Inn Town Campground Nevada City -The Cleanest Campground Amenities Ever!

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Our children asked me why we never went camping for the longest time and I told them because none of our friends wanted to go camping and camping experience is best shared with friends!


and even if that statement is true, the truth is, I do not like camping!


The last time we went camping was 8 years ago and what I remember most from that experience was stress because of the location and the not so clean amenities!


I swore never to go camping again!


What concerns me about camping is the inconvenience of not having a private bathroom, and what bothers me the most is not just sharing a communal bathroom, but the cleanliness of the bathrooms and shower areas.


And yeah I get crazy about the dirt on the floor of the tent that I actually brought a small wireless vacuum the last time we went camping! Lol!

 And so when our friends invited us to go camping just recently, I said no.


I was working on my website and Troy saw me and he complained about how I have the life is adventures website and yet we did not have any adventure! 


That comment jolted me to my senses and at the last minute, we decided to go camping with our friends and give Troy the adventure he wanted!


Inn Town Campground is a private and family operated campground in Nevada City. This 15-acre property is less than 2 miles from downtown and yet camping there felt like you are in the middle of nowhere.






It was fascinating to see the different levels of camping experience this place offers. 



Tent Camping



There is free wifi, spotty but hey, its camping time!



If you want to rough it up and go tent camping under the trees with family and friends, there are 32 campsites. 



Our group booked 3 campsites that are close to each other.



Unfortunately, they do not have a group campsite at this time but you can book sites that are near to each other like we did.





There is water supply nearby, a picnic table for each campsite but no electricity outlet (which I presume most campsites have in common). 

Campers are only allowed to use propane gas for BBQ, cooking and fire pits, but not wood burning or charcoal fire for safety and there is a propane station too if you need more propane gas.



The propane fire pit you can rent from Inn Town Campground.

The kids spent an afternoon coloring.

S’mores and Movie Night!



The maximum occupants for each campsite is 4 adults or up to 6 including children, and most sites has one parking spot, others have two and there is a maximum of 2 tents per site only.

Tent camping rate is $45 – $50 per night plus 10% taxes.


Our friends stayed for 2 nights at the campsites 47, 46, 45 that are close together and we were thankful for the unoccupied adjacent campsites because we had the whole area to ourselves, bigger space for our many children to run around and we did not worry about disturbing other campers.


I can see how privacy and quietness could be an issue when the campsites are fully booked.


Another issue was the bees that swarmed our food area at all times. Some of the kids sustained a bee sting and thank God none of them are allergic to it. 


It will be good to bring a camping canopy with a mesh screen to ward off the bees for your dining area. We did not notice flies though!


Being away from our normal routine and spending time together cooking and eating and just hanging out was wonderful.




And for those who want to experience nature with the luxury of sleeping on a real bed with cozy blankets, glamping is the answer.



The glamping tents.

It was wonderful to look out into this beautiful forest floor and to the trees from our balcony.



While some of our friends were tent camping, my family and 2 others went glamping because it was a last minute decision and we do not own any tent or camping gear anymore.

Our older children however shared a tent with their friends, so they had a real camping experience. It was great for the children to be able to play outdoors and have fun together.


There are 17 deluxe glamping canvass tents furnished with cozy beds, electric fans, heated mattress pads ( of which I did not know about but it was not a very cold summer night ), electric outlets for your electronics, with a balcony furnished with chairs and a table, outside picnic tables and nearby water supply.



The cozy inside of our tent.



There were fresh towels and 2 sets of earplugs too, but no toiletries like that at hotels and no en-suite toilet.

However, glamping rates at Inn Town Campground are not expensive costing $85 – $150 plus 10% taxes.

The difference in the rate is the maximum number of occupants the tent can accommodate. There is a family tent for up to 5 people with a queen bed and bunk beds, a tent for up to 4 people with 4 twin beds and some has 1 queen bed for 2 people.



I love the zippered door!



We liked the balcony looking out to the trees and the tent sites where our friends were.


Going glamping was convenient because we did not have to set up a tent and bring beddings.


The electric fan provided cool air when it got too hot in the afternoon and the canvass tent provided better protection from the cold outdoors, while the thick and cozy blankets kept us warm at night.

It was disappointing that there is no bathroom inside the tent but then there are 2 communal bathrooms ( each with an open-air shower and a regular shower ) nearby that are spotlessly clean at all times.


One of the nearby communal bathrooms.

The open-air shower!

