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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)

5 Things to Remember When Moving

I have always been on the move during my time as About Town Deb, and now, I can’t imagine moving away from the community that I call home. The people I have met have always been there for me as I have been for them. The businesses I have collaborated and connected with are now flourishing, and I still have great relationships with each of them.

 

Over the years, I can recall all eight times when I moved from city to city, from place to place. I have gone from About Town Deb to About the Country Deb on a few of my moves. One move I can remember significantly was when I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, which was one of my favorite moves by far. I moved out of my home in Burbank at 18 with my new husband, and we wanted to start fresh and gain the freedom we needed to mature and grow as a couple. I am so grateful to have created a family in Nebraska, and the family I had there was vital in transforming me into the person I am today.

 

I don’t plan on leaving the Biggest Little City, but here is my list of Deb’s five things to remember when moving:

 

1. Stay Calm!

Moving is all about starting fresh and growing as a person, which is especially important in life. One of the biggest things that can add stress to any moving situation is when people micromanage the whole moving process! Micromanaging can lead to stress for yourself and potentially stress those that are involved in moving with you. The added stress can then potentially lead to emotions running high. A good key to success is 1) make a list, and 2) set a schedule! Set a time when you want to be complete for the day and stick to it!

 

 

2. Embrace the Change

Whether you are moving down the street or moving to another country, it’s important to remember that you are growing as a person and heading towards the right path. It’s also important to try to stay connected to your friends in the old neighborhood before you leave. Make that phone call to the neighbor to have one last drink with them. Get your kids together with the people across the street one last time before you move. Have a proper goodbye.

 

I remember needing to embrace change when I decided to move back to Burbank. I wanted to move back so I could work on my personal growth. This move was so hectic and stressful, and I wish I had a reliable and on-the-ball mover. Muscle Movers LLC, Las Vegas, would have been the best choice for that move, especially since they can move things big and small, like piano moving in Las Vegas. I heavily relate to their commitment to building relationships with their clients and building a relationship with the community.

 

All in all, embrace what is coming!

 

 

3. Unity, Unity, Unity!

One of the biggest things that can happen when moving is when someone starts feeling like they are doing more work than another or when something starts to become unfair. This is also a good tip for those with families! Delegate each responsibility and make sure everyone is contributing and collaborating during the move to avoid any conflicts that may arise or to avoid making anyone feel extra drained at the end of the day. Ensuring your household is unified during the process of moving will help keep the process – and everyone – much happier once it’s all finished.

 

4. Stay Positive!

With all the uncertainty and changes that might be ahead, it’s vital to have happy thoughts! Repeat after me – HAVE HAPPY THOUGHTS! Everything will work out when you get to your new location, and everyone will be satisfied (and relieved) that they moved.

 

 

I realized my true happiness after reflecting on what was important to me during the move. After all these years of moving to Reno, my heart still feels so full. Some so many people welcomed me to the community with open arms. Joining a new community can completely change your life with the people you meet and as they become more involved in your life.

 

 

 

New beginnings and new adventures are what I came for, and I found that in Northern Nevada. What is attractive and striking about Reno is its relationship with the neighboring Carson-Tahoe communities and how much of a family it has become. There are many people from as far as east Lake Tahoe that I have met in my many adventures around town who enjoy what Reno has to offer. I have met many people who enjoy the different seasonal activities that Reno-Tahoe has to offer. This community is one that you cannot find anywhere else, and it is one that I will be happy with for the rest of my life.

 

 

 

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5. Have Fun!

Having fun is especially important when it comes to families with kids! Just remember – even the smallest thing can be turned into a game. Turning a daunting thing, like moving, into something fun will mean the world to your kids in the long run.

 

 

 

Moving is something that can happen in life and can be incredibly scary and full of uncertainty. Whether it’s moving to a new city for a new job or moving back home to take care of your parents for any reason, moving can be challenging. Remember to have fun, and enjoy the process.

 

Continuing a family legacy with a first-of-it’s-kind Sonic

Earlier this month, I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Sonic Drive-In in South Reno. At only 26 years old, Taylor Cain is carrying on her family’s legacy of entrepreneurship right here in Reno, Nevada.

