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LAKE TAHOE HONORED BY OUTSIDE TRAVEL AWARDS 2014

OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Lake Tahoe as an honoree of their annual Travel Awards, which celebrate the top destinations, companies, products, and travel providers—in the U.S. and around the world—that inspire people to participate in an active lifestyle. Lake Tahoe, located in both California and Nevada, is honored as the Best Lake. The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

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This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents, who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond, identifying the best new adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo.

“We’re so proud to be honored with the ‘Best Lake’ title,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative. “Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the most beautiful places on earth, it’s a mecca for human-powered sports on or off the lake year-round ranging from mountain biking to sailing. North Lake Tahoe is one of the only places you can ski and golf in the same day, and then cap it off with five-star cuisine and unbeatable hospitality. This recognition is a truly a tribute to all that we have to offer here in the Sierra.”

The 2014 award notes that Lake Tahoe “is freakishly perfect for just about every outdoor pursuit.” North Lake Tahoe is proud to offer 10 major downhill skiing resorts including the Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl Resort and Diamond Peak. North Tahoe is also home to the largest cross country resort in the nation, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort. In summer North Lake Tahoe offers miles of biking and hiking trails, dozens of beaches to explore by stand up paddleboard or kayak, award winning festivals like Autumn Food & Wine, Ta-Hoe Nalu and more.

“Whether you’re looking to go big for an expedition, splurge on a luxurious paradise, or plan an epic family trip, OUTSIDE has unearthed fifty travel gems that will inspire you to renew that passport,” said OUTSIDE Editor Chris Keyes.

This award adds to Lake Tahoe’s numerous other awards including “America’s Best Lake” by the readers of USA Today, #1 “Ski Destination”  with Rand McNally and  Orbitz, #1 “Travel Destination” with TripAdvisor and a top finisher in USA Today’s reader’s poll for “Best Ski Destination”.

The complete list of Travel Awards winners will be featured in the April issue of OUTSIDE, available March 18, and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit www.gotahoenorth.com. And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily.

S’no reason not to go to SNOWFEST 2014!

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Have you been procrastinating all winter, just waiting for the perfect reason to head out into the snow? Well, wait no longer! The 33rd Annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest starts this Thursday, Feb. 27 and packs a whole season of fun into just eleven days. One highlight is the infamous Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim on Saturday, March 1, where brave souls venture out into the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe – if only briefly! But no worries, there are plenty of local restaurants and watering holes where you can warm up and even listen to a wide variety of live music.

There’s plenty of activity for the kids as well, including a variety of parades, the Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race on Sunday, March 2, and they are also invited to Paint the Bear at the North Tahoe Arts Center on the Saturday before the race.

Don’t forget to bring your appetite! There’s ice cream eating contests, a pancake breakfast, a pizza party, a Hawaiian-style Luau, the sixth annual Bridgetender Rib Fest and the LUNAFEST film, food and wine event at Squaw Valley on Saturday, March 8.

Along with plenty of great skiing and snowboarding there’s and races and competitions throughout SnowFest, including the Diamond Peak Uphill Downhill Dash on Saturday, March 8th, and the Tahoe Mountain Man Contest at Homewood Mountain Resort Sunday, March 2 is not to be missed!

And that’s just a small sample of all of the happenings at this year’s SnowFest! From sports enthusiasts to artistic types, there is truly something for everyone. For a complete schedule of events go to http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/#!vstc2=media-menu/vstc1=events

Mardi Gras Celebrations in Reno Tahoe

Fat Tuesday feasts and Mardi Gras merriments are soon-to-be underway in Reno Tahoe. Come hungry, come thirsty, and come prepared for a wild weekend. Laissez les bons temps rouler!  Let the good times roll!

Come Hungry – and Thirsty

Silver Legacy – February 28-March 4

Let’s begin with they’re handing beads out in all of their restaurants!

Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill, and Café Central will be serving a Mardi Gras feast to mark the celebration. Enjoy delicacies like Gumbo Ya Ya, New Orleans BBQ shrimp with white rice and smothered cabbage with Andouille, blackened CAB rib eye steak, and Bailey’s and coffee cheesecake with praline syrup and Chantilly cream. Mardi Gras would not be complete without some quality adult libations – like a traditional Muddy Water or Hurricane!

JA Nugget – February 28-March 4

Enjoy a fun, party atmosphere with free, live New Orleans-style music, $5,000 in free play giveaways, face painting, a caricaturist, Cajun food and drinks, free Marti Gras beads, free party favors and free King Cake!

All of the Nugget’s restaurants will feature special, Cajun-style menu items during the Parti Gras event, including Duet of Cajun Rib Eye & Prawns Etouffee at The Steakhouse Grill, Cajun Chicken Andouille Pasta at The Noodle Hut, “Ragin’ Cajun” Dinner buffets on Friday and Saturday at the Rotisserie Buffet, a Parti Gras Brunch on Sunday at the Rotisserie Buffet, Oyster Bar Jambalaya and more! Traditional Marti Gras beverages, such as hurricanes, will also be available for purchase.

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Stay for the Party

Eldorado’s Mardi Gras Party – March 4

  • $250 Cash For the Person with the Most Beads!
  • Hurrican Shooters $2
  • Fireball $3
  • Patron $4
  • Who Dat Bomb $5
  • No Cover

Family Friendly Festivities

Northstar Ski Resort – February 28-March 4

Live Music

Saint Gabriel Celestial Brass Band will be performing on the Village stage from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. The American jazz & blues, soul & funk band was formed by Tom Wiggins in 1990 and has performed around the world.

Mardi Gras Mask Face Painting

Giggle & Grin Face and Body Art will be on-site three days over the holiday weekend to delight kids and adults with free Mardi Gras mask face painting. Face painting will happen inside Starbucks.

“Where the Wild Things Are” in Reno Tahoe

The Wild Things are headed to the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno, March 1-April 27!

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works is a comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select artworks by the late author, artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s universally revered children’s book.

Presented by the Nevada Museum of Art Education Department, the exhibition is geared towards children and families and is accompanied by special family events for all ages, storytelling in the galleries, special classes, film screenings, and literacy and writing workshops.

The exhibition includes works in a variety of media and offers a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children’s literature and Broadway to the opera, animated films and young adult textbooks, Sendak remained an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and influence on generations of readers and young adults.

Events

  • Teen Art Night: Wild Things

    Friday March 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Inspired by the Spike Jonez film and Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are, teens will enjoy an all-ages night featuring live music by the Third Wheelers, American Goodfellas and DJ Nick Rattingan. Admission includes hands-on projects like a printing workshop, beast-making, an interactive photo booth, vintage photos, bleached t-shirts and more! Teen Art Night is presented in partnership with The Holland Project and the Museum’s Youth Arts Initiative.

    Sponsorship provided by the Hearst Foundation

    $5 / $5 Museum members | Buy Tickets

  • Where the Wild Things Are: Pajama Party and Film Screening

    Friday April 18, 2014 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Parents and children are invited for a festive pajama party at the Museum. Participants will enjoy a hands-on art project, after-hours access to the exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, evening snacks and a special screening of the 2009 Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. This event is designed for families with children ages 7 – 12. This film rating is PG. Come in your coziest PJs!

    $20 / $16 Museum members | Buy Tickets

Put on your PJ’s and Tuck Yourselves OUT

Reno Pajama Crawl

There’s only one thing better than getting all dolled up for Valentine’s Day… Spending the day after Valentine’s Day drinking in your PAJAMAS.

Whether you are single, in a relationship, or it’s just too darn complicated, the place to be after the national day of love is going to be downtown. Throw on your best ‘onesie’ and slip into your comfiest slippers for an extremely comfortable night out.

To take full advantage of the crawl deals, buy an official Pajama Crawl cup at Junkee Clothing Exchange before the crawl. Or you can buy a cup at the Waterfall Bar on West and Second Street the night of the crawl. This is where the crawl officially kicks off. You can also grab a map there with all of the participating bars, events, and contests.

