7 Reasons Reno, Nevada Is a “Must See” City


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Reno, Nevada is a city percolating with opportunity that is coming to fruition in community-focused gentrification. I used to think of Reno as a pit stop on the way to Tahoe, but a recent trip to “The Biggest Little City in the World” has flipped my script. I now think of this city as a trendy and entertaining stand-alone destination that allows me to carry a cup of booze around my neck as I walk along the Truckee river flowing through its center.

Here’s a few reasons you should hop on a plane headed for a Reno vacay, or maybe even strike gold in their real estate market before it’s gobbled up by hipster Millennials.

1. Communal Work Spaces

The Basement in Reno

In the age of “don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, I’m on a date with my device”, (in-person) human togetherness is a rare commodity- but not in Reno. This cutting-edge city is developing mega-trendy community work spaces where locals can set up meetings without having to shell out buku bucks for an office space, tap into the energy of fellow creatives or just get out of the house and sit in a space where other people are working (so they can feel productive by proxy.)

2. Affordable Lodging

Silver Legacy Lobby in Reno
Photo Credit: (Flickr) Mark Hogan

During the weekdays, you can find rooms at many of the resort/ casinos for under $100 per night, with many of the hotel lobbies being shockingly free of the scent of ashtray. The Silver Legacy pleasantly surprised me when I found it housed its main casino across the street from its fairly priced luxurious accommodations. And there was a Jacuzzi tub next to my bed- so there’s that.

3. Foodie Oasis

Food at Liberty Food and Wine Exchange in Reno

The restaurants in downtown Reno are muy yum. As odd as finding top-notch raw fish in a Nevada desert sounds, it’s being churned out in delicious concoctions at the The Reef, found along the Riverwalk in downtown Reno. And, if you’ve been searching for a restaurant you’d be happy to live in (because the nosh is so addictive) find a seat at Liberty Food and Wine Exchange.

4. Events on the River

Art in Reno
Photo Credit: (Flickr) Trevor Bexon

Reno thrives on bringing together their community; especially near the Truckee River- they love their river. The Riverwalk District is the site of regular events like the Wine Walk (this is where you wear your wine around your neck!), August Artwalk and Reno Bar Crawl that are not just attended by curious tourists but a loyal turnout of locals eager to connect and celebrate their city.

5. Kind to Kiddos!

Tubing through Reno on Truckee River
Photo Credit: (Flickr) J.H. Fearless

Being 21 is not a prerequisite for fun in Reno. With opportunities for hands-on play at The Discovery children’s museum, family-friendly live entertainment at Circus Circus and ample adventure via tubing through town on the Truckee river, families exploring Reno are sure to leave satisfied.

6. Reno Has Pubs Galore

The Depot in Reno

Holy gastro pub Batman- Reno is flowing with alcohol laden treats. Be it (surprisingly!) delicious sour beer at Imbib, cocktails straight from the distillery at The Depot or an overwhelming amount of yummy brewski options at Mellow Fellow, across from Aces Ballpark, Reno can deliver the exact “let your hair down” experience you’re looking for.

7. Young and Intelligent Folk

With the University of Nevada, Reno located near the heart of the city, Reno is rich with friendly, innovative, ambitious and Reno-loyal folks dedicated to continuing to enhance Reno’s allure and make their “biggest little city” the next hot place to live and play.

While I’m happy in my hippie-haven in the Ojai Valley I would consider Reno as potential stomping-grounds- even if I were just stomping around for a weekend.


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About the Author: Bailey Gaddis

Bailey is the author of Feng Shui Mommy, a travel writer, avid scuba diver, and lover of adventure. She has lived in California, Texas, Mexico, Peru, and the Honduras and is currently landed in Ojai, California. She found her ideal partner in a surfing-Aussie who is often the catalyst for their international travel (that's on a budget, with a toddler!) She is a contributing writer for Flight Network, Babble, Huff Post, Working Mother, Trip Savvy, Scary Mommy, Your Tango, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Women's Day, Cosmo, and more. A collection of her writing can be found at BaileyGaddis.com

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