After her father suddenly passed away in 2016, Taylor Cain, along with her two brothers, Ian and Quinn, took over operations for their family business.  “We’re very proud to carry on our family’s legacy and to keep Sonic local,” says Ms. Cain. The Cain family now operates six Sonic Drive-In franchises as well as two Sola Salon locations.

The new South Reno Sonic is the only one of its kind in Northern Nevada. In addition to the classic drive-thru and drive-in stalls, guests now have the option to dine-in on the detached patio or order through the Sonic app. Sonic-lovers can also try up to 13 million different drink combinations!

The Cain family has owned local Sonic franchises in Northern Nevada for over 20 years. Ms. Cain’s goal is to keep Sonic local here in Reno while giving back to the community. Ms. Cain was even generous enough to donate $100 in my name to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation!

Even more exciting, Mayor Hillary Schieve had a special surprise for Ms. Cain. Mayor Schieve announced October 19 as Taylor Cain Day for her dedication to strengthening local business in the Reno community!

Thank you so much to the Cain family and to Sonic Drive-In for having me out to this special event! Make sure to check out the new Sonic Drive-In located in South Reno at 6250 S. Virginia Street.

My Carson Staycation Part II

My Carson Staycation (part 2-of-3)

Join About Town Deb in this three-part blog as she explores Nevada’s historic capital, all while social distancing and masking up!

DAY 2

Visit Carson City For Nature Trails, Fresh Air, & Mountain Skies!

What a great way it was to begin our second day in Carson City … listening to the water flow while traveling along the river and stopping along the way to enjoy moments with nature as we enjoyed the Carson River Park.

This walk is perfect for beginners and dog lovers. There’s lots the open space and blue skies throughout the whole journey. I think I’ll bring a picnic lunch next time.

To cap it all off, we were blessed with seeing a beautiful butterfly at the end of the trail.

You can find a full list of hikes, trails, and other outdoor parks/fun at the Visit Carson City website.

Healthy Rejuvenation Station At SO Juicy, Carson City’s Fresh Juice & Salad Spot

So Juicy was the perfect choice after our morning hike.

Deb’s Pick:

Sunrise Smoothie – Strawberry, Mango, Dates, + Almond Milk

Jazzy Jorga’s Pick:

Go-Ji Smoothie – Goji Berries, Banana, Dates, Coconut Milk, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, + Vanilla

Everything was amazingly good and fresh. Always nice when you know it’s healthy as well! They really said it all with the So Juicy mission statement — “To give people the priceless gift of health.” You have to visit the So Juicy website to read their family story.

Carson City Serendipity

There were some magical little moments during our staycation that I just have to share. Just outside So Juicy, I found the most amazing bench that read:

“Father-Daughter Bench For all the amazing Fathers out there”

This Carson City Staycation fell near the birthday of my dad, Papa Tony, may he Rest In Peace. He is always on my mind, especially around his birthday and the anniversary of his passing (which both fall in August). I feel that seeing bench was a sign that Carson City was right where I was meant to be.

I firmly believe we should listen to these small signs, because there is power and guidance in them. A deer even crossed our path and looked at us, unafraid, not a bit curious, even casual as it strolled along a Carson City street near the capitol building. The Capitol Building is amazing and I’ll tell you more about it, but it’s small things like the deer that always stick with me more.

Carson City’s quaint environment and thoughtful little touches are what give it a personality. Carson City is that person at the bar who tells you the story you needed to hear that day, who gives you a smile, a nod, or a tip of the hat with nothing expected in return. Carson City respects its people, cherishes its land and proudly displays its history whenever it gets the chance.

The Stewart Indian School – Let the truth be told with heart and soul

The Stewart Indian School in Carson City left me speechless … This wasn’t just any museum, the past and present students of Stewart School seem to talk to you through each exhibition. We were able to learn so much about the history and hear stories spoken from the heart! This visit really put things in perspective, and now more than ever, our #TogetherWeAreOne💙 community campaign means the world to me!

