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12 FIRST LOOK From mountain resorts to historic towns, here are a few of the region’s must-sees.

16 a Human-Powered movement Why Lake Tahoe and Reno attract competitive athletes from around the world.

22 MusicAL Crossroads Welcome to the ultimate junction for live music.

24 Midtown revival Explore Reno’s most colorful corridor.

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Whether you’re visiting the Lake Tahoe and Reno regions for the first time, or just the first time in a while, these are the top sights you won’t want to miss.


Founded at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the Transcontinental Railroad route during the Gold Rush era, Reno gained notoriety in the 1930s with the legalization of gambling. The gateway to the Wild West remains a prime destination for casinos and nightlife and is nicknamed “The Biggest Little City in the Photo credit gotham book 5.5/9pt

World,” boasting a bustling population of about 230,000. Outdoor enthusiasts flock here year-round for scenic hiking, biking, white water rafting, golfing and of course skiing—the city borders Lake Tahoe with its numerous resorts. City lovers will find that Reno’s walkable downtown has undergone a renaissance of late, with an emerging dining scene and a crop of new galleries. While you’re here, take in a performance at the Reno Philharmonic, admire the nature-focused works at the Nevada Museum of Art or cheer for the Reno Aces at the ballpark. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Mountain Resorts Ringed by 8,000- and 9,000-foot peaks, the Lake Tahoe area makes a perfect year-round alpine retreat with more than a dozen mountain resorts. While each resort community has its own unique charm, you’ll want to make sure to visit at least the big five: Squaw/ Alpine (North America’s largest), Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood and Mt. Rose. In the summer, those same heart-pumping ski trails burst with wildflowers and make for excellent hiking. The villages at Heavenly, Squaw/Alpine and Northstar boast a lively summer scene with concerts, rollerskating, wine walks, star tours and more.

some of Nevada’s earliest settlers, and with its broad, picturesque scenery, it’s easy to see why. Nevada’s first settlement was in Genoa, a small town that celebrates its history with bed and breakfasts, historic museums and Nevada’s oldest bar. The valley’s wide-open space offers an abundance of adventure: hiking trails, golf, horseback riding, parks and expansive ranches. The area stretches from Genoa to Topaz Lake, known for its fishing, boating, water-skiing and wakeboarding.

Lake Tahoe Infinite shades of blue and a list of recreational opportunities to match make Lake Tahoe’s 191 square miles of sapphire waters a world-renowned destination. Nestled at 6,225 feet in elevation, the 22-mile-long, 12-mile-wide behemoth, aptly nicknamed “Big Blue,” is the largest alpine lake in North America and certainly one of the prettiest. Featuring 72 miles of stunning shoreline spanning the border between California and Nevada, simply driving around the lake is a worthy way to spend a few hours any day. For a more intimate experience, take in Tahoe’s famed clarity (up to 70 feet!) and ply its hypnotic blues on kayak or stand-up paddleboard.


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Emerald Bay If the scenic vistas of Lake Tahoe attended a pageant, Emerald Bay would be crowned queen. Circled by spectacularly steep mountains and home to Tahoe’s only island (Fanette) and only waterfall (Eagle Falls), this small, keyhole bay on Tahoe’s southwestern side begs admiration. Most of the marveling takes place from the two overlooks located on the north and south sides of the bay, but if you leave the road and take a trail (or a boat), a treasure is waiting. Head up into the breathtaking Desolation Wilderness, go down and visit Vikingsholm, Tahoe’s “hidden castle,” or head out into the water: cruise ships from South Lake Tahoe make daily trips.

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Virginia City A designated National Historic Landmark, Virginia City takes visitors back in time to one of the wealthiest Wild West towns there ever was. This once-bustling boomtown boasted 15,000 fortune-seeking residents who rushed in to dig up $700 million in gold and silver from beneath its arid rolling hills. Long since retired, those raucous, rags-to-riches days are still part of everyday life. First-timers will want to tour the city’s once-lucrative mines, visit at least a handful of its colorful museums, and ride Nevada’s famous shortline V&T railroad. For a closer look, drop in for a drink at one of the town’s iconic saloons, watch for ghosts at the Old Washoe Club or take part in the annual Camel Races (September) that started more than 50 years ago as one of Mark Twain’s famous tall tales, just one example of Virginia City’s many living legends.


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Dive In! Lerude is proud of the palpable effect the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey has had on non-racers. “We’ve turned a lot of couch potatoes into runners,” he said. There’s an infectious quality to competing. It’s something that takes hold gradually. A non-runner or non-competitor idly watches a foot-racer cross the finish line or a pack of road cyclists whir by in a blur. Curiosity piqued, they’ll start paying closer attention to the event. Then they’ll want to be involved. What’s the next step? Jackson and Lerude concur: volunteer. “We’ve seen it again, again and again,” Lerude said. “They volunteer at first. And now they’re runners, and they’ve adopted a lifestyle of fitness and outdoor activity. That has been really rewarding.” Jackson even offers his volunteers Big Blue Bucks that can be redeemed for future event registrations. “Volunteer first to get a taste,” he recommends. “You’ll get a sense of the vibe. It’ll build your confidence. And then come back and try it.”

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“We’ve grown from that one adventure race to on-road triathlons, offroad triathlons and producing a 5k race and a 50k trail run.”

Today, Reno and Tahoe both aggressively promote the respective athletic opportunities that can be pursued here. On any given weekend, people from around the country descend to compete in events like the NCVA Far Western National Qualifier Tournament, the Junior Pan American Weightlifting Championships, the USA Team Handball Club National Championships and the U.S. National Alpine Championships. “The product offering that we have up here and our positioning of doing things in the outdoors really works well with the human-powered sports initiative,” said Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “It starts with the traditional skiing and hiking, and it has expanded to [stand-up] paddle boarding, Ironman, much more focus on mountain biking and road biking races—things like that.”

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started the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey in 2005, Eric Lerude registered 36 teams for a total of 400 runners. In 2014, the 178-mile relay race sold out at 250 teams and 3,000 enthusiastic competitors. Todd Jackson founded the Tahoe Big Blue Adventure Race in 2002 at Lake Tahoe. His Big Blue Adventure Company now produces more than 20 different races in and around the lake. “We are focused on humanpowered sports,” he said. “We’ve grown from that one adventure race to on-road triathlons, off-road triathlons and producing a 5k race and a 50k trail run.” The racing spirit is firmly entrenched here. In addition to Jackson and Lerude’s events, the region hosts the Ironman Lake Tahoe and Xterra off-road triathlons, the enormously popular Tough Mudder endurance contest, the Western States 100, Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs and a host of up-and-coming sports that are on the forefront of the human-powered trend. Events like the O’Neill Tahoe SUP Race Series and the Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival on the North Shore and the Race the Lake of the Sky on the South Shore are signing up throngs of stand-up paddle racers as soon as the registrations open. So, what’s going on here? Why the dash to work up a sweat in the Reno and Lake Tahoe region? “It has a lot to do with the venue,” Jackson told Truckee’s Sierra Sun in reference to his Donner Lake Triathlon. “The course is one-of-a-kind. A lot of triathlons are flat, or flatter. We have altitude plus climbing and somewhat of a technical descent on the bike.” Lerude agrees. “We have a beautiful region that we can show off through a relay run.” Indeed, the stunning alpine expanses are a natural draw. The chronology of the current competitive fire has a fuse that dates back to the 1960 Winter Olympics that were played out at Squaw Valley. Those were the first games televised in the United States, and they introduced the world en masse to this special place.


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“Whether you’re a grandma, young person or an elite athlete, you can just stand out there and paddle. You’re having fun and you’re in beautiful Lake Tahoe.” There is a definite community aspect to competing. You’re sharing a passion with like-minded individuals, whether the sport is a newfound discovery or one you’ve been pursuing for years. “It’s something that brings people together,” Chris Brackett, founder of the Race the Lake of the Sky event and owner of South Tahoe Standup Paddle, said of the sport. “Whether you’re a grandma, young person or an elite athlete, you can just stand out there and paddle. You’re having fun and you’re in beautiful Lake Tahoe.” For those competing in the Odyssey, there’s a shared camaraderie. A team works together to complete the 178-mile course, which is divided into 12 legs over a 24-hour stretch. Each racer runs for about five miles at a time, with the team vans following and carrying the other runners to the next checkpoint. The finish is different than that of an individual race, Lerude said. “It’s 12 people, a celebration.” As you’re enjoying your time in this inspiring, scenic territory, don’t be surprised if you find yourself amid a throng of fellow spectators. And just maybe, you’ll feel a connection and be motivated to move from onlooker to participant. (left): Paddling aN Outrigger Canoe on Lake Tahoe at Sunset WHERE GUEST B OOK

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MUSICAL CROSSROADS Reno-Tahoe is The Ultimate Junction for Live Music BY Greg Fine



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For decades, major touring acts traveling to their next gig via the

east-west or north-south interstate corridors have found Reno and Lake Tahoe’s theaters and stages to be perfect layover locales. The band and crew can park the buses, play a show or two and then hop back on the road to the Bay Area, Salt Lake City or wherever their tour is taking them. If you’re itching to strap on your dancing shoes, here’s where we suggest you point your toes. Lake Tahoe Venues and Festivals  Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor

Every summer Harveys on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore puts on an outdoor summer concert series that attracts some of the nation’s biggest headliners. Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, the Zac Brown Band, Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers and more. It’s a GrammyAward-winning lineup that lights up Lake Tahoe every summer.  The Crystal Bay Club On the North Shore, the Crystal Bay Club’s Crown Room has a justified reputation for hosting a mix of high-caliber shows, including musicians like JJ Grey, Galactic and Railroad Earth. The CBC (as it’s known) hosts an eclectic marquee of acts that play in one of the most intimate, acoustically superior rooms in the region.  MontBleu Outdoor Event Center Back on the South Shore, right across the street from Harveys amphitheater, the MontBleu Outdoor Event Center features a decidedly positive vibe. The resort’s annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival brings in acts such as SOJA and Alpha Blondy as well as pop stars like Shiny Toy Guns and Pete Wentz.

