No, Las Vegas is not the capitol of Nevada! Nestled between Lake Tahoe and Reno is the quaint yet eccentric Carson City, the official capitol of the Silver State. Over the last year, revitalization efforts have been incredible with finalized projects including the new I-580 Freeway extension. Not only is the commute from Reno to Tahoe quicker, it gives you extra time to visit Carson’s new redeveloped downtown attractions. Enhancements include improved walkability, community spaces and bike access all in an urban forest feel.
Store fronts and restaurants are popping up left and right, including two of my new favorites. The Union is a combination eatery, tap house and coffee hub, created by Chef Mark Estee, who focuses on local ingredients and farm-to-fork cuisine. The industrial farmhouse decor is accented by white tile, brick and reclaimed wood to bring an eclectic vibe, just like the menu. Worldly flavors influence the menu, but I say go for their Basque-inspired dishes like the lamb bolognese. Their wood-fired pizza can’t be missed. For a #CarsonProud spirit, hop next door to Battle Born Social. This cocktail bar and tasting room focuses on community support and meeting new friends. You won’t find TVs in this joint, as in the name, the focus is shareable small plates and local spirited cocktails to socialize over. Take your time and introduce yourself to your neighbor. Try the gin and tonic by the campfire with the charred Caesar. The crawfish mac + cheese is a comforting treat. Cheers! theunioncarson.com; battlebornsocial.com
There’s been a boom of creative entertainment across the nation, starting with paint and sip and now DIY creative spaces for all ages and ability. New to South Tahoe is Modern Makers, an interactive arts and crafts store allowing you to indulge in a variety of crafting endeavors from mod-podge, water coloring, to needle felting, wood burning and more. The entire family can enjoy free community craft classes during the week and other special events hosted for those 21+ throughout the month listed on their events calendar. On the North Shore, All Fired Up is another artsy space for those interested in pottery, candle making, mosaics, and new succulent gardens. Not just for kids, adults can enjoy music, creating and BYOB. Creative walk-ins are welcomed at both locations. formodernmakers.com; allfireduptahoe.com
As an adventure enthusiast, foodie lover and relaxation seeker, I encourage you to explore the area’s newest addition, The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe. An extension off the original Edgewood Tahoe, enjoy high-end amenities from new delicious eats and drinks at The Bistro at Edgewood; relax and rejuvenate at the newest 8,500-square-foot spa complete with salon, body treatments, massages and facials; and, then shop one-of-a-kind storefronts from boutiques, an adventure center and Golf Shop. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe sets a new standard for luxury in the Sierra. edgewoodtahoe.com
Remember to share your experience with me at #getawayrt and @meghan_burk! Happy exploring.
By: Meghan Burk