We did it! After nearly 3 years, a lot of planning and hard work, we have finally opened for business. For those of you who have been following along on the journey, thank you for your support. I wanted to take a few moments and share a few shout outs, some photos from opening weekend and few more news updates.
Dan and I have a love of camping that is decades old. It’s grown as we have, nurtured by our mutual appreciation for the outdoors, adventure and travel. Like many nomadic souls, our travels have led us around the globe and back again, finally to settle into a new rhythm of hospitality and community, sharing the Nevada City and the Gold Country with the world. The Inn Town Campground is the manifestation of that new rhythm. Since the planning, building and opening of the campground has been such an important part of our lives, Dan and I want to take a moment to thank the many people and businesses that have helped us make this dream a reality…because building a campground from the ground up has taken an entire team of dedicated friends, family and professionals.
On the construction side of things, we want to thank our general contractors, M K & Sons Construction and S & P Excavating. Thank you Mark for making these buildings are reality. Thank you to Ken & Mike, the father / son duo whose understanding of the land, topography and our vision has made the Inn Town Campground much of what it looks like today. Thanks also to Theos Electric, Ralphie’s concrete services, MPC Drywall, C &D Construction, All Phase Heating & Air, Absolute Communications, Northstar Trucking and Chris the Plumber, Thad Little and all who contributed in their unique ways to help the job move forward.
We also want to thank the City of Nevada City, which has been a huge asset in helping us navigate the regulatory and permitting process, from the initial use permit stage, to construction. The City staff and officials support the project early-on and appreciated its benefit to the community.
In the engineering department many thanks to Bryan McAlister from Sierra Land Solutions, John Payne from Del Valle Consulting and Michael from Melas Engineering. We’ve worked with many local vendors and friends including Sierra Sun Fences, Hutchinson Enterprises, Gary Apple for our custom signs, Grass Valley Sign, Liz Thiem for our logo and brochure, plus many more. Our camp store includes local businesses including Carolines Coffee, Cello Chocolate, Two Girls Beef Jerky, Folk Trails Hiking Club, plus a number of Inn Town Campground goodies.
Thanks to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for organizing a ribbon cutting ceremony; it was great to see such a strong show of support for our project.
In addition to all the behind the scenes support, we need to give a huge shout out to our staff, we opened the doors on Fourth of July weekend with a packed campground full of campers and they helped figure things out on the go. Thanks to Jed, our campground manager, for his dedication, our front house office staff: Jenny, Katherine, Paige, Carleigh, Julia and Crystal, with help from the housekeeping staff, Carol, Shelley, Xanthe, Chelsea, Emma, Eden and our outside crew of Jordan, Max, Zach & Chano.
The new mayor of Nevada City, my mother, Evans Phelps, said with pride, “The Inn Town Campground is the best thing to happen to Nevada City in a long time.” Many thanks to her artistic vision and interior design help. All of our glamping tents come with unique decor and the inside of The Commons features a nice collection of local photography.
It was truly magical for us to watch the campground come to life, from the vision of all the glamping tents lit up at night, to tent campers pitching their tents and cooking at their picnic tables, to the families hanging out in their RVs. I loved discovering campers baking scones in the Commons, people playing ping pong and entire families enjoying the outdoor movie screening. The best word to describe the entire opening week is “surreal”. After dreaming, planning, working and working some more, there’s something amazing about sitting down and watching it all unfold in front of you. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all of you who have followed us along (whether via social media or fans of the Outside Inn) or those of you who have taken a leap of faith and shared your excitement of the project, sight unseen. I know we have forgotten someone, for that we apologize, but appreciate everyone’s effort in helping us get this campground up and running.