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Reno Venues and Festivals Reno’s month-long Artown celebration brings 500 arts, music and craft events to Reno each July. For 2014, the event landed Los Lonely Boys, Don McLean, Judy Collins and acclaimed guitarist Jesse Cook. Based in Bartley Ranch Regional Park, the festival also fills stages around the region with scores of acts and artists.

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 Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater This wonderful amphitheater nestled against the overlooking hillside plays host to Artown and a variety of summertime shows. It’s the perfect venue for seeing the likes of Todd Snider, Rickie Lee Jones, Bruce Cockburn, the Black Lillies and Richard Elloyan.  Wingfield Park in Downtown Reno You’ll find the Wingfield Park stage on the island in the middle of the Truckee River in downtown Reno. It’s a great venue for catching the Rollin’ on the River summer concert series, the Reno Philharmonic’s Pops on the River and the Reno River Festival’s free concerts.  Free Music Venues Lake Tahoe, Reno and Truckee have dozens of free concerts throughout the summer. Truckee’s concerts in the park every Wednesday night bring out picnicking music fans. Tahoe City’s concerts at Commons Beach allow concertgoers to sit on the sand or dance the evening away on Tahoe’s shore every Sunday afternoon. And Kings Beach puts on a Friday night summer series on its picturesque beach.

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f you stand at the corner of Liberty and Virginia streets in downtown Reno and look south, it would be easy to dismiss the view as simply a scattered menagerie of colorful lights, flashy signs and a hum of human activity. What you’re seeing, however, is Reno’s evolving Midtown District. Way back in the day, it was known as the Bungalow District, a nod to the quaint Craftsman-style homes that made up the region. Take a closer look today, and you’ll start seeing the district’s new nature, one of colorful sights, live music, clinking highball glasses, scrumptious eats and real-time happenings that give the place its kaleidoscopic brilliance. There are way cool fashion shops. Craft brewers and spirits sellers. A host of eateries you definitely haven’t experienced before (and not a chain diner within sight). And a vibe that is patently earthyfunkhipsterglitz. As the New York Times’ Freda Moon recently wrote in an article about Reno’s transforming nightlife, “Nowhere is that change more apparent than in the Midtown District, a modest neighborhood south of downtown where a half-dozen new lounges, gastro pubs, craft breweries and cocktail bars have recently opened.”  Follow Your Feet Midtown is best unearthed on foot. This gives you the mobility to wander up and down Virginia Street, which is essentially Midtown’s spine. You can easily veer down the numerous sidestreet tangents as your eyes and curiosity dictate. (You’ll be quite safe walking, by the way.) The district stretches roughly north to south from Liberty Street down to Mount Rose Street, about seven blocks, and a couple of blocks to the east and the west on either side of Virginia. You can also hop a bus to get in the thick of things.  What’s in The Bag, Man? Here’s where Midtown gets interesting. The neighborhood has some funky, wacked-out shops to wander. You don’t even have to buy anything, just stroll. There’s Junkee Clothing Exchange and the Melting Pot World Emporium to outfit the Burner (code for Burning Man aficionado) in your life. Carter Bros. Ace Hardware is really a step back about 50 years, when hardware stores had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of personality. Recycled Records, a locally owned business that’s been swapping vinyl, tapes and CDs since 1978, is to the music lover what Disney is to the kid. There’s College Cyclery, which has been a stalwart, pure cyclist shop

Where Everybody Knows Your Name Your challenge, should you care to accept it, is to find the Midtown watering hole that fits your personality. It would be difficult to log them all, but here’s a sampler, in no particular order: • Reno Public House — Top-notch fermentations and distillations in a cool space. • Brasserie Saint James — Atop

its own spring-water well 285 feet below. The beers brewed with the water are quite remarkable. • Ceol — Traditional Irish pub and an

honest locals’ hangout. • Chapel Tavern — Named one of

the 10 best places to drink rum in the country by Zagat. It’s also just a place to get tasty beer in a great setting. • Craft Wine & Beer — A comfy

room to savor a special bottle of wine or crack open a beer to enjoy in good company. • Picasso & Wine — Learn how to

for a long, long time (since 1973 to be exact). Happy Happy Joy Joy will supply you with gifts for the little and big kids in your crew. And though you’d never guess it by the name, the Chocolate Walrus will help fire up your romance. Finally, there’s The Spy Shop. Concerned that the maid is pinching your tie tacks, or that the neighbor’s dog is doing its duty on your lawn? The Spy Shop will help you get to the bottom of any nefarious activity.  Say, You Look Well Fed! You’re hungry? You don’t want the standard grub found everywhere else? Midtown understands your hankering. Start with a bowl of something ridiculously delish at Süp. Or a cumin-roasted chicken pot pie at Midtown Eats. Slip into Wedge–A Cheese Shop for a slab of something savory and unpronounceable. And then MariChuy’s for a fresh take on great Mexican fare. That’s just an overview of Midtown’s dining affairs—you’ll find plenty more places to get in your carbs. What are you waiting for? Head out for a stroll around Midtown and let the discoveries begin!

paint while sipping wine or beer. Fun for couples and groups. • The Zephyr Bar — A cozy joint

that continues to evolve as new generations discover it. • 1864 Tavern — On the fringes

of the Midtown District, the bar is named for the year Nevada became a state. (The state turns 150 in 2014!) • Silver Peak Restaurant & Brewery — They make great beer.

You drink the great beer. Repeat. Excellent rooftop dining, too.

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Ballpark is bigger than the actual game itself. Walk in on game day, and the place is buzzing. The stimulating human energy mixes with that of excited voices and thumping music. It mingles with the heady aromas of stadium eats like hot dogs and the Triple Play Sandwich (named a top 10 minor league ballpark food by Sports Illustrated) and the promise of a cold beer. The Aces stadium has earned its reputation for hosting a great time. Truth be told, you could easily overlook the action playing out on the field. “When Mr. Baseball comes up and sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game,’ it just creates such a great mood,” Aces’ general manager Rick Parr said. “It’s a giant sing-along. Mr. Baseball is a puppet and no one else has one. It’s just the coolest thing.” On Friday nights there are fireworks, a party zone complete with a barbecue and a kids corner where the little ones can meet Archie, the Aces’ bulbous mascot. Before Sunday games, get the kids to the stadium an hour early so they can warm up with the players and get autographs. You can load up on food and drink at the Freight House District’s restaurants and bars. In fact, you can hang out at Bugsy’s and watch the game from the bar. The first pitch at the Reno Aces Ballpark crossed the plate on April 17, 2009. The park came to life after the city of Reno and SK Baseball inked a deal to redevelop an aging section of the downtown area to house a Triple-A ball team. The Freight House District, an adjoining concentration of dining and drinking establishments, crowns the stadium. In its short existence, the club already has some history, having hosted the 26th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game in July 2013. The team, affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks and part of Triple-A’s Pacific Coast League, is in the midst of change. Brett Butler, the first and only manager for the team, recently accepted a coaching position with the Miami Marlins. Phil Nevin has been hired as the new skipper.

