If your day-to-day scenery and routine are getting a little monotonous, it’s probably time to take yourself on a staycation. While it won’t be QUITE the same as a getaway to a luxurious spa, tropical beach or foreign locale, we hope these ideas provide inspiration and moments of Zen from the comfort of your own home.
One of the best parts of vacation? The food! You get to discover local restaurants, try new cuisine and not have to worry about doing the dishes. Even while we’re staying home you can still get a taste of vacation by trying a new restaurant in Reno. Give your taste buds a taste of a tropical retreat with Pola Poke in northwest Reno, serving up refreshing acai bowls and poke bowls made to order. If you’re craving some finger-licking-good BBQ, try Butcher’s Kitchen Char-B-Que, which was recently featured on Food Networks’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Find even more restaurants with order delivery or pick-up options, and have a picnic in your backyard or set the ambiance of an exotic getaway around your dining room table.
If your idea of creating the ultimate vacation vibe is relaxation and pampering, then now is the time to try those DIY, at-home spa treatments. We know, painting your own nails is much harder than many of us realized, but we won’t judge if that manicure isn’t perfect – it’s about the spa-like feeling you get when you treat yourself to some self-care. Create a spa-like ambiance at home by setting the mood with music and putting on (or staying in) your coziest robe. Some salons in Reno, like Nail Design by Shannon, are offering mani/pedi kits you can enjoy at home, complete with scrubs, masks and lotions. See if your favorite salon or day spa has an at-home pampering kit you can order. The things you have on-hand can be great for creating your own spa treatments to keep you looking and feeling your best. Make moisturizing hair masks and glow-inducing scrubs with things you already have in your kitchen, with recipes courtesy of Pantry Products’ Quarantine Beauty Routine.
Vacations aren’t complete without some souvenirs, either for yourself or loved ones (who are normally back home but now perhaps just in the next room). Jump online to treat yourself to some retail therapy and support local Reno Tahoe shops and boutiques. There are plenty of local clothing and apparel stores that help you show off your Reno Tahoe love, such as Home Means Nevada and bigtruck. You can still shop plenty of your unique local favorites like Sittie + Sage or Golden Jackal. Spruce up your home with a new candle or decor from shops like Nordik, or add something stylish to your wardrobe or jewelry collection courtesy of Biggest Little Fashion Truck.
You’ve watched every show in your Netflix queue and you need a break from that impossible puzzle your well-intentioned sister sent you. Why not plan an artistic evening with Picasso and Wine’s On Demand Art Classes. If you don’t have paint and brushes, they have you covered! You can order your paint kit from them, complete with paints and three brushes – everything you need to create your masterpiece. Once your supplies are delivered, plan a Zoom chat with your besties, open a bottle of wine and get ready to paint and laugh together. This is also a great option for a fun at-home date night with your significant other.
Camping is something that many of us look forward to as the weather gets warmer but many campgrounds remain closed. You can still channel the elements of the outdoors without leaving your living room or backyard! Create the vibe by setting up your tent, either inside or in your backyard, or build a fort in the living room. Don’t forget plenty of blankets, sleeping bags and pillows for a cozy space. Tuning in to your favorite nature or travel show and lighting a pine-scented candle will add the sights, sounds and scents of the great outdoors. And we all know that no camping trip is complete without s’mores. Make your own in the microwave, or take it up a notch with gourmet s’mores from S’moregasm, based in Reno and Truckee.
If you’re looking for more ways to stay entertained while we #StayHomeForNevada, we have virtual experiences for art lovers as well as learning opportunities for the whole family.