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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.

Biking the Lake Tahoe Flume Trail
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.

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.

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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.

RenoRiverWalk_005Wine Walk

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.

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RENO TAHOE USA REACHES “TIPPING POINT” WITH OVER 50 “TOP 10” AWARDS

Northern Nevada is Celebrated for Livability, Value, Year-Round Recreation and More

Travelers looking for a fun, safe, affordable, sunny, beautiful, hip and varied vacation destination should check out Northern Nevada’s Reno Tahoe area, according to more than 50 varied publications and websites, from A (AOL Real Estate) to Z (Zagat.com). The four season, high desert resort destination that encompasses Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe has been recognized for excellence on more than 50 occasions – in a wide variety of national publications and online rankings – over the course of the past 24 months, and the “Top 10” accolades just keep on coming.

RTUSA_AllSeasonTAG“It’s pretty incredible to be ranked #9 on the list of ‘100 Best Places to Live’ (Livability.com), #5 on ‘Top Spots for Winter Vacations’ (The Weather Channel) and as one of the ‘20 Most Crime-Free Cities in America’ (AOL Real Estate), while offering the #1 Lake in America, Lake Tahoe (USA Today Reader’s Poll) and the #1 Ski Resort, Squaw Valley (Men’s Journal), as well as the #1 ranking for ‘Underestimated Cities for Food’ (The Daily Meal),” according to Christopher Baum, President and CEO of Reno Tahoe USA. “It’s especially surprising when you consider that this is a resort area that most Americans haven’t visited… yet,” said Baum, “But we’re confident that THAT is about to change.”

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the gateway to nearby Lake Tahoe’s world class skiing for the vast majority of visitors. And with an early storm recently dumping two-to-three feet of fresh powder in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, listed as one of “11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Mountain Ranges” by UnofficialNetworks.com, it will be difficult to find a better winter sports getaway this season, according to authorities such as:

  • Buzzfeed Travel, which ranked Lake Tahoe #1 among “34 Places that are Even Better During Winter.”
  • National Geographic Magazine, which recently highlighted Reno as one of its “Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns.”
  • Men’s Journal, which recognized top-ranked Squaw Valley, as well as nearby Northstar and Kirkwood, as having some of the “Best Ski Schools in the U.S.”
  • FoxNews.com, which ranked Squaw Valley USA one of the Top 10 “Best Ski Resorts in North America.”
  • MSN.com, which cited Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (just a 25 minute drive from downtown Reno) as one of the “10 Hippest Ski Areas You Rarely Hear About.”
  • Forbes, which also picked Squaw Valley as one of their “Top 10 U.S. Ski Resorts.”

Besides its top overall rating from the readers of USA Today, Lake Tahoe also picked up several additional noteworthy warm weather awards:

  • Yahoo! Travel included North America’s highest alpine lake in its international list of “10 Lakeside Vacations that Have it All.”
  • FamilyVacationCritic.com voted Sand Harbor at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe one of the “10 Best Beaches for Families.”
  • Yahoo! Shine named Lake Tahoe as a Top 10 lake vacation “Best for Celebrating a Western Icon.”

In addition to its #1 rating from The Daily Meal, and Campo’s selection by Esquire Magazine as one of “The Best New Restaurants in America,” the region’s diverse and rapidly expanding food scene also was recognized as follows:

  • The local GourMelt Grilled Cheese Truck earned double honors this year as one of the “10 Best Grilled Cheese Trucks” by CultureCheeseMag.com and also as one of the “101 Best Food Trucks in America” by The Daily Meal.
  • Chapel Tavern in Reno’s hip MidTown District was recently named one of the “10 Best Places to Drink Rum” in the country by Zagat.com.
  • A mainstay in downtown Reno for more than 50 years, the Awful Awful was listed as one of the “51 Great Burger Joints Across the U.S.” by USA Today.

Additional recognition for Northern Nevada also came for several of the area’s top Special Events:

  • USA Today called the National Championship Air Races one of the “10 Best Air Shows Around the World.”
  • Salon.com ranked the annual “Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff” in Sparks one of its 2013 “10 Summer Festivals Worth the Pit Stop.”
  • MSN.com recognized Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, which will host more than 100,000 bowlers when the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and Women’s Championships return to the destination in 2014, as one of the “Coolest Bowling Spots in North America.”
  • Hot Rod magazine recently cited the iconic Virginia City International Camel Races as one of their “41 Ways to Go Fast” in 2014.

Locals know why so many visitors are visiting, returning, and sharing their great experiences in Reno Tahoe, and it all starts with the quality of life enjoyed in Northern Nevada:

  • Downtown SkylineMSN Money ranked Reno one of “America’s Cheapest (Livable) Cities.”
  • Realtor.com ranked the Reno area #3 on its list of “Top 10 Turnaround Towns.”
  • U-Haul listed Reno as #4 on its list of “Top U.S. Growth Cities.”
  • Where to Retire Magazine listed Reno as one of its “100 Best Places to Retire.”
  • Sunset Magazine recognized the Reno Riverwalk District as one of its “32 Great Spring Trips.”
  • The American Planning Association celebrated C Street in nearby Virginia City, an authentic 1860s gold and silver mining town, as one of the “Great Streets of America.”
  • OnlineColleges.com ranked the University of Nevada, Reno one of the “10 U.S. Colleges with Great Greek Life.”
  • Mother Nature Network celebrated the world’s tallest artificial rock climbing wall at BaseCamp, in the heart of downtown Reno, as one of “8 of the World’s Best Climbing Walls.”
  • And after a fun-filled day of skiing, swimming and eating, it’s reassuring to know that – for the sixth year in a row – Reno has been recognized by Casino Player Magazine for being home to the “Loosest Slots in America.”

