Soak up some rest and relaxation at the indoor tubs in Steamboat Hot Springs, south of Reno. Native Americans used the area’s bubbling-hot mud for healing practices centuries ago.
Steam rises from a year-round swimming pool that’s geothermally heated at the Peppermill Resort in Reno. On an average winter day, 50 to 100 people brave the cold air to enjoy the warm water that comes from deep under the earth’s surface.
(Peppermill Resort Spa Casino)
The heating plant (upper right) at the Peppermill is where scalding-hot water from volcanic fissures is processed for uses that include the heating of the hotel’s swimming pools and guest rooms. Don’t worry, the hot water is cooled before being pumped into the rooms.
During the warmer months, the patio at Brasserie St. James in Reno is a popular gathering spot, featuring beers made with artesian water sourced underneath the brewpub.
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Geothermal water reaches the earth’s surface at 174 degrees at Reno’s Peppermill hotel, where employees including Dean Parker, executive facilities director, offer informative, free tours of the heating plant.
Thanks to the use of geothermal energy, the huge boilers at the Peppermill in Reno sit empty, saving the resort more than $2 million a year. (Jay Jones)
Head brewer John Watterson stands beside fermentation tanks at Brasserie St. James in Reno. Watterson said their beers’ flavors are enhanced by both Pilsener grain and artesian water sourced beneath the brewpub.
Chicken and waffles is paired with a home-brewed glass of beer at Brasserie St. James in Reno.