Head west from downtown Reno and you will find yourself on Dickerson Road, a hidden gem, tucked away along the Truckee River. Home to a variety of quaint community shops, Dickerson Road is where creativity thrives and ambition is rewarded. Talk a walk between the river and the rails and see for yourself.
Get lost in this (nearly) hidden garden on the Truckee River. With benches overlooking the river it’s perfect place to cool off, and their selection of unique indoor and outdoor plants will inspire you to create your own masterpiece. Don’t have a green thumb? Their staff is incredibly helpful and they also offer classes to walk you through a variety of projects. During the summer months, take in an outdoor concert in this tranquil setting. And make sure you say hi to the furry resident mascot, Reba!
Located across the street from Sierra Water Gardens is their sister company, Wedge Ceramics Studio. This 4,000 square-foot industrial space gives artists a chance to expand their creativity while creating their own ceramic pieces. Some artists are monthly members while others just pop in for a one-time use. Never worked with clay before or looking to learn something new? Sign up for one of their workshops and let your creativity soar.
Reno Art Works provides space for local artists to build, paint and create unique pieces. Many of the art pieces around the area, including those that have made the trek to Burning Man, originated here. Guests are welcome to come and admire any recent creations during one of their monthly events and open houses.
If you spend a day on the water in Reno Tahoe, you’re probably going to see a few people sporting these locally-made suits. Strange Bikinis sells unique swimwear and offers custom-fit bikinis, all of which are hand-made by the owner. Stop by to browse their inventory, or make an appointment for a custom fitting. After all, how cool is it knowing your next bikini was locally designed and made right here in Reno?!
While The Nest isn’t technically on Dickerson Road, it’s on your way and you won’t want to pass by without stopping to shop. This furniture, décor, clothing and accessories store specializes in vintage, boho and granny chic designs. Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or shopping for a gift, check out the Nest for some amazing vintage finds.
After spending some time exploring Dickerson Road, it’s easy to work up an appetite. Satisfy that hunger at Oxbow Café & Bistro, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. More interested in a pick-me-up or refreshing drink instead? Oxbow Cafe has an espresso bar, carries draft and bottled beers, and has an exceptional wine list.
Have you driven down Dickerson Road lately? There are so many hidden gems! @strangebikinis @thewedgeceramicsstudio Sierra Water Gardens and this little cafe, just to name a few! Oxbow Cafe and Bistro is tucked away by the river, and is a great place for brunch. #mondaymotivation #brunchtime #sandwich : Michael T.
Located at the end of this artsy road, is Oxbow Nature Study Area, an urban nature center. Explore the one-mile long trail through the park, or simply relax by the river and watch the wildlife.
Dickerson Road is a such a unique area, and definitely one worth exploring. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon while creating something new, satisfying your taste buds or taking a stroll by the river.