Becky Bosshart

Correspondent

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Becky Bosshart is a correspondent who lives in Las Vegas and covers the Grand Canyon and Reno for Forbes Travel Guide. The freelance writer and editor has worked in print and online journalism for 10 years, and her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Observer and Las Vegas Weekly. She is a graduate assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas working toward a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Bosshart has covered news and entertainment for several publications since graduating from the University of Nevada’s journalism school in 2002, including Greenspun Interactive (the Las Vegas Sun’s website), the Nevada Appeal and Lahontan Valley News.

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  • On August 16, 2012
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    What is the best golf experience in Reno?

    The Reno/Lake Tahoe area has more than 30 luxury golf courses that offer spectacular mountain vistas. One of the most beautiful courses in the city is Montreux Golf, the only Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in Northern Nevada. The 18-hole course features elevation drops, waterfalls and meandering creeks in a pristine environment. The course has been known to trouble PGA greats, so be prepared. In addition to Montreux, you’ll find beautiful rolling greens at Northstar at Tahoe (Truckee, Calif.) and a picturesque country setting surrounded by towering peaks at Genoa Lakes Golf Club (Genoa, Nev.). The area is renowned for its championship holes and impeccably maintained greens.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Reno?

    There’s no better souvenir than local art and there are a handful of galleries in Reno (including Powers FrameWorks on Kietzke Lane and the Artists Co-op on Mill Street) that carry a wide variety of Nevadan artwork. If you prefer bringing home local food to local art, we love Killer Salsa. There are four flavors of fresh Killer Salsa and seven flavors of shelf-stable salsa. This local salsa is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions, garlic and spices. It’s killer.
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    What are the five best Reno food experiences?

    When you visit Reno, there are a few bites you can’t miss. And being a western town, many of them revolve around beef — steaks and burgers make an appearance on most menus in town. Here are the five best Reno-specific food experiences that Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend:
     
    1. Breakfast at Peg’s. Start your day with the best breakfast in town at Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, located downtown on South Sierra Street. Try the chilaquiles or huevos rancheros. Be sure to ask about the secret “not on the menu” selections of the day.
     
    2. Devour the Awful Awful. For the messiest but most delicious  burger in town, we recommend The Nugget’s Awful Awful, the joy of many a college student and late night card player. The all-night burger joint is hidden in a tiny corner of the casino. Nab a counter seat and you’ll have plenty of fun people watching.
     
    3. Order up some waffles. Find unique vegan and vegetarian meals at the hide-away joint Pneumatic Diner (it’s upstairs with an entrance on Ralston Street). The waffles are a favorite; it’s also a good spot for creative drink concoctions.
     
    4. Sip Mexican hot chocolate. Finish up your evening with a dessert cocktail and chocolate fondue at The Chocolate Bar, a chic bar and dessert venue that gets crowded fast – send a couple of friends ahead to hold your table. The Mexican hot chocolate is also a spicy wonder.
     
    5. Experience the food trucks. To sample the best in local food, beer and music, hit up the Reno Food Truck Fridays. It’s the held throughout the city the first Friday of every month.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Reno?

    Once nightfall hits, there’s plenty to do in Reno. If you’re not gambling, you can head to the clubs — Wet, an ultra-lounge at the Grand Sierra Resort, is quite popular with a modern club ambience and an intimate lounge. For a less clubby feel and more country one, Mustang’s is the country Western venue and features live music from local country bands, popular Western bands and deejays. The Edge nightclub in the Peppermill Hotel & Casino is the new nightlife hot spot — packed into the morning hours. Locals prefer the Freight House District – check out Duffy’s Ale House, Bugsy’s Sports Bar and 250 Lounge.
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    What is the best way to see Reno in one day?

    Start a tour of Reno at the Nevada Historical Society’s “Biggest Little City in the World” exhibit, which focuses on Reno's interesting history. Once you have a better sense of this Nevada city and its surrounding area, it’s time to explore the outdoors. There are plenty of hiking trails with epic views of the city once you reach the piqué — we like the Hunter Creek and Mount Rose trails. After a hike, your stomach will likely be growling, so stop in The Nugget casino to devour the Awful Awful burger. While you’re here, play a few games; after all, Reno was once the gambling capital of the U.S. After lunch, hope on a bike to see more of the city — both Sierra Adventures or Adventures of Reno offer bike rentals. Sierra Rentals is located downtown, near the Truckee River trail. Adventures of Reno also offers sightseeing tours, and the popular motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile tours. After a full day of sightseeing, we recommend the 4th St. Bistro for dinner. Book a reservation in advance, since this romantic spot can fill up fast. Make sure to try the pork belly appetizer and one of the unique desserts before heading back to your hotel for the night.
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    Where is the best shopping in Reno?

