Legend has it that in the 1920s, women flocked to Reno to take advantage of easy divorces, and many would toss their wedding rings into the Truckee River. Whether the myth has been formally busted or not, this practice doesn’t seem like the case today. In fact, the Riverwalk is filled with romantic ways to celebrate love!

Here are some of our Riverwalk recommendations to treat your better half on Valentine’s Day while supporting local Reno businesses. It sounds like the perfect match, right?

Wild River Grille

Treat your partner to an elegant four-course meal to stimulate your taste buds. Wild River Grille hosts a prix fixe menu every Valentine’s Day. Dinner includes an amuse bouche, a sweet dessert duo, and entrées creatively designed to please a variety of palettes. Finish off your Valentine’s Day with a walk along the river, talking about what you love most about each other.

Dorinda’s Chocolates

Is your loved one a sweet tooth? Do they always ask what’s for dessert? Are they often browsing the chocolate section of the grocery store? Suppose you answered “yes” to any of these questions. In that case, we have the perfect gift to satisfy them all year long—the Chocolate of the Month Club! This subscription gift delivers artisan, hand-crafted chocolates to your significant other every 1, 2, or 3 months.

The box is hand-picked “real chocolate for real people,” where you can choose milk, dark, or both varieties. Each package is a surprise with classics, signature pieces, or something brand new, depending on the season and holiday. The monthly box comes with six pieces of their award-winning sea salt caramels to sweeten the deal.

Shim’s Surplus Speakeasy
Crave the mysterious and historical feel of a speakeasy?

Named after the original store from the 1960s, Fred Shimkovsky established Shim’s Surplus Supplies in Oakland in 1940. Shimkovsky’s son later moved his family to Nevada to serve the fine people of Reno.

Today, it’s a prohibition-style bar with a sleek ambiance, time-honored cocktails, and an extensive selection of approachable and sought-after spirits, wine, and local craft beer. The space also offers live music, poetry, magicians, and private booths. This iconic destination is a perfect spot to reconnect on Valentine’s Day.

Urban Market
Surprise your favorite food and wine enthusiast with an Urban Market gift basket curated just for them! These baskets are bursting with locally-produced goodies right from our backyard. Whether you’re looking for something sweet, savory, or a combination, their professional basket designers will create the perfect gift that shows off the best of the Reno-Tahoe area.

These gifts come in various sizes and themes. From Grab N Go snack baskets, everything needed for an Italian pasta night, or a gourmet wine and cheese package, they’re sure to wow the one you love.

The Refuge Spa
The holidays were crazy, and you both deserve a break. We recommend escaping to a romantic experience at The Refuge Spa. Located inside the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, The Refuge was created for you to recover, rest, and rise above it all.

The “Made For Two” treatment will help you turn off the noise of the outside world and focus on each other. Enjoy an 80-minute hot stone massage, Siberian Scalp Ritual, and nourishing mud masks, followed by an invigorating peppermint foot pamper in your private couple’s suite. Includes sparkling wine and a chocolate treat to share.

The Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Valentine’s Day is for celebrating love, so leave the chores at home and enjoy a staycation at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. Their relaxing guest rooms are equipped with modern fixtures and opt-in views of the Truckee River.

To make the most of your staycation, stop by The Shore Room for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, try your hand at Bundox Bocce, and even add a couple’s massage to get the full experience.

The Riverwalk has something for everyone when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day and focusing on each other. You can squeeze in a quick date night away from the kids, buy a sweet gift to mark the occasion or getaway for the whole night. Whatever you choose, you’ll support the local businesses that bring unique vibrancy to our favorite city.

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