Six Ways to Love this Autumn in Reno-Tahoe

Six Ways to Love this Autumn in Reno-Tahoe

There’s no doubt it’s fall in Reno-Tahoe as we see the landscapes dotted with vibrant colors combined with a lingering warmth of the Sierra sun. An escape from the mundane, taking a quick trip to the Reno-Tahoe Territory is a perfect getaway for couples seeking to reconnect. This scenic and historic region of northern Nevada is popping this autumn with activities from thrill-seekers to romantics.

All Aboard a Romantic Train Ride from Carson City
There’s no better way to take in the fall colors with your sweetheart than from the comforts of V&T Railway’s 1914 restored Pullman coach led by a 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0 steam locomotive. Departing from the Carson City Eastgate Depot, the 24-mile round trip meanders through canyons, tunnels and mining towns and has a 3.5-hour stopover in Virginia City. Here, couples can wander historic boardwalks, shops, saloons and restaurants in an authentic 19th century Victorian setting. To purchase tickets, visit online. Find out more about the V&T Railway here.

For those who love a celebration, Carson City is the place to be the last weekend in October as the state’s capital puts on a show for Nevada Day. Since 1938, the Nevada Day parade has rolled down the streets of Carson City to celebrate Nevada’s heritage and birthday, Oct. 31, 1864. In addition to the parade on Oct. 30, 2021, Nevada Day events include a hot air balloon launch, beard contest, rock drilling contest and more. Visit online for a full schedule of events.

Couple’s Beer-adise in Reno-Sparks
Discover new brews in Reno’s emerging Brewery District. Adjacent to vibrant Downtown Reno, the Brewery District is an up-and-coming scene of local and independent breweries and distilleries, as well as boutique hotels and award-winning places to eat. Couples who love to uncover new experiences will enjoy hopping around Lead Dog Brewing, Pigeon Head Brewery, Ferino Distillery for local amaro, Basin and Range Cellars for estate wines, and the Jesse Hotel for a swanky stay. For more information on the Brewery District, check out this blog from San Diego Beer News, who recently visited.

Haunted Thrills in Virginia City
Couples looking for a Halloween-themed getaway will be thrilled to book a stay at Virginia City’s Gold Hill Hotel. As featured on TV’s “Ghost Adventures,” the Gold Hill Hotel is Nevada’s oldest operating hotel with a reputation for paranormal activities. The full-service hotel has a bustling on-site restaurant and bar, known to be one of Mark Twain’s favorite watering holes. Best of all, Virginia City celebrates Hauntober all month long with ghost tours, a Hunt for the Spirits event, Hauntober parade and much more. Learn more online.

Maximum Relaxation for Two in Carson Valley
Carson Valley is home to natural geothermal hot springs, including the relaxing David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort Spa. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada, David Walley’ Resort is a rustic mountain lodge with five mineral spas, steam rooms, dry saunas, a restaurant and bar. Couples can unwind after enjoying a day exploring the historic town of Genoa with antique shops galore. Happy hour can be enjoyed at the Genoa Bar and Saloon, Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor. To make a reservation, visit online.

Canoe for Two in North Lake Tahoe
North Lake Tahoe is synonymous with lake adventures and there’s no better time to enjoy Lake Tahoe than in the fall. With fewer people, Incline Village is the perfect adventure basecamp for water-loving couples in the fall season. Self-powered excursions for two include kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Or, take your love off the water for a colorful hike above the lake. For an adrenaline rush, jet skis and motorboats are available for rent. For more information, visit here.

Live Like There’s No Tomorrow in South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe is a special destination for lovers, where scenic beauty is matched with happening nightlife. Here, couples can play all day and night to a fall event and concert schedule that just won’t quit. Ditch the crowds and dance like no one is watching to Sheila E at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or showcase the best couple’s costume for a chance to win a piece of the $10,000 Costume Contest at the Freakers Ball. For a complete event lineup, check out their events page.

For even more ideas to experience fall in Reno-Tahoe, check out our Fall Activities page here.

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