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Health, Hotties, Harmony and Homemade Gelato, the Perfect Girls Getaway Weekend

5327448547_64543031221_60_4908wellnesspc_hp9press.jpg1_page_1Grab the girls for a mini-vacay to Reno Tahoe this October for the perfect getaway weekend.  We listed a few of our favorites below, for a full listing check out our events calendar.

Oct 8-9: GREAT ITALIAN FESTIVAL

Pasta, gelato and wine. I think that covers enough.

Oct 14-15: TIME OUT FOR WOMEN

An inspirational weekend of messages and music.

1_thunder_2011Oct 15: HUNKS – THE SHOW!

The ultimate ladies night.

Oct 15: WINE WALK

Wine tasting along the scenic Riverwalk District is a local favorite.

Oct 21: DAVID COOK AND GAVIN DEGRAW WITH SPECIAL GUEST CAROLINA LIAR

These platinum selling fellas have stolen the hearts of many.

Oct 21-23: WELLNESS WEEKEND – STILL WATER SPA

An all-inclusive weekend combining the best of wellness and beauty: skincare, nutrition, food and wine, fitness classes and spa treatments.

Oct 23: JASON ALDEAN WITH CHRIS YOUNG AND THOMPSON SQUARE

Three of country’s hottest gentlemen, one concert.

Oct 28-29: THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

Prepare to be Thunderstruck! If you like a man in uniform, imagine one out of one…

Get Away to Reno Tahoe with these Amazing Deals

4685907036_cd6bcde543Whether you’re planning your next vacation to Reno Tahoe, or you’re a local in need of a stay-cation, you will love these incredible deals.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Coming for a Special Event? Save with one of the many hotels who offer event packages! To name a few, John Ascuaga’s Nugget has packages for Street Vibrations and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has packages for Thunder From Down Under.

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Maybe a romantic stay in the Biggest Little City with that significant other is more what you’re looking for? If so, these generous offers from the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino will sweep you off your feet. Take advantage of these dueling discounts on everything you need for a sizzling stay; including, your room, dinner, chocolate covered strawberries and couples massage.

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Recover from a brain freeze after scarfing down a waffle cone, play in the arcades, or hit the slopes with these unique packages designed for families.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino We are Family Package

Circus Circus Vacation Ski and Midway Package

SHOW ME SOME LOVE

Eldorado Hotel Casino is offering room packages for those looking to see one of their hit shows Peter Pan or Hairspray!

LAKE TAHOE

Lake Tahoe is a pristine vacation destination where you can enjoy your favorite summer or winter activities among the beautiful surroundings of crystal clear water, towering pine trees and the often snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. From kayaking and paddle boarding to skiing and spa treatments, there are endless savings in Tahoe.

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With an abundance of world-class ski resorts and unsurpassed conditions, Reno Tahoe is one of the most sought-after winter sports destinations on the globe. Now combine our excellent skiing/snowboarding with the pleasure of staying at the luxurious Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and you’re in for a getaway you’ll never forget.  Experience it for yourself with these great ski packages that will get you on the slopes without breaking the bank.

Peppermill Calderium - SpaFrom weekend getaways to week-long retreats, the possibilities for a great time are endless in Reno-Tahoe. Here are few more deals to make your trip even better:

Grand Sierra Resort Golf Packages

Eldorado Hotel Casino Extended Stay Packages

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Wine and Dine Package

Written by, Cody Haener

Google Chooses Nevada Commission on Tourism as Golden Child of Ad Campaigns

LovelockGoogle has chosen the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s (NCOT) online winter ski commercial as a success-story case study after it attracted 8 million viewers in seven targeted markets, said NCOT chair Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki.

NCOT was among the first tourism entities in the country to use Google’s new technology, in-stream video, which places video ads into online video programs, including television segments, in a commercial break format as on regular television. Viewers who were exposed to the ad in markets where it appeared were 33 percent more likely to consider Nevada as a vacation destination than were those who saw other NCOT online ads that did not use Google’s technology, NCOT’s research showed.

“We seek innovative, cost-conscious ways to maximize the return on investment of each tourism dollar, and Google’s video advertising program achieved this for us,” Krolicki said. “The ads captured the attention of the consumers we sought and stimulated their interest in visiting Nevada. They got our message.”

Tracking technology showed that 45 percent of the viewers watched the entire 30-second commercial that appeared on in-stream video. The lively ad showed skiers on snowy Sierra Nevada mountain slopes overlooking blue Lake Tahoe. Travel Nevada: winter commercial.

