much about the place I call my hometown! The tour meets at Calahan Park, then heads over to Cafe Mekka. Cory, the owner, gave each person on the tour a taste of three of his favorite coffees. He also talked about where he gets his coffee, which is from Temple Coffee Roasters out of Sacramento, (we buy our coffee from him, so if you stay with us, you can taste some of the delicious Temple coffee!) and why he prefers it over other roasters.


Eric then took us over to the National Hotel where he talked about the history of the hotel and its significance of the town and the Gold Rush. We then went to Lefty’s Grill where we tried their delicious Italian Butcher pizza. Lefty’s has won awards for their Napa Style Pizza, which has a balsamic drizzle over pears, gorgonzola, mozzarella, olive oil, and fresh herbs. Their flat bread pizzas are all grilled in the pizza oven.


The tour moved on to Nevada City Winery, and on the way Eric talked about the Powell House which has just been recently remodeled. Each of the patrons on the tour were welcome to try the many different kinds of wine that Nevada City Winery offers. While at the tasting room, we were also offered to try Calolea Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and their Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. (Interested more about the wine at Nevada City Winery? Read my blog about the day I watched them press the grapes HERE.)


Once we left Nevada City Winery (which took much coaxing!), Eric talked about the history of the Miners Foundry. We then headed up to Elevensies where we got to try both sweet (Pumpkin Pie) and savory (The Petey Pie) crepes. (Read my blog from when Elevensies first opened, HERE.) While everyone was munching on their crepes, Eric led us up to our place, where everyone got a brief tour of the Broad Street Inn. We headed back downtown and enjoyed some delicious homemade treats from the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe. They gave us samples of their famous Gold Miners’ Delight and a pecan turtle. After everyone finished–and after a few bought some fudge–we headed over to Sopa Thai. They brought out a few of their most popular dishes, which were all big hits.


We were running short on time so we didn’t go up Coyote Street. We then went to Deer Creek Inn where we were offered yummy homemade cookies. The tour then ended at the Stonehouse. The tour was 3 hours long, but went by very quickly. Patrons leave full of delicious food and a good idea of places they would like to return to. We highly recommend going on this tour whether you know the town like the back of your hand or it’s your first visit to Nevada City! Don’t forget about their food tour in Sacramento too!

For more photos from the tour, check out our Flickr page HERE.

Read their awesome reviews on TripAdvisor or write a review if you loved your tour!

SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Come into town for SYRCL‘s 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! The three-day environmental film festival takes place on January 13, 14, and 15 in and around Nevada City. Each year, the Festival draws in top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the largest film festival of it’s kind. The films show all over Nevada City, including the Miners Foundry, the Nevada Theatre, the Veterans Hall, and many more locations. This is one of Nevada City’s biggest events and is worth going to! If you plan on coming next year, make your reservations as soon as possible. Accommodations fill up as far as one year in advance. We hope you can join us for this fabulous, one-of-a-kind festival! If you’ve never been to the festival, check out this article “How to Festival” for tips and answers to the most popular questions. Tickets are available online now. Volunteers are always needed at the film festival. If you want a free pass for films and love to help, consider volunteering at the festival! You can register HERE.

SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) has been working hard to protect and restore the Yuba River since 1983. Read more about the organization on their website.

Stack'd Everyday Napkins–Now at Broad Street Inn!

We love to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as we love promoting local businesses. Now we’ve found a way to do both! We have supplied our rooms with Stack’d reusable party size napkins. They’re eco-friendly, very practical (they make great coasters!) and best of all come in a variety of fun prints, including seasonal patterns.

These earth friendly napkins are made in Nevada City of 100% cotton and come in a variety of sizes such as party, lunch, beverage and appetizer. You can purchase Stack’d Everyday Napkins at the A.P.P.L.E. Center and HAALo in Nevada City as well as ASiF Studios in Grass Valley. Stack’d Everyday Napkins can also be found on Etsy. During the holidays we will also be selling their holiday-themed napkins.

Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

One of the greatest things about this area is the abundance of farms. This weekend we visited Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, which is only about 45 minutes from Nevada City. Bishop’s has a ton of fun activities for the whole family! Parking is $10, but there is no admission fee. The food was delicious, homemade, and very affordable (we got 3 cinnamon rolls, a caramel apple, a water, and a cookie for $11). They have turkey legs, grilled corn on the cob, corn dogs, and sweet treats like cinnamon rolls and cookies. Mrs. B and Farmer Bill are the owners, and Mrs. B sells her famous pies. There is a fun train ride that goes through the pumpkin patch and flower garden (where you can pick your own flowers for a bouquet). There’s a corn maze and a sunflower labyrinth that require tickets (as does the train) but are pretty reasonably priced. The corn maze was so big, we didn’t have time to do it. You can pick your own pumpkin or pick one off of the wagons on the way out. They had at least 20 different varieties of pumpkins. Bishop’s is a great day trip to take with the family and is less than hour from Broad Street Inn! Check out pictures from our adventures on our Flickr HERE. If you are looking for something closer to Nevada City, every weekend in October, Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch is only 15 minutes away and offers fresh pressed cider, homemade caramel apples, and pumpkins on their farm in Chicago Park. The family-owned and run apple farm sells their apples, cider, and other produce. Happy Fall!