On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:The Reno/Lake Tahoe area has more than 30 luxury golf courses that offer spectacular mountain vistas. One of the most beautiful courses in the city is Montreux Golf, the only Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in Northern Nevada. The 18-hole course features elevation drops, waterfalls and meandering creeks in a pristine environment. The course has been known to trouble PGA greats, so be prepared. In addition to Montreux, you’ll find beautiful rolling greens at Northstar at Tahoe (Truckee, Calif.) and a picturesque country setting surrounded by towering peaks at Genoa Lakes Golf Club (Genoa, Nev.). The area is renowned for its championship holes and impeccably maintained greens.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:There’s no better souvenir than local art and there are a handful of galleries in Reno (including Powers FrameWorks on Kietzke Lane and the Artists Co-op on Mill Street) that carry a wide variety of Nevadan artwork. If you prefer bringing home local food to local art, we love Killer Salsa. There are four flavors of fresh Killer Salsa and seven flavors of shelf-stable salsa. This local salsa is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions, garlic and spices. It’s killer.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:When you visit Reno, there are a few bites you can’t miss. And being a western town, many of them revolve around beef — steaks and burgers make an appearance on most menus in town. Here are the five best Reno-specific food experiences that Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend:
1. Breakfast at Peg’s. Start your day with the best breakfast in town at Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, located downtown on South Sierra Street. Try the chilaquiles or huevos rancheros. Be sure to ask about the secret “not on the menu” selections of the day.
2. Devour the Awful Awful. For the messiest but most delicious burger in town, we recommend The Nugget’s Awful Awful, the joy of many a college student and late night card player. The all-night burger joint is hidden in a tiny corner of the casino. Nab a counter seat and you’ll have plenty of fun people watching.
3. Order up some waffles. Find unique vegan and vegetarian meals at the hide-away joint Pneumatic Diner (it’s upstairs with an entrance on Ralston Street). The waffles are a favorite; it’s also a good spot for creative drink concoctions.
4. Sip Mexican hot chocolate. Finish up your evening with a dessert cocktail and chocolate fondue at The Chocolate Bar, a chic bar and dessert venue that gets crowded fast – send a couple of friends ahead to hold your table. The Mexican hot chocolate is also a spicy wonder.
5. Experience the food trucks. To sample the best in local food, beer and music, hit up the Reno Food Truck Fridays. It’s the held throughout the city the first Friday of every month.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:Once nightfall hits, there’s plenty to do in Reno. If you’re not gambling, you can head to the clubs — Wet, an ultra-lounge at the Grand Sierra Resort, is quite popular with a modern club ambience and an intimate lounge. For a less clubby feel and more country one, Mustang’s is the country Western venue and features live music from local country bands, popular Western bands and deejays. The Edge nightclub in the Peppermill Hotel & Casino is the new nightlife hot spot — packed into the morning hours. Locals prefer the Freight House District – check out Duffy’s Ale House, Bugsy’s Sports Bar and 250 Lounge.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:Start a tour of Reno at the Nevada Historical Society’s “Biggest Little City in the World” exhibit, which focuses on Reno's interesting history. Once you have a better sense of this Nevada city and its surrounding area, it’s time to explore the outdoors. There are plenty of hiking trails with epic views of the city once you reach the piqué — we like the Hunter Creek and Mount Rose trails. After a hike, your stomach will likely be growling, so stop in The Nugget casino to devour the Awful Awful burger. While you’re here, play a few games; after all, Reno was once the gambling capital of the U.S. After lunch, hope on a bike to see more of the city — both Sierra Adventures or Adventures of Reno offer bike rentals. Sierra Rentals is located downtown, near the Truckee River trail. Adventures of Reno also offers sightseeing tours, and the popular motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile tours. After a full day of sightseeing, we recommend the 4th St. Bistro for dinner. Book a reservation in advance, since this romantic spot can fill up fast. Make sure to try the pork belly appetizer and one of the unique desserts before heading back to your hotel for the night.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:A popular shopping destination in Reno is California Avenue, which is lined with locally-owned shops. In addition to charming boutiques, you’ll find several lunch and dinner stops, including The Blue Plate which is known for Greek cuisine, The Cheese Board, an American bistro, and My Favorite Muffin, a locally owned muffin and bagel shop, are other sound choices. Shop for a gift at Campbell Art Studio and Gallery, The Silent Hand Scriptorium or LIV Reno. Buy the perfect pair of designer jeans at Kalifornia Jean Bar, with brands such as Rock & Republic and J Brand on offer. Finish up your day of shopping with either a visit to the Zen spa or the Nevada Museum of Art, which is nearby on Liberty Street.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:Reno is a family-friendly destination, so you’ll have no problem finding plenty of outdoor activities for energetic children. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best things to do with kids in Reno.
1. Float down the river. Your first stop should be to the Truckee River, where you can float in the warmer months or join a kayak excursion (Truckee River Whitewater Park). The downtown river walk is also fun for children.
2. See hot air balloons. The most popular annual event in Reno for children is the Great Reno Balloon Race. Time your visit to the first weekend of September and you’ll find the sky full of hot air balloons. You can rise early (you will see plenty of other strollers) and walk amongst the inflating balloons at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for dawn patrol.
3. Book it to a ballgame. Most kids love baseball, hotdogs and cheering. Grab tickets for a game at the Reno Aces Ballpark, newly constructed (opened spring 2009) and within walking distance of the casino parking garages. The park is small – this is a minor league team – but there’s not a bad seat in the stadium.
