It’s not often I write about travel, even though it is hands-down one of my all-time favorite things to do! Summertime especially puts me in the mood to get out in the great outdoors, for some raw, historic adventures. Being a Utahn, Nevada is right next door and a quick jaunt. While often times Nevada is known mainly for its gambling and nightlife, and of course – Vegas! – there are actually many really beautiful, scenic places to visit, especially in the summer! One of my favorite Nevada locations being Carson Valley!
Sure, sure, you still can, of course, gamble here and there are certainly a few great casinos, bars and clubs to visit, but you’re missing out if you don’t check out some of the other great adventures to be had in Carson Valley!
5 Top Activities to do in Carson Valley Nevada:
1. A Relaxing Weekend at Topaz Lake. I’m a water girl for sure, so I make sure my summer consists of plenty of awesome wet adventures! The stunning oasis of Topaz Lake, located just south of Gardnerville, and nestled between the arid Great Basin and towering, Sierra Nevada, is a water sports lover’s destination. Known for fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding (yes, please!) and camping, there are no doubt, plenty of fun things to do to stay entertained here!
A little history on Topaz Lake: Jedediah Smith was the first non-native to traverse the Sierra Nevada, and in spring of 1827, his route took him southeast through Monitor Pass and east past Topaz Lake. Now a man-made reservoir, Topaz Lake was once a remnant of a prehistoric sea.
2. A Relaxing Day Sightseeing in Genoa. Genoa is full of history and with its growing culture, you can find fabulous fun entertainment here, as well as plenty of the arts, and fantastic yummy eats too! Visit the local Mormon Station and Court House Museums to learn about the history of this beautiful little town. Stay at one of the quaint down-home bed and breakfasts, while kicking up your feet, relaxing with a tasty glass of wine from the local Tahoe Ridge Winery, and enjoying some of the beautiful wild life you’re sure to come in contact with while visiting Genoa.
Originally established in 1851, the first recorded settlement in Nevada was named Mormon Station, then renamed Genoa in 1855 after the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Genoa was the eastern terminus of frontier mailman John “Snowshoe” Thompson’s route from 1856-1876. Thompson was the first man to ski the Tahoe backcountry and the same peaks that make up some of their world-famous ski resorts; Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
3. Shopping and Some Fun Nightlife in Minden. Ok, I’m in Nevada, I’ve still got to play the tables! I hear roulette calling my name now! A fun evening and stay in one of the beautiful rooms at the Carson Valley Inn & Casino, is sure to delight any traveler! Spend the evening dining, attending a live outdoor concert, free nightly entertainment, or try your luck at the slots, followed by a relaxing day lounging by the pool! While you’re here, also be sure to take a tour of the Dangberg Home Ranch to get a taste of the life of an early ranching family, as well as spend a relaxing afternoon at Minden Park and Esmeralda Avenue.
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Hey lovelies! Taking that awesome Spring Vacation soon but stumped at how to get all your stuff in that suitcase? Read on for some fabulous packing tips from designer Katherine Way:
5 Fab tips for Packing:
- Fabrics should travel as easily as you do. Follow these three rules for ensuring your outfits travel well. Fabrics should be 1) easy to care for, 2) wrinkle-resistant, 3) machine washable. “The last thing you want to do after a relaxing vacation is to come home to a suitcase full of clothes that need special care,” says to Katherine Way.
- Spring is a season to welcome in the new so be sure to put away those earth tones and pack a selection of bright colors to add some pep to your step. Our spring collection was inspired by the colors of Key West and include bright and whimsical fabrics with foliage, flamingoes, elephants, waves and other great ocean-inspired prints.
- Think mix and match when packing to save space and make daily dressing easier. Include a solid top that coordinates with at least two separate bottoms, like our skirts, shorts, and pants. Stay within the same color family so your shoes and accessories will coordinate. Start with our blue tones that pair with so many fun fabrics.
- Remember to breathe – or at least wear clothing that breathes. “I travel to the Florida Keys often and it can get rather humid in the spring. It’s important to have moisture-wicking fabrics so you can stay cool and refreshed without having to take up valuable vacation time running back to the hotel to freshen up,” says Way.
- Stay protected from the sun. Chances are, you’ll want to be outside in the beautiful spring weather so sunscreen is an essential. Believe it or not, you can still get sun through lightweight fabrics. Katherine Way Collections is UPF 50+ certified so you’re always protected.
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Are you taking that fabulous tropical vacation this Winter? When it comes to preparing for vacation, packing can be a daunting task and it’s easy to forget important items. Luckily, Chloraseptic’s Associate Clinical Professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Services, Dr. Maria Mantione, knows how colds can quickly develop especially when traveling and on-the-go in vacation mode.
Maria’s Top 5 essential items you will need to prevent getting sick in order to guarantee you can enjoy your trip:
1. Bring Backup – Sickness has a funny way of creeping up at the most inopportune moments and put a damper your vacation. So be sure to pack the #1 pharmacist recommended brandfor sore throat and mouth pain, Chloraseptic. Their throat spray and lozenges can help fight off sickness whether you prefer a quick spritz or a long-lasting lozenge with a soothing liquid center.
2. Stay Super Healthy with Super Foods – Eating and drinking high vitamin/super food and beverages is a great addition to boosting one’s immune system. Apples, bananas, coconut water and trail mix are a just a few examples of foods that will have you feeling your best while traveling.
3. Sanitizer Comes in Handy – Germs are everywhere but you can stop them in their tracks by washing your hands and sanitizing. With hand sanitizer, you’ll feel a lot better about the coughing and sneezing passengers on the plane.
4. Eliminate the Clothing Conflict– Weather can unpredictable. With the temperatures on the plane, at the hotel and outdoors, you may be confused with what to wear. Bring clothes that you can layer in case of extreme temperatures.
5. Build Your Own First Aid Kit – Be prepared with travel or smaller sized products in your luggage. This can really get you out of some nasty situations and save you from some inconvenient side trips to a doctor.