January Camping and events

Van camping

Rental RV camping

Happy New Year!  How are you beating your winter camping blues?  We’ve come up with a list of a few ideas.

  • Go camping more!  Not only are we open year-round, but many other campgrounds are available for great winter camping.  Keep an eye on the weather and when the next clear streak hits, come visit! Remember, we have a warm fire, fully stocked kitchen and dining room, plus heated bathrooms with hot water to make winter camping easy, fun and comfy.
  • Start trip planning for your upcoming camping season.  We take reservations up to one year in advance, so winter is a great time to organize summer camping.  Plus, if you want to visit any of the National Parks or many government campgrounds, you have to book early to get your dates. We just booked us a couple of days at Wild Plum campground in Sierra City and went for a ski RV trip in Utah.
  • Organize and print your camping photos.  Every year I think I’m going to do a better job of organizing the photos… maybe this will be the year?
  • Go to an RV Show (we got all sorts of great ideas at a local Bay Area show).
  • Be a tourist in your own home town…we loved having locals camp with us for New Year’s Eve, sometimes you don’t need to go far to have an adventure.  Or join a local hike club, never too early to start working on the 52 Hike Challenge.  We’ve teamed up with Folk Trails Hiking Club for a hike the 2nd Thursday of the month, starting January 9th, meet up at the Outside Inn.  Check out the rest of the 2020 dates (with specific times and meet up locations).
  • Spend time drooling over Pinterest and Instagram to help inspire future camping trips.
  • Finally, if you’ve got an acute case of the blues, pull out the camp chairs and Luci light and pretend you’re camping in your living room – the kids might even have fun setting up the tent inside and baking s’mores in the oven.

So, even if Old Man Winter has finally arrived in California, the camping blues don’t need to cramp your style.  If you have an RV or a tent; what’s better than hot coffee, a warm fire and sunshine through the trees? There are a lot of beautiful camping days in California over the winter and we’re open for just about all of them.  Finally, remember we’re only at 2,500 ft, so we rarely get snow; that means getting here is easy, but staying here is even easier.  Thanks to Only in Your State for the beautiful round up of the campground in snow.   Happy Camping!

Wild & Scenic banners

Nevada City doesn’t let winter get in the way of good small town fun.  There are several fun winter activities coming up, starting this weekend with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.   The festival is an annual staple in Nevada City, showcasing some of the world’s best and most important environmental and adventure films.   Next month Nevada City will host both the annual Mardi Gras parade (the spectacle of beads, floats and costumes happens every year on the Sunday of President’s Day weekend) and the Chinese Lunar New Years Parade, (this year it’s Sunday, February 9th from 12-4pm; and we’re honored to say that Dan and I are the Grand Marshals for the parade).  Come check out the parades and join the Mardis Gras festivities.

Mardi Gras Parade

Airstream with Valentine's Day decor

And for those looking ahead, we had some great ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day for the camper in your life, check out last year’s blog post for some ideas, it’s never too early to start planning your next romantic camp out (even if it doesn’t fall on Valentine’s Day).

G-21 interior

And for those of you planning your future glamping adventures, we recently announced on social media that we changed the lay out of G21, one of our family glamping tents and the tent will now have a queen and two twin beds in the glamping tent to better suit families.  The glamping tents will re-open for camping in March, stay tuned for more updates and upgrades around camp.

To follow what’s happening at camp, make sure to check out our Instagram, FacebookPinterest or  Twitter feeds.  If you’re looking for more local ideas, check out the Visit Nevada City Instagram feed or the Outside Inn’s blog.  Plus, every week I update our weekly events boards on Pinterest.  As always, we love hearing from our campers and look forward to seeing you round the campfire.

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