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Two things that go well together: Ice cream and golf

tahoecreamerylogoA partnership between the Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open and Tahoe Creamery is bringing together two favorite summer pastimes – ice cream and golf.

With the purchase of a pint of Tahoe Creamery coffee or chocolate ice cream (with the tournament logo), earn a $5 discount on tourney tickets. The PGA TOUR stop comes to Montreux Golf and Country Club Aug. 3-9, bringing some of the biggest names in golf as they compete for $3 million in purse money and a chance to earn valuable FedExCup points.

Read the Reno Gazette-Journal story and learn more about the tournament online.

Hot August Nights: A trip back in time in Reno Tahoe

It’s the nostalgia of poodle skirts and doo-wop music … a trip back to a simpler time of drive-in diners and movies, when the car was king America and a night of fun was as easy as hopping in and cruising downtown.

That feeling still lives in Reno Tahoe, where each year thousands of car enthusiasts, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s fanatics, and music lovers of all stripes descend on the area for Hot August Nights. The 10-day celebration (July 31-Aug. 9) is a non-stop parade of food and family fun, with events at venues throughout Reno and Sparks. Most of the events are outdoors, under the warm Sierra Nevada sun and free to visitors.

This year, organizers expect as many as 800,000 people to visit casino-hotel parking lots filled door to door with rare classics, music on stages in downtown Reno and Sparks, and events like a sock hop, a huge classic car auction and controlled cruises featuring the best cars.

And although enthusiasts travel from thousands of miles to show off classic, restored and one-off rides, Hot August Nights is far from being all about the cars. This is a cultural can’t-miss event that guarantees a good time for all.

Hot August Nights 2009 highlights:

  • Peter Frampton plays John Ascuaga’s Nugget July 31
  • Show-N-Shine at Cabala’s Outfitters, with raffles and giveaways Aug. 1
  • Downtown Reno Show-N-Shine presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus casinos Aug. 2
  • Sparks Victorian Square Craft Fair; kick-off party and cruise night at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Aug. 3
  • Guinness Book of World Records Hula Hoop contest at the Atlantis Casino Resort Aug. 4
  • Controlled cruises in downtown Reno and downtown Sparks Aug. 5
  • Bog Boys Toy Store at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno Aug. 6
  • Meet the stars and see the cars from American Graffiti at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Aug. 7
  • Grand Sierra Resort “Best of Show” $10,000 Competition Aug. 8
  • Official Hot August Nights parade in downtown Reno Aug. 9

Check out complete information online at

Reno Tahoe Tweetaway: A contest for the digirati

twitter-contestIn our neverending effort to promote the virtues (and sometimes fun vices) of Reno Tahoe, we give away a lot of stuff — and we do a lot of giveaways online. And now we are stepping up the giveaways to our ‘Tweeps’ on Twitter.

If you’re a Twitter user, but you aren’t following @renotahoe, take a moment and do so here – you won’t regret it. Once you are following, check out our contest: We’re giving away a 3-day, 2-night stay in Reno Tahoe to a random Twitter user on Aug. 3. All you have to do to enter is add 10 characters to any tweet – #renotahoe – between now and Aug. 2 and that constitutes an entry. Enter early and enter often for your chance to win.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a three-day, two-night getaway to a Reno Tahoe hotel casino
  • Winner will be chosen randomly from tweets containing the phrase “#renotahoe
  • Multiple #renotahoe tweets constitutes multiple entries (through Aug. 2)
  • Winner will be announced on Twitter and on our contest page Aug. 3


  • Contest runs July 15 – Aug. 2.
  • Participants are encouraged to enter multiple times.
  • To enter, follow us on Twitter and include the #renotahoe hashtag in your tweets. Each tweet sent with the #renotahoe hashtag constitutes one entry.
  • A winner will be chose at random Aug. 3, and the winner will be announced on the @renotahoe Twitter account and on the this contest page.
  • Winner will be contacted via direct message on Twitter and must respond within 5 days via e-mail. A redeemable voucher will be sent to the winner via U.S. Mail within 10 days of receipt of mail details.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.

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Check out other Twitter users’ hashtags of #renotahoe here

Photos: Superhero Pub Crawl

It’s the one night when superheroes and villains get along just fine – if you missed the Superhero Pub Crawl in downtown Reno, check out the photos below. And don’t miss the Hawaiian-Style Reno Beer Crawl July 25.

Check out the photoset on Flickr.

Fun on the Fourth of July

nuggetfireworksThe region’s preeminent holiday celebration and fireworks display – Star Spangled Sparks – takes place on July 4 with events at locations including Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, the Sparks Marina and the Legends at Sparks Marina destination retail center. The fireworks show, launched from John Ascuaga’s Nugget and viewable from Victorian Square at 9:30 p.m., is equally impressive.

  • Reno’s new baseball team is offering its own show with fireworks launched at Aces Stadium in downtown Reno after the game.
  • In North Tahoe/Truckee, several shows in Incline Village (Incline Beach), Tahoe City (Commons Beach) and Donner Lake (West End Beach) start at 9:30. If you’re headed to Truckee be sure to check out the parade downtown.
  • And in Carson City, Mills Park offers revelers a party atmosphere highlighted by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Brews, blues and BBQ this weekend under the summer sun

bbqbluebrewsSpecial events season is underway in Reno Tahoe, and for fans of beer, blues music and hearty barbecue there may be no better time than the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, June 27-28.