He was attracted to the Diamondbacks organization because of Kevin Towers’ management style. “They want to win for the development of their players throughout the system,” he says. Towers, the Diamondbacks’ general manager, coached Nevin when he played for the San Diego Padres. While Nevin’s job is partly to win games, even more importantly it’s helping a player improve. “These guys have a chance to be a household name,” he says. “I want to make sure a player is ready.” As Parr puts it, “These guys are one phone call away from playing major league ball.” As Nevin takes on the role of the second manager in the club’s history, he has some learning to do. A California kid who fished with his dad at Lake Tahoe when he was younger, he is familiar with the beauty and recreation that lies outside the clubhouse. And he’s a fan of the numerous golf opportunities available here, as well as the quality of the skiing in winter. But personal knowledge of the ball field, that’s another story. Each park has its own idiosyncrasies and character traits. The Aces stadium is no different. “I’ve heard in right field the wind tends to blow out that way. The left field wall is higher. It’s a learning process for me that I get to experience for the first time,” he said. One aspect of the park that he won’t have to contend with to the same degree as his predecessor and earlier players is the higher-than-average quantity of homeruns. Because of Reno’s high altitude and dry air, balls sail farther and more readily over the back wall. This will be the first year the club treats the baseballs in a humidor, which humidifies them to help keep them inside the park. “It’s tougher on the hitters, but better for the pitchers,” Parr said. You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool fan to enjoy an Aces game. If you’re looking for an afternoon or evening of entertaining diversion, great food and a friendly buzz of humanity, take in a game or two. For ticket information, schedule and all the essentials, visit

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RENO / LAKE TAHOE / Carson city and beyond June Adventure Sports Week67 June 20-29, 2014. Appreciate clean air, clear water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate? Challenge yourself at Lake Tahoe’s ultimate outdoor lifestyle event, featuring 10 days of trail running, mountain biking, triathlon, stand-up paddle boarding and swimming. Then relax with the family at special dinners, concerts and movies. Lake Tahoe, 530.546.1019.


America’s Most Beautiful Bike RideCL0000402453 June 1, 2014. The 21st annual Lake Tahoe ride has a reputation for spectacular scenery and great food and support. Sign up for the Boat Cruise/35-mile Fun Ride, 72-mile ride around the lake or one of the full 100-mile century races. The event promotes Lake Tahoe Bikeway, the plan to build and connect bike lanes and trails, and is the culmination of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s national Team in Training spring fundraising. 800.565.2704.

Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues FestivalCL0000402673 June 20-21, 2014. Kick off summer in downtown Reno by sampling some of the best food and drink in the city. Food booths line Virginia Street and serve up savory dishes including American favorites hot off the grill. Eldorado Hotel Casino, Reno, 775.786.5700 or 800.648.5966.

Reno Aces Triple-A Baseball GamesCL0000402669 June-September 2014; April-May 2015. Looking for summer fun? The Reno Aces, top minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, bring big-time baseball to the heart of downtown Reno. Check the website for the season schedule. Downtown Reno, 775.334.7000. Reno RodeoCL0000402671 June 19-28, 2014. This 10-day event known as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” attracts more than 140,000 fans annually. There's also a parade, carnival and crafts. Reno Livestock Events Center, Reno, 775.329.3877.


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Riverwalk District Wine WalkCL0000402668 June 2014-May 2015. Join every third Saturday of the month when the Riverwalk Merchants Association hosts the popular Wine Walk along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in downtown Reno from 2-5 pm. Must be 21 or older. Downtown Reno, along the Truckee River, 775.825.9255. Street Vibrations Spring RallyCL0000402670 June 6-8, 2014. A two-day motorcycle event for motorcycle enthusiasts with custom bike tours, bike games, poker walks and nightly entertainment. Sparks, 775.329.7469.

Tahoe City Wine WalkCL0000402455 June 21, 2014. Stroll downtown Tahoe City along the lakeside sidewalks sipping wine, tasting delicious food, discovering charming shops and enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe. Call for 2015 dates. 800.838.3006. Valhalla Renaissance FairECL0000402452 June 7-8, 2014. Lose yourself in the world of an Elizabethan town at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, themed Shakespeare’s Muse. With more than 900 costumed entertainers and 100 shopkeepers and artisans, the fair will feature more than six stages of continuous entertainment. 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, 530.541.1801.

July 25th American Century Championship Tournament WeekCL0000402685 July 15-20, 2014. Watch celebrities tee-off to compete for the American Century Championship Cup. Notable celebrities will include NBA legend Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo and many more. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe, Art, Wine & Music Festival402461 July 12-13, 2014. The base village at Squaw Valley (host of the 1960 Winter Olympics) bursts with color, taste and sound as fine artists, craft makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event. Peruse the booths and exhibits

lining the walkways, catch acts on two stages and partake in wine tasting ($25 for unlimited pours). The Village at Squaw Valley, 530.584.6266. ARTour 2014000402461 July 11-13 & July 18-20, 2014. ARTour is the region’s largest and most diverse exhibition of North Tahoe Arts artisans. Juried artists open their homes and studios for two consecutive threeday weekends for driving tours. Art appreciators and collectors are given the opportunity to meet the artists. North Tahoe Arts Center, 530.581.2787.


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coming events



Reno Rodeo June 19-28, 2014

Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival June 20-21, 2014



Tahoe City Wine Walk



Silver Dollar Car Classic

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Pirate Crawl

America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride June 1, 2014

June 21, 2014

july Artown July 1-31, 2014

July 12, 2014

July 11-August 24, 2014



Lake Tahoe SummerFest

28th Annual Hot August Nights August 6-11, 2014

August 1-16, 2014


July 25-27, 2014

25 Burning Man August 25September 1, 2014

44th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance August 8-9, 2014


1 28th Annual Autumn Food and Wine Festival

The Great Reno Balloon Race September 5-7, 2014

21 24 Ironman Lake Tahoe September 21, 2014

September 1-8, 2014

Street Vibrations Fall Rally September 24-28, 2014



Donner Party Hike October 5-6,

Eldorado Great Italian Festival

Nevada Day Parade

October 11-12, 2014

October 25, 2014




ArtownCL0000402674 July 1-31, 2014. Consisting of more than 400 events throughout the entire month of July, Artown brings to life theater, dance, film and history and hosts multi-cultural, musical, visual and performing arts activities and events at venues citywide. Call for a complete list of activities and venues. Reno, 775.322.1538. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 11-August 24, 2014. Encircled by the immense beauty of Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters and nestled in a white-sand amphitheater, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare under the stars, capturing the true spirit of summer at the lake. The 41st anniversary season commences with an exhilarating production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It,” directed by Andrew Morgan. Sand Harbor, Incline Village, 800.74.SHOWS or 775.832.1616. O’NEILL Tahoe Cup— Jam from the DamCL0000402464 July 12, 2014. This 6-mile, pointto-point stand-up paddleboard race, the second in the 2014 race series, is for all ability levels. The race starts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City and finishes at Waterman's Landing in Carnelian Bay. Commons Beach, Tahoe City, 530.581.3029. Pirate Crawl July 12, 2014. If you’ve ever wanted to be a pirate, here’s your chance! Reno may not have a river large enough to sail a pirate ship, but it does have a thriving community of year-round pirates and a dedicated pub scene that give this unique bar crawl a fun, theatrical feel. For only $5, attendees get a commemorative

cup and map and are treated to drink specials, waived cover fees, contests and more at downtown taverns. Downtown Reno, Reno-Tahoe Open PGA Tour EventCL0000402675 July 28-August 3, 2014. Only 47 cities host the PGA Tour, and Reno is one of them. Enjoy professional golf played in the unique Modified Stableford format, captivating military displays, entertaining children’s activities, the fabulous Women’s Day and more. Montrêux Golf and Country Club, Reno, 775.322.3900. Silver Dollar Car ClassicC56 July 25-27, 2014. This car show celebrates its 20th year with a Friday night street dance downtown (across from the Nugget Casino), the Saturday Show & Shine at Mills Park and the Saturday evening Sock Hop upstairs at the Nugget Casino. The Sunday awards ceremony is held at Mills Park. Carson City, 775.230.6750. 2014 Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival July 2014. This festival features the best in visual art exhibitions, concerts in a variety of musical styles, quality theatrical productions and cultural events with reasonable admission rates. The events are located on the Valhalla Estate, a part of the Tallac Historic Site, located on the magnificent South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Festival begins in July with events and activities through August. Valhalla Estate, 1 Valhalla Rd., South Lake Tahoe, 530.541.4975.


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CALENDAR Wanderlust Festival July 17-20, 2014. A free-spirited festival, Wanderlust in North Lake Tahoe presents a variety of top music performers, yoga and meditation sessions, talks, art, outdoor expeditions and more. From early morning hikes to farm-fresh local cuisine to late-night DJ dance parties, Wanderlust has it all. Squaw Valley,

August Lake Tahoe SummerFest August 1-16, 2014. Artistic director and principal conductor maestro Joel Revzen and concert master Laura Hamilton present a variety of classical music concerts performed at the very highest level with instrumentalists from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and other exceptional orchestras throughout the nation. VIP season passes and tickets are available for purchase online. For more information, call the box office. Lake Tahoe, 775.298.0245. 26th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-OffCL August 27-September 1, 2014. Rib masters from around the country compete, and you'll find plenty of finger-licking samples for sale, along with nightly concerts, arts and crafts. Victorian Square, Sparks, 800.648.1177. 28th Annual Hot August Nights Lake Tahoe August 2-3; Reno and Sparks August 6-11, 2014. Celebrate sizzling summer nights and cars in South Lake Tahoe, Reno and Sparks at Hot August Nights. The event

will include a lineup of star-studded headliners, daily show-n-shines, poker walks, the Cool Car Showroom, a classic car auction and more non-stop automobile entertainment. 775.356.1956. 44TH Annual Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance49 August 8-9, 2014. Spend the day strolling the docks for a close-up view of upwards of 100 classic wooden boats—lakers and launches, runabouts, gentlemen’s racers and more, all fine-tuned and polished for judging at the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation’s annual Concours d’Elegance. Homewood, Lake Tahoe, 775.851.4444. Burning Man677 August 25-September 1, 2014. Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture and one of the most famous arts events in the world. Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, 415.TO.FLAME. Superhero Crawl August 9, 2014. Reno’s Superhero Crawl, founded in 2007, is the oldest superhero-themed bar crawl in the world. For only $5, revelers take home a commemorative cup and map and take part in $2 and $3 drink specials, along with contests, entertainment and waived cover fees. Downtown Reno,



The Polar Express NovemberDecember 2014

coming events



Reno Santa Pub Crawl December 13, 2014

Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights December

26 Nevada Chamber Music Festival December 26-31, 2014

6-7, 2014

february Eagles & Agriculture February 19-22, 2015.





