Magazine article Sunset

Reno's Cal Ave

Magazine article Sunset

Reno's Cal Ave

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A fresh batch of craft breweries and sidewalk cafes makes this the biggest little neighborhood in Reno.

Beyond the neon lights and casinos of downtown Reno is a different kind of strip--one lined with indie shops, museums, restaurants, and breweries. Once a quiet pocket of Victorian homes bridging the Truckee River Arts District and Midtown, the Cal Ave neighborhood drew in a flurry of new businesses and residents a few years ago, becoming a district in its own right in 2012. Today, it's the city's hub for all things cool. Spend the day shopping for vinyl, books, and Burning Man-approved accoutrements, and pass the evening sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar--without a slot machine in sight.

8 A.M. Kick off your day at Old World Coffee Lab (old worldcoffee.co) with a nitro draft latte and a seat outdoors on the sidewalk for some people-watching.

8:30 A.M. Belly up to the counter at Peg's Glorified Ham 'n' Eggs (eat atpegs.com), a classic Nevada greasy spoon. Among the favorites: Peg's Glorified Huevos Rancheros, accompanied by warm tortillas and golden hash browns in a large skillet.

9:45 A.M. Head across the street to Sundance Books and Music (sun dancebookstore. com). The book, vinyl, and movie shop is housed inside a 1906 mansion near the Nevada Museum of Art.

10:30 A.M. Draft and build your own architectural designs at The Discovery (nvd m.org), an interactive science museum just outside the neighborhood. The 67,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits and galleries aim to appeal to your inner kid. …

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