On the way to Virginia City.
Left Big Timber this morning and decided to skip the Museum of the Rockies, I wanted to see it but it seemed better to get to Virginia City/Nevada City earlier. I figure I’ll see the MOTR on my next trip to Montana. The whole idea of a ghost town sounded really cool and romantic to me so I was very excited to get to Virginia City and Nevada City. The drive there was very uneventful (basically no "short cuts" and no getting lost, lol).
We got to Virginia City late morning and what was the first thing we saw the stagecoach tours, yay!! This was one of the things I wanted to experience on vacation to ride in a stagecoach just to see what it was like.
We got there just in time for the first tour of the day, and it was just the 3 of us. The tour takes you all around Virginia City and back into the wooded area and back to the site of where the major placer gold discovery happened. The tour is narrated by the driver and pulled by Flash and Gordon the 2 draft horses. The driver gave us all kinds of info ranging from how the gold was discovered, to how Virginia City was once named Montana’s territorial capital and how people actually traveled on the stagecoach. Evidently, there were as many as 9 people put on the stagecoach since that was the main way to travel back in the day. Our driver said they would often sit people in the middle where your feet were just to fit even more people in. I couldn’t imagine that, I mean it was nice and roomy with the 3 of us, but can you imagine traveling cramped into the coach especially with the amount of clothes people wore at that time history.
A cool place we found on the way to Virginia City.
I was definitely glad that I was able to ride in a stagecoach in 2009, lol. When we got back to town we decided we wanted to see the 8pm performance of the Virginia City players so we went ahead and bought the tickets.
We decided that instead of driving the 1 mile down the road to Nevada City we would take the Alder Gulch Shortline Railroad instead. The train is pretty cool it has open sided train cars and you sit looking out the side of the train. They string a chain across you to keep you from falling out, lol. This particular train was gas powered but there is also a steam engine that runs on the weekends. The train runs parallel to the road but it winds through the woods past old mining equipment and beaver dams. Your admission to Nevada City is included in the train ticket.
Nevada City is considered a ghost town; it has 14 buildings which are original to the site in addition to many other buildings that have been rescued from other sites. The area has a saloon, a wonderful music hall which has a huge collection of various music machines and player pianos that still play. There are also living history reenactors there on the weekends. There is a historic hotel in Virginia City called the Fairweather Inn and also one in the actual ghost town of Nevada City called the Nevada City Hotel.
We rode the train back to Virginia City picked up the car and went in search of our bed and breakfast which ended up being right next to Nevada City. The b&b was called Just an Experience and boy was it ever! When we got there, there was an envelope hanging on the door with our receipt and the key to our cabin which was around back.
The place was huge and of course we fell in love with it immediately. We had originally wanted to stay in one of the historic hotels but it ended up we were very, very happy to have found Just an Experience.
Later in the evening we went to eat at the Virginia City Café that was packed with a tour bus, we had to eat outside which wasn’t bad since it was a beautiful day until the tornado hit. I’m exaggerating of course but when I tell you it was windy, I mean it was WINDY. Windy enough to blow over chairs and almost knock the umbrellas off the tables. We held on and ate anyway, it had been a long day and nothing short of an actual tornado would have kept us from eating at that point, lol.
The food was very good and we got done just in time to head down and see the Virginia City Players production of the Daughter of Dracula. The play takes place at the Virginia City Opera House and has 2 productions a day of live vaudeville. The experience was great and the actors were hilarious, Kerry and I were cracking up to the point of crying numerous times throughout the evening and I would strongly suggest that you take in a show if you’re in the area. The opera house sits right next to the Bale of Hay Saloon and at intermission you can go have a drink and/or a snack. It was a very full day and after the show we headed back to the b&b, the wind was still whipping about and since Kerry and I had decided to sleep in the loft (the loft, how cool is that) it was another amazing night of hearing the wind howl outside. I think I may have issues, lol.
Virginia City Hotels & Accommodations review
Wonderful B & B
Just an Experience B&B is an amazing place to stay in Virginia City, MT. The B&B offers both guest cabins and guest rooms inside the main house. The c… read entire review