Nevada and the Steptoe Valley Inn
for several hours to Ely, we decided to get a bottle of wine to
commemorate the safe trip.
The first stop was the local grocery store,
where the selection was pathetic.
I don't mean to be a wine snob, but if the only thing the
offers is wine in gallons, wine in boxes, or wine
in wicker covered bottles......... there is a bit to be desired.
The store owner informed us that in West Ely (there is a difference?),
there was a discount liquor store that had
some selections more suitable for the discriminating palate.
I had some reservations about the whole thing so Debbie went in and
came out several minutes with what I would
describe as a very neutral look on her face.
She wouldn't tell me what she bought, other than to say that the store
owner assured her it was 'Top of the Line'.
I didn't push the issue.
Debbie lived in Ely for a time and we were able to figure out where she
lived. This is it.
We were also able to find the school she went to. It reminds
me of O.E. Bell Junior High, the school I went
to in Junior High.
A bit about the history of the school.
A view of the school from around back. Where the sagebrush is
now, the playground used to be.
We found the 'Ely Times', the local paper about a block away from the
train station. A man was coming out so
I stopped and asked him if he could direct us to the Steptoe Valley Inn.
He grinned and suggested we turn around and look straight ahead.
On the outside, the inn didn't look bat at all. In the
reflection is the Subaru Forester (really does get good gas
mileage by the way). Since these people do no advertising on
the way into and out of town, here is a free plug.
Looking from the lobby area out to the street, this is what you see.
It was a beautiful restoration.
The structure was originally a grocery store and it stood vacant for
many years. One day a retired airline pilot
and his wife decided Ely, Nevada was the place for them and this store
would make fine restoration project
for and Bed and Breakfast. They did a first class job.
However, owning a Bed and Breakfast is a full time job and in
retirement, you are supposed to be slacking
off on the work load, right?
They ended up selling the B&B to a retired rancher and his
wife, who are the current operators.
Where are the rooms? Upstairs, naturally.
At the top
of the stairs was a book case and it even sported current titles.
Down to the left a bit was the bedroom.
It was verrrrrry nice and even had air conditioning.
An unoccupied room east and to the left.
Each room was named
after a person of note in Eastern Nevada. We got the Requa
To the right is another bedroom. I particularly liked the
The dining area looked very nice. Breakfast in the morning
was included, so I hope it tastes as good
as this place looks.
About that wine........... There is supposed to be balcony here
There it is. There are two sets of chairs and tables and they
are facing north, into the smoke and haze of the
California fires. They (the fires) are bad this year.
This is the high dollar wine Debbie bought at the liquor store.
Apparently the folks in Ely are a hard drinking
bunch and there is not much call for 'high end' wines. This
was categorized as 'quite expensive'.
Five or six shots later, after finally figuring out time delayed
photography. The afternoon was hot and hazy.
It was time to drive around a bit and see what other sites Ely had to
wasn't much of interest except for this, which I don't really know how
to characterize except to say,
"Look at us! We have an arbor, a deer, a flag, a star, a
trellis and even a teddy bear! We have everything!
Back at the hotel, management seems to have applies a
personal touch to just about everything.
Breakfast in the morning was quality coffee, bacon, scrambled
eggs and French toast.
It was very good.
Quality, all the way around.
Adjacent to the hotel (train depot in the background) is the barbecue
house, which also belongs to the
The B&B and Barbecue are up for sale by the way for only 250K.
The last night in Ely we went to the Jail house restaurant, where you
can dine in your own individual cell.
They feature steaks and the steaks are right up there with those served
in higher end establishments.
Sunset in Ely.
I would say the Steptoe Valley Inn rates 5 out of 5 stars.
Too bad it is not a little closer to home.