Let's eat our way around Reno!
There are several local roasteries serving up delicious coffee and tea in Reno, but our favorite spot – Hub Coffee Roasters – is located right on the Truckee River so you can take in the morning light reflecting off the river. What better way to start your day?
Then, head to Whitney Peak Hotel to try their outdoor climbing wall reaching 164 feet over downtown Reno and the famous Reno Arch! The climbing wall has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall” and is a must-do for those looking for a unique experience in Reno Tahoe. The hotel offers other climbing options, including classes, indoor walls and bouldering.
We love the sound of cowboy boots on a wooden sidewalk and the jingle of spurs, so Virginia City made the travel list. A short drive from Reno, this historic mining town is rich with history and character (as well as a few characters). First take your Wild West photo shoot, the grab the famous spicy pork sandwich at the Virginia City Jerky Company. This quaint town is the ideal afternoon trip, and if you’re lucky enough to be in town for one of their truly unique events, you might just catch a camel race or Rocky Mountain oyster festival!
Walking beautiful Virginia City will work up another appetite, and if you like gooey cheese and cold beer, then you’re going to love Great Basin Brewing Company. This local brewery is the oldest in the state of Nevada. When you go, make sure to order the famous Ichthyosaur “Icky” IPA, named after the fossil specimens found in central Nevada of a reptile that went extinct more than 200 million years ago. They also have rotating seasonal beers and a menu that will have you struggling to decide what to order. (We like the beer cheese soup and the nachos, but you can’t really go wrong.)
Get out and about...then relax.
Start off your morning with a hike up to the Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout—perched atop an 8,500-foot-tall cliff—and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the Lakes Basin. Hike the roughly five-mile, out-and-back Sierra Buttes Trail, and push yourself to the limit while climbing the 180 stairs that lead to the top of the mountain. Spot Mount Lassen and the Sacramento Valley on a good day as you stand on top of the world, having conquered the Sierra Buttes trail’s elevation gain of over 1,500 feet, and breathe in the crisp air. Imagine staying here for weeks and months as the spotters did in the 50s, and take time to meditate in the clouds.
After the strenuous hike, head to Sierra City’s Main Street to refuel on coffee, recharge your devices, and restore your strengths with a delicious lunch from the Red Moose Café. Next up, it’s time for waterfall hikes. Trek to Love Falls just outside of Sierra City for an easy yet breathtaking 2.1-mile journey. Follow the 2.9-mile Haypress Creek loop trail for a refreshing swim near Upper, Middle, and Lower Haypress Creek Falls. Visit all four waterfalls in about two hours by starting and finishing your hike at Wild Plum Campground. Lost Sierra hiking can also take you to the 410-foot Feather Falls, Upper Little Hot Springs Valley, or one of the many turquoise alpine lakes in between.
After a full day out and about, some good food and drink is a must! The Brewing Lair is located on 15 acres of forested land in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Come hang out at the brewery and sip on craft beers and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Their 15-barrel brewery is dedicated to the production of high profile ales. Construction on the The Brewing Lair brewery began in May of 2011, and has become a gem within The Lost Sierra.
Choose between a 2 hour or 3 hour ATV adventure tour. You can be the driver or the passenger. They accept all experience levels, and train each individual on safety and operation of the ATV before we set out on the trails. An optional trap shoot mid-ride is available, as well as a delicious Santa Maria-Style tri-tip BBQ after your tour!
Each ATV Tour is BYOB! If you are over the age of 21, store your booze in their Barn’s fridges before you hit the trail! When you return, enjoy your cold beverages in their very own “Itchy Back Saloon” (ask them about the story of the name before you leave)!
Hybrid Bicycle Adventure on the beautiful private 1800-acre Diamond S Ranch. Suitable for families and kids ages 8+, large groups and corporate team-building. Also, enjoy the opportunity to ride an Electric Motorcycle on the 30 mile trail of the Diamond S Ranch. Suitable for families and kids ages 12+, large groups and corporate team-building.