Welcome to Carson Valley
When The JetSet Family began going over our 2017 / 2018 travel plans a few months back, we decided we were going to explore two things more: The west and places we’ve never been. So far, we’ve succeeded, and one of the places we’ll be stopping along our journey is Carson Valley, Nevada. There are still a few months before we head out on our trip, but I’ve begun to plan the details, excited to share what I’ve discovered. We’ve already decided that Carson Valley is not only a great place to explore, but has many great Instagram opportunities to capture the moments and make memories.
Into The Great Wide Open
As a part of our ongoing JetSetFam IG Scavenger Hunt series, here are a handful of spots you can bet we will be shooting selfies at while visiting The Land of Legends later this year. Even if you are not a fan of IG, these are still places you are going to want to make sure and visit while in Carson Valley. They are not only iconic, but picturesque, historic stops and will make your trip even more wonderful. Carson Valley is also very easy to get to all-year round. It’s reachable being only 420 miles from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, 45 minutes from Reno, and 14 miles from Lake Tahoe.
The Open Road: This is a photo that never gets old. No matter where you travel, there is something about a vacant stretch of land that leaves you so much hope. Plus, a yearning to explore and find out what leads beyond that bend of road. You can’t ignore Carson Valley’s backdrop because the landscape is so beautiful, it will leave you so relaxed. The mountains are majestic and the skies are bright blue. I can only imagine what it’s going to feel like when I pull over for one of many roadside shots and the perfect tune is filling the car with song. Every trip has a JetSetFam soundtrack. I’m excited to see find out what’s in-store on the playlist for Carson Valley.
Under the Skies of Blue
Aerial: Today is the perfect day to fly. Don’t miss out on the chance to see Carson Valley from the sky by soaring. Whether it is from a hot air balloon, helicopter, skydiving, or gliding, make sure to check out the vantage point on a clear day. Usually to get this high you would need a ticket and be a passenger flying in a jet plane, but Carson Valley has many opportunities for those looking to shoot at such great heights. (In fact, I think we just found the first song for our playlist.)
Food: Holy, moly, yum. There is no need to become an experienced culinary traveler to appreciate us wanting to visit 1862 David Walley’s Restaurant and Saloon. Something about it seems perfect for us. I already know Hubs will try the braised bison short rib, on a bed of house made pappardelle pasta, tossed in a wild mushroom Chianti and oregano ragu, finished with fresh grated pecorino Romano cheese. Kiddo will be predictable and order her regular pan seared salmon served on a bed of white truffle shrimp and scallop risotto, topped with a Mediterranean limoncello beurre blanc, with grape tomatoes, artichokes, capers, and sun-dried tomatoes…not too shabby! Still hungry? I’m not passing up the spicy Thai duck with ginger basmati rice, and stir-fried baby Bok choy, snow peas, and cabbage. Like I said, “YUM!”
Culture: What better way to round out a visit to Carson Valley than with a historic walking / driving tour? This self-guided tour starts at the Carson Vally Visitors Authority or could be downloaded on the website. It has not only historical locations, but recreational ones as well throughout Gardnerville, Genoa, Minden, and the rest of Carson Valley. While on tour you will learn about “Lucky Bill” Thorington who was the first man hanged in Nevada; the Oldest Bar in Nevada which is the Genoa Bar & Saloon; historic Genoa Cemetery is the final resting place for many early pioneers (including Snowshoe Thompson); and Cradlebaugh Bridge where a waterwheel was the inspiration for the Ferris wheel’s invention by George Washington Ferris.
Wildlife and The Great Outdoors: This could be our favorite part. Fishing, horseback riding, and bird watching are all ways to experience Carson Valley on a new and different level. The rugged area has some of the best bird watching in Nevada. Wintering raptors include Bald and Golden Eagles, Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks, and Prairie Falcon. Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, and American Kestrel are local. You may also spot White-faced Ibis and a modest number of Sandhill Cranes. A colony of Tricolored Blackbirds breeds in the Carson Valley, the only known occurrence in Nevada. You can bet we’ll be making a stop River Fork Ranch which provides an unprecedented opportunity and access to the Carson River. The trail system allows visitors entry to the wetland and wet meadow habitats, and see the Conservancy’s restoration work first-hand.
So choose your own adventure and be sure to let us know what you think!
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