Showing posts with label event venues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label event venues. Show all posts

Sunday, June 12, 2022

The Garden in Reno - Cafe, Wedding Styling, Event Design, Floral Deliveries, Classes, Event Venue, and a Magical Place to Hang Out


Business Snapshot
The Garden in Reno is an enchanting oasis for premium coffee, tea, and tasty bites. Beyond being the perfect hangout spot, it also provides services such as wedding styling, venue rental, event design, floral deliveries, and engaging classes like succulent arrangements.  Grab a comfy seat, sip on a cup of the good life while making memories that will last a lifetime at The Garden - your go-to spot in Reno for a delightful experience.

The Garden is an exquisitely decorated haven, thoughtfully accented with floral accents and brimming with personality. It's a space where one can savor craft coffee and delectable bites, gather with friends and family, and joyously celebrate life.

Beyond its role as a cozy retreat, The Garden transforms into an event planning powerhouse, dedicated to simplifying life by managing all the elements required for a spectacular event.

Out of a need to meet with clients in a more comfortable setting that showcases their craft, owners Nathan and Christina, along with their daughter, Jessica, created the Garden.

This remarkable family has been immersed in event planning for over a decade (12+ years, as I recall), weaving magic into bouquets, floral arrangements, and enchanting wedding/event-scapes. 

I've had the pleasure of talking to Nathan, one of the owners of The Garden and he was so kind and happy to tell me more about his business.

I've found that the common denominator to happy business owners is their profound passion and genuine love for what they do.  This couldn't be more true in the case of Nathan, his family.

Nathan spoke so highly of his wife and daughter and their role in the success of their family-owned business.  

What he didn't mention was his part in the equation.  He's a master wood craftsman that builds custom structures for company rentals.  If you have a vision, they can make it come to life.

Have a look at their portfolio & you'll find plenty of pictures of their amazing work from numerous past events.  I highly recommend them for all of life's special occasions.

Whether you're in search of a cozy hangout spot, a place to enjoy a cup of coffee, beautiful floral arrangements, or event services, The Garden has something special for everyone. 

Feel free to connect with me on Instagram for more hidden gems. Drop a "hello" and share your experiences and cherished spots. I love hearing from everyone.

Peace, Love, & Kindness,

Other things I Love About The Garden

*Find pastries and other treats at their shop from other local businesses.

*The Garden has a strong network that includes other local like-minded businesses

*On-site floral arrangements crafted in their floral refrigerator.

*They offer fun classes & workshops

*Rent The Garden for special occasions.

*Quality coffees & teas.

*Discover cute arrangements & merchandise throughout the shop, all available for purchase.

*Perfect for bookworms, book clubs, or study sessions

*The Garden is the perfect spot for creating lasting memories

*The Garden serves as an ideal venue for special occasions like baby showers, tea parties, birthdays, bachelorette parties, and more. 

Why Shop & Support Local?
*Buying local helps keep diverse and unique businesses open, which are generally run by passionate local business owners who provide outstanding service and create quality products and offerings.
*Local businesses that are successful at have the power to create more jobs & opportunities for the local community.   
*Local businesses are generally great employers.
*Local businesses are more likely to support other local businesses like themselves, helping strengthen our community.
*Many local businesses are committed to improving the community and are inclined to contribute to causes that bring about positive change.
*You're supporting a neighbor's dreams. 

Categorized Under "Good Eats" ---> "Cafes" & "Event Venues"

© Katherine Fung, 
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***Information subject to change

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Witness A Millionaire's Creation During the Comstock Load Mining Boom and Enjoy Beautiful Grounds at Bowers Mansion Regional Park

Upcoming Event: Bowers Bluegrass Festival (August 24-27, 2023)
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Nestled among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Bowers Mansion Regional Park, only 15 minutes away from South Reno on the way to Carson City.

For 100+ years, people have been visiting this park for its scenic views, swimming pool, mansion, beautiful grounds, history, events, outdoor recreational activities, and more. 

