Nestled on 74 wooded acres, Granlibakken can accommodate droves of wintertime sportsters on slick sledding hills and skyscraping ski mountains. Instead of slide tackling an innocent snowman, guests experience feet-first thrills by careening down the snow-play area’s gentle slopes on a rented saucer. Alternatively, spurners of the indoors can strap a pair of thin boards to feet and skedaddle up to the top of Olympic Hill, before blasting down a slope densely packed with flurries. Guests without gear, meanwhile, can opt to rent equipment and slide toes into ankle-gripping boots while wrapping fingers around snow-spearing poles. Skiers, sledders, and trick-nailing Nordic gods can cap off the cold-weather merriment by guzzling hot cocoa and warming fingertips inside the historic lodge.
When not teaching courses in subjects such as Kundalini yoga, tango dancing, and African drumming, the multitalented staff at River School Farm landscapes and grows organic produce, which it then sells to local farmers markets and restaurants. Craftier folks, meanwhile, can master the art of bead and metal smithing ($20), clutch purses, and Arks of the Covenant during one-off workshops. Whatever skill they choose to cultivate, students will soak in the rural scenery with views of fertile meadows and the Truckee River.
The garment gurus at Lakeridge Dry Cleaners vanquish stains from clothes with restorative cleaning services and pick up and drop off laundry for free within the city limits. Freshly dry-cleaned regular dress shirts ($6.25) and rayon dress shirts ($7) convey a crisp, wrinkle-free aura at formal events, such as weddings or parliamentary paintball outings. After pressing and inspecting pants ($6.15) and suits ($12.15), the cleaners will reunite them with their anxious owners, freshly laundered and steeped in good advice about the benefits of dry cleaning.
Designed by legendary golfer and course architect Arnold Palmer, the Legend Course's lush greens and fairways beautifully interlace with the surrounding desert to create an idyllic golfing experience set in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Called "Reno's Best Kept Secret" by LasVegasGolf.com, the scenic landscape provides panoramic views and challenging course play for all skill levels. Golfers will face a healthy balance of par 3s, 4s, and 5s that present accuracy-testing obstacles such as sandy bunkers, tranquil water hazards, thick desert brush, avian hecklers, and rolling terrain.