The 'B' Street House
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The 'B' Street House Bed & Breakfast in Virginia City, Nevada welcomes you to relive the warmth and hospitality of the Silver State during the Victorian era. Rest, relax, enjoy good food and natural beauty set in the elegance of this Old West house built in 1875.
Your hosts, Chris and Carolyn, have lovingly restored their home to its original glory and saved the home from the brink of destruction. Since 2004, they have worked tirelessly to restore and renovate the property and replace the lost Victorian decorations that once graced the rooms and walls of this majestic building.
Guests are encouraged to feel at home in the parlor, library and outdoor garden area. The garden features an ancient cottonwood tree, heritage fruit trees, antique roses and flowers, a fountain and bird baths. Look for butterflies and quail as you bask in the serenity of the Victorian style garden. You may even see deer roaming the backyard and streets of town.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Chris & Carolyn Eichin for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Visiting the area/tourism
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known for history of the area. Virginia City was one of the most important American cities of the 1860s and 1870s with incredible silver and gold ore deposits. Our B&B has a separate listing on the National Register of Historic Places, making our unique property historically significant. We love the unique 1875 house architecture and little details reflecting the opulent Victorian lifestyle of the 1870s.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
People generally visit because of the tourist destination, memories of the Bonanza TV show, tourist train, and events. Virginia City hosts year-long events including a fireman’s muster, bluegrass festival, off-road races, parades for every holiday, Civil War Days, etc.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We have received so many it is hard to recall just one. Everyone loves the fact we restored the home; everyone loves the food; most people like the gardens, the quiet, the location within walking distance of the main street, the views of the mountains and desert. The inn adds to the guest’s experience of stepping back in time to the Old West/Victorian era. Virginia City is the only remaining old west town with board sidewalks, and restored historic architecture. It is a national historic district.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The award winning Fourth Ward School Museum. It is the "Last One Standing"; the last of that type of 1876 school house left in the United States. Preserved public buildings, especially schools, are rare. It is a lovely four-story building in the Second Empire Style of architecture which is open daily during the warm months of the year. www.fourthwardschool.org
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
We are one hour from Lake Tahoe, so a four-day trip would include driving to Lake Tahoe; stopping in Reno for the National Automobile Museum, seeing Carson City’s State museum, a quick trip to Genoa for the oldest settlement in Nevada, Basque food in Gardnerville, petroglyphs in a county preservation area, and unlimited recreation in the area.
It takes at least a full day, usually two, to just “do” Virginia City with 6 museums, a tourist train, historic shops on C Street, historic walks by mining sites, fine restaurants, ghost tours and walks, and Piper’s Opera House which regularly hosts professional entertainment. Many of the local saloons have live music. There are often local amateur theatrical productions, shootouts daily from costumed docents. Ghost tours and walks in Virginia City are very popular. The town was once voted the most haunted in the west. There are usually paranormal groups conducting séances, walks, etc. in town.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Our inn is within 1 short block to the main street in town, C Street. So people park at our inn and then walk the town. Everything is within walking distance of our inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The award winning Café Del Rio with “Out West” cuisine. Excellent.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our webpage has links to local attractions.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 3 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. There are kennels in Carson City, one-half hour’s drive away. Please leave pets at home so that everyone may enjoy their trip to Virginia City.
Newspapers are available at breakfast. The parlor and dining room downstairs, and well-stocked library invite you to peruse books about Nevada history and the American West. Enjoy the sunny afternoons looking out at historic B Street from the bay window, or enjoy the sounds of history from our antique 1913 Victrola and player piano.
A fine selection of DVDs in the library are ready for guests to enjoy in their rooms. All "B" Street House guest rooms are upstairs.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 AM in the parlor when we serve coffee (decaf available), tea selections, juice choices and hot chocolate. A full gourmet breakfast is served at 8:30 AM at our antique 1870's dining table.
Start your morning right with a hearty breakfast featuring a hot entree that changes daily, in addition to:
- freshly baked breads
- muffins, scones and strudels
- seasonal fruits
- yogurt specialties
In the afternoon, we have teas and cookies available for your enjoyment. Snacks and fresh fruit are available 24/7. Please see our Recipes section for more samples of what we serve at the inn.
For more information about area attractions, please visit our Attractions Page.
- Happy Hoofers Carriage Services and Tours
- Piper's Opera House
- Western Historic Radio Museum
- Mackay Mansion Museum
- Fourth Ward School Museum
- Comstock Cemetery Foundation
- Virginia & Truckee Railroad
- National Civil War Association
- St. Mary's Art Center
- Botcha Caloops Custom Glass and Photo
- Silver State Peace Officers Museum
- Authentic Stage Coach Rides
Carson City Area
- Nevada State Railroad Museum
- Nevada State Museum
- Bowers Mansion
- Historical Society of Dayton Valley
- Fort Churchill State Historic Park
- Grimes Point Petroglyphs
- Dayton Valley Golf & Country Club
- Horseback riding
Reno / Tahoe Region