Trekking for Treasures

From its quaint Victorian-style homes to its historic streets, Carson City is a reminder of decades past. But that’s not the only reason it deserves a spot on your travel list. While big cities always get the attention, small-town charm makes Carson City a not-to-be-missed spot for an itinerant treasure hunter.

Old School Is The New Cool

For hipsters and fashionistas alike, there’s nothing better than hunting down a statement-making vintage necklace or a perfect lamp to fulfill your bedroom’s eclectic secondhand vibe. However, we all know that vintage pieces are not easy to find – especially in a big city where everyone (and their mom) knows about where to shop.

If you’re a vintage lover you won’t want to miss Aunt B’s Vintage and Aunt B’s #2. As if taken out of a movie, this vintage shop is located in a little blue Victorian cottage. From old timey hand mirrors and jewelry often with their vintage flair intact, to furniture you can’t find anywhere else, these two vintage shops are packed with charm like no other.

If That’s Not Enough

Who knew that farmhouse and French style antiques could be found in Carson City? The Due Sorella shop, fondly known as “Two Sisters,” is perfect for après-ski shopping. The last time we were in we saw a rack of reindeer antlers brought all the way from Canada! Make sure to bring your comfortable shoes because their wide selection of house decor makes it hard to make it out of there without buying half the shop.

Happy Walls Make Happy People

Make your walls an everyday aesthetic experience and invest in artwork that makes you feel happy when you see it. Whether you’re a minimalist or you prefer to decorate your room with assorted art, there’s no better feeling than purchasing a new piece to display. Named one of the top three galleries in Nevada, Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery offers one-of-a-kind artwork created by northern Nevadans – because who wouldn’t want a piece of artwork that exists no where else in the world.

In this local art gallery you can find unique pieces made from oils, acrylics, metal, glass, textiles and jewelry from more than 55 northern Nevada artists and 20 international artists. You never know, maybe you’ll find the finish touch for your home that you didn’t think you needed.

Lose Yourself In A Book

Ignite your imagination with rare and unusual books that you likely won’t find anywhere else at Morley’s Books. Located in Carson City’s historic district, this open brick and mortar shop specializes in providing readers with one-of-a-kind books that will help them travel to different eras. The shop is in the Sweeney building that was built in 1864 where much of its original construction has been preserved or restored, including its tin ceiling.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Who wouldn’t want to start off their day with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and a warm, toasty piece of bread. Since 1989, Paul Schat’s Bakery has been a local’s hidden gem in Carson City. And by hidden gem we mean, literally hidden. It’s not readily visible from the main road so it’s often not seen by tourists. However, if you want to be welcomed and fed like a local, you have to stop by for breakfast or lunch.

Their selection is wide but the inside scoop says that their fruit tarts and sourdough bread are top-notch. Although from the looks of it, there’s not one thing you wouldn’t want to try!

Finish your trip to Carson City on a high note and stop by the Carson Cigar Company, known as the Cigar Bar among locals. The bar is a full-service retail tobacconist store with a bar. Don’t be surprised if before you take a look at the menu, locals are telling you to ask for the Expresso Martini – and we don’t blame them.

All of these establishments are following COVID-19 guidelines. Please make sure to check out their websites, social media or call ahead if you have any questions about store hours, social distancing protocols and more.

Next time you’re in Carson City, adventure like a local and enjoy the simpler things in life. Your trek for treasures will be worth talking about.