Eat Your Way Around the Valley – Winter Edition
It’s been said that given all the activities and the burgeoning food scene in Carson Valley one could easily eat their way around the valley. To that we say “Yes you can!” Here are some ideas to prove it.
The south end of Douglas County features Topaz Lake, a place where you early birds will appreciate catching the sunrise. The only thing better than a Nevada sunset is a Nevada sunrise, and the best place to view that sunrise is at the Lakeview Coffee Shop inside Topaz Lodge. Enjoy the early morning light while noshing on breakfast, then head down to the lake to cast your line and catch a record-breaking trout. The Annual Topaz Lodge fishing derby takes place Jan. 1 – April 15 (fishing season is Jan. 1 – Sept. 30), and you can get paid to fish. Catch a tagged fish and pick up a crisp $100 bill. The two biggest fish caught each week will win you $25 and casino free play.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite head to Minden to perfect your fish story over a beer and burger at Minden Meat and Deli. There you will find 31 beers on tap (even craft root beer), sandwiches, Paninis, homemade soup, and scrumptious burgers. The folks at the deli can handle any food restriction too.
With your newfound energy head over to Genoa, the oldest settlement in Nevada. There you will find the Mormon Station State Historic Park, which features a historic re-creation of the original log trading post established in 1851. The fort gives you a peek inside the history of this small town, including the famous mailman of the Sierra Snowshoe Thompson, the Pony Express, and the brave folks who settled this fertile oasis.
No stop in Genoa is complete without stopping into Genoa Bar and Saloon, the oldest thirst parlor in Nevada. On top of the history and great stories that go along with this one-of-kind watering hole, they make a mean Bloody Mary.
Wrap up your day with a gourmet dinner at The Pink House, a newly renovated historic Genoa home. The immaculate restoration is a step back in time to 1919, when Lillian Finnegan held the first Candy Dance as a fundraiser for electric street lights. Don’t let the fancy interior or the fact that they have a Head Cheese Monger on staff deter you from this friendly and delicious café style restaurant. The seasonal menu takes a new twist on old favorites, like Cheese & Mac and Cheese Monger’s Grilled Cheese, and they serve an amazing cappuccino.
For more ideas on what to do while you vacation in Carson Valley check out our itinerary page and be sure to tag us on social with #WhyCV.