Summer camping has arrived and the campground is buzzing with activity.  Memorial Day weekend was a blast, with a record number of 82 kids at the campground.  This Saturday (June 9) is the kick off for the Yuba Bus new shuttle service to the South Yuba River.  Yuba Bus will pickup at Inn Town Campground at 8:45am and 12:45, please call Yuba Bus to purchase a ticket.  If you’re interested in visiting 49 Bridge and don’t want to worry about getting a parking space, this service is a great option.

We’ve got a few Inn Town Campground events this month–   If you missed the May Folk Trails Hiking Club meet up, you can always join us for the next one on the 2nd Thursday of the month (June 14th at 5pm). Jesse Locks will be leading a local history walk to downtown Nevada City with stops at historic landmarks, including the Miners Foundry.  This month we will also continue with our Bear Yuba Land Trust Fireside Chat series; the theme will be Family Campouts and Storytelling, Thursday, June 28th 6-7:30pm.

Summer camping season is here with the recent warmer temperatures and kids finishing school.  Our swimming pool was a favorite with kids and adults alike over Memorial Day weekend and is a refreshing cool off on warm summer days .  Other fun summer activities that are happening at the campground include outdoor movies on Friday and Saturday evenings and the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s railbus is back on the tracks (click here to see the time table and more info about the museum).  Also, this year we have added fun color-your-own Inn Town Campground totes and backpacks to our Craft Hour.  If you or your child wants a fun bag souvenir to color, you can buy a kit at the store and join us during Craft Hour.  Finally, we’ve also restocked our camp store with some great new branded gear, plus the camping essentials (craft beer, local Kombucha, organic wine, It’s It ice cream sandwiches, gourmet marshmallows, ice and travel mugs).  Sounds like it’s time to pull out the hammock, grab the kids and come camping!

If you’re looking for more kid friendly activities this summer, click here; there are tons of great kids events and things to do in Nevada City & Grass Valley.  And, if you don’t have a tent site reservation, don’t worry, the Inn Town Campground still has sites available this summer – book soon for weekends as they are filling up quickly.  Or, if you’ve always wanted to try glamping, think about joining us mid-week, when we have more availability and town has a more relaxed, quiet feel.  Lastly, stay tuned on social media for an announcement later this month on a fun new addition to the campground.

One of our summer projects is to create a series of tips and suggestions for campers on how to create less waste while camping.  We’re huge fans of the #LeaveNoTrace philosophy and we want to help remind car campers and RVers that you too can create less waste while camping.  Tip #1, take advantage of the Inn Town Campground outdoor dishwashing stations.  You can buy a set of cute Camp Casual dishes in our camp store, or bring your favorite durable options from home, we provide the hot water, soap and sponge and easy outdoor access for all campers to use.   Tip #2, recycle, the Inn Town Campground has recycling containers set up around the campground, just look for the blue bins next to the garbage cans.  Remember to empty liquids from bottles and leave the tops off. Tip #3, get a reusable coffee mug (we’ve got a few we recommend in our camp store), but bring your own cup for the next cocktail hour or BBQ with your campers.  This cuts down on waste and looks cool too.

To follow us along, make sure to check out our InstagramFacebook, Pinterest 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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