Wait what? You mean Reno isn’t just Vegas’ unloved ugly step-sister? I had dreaded coming to Reno, but it was en route to the Ultimate West Coast Road trip…
Who would have known I would stay an extra two nights!
Everything I had thought about Reno was wrong.
As my week was full of surprises, I realized that the dirty-cheap casino image of Reno is a poor representation of the Nevada-California community. A real Cinderella in the last five years, Reno and Tahoe have launched new neighborhoods driven by yogis, foodies, and the occasional post-grad environmental science majors.
As a gal who loves surprises, here’s a few of the traits which caught me off guard and kept me wanting more.
1. Reno and Tahoe have the best outdoor activities.
Known for snowboarding and skiing, the area is also rich in hiking, camping, sailing, wakeboarding, yoga, biking, and rock-climbing.
The Highest Rock-Climbing Wall in the World
Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno is home to the highest rock-climbing wall in the world. The hotel itself is a millennial meets sustainable luxe boutique, the first non-gaming, non-smoking establishment of its kind in Reno.
I made it to the top for a bucket list check back bend!
5. She said “when you’re kind, people remember you.” Reno/ Tahoe, above all, that is why I will remember you.
I felt so comfortable around Reno and Tahoe’s locals. It’s one of those places where the people don’t judge you, ask questions, and will buy you a beer to hear a good story.
A whole lot of grounded, earthy people — it must be those hikes.
We’ll meet again Reno and Tahoe :) A week just wasn’t enough.
A big thank you to my friend from home Chase who now lives in Reno; to the Whitney Peak crew Eli, Brian, and Martina; to the Ritz Carlton in Tahoe for the craziest sunset experience I have had yet; to Christina, Dave, and Chef Mark for welcoming me and showing me their city.