After our stay in Jackson, Wyoming, we wanted to get out on the motorcycle and see some of the Montana countryside. So, we loaded up and headed to Virginia City and it's sister, Nevada City (1 mile west).
The rain chased us to town. We rolled through Virginia City so we could check in in Nevada City. We were met at the inn by a woman dressed in 1860's mining-town wear. (Later, we had a conversation with her on the porch of the inn, for perhaps an hour or so - she really knew her local history, and had interesting insight!). Check-in was a breeze, so we went to unpack.
(Note: this next paragraph is a 'side trip' about Nevada and Virginia City - you can skip to the next paragraph for the Cabin review, if you like). Both Virginia City and Nevada City are interesting, in different ways. The gold rush hit this area in 1863/64, and Virginia City sprung up from nothing when gold was discovered. Virginia City is an authentic 'ghost' mining town, if you can call it a ghost town - there certainly is a lot of rather sordid history associated with it, and it is good to talk with George at the Bale of Hay Saloon (Town Historical Restoration Officer and part-time bartender) about the efforts to maintain the town's buildings and history. Nevada City is not so much for purists, but also is of interest, as a local couple began to buy up buildings in other locations from that period to save them from destruction, and had them transported to Nevada City. Thus, only some of the buildings in Nevada City are from the area, although most are from the period. Therefore, while Virginia City is much as it was back in the 1860s, much of Nevada City is a recreation of what might have been (but still pretty cool - you can tour Nevada City for a small fee; alas, we arrived shortly after they closed for the evening, and we had to get on the road early the next morning).
The cabin was interesting (#7, also known as the honeymoon cabin?) - small, cute on the outside, cozy on the inside. The inside decor was not so much authentic (i.e., vinyl flooring). The bed was covered with a quilt (cute). The bathroom was utilitarian, and no TV or radio (which we knew). Also, please note: we could not get cell phone service in either Virginia City or Nevada City, but could do so in Ennis. Still, we weren't looking for electronic comforts, so it was fine. The shower worked well (we had hot water unlike another reviewer), and the bed was a double, but comfortable. We were the only residents of cabins, so it was very quiet. However, I can see that during the height of tourist season, one might have to keep the door locked so that people don't come stumbling in thinking your cabin is a part of the tour... The day was cold, and the heat worked well, we were very comfortable at night when the temperatures dropped to the upper 30s.
The only restaurant in Nevada City (the Star) was not open for dinner, so we unpacked, and shot back up the road to Virginia City. Thre are several restaurants there, not open super late. Frankly, we stopped at the Bale of Hay Saloon, and enjoyed our conversations and the atmosphere so much that dinner ended up being bar peanuts, beer, and nachos (don't tell my 11 year old, she thinks we always eat nutritiously). Virginia City is very interesting, both historically and visually - you get the feeling you are in an old Western movie. I did note that there is an inn (Fairweather) in Virginia City - I think next time, although the accommodations in Nevada City were okay, we would try staying in Virginia City. However, the price for our cabin was very reasonable, so no complaints here.
The next morning, we had a great breakfast at the Star, and got on the road. We had a nice time in the area, but are also comfortable with silences and knew what we were going to get from our stay - I can see where a family travelling with kids or teens dependent on electronics might have a hard time here.
Looking on the website for these accommodations, we pretty much knew what we were getting. Although not luxurious, everything was clean, and the area quite interesting. The Hotel and Cabins are across the street from the old train that runs back and forth between Nevada City and Virginia City - had we had time to take that trip, we think that would have been fun.
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