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Exciting “Must Do” Holiday Events Around Town

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The holidays are here, and our area has tons of winter activities for you to participate in to keep you and your family happy and full of holiday cheer. This season is always a busy one, so to make things easy we’ve made a list of events going on around town and put a few of them here for you. All you have to do is have fun!

The Reno Ice Rink is always a favorite for this month. This year it will be hosted at the Reno Aces ballpark and will be open all the way through February. It’s definitely cold out on the ice, but skating is always fun regardless of your skill level. People and children of all ages head to the rink for some holiday fun, so be sure to join them! For more information visit our blog post dedicated to the Ice Rink.

The Eldorado is ringing in the holiday season with “Christmas Wonderland”, one of London’s biggest Christmas shows. The Eldorado is calling it “a holiday extravaganza of pure Christmas magic”. The show will be filled with dancing and singing of traditional Christmas carols, such as “Winter Wonderland” and “O Holy Night”, and the audience is encouraged to sing along. There will be beautiful costumes, a gorgeous set, a skilled and entertaining cast, and “the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.” Performances will take place Tuesday through Sunday until December 27. Tickets are on sale now.

For some grown-up fun, the Santa Crawl will be taking place on Saturday, December 13. T’is the season to dress up in your best Santa costume and crawl to over 50 local bars with your friends! This crawl is expected to draw in a whopping 15,000 festive crawlers who will take over the streets of Reno for a night. Santa, reindeer, elves, and Ms. Claus will all come together for one giant holiday party! Be sure to buy your official Santa Crawl cup at participating retailers around town and get ready to have some fun!

Reno’s Wine Walk is holiday themed this month and is encouraging walkers to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweaters for the event. Head down to the Riverwalk District on Saturday, December 20 and enjoy wine from nearly 30 local businesses in the downtown area. For $20 you will get a wine glass and access to some delicious wines and a great time, and on the 20th a portion of the proceeds will benefit Cancer Awareness of Nevada.

For some holiday fun up in Tahoe, visit the Resort at Squaw Creek for A Star Spangled Christmas where the Truckee Tahoe Community Chrous will be singing for all to hear. They will be commemorating the bicentennial of our national anthem by performing the Star Spangled Banner, a Star Medley and Star Carol. The Chorus will also perform Schubert’s Mass in G, Gaudete!, a Jolly Jingle Christmas Medley and a sing along to get in the holiday spirit. They will be performing December 13 at 7:00 pm and December 14 at 2:00 pm. Get your tickets now!

December 20 through January 3 Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will be hosting Holiday Celebrations up on the slopes! Santa will be skiing along with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley throughout the month, so keep an eye out for them! In the Village carolers will be singing your favorite holiday songs, so cozy up to the fire and listen while you sip on some hot chocolate. Sqauw’s Olympic Ice Pavilion and SnoVentures Activity Zone are also great spots for some family holiday fun. There will also be a kids scavenger hunt during the month-long celebration to go along with the other holiday festivities. Head up to the mountain to be a part of this winter celebration!

Reno Aces Will Host Reno’s Ice Rink This Winter

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Reno’s popular ice skating rink is moving to a new location this winter: Reno Ace’s Ballpark! This new “Ace Skating” spot should be a positive change, as it gives skaters a fun place to go and allows the Reno Aces to stay connected to fans and locals during their off season. With 20 downtown area lots within walking distance from the ballpark, parking should be hassle-free for anybody who is heading to the rink. For pre- and post-skating indulgences, the Aces Ballpark has options such as Arroyo Mexican Grill and the Freight House District, along with the abundance of dining spots throughout Downtown Reno. The rink will open on November 25 and is said to be open through February with special times for holiday sessions. The Aces are hosting a Family Skate Day on November 28, so bring all of your relatives to the rink to continue your Thanksgiving family fun! Session prices vary by age, but you can also purchase a 10-Visit Punch Pass if you know you’ll be doing a lot of skating this winter!  Ice skating is the perfect activity for the winter/holiday season. It’s reasonably priced, convenient, and fun for people of every age, so don’t miss out on this Reno winter tradition!

Skating rink hours will vary during the week but are set for 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Sundays.

Admission to the skating rink is $7.50 for ages 13-54. For children 3-12 and seniors 55 and older, the cost is $5.50. Skates can be rented for $2.50 per session.

Also, Christmas-themed movies are planned in the 250 lounge at the stadium, in addition to other special happenings.

If you’re excited about ice skating but aren’t able to to brave the cold, check out the LIVE STREAM on the City of Reno website!

For information on hours, ticket pricing, and any other stuff you can think of head to the Reno Aces website to find the answers to all of your questions!