According to Baum, “Based upon all of our diverse accolades, from such a wide array of third-party organizations over the last two years, Reno Tahoe USA is obviously a vacation destination where visitors can’t lose!”

For a complete list of recent Reno Tahoe USA awards, please visit http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/media/top-listings.

Electronic Vehicle Car Charging Finder

Electronic vehicles are becoming a common sight on the roads of Reno Tahoe USA as more and more travelers adopt cleaner means of transportation. And to keep environmentally conscious visitors going, a variety of local businesses have installed charging stations for public use.

Harrah’s Reno, along with Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe recently unveiled eight state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations at each property, all allowing free access to the public. Also joining the movement to broaden the use renewable energy is the Grand Sierra Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno, both offering access to multiple stations.

Whether you’re heading downtown for one of the many outstanding special events or making your way up to the mountains for a powder day, keeping your vehicle juiced up for all your adventures is a breeze with 22 charging stations located throughout the region.  And finding a charging station is even easier with resources like plughshare.com, which not only shows you where charging stations are, but also allows you to map out a trip with stations along the way.

Here are a few places where you can stop by to plug in:

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Circus Circus Reno

Einstein Bros. Bagels

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Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Grand Sierra Resort Casino

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

Hyatt Incline Village

NV Energy

NV Energy – Carson City

Squaw Valley

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Truckee Donner Historical Society

Washoe County Government Office

For more information electronic vehicle accommodation, visit nevadaeva.org and chargepoint.com.

Spectator’s Guide to Ironman North Lake Tahoe

It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!

First-Impression_Ironman_2012Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The

Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.

Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!

The Great Tahoe Sternwheeler Race!

The Great Sternwheeler RaceThe Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.

There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.

California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.

Tahoe QueenThis proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.

Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area

Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center Unveiled at Reno Airport

Now open at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center will be the first opportunity for incoming visitors to get a glimpse of the wide array of special events and activities to be experienced throughout the destination. Upon arrival, visitors will have a chance to participate in the interactive display and learn more about what Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. The display is located along the east wall, just south of the baggage claim area.

Be sure to stop by the Center the next time you are in the airport!

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A Safe Summer on Lake Tahoe

Here we are!  Spring has finished thawing into Summer and the long nights of winter are so far away that they are the last thing on our minds right now.  With the sun gearing up to go full power, we’re all looking forward to cooling off the all-natural way, by taking a dip in the lake.

Before you take that dive though, it’s important to make sure that however you plan on spending a day at the lake, that you come back safe and sound from doing so.  Because the best vacations are the ones you can take again!

Dress for the occasion

Make sure you have the right clothing and gear when you step outside.  Light clothing that covers your skin but also lets you breath, hats and sunglasses to keep the sunlight out of your eyes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the effects of long-term sun exposure.

The sun is a great friend, but stick around him too long and that sunburn will have you regretting the day you too first met.  Even if you’re going to be swimming, put on some waterproof sunblock, as sunburns are possible even in the water.

Know the rules

Whether you’re going to be swimming, paddling a kayak, or riding in a boat, make sure you are informed about the rules of the water.  Nothing ruins a good time like a surprise fine that could easily have been avoided.

Don’t look at any set of rules and regulation as annoying little guidelines.  They exist for the purpose of keeping everyone safe.  Knowing the areas for boating, swimming and other activities will help keep an unfortunate incident from happening.

Bring your friend(s)

One of the best ways to keep safe is to have a buddy tag along that will look out for you, the same way that you would look out for them.  Even the most experienced swimmers can have an accident, and one bad wave on the water and a bad landing might mean you’re in trouble if nobody else is around to help you.

Bring your gear

If you’re taking a boat out onto the water, or any other kind of watercraft, make sure to bring along all of the required safety equipment.  Life vests, flares, horns, and any other federally or locally required equipment should be with you, and life vests should always be worn when out on the water.

Leave the booze on the shore

It’s no secret alcohol impairs judgment, and if you don’t think it does, well, put down that beer and let someone sober take the wheel.  The impaired judgment and decreased reaction times are a recipe for disaster, so just leave those ingredients out of that equation.

Situational awareness

Check out the weather conditions before you go.  People are often surprised by how windy it can get on the lake, and that surprise can cause some serious accidents, especially for people in light-watercraft such as kayaks.

Be aware of designated activity areas, and be aware of other people on the water.  Swimming into a lane for jet-skiing puts both you and the jet-skier at risk.

Get your fun on!

Don’t look at safety as a hassle, remember that rules are there to protect everyone, and by sticking to them you’ll not only have a great time out there, but you’ll live to enjoy it again!

Author:Tristan Roberts is a husband, father, and lake-lover who is lucky enough to live near the Lake Tahoe beaches. He works with CB Lake Tahoe selling beautiful lakefront real estate.

Adventure Sports Week Tahoe

Long known as a premier outdoor haven, North Lake Tahoe will capitalize on its famed natural terrain to host the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24.

1_tahoelogoThe 10-day festival invites outdoor enthusiasts to participate in competitive events ranging from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming – all of which highlight Tahoe’s scenic beauty.

According to Event Director Todd Jackson of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in addition to the sporting events, designed for the beginner to the professional, the festivities will also include clinics hosted by world-class athletes and Lake Tahoe locals who know area trails firsthand. Each night of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe will wrap up with a variety of activities, including live concerts, outdoor movies and dinner on the lake. There’s even a kid-friendly component with fun and games geared for little ones.

“Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is for those who appreciate clean air, clear water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate,” said Jackson. “We live in one of the world’s top outdoor playgrounds and it’s time to celebrate our passion for adventure.”