About a month ago, I came up with the idea to have guest posts focusing on “staycations” within their surrounding area. I loved this idea because, not only do my husband and I enjoy these type of adventures each year, but I really wanted to learn about others hometowns and what there is to see and do aside from the typical touristy sites.
Our country (and world, for that matter) is bigger than we may think. There are so many destinations that are overshadowed by their states major landmarks, or just overlooked in general because they are off the beaten path.
Lysa from SagebrushFarmNV.com (aka Mrs. Sagebrush Farm) also shares this opinion and is the first blogger to be featured in my [staycation] guest post series.
I’m Mrs. Sagebrush Farm (Mrs. SBF) from SagebrushFarmNV.com where I write/share about food, adventure, life in northern Nevada, and encourage you to live your best life now.
First, I want to thank Tiffany for graciously allowing me to write this guest post for her website. I met Tiffany through social media via an exercise in an online course we took for learning how to make a business out of blogging (I think…is this right, Tiffany?).
Anyway, I felt an immediate connection with her and over the last several months I have realized that Tiffany and I have a lot in common. I am very glad and grateful that my life crossed paths with hers.
When Tiffany asked for guest posts about staycations, I immediately knew that I would love to contribute because for most of us, the topic of vacation comes up once or twice per year and quite often Mr. SBF and I find ourselves opting for a good staycation.
Some people think that staycations are boring, but I’ve realized that a staycation can often result in a more relaxing time than traveling vacations do and are actually quite enjoyable.
I live in rural northern Nevada. We are nowhere near Las Vegas (in case you were wondering) and the nearest city, in any direction, is 60+ miles away which means that in order for us to do anything “fun” we have to drive a little, but we don’t mind. In fact, having to drive a bit to get anywhere has actually caused us to become more adventurous. We love to get in the car and go for a drive to see what we can discover. There’s more to do in northern Nevada than you might think!
Reno is best known as the “Biggest Little City” in Nevada and the downtown area hosts several casinos, which have become synonymous with Nevada because when people hear “Nevada”, they often think of Las Vegas which is riddled with them. But Nevada has so much more to offer than just casinos. For example, the Truckee River, which is Lake Tahoe’s sole outlet, runs through downtown Reno and is a popular gathering place for both locals and visitors alike. Mr. SBF and I love to frequent the plethora of restaurants, bars and locally owned businesses that make their home along the river.
Carson City is Nevada’s state capital and though it is smaller than Reno, there is plenty to do and see. It’s downtown area also offers a variety of locally owned businesses along with a couple of neat museums and a few casinos. If you love to be out in nature, Carson City’s Ash Canyon is a great place to picnic, hike and/or bike ride.
Less than thirty miles south of Carson City is Genoa, a small historical community that was part of the Mormon Trail. Every September Genoa hosts a Candy Dance and Crafts Fair that attracts people from all over the eastern Sierras. You’ll also find several historical buildings, a small museum and a few shops to stroll through even when there aren’t any events taking place.
Another favorite northern Nevada destination is Virginia City, known as Nevada’s first “Boom Town” and is where Samuel L Clemens became Mark Twain.
Virginia City may have had it’s heyday in the late 1800’s but the spirit of the Old West is all around. In fact, some of the buildings are known to be haunted and even offer daily ghost tours so I guess you could say that the spirits of the Old West still live on there!
With historical buildings, shops, restaurants, an old west shoot out and a mine tour, there is plenty to see and do in this little town
If you’re curious about Nevada’s yearly Burning Man Event, the Black Rock Desert which is host to the event, is a uniquely beautiful place to visit. It’s about a three-hour drive (east) from where we live but is worth it. There are hiking and off-roading trails, campgrounds, hot springs, and even a geyser to keep you occupied out there.
And of course, you can always visit, very well-known, Lake Tahoe which is stunningly beautiful. Lake Tahoe receives visitors year-round since it has become a vacation destination for skiers, boaters, and mountain lovers alike.
Northern Nevada has much to offer and I have barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do here. If you’re willing to venture off the beaten path and keep an open mind, you’ll find that there is so much to do wherever you are! You don’t have to travel great distances to find adventure.
Adventure is waiting for you right outside your own back door! So, go out there and find it!
A big thanks to Mrs. Sagebrush Farm for not only sharing some great locations within northern Nevada, but for reminding us that no matter where you live, or how much time you have, you can always create your own adventure.
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