Natasha Bourlin

Freelance Writer

Reno, NV

Natasha Bourlin

A natural-born nomad and freelance writer, Natasha specializes in sharing travel stories and tips to inspire readers' journeys.




The threads of sustainability extend beyond agriculture. They’re woven into a tapestry encompassing farmers, vendors, business owners, and the community itself. Both Greg Buchheister, owner of eight-year-old Coffeebar, and Isidro Alves, owner of Fallon’s 15-year-old Sand Hill Dairy, understand the intricacies of sustainability.


Four Northern Nevada families share how they became meat masters. Nevada’s vast expanses of land have been attracting ranchers for centuries. In 2014, the Nevada Department of Agriculture reported that livestock production represented the largest segment of agriculture in Nevada, with a production value of $420 million in 2012.

Salvation on the High Seas

Road trips and train rides offer up many a sight to see...
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The 10 best things to do in Reno

Long ago, Reno was the gateway for thousands of miners on the hunt for gold; today, it’s the gateway city to Burning Man. You can shop for cowboy hats and steampunk gear on the same block, down cocktails 24-hours-a-day in dive bars, and easily find fine-dining and farm-to-table meals, freshly crafted microbrews or just-roasted coffee.
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Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon

Once, visitors headed to Reno to feed dollar bills into slot machines and play the tables. “Global cuisine” meant the casino buffet, and imbibing often consisted of the free cocktails offered to gamblers. Today, things have changed. South of the Truckee River and the neon-clad downtown area, Midtown has become the “it” place to meander in the Biggest Little City. This burgeoning neighborhood arose from entrepreneurs finding their way during the recession, with shops, restaurants, bars and tattoo parlors inhabiting early 20th century bungalows. An authenticity is found there, as if you’ve discovered the true Reno. Business owners recommend their competition with a smile, and a sense of camaraderie permeates the area, fostered by a group effort to create something special from something once considered seedy.
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Backyard Vacation - Getting Away to Tahoe this Summer

Featuring Magic Fusion at The Loft at Heavenly Village, Sierra School of Performing Arts' "Legally Blonde" and the photography of Nicole Ren...
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Five secluded Tahoe beaches to hit this summer

This hike into the Tahoe Basin gives you Tahoe views without Tahoe crowds. Benjamin Spillman, Dotting Lake Tahoe are some renowned beaches to bask on each summer, but there are lesser known local hotspots to take advantage of too. An abundance of secluded beaches reside on the east shore, but most require a decent hike to reach. Link to Story

8 outdoor things to do in Reno/Tahoe this summer

Each summer, Reno/Tahoe becomes an action-packed paradise of outdoor adventures. While deciding on your own seasonal escapades, gather some stimulus at these human-powered sporting celebrations taking place now through Labor Day. Whether you spectate or participate, the physical strength exerted at these events is awe-inspiring.
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Bottled Up Benevolence

How an artist and a casino resort partnered to better the planet. Casino leaders met entrepreneur, a successful relationship ensued, and both animals and the earth have benefited. Since beginning Rescued Wine in 2010, Amy and Craig Davies sought a steady supply of quality wine bottles that they could repurpose into candles — which Craig created by hand and which had long been a passion and skill of his — then donate proceeds from their sales to animal rescue organizations.
Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine Link to Story

Float On

Where to relax on the water this summer.
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8 Most Romantic Couples’ Activities for Your Next Winter Getaway

It should come as no surprise that these great romantic experiences all involve getting outdoors – because sometimes, the world’s natural beauty is all the romantic inspiration you need. Read on to get inspired for your next winter getaway – and don’t forget that you can book your flights, accommodation, and your favorite romantic experiences all on TripAdvisor!
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The sky's the limit with these luxe Tahoe adventures

If your soul is crying for a sky’s-the-limit experience of a lifetime, one needn’t look any further than Reno’s neighbor, Lake Tahoe. There is a plethora of exhilarating options when budget is no object for a Tahoe getaway. One of the most extravagant splurges is nestled on the banks of Tahoe’s east shore, just six minutes from Sand Harbor State Park.
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Natasha Bourlin

As far back as I can remember—we’re talking low single digits in age—I was fascinated by how words can paint a picture in your mind. Early on, I learned that language is like a melody that takes the reader on a journey of the mind, and carefully chosen words are the notes.

By six, I was voraciously reading, devouring books as other children would candy. I honed and proved my grammatical prowess with aced grammar tests and spelling bee victories. The written word was at the heart of my youthful accomplishments, and formed a large portion of my heart itself.

Much of each year was spent visiting family in many different locations. During those sojourns, at least one short story would spring from the imagination of this only child that fancied herself a wordsmith.

Languages surrounded me as a child, and each had influence. My globe-trotting Russian father already spoke several by the time he got to English after moving to the U.S. My second-generation American mother went to French school growing up before also traveling the world as a flight attendant.

Cultural flavor and a symphony of verbal sounds scored my family gatherings. I reveled in them, tuning my ear to the myriad noises that humans used to communicate.

During the years, through travels and personal experience, I learned to differentiate and identify the various inflections and tones of the world’s many tongues. Through international travels, I also how communication can transcend language.

Writing was always an avocation. After achieving a degree in international relations that involved years of language and cultural studies and diplomacy training, I spent 15 years in public relations, event coordination and marketing before deciding to upheave my life and turn my avocation into a vocation.

Passport & Plume, along with my upcoming travel blog I Wander Off, were born of my heart and mind. Please join me as I take readers on textually and visually inspired journeys.



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