Nevada City is just a mile down the road, and was much more interesting. Most of the original town was long gone, but old buildings from that time period were salvaged and brought here from all over the state instead of being torn down. The result is a historical park with over 100 buildings in it. It is a Living History Museum on weekends, with...more
This is a great town to just wander around in, especially if you are into history or architecture. The buildings here have been remarkably preserved. Some have been restored to their original condition but many are just as they were when they were built.You can easily spend a couple of hours just wandering around.more
The Opera House has good quality shows throughout the summer season.The Virginia City Players is a vaudeville show and it's Montana's oldest professional theatre.The other show is the Brewery Follies, and it is consistently sold out.You can make reservations for either show at the Fairweather Inn.more
This tiny restaurant only has three tables but is a perfect place to take a break from the day. We squeezed ourselves into a corner table and watched the busyness of the kitchen (they were decorating cookies for Christmas) and shopping (the store also sells women's clothing and souvenirs).
Favorite Dish: I had a half a turkey avocado sandwich and a cup of tomato bisque soup. They were amazing.
The Bale of Hay Saloon is a fabulous historic building, complete with tin ceilings and a huge old bar. Children are allowed in the bars in Montana, and ours had a great time playing pool and throwing peanut shells on the floor. Three years later, they still talk about that.
Dress Code: No specific dress code.
This log cabin holds a beautiful collection of the art pieces created by residents of Virginia City. It's tiny and filled with great and unique gifts. It's worth browsing through as it is consistently open and the woman who works there is very friendly. I love the tin stars made from recycled tin as well as the "found items" crosses.more
This is a tiny store named after a character in Virginia City's past. The store is well-organized and interesting with items ranging from things perfect for a little girl to amazing stone jewelry in a much higher price bracket. I always walk out with a ring, but there are so many things to chose from. My friend chose between headbands, rings and...more
The ice cream here is so delicious. There are no artificial colours or flavourings used - just sweet cream, sugar and fruits and extracts. mmmmmm......... This is probably the best ice cream I have ever tasted. Among the flavours that tempted us: vanilla, chocolate, peach, cherry, huckleberry, strawberry.... there were more than a dozen...more
You can ride a locomotive from Virginia City to Nevada City - about 7 miles away. While Virginia City is a totally free place to wander around, you have to pay to "enter" Nevada City. The majority of the buildings here have been moved from somewhere else, so it's not really an old town at all.
Unique Suggestions: The trains and round house across the street are free to observe. We found that pretty interesting.