Microbreweries from all over the world pour into the region – 31 in all – this weekend to pour their finest wares, while bands play on several stages and ribs, burgers and brats sizzle on the grill.

Virginia Street in downtown Reno is closed to traffic and lined with vendor tents, all under the downtown casino skyline. Read More

Artown’s ‘Little Book’ available in advance of month-long event

little-book-2The Little Book of Artown, a free pocket guide for all that is Artown, the nation’s most comprehensive arts Festival held in Reno, Nev., is now available. Covering every event, every hour for the entire month of July, the Little Book of Artown is a one-stop guide to the more than 400 events held at more than 100 locations.

The 2009 festival calendar boasts on average eight unique free events each day and includes international musical performances, national dance, theater, multi-cultural events, family and youth activities and entertainment, hands-on workshops for emerging artists and more.

Designed to point art lovers in the right direction, the Little Book of Artown is available at the Artown office, located at 300 E. Second St., ground floor as well as other locations throughout downtown Reno. If you’re from out fo the area and want more information on Artown – including a downloadable version of the Little Book – visit or call 775-322-1538.

Photos: Reno Rodeo cattle drive

It’s an old tradition with the Reno Rodeo — the annual cattle drive through the streets of the Biggest Little City. Our intrepid photographer Rick Saake was there to catch the sights and sounds (and smells). Check out these photos:

The rodeo continues through June 28. Be sure to catch one of the region’s best events. On the Web

Tour de Nez: A bike race … with benefits

bikeracers300Reno Tahoe is gearing up for the Northstar-at-Tahoe Tour de Nez June 17-21, when one of the West’s premier cycling events comes to the Sierra Nevada with events in Reno, Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

This is bicycle racing at its finest – some of the best athletes in the sport working with and against each other in a race that is part endurance, part speed and part strategy, all against the backdrop of perfect summer weather and the Sierra Nevada range. But it’s not all about the racing: The Tour brings with it a festival atmosphere buzzing with the energy of fitness freaks and partiers – and everyone and everything in between.

So pack up the bike, make your way to Reno Tahoe and enjoy Nevada’s great outdoors.

From Fernando Leal, a Reno developer and supporter of the Tour de Nez:

As developer for The MONTAGE in downtown Reno, I understand the importance of a vital urban core. Cities thrive when there is a downtown from which civic pride and participation can grow and flourish; a core where resident and tourist participation is encouraged through active lifestyles in recreation, the arts, restaurants, entertainment and events.

The Tour de Nez combines two of my great passions – downtown Reno and cycling. A five-day cycling festival that includes recreational rides, world-class racing, cycling movies, parties and more … what’s not to love? I am honored that Montage Marketing Corporation is a proud sponsor of the Tour de Nez. The sponsorship is our way of demonstrating our appreciation and support to the event organizers for hosting a world-class event that we Renoites can be proud of.

tourdenezleal-300Special events like the Tour de Nez and Artown bring thousands of visitors to our area who stay in our hotels, dine at our great local restaurants, and help with a downtown culture we are all working hard to create. These events also leave visitors with a great impression of Reno so they serve as good public relations ambassadors for our city.  The Tour de Nez has been instrumental over the last 15 years in providing a sense of community for Reno residents. Reno residents benefit from a variety of wonderful events that provide great entertainment options nearly every weekend. These events have a huge impact on improving the quality of life in our great city. The least we can do as citizens is to support these wonderful amenities in order to ensure their long-term viability.

Race schedule:

June 17

  • Meet and greet with pro racers at Amendment 21
  • Screening of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”

June 18

  • Downtown Truckee criterium for professional men and women, masters and handcycles
  • Downtown Truckee races for clunkers, messengers and kids
  • Music and feast after races in downtown Truckee

June 19

  • Morning group ride with athletes
  • Downtown Reno Circuit Race for professional men and women, masters and handcycles
  • Downtown Truckee races for clunkers, messengers and kids
  • Reno Film Festival bicycle film “Breaking Away,” at Wingfield Park Amphitheater

June 20

  • Morning group ride with athletes
  • Village circuit race at the Village at Northstar at Tahoe for Pro men, women and masters, juniors and handcycles
  • Village races for clunkers, kids and messengers
  • Expo, music, demos, food, festival, and party, all in the Village at Northstar

June 21

  • LUX, The great Tour de Nez Century ride along the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe

Sparks Famer’s Market: More than fruits and veggies

farmers-marketA summer tradition kicks off again this week in Sparks as the Hometowne Farmer’s Market brings dozens of vendors, hundreds of people and a party atmosphere to Victorian Square.

The Sparks Farmer’s Market runs Thursday evenings throughout the summer. And while visitors can score great produce and family-farm fare, the market is as much of a party as a place to get the groceries.

See bands and dance the night away. Drink an “Icky” from Great Basin Brewing Co. (also located at Victorian Square) and check out local art. Thousands converge on the Square – young and old – and the party goes into the evening.

Sparks Farmer’s Market