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Greenhorn Ranch

Let’s be honest, with things going the way they have been over the past two years, I don’t think it would be appropriate to suggest a staycation, but with everything else that is happening in our world, a trip to Europe might not be the best idea either. What if there was some sort of compromise? Some adventure that checks all the boxes but isn’t too far?

Enter: Greenhorn Ranch!

Less than 75 miles away (a 75 minute drive) from the heart of Reno you will find the Greenhorn Ranch, a dude ranch smack-dab in the middle of the Plumas National Forest in Quincy, California. Between the twice daily trail rides, target shooting, and the opportunities to fellowship with other guests around the campfire, it truly serves as a contemporary homage to the classic American West.

When you first arrive at the Greenhorn Ranch you will find yourself overwhelmed by the surroundings – beautiful wilderness; sometimes in my day-to-day life I forget how close we are to this beautiful, untouched wilderness. Nestled in their own little pocket of the Plumas National Forest you will find the Greenhorn Ranch Lodge and their staff. The Lodge features spacious guest rooms, but if you’re feeling more adventurous you might even opt to instead stay in their Creekside or Pines cabins, or even further, you might even opt for their Airstream experience.

One of the best things about the Greenhorn Ranch is the variety of experiences available to you, not only as far as activities, but also including meals, lodging, and more.

One of the most important elements of any dude ranch is horseback riding. The all-inclusive resort experience includes two trail rides each day through the wonderful wilderness in and around the ranch, with a selection of over 60 horses for all skill levels, many of which were born-and-raised at Greenhorn.

Want to slow down, and take in the afternoon sunshine? Go fishing for trout on the ranch. Greenhorn will provide you with poles and bait, and if you aren’t experienced don’t worry because they have an experienced guide that can help you make your first big catch! Want to take it a step further? Their guide can take you off of the ranch to a nearby river so you can try your hand at fly fishing.

I truly had a fabulous time at the Greenhorn Ranch, and in my opinion it is the perfect getaway. Not too far, so you don’t have to worry about differing restrictions, but also not too close so it isn’t really a staycation.So, meet some new people and get outside of your comfort zone.

For more information on the Greenhorn Ranch, visit (LINK: http://greenhornranch.com)


Like many people, I love my Starbucks coffee – it’s something that certainly helps start my days! But have you ever wondered where it comes from? What if I told you that buying your morning coffee at Starbucks does more than support the employees at that store, but also supports the Carson Valley community?

At the end of June, I had the opportunity to visit the brand new Starbucks Distribution Center and Roasting Plant in the Carson Valley and it is incredible! This facility is one of only five distribution centers in the country and features one of the largest coffee roasting facilities in the world. This newly expanded facility serves the Southwest United States, including Starbucks locations in the Carson Valley, Reno, Sparks, Tahoe, and more.

Whenever a company builds and expands in our community it always brings along positive things with it. Local construction companies with local workers are hired to improve on existing facilities or build new ones; local restaurants and other businesses provide food and services to the temporary construction workforce. Even further, there is a permanent expansion to the workforce in the employees that are hired to run that business that will continue to visit and support the businesses that were previously serving the temporary workforce. In this case, Starbucks hired over 100 locals to help run their facility – providing them with some serious benefits.

In addition to competitive pay, Starbucks employees also receive competitive health coverage, a competitive 401(k) retirement plan and discounted company stock options, paid time off and special holiday pay, parental leave, and education.

What was that, something about education? Yes! Did you know that the Starbucks College Achievement Plan is available to Starbucks Partners? They cover 100% of your tuition and mandatory fees at Arizona State University! These local employees have the opportunity to not only get paid but also to have school paid for! How neat is that?

I spoke with Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell and she is so supportive of companies doing things like Starbucks because not only are these projects and businesses stimulating our community’s economy but also giving some truly wonderful opportunities to individuals from all walks of life. These young people that Starbucks will touch are truly able to begin a career with their right foot forward, ready to conquer the world!

One more thing, something that stood out to me as I was visiting the new Starbucks facility was that I wasn’t walking among a group of employees – I was among a team, a family. As I was walking around and speaking with them they exuded loyalty, not only to the brand but to each other. You don’t find that at every workplace.

#TogetherWeAreOne, one cup at a time!

For more information on the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, visit (LINK: http://starbucks.asu.edu/)

Deb’s Pick – 10 Torr Distilling & Brewing

10 Torr Distilling & Brewing is a #DebsPick, and I’m going to tell you why.


10 Torr is known to be one of few distilleries in all of the world that does vacuum distillation, and they produce all products straight from grain to can. 


What I love about 10 Torr is how extraordinarily unique and fascinating this place is. They incorporate their engineering skills into their business by hand-building their very own tanks and distills. 


I spoke with Annalisa, the Beverage Manager, Craft Spirit, and Beer Director at 10 Torr, about why she loves working at 10 Torr. “My favorite part about working at 10 Torr is able to work around some really smart and talented brewers and distillers,” said Annalisa. “They are the reason we made it through this pandemic.” 

Annalisa is very passionate about her guests. It’s precisely what Reno and 10 Torr are all about – community, family, and home – and you can see that their customers feel the same way. Each time I’m in there, the 10 Torr crew is quick to welcome me and put a smile on my face. These individuals create an environment that makes everyone feel welcomed and cared for. 


“The team I have behind the bar is more then I can ask for. There are strong bonds between each of us, and we all work so hard and well together,” said Annalisa. “I couldn’t be managing a better spot!” 


Now that we’re mentioning 10 Torr and cocktails…I am excited to announce that 10 Torr will be serving a new “About Town Deb-inspired drink” called the ‘Debster!’. The ‘Debster’ is a beer-whiskey combination made with vacuum-distilled coffee liqueur and topped with a cinnamon stick to add that hint of spice.


The inspiration behind the ‘Debster’ came from the fact that I am now getting into whiskey. Annalisa had me try 10 Torr’s beer-whiskey, made from thei Oh, Honey Blonde Ale, and I LOVED it. This led Annalisa to ask me a few different questions, which then brought us to the ‘Debster’ – a coffee-inspired old fashioned. Debs Whiskey-inspired Old Fashioned will be available on the menu in November!

10 Torr makes sure everyone is always having a great time. Every team member gives off the best energy and makes this place a pleasant spot. 10 Torr will always be a Reno favorite and a #DebsPick.


I am so proud to call Annalisa a friend and to have been able to watch her grow as a business woman who loves to continue giving back to the community. She is also a fantastic mentor for so many young and up-and-coming mixologists. If you haven’t had the chance to check them out yet, 10 Torr Distilling & Brewing is located at 490 Mill Street in Downtown Reno! You can find out more about them at https://10torr.com/