Part of the joy of traveling is finding the unexpected gem and being able to share it with fellow travelers. Sometimes, it's easy to overlook the local prize. Such is the case with the Carson Valley Inn. Just 15 minutes from my home, it's a convenient getaway. When my furnace recently went south, it was a necessary one. The hotel offers ample-sized rooms -- smoking and nonsmoking -- in a rural setting. Unlike Reno, where your view is the hotel next door, you are likely to awaken to mooing from the cows in the pasture behind the parking lot. And while it's on a major highway (U.S. 395), it is very quiet. Except for the occasional cow. The casino is large and modern, with the newest games and a cheery staff. Smoke, unfortunately, is an issue, but that's always a downside of a casino. It offers a steakhouse, which is excellent -- on a par with anything in Reno in food, price and service. It is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. CVI also has a coffee shop which is, well, very, very coffee shop. It feeds you food. There's local entertainment most nights and a general atmosphere of ``we're glad you're here.'' Whenever I stay there, I'm glad to be there, too.
- Also Known As:
- Carson Valley Hotel Minden
- Carson Valley Hotel
- Carson Valley Minden
- Carson Valley Inn Minden
- Carson Valley Inn Minden/Lake Tahoe (Nevada), NV
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