4. Put on your walking shoes. Hike with the kids near the river at Mayberry Park or Idlewild (downtown). If you want to have a western experience, passing through Reno’s horse country in the middle of the city, visit Bartley Ranch.
5. Ice skate. The Rink on the River is a fun downtown activity during winter, operating daily during the season (weather and ice conditions permitting), with evening hours on weekends.
On August 16Becky Bosshart answered the question:There’s plenty to do in the biggest little city in the world. From playing the slots to taking a hike — here are out Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best things to see and do in Reno:
1. Visit downtown. Reno’s downtown core has been rebuilt and refreshed over the past decade. Stay at one of the many downtown resorts and stroll along the Truckee River, where you can float on tubes in the warmer months, or rent a kayak (Truckee River Whitewater Park). Try to fit in a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art, which features four levels of art with an affordable entrance fee (most days $10) in a beautiful contemporary building that uses both light and space well. You’ll find a comfortable mix of local, regional and international art. Also a good stop for those on an art excursion is Bruka Theatre, which hosts the best community theater in town (with comfortable couches as seating), and is loved by locals.
2. See the Great Reno Balloon Race. Time your visit for the first weekend in September and you’ll find the sky full of hot air balloons, this is the Great Reno Balloon Race. You can rise early and experience dawn patrol with thousands of others. Walk amongst the inflating balloons at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, where you may suddenly find yourself assisting with a lift off. The park is a 15-minute walk from downtown and easily reached by public transportation.
3. Hit the tables. If gaming is your thing, here are plenty of casinos in Reno where you can play. Just keep in mind that most of Reno’s casinos were built and renovated in the 1970s and 1980s—you won’t find the modern glamor of Las Vegas. We recommend The Nugget downtown, where you can also try a famous Awful Awful, the culinary joy of many a college student and late night card player. The tasty all-night burger joint is hidden in a tiny corner of the casino. Nab a counter seat with your giant burger and fries and you’ll have plenty of fun people watching.
4. Grab a seat in the stadium. Sports fans will enjoy a game at the Reno Aces Ballpark, newly constructed (opened spring 2009) and within walking distance of the casino parking garages. The park is small – this is a minor league team – but there’s not a bad seat in the stadium, and it gives off a comfortable small-town vibe. It’s also part of the Freight House District, a year-round entertainment complex with retail, dining and nightlife.
5. Take a hike. Reno is a popular home for outdoor enthusiasts – even in the heart of the city you’ll find plenty of locations for a brisk hike. If you want to stay near the river, we recommend Mayberry Park. If you hoping for a western experience and are passing through Reno’s horse country, visit Bartley Ranch.
On July 31Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Local foodies agree: Reno has some outstanding restaurants, but you have to look hard to find them. Read on for Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best places to eat in Reno.
1. The 4th St. Bistro. This romantic fine dining location known for its market fresh and locally sourced ingredients. But because of its creative menu and reputation, it can get crowded fast. Either opt for an early dinner or book a reservation in advance. Make sure to try the pork belly appetizer and one of the unique desserts.
2. Bangkok Cuisine. This Thai restaurant serves classic dishes so authentic, you’ll feel as if you’re in Thailand. A house special is the Bangkok sizzling platter, a yellow curry dish with fresh vegetables. We also recommend the panang curry and tom kha gai soup.
3. Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse. Looking for an excellent steak in an upscale environment? Try Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse located inside the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Be sure to check out the signature steak, oyster bar and Sunday champagne brunch.
4. White Orchid. For a table clad in fine linens and china, head to the White Orchid in the Peppermill Hotel. The gourmet cuisine is paired with fine wine as part of the wine series. If available, be sure to book a wine dinner.
5. Archie’s Famous Grill. The quaint diner is right across from University of Nevada and is famous for their burgers, fries and onion rings. The Nugget is another spot to grab a burger (order the Awful, Awful, it’s locally famous).
On July 31Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:The biggest little city in the world and the surrounding area has many different types of lodging, whether you are looking for the energy of hotel casino, upscale accommodations or the down-home comfort of a bed and breakfast. Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ recommend these properties if you’re seeking the best places to stay in Reno.
1. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino. Recently renovated, the luxurious Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino is the perfect lake front location for a grand Sierra Nevada vacation. Don’t forget to relax in the heated pool – it has a spectacular mountain view.
2. The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. If you’re looking for a classic hotel casino experience you’d do no better than The Peppermill, located on South Virginia Street away from the downtown congestion. The Peppermill is best known for its spacious rooms, bold design and 24-hour Café Milano. You’ll have access to two resort pools with waterfalls, three spas, private cabanas and poolside dining.
3. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. With a spa, eight restaurants and a casino, you’ll never have to leave this resort. Between the indoor and outdoor pools, event and entertainment spaces and the kids center — there’s something for everyone here.
4. The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. This hotel, located off Highway 395, is known for its eclectic mix of entertainment options, starting with a bowling alley, discount cinema, large concert theater (featuring bands such as Florence + the Machine) and mini golf course. Stay in the Summit rooms for a luxury experience – you can choose between two different grand suites, a loft suite or a two-bedroom imperial suite.
5. Cobb Mansion. If you want a Victorian B&B experience take a short drive to Virginia City and stay at the Cobb Mansion. This charming historic home, decked out Victorian era antiques, serves a wonderful breakfast. You’ll want to wake up for the eggs Florentine and Belgian waffles.