Pajama Crawl


February 7, 2015

February 27-March 8, 2015

april Easter Bonnet & Pet Parade April 18, 2015

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The 39th Annual Great Ski Race

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival

March 1, 2015

April 18, 2015

Virginia City Grand Prix April 30, 2015



Genoa Cowboy Festival May 2015

9 Reno River Festival May 9, 2015

30 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing May 29-30, 2015


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EVENTS Ta-hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddleboard FestivalCL0000402647 August 15-17, 2014. Visit the paddle event of the year, taking place at Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe. Enjoy live music, stand-up paddleboard racing and a beach party. Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe, Tough Mudder TahoeCL0000402684 August 16-17, 2014. This event consists of a 10-to 12-mile muddy obstacle course designed to test athletes’ strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Northstar California Resort, Truckee, XTERRA Off-Road TriathlonCL0000402456 August 16, 2014. Celebrate the natural environment of the North Shore’s excellent terrain, trails and blue water with this off-road triathlon. North Lake Tahoe, 530.546.1019.

September 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine FestivalCL0000402658 September 1-8, 2014. The Northstar California Resort hosts the premier food and wine event in the Sierra. Enjoy two full days of cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a gourmet marketplace vendor fair and more. Northstar California Resort, Truckee, 94th Annual Genoa Candy DanceCL0000402659 September 27-28, 2014. There are more than 300 craft and food vendors at this two-day event, culminating with a dance and dinner in Genoa Town Park that


brings crowds to Nevada’s oldest permanent settlement. A real treat for young and old alike. Genoa, 775.782.8696. 23rd Annual Tour De Nez-Vada August 8, 2014. The world-famous Tour De Nez is a four-day bicycle festival featuring industry expo booths and demos and music and dancing. Cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to race through downtown Reno, Truckee, Lake Tahoe and The Village at Northstar, vying for their share of the winnings. Downtown Reno, Truckee and Northstar California Resort, Truckee, 775.348.6673. International Camel RacesCL0000402650 September 5-7, 2014. A tradition for the last 54 years, these camel races began as a tall tale and are still living up to the legend today. A short trip from Reno, head to Virginia City to cheer on these extraordinary animals as they race in the desert. This event will also feature delicious food and family-friendly activities. Virginia City, 775.847.7500. Ironman Lake TahoeCL0000402683 September 21, 2014. Watch and cheer on athletes from around the world as they compete in the Ironman triathlon. The intense course begins with a 2.4mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and finishes with a full marathon. North Lake Tahoe,


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The Great Reno Balloon RaceCL0000402679 September 5-7, 2014. The nation’s top balloonists vie for cash and prizes, all starting with the spectacular dawn patrol. Festivities also include a host of foods, crafts, art and souvenirs. Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, 775.826.1181. Reno Air RacesCL0000402680 September 10-14, 2014. Spectacular air-show performers grace the skies of Reno for five days of action-packed racing with six classes of aircraft. Each race is filled with excitement at every turn, as legendary champions make triumphant returns and up-and-coming pilots vie to challenge the ruling competitors. Reno/Stead Airport, Stead, 775.972.6663. SR341 Ferrari Hillclimb September 12-14, 2014. It's the only weekend of the year when drivers can put the pedal to the metal and legally race down Highway 341. Racers from across the country are revving up their engines to race in the 42nd Annual Virginia City Hillclimb. Virginia City Street Vibrations Fall RallyCL0000402681 September 24-28, 2014. A four-day motorcycle event for motorcycle enthusiasts. Features custom bike tours, bike games, poker walks and nightly entertainment. Reno, 775.329.7469.

October Carson City Ghost Walk October 18, 2014. Hear the legends of Carson City’s diverse past on this 90-minute guided tour. The tour takes visitors through downtown to hear stories about lingering spirits of the past as well as haunted and paranormal places along the route. Carson City, 775.348.6279. Donner Party HikeCL0000402661 October 5-6, 2014. Interpretive hikes showcase the spectacular beauty of Donner Summit while participants learn about emigrant history and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Includes a walk through snow sheds and high Sierra lakes. Truckee, 530.587.2757. Eldorado Great Italian FestivalCL0000402682 October 11-12, 2014. This festival transforms downtown Reno into Little Italy for one weekend each year. Enjoy fresh Italian food, a spaghetti-eating contest, an Italian farmers market, a grapestomp, live entertainment and more. Eldorado Hotel Casino, Reno, 800.648.5966 or 755.786.5700. Kokanee Salmon FestivalCL0000402660 October 4-5, 2014. The popular festival highlights one of the most spectacular events at Lake Tahoe: The annual spawning run of the kokanee salmon. The festival takes place at the Forest Service Visitor Center at Taylor Creek, 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Admission is free. At Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe, 530.543.2674.


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Reno Pub Crawls

Reno has earned itself the title of Crawl

15,000 participants and spans two days. The

Capital of the World, drawing tens of thou-

successful Zombie Crawl draws a crowd of

sands of revelers to its downtown through-

the same size, many of whom participate

out the year. The area is a prime destina-

in an enormous “Thriller” dance routine

tion for such festivities, with 50 bars within

and the cleverly titled “No-Brainer” run. A

walking distance, a nightlife scene marked

Superhero Crawl that has inspired numerous

by its impressive stamina and a number of

similar renditions around the country entails

hotel casino options. The crawls have vary-

a Superhero/Villain 5K foot race. Other

ing themes and often encourage costumes

popular crawls include the Vampire Crawl,

(sometimes with contests). All of them

Leprechaun Crawl, Pajama Crawl and Pirate

involve drink specials and a social atmo-

Crawl. And for those who prefer to keep

sphere not unlike a street festival.

things simple, there are plenty of such events

The crawl that started it all in 2001 was the Reno Santa Crawl, which now attracts


year-round with just a wine or beer focus. Let the celebrating begin!

Nevada Day ParadeCL0000402656 October 25, 2014. Celebrating its 76th anniversary, this parade in Carson City honors the 150th birthday of Nevada with a host of floats, marching bands and a variety of entertainment. Each year the parade kicks off with a hot air balloon launch that's followed by a flyover of military craft from the Fallon Naval Air Station and the Nevada Air Guard. Carson Street, Carson City, Zombie Crawl October 25, 2014. Who hasn’t wanted to take part in an actual zombie hoard? Near the end of October in downtown Reno, you will find thousands of zombies combing the streets, not only in search of drinks and a good time, but also helping to support local charity and businesses. For only $5, attendees purchase a commemorative cup and map and are treated to drink specials, waived cover fees, contests and more at downtown taverns. Before the crawl, people of all ages also participate in a massive “Thriller” dance. Downtown Reno,

November The Polar Express November-December 2014 During the holiday season, characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life. Take home a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family. 877.724.5007.

December Christmas on the Comstock Parade of LightsCL0000403052 Dec. 6-7, 2014. Step back and celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th century. Historic Virginia City hosts its annual Christmas on the Comstock, offering a Victorian-style holiday celebration. There are festivities for all ages including unique boutique holiday shopping, specials, a holiday parade and more. Virginia City, 775.847.7500. Reno Santa Pub CrawlCL0000403051 December 13, 2014. Join this charitable weekend of holiday fun that raises money for local schools. Thousands of Santas descend upon downtown Reno to enjoy good spirits and yule-tide cheer. There’s even a pre-crawl the night before and day-of Santa Skiing at Mt. Rose. Reno,

February Eagles & Agriculture February 19-22, 2015. This is a oncea-year chance to observe the raptors that visit Carson Valley during the calving season each winter, including Bald Eagles! Get exclusive access to ranches for viewing, hear directly from the ranchers and share experiences with other birders and wildlife lovers. Eagles & Agriculture features several tours and events, including the Ranch & Eagle Tour, the Owl Prowl, a welcome dinner, smaller tours for birders, a photography workshop with field exercise and even a rafting tour down the Carson River. Activities take place in Gardnerville, Genoa, Minden and surrounding areas.  Carson Valley, 775.782.8144.