Thank you to the Museum Director Bobbi Rahder and the staff for taking the time with us. I appreciate all the stories shared with us.

Follow my Instagram @abouttowndeb for a heartfelt, emotional video interview with Linda Eben-Jones, volunteer and past student of the Stewart Indian School, in the coming weeks. Until then, you can learn more at stewartindianschool.com

Next Stop: Yummy Creative Thai Cuisine in Carson City

I can’t stop thinking about my visit to The Basil in Carson City.
Walking into the dining room feels like stepping into a different world — a more peaceful, quaint and welcoming world full of ambience. Loved meeting the Chef Nan and Kookie, who whipped up the perfect dishes for us to enjoy and savor. Every bite had flavors complementing each other.
I actually love basil as an herb, so I was very pleased to see fresh basil leaves on some of our plates! Everything is light and refreshing. For dessert, the mango with sticky rice that was perfect to finish the meal! Plus, they even packed our leftovers on ice. I shall be back.  Also loved their slogan: “Carson City Thai Food may be nearby, but every recipe will take you far away”

     

Are you Dreaming about antiquing & Shopping for that perfect gift?

Aunt B’s Vintage, Antiques, & Collectibles was so delightful. The collectibles are vast and unique with something to be discovered for everyone. We even met the delightful Aunt B!  It isn’t often when you can walk back in time and remember your childhood memories.

The Purple Avocado  is another shopper’s dream, and it’s one of the few places where you can truly find the perfect gift for friends or family. It’s jam-packed with “gifts of extraordinary nature”

Since 2001, owners and their adorable shop doggy have offered down-home hospitality and friendly customer service to help you find that perfect something. Be sure to say hello to Bella the adorable shop dog.

The Capitol Grounds & Battle Born Memorial Nevada Proud stroll taking in our history.

 What a way to end our day with an evening stroll through the Capital Grounds taking one our Nevada History both past and present. The Battle Born Memorial is a must for all Nevadans to take in and honor our past.

The Perfect Local Spot to Gather and Remember Our Adventures of the Day!

Gather Carson City is indeed the perfect place to Gather, as we cheer and celebrate our second incredible yet emotional/inspiring day in Carson City. We love that Gather is local and farm-to-table and also supports local. As with any great gathering, we proposed a toast!

Deb’s pick for the toast: Bently Heritage’s Source One vodka rested in sherry oak casks, sparkling wine cube sugar to support our local distilleries

Jazzy Jorja’s pick: Black Cherry Press Verdi Local Distillery lemon-infused white whiskey, black cherries muddled with simple and mints.

Gather has incredible standards and showcases cooking with intention, purpose, creating small batch, high quality and seasonal dishes. It’s “made with love just for you!”

Capping Off An Amazing Day 2

With full tummies and hearts full of memories from an amazing day, we head back to My Place Hotels for some rest and relaxation. If you read part one of this blog, you’ll know we decided that “My Place” is now “Our Place”. The hotel made us feel so comfortable there During Day 3 of My Carson Staycation, we will be up early to visit a few more local gems, so we hope you’ll continue along with us on the final chapter of our adventure!

Cheers to Visit Carson City and Travel Nevada

Wander into California History

When you walk into Poor Red’s Bar-B-Que, you’re walking into history!

Whether you’re starting with their signature Gold Cadillac cocktail (a mouth-watering Poor Red’s original) or are there to indulge in a night of ribs, chicken, or a juicy burger, Poor Red’s delivers a quality experience with a fun atmosphere making it an About Town Deb favorite!

Drink!

The Gold Cadillac is famous at Poor Red’s. It was invented here in 1951 by Frank Cline and is an enticing combination of Galliano, White Creme de Cacao, and Cream. You must try it when you visit! I got to sit down with Executive Chef, Dean Hiatt, over one of those incredible Gold Cadillacs while he walked me through the Poor Red’s experience.

Eat!

