My husband recently celebrated his birthday and we decided to make a quick trip to Reno, NV (just a 3-4 hour drive from Napa, CA) for the occasion. My brother also lives in the area so it gave us the opportunity to see family while we were there. We didn’t expect an early winter storm to interfere with our plans but when we reached the Sierra Tahoe Mountains it was already snowing. Driving conditions got particularly bad on the way there and by the time we reached Donner Summit the sky was completely white and we could barely see the cars in front of us driving down Interstate 80. Thankfully we eventually made it to Reno and had a great time visiting casinos, seeing some music acts, shopping for antiques, eating lots of good food and seeing family. Sadly, many of the older buildings and sites in Reno are in disrepair but you can still get some sense of what Reno was like during its heyday when entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Elvis Presley used to entertain visitors. What follows are some photos I took during our trip along with vintage postcards showing old Reno.
The Thunderbird Motel Now & Then (If I had the money I would buy this place & restore it)
The Donner Inn Motel Now & Then
Trader Dick’s Now & Then – The oldest surviving tiki bar in Reno now located inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget
The Gold ‘N’ Silver Inn Now & Then – One of the oldest surviving greasy spoons in Reno