    A popular shopping destination in Reno is California Avenue, which is lined with locally-owned shops. In addition to charming boutiques, you’ll find several lunch and dinner stops, including The Blue Plate which is known for Greek cuisine, The Cheese Board, an American bistro, and My Favorite Muffin, a locally owned muffin and bagel shop, are other sound choices. Shop for a gift at Campbell Art Studio and Gallery, The Silent Hand Scriptorium or LIV Reno. Buy the perfect pair of designer jeans at Kalifornia Jean Bar, with brands such as Rock & Republic and J Brand on offer. Finish up your day of shopping with either a visit to the Zen spa or the Nevada Museum of Art, which is nearby on Liberty Street.
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    What are the best things to do with kids in Reno?

    Reno is a family-friendly destination, so you’ll have no problem finding plenty of outdoor activities for energetic children. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best things to do with kids in Reno.
     
    1. Float down the river. Your first stop should be to the Truckee River, where you can float in the warmer months or join a kayak excursion (Truckee River Whitewater Park). The downtown river walk is also fun for children.
     
    2. See hot air balloons. The most popular annual event in Reno for children is the Great Reno Balloon Race. Time your visit to the first weekend of September and you’ll find the sky full of hot air balloons. You can rise early (you will see plenty of other strollers) and walk amongst the inflating balloons at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for dawn patrol.
     
    3. Book it to a ballgame. Most kids love baseball, hotdogs and cheering. Grab tickets for a game at the Reno Aces Ballpark, newly constructed (opened spring 2009) and within walking distance of the casino parking garages. The park is small – this is a minor league team – but there’s not a bad seat in the stadium.
     
    4. Put on your walking shoes. Hike with the kids near the river at Mayberry Park or Idlewild (downtown). If you want to have a western experience, passing through Reno’s horse country in the middle of the city, visit Bartley Ranch.
     
    5. Ice skate. The Rink on the River is a fun downtown activity during winter, operating daily during the season (weather and ice conditions permitting), with evening hours on weekends.
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    What are the best things to do in Reno?

    There’s plenty to do in the biggest little city in the world. From playing the slots to taking a hike — here are out Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best things to see and do in Reno:

    1. Visit downtown. Reno’s downtown core has been rebuilt and refreshed over the past decade. Stay at one of the many downtown resorts and stroll along the Truckee River, where you can float on tubes in the warmer months, or rent a kayak (Truckee River Whitewater Park). Try to fit in a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art, which features four levels of art with an affordable entrance fee (most days $10) in a beautiful contemporary building that uses both light and space well. You’ll find a comfortable mix of local, regional and international art. Also a good stop for those on an art excursion is Bruka Theatre, which hosts the best community theater in town (with comfortable couches as seating), and is loved by locals.
     
    2. See the Great Reno Balloon Race. Time your visit for the first weekend in September and you’ll find the sky full of hot air balloons, this is the Great Reno Balloon Race. You can rise early and experience dawn patrol with thousands of others. Walk amongst the inflating balloons at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, where you may suddenly find yourself assisting with a lift off. The park is a 15-minute walk from downtown and easily reached by public transportation.
     
    3. Hit the tables. If gaming is your thing, here are plenty of casinos in Reno where you can play. Just keep in mind that most of Reno’s casinos were built and renovated in the 1970s and 1980s—you won’t find the modern glamor of Las Vegas. We recommend The Nugget downtown, where you can also try a famous Awful Awful, the culinary joy of many a college student and late night card player. The tasty all-night burger joint is hidden in a tiny corner of the casino. Nab a counter seat with your giant burger and fries and you’ll have plenty of fun people watching.
     
    4. Grab a seat in the stadium. Sports fans will enjoy a game at the Reno Aces Ballpark, newly constructed (opened spring 2009) and within walking distance of the casino parking garages. The park is small – this is a minor league team – but there’s not a bad seat in the stadium, and it gives off a comfortable small-town vibe. It’s also part of the Freight House District, a year-round entertainment complex with retail, dining and nightlife.
     
    5. Take a hike. Reno is a popular home for outdoor enthusiasts – even in the heart of the city you’ll find plenty of locations for a brisk hike. If you want to stay near the river, we recommend Mayberry Park. If you hoping for a western experience and are passing through Reno’s horse country, visit Bartley Ranch.
  • On August 16, 2012
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    What is the best time of year to visit the Grand Canyon?

    The best time of year to visit the Grand Canyon depends on the type of experience you are looking for. Forbes Travel Guide editors find that the most popular time of year to visit is the summer, when children are on vacation from school and families can travel freely. You’ll find the largest crowds at Grand Canyon Village, and you’ll have more difficulty booking lodging and dinner reservations within the park. Call far in advance to nab a spot at El Tovar or a canyon-view cabin at Grand Canyon Lodge. Summer is also the most strenuous time for hiking.
     
    A late fall or winter trip may be best for those who enjoy the wide open space and tranquility of nature. Around Christmas and New Year’s, you’ll find lots of availability and minimal crowds. Keep in mind clouds can roll in during the winter and obscure those breathtaking canyon views.