Last week was my 10 on Tuesday link up with Karli and I loved it. After reading and commenting on other people's lists, Mel from The Larson Lingo, said I should do a list of things in Reno since she visits here often. Well Mel, you inspired my 10 on Tuesday list.
10 Things to Do, See and Eat in Reno
1. The Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museum is a children's museum full of fun. Even for adults. The museum is 67,000 square feet featuring everything from science to technology. They have a splash area, Nevada stories, Monsterfish, toddler area, Inside Out (anatomy experience), art center, Spark Lab, climbing center and Under the Stars area. It will wear your children out and you will enjoy the experience too.
2. The University of Nevada campus
Yes I may be biased a bit since this is my alma mater, but the campus is beautiful. Especially in the Spring time. We have a beautiful quad located in the south part of campus that is lined with trees and some of the oldest buildings on campus. You can head up north and visit Mackay Stadium. Or check out the Knowledge Center. And if you are in town during basketball season, check out Lawlor to catch a game.
Lawlor Events Center
3. Reno Aces
The Reno Aces are a Minor League Baseball franchise and they are affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The stadium opened in 2009 and I went to at least half of those games that season. And about half the next season. I haven't been able to go to as many as I used to (kids, marriage, traveling), but the Aces games are a lot of fun. Plus you can see some of the greats come through due to injuries or before they made it huge. I have seen a lot of Giants (when the Aces play Fresno Rivercats) at the Aces ballpark.
4. Nevada Museum of Art
The Nevada Museum of Art is a beautiful art museum. They have changing art exhibitions showing Nevada's history, famous artists, local artists, light displays, guided tours and so much more. You can even have events (weddings, receptions, parties, etc.) here.
The Reno Riverwalk District is beautiful. It is full of parks, shops, good eats, a marketplace, a whitewater park and bars. The Riverwalk District is an area that was developed along the Truckee River with miles upon miles of sidewalks and bike lanes to take you through Reno's beauty. There are a lot of events through the year along the Riverwalk. Earth Day, Wine Walks, Beer Crawls, Dine the District, marathons, floating the river and so much more. This is one of my favorite places to be during the summer.
The Reno/Tahoe area is full of amazing hiking trails. One of my favorites is the Hunter Creek Falls trail. It is about a 6 to 7 mile (round trip) trek up to a beautiful waterfall. It isn't a hard trail and the views are gorgeous along the way. I would recommend wearing hiking boots and bringing your camera for the waterfall at the end.
Walter enjoying his winter hike up to the Hunter Creek Falls
Another favorite hike of mine is the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead. This is a tough hike, but a beautiful one. You will overlook Reno, Washoe Valley and Tahoe. The first part of the trail is pretty easy up to the waterfall, but then it gets harder and harder. It is about 10.6 miles round trip, but so worth it. When you get to the top, you can sit on the rocks and enjoy the view and have some lunch. Definitely worth the trip.
Top of the summit at Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead
7. Mt. Rose Ski Resort
Again this is on the outskirts of Reno, but it is one of the best local ski resorts. It is about a 25 minute up the hill drive from Reno and boasts the best terrain. Rose has the chutes which is 200+ acres of steep terrain (40 - 55 degrees) with very long runs. The resort isn't huge, but offers the best tree skiing, high speed chairs and a lot of back country areas.
The Chutes are to the left with the runs to the right.
I know this is a broad area, but in Reno, we have All You Can Eat sushi which I guess is not common around the U.S. In Reno, we have tons and tons of sushi restaurants where the fish is flown in daily from the Bay Area. And the fish is so fresh and so good. And since we have so many sushi restaurants, you can get All You Can Eat sushi for about $20 to $25 per person for dinner. And if you love sushi like I do, this is a steal and you will have paid for it by eating two rolls or a roll and some nigri. But let's be real here and we all eat so much more than that. At least I do. Some of my favorite sushi restaurants in Reno are Hiroba, 2 Tha Joint and Sakana.
9. Stone House Brunch
Stone House is a cute restaurant that has transformed their patio into a little oasis. When it is warm outside, you can sit outside and enjoy the flowers, the stone work, the fountain, the seclusion of trees and shrubs and the amazing food. I love meeting my girlfriends at Stone House for brunch. They have amazing cocktails with an extensive breakfast and lunch menu.
10. St. James Brasserie
St. James Brasserie is a very unique building as it once was an ice house. The owners transformed the place into a beautiful brewery and pub. The food is outstanding, but the beer is top notch. The owner hired a brew master who studied all over Europe and learned from the best. The building has a bbq pit area, a roof top bar and seating area and two seating areas. The food has a gastro pub feel to it. I recommend the Red Headed Stranger beer (my absolute favorite beer) and the Mac, Atwater burger, fish and chips, seasonal pasta and the chicken coq au vin. But really, everything here is amazing.
There is so much more to do, see and eat in Reno, but I thought I would give you a taste of the things I love to do and eat in Reno. If you want any other suggestions, please email me!