Hey, sweetkate! There are lots of things to do in and around Reno. I grew up in northern Nevada and now live in Tahoe, so hopefully I’l be able to point you in the right direction. 🙂 It looks like you’re getting married next month?
Reno has an awesome river scene right downtown. You can go kayaking, river walking, see free concerts, etc… It’s a definite part of the city culture, so be sure to check it out. Here’s a great website that gives a lot of links to the events that are happening at the river and also a list of some awesome downtown restaurants: http://www.renoriver.org/.
If you’re interested in seeing a show, just check out the casino websites. They have musicals, plays, magicians, bands, everything. Also, the Pioneer center is the local performing arts center. You can always catch a show by the Reno Philharmonic, Nevada Opera, or the Broadway comes to Reno series. If you come up to Tahoe on the North shore, you can also catch a show by Shakespeare on the Lake, which is super fun!
If you’d like to get out of town for a day, you also might want to consider going to Carson City. It’s the capital of Nevada, so there’s lots of museums to check out, you can take a train ride on a historic train, or take a ghost tour of the city. One of my favorite places in the area is the historic town of Virginia City, which is about an hour away from Reno. It’s the oldest town in Nevada and it’s a really cool experience to see all the old buildings, they have mine/ghost/area tours which are super fun, and great food (and an old fashioned candy shop with freshly made caramel apples, mmmmm…).
Here are some of my favorite restaurantsin and around Reno:
Breakfast – Peg’s Glorified Ham and Eggs in Reno or The Crackerbox in Carson City
Lunch/Dinner – Wild River Grille (downtown Reno), Stonehouse Cafe (Reno), and Santa Fe Hotel Basque Restaurant (I’m pretty sure going to Northern Nevada without eating at least one Basque meal is a local crime!).
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Reno has a great new outdoor mall if you’re interested in shopping. I”t’s called The Summit, and it has like every major shop you could want, plus a movie theater, restaurants, etc… Have fun on your minimoon!