LA Weekends: Carson City, NV

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ur last attempt to visit a frontier town (our trip to Flagstaff, Arizona) was foiled by two feet of snow. And cross country skiing. So, though we got to see our abandoned covered wagons, we did so on a sleigh ride.

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But this time, the weather forecast was clear and warm as we headed to our next destination, Carson City, Nevada, the setting of westerns from John Wayne classics to Shanghai Noon. And, thanks to strategically placed highways, it’s just a short trip from Lake Tahoe.

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Unlike most of our California expeditions that took us up I-5, this time we snaked north along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, passing through deserts, salt flats, and a section of Yosemite before arriving at High Sierra Brewing Company, a great way to end a long road trip. Our table came fitted with its own digital, self-serve tap, that allowed us to pour exactly the amount we wanted and pay for exactly that much. The Irish Red served as perfect accompaniment to our Meat Lover’s pizza. I know we’re wont to hyperbolize, especially about pizza (we’re from LA, can you blame us?) but this is almost definitely the best pizza ever.

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The next morning, we had breakfast at Adele’s, a local landmark, where we were seated on a shaded outdoor patio surrounded by hanging flowers. There we enjoyed the morning as we sipped cappuccinos and anticipated our breakfast: crab cake eggs benedict, berry french toast, and a side of seasonal duck eggs and lamb sausage. Our selections were aided by my favorite kind of waitress–one who is not hesitant to recommend something great. Namely, well, everything, but specifically the french toast. I couldn’t explain what it is that makes their french toast different–it was crispy on the outside, light as angel-food cake on the inside, and topped with fresh berries in a berry reduction. Not only would we go back in a heartbeat, we did, just a little later in the trip…

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After breakfast we stumbled into the neighboring Abell House Antique Store, where we happened upon cool items in every nook and cranny–turn of the century electronics, World War I memorabilia, and sitting inconspicuously on a bookshelf, a first-edition of Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad. I looked for a $.99 price tag, but failing to find it, walked out before making a bad decision.

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Then we had a walk around downtown Carson City. As the state capital, the downtown is home to the state house, the courthouse, and some other impressive buildings, which are clustered in a large park that provided a pleasant stroll. Though Carson City is no longer the smallest state capital in the US, it still has a very small-town feel, complete with banners overhanging main street, giving it a very different feel from that other Nevada city.

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We ended our walk at Firkin and Fox, a pub that serves American food and microbrews in a cool atmosphere. We settled on fish and chips and potato skins, both of which were quite good. We loved the building, too, a Carson City fixture located near the original western depot of the Pony Express.

From there we headed to Washoe Lake State Park, where we were on the lookout for wild mustangs. No luck there, but our disappointment was quelled when an enormous bald eagle swooped over our heads before landing on a tree nearby. It’s hard not to feel patriotic when you’re overlooking a lake like Washoe, with the mountains in the background and fields all around you, bald eagles swooping over your head. It’s easy to understand why people like Twain are drawn here.

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And speaking of America, Carson City has legalized gambling! We stopped into the Casino Fandango just long enough to win five bucks playing roulette before sitting down for dinner at the adjoining Ti Amo Italian Grille. We had to try the lobster macaroni and cheese (and so do you), in addition to their signature prawns, with some chocolate mousse to top it off. Despite being attached to the casino, Ti Amo definitely stood on its own as a great, casual spot to get some delicious Italian food.

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We stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Express in nearby Minden. We usually avoid hotel chains, but since this was Memorial Day weekend, we found the other hotels booked up. Thankfully, though, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The hotel was not only conveniently located with easy parking, the rooms were incredibly comfortable and clean, complete with mini fridges, flat screen TVs and, best of all, free breakfast–with fresh cooked pancakes, eggs, sausage and a variety of other options. Not quite Adele’s, but fantastic for the price!

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For day two, we planned a day-trip to nearby Virginia City aboard the V&T Railroad. From the second we parked our car at the station to the second we returned, it was like we had stepped into a different time. Met by train workers in period clothes, we boarded the very steam train that carried miners during the gold rush. We looked out at the rolling mountain scenery, passing through various tunnels and bridges, and even gold mines still in use. We also spotted one, at least, wild mustang grazing in a field nearby, in addition to some Civil War reenactors mid battle.

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Virginia City (which is accessible by car, but certainly more fun by train) is a famous Old West town, known best as the home of The Territorial Enterprise, the newspaper where Mark Twain first took on his pseudonym and started writing professionally. Thankfully, the pressroom of the newspaper remains intact, and has been converted into a museum containing such artifacts as the original printing press, Twain’s writing desk, and the newspaper’s original toilet–on which Twain once sat!

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The town is filled with old, wild west-style buildings, many, if not most, of which date back over a hundred years. Outside of the few blocks that make up the town, you’re surrounded by rolling desert. Were it not for the paved road and parked cars and kids playing with iPads, you’d feel completely immersed in frontier Nevada.

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That evening, we returned again to Adele’s, this time for the dinner menu. The indoor seating provided a much different environment than our brunch on the porch, a fine-dining vibe that was matched by the menu. We started with baked goat cheese and crab-infused tater tots before the real draw, the bacon-wrapped filet mignon, which did not disappoint. (Though really, how could it?) We don’t usually visit the same restaurant twice, but Adele’s made it worthwhile.

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We stayed the next night at the Courtyard Carson City, where we once again found great, comfortable and clean rooms, a mini-fridge in the room, and even a pool and hot tub. The Courtyard is also walking distance to a multiplex and, for better or worse, the Fandango casino.

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This was the starting point for the final day of our trip, and a hike around Lake Tahoe. (Amazingly, you actually can hike all the way around Tahoe, but it would take more than the few hours we spent there.) We picked the Cascade Falls Trail, which starts in the incredible Emerald Bay. We parked along the highway and took in the incredible vista before starting a short, rocky hike through the mountains. Finally the trail opened up to a riverbed, just as it spilled into a massive waterfall, which is where where we stood to take in an incredible view of Tahoe.

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Though most Californians think skiing when they think Tahoe (with good reason), it was incredible to visit in the summer, and we could have hiked days longer. Sadly, one of our longest LA Weekend so far had come to an end, and so we turned back toward home: tired, tanned and happy.

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Establishments mentioned and recommended:

[one_fourth]HIGH SIERRA BREWING CO.
302 N. Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 884-2739[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ADELE’S
1112 N Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 882-3353[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]THE FIRKIN & FOX
310 S Carson St #100
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 883-1369[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]WASHOE LAKE STATE PARK
4855 Eastlake Blvd
New Washoe City, NV 89704
(775) 687-4319[/one_fourth_last]

[one_fourth]TI AMO
3800 S Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 885-7000[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
1659 Nevada 88
Minden, NV 89423
(775) 782-7500[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]VIRGINIA & TRUCKEE
F St
Virginia City, NV 89440
(775) 847-0380[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]COURTYARD CARSON CITY
3870 S Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 887-9900[/one_fourth_last]

[three_fourth]This trip was made possible with the assistance of the Carson City Nevada Convention Bureau. Many thanks to Amy Demuth and Ronele Klingensmith. Visit them at 1900 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701.[/three_fourth][one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last]


Some of my favorite things are beef jerky, bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, pistachios (aka the nut of the gods), my husband's face, and coffee.

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