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The Shriners' Guide to Reno Tahoe

Welcome to Reno Tahoe

Reno Tahoe is welcomes the 150th Imperial Session of Shriners International to the Biggest Little City! Throughout your stay, you’re invited to explore Reno Tahoe and indulge in experiences only found here. During breaks in the schedule of events, get out there and make it memorable. Here are some tips on what to do once you’re here.

Insider’s Advantage

Start your Reno Tahoe trip off right by thumbing through the Insider’s Advantage local discount guide. You’ll find tons of great deals from area businesses that can’t wait to welcome you! Just show the staff at participating establishments any coupon you’d like to redeem on your phone (or print out your faves in advance!).

Local Discount Guide

Destination Info

The Reno Tahoe Visitor Center is your in-person hub for adventure and discovery. Pick up guides, brochures and maps of the Reno, Sparks and the Lake Tahoe areas at the downtown location inside the Home Means Nevada store. Don’t forget to shop for local souvenirs to commemorate your time here!

Reno Tahoe Visitor Center
Inside Home Means Nevada
135 North Sierra Street
Reno, NV 89501
Hours of Operation (excluding major holidays):
7 Days a Week: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Attending meetings, summits and networking events is bound to work up your appetite. Try these breakfast hot spots in Reno and Sparks to refuel. A local favorite, Two Chicks in MidTown serves up an egg-ceptional breakfast, and Pegs Glorified Ham n Eggs in downtown offers a full breakfast and lunch menu. They also have a Sparks location! Pine State Biscuits, famous for their homemade biscuits and fried chicken, is only a short rideshare from downtown. There are dozens more local favorite breakfast and brunch spots to try… after all, it’s the most important meal of the day!

Need a pick-me-up? There are plenty of coffee shops near downtown Reno to try! Hub Coffee Roasters locally roasts their coffee and has a location along the Truckee River, so you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee with a view. Stella Coffee Co. and Old World Coffee Lab are all also within a short drive from The ROW. Stop by Bibo Coffee Co., with two locations in downtown, for a tasty cup of joe and house-made gelato for a special sweet treat.

Reno Tahoe has a flourishing brewery and distillery scene. Just east of downtown is Reno Tahoe’s brewery district, where you can raise a glass and quench your thirst with a local craft beer. The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery offers more than just hand-crafted brews, spirits, and a full menu, they also offer a piece of Reno’s history. The Depot converted the century-old former headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway into Reno’s first distillery and brewery. Lead Dog Brewing is a short walk from downtown Reno and offers ales that range from heavily-hopped to fruity sours, with something for everyone to enjoy. Experience something different at Black Rabbit Mead Co., making and pouring meads made from locally-sourced honey. Still thirsty? Seven Troughs Distilling Co. Speakeasy, located in The Basement, stands out for its mid-century process of open fermentation.

Reno has several districts, each with their own set of amazing dining establishments. In the downtown area, treat yourself to a prime New York steak at Roxy in the Eldorado at The ROW, or sizzling entrees of Hibachi at Ichiban Japanese Steak House. A stone’s throw away from The ROW is Louis’ Basque Corner, serving up family-style cuisine for large parties. And for locally sourced, sharable plates, you can’t beat the menu at Liberty Food and Wine Exchange. Enjoy dinner with a view of the Truckee River at Wild River Grille or Smith + River, which both offer great happy hour and dinner offerings.

In MidTown, there’s Mari Chuy’s, which serves up unbeatably fresh Mexican food and margaritas. Von Bismarck is home to wood-fired German food, great beers and an amazing outdoor eating space. Reno Public Market hosts a lineup of grab-n-go dishes for every craving. And Great Full Gardens MidTown serves delicious bites with a healthy twist, sure to keep you fresh between events.

A short rideshare away, the Sparks Water Bar gives you a chance to dress up, offering seafood and mouthwatering American classics. Fine dining can also be found at Rancharrah, a modern array of shops and eateries at the former mansion property of casino moguls. The Reno and Sparks restaurant scene is full of options for any appetite. The hardest choice will be deciding where to eat!

Put your skills to the test and find the perfect spot to tee off or hit the links in Reno Tahoe.

You’ll never play a better game of golf than when you’re here. It’s science. At our elevation, golf balls fly 10 percent farther. With more than 50 courses within a 90-minute drive to choose from, there is a Reno or Lake Tahoe golf course for every level of play. Check out this list of Reno and Lake Tahoe golf courses to find the perfect spot to tee off.

Eat, sleep and of course, shop! Take a break between events and check out local boutiques, shops and malls in Reno. MidTown and downtown Reno have a unique fashion scene you can’t miss. If familiar brands are what you’re after, check out the Outlets at Legends, Meadowood Mall, and the Summit Mall. For those looking for one-of-a-kind items, Reno is home to some great thrift stores. Junkee Clothing Exchange, The Nest and The Melting Pot World Emporium are filled with vintage clothing and treasures. At Sierra Belle and Nomad in MidTown, you will find the latest fashion trends and unique pieces.

During your downtime, treat yourself to an experience at one of Reno’s world-class spas. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino at The ROW has an exceptional spa where you can treat yourself to their custom-mixed scents, a herbal seaweed wrap or a detox clay body wrap. Make a quick stop at the Refuge Spa inside the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa for express spa treatments. For those seeking some serious rest and rejuvenation, check out Breathe Bar in MidTown, which offers IV hydration therapy, massages and a nap bar. Healing One is a float center where you can truly let go of the weight of the world, figuratively and literally. There are a variety of unique ways to relax and find your Zen in Reno Tahoe.

Reno’s arts scene is growing with murals and life-size sculptures located throughout downtown and MidTown. Located along the Truckee River, City Plaza is also home to two former Burning Man pieces – BELIEVE and Space Whale. Search for even more Burning Man sculptures along Reno’s Neon Line. Known as the only accredited art museum in Nevada, the Nevada Museum of Art has permanent and rotating collections from world-renowned artists for you to see. If cars are more your speed, the National Automobile Museum showcases more than 200 eye-popping cars and authentic street scenes. Take a walk through downtown and MidTown to see more than 100 murals painted by local, national and international artists.

Experience events like never before as Reno Tahoe takes it to a whole new level with spectacular events. The Reno Rodeo will be wrapping up as you come into town, but you can still catch the tail end of the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!” Get your tickets early and head to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center for an amazing time filled with western heritage. July in Reno means it’s Artown time! Witness all the arts and culture events Reno Tahoe has to offer during this month-long event. For a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, take the 40 minute trip to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. There are two productions featuring gorgeous costumes, stunning sets and one of the most talented professional acting companies in the West! It’s definitely worth the quick drive.

Reno Tahoe provides multiple options for getting around town, such as:

  • Taxis, limousines and ride-sharing services – The Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides on-demand limousine options, nine taxi companies ready for pick-up outside the airport, and Uber and Lyft services as well.
  • Rental cars – Reno offers access to nine rental car agencies with vehicle pick-up available right outside the airport terminals.
  • Travel Pineapple NV – Choose any unique, customized tour and explore the sights of downtown Reno and the MidTown District from knowledgeable guides.
  • Hotel shuttles – Many hotels provide shuttle service to and from the airport. Find more detailed information on these shuttle services.
  • Public transportation – City bus service is also offered between the airport and downtown Reno. Check the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) schedule for times and routes.

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