Reno, Nevada, has a reputation for fast money and quickie divorces. But locals know the odds are always in the house’s favor, and Reno was made for romance. Traveling couples can take in the area’s majestic mountains, enjoy the river or pamper themselves at luxury hotels. The only thing that’s missing from your romantic Reno rendezvous is you and your significant other.
Watch the Sunset
Reno sunsets are a beautiful explosion of color worth sharing with someone you love. One place to enjoy this daily spectacle is at Audrey Harris Park. Windy Hill, as the locals call it, is a small park located on Lakeside Drive on the south side of town. From here you can see the entire city skyline.
Couple’s Spa Retreats
After living it up outside, soothe your tired muscles with a couple’s spa date. Reno’s finer casino-resorts offer excellent European-style spas. You don’t have to be staying at the hotel. Just call and schedule an appointment for two. Steam rooms, Jacuzzis and massage treatments are all standard issue, so wrap yourself in a fluffy robe and indulge with your sweetheart.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
During the summer, local growers sell their goods at farmers' markets in and around Reno. Merchants fill Reno’s West Street Market every Sunday with fresh sun-ripened berries, cherries, organic honey, candies and other goodies. Spending the afternoon strolling down the aisles hand in hand with your significant other is a sure recipe for romance.
After browsing the stalls at the farmer’s market, pack your wares in a basket for a romantic picnic. There are several parks along the Truckee River where you can share your meal. Idlewild Park is shaded by lovely trees, plus there’s a rose garden on-site. Wingfield Park is a large recreational area downtown by the river that features quaint, flower-covered bridges.
Northern Nevada has many sites you can transform into Camp Romance. Davis Creek Regional Park is a charming campground located 20 miles south of Reno. It features views of Washoe Lake, hiking trails and a small pond. Add a campfire and a sleeping bag built for two, and you’re set.