*Experience a pleasant picnic under towering shade trees on a lawn that seems endless

*Swim in a secluded pool in the middle of nature, big enough for everyone to enjoy

*Rent out one of the pavilions for life's special occasions

*Retreat from summer heat under shade trees over a good read

*Take in a piece of history through educational plaques & tours in the most elegant building of its time

*Let the children run wild and free while exploring, swinging, sliding, & climbing at the playground

I'm so thankful to have such a special and beautiful park nearby, a park that has served and continues to as the perfect place to learn, have fun, grow, live life to the fullest, and create precious moments.

2020 hours of operation.  Opening + closing dates are around the same time every year.

Bower's Mansion Tours

Take a trip back in history and walk in the shoes of past millionaires Eilley & Sandy Bowers with a guided tour offered seasonally, usually from Memorial Day through Nevada Day. 

I have yet to take it, but from what I've researched, it's popular and led by people who tell the story of the mansion in an entertaining manner (such as the person in the walk-through video tour below).

The park usually hosts special events like Programs on the Porch (free live music), the Civil War event, & more.

-49 Acre Park
-Due to historical significance, there are no pets allowed in the park, with exceptions to service animals.
-plenty of day use picnic tables with BBQ grills that are spread throughout the park on a first come, first-served basis
-There are two pavilions on each end of the park that are big enough for special events like weddings.  Comstock Picnic Pavilion & Washoe Picnic Pavilion. Horseshoe and volleyball next to each pavilion
-There are two play (partially shaded) structures on each end of the park
-Plenty of grass for all activities
-There's a trail behind the mansion leading to great views of Washoe Lake and the Bower's family cemetery. Up some stairs and less than 5 minutes up on a dirt trail
-The swimming pool always keeps a lane open for lap swimmers. There's a new gated splash pad for toddlers, easy entry ladders and hydraulic lift available.
-There are plenty of trees around the property that change during fall
-An amazing spot for photos
-Great shade in the summer
-Davis Creek Regional Park is only a couple of minutes away and is family friendly, with trails ranging from easy to difficult, camping grounds, picnic areas, and a place to fish when water is abundant. 
-I love taking my kids to the Chocolate Nugget Factory after a long day of fun and exercise just down the street, about 3–5 min. away
-The park is surrounded by farmlands.  You can easily drive around Wahoe Lake and find lots of farm animals to look at. 
-flushable toilets available
-Huge parking lots, one on each side

My kids learned how to bike here.

©Katherine Fung,
All rights reserved.

***Information subject to change.  All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Magic Carpet Golf, Reno - Take a Magic Carpet Ride Into Fantasy and Back in Time Into the Prehistoric Era

6925 S Virginia St
Reno, NV 89511

(775) 853-8837
Reviews on Yelp

I didn't grow up with mini golf, so I never had the interest to seek out places like Magic Carpet Golf.  After becoming a parent, my mindset changed and like many parents, I am always on the hunt for places to take my kids.  Finding places that are safe, fun and educational is like finding gold.  

Five years ago when I first moved to Reno, I found such a place-Magic Carpet Golf.  It drew me in with it's inviting, whimsical, handmade structures and tall trees.  I couldn't believe that I've been missing out on so much fun all these years.

One hot summer day, I dropped in with my son and fell in love with the place.  Upon entering, we were welcomed with some good old video games, many of which I played when I was a kid.  I was so happy that my kids would get to experience some of the joys of my childhood.  

We checked in at the counter, where we found three courses to choose from- a 19-hole-course with a fantasy theme, a 19 whole course with a dinosaur theme and a 28-hole course with a theme unknown to me since I have yet to try it out.  

Me and my son tried both the fantasy and dinosaur courses between different visits.  We were given a score card, putters & a ball by the nice person at the counter, headed out to our course, and went at our own pace.  Of all the times I've been here, it's never been busy to the point that I felt rushed.  