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Pajama Crawl February 7, 2015. The most comfy night out ever! Who wouldn’t want to bar hop with all their friends while wearing their PJs? No need to dress up in uncomfortable outfits you don’t even want to wear—just put on a comfy onesie, a bathrobe and some slippers and join hundreds of others having the night of their lives. For only $5, revelers get a commemorative cup and map and take part in $2 and $3 drink specials, along with contests, entertainment, waived cover fees and more! Downtown Reno, SnowfestCL0000402663 February 27-March 8, 2015. North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights jam-packed with events and activities for all ages. This annual winter celebration includes fireworks, a polar bear swim, concerts, ski races, a snow sculpture contest and much more. See website for specific event dates and times. North Lake Tahoe, 530.583.7167.

March The 39th Annual Great Ski RaceCL0000402664 March 1, 2015. One of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi, the 30-kilometer (18.43-mile) course begins at Lake Tahoe, climbs out of the Tahoe Basin over Starratt Pass and heads to historic Truckee on a long downhill run along Sawtooth Ridge. The race course covers magnificent terrain and offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Tahoe City,

April Easter Bonnet & Pet Parade April 18, 2015. People and pets show off their most festive Easter bonnets in this parade that marches down C Street. There's a contest for best bonnet and more. Virginia City, 775.847.7500. Virginia City Grand Prix April 30-May 1, 2015. This worldfamous outlaw motorcycle race starts in the historic mining town of Virginia City, then winds its way through the surrounding rocky hills in 4.5 hours of rugged racing with speeds of up to 90 mph. Virginia City, 775.527.1034.

May Genoa Cowboy FestivalCL0000402666 May 2015. Enjoy country western concerts, workshops, food, art and the Native American cultural center. Located in the historic town of Genoa, this event attracts more than 5,000 people each year. Genoa, 775.782.8696. Reno River FestivalCL0000402672 May 9, 2015. Join the festivities, including pro and amateur freestyle and slalom whitewater competitions, live music and entertainment, free instructional clinics, a food and beer garden, an industry expo featuring the hottest outdoor products on the market and more. Truckee River Whitewater Park, Downtown Reno,


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Reno / Lake Tahoe and Beyond

retail details

It’s in the Bag Antique marts and emporiums, sporting good stores and chic boutiques, outlet malls and specialty shops— Reno and Tahoe have it all. So hunt for your favorite treasures here, and bring home a one-of-a-kind souvenir that will always remind you of your trip. Reno Antiques & Treasures MallCL004071 With 17,000 square feet, this is downtown Reno’s largest antique mall. Located in the heart of the historic Riverwalk District, the mall features three separate levels and 65 distinctive retailers. 151 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.327.4131. Junkee Clothing Exchange & AntiquesCL0040815 A unique shopping experience, this 15,000-square-foot store offers recycled clothing, costumes, affordable antiques and furniture. Voted Reno’s “Best of” in seven categories in 20082014, this is a shopping experience you don’t want to miss. 960 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.322.5865.


Labels Consignment BoutiqueCL0040816 This boutique offers great values at a fraction of the original prices on designer fashions and accessories, including Chanel, Armani, St. John, Escada and Valentino. Labels Consignment Boutique was established in 1993 and is voted Reno’s best consignment boutique year after year. 601 W. 1st St., Reno, 775.825.6000. Meadowood MallCL0042604 For spectacular shopping, head to the expansive Meadowood Mall. This shopping center features more than 100 stores and eateries, as well as two Macy’s stores, a JCPenney and Sears. 5000 Meadowood Mall Circle, Reno, 775.827.8451.

The Melting Pot World EmporiumCL0042853 One of Reno’s coolest counter culture stores since 1996, The Melting Pot World Emporium features clothing from different genres including steampunk, tribal, gothic, romantic, hip-casual and yoga wear. This spot also offers accessories, hats, bags, candles, cards, incense, home decor, tapestries, spiritual items, statues and a pipe room. 1049 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.322.9445. Mountain View Ledges If you fall in love with the region during your visit, Mountain View Ledges can help you build your luxurious dream home on one of its large home sites with spectacular views in Somersett. The company partners with a high-quality local builder to offer

award-winning custom plans (or you can design your own). 7655 Town Square Way, Ste. 214B, Reno, 775.448.6442. Reno eNVyCL004081 Reno eNVy is home to a unique brand of clothing dedicated to becoming Nevada’s signature brand. This freespirited store has a wide variety of apparel and novelty items, all of which embrace Reno’s unique lifestyle and misfit culture. 135 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.682.3800.


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Shopping Rock City Posters Open since spring 2014 in the bustling Midtown District, this is the region's first and only rock music poster gallery. It exhibits and sells authentic new and vintage original gig posters sourced directly from the artists who made them. Rock City Posters also offers exhibits, signings, events and custom framing year-round. 1286 Virginia St., Reno, 775.453.2315. The Riverwalk DistrictCL0040891 Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and savor Reno’s exciting urban renaissance. You’ll find shopping, restaurants, bars, entertainment, lodging and even a whitewater park—all in a safe, fun, friendly area that celebrates Reno’s arts, culture and history. Downtown Reno along the Truckee River. From Arlington Ave. to Bell St., 775.825.9255. ScheelsCL004091 Located at the Legends at Sparks Marina, this is the world’s largest all-sports store. Take a ride on the indoor Ferris wheel and play, shop and explore over 85 amazing specialty shops with the largest selection of sports, fashion and footwear under one roof. 1200 Scheels Dr., Sparks, 775.331.2700. Sippee’sCL0042840 A newly opened children’s store from the creators of Junkee Clothing Exchange & Antiques, Sippee’s offers an array of new and used children’s clothes. Located across the street from Junkee’s, this fun store features Disneylike set designs, fun decor and play areas for the kids while you shop. 955 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.329.2110.


Triumph TattooCL004307 One of the top tattoo parlors in Reno, Triumph offers hundreds of custom designs from the area’s most talented and respected tattoo artists and illustrators. They pride themselves on providing high quality tattoos you will cherish for a lifetime. 241 W. 2nd St., Reno, 775.323.1119.

South Lake Tahoe Beads Etc.CL0042803 Create your own jewelry at Beads Etc. The staff has won national design awards, published how-to books and currently serves as expert re-stringers for over a dozen jewelry stores. Come in and let them show you how to realize your own designs. You’ll leave wishing there was a store like this in your hometown. 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 530.544.1323. 5025 S. McCarran Blvd., Reno, 775.826.0777.

North Lake Tahoe Boatworks MallCL0042601 Located by the lake, Boatworks Mall offers specialty shops and restaurants. This mall is one of the only enclosed lakeside shopping malls on the North shore allowing for a year-round shopping experience. 760 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe, The Village at Squaw Valley0 Lake Tahoe shopping is at its best in the Village at Squaw Valley. This village features an expansive selection of stores, from apparel and gear to home decor and gifts. Featured village stores include The North Face, Oakley, Parallel Mountain Sports, Surefoot Custom Bootfitters, Squaw Dogs and more. The village also offers a host of dining options, a spa, lodging and more. 1750 Village East Rd., Squaw Valley, 800.403.0206.


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LOCAL services ChAMBerS OF COMMerCe/viSitOr CenterS renO-SpArKS ChAMBer OF COMMerCe 449 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 775-337-3030

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority Visitor Center Inside Reno eNVy 135 N. Sierra St. Reno, NV 888-255-1223

CArSOn City ChAMBer OF COMMerCe and Convention and Visitors Bureau 1900 S. Carson St. #200 Carson City, NV 775-687-7410

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Reno / Lake Tahoe and Beyond

pamper yourself

Relax and Rejuvenate After a long day of hiking, biking, beaching, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, drinking, dancing, gambling, playing and exploring—there’s no better way to unwind than a trip to one of Tahoe or Reno’s day spas.

Reno & Beyond 1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa This day spa features massage therapy, facial and body treatments, hot springs, a swimming pool, steam rooms and saunas. It offers the amenities of a worldclass spa resort as well as fine dining at the 1862 Restaurant and Saloon. 2001 Foothill Rd., Genoa, 775.783.0788. SoakCL004280 Boasting a unique combination of pampering and celebration, SOAK nail spa and lounge offers manicures, pedicures, cocktails and music. Not just the ordinary mani/pedi spot, it


features luxurious seasonal manicures and pedicures like the milk and honey soak and the cranberry and fig soak. 628 W. 2nd St., Reno 75 Foothill Rd., Reno, 775.324.7399. Spa Atlantis at the Atlantis CasinoCL004264 Repeat winner of SpaFinder’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Casino Spa, Spa Atlantis replaces worldly concerns with a world of relaxation. Slip into complete serenity as you rejuvenate your body and mind. Atlantis is one of only a dozen spas in the U.S. to offer the Pantai Luar massage, an eastern Asian massage that uses heated sachets filled with herbs that are passed over the body. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.954.4135.

The Spa at Grand sierra Resort Casino This spa believes in living life in balance. To help you find that balance, it offers body treatments, facials, massage therapies (including couple’s treatments) and a full-service hair and nail salon. Amenities include steam rooms, whirlpools, a relaxation pool and more. 2500 E. 2nd St., Reno, 775.789.2186.