“We have advertised Nevada’s tourism attractions in many ways, including traditional television, outdoor advertising, online display ads and mobile ads, and we found the exposure and maneuverability of Google’s in-stream video really got results,” NCOT Director Dann Lewis said.

Google used a process called geo-targeting to show the NCOT ad in designated marketing areas that offer convenient travel to Nevada and are home to skiers and snowboarders aged 25 to 54 with high-level household income: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago and Phoenix.

River FestNCOT’s research company, TNS Custom Research, and its Digital Marketing Effectiveness Study enables the tourism agency to track the effectiveness of its advertising campaigns and measure the return on investment, which last winter, when the ads ran, was $22 for each $1 invested. NCOT is funded by hotel room tax revenue that visitors pay, not by the state General Fund.

Google’s NCOT case study is available online Google TV Ads Microsite: success stories.

For more information or news from Travel Nevada, click here!

Grab Yer Planner, Mateys! Pirates Take Over Reno & Your Kid Can Fish, Free!

The weather is finally heating up and as is customary for this time of year in our neck of the woods – there is never a dull moment in Reno Tahoe USA. We’re helping you plan your weekend with a long list of fabulously funky events in our region. If you’re bored this weekend, it’s your own fault! Get outside and smell the sunshine! (Free attractions are highlighted by an asterisk.)

THURSDAY

Farmers Market*Sparks Hometown Farmers Market

Thursday, June 10, officially kicks off the farmers market at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada. Buy fresh and local at the weekly summertime celebration of good grub and family fun that runs through August 19. The markets features more than 100 vendors offering fresh-picked pro­duce, breads, pastries and gourmet foods, plus cooking demon­strations, live entertainment and unique items for the home and garden. The Farmers Market is held on Thursday evenings from 4–9 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks. Call 775-353-2291 for details or visit the City of Sparks’ Web site.

Octanefest

Head to Fallon, Nevada this weekend for a four-day powerhouse jamboree otherwise known as Octanefest that kicks off Thursday, June 10. The weekend will be packed with Rock Crawling, Arena Rock Racing, Mud Drags, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Tuff-Cross (Arena Enduro Racing), Motocross, Tuff-Truck and topped off with Grand Marshal Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Johnson and other amazing drivers behind the wheels of SuperLite trucks that will catch huge air on the custom built track. The racing action is just a start to the weekend.  There will be music, a vendor show, a show and shine and a motorsports swap meet.  This is event is sure to be fun for the entire family.

*Budget Friendly Cool Down for the Kids

Thursday, June 10, the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, in Spanish Spring’s Lazy 5 Regional Park opens. For only $3, the little ones can cool off in the water play park that’s open five days a week through Sunday, August 29. Features include a giant sunflower sprinkler, spilling buckets, “spitting” horses, a water tower, and other cool stuff out of the Old West. Covered pavilions may be reserved for birthdays and other special events. Daily admission is $3 or it’s FREE for children under 3. Call (775) 424-1804 for more information. For more family ideas, click here.

FRIDAY

Carson City Rendezvous

This Friday through Sunday experience a Civil War reenactments, cowboy stunt shows, camel rides, a blacksmithing competition and live music, arts and crafts at the Carson City Rendezvous.

Museum of Art*Nevada Museum of Art: Free Admission!

The second Saturday of each month enjoy FREE admission to the state’s only accredited art museum! Check out the spectacular exhibits on display right now, including Fernando Botero’s Baroque World or The Human Touch. Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the museum’s Café Musée.

SATURDAY

*Free Fishing Day!

Nevada’s annual Free Fishing Day will be Saturday, June 12. Anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Once again, the Sparks Rotary Club, Nevada Department of Wildlife and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have joined forces to offer a special community event for the area’s children. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the Sparks Marina from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts and fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages, and a free barbecue lunch will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda and ice cream for registered children.

2 weavers*Western Heritage Festival

Celebrate life in the West at the SparksMuseum’s 2nd Annual Western Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 12th.  This free to the public, outdoor event will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm on the grounds surrounding the museum, located on the on the corner of Pyramid Way & Victorian Avenue.

“Never to be forgotten” traditions and skills are highlighted throughout the day in this fun for the whole family event.   Cowboy poet Larry Maurice leads the show as master of ceremonies. Virginia City native Rich Elloyan’s western music depicts not only his love for Nevada and songs of the land, but as a he adds a unique perspective on the history of the developing west. Lenny Walker a real life train conductor takes us back to Sparks founding singing songs of Railroad lore.