Thanksgiving Fun For Everyone!

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Thanksgiving is a time for family and close friends, and the long weekend gives us all plenty of time to relax and have some fun. The Reno area has quite a few events to celebrate the holiday, and whether you’re looking to bring your family along or trying to escape them for a little while, there will definitely be something that you can look forward to!

Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary will be open during Thanksgiving Weekend, both Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 to 3:00. The park is typically closed during the colder months, but they are opening during the holiday weekend to give visitors a chance to see their predators in their thick winter coats. Animal Ark staff encourages visitors to bring raw turkey necks, gizzards, and any leftover uncooked low-sodium turkey mean for the animals. The predators love raw poultry, and donations will really help the Ark throughout the winter. Be sure to layer your warm clothing because the weather this time of year tends to be fickle! Tickets are as follow: Adult $12, Seniors $11, Children $10, and children 2 and under are free.

Scheels Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning beginning at 8:30 am. The Trot starts and ends in the Scheels parking lot at Legends. Participants have the choice between either a 10K timed race, which will take runners through city streets and bike paths or a 2-mile walk/run that will circle around the Sparks Marina Park and is not timed. Both courses are great for both runners and walkers, so participants are able to take their chosen course and their own pace. Registration costs vary between $25 and $60 depending on how and when you sign up for the race. Every participant will receive a Turkey Trot sweatshirt, fruit, and refreshments at the race. Ticket proceeds benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the City of Sparks Scholarship Fund. For more information and how to register for the run, visit the Scheels website or call (775) 353-7898.

Grand Sierra Resort will host a Vietnamese Thanksgiving concert on Saturday, November 29. The show will take place in the Grand Theater at 8 pm and will feature 12 Vietnamese performers including: Tuan Ngoc, Huong Thoy, Manh Quynh, MC. Giang Ngoc, Hoang Thug Linh, Baovy-Boa Liem, Andy Quach, Lilian, Thien Kim, Nugyen Hong Nhung, and Mai Thanh Son. The evening will be filled with song and dance to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tickets are on sale on GSR’s events website.

Skiing is also a popular Thanksgiving event, and a great way to burn off some of those extra turkey-related calories! A few ski resorts, such as Mt. Rose, Northstar, and Heavenly Lake Tahoe are scheduled to open before Thanksgiving. Check out our ski blog to see which resorts will be open and running during the holiday weekend.

Reno Aces Ballpark is the new home of Reno’s ice rink! The rink is set to open on November 25, but they will have holiday hours for Thanksgiving (10 am to 10 pm). Admission prices are as follows: $7.50 for teens and adults (ages 13-54) and $5.50 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (ages 55+). Skate rental costs each guest $2.50, but the rink is offering a discount for groups of 20 or more who make reservations in advance, so bring the whole family! Ice skating is perfect for family members of (almost) all ages, and it’s a great way to spend some time together during the holiday!

For special Thanksgiving menus and deals around town, read our blog on eating out for Thanksgiving 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving, Reno. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

North Lake Tahoe SnowFest 2013

Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights jam packed with events and activities for all ages. This year, the annual favorites will return March 1-10, along with a host of great new ones! On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe’s numerous resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone.

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Event Highlights:

Opening Night Ceremonies, Laser Show, Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Squaw Valley (March 1)

Mamasake Extreme Food Challenge for those with a strong stomach (March 1)

Jack London Commemorative Sierra Sled Dog Derby (March 2-3)

SnowFest23rd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Tahoe’s frigid waters (March 2)

SnowFest Parades in Tahoe City and Kings Beach (March 2 and March 9 respectively)

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Squaw Valley (March 2-3)

37th Annual Great Ski Race, a 30-kilometer cross country race from Tahoe City to Truckee (March 3)

Jake’s Mardi Gras on the Lake Party (March 4)

Truckee’s Fastest Bartender Contest (March 6)

Blue Agave’s Indoor River Rafting and Trivia Night in Tahoe City (March 8)

Mother-Son Laser Tag at the Rideout Community Center on the West Shore (March 8)

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on Donner Summit (March 9-10)

25th Annual Snow Sculpture Contest at Tahoe City’s River Ranch Lodge (March 10)

Ta-Hoe Nalu Arctic Standup Paddleboard Race in Kings Beach (March 10)

For more information about SnowFest and a complete list of events, visit the organization’s website at http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/. There you can also click to follow the event via Facebook and Twitter.

