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Dream Day(s) in Virginia City

By Bob Conrad

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Our vt2coaches200x300Dream Days in Virginia City is two overlapping days, Friday August 21 and Saturday August 22. It (they) combine(s) memorable entertainment in hallowed surroundings, superb food, comfortable, even luxurious accommodations and a ride from Virginia City to Carson City on the new V&T track., and free time to spend as you please. You can join in any part that appeals to you.

FRIDAY AUGUST 21

Arrive in Virgina City at any time for shopping and sightseeing before dinner.

5:30 pm, dinner at the Cafe del Rio (chile relleno is the special, but you can choose what you please from their excellent menu). Please RSVP by reurn e-mail so we can reserve enough places for all of us.

7 pm, then to Piper’s Opera House for a performance by Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks. Advance tickets available online @ $26 or $30 at the door. And from there after the concert to the Red Dog Saloon on north C Street where Dan will sell and autograph his CDs of his new album “Tangled Tales”, a return to his roots in the earliest days of the Hot Licks, on the site of his famous 1965 performances with the Charlatans. We’ll try to persuade him to get up on stage and reminisce a little.

And then to dreamland. Or, continue bar hopping at the saloons along the board sidewalks (jitney service available for those who should not be driving).

There is a variety of excellent accommodations available in Virginia City and Gold Hill; you should make your arrangements as soon as possible, for one night or two.

SATURDAY AUGUST 22

9:30 am, Breakfast with the locals at the Palace Cafe on C Street, followed by a free morning to shop and sightsee. You can buy a “Silver Line Express” ticket, entitling you to discounts from selected businesses.

1 pm, catered picnic lunch at the John Percival Jones Mansion, Gold Hill, prepared by Heather Beaupre. Cost is $15 per person, reservations required by 8/16. Directions provided to those who RSVP. J.P. Jones brought in the Crown Point Bonanza in 1869, built his mansion here in 1870 and went to Washington as a US Senator in 1873. Presently home to his great-great nephew and family (that’s me and Robin).

3 pm, Excursion on the V&T Railroad, departing F Street station, Virginia City. This is going to require some advance planning since there is no return train; depending how many folks are participating, we’ll have vehicles at the depot for the ride back. One way tickets are $29 adults, $23 children and $25 seniors. To reserve tickets, call 800-NEVADA-1 or buy tickets online. Remember, you want the 3 pm train from Virginia City to Carson City.

7 pm, for those still feeling festive, dinner and drinks at the Gold Hill Hotel. Selections range from fish & chips at the bar to gourmet specials in the dining room, your choice.

I hope you can join us for even a part of this Dream Day (and a half) — I can’t imagine a finer feast of activities and events on the menu all year.

Don’t forget to make your reservation(s) by return email for Friday dinner at the del Rio and the catered lunch on Saturday; for everything else, make your reservations and buy your tickets online.