Located just five minutes from downtown Reno along old U.S. Highway 40 — the famed “Lincoln Highway” —Wildflower is a unique B&B and so much more. It is a full experience with art galleries, coffee house, pub, wedding chapel, gift shop, superb breakfasts, artist studios, hostel rooms, apartments, bed & breakfast, and bicycle rentals. They offer workshops and events, including on-site, open artist studios and retreats, workshops for women, theater and musical performances, and even art and dance classes, in addition to making facilities available by reservation to groups for meetups, parties, and fundraisers. Free WiFi, utilities, maid service, laundry, and coffee. Extended stay available.
Number of rooms: 5, plus hostel lodging for 13 and motel rooms with and without kitchens
Years in business: 20-plus
History: Made up of three motels built between the 1940s and 1970s, and operated separately until a previous owner assembled them in the 1980s. At the Westerner, Sammy Davis Jr. would stay when his white fellow musicians could stay downtown and he could not. There are also rumors that John Wayne stayed there. The Silver Spur was named after a cowboy movie award presented when these movies were popular. The former owner, Mr. Neuenswander, still resides in Reno and rides his bicycle around town. The Ace was formerly an apartment house in downtown Reno, moved before 1980. The Dutchwife built in the 1940s and 70s. Today visitors include everyone from cross-country bicyclers to Burners to artisans and Harley-riding participants in Reno’s annual Street Vibrations festival.
Type of food served: Full breakfast for B&B guests, along with a pub and coffee house serving fresh-brewed Americano, espresso and more. The B&B breakfast includes coffee or tea, champagne and fresh orange juice, quiche with a petite filet mignon and scotch gorgonzola sauce, berries and cream, turnovers and Irish cheddar cheese. It’s served in-room for couples or in the Chapel for larger groups.
Unique Setting: Just above the Truckee River, looking out over one of Reno’s most beautiful, hilly stretches, and mere minutes from all the casino excitement of downtown.
Rates: $141.25 per night for B&B, $62.15 for motel and $33.90 for each hostel guest
Weddings or meetings: Yes, in the converted chapel/pub
Popular nearby attractions: Complete with relaxing porches and gardens, Wildflower is a favorite for visitors to Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, the annual Celtic Celebration, and Burning Man. Lake Tahoe’s north shore is 40 minutes away. Downtown Reno is five minutes. There are many hiking trails and bike paths nearby including the Truckee River Trail. Nearby are excellent dining opportunities including a top-tier Italian, steakhouse. French cuisine and Mexican eateries within walking distance.
Tucked away at the southeastern corner of lovely Washoe Valley, just 10 minutes from the state capitol of Carson City, Deer Run Ranch is as bucolic and friendly as B&Bs get. Enjoy beautiful blue skies and stellar views of the Carson Range to the west. Both rooms offer a private bath with TV and WiFi; they share a good-sized sitting room, where breakfast is served, plus coffee service. There is a private entry that leads to a pond and view of the Sierra. Closest neighbor is Washoe Lake State Park. Thanks to a new highway extension to the north, it’s only 20 minutes to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Guests come from all over the world, especially from California and the West. No pets allowed, but there are a couple of dogs on property to keep visitors company.
Number of rooms: 2
Years in business: 25
History: The spring on the property was used as a still during prohibition, while the gardens provided produce to Virginia City during its 19th century mining boom.
Types of food served: Muffy cooks a full breakfast depending on what’s in season in the garden. She varies it every other day — savory one day, sweet the next — and can accommodate some special diets.
Unique Setting: The ranch is a working alfalfa/grass hay operation complete with farm and ranch equipment. The views are vast and inspiring. There’s plenty of bird and wildlife viewing, plus a pottery studio for viewing and buying. “There’s also a garden, and people can wander wherever they want,” says Muffy.
Rates: $119-$149 per night
Weddings or meetings: No
Popular nearby attractions: Carson City and its variety of historical sites, the state capitol building, museums, shopping, parks and other attractions, is within a 10-minute drive. Reno is 20 minutes to the north and Lake Tahoe is no more than 45 minutes away. Countless hiking trails abound, along with fishing streams and lakes, golf courses and many more outdoor pursuits.
5440 Eastlake Blvd., Carson City, Nevada 89704
775.882.3643 | 800.378.5440
Inkeepers: Muffy and David Vhay
In the heart of the famous mining town of Virginia City — a half block from Piper’s Opera House, where Enrico Caruso once performed — Cobb Mansion is an elegantly restored, three-story 1876 Victorian mansion with period furnishings. It boasts a foyer, formal parlor, family parlor, formal dining room, kitchen, butler's pantry, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and an office. While the furnishings are 19th century opulent, the amenities are fully modern and comfortable. There’s central heat and air conditioning with individual thermostats in each room, plus free high-speed wireless internet. Throughout the house are hardwood and marble floors as well as period tiled bathrooms. The family parlor, which its original wainscot paneling, is the perfect place for guests to relax and talk about their adventures, and the formal parlor has a Victorian fireplace and Tiffany-style panel over the mantel. The original mahogany stair railing welcomes visitors to the upper floors where the Harris Suite, Carlson Room, and Beebe Clegg Room are located. The Julia Bulette room on the first floor is recommended for those who have difficulty with stairs.
