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Exhibitions and Shows to Visit This March

Nevada Museum of Art

The Stremmel Gallery, located at 1400 South Virginia Street, will be showing the work of Charles Arnoldi starting March 12th. Arnoldi is an American contemporary abstract painter, sculptor, and print maker. His work displays an experimentation in a variety of colors and different mediums. This show will run until April 11th.

At the Nevada Museum of Art, Kevin Cooley’s video exhibition, “Primal Forces,” will be closing March 29th. His work examines simple meditative gestures and elements across expansive, powerful landscapes such as the Oregon Coast, Northern Iceland, Southern Utah, and Western Arizona, and how they developed over real time.

Another ongoing exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art is Victoria Sambunaris’s “Taxonomy of a Landscape.” The exhibition comprises of over forty photographs of Sambunaris’s documentation of America’s vast landscape and terrain and will be at the museum until May 5th.

Starting March 6th at the Nevada Museum of Art, the artwork of the 2015 Scholastic Art Award winners will be on display. The winning artwork from Northern Nevada middle school and high school students can be viewed in the Donald W. Reynolds Grand Hall at the museum until April 10th.

ArtSpace, a part of the University Galleries and located at 144 West Street, will be showing the work of Amelia Currier starting March 5th. Currier is a Reno local print maker and her newest work will be on display at the gallery until May 2nd.

Let the Good Times Roll – Mardi Gras 2015 in Reno Tahoe

Fat Tuesday feasts and Mardi Gras merriments are 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!

Tuesday, February 17th, starting at 6 pm, the Rotary Club of Reno is having its 23rd annual Reno Mardi Gras Food, Wine & Spirits event inside the Reno Ballroom, located on Center Street. Guests come dressed in festive Mardi Gras attire and will experience live music and a spread of food from local restaurants and can indulge in drinks from more than two dozen wineries. There will also be a silent auction with a large variety of prizes. Funds raised will benefit local community programs. Tickets are $50 and can be bought through renorotaryclub.org.

10687532_10152692284427205_4861184253660099571_oReno Fun Train is ready to take you for a ride you won’t soon forget, or remember. There are only a few seats left on the epic Mardi Gras RENO FUN TRAIN Feb. 20 – 22, 2015. Call (800) 783-0783 for the best Mardi Gras party west of the Mississippi!

Saturday February 21, starting at 8 pm, the Sands Regency is hosting its own Mardi Gras event which will include face painting, live performers and music from CZ and the Bon Vivants, and drawings with winnings of $500 cash!

Mt. Rose Ski Resort is also gearing up to host a Fat Tuesday Mardis Gras Party on the deck of the Main Lodge on Tuesday, February 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. featuring live music by the Bourgeois Gypsies and food and drink specials including traditional “hurricanes,” Fat Tire beer specials, and Cajun burgers.There will be a Mardi Gras industry party at 9 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17, at The Brew Brothers with a $250 cash prize awarded to the person with the most beads and sounds by DJ Chris English and Montague.

Tuesday February 17th, Northstar California Resort is hosting a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras event. The Saint Gabriel Celestial Brass Band will play on the Village stage from 1-4 pm. At Tavern 6330’ there will be a Fat Tuesday Whiskey Dinner with a five-course southern/ New Orleans inspired menu with accompanying whiskey for each dish, tickets are $85. If you can’t make the Fat Tuesday events, there is free Mardi Gras Mask Face Painting by Giggle & Grin Face and Body Art from February 14-17th onsite.

Nonstop Air Service to Reno Tahoe USA Continues to Grow

The nonstop lifestyle is pretty common in a 24-hour destination like Reno Tahoe USA. But with new air service at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, you can get the party started and keep it going without interruption from takeoff to touchdown.

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Among new nonstop offerings to Reno Tahoe USA, JetBlue Airlines promises to get travelers from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Aiport (JFK) to RNO a whole lot faster when service begins May 28, 2015.

