Reno is a quirky place.
Despite the jokes that are made about the area it really is quite a wonderful place to live. We are still the "Biggest Little City in the World". In the past few years (probably in the past decade actually) Reno has really tried to pull itself up by it's boot straps and become a destination- not just because of the gambling (actually as an alternative to the gambling since the Indian casinos have become all the rage on the other side of the hill), but because of the amazing outdoor activities it has to offer. Seriously people, there are some of the best hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, kayaking,skiing and other recreations in such close proximity it isn't even funny. They are also doing a ton of work down town to draw people out of the casinos and into the streets. They re-engineered the Truckee River in order to create a kayak park, and every year their is the White Water Rodeo that draws competitors from all over. There is also the Tour De Nez that has been a staple in the summer time for longer than I can remember.
The city is also going through a major face lift, many of the casinos are being converted into condominiums with retail on the first few floors. It is actually turning into a down town that you want to visit, not a place that you avoid. There are cool little shops, and good eats. The movie theater is a regular haunt for us on the weekends and the RTC has a bus that loops around town that you can ride for free.
One of the coolest things that Reno does in the summer time is the Reno is Artown. For the entire month of July there are artsy fartsy things going on just about every single night as well as throughout the day. Last night was the final evening of this celebration... So the girls and I headed out on the town for some 'culturing'.
We had dinner at a nice little infill development projects (we are all connected to the city/regional planning efforts by trade so this is the way we talk). A great little Italian place called La Famiglia. They offer SF style ambiance - good wine, good service and good food. After a few glasses of vino, and some eats we walked ourselves down to Wingfield to see DBR- for free. It was awesome.
Check out this guy's music, seriously different and really cool. Plus, he is HOT...
Goodbye until next year Artown...
Hello Hot August Nights and Street Vibrations (can someone get me my earplugs?)
August 01, 2006
Reno is a quirky place.