There will be a costume contest at EVERY STOP. The categories include best PJ’s, sexiest PJ’s, Instagram contests, and many many more! Prizes range from bar tabs, Victoria’s Secret gift cards,  and cash!

The Sands Regency Hotel and Casino is offering 79 dollar rooms with the promo code PAJAMA14. Split a room with some friends, or a significant other! How often is there a chance to make it a romantic Valentines weekend? Book a room soon!

Your bedroom will always be there, but now it’s time to show your pajamas to the entire city!

Spend Valentine’s Day in Reno Tahoe

Let your heart (and these Valentine’s Day specials) be your guide to Reno Tahoe! Freshly groomed last tracks, wine walk, spa specials, in-room champagne, three-day weekend… what’s not to love?

Matheney_K Lake Tahoe WestHere are a few specials you and your sweetheart will fall in love with this Valentine’s Day:

Last Tracks at Diamond Peak Resort

Couples who enjoy wine, skiing and Tahoe can soak up the views with Diamond Peak’s special Valentine’s Day Last Tracks event. Catch the last chairlift up to the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge and enjoy wine and appetizer pairings by Francis Ford Coppola Winery. After enjoying views from the lake and sunset, guests will ski down the freshly groomed run. The event begins at 4:10 p.m., but Last Tracks tickets can be picked up at 2 p.m. to get some runs in before the event. Space is limited, so reserve your spot online today or contact Guest Services at (775) 832-1253.
Cost: $34, includes lift ticket (valid 2-4 p.m.) and Last Tracks event.

Stillwater Spa

The 20,000 square foot Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe offers Valentine’s Specials all month long for couples looking to relax and rejuvenate.

I Love Me

50 minute Stillwater massage, a 25 minute Lushly scrub, Moroccan Oil™ Shampoo & Blowdry, a complimentary champagne toast and when you spend $50 or more on retail, you will receive a $25 retail gift card.
Cost: $225 ($345 value).

I Heart You

75 minute couple’s escape massage, a 25 minute Moroccan Oil™ scalp massage and conditioning treatment, a complimentary champagne toast and when you spend $50 or more on retail, you will receive a $25 retail gift card.
Cost: $425 ($625 value).

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Spa Atlantis

February specials at Spa Atlantis.

Lovers’ Lomi Lomi

Celebrate love and relaxation this Valentine’s Day with our Lomi Lomi couple’s body treatment. The ultimate couple’s experience, this treatment begins with a coconut-infused sugar scrub to gently buff away dry, dull skin. Next indulge as you and your valentine receive a traditional Lomi Lomi massage. This specialty massage facilitates healing on a mental, emotional and spiritual level. This profound Hawaiian art focuses on the wellness as a whole, relieving stress and tension. Your blissful treatment concludes with a scalp treatment using organic coconut, argan-infused oil.

Couples 105 minutes – $400 | Single – $200

Sparkling Champagne Antioxidant Scrub

Protect your skin for the future with our antioxidant enriched body scrub. Indulge in an exclusive champagne, wine and grape blend specially formulated to preserve the appearance of youthful skin with rich antioxidants and nourishing exfoliates.

30 minutes – $70 | $95 with a 60 minutes Hammam Experience

Pure Love Pedicure

Treat the one you love to our signature spa pedicure. Their tension will be reduced with their choice of a cool or warm neck wrap while their hands are gently massaged with vanilla and wild plum body butter and completed with warm hand mitts to infuse moisture. While they sink into our massage chair, their feet will be pampered to perfection with vanilla and wild plum body butter and paraffi n wax booties before our technician begins our signature massage. As a fi nal touch, choose from our O.P.I. polish collection to make those toes sparkle.