“A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue,” said James Hnat, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Government Affairs, JetBlue. “New Yorkers will finally get direct service to an airport that is the gateway to so many great destinations: Reno, Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Eastern Sierra Mountains and Yosemite.”

But New Yorkers aren’t the only travelers being granted nonstop access to Reno Tahoe USA. Volaris Airlines recently launched new direct service from Guadalajara (GDL) to RNO, and Londoners will have the same advantage when Thomas Cook Airlines begins its nonstop service from Gatwick (LGW) in December 2015.

With more nonstop options from farther away than ever before, the time is right for your next vacation in Reno Tahoe USA. All Seasons ~ 1,000 Reasons.

Get Ready for the Year of the Goat!

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While the Gregorian New Year has already come and gone, the Chinese New Year won’t take place until February 19. 2015 is the Year of the Goat, which is predicted to be a year of well-being and prosperity. Several Reno resorts are hosting special events and dining options to celebrate the Year of the Goat.

The Eldorado Resort Casino is excited to celebrate Chinese New Year with you! The Buffet will have traditional Chinese plates on the 19th through the 24, including ginger sauce crab, five-spice shrimp, and roast duck, as well as Chinese roast pig every night. As part of the celebration the White Crane Lion Dancers will be giving multiple performances on February 14-16 and February 21-22. The Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of Chinese culture and is a tradition that has been around for more than a thousand years. The White Crane Lion Dance will make its way through the entire casino so that everyone has a chance to see. On Sunday, February 15 William So and Edmond Leung will be performing a concert a the Downtown Reno Ballroom.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is another place to go for Chinese New Year festivities. The celebration begins a the Silver Legacy on February 15 when the entire resort gets decorated in colorful, elaborate decor, and ends on March 7. Leung’s White Crane Dance Association will be performing the Chinese Lion Dance through the Silver Legacy resort as well on February 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22. Many of their eateries will feature special Chinese menus, and Flavors! the Buffet will prepare a buffet featuring Chinese specialties every weekend during the celebration. There will also be a Karaoke show during the celebration, and Silver Legacy is also encouraging guests to attend the performance by William So and Edmund Leung in the Reno Ballroom on February 15.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will celebrate the Chinese New Year  on February 28, with an all-you-care-to-eat buffet featuring traditional Chinese dishes and an incredible comedy and magic show starring Mike Toy. His energetic and interactive performance will keep you laughing all night long! Check out their Chinese New Year Menu here.chinese-new-year-celebration-2015

For more information on these events, please visit each resort’s website. Happy Chinese New Year!

Up the Romance and spend Valentine’s Day in Reno Tahoe

Careful… your love might be showing if you swing one of these Valentine’s Day festivities this year!

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Romantic getaways are always a good idea, especially when Valentine’s Day weekend is also a three-day weekend thanks to President’s Day. So grab your bags and loved ones and get to Reno Tahoe! Here are a few of the most lovable to-dos this Valentine’s Day:

If your ideal outfit for going out on Valentine’s Day is your PJs, you’re not alone. Join Crawl Reno for their Valentine’s Pajama Crawl. Crawl to 10 different bars in downtown Reno in your coziest set of PJ’s starting at 8 pm at Waterfall. Don’t forget to purchase your crawl cup ahead of time at Junkee Clothing Exchange or on the night of the event at Waterfall. The night will be filled with drink specials and costume contests, so suit up in your bedtime best and have some fun!

It is going to be a hot weekend to go out. Party the night away at EDGE. This Valentine’s weekend, EDGE will have a live performances, a Latin Dance social (with salsa lessons!) and DJ Chris English making sure there is no lack of amorous events.

Ice Skating is always the perfect Valentine’s Day activity! Grab a date and head to the Reno Aces Ballpark to get out on the rink. Be sure to dress warm, however, because its cold on the ice! The rink is open until 11:15 pm on Saturdays. This great new location means that you can extend your date by hitting up one of downtown Reno’s great bars and restaurants. Some local favorites for date-night dining are Campo, Beaujolais Bistro, and The Chocolate Bar.

