If you're looking for a getaway with a blend of outdoor activities, art and leisure, consider booking a trip to Reno, Nevada. While Reno is often seen as a winter destination, it not only offers world-class skiing but also a thriving art scene that should not to be missed. The city offers affordable lodging and dining options and a vibrant arts district with galleries, museums, and street art.

Whether you're a seasoned skier or a beginner, there's something for everyone. Here's our guide on the best places to eat, stay, play and more for the ultimate ski and art getaway in Reno.

Where to Stay

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno is a haven for those seeking an opulent and environmentally-conscious vacation. Guests can indulge in a pampered journey at the resort's remarkable three-story, 33,000-square-foot Spa & Salon Toscana, which boasts 24 treatment rooms, an indoor pool, a sun deck, and a full-service salon. Additionally, the resort's 82,000-square-foot casino and race & sports book offer guests a range of slots, table games, and poker. The resort offers an exciting selection of bars and lounges—including the iconic Fireside Lounge—plus various restaurants serving authentic Chinese, Italian, steak, seafood, deli and café options.

Aerial shot of Lake Tahoe in winter. Image: Reno Tahoe.

Where to Dine

The Nevada city is a destination for foodies with an impressive selection of dining options. Start your culinary journey with a beer and liquor tasting at 10Torr Distilling and Brewing, where you can sample some of the finest vacuum-distilled spirits and craft brews in town.

If you want something different and casual, head to the Reno Public Market, which features multiple food vendors serving up everything from tacos to sushi. This market is perfect for groups with varying tastes and dietary restrictions, as there is something for everyone. For a more upscale experience, visit Liberty Food & Wine Exchange. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu of locally-sourced ingredients and an extensive wine list. The chic atmosphere and impeccable service make for a memorable evening out. A local favorite is Arario Midtown, a Korean fusion restaurant combining traditional Korean flavors with modern twists for something completely different. The menu is full of bold and exciting flavors, from the kimchi pancakes to the short rib tacos.

Where to Play

Reno offers fantastic ski opportunities. Northstar has extended their ski season to April 30, 2023, giving cold weather sports lovers more time to hit the slopes. Mt. Rose has also expanded their season, with the last day of skiing on April 21, 2023. Both resorts offer a range of terrain and difficulty levels, ensuring that there is something for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there are plenty of other winter activities in the Reno area. Families can enjoy a day of sledding at one of the nearby parks or take a scenic drive through the snow-covered mountains.  

The Believe sign in Downtown Reno. Image: Reno Tahoe.

What to See

Despite being renowned for its casinos and ski resorts, Reno is also a central destination for people passionate about art. From galleries and museums to street art, there is something for everyone. Visitors can discover the city's street art scene through walking tours with ArtSpot Reno, showcasing one of the U.S.'s largest outdoor street art collections. The Generator, an artist maker space, provides a spot for creatives to learn and connect. The Nevada Museum of Art is also a must-see, showcasing contemporary, traditional, and modern works focusing on the American West. The new Neon Line district, with sculptures from past Burning Man festivals, offers public art and live performances. And if you prefer exploring outside, take a walking tour of the city's street art scene. There are a plethora of murals and outdoor installations that will catch your eye and draw you in.