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Exquisite dining at Bistro Napa. | Courtesy Atlantis

Looking to relax after a long summer of working and playing? One of the best escapes for a night or a weekend is to the Biggest Little City. Craft bars and delectable eateries, shows, live music and late-night clubbing, and shopping all await. But, if you really want to check out, then check in to one of the resort hotels in Reno and experience an escape.

“We’ve already vowed to make this an annual girls’ trip.”

That’s exactly what we had in mind when we planned a girls’ night away recently at the Atlantis for myself, my sister, Michelle Allen, and our gal pal, Cara Mia Cimarrusti. We’d been dreaming of a spa day and a night away from home for months, and after a long summer of work and play we headed to the Atlantis to unwind and have a belated birthday celebration for Michelle.

Oh, the spa. Just the thought of eucalyptus steam, laps around the pool, hot tub jets on sore backs and the Zen of the Brine Inhalation Light Therapy Room, relaxes the mind, but we were in need of some major relaxing for our muscles. To truly enjoy the spa, you need to splurge on a treatment – the Hanakasumi Body Ritual for Michelle, the Oxygen Facial for Mia and the Cleopatra Milk and Honey Hydration Wrap for me – then arrive hours beforehand to enjoy the experience. I relish in the steam room as many times as I can, absorbing the humidity and moisture to recharge my skin before a treatment.

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The New York-style Cheesecake at Bistro Napa.

Then, it’s time to indulge and, oh boy, did I. The hydration wrap with the sugar scrub and the milk and honey moisturizer would have been perfect for my dry skin, but it was utter bliss when I was suspended in weightlessness in the Soft Pack cocoon bed. The bed developed by NASA relives all of the weight on pressure points and you float into total escape. Stress, what’s that?

Back in our room, Mia kicked Michelle’s birthday celebration off with a bottle of champagne and appetizers delivered to the room. We then enjoyed an array of goodies in the Lounge in the Concierge Tower before dressing for dinner. I highly recommend booking a room in the Concierge Tower. The rooms are amazing and come with access to the Lounge with a complimentary continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, comfy lounge, cash bar and great views of the city.

We capped off our girls’ escape with one of the best dinners I’ve had in months at Bistro Napa just an elevator ride from our room. From the amazing wine selections to the craft cocktails that we enjoyed, to the scrumptious dinner and excellent service, it was the perfect way to cap off our Tahoe summer. We’ve already vowed to make this an annual girls’ trip.

The Spa Atlantis offer midweek discounts for locals, as well as day passes to indulge in the amenities without a treatment. | atlantiscasino.com

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Katherine Hill
After receiving a master’s degree from Old Dominion University in Virginia, Katherine decided to head west in search of new adventures. One look at Lake Tahoe and she knew this was the place for her, and shortly thereafter became the Editor at The Weekly in 2001. The call of a daily newspaper drew her away from Tahoe for four years, but the lake’s siren call was stronger and she returned in July 2007 to The Weekly as Associate Publisher & Editor.