Youngsters get into the spirit with Dummy Roping and leather stamping. Demonstrators will be teaching handmade saddle making, lariat basket art, quilting, spinning, weaving and more.  Jewelers and other artists and crafters display their wares while the wild burros and horse bring the county to town.

Go back in time with Azteca Aztlan dancing in colorful costumes, the Little Warriors drumming the Paiute beat and the Reno Promenaders square dancing to John Hall’s call.

As an added bonus, the Museum is currently featuring Ellis Island: The Lost Mural by Andrew Sabori.  This 19 panel, 84 foot long mural depicts the role of the immigrant in the development of America. (Regular admission fees apply – Children under 12 are free, Adults $5).

High Tech Treasure Hunt

Spent your Saturday afternoon (June 12) along the shores of Lake Tahoe hunting for more than 100 prizes in the sand. Join hundreds of others as you explore South Lake Tahoe on an exciting high-tech treasure hunt. GPS Receivers and a downloadable Passport Clue Book will guide you to your prizes. Grab a partner (or not – that way you don’t have to share) and your adventure on!

Beer CrawlPirate Pub Crawl

When you’ve finished searching for treasure along the shores of South Tahoe, grab yer matees for the 2010 Pirate Crawl in downtown Reno on June 12th from 5 – 10 p.m. Complete with a Rum Tasting Competition, challenge ye fellow scalliwags to a night of shenanigans dressed in yer finest sea-faring rags. Wooden peg or not, we’ll accept you. Just leave that yapping parrot at home. We’ll have enough yo-ho’ing that night to keep the city awake all night.

Mark Twain’s Wild West Weekend

Take the kiddos to Zephyr Cove to celebrate Mark Twain style, with cherry pie eating contests, chili cook offs and cowboy poetry and music. The event runs from June 12-13 starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

SUNDAY

Reno Film Festival

The 10th Annual Reno Film Festival is celebrating a decade of spectacular talent and renown directors from all over the world. Running from June 13-20, the annual event features a packed schedule of movie screenings, parties, discussion groups and Q&A sessions. This year, Pilar Alessandra is the keynote speaker. Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writing program and has worked as a senior story analyst for Dream Works and Radar Pictures. Don’t miss this opportunity to rub elbows with some truly talented folk.

Your Next Getaway: Memorial Day Weekend

FlagMemorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in our nation’s service. Traditionally, Americans pay tribute to the brave men and women with patriotic parades and, of course, the usual barbecue and family camping trip.

As you’ve likely discovered, spring in Northern Nevada can mean working on your tan or running for cover from the snow flurries. Luckily, the weather is turning around just in time for your holiday weekend in Reno Tahoe USA.

If you haven’t gotten around to planning your weekend, we here at Reno Tahoe USA are making it easy for you.

You’re welcome.

Honor Our Country’s Heroes

Head back in time to Virginia City for a Memorial Day parade at noon on Saturday, May 29 down C St., Virginia City’s main drag. The parade celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. 

The Carson City Memorial Day Service at Lone Mountain Cemetery is on Monday, May 31 at 1 p.m. The cemetery is located at 1044 Beverly Dr., Carson City, Nevada 89706. Call (775) 887-2111 or click here for more information.

Take your family to the Sparks Memorial Park at C Street and Pyramid way that features a bronze statue in remembrance of fallen firefighters and a memorial honoring Sparks residents who died defending our country.

Powning Veterans Memorial Park, in downtown Reno at 150 S. Virginia Street, has a memorial to Nevada service men and women who have died serving our country in the wars in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The park also features a statue of General Jesse Reno, who died in Civil War action and for whom Reno was named.

The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery is in Fernley, about 45 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80. To reach the cemetery from Reno, take I-80 east to exit 48. Turn right and follow the signs to the cemetery.

Outdoor Recreation

Pyramid Lake FamilyIf you’re heading to Pyramid Lake, the Paiute Tribe says you definitely won’t be alone. Only 35 miles northeast of Reno, Pyramid Lake is the perfect daytrip or quick, weekend getaway for the entire family. The Tribe is expecting a large crowd and wants to remind you that day use, camping and other permits are required for all nontribal members’ access to the lake. Pyramid Lake is also widely regarded as a world class fishery and one of finest places to catch a Lohanton Cutthroat Trout. (Can’t you just hear the grill sizzling?)

For more information about fishing and Tribal regulations please click here.

For additional information or questions about permits for Pyramid Lake, please click here or call the Ranger Station at 775-476-1155.

For a complete list of parks, beaches and camping sites click here.

