Check into the 214-room Siena Hotel Spa Casino on the river; it’s quieter than the other gaming hotels (from $129; sienareno.com). Stroll to Beaujolais Bistro ($$$; 130 West St.; 775/323-2227), then to Jungle Vino (244 W. First St.; 775/329-4484).
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Saturday: Whitewater adventures
For starters, fuel up at Java Jungle (246 W. First St.; 775/329-4484). For river supplies, hit Wild Sierra Adventures (407 N. Virginia Ave.; wildsierra.com) or the Reno Fly Shop (294 E. Moana Lane; renoflyshop.com). Or sign on to a tour with Tahoe Whitewater Tours (open May 1; from $65 for half-day; gowhitewater.com). All the action is at Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield (at Arlington Ave.; cityofreno.com). For a quieter spot, try Idlewild Park (1900 Idlewild Dr.; cityofreno.com). Drop in at the Chocolate Bar (475 S. Arlington Ave.; 775/337-1122) or Se7en Teahouse and Bar (100 N. Arlington Ave.; 775/348-9526).
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Sunday: Stroll the Reno River Walk
Take the River Walk (Arlington Ave. to Virginia St.; renoriver.org) to browse La Bussola (254 W. First St.; 775/348-8858), La Terre Verte(100 N. Arlington Ave., Ste. 105), and Sierra Arts (17 S. Virginia St.; 775/329-2787). Stroll to the Nevada Museum of Art(160 W. Liberty St.; nevadaart.org). You can tour the museum and also exhibits at its Center for Art + Environment.
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