Last weekend we had the opportunity to get out of town with a few friends to celebrate a birthday.   Our travels took us to the "Biggest Little City in the World", and we were not dissapointed.  We ate, we drank, we were entertained and for a few brief moments we relaxed as well.  And at the end of our trip here are my top 5 things to do when visiting Reno, NV.
 

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1.  Breakthrough Reno - have you heard of this?  Apparently it's modeled after a game show, I guess I just don't watch enough TV.  You are allowed a team of 2-6 people (luckily for us we had 6), where you are locked in a room and given clues on how to get out, and a special puzzle to solve. Our specific scenario, was based on a serial killer that liked puzzles, he had left his apartment for an hour (very convienent) and in that time frame we needed to find enough evidence to capture and convict him, as well as get ourselves out of the room that had locked when we tripped an alarm getting in.  I have to say it was the quickest hours I've spent doing anything, it was challenging and fun, and at the end of the time (with a little help from one of the staff) we were able to solve our puzzle and get out of the room with seconds to spare.  If you have an opportunity to go I would highly suggest this game while you're in town.
 

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2. The Depot - Once we finished our sleuthing we were very parched, a short taxi ride away we dropped off in the heart of Reno and at the old train depot.  It has been converted into a brew house, distillery and eatery that specializes in high end pub food.  When we made reservations for dinner I was anxious about the mixed reviews, but after stepping into the lounge and purusing the drink menu I knew we were going to be in for a great night.  While we did not try any of the Depots home made spirits, their beers were tasty, and they even had a sour (in a bottle) that warmed my heart, and my stomach.  Dinner was quite tasty and filling, We had the marinated tri tip, and mac and cheese, while others at the table enjoyed the signature burger, and pork tacos.  We rounded out the night with one last cocktail and their homemade version of Creme brûlée - I tell you, I left the place quite tipsy and very full. If you plan on going to The Depot on the weekends or with a larger party, I would highly suggest making reservations.
 

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3.  Lounge hopping - it was all we could do to roll ourselves back to the hotel to get ready to go out for the evening.   Good thing the hotel is as spread out as it is between traversing the casino, wandering around the pool, and skirting a few Poke stops along the way, I was able to walk off a good part of dinner and clear my head.  We we're ready for a good evening.  And when in Rome.....One of the nice things about the Casino Resorts in Reno, is their full service amenities, once you check in there really isn't much need to leave if you care to spend your weekend that way.  For us we started the evening in the Fireside lounge, and ended it off at Edge - the in house club.  In between we were entertained by live music and a lot of great looking (and by great I mean very interesting) people all over the hotel.  Unfortunately we did try to turn into pumpkins toward the wee hours of the morning and dragged ourselves back to our rooms in retreat and to rest.  And of course once you wake from your night of over indulging you may want to start the day off with some awesome food and a bit of the "hair of the dog".
 
4. Brunch at Biscotti's -  for us that meant Brunch at Biscotti's Resturaunt - were we were greated with mimosa's and a full buffet that would satisfy any seasoned foodie.  I started with a homemade quiche with shallots and bacon, lemon ricotta pancakes with berry compote and maple syrup, followed quickly by an arrangement of fruit, country potatoes, and bacon.  And that was just the first plate.  By the time we were done, we had lunch, a seafood platter and  dessert relegated to it's very own special room, I really wish I had seen first.  My favorite from there was a cactus lemonade that was sweet but still tangy and refreshing, and was oh so tasty added in with the orange juice and Prosecco of the mimosas.  While on the higher side for a brunch I think the price is well worth the quality of food, and if you're celebrating an event, it really is the perfect way to end off said event before heading home.
 
5.  Spa level - But for the seasoned traveler you might know that adding an extra day to your trip after the main party has left is an awesome way to relax and recover before heading back to the grind.  Once we saw our group off, we headed back up to the room for a much needed nap.   Quite recovered in the afternoon we decided to head down to the pool for a bit of sun and relaxation, but for anyone that has spent time in one of the hotel pool areas, you know they can be loud, somewhat of a meat market and a little unappealing to a couple nursing a hangover and maybe a few extra pounds.   What solution would we pick? Spa level access!  Most resorts if they host a spa will also host a private pool and sun deck - consider it your cabana if one is not offered at your location. For a fee you can purchase a day pass, and relax in relative peace and quiet, at our hotel there was a rather beautiful indoor pool kept at the perfect temperature, aiding in its beauty at the center is a lovely fountain that you can sit under and appreciate life and all you have.  They also boast hot and cold dipping pools if you are into that particular ritual, and a private sun deck above the masses of the more public pools below.  For those weary traveler that would like to partake in this luxury I highly suggest it, any time you can.
 
Some things to consider when traveling to one of the Casino Resorts, in Reno.
 
Hotel Location - do you want to be downtown and part of the action, or are you willing to be a bit farther out and perhaps stay at a higher caliber resort.  It is a trade off though, consider how much you want to be in the action vs. what amenities you might have.
 
Taxi Service - because of the type of weekend we enjoyed we utilized taxi services most of the weekend.  Make sure you factor that into your budget and when choosing a location, had we decided to stay closer to the downtown area we might have spent a little less on the cabs, also for our party (of 6) we had to take two everywhere we went, there wasn't anything large enough to accommodate us. 
 
And lastly make sure you know what you are trying to get out of the weekend - is this going to be a party til you drop, are you shopping and sharing a spa retreat with girlfriends. Or even like us sometimes where we hole up in a great room with an awesome tub and just order room service.  Reno definatley has a little bit of everything, make sure you take advantage of that. 
 
While not our usual weekend getaway, we had a great time.  I hope the next time you travel to Reno you'll try some of my suggestions. 
 
What do you like to do in Reno?

Published by Sarah Kirkland