Summer may come to an official end in mid-September, but Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to a season of outdoor fun. Grab one last adventure out of summer 2015 with a weekend at downtown Reno’s newest hotel, Whitney Peak. Besides an restaurant headed up by local chef Mark Estee and Cargo, a concert hall that draws some of the best in local and national bands, the hotel offers plenty of other activities for those seeking something a little more adventurous and heart-stopping.
Test your balance with yoga and stand up paddle boarding
Combine your love of yoga and stand up paddle boarding into a really cool experience with SUP Yoga. Whitney Peak has paired up with Le Grande Adventure Tours to offer private and group lessons/classes in SUP Yoga.
Group classes are offered from 8-9:30 a.m. Saturdays for $40. For an extra $11, add Breakfast to Go, which includes a pastry, a Tahoe Trail Bar and fresh fruit.
Private lessons are offered from 8-9:30 a.m. daily, except Saturdays when lessons are from 9:45-11:15 a.m. Private lessons are $55. For an extra $11, add Breakfast to Go, which includes a pastry, a Tahoe Trail Bar and fresh fruit.
To learn more, call 775-398-5478 or email email@example.com. Reservations are required five days to no later than 48 hours prior to the day of your class. Pricing inclusive of SUP yoga class or lesson, SUP board rental, paddle, dry bag and personal floating device. Must be booked and confirmed by the hotel five days in advance. Reservations are based on availability and weather.
Bike, fish or ride the Sierra
If yoga isn’t your thing, not to worry. Whitney also offers guided fly fishing, biking, and horseback riding tours of the Sierra Nevada.
Duck! Fish flying
Reno offers year-round fly fishing in both the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake. Arlo’s Fly Fishing Services is great for beginning, intermediate and advance fishers. Arlo Townsend and his team will provide all the gear and background knowledge you need to enjoy the fertile waters in the Sierra Nevada.
Journey through the mountain range with Sierra Adventures. The high desert landscape provides some spectacular scenery, including beautiful flowers, panoramic views of the area and icy streams (if you’re feeling brave, you can dip your toes in the cold, clear water). You’ll experience the route the pioneers took when they first came West, taking you back to a simpler time. This adventure begins with complimentary shuttle pickup at Whitney Peak. To learn more, call 775-398-5478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are required from seven days to no later than 48 hours prior to the day of your tour.
Pedal on with a bike tour
Sierra Adventures offers bike tours of both Reno and Lake Tahoe. Explore some of the hidden treasures and get off the beaten path of this beautiful terrain. Bikes and helmets are provided, along with power bars and fruit along the way. Make sure you bring your camera along because there are plenty of Kodak moments throughout the tour. To learn more, call 775-398-5478 or email email@example.com. Reservations are required from seven days to no later than 48 hours prior to the day of your tour.
Get your climb on at Base Camp
Maybe you would prefer to stay close to your home away from home while on vacation. With Base Camp, you can have an adventure and still squeeze in a nap before lunch, which is not a bad way to spend a day. Base Camp offers the world’s tallest climbing wall (164 feet), a bouldering park, slack lining, and fitness and yoga classes. Base Camp opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
Rock out at Cargo
Cargo has hosted hundreds of bands in just about every genre of music since opening its doors. Designed to be the ultimate live music experience, this small venue offers something for everyone. Performers have included singer Cat Power, country/blues musician Justin Townes Earle and indie band Civil Twilight. Check out its calendar of upcoming events to discover a new favorite or reconnect with a beloved band.
Relax with a meal at Heritage
Run by local chef Mark Estee, Heritage offers local farm-to-table food. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, and brunch on the weekends, you’re bound to be able to squeeze in at least one meal during your stay. Heritage features lots of classic American favorites, but Estee also puts his unexpected spin on some dishes. Try the Morty Dog, with Chinese mustard, spicy kim chee and jalapeño cilantro or the cauliflower escargot style, with garlic, lemon, parsley, Parmesan, and focaccia. No matter what you choose, it’s bound to be an adventure for your tastebuds.
Not only does Whitney Peak offer lots of exciting indoor and outdoor adventures, it’s also a great place to crash at the end of a fun-filled day. This non-smoking, non-gaming hotel offers beautifully appointed rooms for couples or families (and the hotel is pet friendly). Each room offers large flat-screen televisions, free WiFi, free fitness classes at Base Camp, refrigerators, in-room safes and more. Check out room offerings and rates here.