Find cupid at a concert. Kate Voegele, I Heart Rock N Roll, and Reel Big Fish with Less Than Jake will be rocking around Reno.

For the beer lovers, how does over 20 microbreweries under one roof with “all you can drink responsibly” beer sound? Over 150 types of beer will be available at Brew HaHa!

Head to Lake Tahoe ski resorts! Alpine Meadows is getting in on the Valentine’s Day action by hosting a Moonlit Snowshoe Tour and Dinner for February 14. Guests will take a snowshoe tour up to the moonlit Chalet at Alpine Meadows. Here guests will be served dinner that will feature Alps-inspired items such as chicken cordon bleu and apple strudel. The snowshoe tour will be dark and cold, but the view of the starry night sky will take your breath away! Visit their website to make reservations. Northstar California will have lots of Valentine’s Day events happening throughout the entire weekend. Starting at 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday the Cupid’s Course Valentine’s Fun Race will take off. Skiers and riders of all levels are invited to race at their EpicMix Race Venue. The first 150 racers will receive a Northstar Valentine’s Day pin, and 50% of all race fees collected will be donated to the Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For love birds who are looking to take full advantage of this romantic day, join Northstar California and many others for a group wedding ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The ceremony will be complimentary for anyone who wants to renew their vows, be married for the first time, or profess their love! After the ceremony all couples are invited to the Cabana Bars for a celebration in The Village at Northstar where there will be drink specials and live music. On Saturday and Sunday look out for hidden prizes in the village and up on the mountain as part of the Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt. Continue the romantic day with a Star Gazing Snowshoe Tour. Trek through the starry forest and receive a laser tour of the stars and constellations, a telescopic viewing of the night sky, and end with some wine or hot cider around a fire pit.

Where to Watch the Big Game on February 1

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Every football lover’s favorite Sunday is almost here. Save yourself the hassle of making sure you have enough game day snacks  your own viewing party and head to one of Reno’s resorts for a football experience you won’t forget!

Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Big Game Party is opening its doors at 2:30 on the 1st before the game begins at 3:30. The afternoon will consist of an all-you-can-eat buffet, fantastic raffle prizes, and a souvenir hat, along with getting to watch the biggest game of the year with other fans.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will be hosting their Big Bowl Bash for the XLIX game. There will be food specials, Pigskin Pool, Hot Seat prizes, special proposition bets, more comps, and party action throughout the entire casino. The Big Bowl Bash will also be giving guests the chance to win $100,000 and other prizes by placing a bet on the game.

Eldorado Resort Casino will be host the 2015 NFL Championship party in their Broadway-style theater. Tickets for a reserved seat include a beverage, a stadium food idem, and a souvenir hat. There may also be appearances by former NFL players such as Frank Hawkins, Dan McGwire, Quinn Early, and Glenn Carano. The Eldorado’s Stadium Bar will also be celebrating the game with 35 plasma TVs and food and drink specials. The Prime Rib Grill and Cin Cin will also be hosting parties starting at 2:30. The Brew Brothers and Millies 24 will also have plenty of screens to show the game.

Peppermill Reno’s Big Game Blitz in the Tuscany Event Center is another great football celebration. Watch the game and fill up at the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring stadium food. A ticket to the Big Game Blitz includes a complimentary mug and t-shirt, unlimited Bud and Bud Light at every table, photo ops, and exciting door prizes throughout the game.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is opening up their doors to the Big Game Bash in the Silver State Pavilion. Ticket prices include two free drinks, stadium food in their all-you-can-eat buffet, and game viewing on their giant screen.

Be sure to check with each property on individual times, party details, and tickets/reservations. Be sure to buy your tickets early! This is the biggest game of the season, so seats at your favorite resort will go quickly!

Non-stop service between NYC and Reno Tahoe

Merging the city that never sleeps with a 24-hour town… We are going to have some fun! Just announced: non-stop service between NYC and Reno Tahoe. Introductory fares start at $89!

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Today brought more exciting air service news to the Reno Tahoe region with the announcement of the new non-stop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) on JetBlue Airways starting May 28, 2015.