Black Rock Rendezvous

If you choose to detour from the traditional Memorial Day celebration, take part in the First Annual Great Basin Brewing Company’s Sulphur to Black Rock Bicycle Race on May 30th. Spend your weekend camping in the beautiful Black Rock Desert with music, kids’ camps, guided and self-guided tours and more.

To learn more click  here.

Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Top the List of Best U.S. Destinations

TahoeTripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2010 placed San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in the top two spots for Best Destinations in the United States. TripAdvisor is home to over 30 million trusted traveler reviews and opinions.

Here is why TripAdvisor rated Lake Tahoe as the number two spot to visit in the entire country:

“Basking in its 300 days of sunshine, Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor fun in every season. Swimming, kayaking and windsurfing are popular in the summer months, while epic snowfall makes for spectacular skiing in winter. For those who prefer indoor fun, there’s plenty of that in Tahoe, too. With 24-hour casinos and a flashy nightlife scene, the area has a tangible Vegas vibe. A sprinkle of bling, if you will. Not surprising, since Lake Tahoe straddles the border between California and Nevada.”

Here is why TripAdvisor placed San Francisco in the number one spot:

“Who cares about a little fog (okay, a lot of fog) when there’s so much to do in San Francisco? By day, explore Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay, ride a cable car, and stroll around the Presidio; by night, have a fabulous dinner (at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a tiny place in Chinatown), then hit some of the best clubs on the West Coast.”

How luck are we? We have the option to live and play in #RenoTahoe or San Francisco, just a short drive from one another!

Nevada Daytrips that Inspire You

Sunset MagazineSunset Magazine is looking for daytrips that are inspiring, fun, active, secret and reflective of life in the West. With so much to do in Reno Tahoe USA, no doubt your mind is already flipping through the hundreds of wonderful memories you’ve created in the area. Whether you’re a local or a visitor – you’ll agree that Reno Tahoe USA fits all of the aforementioned adjectives.

Trying to condense your experience in Reno Tahoe USA into only 200 words may be difficult, but well worth it. Your entry could earn you a trip for two to Vancouver, B.C. courtesy of Sunset Magazine. The Grand Prize winner will appear in the September issue of Sunset Magazine and receive an all-expense-paid trip to Vancouver for a 5-nights/6-day stay and $1500 spending money. Five runners up will have their daytrips featured online.

We all know why we love living and spending time in Reno Tahoe USA, here’s your chance to tell the world.

For more information click here.

It’s a Wild Celebration! Predators Tear through Piñatas

animals_canids-coyoteIt’s not your typical way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but by now you’ve learned that Reno is far from expected. Grab the kids and head over to the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center to watch wild animals stalk, pounce and chase piñatas. (It’s only 25 miles north of downtown Reno.)

Here’s a quick cultural lesson for you – piñatas are brightly-colored papier-mâché covered cardboard shapes believed to have originated among the Aztecs, Mayans and other native peoples of Mexico. Back then, they made clay pots in the shape of their gods. The story goes that they broke the pots with poles and sticks to spill the favors from the gods. We don’t know what kind of goodies will be used to entice the critters at the Ark, but we’re sure it will be a spectacle worth catching.

Tigers, mountain lions, and bears (oh my!) are just a few of the animals on hand for the big event. It’s all going down on Saturday, May 1 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $6 for children and seniors, $8 for adults and free for kids 2 and under.

Call (775) 970 – 3111 or visit the Animal Ark Website for more information.

Photo of Pyramid Lake is Default Photo on the iPad

iPad PhotoOn April 3, 2010, 300,000 people in the U.S. were introduced to one of Northern Nevada’s hidden gems – and that number is still growing.

The photo “Pyramid Lake (at Night)” by Richard Misrach of Berkeley is the default background screen on Apple’s iPad.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council was unaware of the photo, but hopes that its exposure will increase visitors to the region.

“We appreciate them recognizing the lake, or at least the landscape here,” Mervin Wright, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council chairman, told the Reno Gazette Journal.

The photographer also was surprised.

According to a Jan. 28 blog post by Andrew M. Goldstein on Artinfo.com, Misrach didn’t know his photo would be featured on the iPad until it was revealed that same day by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Pyramid Lake is the largest remaining remnant of a lake system known as Lake Lahontan that covered much of the Great Basin at the end of the last ice age. The saltwater lake is a component of the National Scenic Byways Program and is the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation. This route takes the visitor 37 miles along the shore of one of the largest lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe.

A recreational paradise awaits you at Pyramid Lake where you’ll find boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking – not to mention sublime vistas – all only 30 minutes from Reno.

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?