New Additions to Historic Virginia City
It may be just a short drive away from downtown Reno (26 miles to be exact), but visiting Virginia City is like taking a step back into another century. With staged gunfights, locals in period costumes and historic buildings lining the streets, visitors get a feel for what this mining town was really like during the late 1800s. While they pride themselves on staying true to their roots, they are always thinking of ways to add to the experience. Here are some reasons to plan a trip to Virginia City in 2016:
Bar Hopping is a Long-Standing Tradition
Throughout its history, there once were as many as 115 bars and saloons in Virginia City. Today, there are close to 15 open for business, many of them resembling their original appearance. Their most recent addition is just one more awesome stop to add to Reno Tahoe USA’s growing brewery scene. Virginia City Brewery and Taphouse brews and sells over 10 different styles of beer. Try their Yellowjacket Honey Pale Ale or Poltergeist Baltic Porter. For a full list of watering holes in town, visit the Virginia City Saloons page.
They have also introduced saloon crawls for visiting adults to learn a little while they drink a little. There are four crawls scheduled in 2016 and each have their own creative theme while guiding participants through some of the city’s most beloved buildings. During the crawls, make sure to snag a taste of the city’s own, newly introduced, Cemetery Gin. It’s laced with Nevada pine nuts for a blow-your-mind flavor.
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A photo posted by Virginia City Brewery (@vcbrewery) on Apr 3, 2016 at 12:27pm PDT
Events as Unique as the Town Itself
There’s no doubt about it, when you come for entertainment in Virginia City, they don’t disappoint. Their event schedule stretches from February through December and you won’t find a more eclectic list of events anywhere else. For example, the International Camel & Ostrich Races are held in early September while the World Championship Outhouse Races are at the beginning of October. Of course, there are plenty of museum specials, train rides and food events if you want to keep it simple. Just don’t count out the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry! Their newest event is The Way It Was Rodeo held September 17-18. Enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun with bronc riding, barrel racing and more.
If you’re looking to hold your own unique event, they’ve got room for that too! With venues offering space for 30+ people or 300+ people, weddings and group tours are easily accommodated. Visit their newly added venues: Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds and Gold Hill Depot. See the full list on their website.
A photo posted by Virginia City, NV (@virginiacity) on Sep 30, 2015 at 3:12pm PDT
Get in Your Steps and Vitamin D
One of the best things about Virginia City is the ability to park in one spot and walk your way through the day. Parking is available along their main street with parking lots scattered throughout the town. They are currently developing another lot to help accommodate visitors and event participants. Planning a day out with the family has never been easier! Step back in time and schedule a mine or trolley tour to get the most out of your visit.
Source: VisitRenoTahoe.com Blog – https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/blog/