To celebrate the new route, JetBlue is offering an introductory fare of only $89 one way between May 28 and June 17, 2015. All introductory fare tickets must be purchased by January 16, 2015.

“A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue. We’re eager to bring the JetBlue Experience to Reno Tahoe so customers can enjoy our superior customer offering that includes the most legroom in coach, personal screens in every seat with live TV, unlimited snacks and soft drinks, and great service offered by JetBlue’s award-winning crewmembers,” said James Hnat, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Government Affairs, JetBlue. “On the opposite end, New Yorkers will finally get direct service to an airport that is the gateway to so many great destinations: Reno, Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Eastern Sierra Mountains and Yosemite.”

Marily Mora, President/CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said, “We are bringing the Biggest Little City and the Big Apple together. We are bringing JetBlue to the blue waters of Lake Tahoe.  It’s a great day for the Reno Tahoe region.”

As New York’s Hometown Airline™, customers from Reno Tahoe will be able to easily connect to JetBlue’s large network at its very own Terminal 5 at JFK, including access to the largest network to the Caribbean.



Outdoor Activities When Winter Gets Warm…ish

The warm weather that we’ve been experiencing in Reno Tahoe has people taking advantage of our beautiful great outdoors! The active lifestyle of many locals and visitors this time of year proves that Reno Tahoe is an exciting place to be  regardless of the weather or season. If you’re looking to get moving outdoors and enjoy the warmth and sunshine, checkout our recommendations for what to do to make the most of this not-so-wintery weather.

Riverwalk Wine WalkDowntown Reno Wine walk happens year-round! Rain or shine, anyone can always wine. There will be plenty of sunshine during the January Wine Walk as temperatures are predicted to be in the 60s! The Wine Walk takes place on the third Saturday of every month, which means that it falls on the 17th of January.

Reno Beer Crawl is another great outdoor activity to take part in. January’s Beer Crawl will take place on the 24th from 2 pm-6 pm, so be sure to get your Beer Crawl glass and get out there!

Many near-by trails are clear of snow, which makes hiking a great option! Grab some friends or your canine buddy and head around the Lake Tahoe area on foot. Hiking up Mt. Rose is a local favorite, and the 10-mile trail leads to some gorgeous views. Another great option is to hike to Diamond Peak along the Northern Flume. This trail is fairly flat, making it an easier hike, and it also gives fantastic views of Lake Tahoe. For those who are looking for a short trip, head through the Tahoe Meadows on the Interpretive Loop that takes you on a nature-filled 1.3-mile hike that is accessible to anyone. Check out our hiking page for more information.

BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno is a great place to spend a couple hours outdoors. BaseCamp has the world’s tallest climbing wall that towers 164 feet high. The outdoor wall features routes for all levels of experience, so its a great place even for those who are just beginning to climb. BaseCamp also has a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park and a separate kids’ area.

Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water any time of the year. Winter is an especially good time to get your paddle on as the water is typically extra calm.

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Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw Valley offers a variety of yoga classes year-round. Classes vary in style and difficulty, so all levels of experience are welcome. This yoga studio is set in a gorgeous location, tucked away in the mountains at Squaw Valley, and offers participants the chance to relax and practice yoga while taking in the stunning views. Or particularly warm days classes may be held outside, which creates a unique experience.

If you find yourself at Northstar California searching for something fun to do, head to the ice skating rink in the Village at Northstar. The 9,000 square-foot rink is a great place to head after a long day of skiing or if you’re looking for an alternative to hitting the slopes. The rink is free for all, and it is surrounded by fire pits that practically beg you to grab a cocktail and warm up next to them.

The Reno Aces is hosting an ice rink in downtown Reno, as well, that will be open through the month of February. For more information on the Reno ice rink, click here.

Exhibits to Visit: January and February

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The Nevada Museum of Art has a number of unique exhibits rolling in for January and February, and they’re ones you won’t want to miss! Here is a run-down of all the exciting installations the museum has in store. Visit the Nevada Museum of art website for more information on these exhibits and their artists.