Valentine’s Day Guide in Reno Tahoe

Roses are red, violets are blue, if it’s planning Valentine’s Day you dread, let Reno Tahoe help you! Wow the socks off of your Valentine this year with these lovable ideas you’ll only find in Reno Tahoe USA:

1. Last Tracks Wine Tasting

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From Diamond Peak’s mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge, guests enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe while tasting fine wines and tasty appetizers. At the end of the event, after the lifts are closed, guests ski, telemark or snowboard down a freshly groomed corduroy run to the bottom.

Last Tracks is held on Saturdays starting in February, until the end of the season. Events start approximately at 4:00pm, but you can pick up your Last Tracks ticket at 2:00 pm to get some runs in before the event starts. The event ends around 6pm or at sunset, whichever comes first. All guests must stay until the end of the event and go down as a group. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Single event tickets are $29. Includes a ski lift ticket valid from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Reserve Online!

2. Spa Atlantis Valentine’s Day Spa Packages

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Treat your sweetheart to a romantic day of wellness at Spa Atlantis, insides Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. Spa Atlantis offers guests complete serenity in an award-winning spa. For the month of February, guests can choose from the following Valentine’s Day spa packages.

Sparkling Mimosa Pedicure

Raise a toast to soft and silky feet.  Champagne bubbles and raw sugar cane granules create sparkling skin.  Relieve roughness, as the healing properties of orange and grape essential oils seal in the moisture benefits from a warm paraffin wrap.  Your feet are then massaged with Mimosa Champagne lotion.  60mins $80

Sweethearts Escape

Our jetted tubs and effervescent bubbles are the perfect way to start your romantic escape.  Slip into the warm waters and experience the true ambiance of love.  Next fall even deeper into relaxation with a side by side couple’s massage.  90mins $310

Evening Primrose Wrap

Your blissful experience will begin with a hydrating rose sugar scrub. Relax while tired and dull looking skin is gently buffed away to reveal new, refreshed skin.  Your body is then deeply moisturized with a rose petal infused moisture cream and essential oils.  Float blissfully away as you relax in our weightless floatation bed, while enjoying a scalp massage.  You’ll leave with glowing, healthy skin as soft and delicate as a rose petal. 60mins $145

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To make a reservation, please contact Spa Atlantis at 775.954.4315.

3. Crazy in Love… with Sports

Archie, the Reno Aces loveable mascot, is ready to help you ace this Valentine’s Day with the perfect gift – an Archie Gram! The package includes a $15 gift card, flower arrangement and two Outfield Reserved tickets (with an option to upgrade) to the Reno Aces home opener on April 12! Archie will deliver the packages between Feb. 7-14, and delivery is FREE to those in the Reno/Sparks area. I want to get in the game.

4. Turn Up the Heat

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Keep the heat going into the weekend. Feb. 15, the #1 male revue in the world, Chippendales®, hits the stage at the Silver Lagacy’s Grande Exposition Hall with their exclusive “Ultimate Girls Night Out” tour. Capturing the perfect balance of sex appeal and tasteful teasing, this full production show portrays everything from men in uniform to dusty cowboys. Ok, I’m interested.

5.  Romantic Serenades

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Listen to the chords of harmony and love at Artown’s Encore Performance of Violinist Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva at the Pioneer Center, Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Friends of Artown receive 10% off ticket prices, contact Artown at 775-322-1538 for code. Click to tune into more info.

6. Indulge in Decadent Treatments at Stillwater Spa in Tahoe

Throughout February, Stillwater Spa offers a pair of luxurious spa treatments for individuals and couples seeking blissful relaxation:

o    I Love Me” special treatment features a 50-minute Stillwater massage, 25-minute Lushly scrub, a Moroccan Oil™ Blowout, a complimentary champagne toast, and a $25 resort credit when guests spend $50 or more. Price: $225.

o   “I Heart You” special treatment for couples includes a 75-minute Couples Escape, 25-minute Moroccan Oil™ scalp massage and conditioning treatment, complimentary champagne toast, and $25 resort credit when guests spend $50 or more. Price: $425.

Rink on the River 2012-2013 Season

Downtown Reno’s Rink on the River is scheduled to open Tuesday, November 20, through Sunday, February 3!

Whether you’ve mastered a triple axel, it’s your first time on ice, or you’re looking to spectate, the Rink on the River makes everyone giddy for the winter season.

Reno’s Holiday Tree Lighting marks the opening of Rink on the River

On Tuesday, November 20, at 4:30pm, the event begins with charming carolers. At 5:15, Mayor Bob Cashell will light the tree, declaring the rink open!

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The Rink is located at the corner of First and Virginia Street along the Truckee River.