My son had a great time with a look of pure joy on his face as he swung his putter and admired the handmade structures (some mechanical moving).  It was so great to see him have so much fun, all while getting exercise and fresh air.   

I love the fact that mini golf is something you don't have to be good at.  You take the ball, aim for the hole and swing for the win — all while being able to enjoy the ambiance they've worked so hard to create. 

During the pandemic, I'm even more appreciative of outdoor places like this that enable people to have a fun and safe time, allowing good air circulation and space to distance yourself from others.  

-family owned and run
-Masks required in lobby and outside when a distance of six ft cannot be maintained.  Putters wiped down.
-In the summer, they serve Dole Whips.  Yes, the ones from Disneyland.  If you're really hooked on them, believe it or not, you can buy the machine and mixture from Amazon.  
-Hungry? Walk over to Sushi Minato next door if you want to get your picnic on at Magic Carpet
-handicap accessible 
-water structures make for a relaxing environment 
-great shade in the summer
-at the end of your game, place your ball into the ball slot machine for a chance to win a free game
-drink and snack machine available inside building
-little play putter available for little ones (my 2 year old had fun pretend playing).  The person at the counter gave my son one along with a ball free of charge.
-I would throw a party here, hands down.  Check their website for more information on their birthday packages
-you don't have to have children to have fun here.  I always see adults on their oown,having fun.
-ideal spot for meetings, fundraisers, field trips, team building and work events
-restrooms available
-No alcohol, no glass, no cooking
-the place is well kept and beautiful 
-closed on Thanksgiving
-hours change according to season and weather. check website or call in for current hours
-Right next to Target across the street
-outdoor food and cake allowed for events

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Take a Scenic Stroll Back in Time and Walk the Lands of the Cowboys at Bartley Ranch, Nevada.

6000 Bartley Ranch Road,
Reno, NV 89511

Park Ranger Office: (775) 828-6612
Pavilion Reservations (775) 823-6501

Bartley Ranch occupies a cherished spot among my favorite parks in Reno. Its Western ambiance, unique beauty, and array of amenities, along with special events, firmly establish it as a top contender on my all-time favorite list.

This park offers a variety of spaces, ideal for diverse activities such as picnics, leisurely strolls, wildlife observation, pet walking, and the hosting of special events like parties, concerts, weddings, or even providing an immersive experience of stepping back in time.

The park is decorated with old vintage tractors and wooden shacks, evoking a sense of what life was like in bygone days. The presence of horse tracks along the trails enhances the historical experience.

The park features a beautiful Western Heritage Interpretive Center, a vintage Huffaker School, and an amphitheater available for rental for special occasions. Informative pamphlets in front of the interpretive center provide details about the park's flora, fauna, and history.

Approaching from the south, a scenic lookout presents breathtaking views before descending into the ranch. From this vantage point, one can appreciate a white picket fence shaped like Nevada, observe runners traversing the slopes, witness dog walkers, and see individuals enjoying the scenery from benches.

Within a short 30 minutes, I encountered a wide variety of wildlife and traversed various terrains during a short walk. A charming nature trail, complete with a quaint bridge, led to a wooden walkway against picturesque mountainous hills, followed by a zigzagging trail looping back to the ranch.

Whether participating in a special event, embarking on a scenic stroll, observing wildlife, taking in scenic views, walking your furry friends, celebrating a special occasion, or enjoying a picnic, Bartley Ranch Park is sure to please. It's a park that consistently draws me back for more, and I'm delighted to share this experience with all of you.

*Plenty of parking available
*Arrive early for special events as parking fills up fast
*Bartley Ranch Park is a popular place for photo sessions

Reccomended Gear
-Sunscreen (after trying so many options, this is my family's favorite)
-Water Bottle (definitely a must in Reno's dry climate)
-Portable potty Liners (priceless gadget that makes any hike with kids a breeze)

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Bartley Ranch in Fall

Park at Audrey Harris Park for lookout.

©Katherine Fung,
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