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Kick off 2023 with something new at some downtown Reno favorites.

By Heidi Bethel

Well, the New Year is officially upon us and that means some of those goals you set before the clock struck midnight may have already flown by the wayside. If that’s the case, why not resurrect those yearnings with a whole-hearted effort to challenge yourself and commit to trying new, exciting experiences offered by businesses dotting the Riverwalk District?

Self care? Yes, please.

After all the commotion of the holidays, you know, finding the perfect gift, wrapping it beautifully, operating on a hostess-with-the-mostest mentality, now is the time to take a beat and get in some “me” time. The Refuge Spa is Reno’s urban sanctuary featuring the area’s first Express Lounge with full-service spa including massages and facials. Tucked inside The Renaissance, book a relaxing express treatment to get that quality solo moment.

therefugespa.com

See the Stars

With several acts doing their thing on stage, you can enjoy a theater show year round. Head to the Brüka Theatre for original plays, classic and contemporary plays, musicals, children’s plays, and dance. Pioneer Center of Performing Arts
houses the largest performing arts facility in northern Nevada and is home to the area’s most prominent performing arts organizations, including Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, and Artown. Catch a locally produced piece or snag a seat for “Broadway Comes to Reno” for a real theatrical experience.

Bruka.org; pioneercenter.com


Get a Little Artsy

Embrace that inner creativity with a membership to the Nevada Museum of Art where you can encounter, engage and enjoy a diversity of art experiences in the only accredited art museum in the state. At Crafted Palette
have a fabulous time, without worrying about how your masterpiece will come out. Grab a few friends and head to this paint + drinks + snack shop and bring home a new piece of art to adorn your wall.

nevadaart.org; craftedpalette.com

Experience the Unknown

Sierra Adventures embraces the Earth, wind, water and snow with unique tours and activities. Try an ATV trip, hot air balloon ride, zip line and ropes course, fishing the Truckee River, snowmobiling, dog sledding and more. Options abound for an adventure like no other.

wildsierra.com

Surreal Sips

Take a step back in time with a visit to one of the area’s speakeasy establishments and enjoy a cocktail from the past. Shim’s Speakeasy is housed behind a secret door down a single hallway that opens up to a roaring good time with a canned cocktail line recently launched there including the gin rickey, agave paloma and bourbon renewal. At Seven Troughs Speakeasy they focus on their locally produced spirits and prohibition era cocktails including a black cherry Manhattan, aviation, cask pour bourbon and other historic favorites.

shimssurplus.com; 7troughsdistilling.com

Game On

Unlock some super secrets at the Puzzle Room Reno inside the Valley of the Kings, Below Ground, The Asylum, Lost Cabin and Blackbeard’s Treasure escape rooms. Bundox Bocce inside the Renaissance is a combination of bowling, pool and croquet, with a bit of mini golf thrown in. It’s one of those activities you have to experience to really get. Head to Reno Axe Bar for a memorable casual urban axe-throwing outing — professional instructors teach you how to throw axes and then you can celebrate all the winning bull’s-eyes with a drink at their bar.

puzzleroomreno.com; bundoxbocce.com; renoaxe.com

Start 2023 off right making memories and doing something different at the Riverwalk District. With many options to try something new, you just might find a fun way to make the year special with a Reno-based resolution.

 renoriver.org

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