Bored in Reno?

Apr 19th, 2005, 10:42 AM
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Bored in Reno?

We go to Las Vegas often and wanted to do something different. We have booked a room at the Peppermill for Memorial Day weekend. Naturally, I did this before reading any Fodors posts, and realize I will probably be very sorry I chose Reno over Vegas.

But, since we are stuck now, a few questions.
Will we need to rent a car, or can we get to the downtown casinos without a car? Do you get free drinks while gambling in Reno? Will the weather be warm enough to use the pool? If we rent a car to do some sightseeing to fill up a day, where should we go? Are there any comedy clubs or shows to see in Reno?

Thanks for your help in salvaging yet one more of my hair brained ideas!

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Apr 19th, 2005, 11:01 AM
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Rent a car so you can get out of Reno and go to Tahoe.

It could be really warm or it could be cool. May is a tough month to predict. It's been a long winter and spring has been slow in coming to the mountain areas.
They serve free drinks to gamblers.

Harvey's at Tahoe has an Improv.

Steve Winwood is playing at Harrahs on May 28.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 12:07 PM
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Siteseeing ideas:

Virginia City

Lake Tahoe - drive around the lake.

Pyramid Lake is about a 35 mile drive from Reno. Not much to do there but scenic and if it's warm enough you can swim.

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Apr 19th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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"We go to Las Vegas often and wanted to do something different."

So you're going to Reno!? Boy, that sure is different!

Sorry, but I just couldn't resist messing with you.

Don't forget Reno's motto, "The most boring little city in the U.S."

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Apr 19th, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Getting or not getting free drinks depends on how much you tip - as in any casino!

There is public transportation, but I don't remember if it's running on holidays, and don't remember using it ever. Do a search for "reno public transportation". Good luck!
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Apr 19th, 2005, 01:39 PM
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south lake tahoe
virginia city
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I agree with the trip around Lake Tahoe--but I think I liked Tahoe City better than South Tahoe. Anyway you must see the the clarity of the Lake.
Apr 19th, 2005, 02:28 PM
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I was hammered in Winnemucca and nailed in Carson City but never bored in Reno.

Hardy House, Shy Clown, Louie's Basque Corner....Reno Jail....ahhh..the memories.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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Well, the good news is you are staying in a nice hotel. While it isn't in the heart of Reno, there is a shuttle if you don't want to rent a car. There is also public transportation to Tahoe. We went to Reno one year with exactly the same thoughts that you had. Reno is a much shorter flight from Seattle, we don't need to rent a car and it's much cheaper than Vegas. We were a little bored. You're only going for a weekend so look ahead and book a show or two. I also second going up to Tahoe. It's close and really beautiful. If you're into the casinos, I've found the slots to be looser and drinks to flow easier in Reno. Just my experience. As long as you don't expect it to be like Vegas, with the beautiful landscaping and pool areas of the mega resorts, you'll be fine.
Have fun,
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Apr 19th, 2005, 04:15 PM
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Kal: Shy Clown and Hardy House are LONG gone. Louis Basque Corner is still going strong. Having said that, wkcape, if it's gambling only that you're after you might get bored but you can do the Peppermill, the Atlantis, the Hilton, the Elderado and the Silver Legacy. The Nugget in Sparks is another place. The clubs run shuttles. If you want to get out and about then you do need to rent a car. Tahoe, Virginia City, Pyramid Lake are all good choices. There are also some wonderful restaurants. Lulu's is one I can highly recommend but you need to make reservations. Harrah's Steak House is wonderful..again reservation is a must. If you go up to the Lake, then you could also eat up there..many great eateries. As far as swimming..well, even in the end of May, it's a "crap shoot" so to speak. It was in the 70's a couple of days ago and last night and this morning it snowed..enough on the hill to cause an accident on 80 that closed the road and chains and snow tires on Mt. Rose Highway and Geiger bring your suit and hope for the best. There are a couple of comedy clubs and various shows. You might try the Chamber of Commerce web site or the Reno Gazette Journal. They publish the "what's happenin' in town" on Thursdays and Friday also I guess. Stupid, I live here, but I just don't do the casino thing and haven't gone down town for ages although they are doing a lot of work down there, new stuff opening, old casino's turned into condo's up to 1,000, I may go down this summer during Artown in July and check it out. So, who knows, maybe you'll like it after all. The only reason I can EVER think of to go to Vegas is to shop and we actually are getting a lot more stores here so I won't need to ever go back to Vegas pretty soon. But as far as Vegas goes, 38 million people highly disagreed with me last year. Hope your weekend turn out to be fun for you.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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So is most of my liver and brain cells.

Louie's still got that kick arse picon punch???

Totally agree on Harrah's steakhouse. Used to hit it when I was in Reno a lot on business.

Is the "Best of the West BBQ Cookoff" at the Nugget Mem Day or Labor Day? It's always fun to munch "Q" and people watch and only about a $10 cab ride from Peppermill.
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Apr 19th, 2005, 07:00 PM
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Rib Cook-off is Labor Day weekend. It was featured on the Food Channel last night. The ribs are just too too fabulous. We used to go at least for three days so we could taste them all but I'm old and my tiney system can't take it....buuuuurrrrrrp!!! s'cuse me..anyone got Tums?
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Apr 20th, 2005, 09:06 AM
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Thanks as always, fodorites, you have made many, many vacations for us...especially London and Italy. We are into gambling so that seems alright and will rent a car to drive around the Lake area. Have looked at some pictures and it does look really beautiful. Thanks also for the Steve Winwood and Improv suggestions. So many times, these little "getaways" turn into memorable trips. I guess whenever you travel you can't forget to pack an open mind, good sense of humor and the suggestions from fodorites!
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 09:38 AM
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crefs-Saw the BBQ Cookoff on The Food Channel last night. Too bad we're headed the other way that weekend!


W'cape, A drive all the way around the Lake is magnificent! Just watch out for bicyclists!
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:18 AM
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KAL: well if you're ever of a mind, the Rib Cook-off is actually in Sparks, right in front of the Nugget. They close the street down to traffic so you can just wander around, slipping and sliding on pork fat and bar-b-que sauce. The have a craft fair and entertainment also. Other booths with funnel cakes, corn on the cob, lemonade and of course BEER!!!! The weather is usually really good, sometimes almost too hot. Parking can be a problem. As our population has grown the number of people attending has increased every year. We try to go down early afternoon or at about 5:00. That's usually when the early birds are "ribbed out" and heading home and the night crowd is just starting to appear so some parking will open up. They also have parking at one of the high schools and then run shuttles from there. It starts on the Thursday before Labor Day and runs every day from 10 in the morning till I think 10 at night and then closes at 5:00 on Labor Day. It's a fun deal and the ribs are just awesome.
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