Admission: $7.50 adults (ages 13-54)
$5.50 youth (ages 3-12)
$5.50 seniors (ages 55+)
Skate Rentals: $2.50 – Skates from kids size 7 to adult size 13 figure or size 15 hockey are available.
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Punch Passes:
Including Skate Rental: $85 for adults, $65 for youth & seniors
Without Skate Rental: $65 for adults, $45 for youth & seniors
Season Passes $140 adults, $100 youth & seniors.
Admission only; does not include skate rental.
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Monday                 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday                 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday            10 am – 1 pm
Thursday                10 am – 1 pm
Friday                    10 am – 1 pm
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*Rink will close at 6pm on Dec 2 and 9

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Zimride Reimagines Tahoe Travel

As ski season heats up, Zimride partners with all major resorts and bus operators to a make a one-stop shop for fun, affordable and sustainable Tahoe travel.

zimride-logo-150Zimride, the largest online ride-sharing service in North America, announced it has established partnerships with all major Lake Tahoe ski resorts and two connecting bus services, making traveling to the Bay Area’s hottest winter tourist destination more simple and economical than ever before.

2564840233_5e40a50f47Tahoe travelers choosing to rideshare with Zimride will be entered to win free gas.  Additionally, for the first time Zimride has extended its rideshare offerings to include bus options as well.  Bay Area Ski Bus and Quality Assurance Travel have partnered with Zimride to sell tickets through the Zimride.com website, making the company a one-stop shop for Bay Area residents looking to find less expensive and more social rides to Tahoe.

“We’re not just providing an alternative to Tahoe travel, we’re reinventing it,” says John Zimmer, co-founder and COO of Zimride. “There’s huge demand for social, sustainable and affordable travel, and this week our users have posted over 1,000 seats available for purchase along our Tahoe route.  That’s the equivalent of four airline flights and we’re just getting started.  The unprecedented collaboration from the major resorts and bus operators demonstrates the need for Zimride as a new form of transportation.”

If just 10 percent of Tahoe travelers choose to travel with 2 additional people this season, Zimride estimates it would take 60,000 cars off the rode, save $12 million in vehicle operating costs and eliminate 18.6 million lbs of carbon dioxide from being emitted.

To be a driver or passenger along the Zimride Tahoe route simply go to: www.zimride.com

About Zimride:

Zimride, the largest online social rideshare community in North America, is building a marketplace for drivers to sell empty seats in their car by matching them with passengers traveling along the same route. In addition to public routes like San Francisco to Los Angeles, Zimride has implemented networks for over 120 of the nation’s leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Facebook and Jet Blue.

Zimride makes sharing rides for drivers and passengers fun, easy and social. It’s a new spin on ridesharing, using social networks to enable real connections. In seconds you can set up a profile, see and book a ride in your area, or post a ride of your own. With Zimride profiles, you can view photos, music and radio preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride.

Zimride proves that “life is better when you share the ride”

Get started at: www.zimride.com

Celebrate another New Year in Reno Tahoe

1_2011-chinese-new-yearWe may have just finished ringing in 2012, but January 23 marks another New Year, the Year of the Dragon! According to Chinese tradition, the Year of the Dragon will bring exhilaration, excitement and intensity; everything you can expect to find in Reno Tahoe. So say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit and welcome in the Dragon with great celebrations!

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is welcoming in the Year of the Dragon with Our Chinese Heart – Eternal Melody on January 28. Preforming in the Tuscany Events Center, Our Chinese Heart is a classic variety show complete with singers, musicians and comedians.  Before enjoying the show, or any time between January 23 and 29, indulge in a special Chinese New Year menu at Chi, featuring braised fish maw, Chinese broccoli stir fry and a wide variety of other delicious dishes.

Join the Chinese New Year CelebrAsian at the Eldorado Hotel Casino where you’ll discover traditional Chinese specialties in The Buffet from January 23-28. Feast on customary dishes; including, barbeque pork spare ribs, Hong Kong style fried fish, roasted duck and Mongolian lamb. The celebration continues with magnificent White Crane Lion Dances winding through the mezzanine and casino floor for all to see on January 27-29 and February 2-5.

The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is celebrating the Chinese New Year throughout the entire month of January with dining specials at Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille, Purple Parrot and Bistro Napa. Also, collect commemorative Year of the Dragon chips and a limited edition t-shirt while playing your favorite casino games. On January 28, join the Chinese Association of Northern Nevada for the Reno Chinese New Year Celebration on the casino floor, where a traditional Lion Dance promises to be the highlight of the evening!

