West Wendover

In West Wendover, the temperate springtime weather is a great time to get out and explore what the city has to offer. With some of the same attractions as Reno, on a smaller scale, West Wendover has five hotel casinos, all with their own special flare. Montego Bay Casino & Resort has a full service spa and salon, with an accompanying health center for all of your workout needs. Each hotel casino has its own list of entertainment, from the West Wendover Peppermill Concert Hall to the Rainbow Hotel and Casino’s lounge—the growing city is a wonderful place to get away. You can access three main hotel casinos, including details about the Montego Bay Spa & Salon at http://www.wendoverfun.com/.

The closest guest ranch/bed and breakfast locations to West Wendover (on the Nevada side) are an hour (78 miles) to Deeth, Nev. Contact the 71 Ranch, at 775-753-6745 or visit their website at www.71-ranch.com. The Tent Mountain Guest Ranch, also located in Deeth, can be reached at 775-752-2120 or at http://www.tentmountainguestranch.com/.

Pahrump

As one of the fastest growing towns in Nevada, and a short 60-mile drive to Las Vegas, Pahrump offers an experience all in its own, without the craziness of the city. The town is quickly becoming known for its winery, the Pahrump Valley Winery, which has a helipad to welcome Vegas high-rollers flown in for a night of fine dining and wine.

Within the city limits, Pahrump has three hotels, including two hotel casinos. The Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino offers visitors with weekend entertainment and nightlife, including live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Visit http://www.pahrumpnugget.com/.

About 82-miles northwest of Pahrump is the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort in the Death Valley National Park. Furnace Creek is a great place to get away from the metropolitan, with beautiful scenery, two swimming pools and its own golf course. The spring and summer schedule is all available online, along with rates and programs. Visit http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/.

Mesquite

As another quieter, smaller ‘Las Vegas-esque ‘ city, Mesquite is only 80-miles north of the neon city, but still has as much fun. With over 13 restaurants and five casinos, Mesquite provides plenty of amenities, including the entertainment to go along. For golf and spa lovers, the CasaBlanca and Oasis Resort Casinos offer packages with room nights at their full service spa and salons, including outdoor pools or play at 18-hole golf course. Visit http://www.casablancaresort.com/  and http://www.oasisresort.com/.

For art lovers, Mesquite’s Spirit Wind Gallery showcases some popular southern Nevada artists, and even offers shows and classes in painting. Contact the gallery at 702-346-5136 or visit their website at www.spirit-wind.com.

Reno

Spring and summertime in Reno is a perfect time to visit, allowing visitors to experience everything the Reno-Tahoe area has to offer. With late April spring snow in the mountains, skiing and snowboarding is prime. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe offers season passes.  Daily specials are also available except on holidays. To see what the resort has to offer, visit www.skirose.com .

Back in the “Biggest Little City”, downtown is a great place to stay and play. With hotel casinos like Harrah’s and the Eldorado, each have their own set of monthly shows and entertainment. All of the information for visiting the Reno downtown area can be found on www.visitrenotahoe.com .

The art community is booming in Reno, especially in the springtime. The University of Nevada, Reno, has monthly exhibits from students to professional artists in the Sheppard Gallery; visit the website for schedule and artist information at www.unr.edu/art .  The Nevada Museum of Art is known nationwide for its famous exhibitions, including Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. The NMA is constantly changing its galleries and is a great place to visit with the girls. Have lunch at the Café Musée and visit the museum store. Visit http://www.nevadaart.org/.

Shopping has evolved in the last few years in Reno, including the new Summit Sierra mall. With stores like Dillard’s, Coldwater Creek, Williams-Sonoma, and J.Jill—shopping is fun again. Store and dining lists are available at http://www.thesummitonline.com/. Boutiques are also becoming the new “it” in Reno, just take a walk down California Street and browse through everything from clothing and shoes to home décor. Stores like Kalifornia Jean Bar, Shoe, and Liv are perfect for a girls’ day on the town. The Truckee River walk is also perfect for boutique browsing, vintage shopping and dining. Visit http://www.renoriver.org/ for more information.