North Lake Tahoe

The Spa & Salon at Harrah’s RenoCL004289 Indulge in a massage, facial or body treatment at The Spa at Harrah’s Reno. Refresh and reinvigorate with a massage to reduce stress and tension, a facial perfectly suited for your skin type and a nourishing body treatment. 219 N. Center St., Reno, 775.788.2822.

health Services

Stillwater SpaCL004279 Located in the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Stillwater Spa boasts 16 treatment rooms, a state of the art fitness center and a full service salon. Spa treatments available include massages, body scrubs and wraps and a variety of facials. 111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village, 775.832.1234.

renown health Renown Health has three convenient ER locations in Reno, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including the region’s only children’s hospital. It also operates nine urgent care locations for minor illnesses and injuries. Find out how quickly you can see a medical provider online.


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ATTRACTIONS + entertainment RENO / Lake Tahoe / CARSON CITY and beyond

Out + About

Adventure Awaits From scenic boat cruises to working railroads that once roared during the Comstock days to arts and entertainment, golf, history, art and cultural museums, nightlife and—of course—spirited gambling fun, find it all here in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Attractions Basecamp bouldering/ climbing venue Home to the world’s tallest climbing wall (coming in at an eye-popping 164 feet!), BaseCamp is a world-class bouldering and climbing venue that has everything to accommodate the beginner to the most experienced climber. It features a 7,000 square-foot indoor bouldering park complete with a separate fun and safe kids area. 255 N. Virginia St., Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 775.398.5400. expressions Art Display at the holiday Inn Express & Suites Carson Valley Arts Council actively works to bring the artists, a diversity of art forms and the audience together in the community. This rotating art display features local artists with works


displayed in several local galleries. 1659 State Route 88, Minden, 775.782.8204. Jacobs Family Berry Farm Located on the historic Lampe family homestead, the farm produces 16 varieties of raspberries and blackberries for sale onsite July through September. Set on five acres, it is a site for memorable garden and bar weddings, parties, reunions and corporate functions. Quail Cottage Antiques, located near the farm in downtown Gardnerville, is part of the farm business and offers tasteful treasures for the home. 1335 Centerville Ln., Gardnerville, 775.783.4868.

Lake Tahoe Cruises From the decks of the spacious paddlewheelers, the M.S. Dixie II and the Tahoe Queen, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of Tahoe’s crystal blue waters and towering peaks. Choose a daytime scenic cruise or a sunset dinner cruise that includes live entertainment and delicious entrees. These Lake Tahoe boat tours are a must-see on your trip to South Lake Tahoe. 760 Hwy. 50, Zephyr Cove, 800.23.TAHOE. SoaringNVCL0042857 Thermals created by surrounding mountains and prevailing weather patterns create spectacular flight conditions. Choose your thrill, climbing the legendary thermals, experiencing a mountain wave or capturing a birdseye view of Lake Tahoe. 1138 Airport Rd., Minden, 775.782.9595.

Topaz Lodge/ Casino/RV ResortCL0042850 Topaz Lake, jewel of Nevada’s high desert, is the setting for Topaz Lodge. This lodge offers more than 200 slot machines, single-deck blackjack and some of the best steak-n-eggs. 1979 Hwy. 395 S., Gardnerville, 800.962.0732. Virginia & Truckee RailroadCL0042830 The famous V&T Railroad rolls again with the multi-million-dollar reconstruction of the original track. There are two routes to ride, the Carson City to Virginia City and Virginia City to Gold Hill, featuring flowery mountain scenery, Comstock history, authentic steam engines, tunnels and more. 4650 Eastgate Siding Rd., Carson City, 775.291.0208.


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Attractions + Entertainment VSA ArtsCL0040912 A unique and historic venue to tour and a place to purchase fine arts and crafts created by Nevada artists who have a disability. The mansion, built in 1877, is owned by the non-profit VSA arts. Call or check online for hours. Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. at Arlington Ave., Downtown Reno Riverwalk, 775.826.6100.

Family Fun Grand sierra resort casino Make a day of family fun at Grand Sierra Resort, home to a 50-lane bowling center and Fun Quest—nearly an acre of arcade games, laser tag and Battlefield Live. Grand Adventure Land features miniature golf, go-karts and the Ultimate Rush. The Grand Cinema has today’s movies at yesterday’s prices. If golf is your game, try the indoor simulated golf range or Sierra Bay aqua driving range. 2500 E. 2nd St., Reno, 775.789.2000 or 800.501.2651. The Midway of Fun at Circus CircusCL004037 Enjoy free, world class circus performances daily as well as exciting carnival, redemption and arcade games at The Midway of Fun at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Reno. 500 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.329.0711. Reno Aces BallparkCL0042791 Home to the Reno Aces minor league team, Northern Nevada’s first Triple-A baseball team. The ballpark features luxury suites, restaurants, food and a kids play area complete with a bouncy castle and jungle gym. 250 Evans Ave., Reno, 775.334.4700.


Golf Courses Carson Valley Golf CourseCL004285 A local’s favorite since 1965, Carson Valley Golf Course is home to affordable, friendly golf. Cottonwood trees and the Carson River give this course a unique character, providing a great challenge for players of all abilities. Open year round, the pro-shop has the largest selection of merchandise and rental clubs in the area. 1027 Riverview Dr., Gardnerville, 775.265.3181. Edgewood TahoeCL0043079 The George Fazio-designed golf course brings together the best of the lakefront and mountain terrain, earning acclaim as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s Top Golf Courses.” Edgewood Tahoe has been the home of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship for the last 23 years, as well as the host of the U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Public Links. 100 Lake Pkwy., South Lake Tahoe, 775.588.2787. Genoa Lakes Golf Club & ResortCL004294 Situated in the Sierra Nevada’s eastern foothills, Genoa Lakes Golf Club features two 18-hole championship semi-private golf courses just 2 miles apart and only minutes from Carson City. The Lakes Course is the annual host site for the U.S. Open Qualifying in Northern Nevada. 1 Genoa Lakes Dr., Genoa, 775.782.4653. Old Brockway Golf CourseCL004308 Home of the first Bing Crosby Golf Tournament (1934-1935), this historic course meanders through towering Jeffery pines with majestic mountain and lake views. Enjoy more than 3,400 yards of quality golfing experience, in-


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Attractions + Entertainment cluding two par 5 holes. It was the first 9-hole golf course in country to become an Audubon cooperative sanctuary. 7900 N. Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach, 530.546.9909. Old GreenwoodCL0043081 Features a signature Jack Nicklaus-designed course. National golf magazines rank Old Greenwood as among the top public courses in the United States. Offering the highest level of customer service and agronomic standards, Old Greenwood maintains impeccable greens and a professional staff. 12915 Fairway Dr., Truckee, 530.550.7010.

Museums National Automobile MuseumCL0042761 The National Automobile Museum is devoted to automobiles and more. The museum’s authentic walk-through street scenes and four galleries showcase more than 220 antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. 10 S. Lake St., Reno, 775.333.9300. Silver state national peace officers museumCL0042761 This museum in historic Virginia City is dedicated to sharing the stories of the men and women patrolling the streets of America, responding to calls for help and holding the line on our safety. Located in the Storey County Courthouse 1876 jail, the museum boasts the Nevada Peace Officers Memorial Room, a children's interactive room and an old-time law enforcement-themed photo studio. Open May-October. 26 S. B St., Virginia City, 775.847.7800.


Nightlife & Entertainment The bar at heritage Looking for a place to meet and mingle in the center of downtown? Then look no further than The Bar at Heritage. No bells, no whistles and the only bright lights come from the legendary Reno sign outside. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail with friends old and new in an inviting, cordial setting. 255 N. Virginia St., Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 775.398.5400. CARgo Reno's preeminent live concert venue hosts award-winning artists, nationally and internationally touring rock bands and local talent within the indie rock, pop and alternative genres. With state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting, concerts at Cargo showcase the best in musical talent. The Bar at Cargo features domestic and craft beers and locally inspired cocktails. 255 N. Virginia St., Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 775.398.5400. CARSON VALLEY INN: HOTEL/ CASINO/RV RESORTCL004279 The recently remodeled and modernized Carson Valley Inn is Carson Valley’s hot spot for dining, nightly cabaret lounge entertainment, casino fun, special events, conventions, meetings and banquets. This inn specializes in group golf, ski and clay shooting packages. 1627 Hwy. 395 N., Minden, 775.782.9711. Red Light Caberet Madam Suzette’s Red Light Cabaret is located in the heart of Dennis Hof’s Red Light District. It’s Carson City’s premier gentlemen’s club, and women are cordially invited as well. Just 25 minutes from Reno/Tahoe. Opens 5 pm Wednesday-Saturday. 45 Kit Kat Dr., 775.246.8383.


