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Nevada City’s Inn Town Campground to open for business July 1

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What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand-opening of Inn Town Campground

When: noon, June 30

Where: Inn Town Campground, located at 9 Kidder Court, Nevada City

For almost three years, Dan and Erin Thiem have engaged in a ground-breaking project that involved surveying land, drawing up reports, applying for permit applications, and multiple meetings with engineers, surveyors and biologists,

What they call a "labor of love" will shift in a new direction Friday with the grand opening of Inn Town Campground, a 15-acre campsite nestled in a wooded land less than two miles from the heart of Nevada City, which the Thiems have built from the ground up.

"It's great to have all the accommodation options in Nevada City for all the great things people do in our community," said Erin Thiem, who co-owns Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground with her husband.

Located in close proximity to Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum and a historic Chinese miners cemetery, the campground offers 70 sites and one of its kind camping experience in western Nevada County.

This unique family-owned business could help stimulate Nevada City's tourism industry by increasing transient occupancy tax revenue. According to a recent study, Nevada City's share of the county Transient Occupancy Tax fell from 23 percent in 2003 to 11 percent in 2014, a loss mostly attributed to the depletion of new and available hotel rooms, and growth of hotel inventory in nearby Grass Valley.

But noting the opening of the campground and the increased TOT collections in FY 2015-16, city staff projected TOT will climb 20 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.

"The town will get TOT on it," said Dan Thiem. "That is an immediate benefit to town. But it will also bring new visitors to town, so more capacity, which adds to all the revenue and sales tax (that will come) to the restaurants, the bars, the shops and all of that."

Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of Nevada City's Chamber of Commerce, agreed. She said Inn Town Campground is the only campground within a close distance of Nevada City.

"People who want to visit Nevada City can do so at a reasonable cost," Whittlesey said. "We are thrilled. … We have people here all the time looking for a campground. It will be a win-win for every one."

Guests could choose from pitch-your-own tents, RVs and 15 uniquely themed glamping canvas tents equipped with private porches, queen beds and fresh linens, as well as the comfort of electricity. The campsite also features a common room with amenities such as a kitchen, a living room, a foosball table and TV. There is also a communal fire pit and outdoor movie screens. A swimming pool is under construction now and is anticipated to open in summer 2017.

"It feels and looks like a forest and a campground," said Dan Thiem. "A lot of campgrounds are built on meadows or flat parking lot areas. We wanted this to have the feel and look of a state park, but also all the amenities and convenience of a private campground, or even mobile in that aspect."

Inn Town Campground will be open year-round. Its summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Interested visitors are encouraged to book their stays by visiting the website, http://inntowncampground.com, or by calling the office at 530-265-9900. Prices range from $45 to $100 per night depending on the type of camping options visitors opt for and the time of week they choose to stay.

"We really put a lot of thought into what people potentially would want and hopefully they will like it," said Erin Thiem.

Nevada City's Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon Thursday in front of the campground, located at 9 Kidder Court, Nevada City.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.