Abbey Kay is a local blogger and product photographer who loves Reno and all of its places to have fun. She is obsessed with donuts and coffee, and enjoys taking photos of both all around town. She has a passion for showing people her hometown and all it has to offer.
Lacking inspiration? Don’t be discouraged; Reno has all you could need for your special someone on Valentine’s Day. We know the best places and ways to show the one you love how much you care. But, don’t just limit it to Valentine’s Day keep this list handy for the date nights to come!
There are so many ways to spend the perfect date night in Reno Tahoe. Team up together to play Black Light Laser Tag at Wild Island Coconut Bowl, or test out your axe throwing skills at Reno Axe for an adventurous time. Roll your luck in a game of Bocce or Skee-Ball at the Renaissance Hotel and enjoy a drink together while you’re at it. Let your love climb to new heights when you head to BaseCamp at Whitney Peak to brave their indoor or outdoor climbing wall that overlooks the Reno Arch and the city. Stroll around the Nevada Museum of Art with your significant other and check out the latest art installment hand in hand. Or, Reno Breathe Bar is a neat place to relax as a couple and enjoy a massage or oxygen nap if taking it easy is your style.
All the local gift ideas for your local honey, coming your way! Honey & Goldies is a handmade jewelry shop that specializes in rings, necklaces and bracelets that are unique in design. They’re set apart with their use of pyrite turquoise, black diamonds and pink sapphires. Flowers is one way to say I love you, and Box of Love is how you say it even louder with their unique display of flowers arranged in a new decorative way. And if she’s into the type of gifts that keep on giving, then gift her a plant from Sierra Water Gardens so you can watch your love grow. They also carry handmade planters, books, décor clothing and more. Sugar Love Chocolates is the sweetest way to say you’re mine with their unique chocolate pairings like scotch truffle and port wine flavored treats. And at Pantry Products, you can carefully choose which handmade soy candle you think she’d like best. Pair it with other products, like sugar scrubs and body oils, that will help set the tone for a romantic evening!
Getting a Valentine’s Day gift for him doesn’t have to be so hard when Reno has tons of local shops and products geared towards all that he loves! Beautiful Bearded Man Lounge is the perfect place to find all of your man’s grooming needs. This cool and old school barbershop in The Basement that even makes their very own products like beard oil and wash. Grab him a t-shirt that expresses his love for Nevada at Tahoe Nevada Love so he can wear his heart on his sleeve. Do you love him a latte? At Old World Coffee Lab you can hand select a bag of locally roasted coffee beans for him to brew at home. Or head into Reno Fly Shop to pick out some gear for his next fishing trip and it’ll be a great reminder that you’re his greatest catch.
Cocktails, breweries, meads, hard liquors and more. Reno Tahoe has tons of bars, dives and hip joints to serve what you’re both looking for. Black Rabbit Meads is located in the upcoming Brewery District; where, they offer cider-style meads sourced directly from our very own Sierra Nevadas. Looking for something sweeter for your sweetie? Lounge at The Emerson where you can sip on the craft cocktail “The Hovey” made with vodka, watermelon and cinnamon liqueur. At 10 Torr Distillery & Brewery, you can find craft beer, canned cocktails and drinks made with vacuum-sealed spirits aimed to enhance flavor and experience. And if you’re wanting to leave an impression, check out Amari; which, offers white marble tables, wine spritzes, espresso martinis and a twist on a classic, the marzipan old fashioned.
Food is what the heart really wants and Reno Tahoe is home to some of the best. At La Famiglia Ristoranto Italiano, located in both downtown Reno and Sparks, you’ll be overly satisfied with their house-made pasta dishes, like Spaghetti Carbonara and Lobster Ravioli. The heat never stays in the kitchen when you eat at Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar; where, you’ll be just inches away from the flames and flavor as they cook the fiery meal at your table. Fine dining can be had at Land Ocean, the place to get your fill of filet mignon, lobster tails or Ahi tuna. Start your meal off by ordering the creamy blue cheese dip served with house-made potato chips. Sharing is the deepest form of love and at Centro, you’ll get to do just that as you snack on American-inspired tapas. Try cabbage topped tacos, a grilled radish and apple salad, or pork meatballs with a kimchi aoili.
End your evening on a sweet note of desserts. Enjoy a scoop or two of freshly made and flavorful gelato at Bibo Freddo Gelato. Chez Louie makes a caramel budino that is smooth as can be, or try their crème brulee for a classic that never disappoints. Fill your love’s heart with warmth and taste the delicacies that Washoe Public House has to offer, like the bourbon bread pudding, gluten-free flourless chocolate cake, or their version of the s’more that they make with vanilla ice cream. There are a million ways to end the night right, but only one way to say a proper good morning. And that’s with Perenn Bakery’s famous Valentine’s Day croissants that will make any woman or man’s heart swoon on this special day and every day after.
Be sure to follow Abbey Kay on all of her Reno adventures on Instagram and read about her favorite places to go with the tag #abbeykayeatsreno.