There’s no better place to start than with onion rings! Dean told me the secret to Poor Red’s delicious onion rings – before they are battered, these handcrafted, hand dipped rings get special treatment – the lining of the onion is removed so when they are dipped into their brown beer batter, the good stuff stays on without pulling the onion out of the ring ensuring that each bite you take is just as perfect as the last. These rings are so good that the restaurant goes through 180 lbs of onions each week! They go through an entire keg of beer every 10 days, just for the batter for the onion rings.

 

Taking a bite into one of Poor Red’s burgers is an experience you won’t forget. Dean makes sure that each patty has just the right mixture of fat and protein. “Fat is flavor!” Dean explains. You can taste the freshness in these burgers that are made with local brioche bread, house made thousand island dressing, red leaf lettuce and tomatoes from a farm just 4 miles down the road from Poor Red’s. Local and fresh are staples in all of Poor Red’s dishes – “Every chef wants to use the most local and most fresh ingredients there are, period.” admits Dean.

 

Nothing compliments a burger better than a wedge salad! Poor Red’s uses a full half head of lettuce with bleu cheese dressing, cherry tomatoes from down the road, house pickled red wine vinegar onions, pepper for functional garnish, and…you guessed it…housemade bacon bits!

 

Deb’s pick? The ribs! They are to die for! While Dean’s favorite dish differs with his mood, the locals agree with Deb – the ribs are an absolute must. Last year Poor Red’s sold over 15,000 full racks of ribs.

Enjoy!

As if the food and drinks aren’t enough – the atmosphere is incredible. History emanates from every corner of Poor Red’s, which offers outdoor and indoor dining options! Originally built as a Wells Fargo weigh station in the 1800’s for miners during the Gold Rush, Poor Red’s has gone through many transformations. From that weigh station, the building became a brothel (that burned down twice with the town!), then became a pharmacy, and finally was converted to Kelly’s Bar in the 1910’s or 1920’s – this building is part of California history! As the story goes, Kelly’s was owned by Kelly and Red Sather. Kelly was selling drinks and Red was selling ribs out the back until 1948 when the two partners agreed to play a dice game to determine who got to buy the other out of the business. Red won and Poor Red’s was born!

 

Poor Red’s has become a local favorite that seats up to 150 patrons with indoor and outdoor dining. The menus and drinks are the same no matter where you choose to sit, but if you decide to dine outdoors, you can even bring your dog with you! The restaurant offers a Pooch Menu with Salmon, Filet, Chicken, or Flank Steak – yes – for your dog! “If you have a Great Dane, I might just slip him an extra piece of bacon.” States Dean who loved and misses the breed.

Great for parties of all ages and sizes, Poor Red’s is an About Town Deb #DebsPick!

“Come early, come hungry!” – Dean Hiatt, Executive Chef.

Thank you to Poor Red’s! If you’d like more information, you can visit their website at PoorReds.com.

 

Poor Reds BBQ

 

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New Year! New Adventures

Debbie McCarthy, better known as About Town Deb, has spent the last several years embracing her passion for wine, food, and travel throughout Northern Nevada, California, and beyond. Documenting her experiences and sharing them with her community on social media has sparked a new joy in Deb, and she looks for every opportunity to bring new friends into her family.

 

Deb has seven years of experience in radio media, working with America’s Matters Media and Easy 104.1. She also co-founded and contributed to a womens lifestyle magazine featuring elements of travel, wine, fashion, health, and fitness. She is the recipient of several awards, including an ADDY award for video direction and the 2018 Sierra Nevada Powerful Women award, and is involved in numerous organizations.

 

After spending much of her life caring for others as a wife, mother, daughter, and servant to her church, Deb found happiness in discovering new sides of herself at the age of 50. On the heels of divorce, she dove heart first into her passions for photography and writing, and began focusing on the importance of self-care. Deb finds travel and experiencing new flavors, cultures, and communities to be one of the greatest loves of her life, in addition to her two children and her family.

 

Deb has opened her heart and her life to those who share her love for experience new foods, and places, and she has formed lifelong friendships with the people behind many of Northern California’s best wineries and destinations. Her “Deb’s Picks” signify what she loves most in food, culture, wine, and travel, and she hopes you will share these experiences with her!