The regular shower that is ADA accessible as well.


And outside of both bathrooms are kitchen type sinks with sponges and dishwashing soap for easy cleaning of pots and dishes after a hearty meal!



The outdoor kitchen sinks.


There should be a designated parking spot marked with the glamping tent number for each of the glamping guest in front of the unit, just like how tent camping has their designated parking adjacent to the campsite.

What happened was we had to park further from our unit because there was another car parked in front of our tent.




Inn Town Campground has 15 RV spots, some with full hookups while others have water and electricity only. The RV sites differ in sizes and you can book the site suited for your RV unit. 

RV rates are $ 50 – $65 plus 10% taxes per night with maximum occupants of 4 adults or up to six with children.






And then there is the Riverside Retro which is just like glamping but in a Retro RV instead of a tent.



I think this is one of the Retro RVs by the historic Chinese Miners Cemetery.


If you cannot afford an RV yet and want to experience sleeping in it, this is what you need.

Rates are $150 – $175 plus 10% taxes per night and it accommodates 2 adults and 2 children with A/C, heat, shower and toilet and kitchenette.

Just go check in and enjoy nature and the deluxe accommodation Riverside Retro has to offer.


Guests can bring their dog for a fee except for the Riverside Retro in which no dogs allowed.

The campground is a non-smoking property, there is, however, a designated smoking area right at the entrance area.


Quiet time is from 9 PM to 7 AM and during our stay, everyone is pretty good about observing the quiet time!

And if not, I have read reviews that the management does not shy away in reminding any offending party.


All guests no matter the accommodation have access to the Commons which is a 3000 sq ft building where guests can cook, eat, play and have fun together.



The Commons.



The communal kitchen has 2 full refrigerators where you can store your food (just label them and clean up after yourself), 2 stoves and ovens, pots and pans, and even plates, saucers and cups where campers can cook their meals and eat at the dining area furnished with multiple tables and chairs.


There is also a communal food bin where campers leave food items to share with everyone.



The shared kitchen.

The dining area.



There is a play area for kids, a reading nook, living room, fireplace, TV, and a covered patio with tables and chairs as well.



The living room with fireplace and TV.

Smaller children’s play area.



Guests can play pingpong and foosball outside and there are also picnic tables and grills and fire pit.



The Pingpong Table.

The communal fire pit behind the Commons.



The Commons is a wonderful place to come together and enjoy the comforts of home. I love the cozy feel of the place and how they maintained the cleanliness despite being used by many campers.


At the back of the Commons are pristine bathrooms with showers and there is a coin operated laundry as well.



The bathrooms at the back of the Commons.

I am blown away with the cleanliness of the bathrooms, at all times!

The showers are so clean that you feel at home!

There are 3 ADA accessible showers in the property.


The Commons also houses the camp store and the check-in counter and is open daily from 7:30 AM to 9 PM in the summer months and shorter hours during offseason.


The Swimming Pool


The swimming pool is next to the Commons and is not heated so the water is still cold in the summertime.




Its size is big enough but be prepared to swim with lots of children (because it is in the campground and children love camping). 


There is an outdoor activity area with Old Wild West Facade featuring a wood burning fire pit, with chairs and benches for scheduled movie nights.




And for the brave at heart, you can venture into the Historic Chinese Miners Cemetery that is within the property. None of our children dared explore the cemetery, not even me. Lol!





And if you forgot to bring something, no worries because the small camp store has adequate supplies for immediate needs like coffee, drinks, other grocery items, ice and even items you need for making s’mores especially the tasty gourmet marshmallows!





The owners Dan and Erin Thiem did an excellent job establishing this campground and maintaining it well. 

They are both adventurers themselves and they designed this property based on their previous outdoor adventures combining the freedom of outdoors with the comforts of home.


I believe that because the place is so beautiful and spotlessly clean, the guests are compelled to act accordingly in keeping the campground the way it is. (I know I was!).


So, kudos to the disciplined guests who cleaned up after themselves after using the amenities and to the property staff who did their best to maintain the cleanliness of the place!


Click this link to learn more about the nearby activities near the Inn Town Campground. We went paddle boarding and kayaking in the nearby Scott’s Flat Lake, we explored the next door Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum and the Nevada City Downtown and finally, we swam in the cool waters of the beautiful Yuba River. So stay tuned!


Camping can be fun and clean and comfortable! So next time you go camping, camp at this property and experience the comforts of

Inn Town Campground!


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