No Hibernation Necessary – Explore Reno This Winter

Between your days of hitting the slopes at one of Lake Tahoe’s world-class ski resorts, mix up your snowy winter activities and do it city-style with an explorative walking tour through The Biggest Little City’s eclectic downtown, Riverwalk and MidTown Districts. There are endless opportunities during the winter to enjoy après-ski or your day off from skiing, from cozy dining spots, thrift shops, art galleries, craft breweries, world-renowned gaming and spas, plus life-sized Burning Man art sculptures and vibrant public art all along the way.

Experience Winter Fun Downtown

Start your adventure in downtown Reno. Get a unique climbing experience like none other at Basecamp Climbing Gym, the indoor bouldering park at Whitney Peak Hotel. Climbers of all levels are welcome. Make the most of the snowy days by gazing at the city lights and historic Reno Arch while you climb your way to the top of Basecamp’s Outdoor Climbing Wall, the tallest artificial climbing wall in the world.

Another great outdoor family-friendly activity is ice skating. There are plenty of ice skating rinks around Northern Nevada to practice your twirl.

Need to get out of the cold in search for indoor activities? Escape to the comfort of THE ROW and test your luck at gaming entertainment or unwind at the world-class spa inside Silver Legacy Casino Resort. If you’re exploring with kiddos, find signature family entertainment at Carnival Midway inside Circus Circus.

Stroll Along the Reno Riverwalk

Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and savor Reno’s urban scene. Liberty Food & Wine Exchange is the perfect après-ski staple with its inviting food and wine bar. A local favorite, Liberty Food & Wine Exchange offers an extensive wine list, craft cocktails and dishes blending local organic flavors and ingredients. Stop for hand-crafted cocktails and cozy up near the fire pit at The Shore Room to enjoy the view of the Truckee River or relax at Refuge Spa, located inside Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa. Craving some caffeine after a day of exploring? Fuel up at Hub Coffee Roasters and grab a sweet treat from Dorinda’s Chocolates, then go walk along the Truckee River. Enjoy fine dining at Beaujolais Bistro, a cozy dining spot offering refined French dishes that change daily with some of the best hand-selected French wines you can find.

Explore Hidden Gems in Reno’s MidTown District

Foodies and those looking for unique shopping experiences will love Reno’s MidTown District, a diverse neighbor in the heart of the city. Rice Box Kitchen serves up simple Asian-inspired comfort food with fresh ingredients prepared daily. Packed with flavor and amazing fragrance, their menu offers organic chicken, pork and tofu with gluten-free options available.

Centro Bar and Kitchen is a great local hangout, specializing in tapas-style meals meant to be shared by the whole table. Cross the street to walk into the dreamy aesthetic of Sundance Books and Music and cozy up inside. Discover a large selection of new and used books, music, vinyl records and gifts.

Make your way over to Craft Wine and Beer and celebrate happy hour with a unique assortment of wine, beer and spirits. If ciders and sour beers are more your style, you’ll be hard-pressed to not find a beer you’ll love at Piñon Bottle Co. Treat yourself to a few self-care goodies from Prude & Boujee, a Latinx and API-owned Korean beauty shop. Prude & Boujee carries a wide range of sheet masks and other skincare products.

Get Lost in the City’s Art

Reno Tahoe is a culturally vibrant region and a true arts destination. Find an abundance of public art by exploring through the city’s art sculptures and more than 100 larger-than-life murals across downtown and MidTown. Take the scenic routes downtown to find numerous Burning Man pieces such as BELIEVE and the Space Whale.

Inspired by the vibrant street art around The Biggest Little City? Unwind and embrace your creativity at Picasso & Wine with painting classes and do-it-yourself crafts.

Looking for a traditional art experience? Explore the Nevada Museum of Art, the only nationally accredited museum in the state, and find art collections and exhibitions created by national and international artists. Are you a museum fan? Visit the interactive Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum or the National Automobile Museum where there are loads of awesome car exhibits to explore. 

Round out those chilly days with a variety of fire pits and other favorite après-ski spots. It’s time to start planning the ultimate winter weekend in Reno Tahoe!

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