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Dining Reno / Lake Tahoe and Beyond

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Taste of the Region We hope you packed your appetite. There’s so much selection here, it will be hard to choose where to start. From buffets to cafés, steakhouses to sushi spots, eat, drink and be merry—just be sure to save room for dessert!

Casino Restaurants Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa Atlantis Steakhouse Steaks. The AAA Four Diamond restaurant proudly serves Allen Brothers meats, the nation’s finest steaks. These dry-aged USDA prime cuts are the ultimate grade of beef, chosen for their superb quality, marbling and flavor. Experience the art of traditional tableside dining, unsurpassed service and unmatched attention to detail. Dinner served Wednesday-Sunday starting at 5 pm. Reservations recommended. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.824.4430. Bistro NapA Californian. Savor contemporary cuisine inspired by Napa Valley in a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere

with an emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients and simple, fresh flavors. The sommelier will help complement any bistro experience with thoughtfully chosen wine from a 4,000-bottle wine cellar. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.335.4539. Manhattan Deli Delis & Diners. A great deli has a New York accent. Experience a fullservice deli, where East Coast meets West Coast. Manhattan Deli features authentic deli favorites, including piled-high sandwiches, bagels and lox, traditional matzo ball soup, famous New York cheesecake and more. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.335.3114.

Oyster Bar & Sushi Bar On the Sky TerraceCL0040618 Japanese & Sushi. Enjoy fresh, delicious seafood and watch nigiri and maki sushi prepared right before your eyes. Indulge with a savory pan roast prepared exhibition style or delight in all-you-careto-eat sushi. Complement your dining choice with premium sake, plum wine or domestic and imported beer. Serving lunch and dinner from 11 am. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.824.4434. Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille American. Voted Reno’s best buffet and best Champagne brunch year after year, Toucan Charlie’s serves everything from hand-carved prime rib to juicy rotisserie meats. Savor made-to-order Mongolian barbecue and an unmatched salad bar and enjoy culinary

selections from around the globe. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.824.4433.

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Kokopelli’s SushiCL0040721 Japanese & Sushi. One of Reno’s hidden hot spots, Kokopelli’s serves Reno’s freshest sushi delicacies, both traditional and daring. Enjoy sushi a la carte, all-you-can-eat or to-go. Kokopelli’s offers a selection of sake and Asian beer and is located inside Dos Geckos Cantina. Open daily. 500 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.329.0711.


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Dining The Steakhouse at Circus Steaks. Features succulent steaks charbroiled to perfection, the famed Circus prime rib, a variety of seafood selections, an extensive wine list, desserts and more. Open at 5 pm ThursdaySunday. Reservations recommended. 500 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.329.0711.

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StradaCL004 Italian. See why the Eldorado’s signature restaurant was named one of the best Italian restaurants in the nation. Here you’ll find delicious and authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Try pastas made fresh daily in the Eldorado pasta shop, outstanding entrees and delectable desserts. Don’t miss the famous mushroom ravioli. 345 N. Virginia St., Reno, 800.648.5966 or 775.786.5700. RoxyCL0040916 American. The award-winning restaurant has been voted the “best place to take a date” by locals and is included on the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America list. The carefully selected menu changes seasonally and features steaks, chops, poultry and whole-roasted fish entrees prepared in a specialty wood-fired oven. Roxy’s Bar & Lounge is famous for its 102 martinis and nightly entertainment. 345 N. Virginia St., Reno, 800.648.5966 or 775.786.5700.

Grand Sierra Resort Casino briscola Italian. From steak to pasta, Charlie Palmer’s culinary excellence knows no bounds. His family-friendly Italian eatery provides hand-cut fresh pasta dishes like penne a la vodka and spaghetti Bolognese and authentic entrees including chicken marsala and eggplant parmigiana. Whether it’s a family


dinner, a romantic night out or a fun dinner with friends, Briscola provides the perfect setting for an authentic Italian meal. 2500 E. 2nd St., Reno, 775.789.2458.

of fresh meats from the carving station. Don’t miss hot cheesy pizza, fresh from the wood-fired oven. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 219 N. Center St., Reno, 775.786.3232 or 800-HARRAHS.

Charlie palmer steak Steaks. Known for his progressive American cuisine that can be found in top dining destinations including New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco, master chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer has created an exquisite dining reprieve right here at the Grand Sierra Resort. With an extensive wine list, top-quality steaks and savory salads, sides and sweets, Charlie Palmer Steak is the perfect option for a delectable dining experience. 2500 E. 2nd St., Reno, 775.789.2458.

Harrah’s Steak HouseCL004026 Steaks. This spot is famous for its upscale dining and superior service. Named one of the top 10 steakhouses in America, it’s a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Open for lunch MondayFriday 11 am-2:30 pm and dinner nightly, starting at 5pm. 219 N. Center St., Reno, 775.786.3232 or 1-800-HARRAHS

Rim Asian. This pan-Asian bistro created by premier local restaurateur Joe Wong features specialties from China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. Dishes like Malaysian-style curry chicken and udon wheat noodle soup set diners on a tour of Asia’s culinary wonders, and the full-service sushi bar offers up the freshest fish and a long list of classic and exotic rolls. Also enjoy the incredible selection of sake, beer and specialty cocktails. 2500 E. 2nd St., Reno, 775.789.2458.

Harrah’s Reno Carvings BuffetCL004024 American. Take your palate on an international journey at Carvings. Fill your plates with American, Italian, Mexican and Chinese food, fresh seafood and sushi, along with a variety

Hash House a Go-GoCL0045789 American. Centered on a philosophy of farm fresh food with an entertaining twist, this is a unique and lively restaurant that serves favorites such as farm scrambles, flapjacks and the hot sticky granola and meatloaf hash. 219 N. Center St., Reno, 775.786.3232 or 1.800.HARRAHS.

John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-b-que 8Barbecue. Your stop for country fun. Enjoy delicious barbecue, live entertainment, a nightclub, the charming Gilley Girls and more at this upscale, western-themed venue. Open for dinner nightly. 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 800.648.1177. Oyster Bar Seafood. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, The Oyster Bar has been serving the freshest seafood, chowder, pan roasts and cioppino since 1959. 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 800.648.1177.

The Steakhouse Grill Steaks. Since 1956, the Steakhouse Grill has served mouthwatering steaks and fresh seafood with impeccable service. It was recently honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, indicating that its wine list ranks among the best in the world. Open daily. 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, 800.648.1177.

Silver Legacy Resort casino Hussong’s CantinaCL0043059 Mexican. The legendary cantina is a landmark from Baja California and the historic birthplace of the original margarita. Hussong’s Cantina has come north of the border to Silver Legacy Resort Casino, where it serves its trademark authentic Baja cuisine, unusually strong margaritas and extensive tequila selection. 407 N. Virginia St., Reno, 775.329.4777. Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill CL0043058 American. Offers distinct and everpopular favorites like seafood pan roasts, cioppino and crab cakes. Don’t miss the new grilled items like the chicken panini, the charbroiled New York strip steak and the hand-formed Big Ol’ Burger. 407 N. Virginia St., Reno, 775.325.7401. Sterling’s Seafood SteakhouseCL0040263 Steaks. This fine-dining hot spot is a 12-time wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner and voted Reno’s best casino restaurant. Sterling’s is Silver Legacy Resort’s ultimate dining experience featuring steak, veal, poultry and seafood specialties. Open at 5


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pm nightly. The Sunday Champagne Brunch is a sumptuous affair served 9 am-2 pm. 407 N. Virginia St., Reno, 800.687.8733 or 775.325.7401.

Whitney Peak Hotel HeritageCL0045691 American. Serving American cuisine with a fresh approach in downtown Reno, Heritage is the creation of renowned chef Mark Estee. Drawing from local history for inspiration and cooking on a custom-made wood-fired grill and rotisserie, Heritage offers a seasonally influenced menu that changes daily. Featured dishes are cooked with fresh, authentic ingredients that create true connections between land, farmer, food and diner. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 255 N. Virginia St., Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, 775.398.5400.

Reno Area Restaurants BowlCL004568 American. No plates. No junk food. No fluff. Bowl restaurant serves seasonal, fresh food with real flavor. It sources local, organic ingredients as often as possible and honors the art of making great food from scratch. 148 West St., Reno, 775.327.4443. Brasserie Saint JamesCL0045689 American. This Old World-style craft brewery and restaurant is located in Reno’s historic Crystal Springs building. The brewery makes beers for all palates—complex, delicate and nuanced. The restaurant gives Old World European comfort dishes and American classics new life, using the best handselected ingredients. Brewery tours are available by appointment. 901 S. Center St., Reno, 775.348.8888.

