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The summer travel season has arrived. Decisions about where to go and where to stay while there top the list of choices to make. Internet searches reveal a myriad of options from top dollar suites for that luxury vacation to great options for those who prefer to spend less of their travel funds on the room and more on fun.

Spending less on a room doesn't have to mean getting less. Let's take the Sands Regency (the Sands) in downtown Reno for example. Their current internet special rate starts at $25 per night for a room that will be the largest of any room available in downtown Reno. The Sands also has downtown Reno's largest pool complex – perfect for cooling off and relaxing during vacation.

Summer entertainment offerings at the Sands add value to a stay with them. Comedian Billy Gardell, who plays Officer Mike Biggs in the hit television show "Mike & Molly", will be performing Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 in the Sands outdoor, covered tent.

Also, every Thursday through August 27 the Sands will host a bountiful Farmers' Market with free, live entertainment. Thursday, June 11, Lebo & Friends , the powerhouse group featuring Dan Lebowitz (ALO, James Brown), Steve Adams (ALO, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers) Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green), Pete Lavezzoli (Melvin Seals and JGB) and Sunshine Becker (Furthur)., hits the stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Then on June 18, The Novelists will serenade Farmers' Market shoppers with cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies. In 2013, they introduced The Novelists Book Club, a music subscription giving fans two original releases each month. In March 2014, they released Book One, the first of two albums chosen from the Book Club material. In addition to a headlining gig at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits. They've shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).

Country singer/songwriter Brenn Hill will perform at the Farmers' Market on June 25th to coincide with the Reno Rodeo. He doesn't just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. His most recent release is "Ode To Selway". Like each of his prior recordings it serves as a pathway into and through his own personal journey. Brenn is not just an observer or narrator of our Western story, but one of its strongest interpreters. Life's trials and tribulations are his raw material.

For those looking for off-site activities and entertainment, location is a worthwhile consideration as well. The Sands is located at Fourth St. and Arlington Ave. (link: so those who want to explore downtown Reno on foot are just a few blocks to Reno's River Walk District which features dozens of established restaurants, bars, lounges, shops, boutiques, galleries, movie theater and specialty retailers. Wingfield Park is an island park also located in the District and it offers access to the beautiful Truckee River and often hosts arts and outdoor events.

For a meal in, the Sands offers affordable and delicious dining options. A locals' favorite is The Copa Bar & Grill which offers a fun, casual atmosphere with a tip of the hat to the Rat Pack with great décor and a menu that features Frank's Filet Mignon and Sammy's Smoked Chicken & Ribs. Also featured are a wide variety of craft beers, cocktails and menu items ranging from about $10.00 to $20.00.

With just a little extra sleuthing, it is easy to uncover a great place to stay at a great price with much more to offer than a bed to sleep in.

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