Number of rooms: 6
History: Herman J. Harris bought the lots on which the Cobb Mansion lies on November 11, 1875, a month after the Great Fire of 1875. He was listed in the 1880 census as a “Tobacconist” and owned a cigar shop on C Street. He lived in the mansion with his wife, Billie, two sons and a daughter, his brother Samuel, as well as an Irish servant. The Harris family owned the home until 1933, when William Cobb and his wife, whose maiden name was Harris, bought the house in the middle of the Great Depression for $300, paying for it in three $100 payments. Ty Cobb, the former Reno Gazette-Journal columnist, was raised in this house and his family lived there until 1975, when Donald and Debbie Ford purchased the house. Four years later Connie Carlson, daughter of “Tiny” Carlson, owner of the Silver Queen Saloon, bought the house and raised her four children there. Connie lived there with her family until 2004, when the present owners purchased the home and began major restoration.
Type of food: Starting at 8 a.m., breakfast features homemade pastries, fresh seasonal fruit and main course ranging from Eggs Florentine to Belgian waffles to poached eggs. Coffee and cold cereals are available for early risers from 6:30 to 8 a.m.
Rates: $99 to $199 per night plus tax
Popular nearby attractions: The Comstock is one of Nevada’s most popular attractions with its saloons, restaurants, shopping and myriad historical sites. Take a train ride, witness a “real” gunfight on B Street, take part in a chili cook off or holiday celebration and just plain explore. The bright lights of Reno, the grandeur of Lake Tahoe and the state capital of Carson City are all short and scenic drives away, or you can head east into the Northern Nevada’s vast desert wilderness.
Tucked away on a leafy stretch of street not far from the Nevada governor’s mansion, this Arts and Crafts home was built in 1914 and beautifully restored in 2005 to best feature its original fir floors, pulley windows, pine moldings and high ceilings. Bliss Bungalow offers one room, The Sun Room, with its own outdoor entrance. Accommodations have a private bath with shower (done up in antique fixtures), refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and fixings, desk, dresser, closet, Direct TV (including HBO) and Wifi. There’s also a hair dryer and alarm clock, and the Victorian walnut burl queen bed with pillow top mattress, down comforter and 400-count sheets is a true 1860s artifact. Breakfast is not served, making Bliss Bungalow just that — a tidy and terrific cocoon that’s perfect for couples.
Number of rooms: 1
Years in business: 7
Food served: Coffee and tea available.
History: John Chartz, former Carson City district attorney, built the home for his bride in 1914.
Unique Setting: Part of one of Carson City’s most historic neighborhoods
Rates: $75-$85/night, no tax
Weddings or meetings: Perfect for small family reunions and group retreats.
Popular nearby attractions: The Nevada State Museum, Nevada State Capitol and V&T Railroad are all located in Carson City, along with movie theaters, plenty of shopping, charming restaurants and more. A half-dozen golf courses are within a 30-minute drive. Lake Tahoe is just 25 minutes away. Historic Virginia City is a half hour away.
Set on a mountainside of deep and rich history — the world famous Comstock — this handsome home was fully restored in 2007 to its original 1875 luster including, a reproduction of the original parlor wallpaper. The grounds are fully landscaped and the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places kept by the National Park Service. B-Street House offers three guest rooms with private baths upstairs, a library and a parlor downstairs which serve as common areas for guests. They offer a full healthy gourmet breakfast in the morning and tea/coffee, lemonade or iced tea and homemade cookies in the afternoon. Each guest room is decorated in Victorian themes with fresh seasonal flowers from their garden. Guests enjoy walking the garden area planted in heritage and antique varieties of trees and flowers. The Sam Davis Room upstairs is the largest guest room and features Virginia City's famous 100-mile view into central Nevada.
Number of rooms: 3
Years in business: 7; open April-October
Rates: $99 (part of 3-night special package) to $149. Midweek special rates at a 15% discount from Monday through Thursday
History: The B-Street House was built by local businessman Henry Piper in 1875, after the house he was living in at this location was lost in the Great Fire of 1875. A native of Germany, Henry partnered with his older brother John in the running of the first Piper's Opera House on D Street, also lost in the Great Fire. Henry came to Virginia City about 1860 to run a saloon on the corner of B and Union Streets, Virginia City, which was one of the longest continuously operated saloons in the 19th century. It is now incorporated into the current Piper's Opera House. Henry, like his older brother John, became a local politician, then a state assemblyman for one session. Virginia City totaled 25,000 or more people at the height of silver mining production in the 1870s. This house reflects the wealth and aspirations of an immigrant businessman with a terne-steel roofed bay window, and 12-foot ceilings. Henry married a German sweetheart in 1875 and they had two children while living in the house until 1894. Henry took a job at the Carson City Mint when the mining in Virginia City failed and he was involved in the largest trial of the 1890s when a theft at the Mint prompted an arrest of Henry as a suspected accomplice. He was let off with a small fine and returned to California in 1895 when it was discovered he was not involved in the theft.
Type of food: Full healthy gourmet breakfast which includes fruit juices, baked delicacies such as scones and muffins, hot egg dishes with sausage and potatoes, or pancakes with bacon, and fresh fruit dishes. Coffee, tea, juices, baked goods, and fresh fruit are offered at each breakfast with a hot dish that changes daily.
Specials include chocolate covered strawberries with a large floral bouquet from our local florist for an additional $49.
Unique touches: The innkeepers will print out special cards for guests if there is a birthday or anniversary celebration. They love to make dinner reservations for guests in fine local restaurants and offer information on the local attractions and things to do, and have even helped guests with historic and genealogical research, as Carolyn used to teach Nevada history at the college level in Southern Nevada. Chris is the only German-speaking innkeeper in Nevada.
Weddings or meetings: Very small garden weddings during nice weather.
Popular nearby attractions: Virginia City itself is a huge draw and most attractions are within walking distance including historic tours, saloons, shopping and more. The mining down of Gold Hill is just down the road, Reno is 35 minutes, Carson City is a half hour, and Lake Tahoe is about an hour away.