by Ellen Caywood

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July 26, 2012
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Taste of the Towns showcases Valley restaurants

There is only one week left until our annual Taste of the Towns.

The doors to some of the best restaurants and shops in town will be open to anyone with a ticket starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. To those who may attend a Saturday evening church service, come on out afterwards.

We promise to have plenty of food left for you.

Looking at the list of participants, we think you'll agree that this is not the year to skip Taste of the Towns. We will have food from previous winners of the best taste award as well as many new offerings. In the parking lot you can sample Buona Sera, a previous year's winner along with other great places like Port of Subs, Papa Murphy's, Tahoe Ridge Winery, Margarita Man, Killer Salsa, 88 Cups & More, La Lee Pops, La Hacienda Del Sazon, The Grill Next Door and Moose & Squirrel. There is so much to choose from and it's all right there in the parking lot. And aren't you just the slightest bit curious about a place named Moose and Squirrel? We are.

As you head down the road, we shouldn't have to remind you about good food.

We have two Basque restaurants on the tour this year.

Food doesn't get much better than at the JT and the Overland. While you are down in that direction, don't miss Sharkey's, The New Market Cafe at the Historian Inn as well as Nevada Ugly, our newest bar, and the New Rancho Grande.

Head back the other way for this year's fabulous treats at Girasole.

Your stroll to the great restaurants on the Taste tour will lead you right past some of our best shops. Don't miss the great wine and beer selections at Battle Born Wine. Ruby Rose City & Saddle Clothes also features fun bling-y hats and great jewelry.

Classical Glass has long been a favorite for fantastic stained glass and gift items. Cheshire Antiques and Country Carousel round out the tour with more things to choose from than you can imagine.

Check out these shops now so when it comes time for Christmas shopping you will know right where to go.

All that and great music await you on Aug. 4, starting at 5 p.m.

Ben Crocker will be playing for us in the museum parking lot and C.W. & Mr. Spoons will be performing at the JT.

Come early; come late. Just come on out to support your local museums, to feed your tummy with some of the best food around and to feast your eyes on the excellent shops we have right here in our own backyard.

The merchants of this valley go all out for you, the Taste of the Towns customer.

Order your tickets at 782-2555 or purchase them in person at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Tickets are available Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and cost $25 per person, but Douglas County Historical Society members only pay $20 per ticket.

Once again your membership which supports your local museums pays you dividends. Join today and save on your Taste of the Towns tickets.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments.

We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

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