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Be a tourist in the Valley: Follow Chamber walking and driving tours

by Nancy Hamlett

Take a morning, an afternoon, or an entire day to explore the historic sights and riches in the Carson Valley. In our haste to travel outside of the area, it’s easy to ignore what is in our back yard. A day trip in the Carson Valley can be fascinating, as well as economical.

Four self-guided tours are outlined in the Chamber of Commerce’s “Carson Valley: Walking Driving Tour Map.”

Stroll the streets of Minden, Gardnerville or Genoa or drive along the same roads that the early Valley settlers used. The free brochure is available at the chamber office as well as the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville and the Courthouse Museum in Genoa (however, it’s now closed for the winter).

Both museums are stops on the tours, and curator for the Carson Valley Historical Society, Cecile Brown, has developed displays at both locations that are separate, yet compatible. Gift shops at the museums handle a wide variety of books, brochures and pamphlets about the Valley that will enhance your touring experience.

Fall colors are a little past their peak right now, but the shedding trees permit a closer inspection of the many historic buildings in our area. The temperatures are perfect for a leisurely walk, and the deer are migrating out of the mountains. Wildlife viewing is excellent this time of year.

To complete the tour, be sure to stop in many of the unique shops along the way. It’s not to early to start your Christmas shopping. Or enjoy a break in one of the valley’s excellent eateries. The Valley’s Basque cuisine is world renowned.

Familiarity of a community can often desensitize you to its many wonders. Become reacquainted with the Carson Valley. Make your next day trip one of the Carson Valley walking or driving tours.

For information or to pick up a brochure:

– Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1512 Highway 395 #1, Gardnerville; 782-8144

– Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville; 782-2555