60 minutes – $85

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Treat your sweetheart to a special night away from home; enjoy Valentine’s Day in a luxurious spa suite! Book a spa suite from just $99.99; which includes $40 in Resort credit to be used on adult libations or a little something in one of our diverse retail outlets. Or get a “Sweet Deal”, Valentine’s Day or all month, mid-week, in a spa suite from only $79.99.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

The Grand Sierra invites you to “Celebrate the Month of Love” with a special package that includes a Summit Suite for the price of a Standard Room, a $30 dining credit at either the Charlie Palmer Steak House, Briscola or Rim and 25% off any treatment in their brand new Spa! This offer is valid through February 27th and is subject to availability.

Peppermill Reno Spa

SUGAR KISS Surprise

Available February 1-28 at Spa Toscana.

  • 80 minute LaLicious Sugar Kiss Scrub and Massage
  • 50 minute LaLicious Sugar Kiss Pedicure

Valentines is the month to be “Kissed”. So with our “Sugar Kissed” inspired treat – you receive a 25 minute LaLicious Body Scrub followed by a 50 minute Classic Massage with warmed sugar kissed body oil. A soothing and relaxing Pedicure follows to relax those weary feet. A polish color of choice is applied at the end.

Cost: 130 min – $184.

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Love and wine often go hand and hand, so the Wine Walk the day after Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., is sure to be a day of love. The Wine Walk is a monthly event held on the third Saturday where you purchase a decorative wine glass for a $20 wine-tasting fee.  With wine glass in hand and a valid photo ID, you’ll receive an ID bracelet which allows you to sample wine at any of the twenty-plus participating merchant locations. Many of the businesses hand paint each individual wine glass which attendees get to take home.

Great Art in Midtown at the Stremmel Gallery

If you’re in Midtown Reno, a visit to the Stremmel Gallery is a must for art lovers! Founded in 1969, the gallery is located in a 6,500 square-foot, architecturally award-winning contemporary building right on South Virginia Street. The gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings and sculptures by mid-career and established American and European artists. The Stremmel Gallery offers a wide range of amenities including the sale of modern and contemporary art, painting restoration, commercial and residential installations and the warehousing of fine art. The gallery also offers a frame shop, and is a resource for museum-quality conservation of the highest standards; from contemporary to period-style hand carved gold leaf frames.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer questions and educate interested art lovers on works that are available, and the gallery itself is a beautiful place to contemplate and appreciate their wonderful and varied selection of art.

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Watch the Big Game in Reno Tahoe USA

It’s going to be an epic match-up come Feb. 2. You’re going to want to watch the Broncos vs. Seahawks on the big screens, with food and drink specials, in Reno Tahoe USA.

Here’s a list of parties happening around town for THE BIG GAME:

Grand Sierra

One of Reno’s premier ticketed event to watch the Big Game XVLIII offers viewing on multiple 23-foot HD screens, all-you-can-eat stadium buffet-style food, $9.99 souvenir mug (while supplies last), which includes all-you-can-drink Coors Light refills, $1 Coors Light drafts, Coors Light girls, raffle prizes and giveaways including a 40-inch flat screen television and a leather chair with pull-out cooler. Tickets for this exclusive event are $29.99 for individuals or $250 for a table of 10. Click here to make reservations.

Peppermill

Watch the Big Game at Peppermill’s Tuscany Event Center on Sunday, February 2 at their Super Stadium Bash XLVIII!

View the game on large-format video screens and enjoy an all-you-can-eat stadium food buffet. Your ticket price includes a complimentary gift, complimentary Bud and Bud Light Beer at every table, 3 drink tickets, a meet and greet with the Budweiser girls, and exciting door prizes at every quarter!1800x642_SSB_Web

Enjoy an exclusive reserved seating area for your convenience!

Silver Legacy

You won’t miss a play, or the hilarious commercials, while watching multiple giant screens. Help yourself to an all-you-can-eat buffet; enjoy a complimentary drink and a big game hat for just $40!

The Silver Legacy Big Game Party has everything you need including plenty of prizes and Budweiser swag.  And that’s not all there is going on… start the weekend at the Grande Exposition Hall on Friday, January 31st with Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall and enjoy country singer Martina McBride on Saturday, February 1st. Sounds like a well-rounded weekend!

