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More to Love – A Local’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Dates and Gifts

Lacking inspiration this Valentine’s Day? 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!

From Valentine’s Day Dates to Gifts, We’ve Got Ideas

Date Ideas

There are so many ways to spend the perfect date night in Reno Tahoe. Team up 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. Let your love climb to new heights when you head to BaseCamp at Whitney Peak to brave their outdoor climbing wall that overlooks the Reno Arch and the city. Stroll hand-in-hand around the Nevada Museum of Art with your significant other and check out the latest art exhibit. For those who prefer to take it easy, Reno Breathe Bar is a refreshing date spot where you can relax as a couple and enjoy a massage or oxygen nap.

Unique Gifts

For her:

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 set themselves apart with their use of pyrite turquoise, black diamonds and pink sapphires. Flowers are one way to say I love you, and Box of Love is how you say it even louder with their unique displays of flowers arranged in artistic ways. 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, home décor and more. Sugar Love Chocolates, available online, 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 their other products, like sugar scrubs and body oils, to help set the tone for a romantic evening!

For him:

Getting a Valentine’s Day gift for him isn’t 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 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 if he’s a fisherman, 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.

Drinks, Dinner and Dessert

Find cocktails, craft beer, meads, spirits and more. Reno Tahoe has tons of bars, from dives to hip joints, serving what you’re both looking for. Black Rabbit Meads is located in the up-and-coming Brewery District and 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 one of their many craft cocktails. They serve up classics like martinis and Negronis, as well as seasonal creations to delight your senses. 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 their marzipan old-fashioned, a twist on a classic that you’re sure to love.

Food is what the heart really wants and Reno Tahoe is home to some of the best restaurants. At La Famiglia Ristoranto Italiano, with locations 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 aioli.

End your evening on a sweet note of desserts. Enjoy a scoop or two of freshly made and flavorful gelato at Bibo Freddo Gelato. Liberty Food & Wine Exchange makes a caramel budino that is smooth as silk… share if you want or feel free to order one all for yourself. 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 made 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.

Still looking for romantic ways to spend time with that special someone? Find creative date ideas and inspiration for the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend in Reno Tahoe.

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.

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.

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