One exhibit that has been in house since September, Late Harvest, is coming to a close on January 18. This exhibit is meant to spark discussion and influence viewers’ ideas of the place of animals in culture by juxtaposing taxidermy and wildlife paintings. With almost 40 featured artists, Late Harvest will demonstrate the significance of animals, both wild and domestic, and our relationships with them throughout history.

Starting on January 17 Dave Eggers: Insufferable Throne of God features drawings and paintings accompanied by short phrases, many from the Bible, that explore the nature of wild animals. Eggers explains his thought process behind this exhibit and the subject matter by saying, “I think of what that animal might be thinking – if that animal had an antagonistic relationship with humans and was vying with those humans for the favor of a Catholic God.” In his first museum exhibition, Eggers explores the world of nature and religion in a unique way.

On January 31 Bestabee Romero: En Transito will be on display. Romero is known for her work with indigenous and folkloric designs in combination with non-traditional materials, and her installations for this exhibit will focus on transportation – both in a literal and metaphorical sense. Romero will also create an installation inspired by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

February 7 brings us Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape. American born Sambunaris has taken a road trip across the United States every year for the past ten years to capture the ever-changing landscape. This exhibit will feature approximately forty photographs from the artist’s trips that celebrate the relationship between geology, natural history, and the growth of human civilization. Alongside Sambunaris’ photographs will be a collection of maps, journals, and records of her travels.

Next the Nevada Museum of Art will bring us No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting (starting February 14). The exhibit features paintings made by nine elderly Australian men who depicted traditions of their people by way of abstract painting.

In late February the museum will open Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Mothers- The Art of Seeing on the 21st. This collection is inspired by land, politics, and the spirit. Underwood is known for her experimentation with the technical aspects of her art by using uncommon materials such as plastic, steel wire, and more. This unique approach is what Underwood used to create three separate series for this exhibition. One series, which was inspired by the geologic formations of Black Rock Desert, features a painting that alludes to the Mexico-United States Barrier. The artist includes nails, fiber, and paw prints to represent the migration of animals in the area. This subject of borders and barriers is a common theme throughout Underwood’s work.

Later in 2015 the Nevada Museum of Art will be producing Tahoe: Art of the Lake Tahoe Region, the first major survey exhibition of art and artifacts dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and the Sierra Nevada region. The exhibition will feature more than 200 artworks from six different categories: native basketry, historical mapping and sketches, historical painting, photography, architecture of the Lake, contemporary art representing the future of Lake Tahoe, and publication.

All Aboard! Bay Area Trains are Headed To Reno!

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If you’re looking to spice up your next trip to Reno, opt for a unique mode of transportation to get you through the Sierra Nevada Mountains!

The Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train are both easy, affordable, and special ways to get you from the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Key Holidays understand the importance of convenient transportation, but they have taken it to the next level with these entertaining train options. The midweek Sierra Scenic Train offers historical narration, meals, a café/bar, and a Piano Lounge Car where you can relax and take in the gorgeous views of the Sierras alongside some great entertainment while cruising through the Donner Pass. The weekend Reno Fun Train is the party train complete with a performance in the Dance Car by Elvis, a Smoking Car with a Cigar Lounge, first class table dining, and more that has been serving up a good time for 52 years (for passengers 21 and older)! For some seasonal fun, the midweek Sierra Scenic Train offers wintery specials February through March that gives passengers some amazing views of the snow-covered Sierras. These trains often have themed rides, such as Soul Train, Mardi Gras, and Motown to add to the fun! Trains depart from Bay Area and Sacramento Amtrak stations and arrive in Reno (other Amtrak stops available at an extra cost). Many Reno hotels provide shuttle services to and from the station to add to the convenience of this experience. Whether you’re heading to Reno for a business trip, a family vacation, or a getaway with friends, the Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train will all get you where you need to go in style.

For more information, a complete list of amenities, themes, scheduling, and reservations visit Key Holidays’ webpage here.

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