Atlantis

Don’t miss a minute of the hard-hitting action at Atlantis! Party highlights include bigger and brighter 13′ LED Screens encompass you in 360 degrees of awesome, $2 draft specials and the chance to win tickets to next year’s big game in Arizona!

Circus Circus

Celebrate football the only way you can—watching the Big Game at Circus Circus Reno while having the chance to win great prizes! Circus Circus Reno has multiple TVs casino wide, great food deals and amazing prop bets.

During the game, be sure to join radio guests from ESPN Radio as they host a viewing party in the sports lounge.

Eldorado

The Big Game will be shown throughout the property including the Eldorado’s state-of-the-art race and sports book and adjacent Stadium Bar offering one of downtown Reno’s best sports betting and viewing options with a total of 35 plasma televisions ranging from 42″ to 70″ for the highest quality viewing possible. The newly redesigned Stadium Bar provides a relaxed environment to kick back, have a drink with friends and catch the big game. Fans can also catch the action at The Brew Brothers on fourteen 50 inch plasma screen televisions and four 58 inch plasma screens. During the game, chow down on delicious sandwiches, burgers, salads and gourmet pizzas and enjoy eight custom beers. The Brew Brothers opens at 11am.

Tahoe Biltmore

Enjoy tailgate style food & drink specials, giveaways throughout the game and an awesome prizeboard at the Tahoe Biltmore! Admission is FREE.

Need 2 Speed Go-Kart Race Track

Feeling a little cooped up this winter? Why not head to Need 2 Speed, Reno’s first indoor go-kart racing track. Housed in a 50,000 square foot space on Sierra Center Parkway, Need 2 Speed features a winding, curvy Grand Prix-style track and the carts can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour!

The facility is completely climate-controlled so there are perfect conditions for racing all year long. Even the young ones can race in carts that are limited to 25 miles per hour, so it’s fun for the entire family.

Need 2 Speed offers memberships that save money on racing as well as being able to take advantage of special offers, and is planning on offering league racing and tournaments throughout the year. The facility also offers three party rooms for special events and also conference rooms for corporate meetings. Individuals and groups can also rent the entire facility for larger events and have complete access to the track and unlimited racing.

Judging by the big smiles on the faces of the people as they take off their helmets after a challenging race, Need 2 Speed is going to quickly become a very popular stop in Reno for a unique and fun racing experience!

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2014 Elvis Pub Crawl: Suits and Showgirls

Party like it’s Elvis’ birthday!

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There is one heck of a party planned to celebrate the man that made the biggest mark of all time on Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Saturday, January 5th, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Harrah’s and Circus Circus in downtown Reno will celebrate the King’s Birthday at 12 venues. The Elvis Suits & Showgirls Pub Crawl begins at 7:30 p.m. Simply pick up your commemorative cup for just $5 at any participating bar and start crawlin’! Show up in your hottest Elvis garb or show off those gams in a showgirl costume. Everywhere you go, there is a great themed party and drink specials waiting for you.

Hang at Aura Lounge for the Elvis Karaoke contest starting at 9 p.m. Put on you “Blue Suede Shoes” and perform your favorite Elvis tune for prizes.  At Silver Baron’s Lounge both Friday and Saturday evening starting at 8:00 p.m., Elvis impersonator, Johnny Baron as Elvis, will be performing.  And back by popular demand on Saturday is “Little Elvis” and “Little Marilyn!” And at Rum Bullions Island Bar, enter an Elvis Costume contest on Saturday at 10 p.m. for great prizes!

Use code ELVIS14 at Silver Legacy to book a discounted room ($60)! Plus, 10% of your room rate will go to charity!

Use code IELVIS at Circus Circus for a discounted room ($35)!

  • Cost: $5 gets you admission along with a commemorative cup and map
  • Specials: $3 drink specials and $3 beer specials for anyone with a cup!
  • Contests: There will be a costume contest at EVERY STOP
    ·  Pre-Sale Cups: Available for pre-sale at Junkee Clothing Exchange at 960 S. Virginia St.
    ·  Cups: will be available event night at Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Harrah’s and Circus Circus