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Celebrate the transition from the Year of the Rabbit to the Year of the Dragon with food, traditional dances and fun at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Treat yourself to Chinese delicacies, such as Fat Choy and stir fry rice cakes, from January 27 to February 12 at Café Sedona and Flavors! the Buffet. During this 15 day celebration, be sure to catch one of the many dazzling Lion Dances near the iconic mining rig.

At the Grand Sierra Resort, you’ll find everything from a magic show to a Feng Shui workshop during the Lantern Festival, February 3-5. The Grand Theater will be full of Chinese entertainment as Chin-Chin mystifies all with his astonishing magic on Friday, February 3, and the Lion Dance-Dance Off takes over the theater the following night.  But that’s not all! Learn all about Feng Shui from Sasha Lee, test your cultural knowledge during the Lantern Riddle Contest, and enjoy the live music of violinist CryWolffs! and acoustic soloist Wilson Wong.

For a truly unique Chinese New Year celebration,  head up to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe where you will not only  enjoy discounts on Asian food, drinks and an amazing day on the slopes, but will also see the skiing dragon make its way down the mountain!

7 Reasons Visitors are Rushing to Visit Reno Tahoe’s Outdoors BEFORE a Snowstorm Hits

We’ve all heard it… Pray For Snow, Pray for Snow, Pray For Snow. And we’ll be the first ones to admit some snow would be nice (hence our Snow Dance Competition where we’re giving away a 2-Night Ski Vacation to the best snow dance in order to increase the frequency of snow… Mother Nature, are you watching?), but we must share the numerous upsides for a delayed ski season that have been compelling visitors to come before snow coats our mountains for the remainder of winter. 

2350526924_309d26f1ce[1]Last weekend a visitor told us they skied, mountain biked and golfed in the same day – that’s pretty awesome. 

1.       Learn to ski. Let’s face it, if you’re a first-timer, you aren’t going to be dropping 10-foot lips that require a snow pillow for landing, and you aren’t skiing in waist deep powder through the trees. The freshly groomed runs paired with endless blue skies create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing day on the slopes.  Plus, January is National Learn to Ski Month so resorts are offering massive discounts to first-timers!

2.       Golf. Our courses pride themselves on being open all year long, so hit them up! We have 50 within 90 minutes of downtown Reno, most of which are inside 15 minutes.

3.       Hike. It’s a rare occasion that our trails are hikeable this time of year without strapping on snowshoes.  See what’s usually hiding underneath all that snow!

4.       Rock climb. Climbers know their grips are easier to hold when it’s cold out. So what are you waiting for?

6033352153_1136b13bee[1]5.       Mountain bike. The trail conditions are excellent right now, so grab a friend and escape into the towering pines in the Sierra Mountains. 

6.       Ice skate. Enjoy this chilly wintertime activity, without the chill.

7.       Perfect road conditions. No moisture, no snow, no ice, no sliding. It’s faster and easier than ever to get here!

The Real Tahoe Experience

By Guest Blogger,
Logan Baker

Lake Tahoe is one of the most picturesque places in America. In the summer, the sun rises over the calm lake and creates the perfect setting for a dip in the cool water or an exciting Jet Ski adventure. In the winter however, the lake and the Tahoe National Forest take on a serene and peaceful quality that you must see to believe. Whether you’re traveling by car or air charter, once you get to Reno, Tahoe or one of the surrounding areas, you need to stop by the lake. To really get the full Tahoe experience, you should consider taking a trip through the forest and around the lake on a horse-drawn sleigh or a sled led by a team of Huskies.

2358411405_70cd3cfa8a_zDottie Dennis has been carving trails though the Hope Valley, about half an hour south of the lake, for more than 30 years. She and her team of dogs are familiar with every twist and turn of the valley has remained largely untouched over the last 160 years. If you’ve ever wanted to vacation in the Alaskan wilderness but weren’t willing to travel so far, the Hope Valley is probably the most Alaskan landscape south of the Canadian border. Dennis’ Husky Express is $240 for a 375 lb. weight limit and box lunches can be provided for an extra $10 per person.

Borges Family Sleigh Rides offer excursions around the lake and through the forest on a variety of old-fashioned sleighs. The sleighs are entirely handmade by the Borges family and are pulled by two blonde Belgian draft horses. The trip takes travelers all over the beautiful snow-covered landscape and will conclude at the top of a scenic lookout over Lake Tahoe. Whether you’re bringing the whole family or just that special someone, a Borges Family sleigh trip might be the perfect thing to spice up your vacation. The trip costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 11.

If you’re vacationing in Reno or one of the surrounding areas, make it a point to head to Lake Tahoe. The lake takes on a spectral kind of beauty in the winter that is simply unparalleled.