Great Full GardensCL0045690 Californian. This restaurant caters to people with specialized dietary needs, such as vegan, gluten-free or Paleo, as well as the person simply looking for great flavor and a menu that is both unique and delicious. Dishes feature ingredients from local vendors and farmers, as well as the restaurant’s very own greenhouse. 555 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.324.2013. La VecchiaCL0040231 Italian. Serves authentic and innovative Italian cuisine. A local favorite for 24 years, where housemade pasta and ravioli are a specialty. An extensive wine list and full bar w/craft cocktails provide for a great dining experience in a casual metropolitan setting, yet refined. Private rooms with AV set-up are available for celebrations, business meetings and presentations. Lunch Monday-Friday 11 am-2 pm, dinner nightly at 5 pm. 3005 Skyline Blvd., #160, Reno, 775.825.1113. Louis’ Basque CornerCL004023 American. A local favorite featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Louis’ is the home of the famous Picon Punch and Winnemucca coffee. Dinners and lunches with authentic Basque specialties are served on long family-style tables. Dinner nightly; lunch Tuesday-Saturday. 301 E. 4th St., Reno, 775.323.7203. old granite STreet Eatery American. Located in a building built in the 1940s specifically for a restaurant, Old Granite Street Eatery serves up familiar comfort dishes with an emphasis on quality ingredients. With constantly rotating craft beer

selections, focused wine options and handcrafted cocktails, the restaurant is a casual and affordable neighborhood spot. 241 S. Sierra St., Reno, 775.622.3222.

ing experience, featuring ingredients in their purest state. The menu is designed for a multiple course meal of smaller portions, but also features plenty of flavorful snacks. 148 West St., Reno, 775.327.4448.

Mario’s PortofinoCL004023 Italian. Just blocks from downtown, Mario’s Portofino offers an elegant but quaint Italian setting with a wide array of delicious Italian specialties, worldclass wines and handmade desserts. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 am-2 pm. Dinner served nightly. 1505 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.825.7779.

Reef Sushi & SakeCL0042895 Japanese & Sushi. This sushi hot spot utilizes a unique blend of Japanese cuisine influenced by a Hawaiian style and spirit. Reef serves up more than 40 different sushi rolls and features an expansive sake menu. 50 N. Sierra St., Ste. 106, Reno, 775.800.1388.

Men Wielding FireCL0040234 Barbecue. This joint boasts smoked pulled pork, tri-tip, ribs, grilled baby lamb chop, chicken, ahi and grilled salmon. The restaurant also offers an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and hand-cut steaks. Be sure to save room for a homemade dessert. 180 E. 1st St., Reno, 775.324.3473. Midtown Eats CL0045692 American. The restaurant offers a variety of comfort foods, including signature burgers, salads and chef du jour entrees, often served with a twist. The fresh artisanal cocktails are made with seasonal ingredients, house-made syrups and infusions. Enjoy an intimate ambiance with a simple and rustic aesthetic. 719 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.324.3287. RawrCL004569 Californian. This raw bar serves plant and animal products, all of which are unprocessed and uncooked. The result is a unique and somewhat primal din-

Santa Fe Basque RestaurantCL0045697 Basque. Family-owned and operated since 1949, this restaurant hasn’t changed much since its opening and offers familystyle Basque dining within walking distance of downtown. Be sure to order the signature Basque cocktail, the Picon. 235 N. Lake St., Reno, 775.323.1891. Silver Peak Restaurant & BreweryCL0040265 American. Enjoy steak, pasta, fresh fish and stone-hearth pizzas as well as great salads and sandwiches at Reno’s favorite brewery. The friendly staff serves guests in the pub, dining room or spacious second-floor deck. Open daily 11 am-midnight. 124 Wonder St., Reno, 775.324.1864. 135 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.284.3300. Slice of the Peak, 300 E. 2nd St., Reno, 775.284.0600. SoDo Restaurant + BarCL0045803 American. Nestled just south of downtown (hence the name), SoDo offers a varied menu that is globally inspired and locally crafted. Drawing on ideas from around the world, the executive chef crafts artistic dishes to please the eyes as well as the palate.


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Dining Utilizing local and farm-fresh ingredients wherever possible, SoDo is not just another pretty face in Reno’s restaurant scene, but also a hub of activity for community involvement. Located just about a block from everything and boasting a charming corner patio with neighborhood views, it serves lunch and dinner daily. 275 Hill St., Reno, 775.322.2710. Sushi Pier RestaurantCL0040268 Japanese & Sushi. Voted “#1 Sushi Restaurant” eight years running by the Reno News and Review, Sushi Pier is a local favorite. Always fresh and always friendly, Sushi Pier features a variety of unique and classic sushi on its “all you can eat” menu. 1290 E. Plumb Ln., Reno, 775.825.6776. Texas RoadhouseCL0042854 Steaks. This spot is famous for handcut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, madefrom-scratch sides, fresh-baked bread, all-you-can-eat peanuts and a lively atmosphere. Named Top Steakhouse in the Nation’s Restaurant News’ Consumer Picks survey. Dinner nightly. Lunch Friday-Sunday. 150 Damonte Ranch Pkwy., Reno, 775.852.6333. Washoe SteakhouseCL0040269 Steaks. Voted Reno’s best steakhouse and serving one of Reno Gazette Journal’s award-winning burgers, Washoe Steakhouse has an award-winning wine list and expansive menu featuring seasonal dishes, specialties, soups and salads made with fresh, local ingredients. Open for dinner nightly, patio seating available starting every May. 4201 W. 4th St., Reno, 775.786.1323.


Riverwalk dining district The chocolate bar lounge American. The Chocolate Bar offers a social style of dining. Open daily, its one-of-a-kind American menu specializes in lunch, dinner, desserts and specially crafted libations. 95 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.337.1122. Fuego for Tapas and Vino Spanish. Located in Reno’s downtown dining district, this spot features Spanish, American and south-of-the-border tapas with Spanish wines and a full bar. Enjoy happy hour 3-6 pm daily, halfpriced bottles of wine on Wednesdays, ladies’ night on Thursdays and live Flamenco guitar on Fridays. 170 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.322.1800. Java JungleCL0040248 Cafes & Bakeries. Java Jungle provides the ultimate coffee house experience, serving superior coffee, espresso drinks and gourmet sandwiches in a friendly, inviting urban jungle. It features weekly poetry, art and music events. Free Wi-Fi. 248 W. 1st St., Reno, 775.329.4484. Noble Pie ParlorCL0040258 Pizza. This highly rated pizza place, formerly known as Pie-Face Pizza Co., came together as a collective idea to uphold the principles of incredible pizza and craft beers shared in the company of friends and family. Located in the Historic El Cortez in downtown. 239 W. 2nd St., Reno, 775.622.9222. Pizano’s PizzaCL0043061 Pizza. Delicious food at affordable prices. Pizano’s uses the highest quality products and ingredients to provide

customers the best-tasting pizza, sandwiches, wings and more. Pizza is always baked to perfection. Order online. Delivery available. 95 N. Sierra St., Reno, 775.329.3700. Wild River GrilleCL0040259 American. Wild River Grille’s chefs specialize in nouveau American cuisine, often putting their own innovative twists on favorite comfort foods. The restaurant features live music nightly throughout the summer on its picturesque riverside patio and hosts events such as the Sunday’s Uncorked food and wine pairing and bourbon tastings. Open daily at 11 am. 17 S. Virginia St., Reno, 775.284.7455.

South Lake Tahoe The Beacon Bar & GrillCL0042856 American. Located on the water’s edge in Camp Richardson Resort, The Beacon offers live music, appetizers, brunch, lunch and dinner on the deck or in the relaxed dining room. Be sure to try the famed Rum Runner cocktail. 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., S. Lake Tahoe, 530.541.0630.

Carson Valley J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room8 American. This Gardnerville institution embodies Old-World Basque culture in the American West. Feast on savory steak, lamb, chicken or seafood entrees. The multi-course family style meals are plentiful. Voted best Basque restaurant in Carson Valley for more than a decade. 1426 Hwy. 395, Gardnerville, 775.782.2074.

virginia City Mustang Ranch Steakhouse & Hunter’s Lounge CL0045706 Steaks. The world-famous Mustang Ranch brings its renowned culinary expertise to Virginia City. The restaurant opened in early 2014, offering a new dining experience in the historic town. The steakhouse offers delicious steak and seafood entrees, sweet desserts and a full bar, all in an elegant fine-dining atmosphere unique to its location. Downstairs in the Hunter’s Lounge, guests can relax and enjoy live entertainment and a full bar. 5 N. C St., Virginia City, 775.847.4188.

Hard Rock Café Lake TahoeCL004032 American. When you step into the Hard Rock Café in Harveys, you feel like you’ve just entered a Sierra Mountain lodge. But then you look around and realize that you’re surrounded by rock and roll history. Known for serving classic hamburgers, barbecue ribs and salads, the spot turns up the volume at night, from family-friendly restaurant to late-night hangout spot. The bar is always buzzing, and plenty of good tunes are playing. 18 Hwy. 50, Stateline, 775.588.6200 or 800-HARVEYS.


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Reno Tahoe Where GuestBook 2014-2015  

A comprehensive guide on what to see and do, where to eat, shop and dine while visiting the Reno-Tahoe area.

Reno Tahoe Where GuestBook 2014-2015  

A comprehensive guide on what to see and do, where to eat, shop and dine while visiting the Reno-Tahoe area.