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A City of Surprises

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Last week’s expo was the first time Inside Self-Storage has hosted a tradeshow in Reno, Nev., and I’ll admit I was skeptical. It’s proximity to Vegas is not easy to overcome. Many friends told me a six-day trip to Reno sounded awful! I had never even been there myself. But I was pleasantly surprised for many reasons: 
  1. Easy transportation! At any given time, I could grab a taxi with no problem. It didn’t even matter if it was Friday night or dinner time.
  2. Good people traffic! The hotels, casinos and downtown stretch were all busy and engaging but not stifling.
  3. Great restaurants! I was surprised to find many good restaurants: sushi, steakhouses, martini bars and lounges. It’s not a city that just offers buffets.
  4. Casinos! Reno has all the same gambling opportunities of Vegas, but many of the tables are much more affordable to play. I’m a big fan of blackjack, so the $5 tables were great. 

On the last day of the show, I traveled around Reno looking at many of the larger resorts—Atlantis, Silver Legacy, Harrah’s, Circus Circus—and found they’re all are spending millions in renovations and upgrades. I can see Reno is turning up the heat to compete with Vegas ... and it’s working!

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