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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Aces Are Back!

Reno AcesWhat better way to kick off the start of spring than with America’s favorite pastime? Reno’s own baseball team, the Reno Aces, is back! The highly anticipated 2015 season starts April 9 with an away game against Albuquerque and the home opener game on April 17 at the Aces Ballpark, also against Albuquerque. The Aces season runs until the first week in September, with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to see the Reno stars do what they do best.

Catch the players before they head out of town for their first game, at the annual Aces and Nevada Wolf Pack exhibition game. This game is on April 7 at 6:05 pm at the Aces Ballpark. This tradition brings together the Aces professional players with the university’s all-star team and is a great chance to see Reno’s two favorite teams come together on one field. Tickets for this game are offered online at regular price or at the Reno Aces Ticket Office and the University of Nevada Ticket Office for a discounted rate. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the University of Nevada baseball team.

For a detailed schedule and information on tickets, visit the Reno Aces website.

Top 4 Reasons To Visit the Animal Ark

After a long winter, the Animal Ark reopens its doors to visitors March 28 for the spring season! The Animal Ark is Reno’s non-profit wildlife sanctuary and educational center that provides a home for life for wildlife that have been injured, abandoned or are otherwise non-releasable. The sanctuary is truly unique to our area and a great place for animal lovers to check out when they visit Reno Tahoe.

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Here are 4 great reasons to visit the Animal Ark this season:

  1. The educational opportunities- The Animal Ark is a great place to see and learn about wildlife in a new setting. Employees have extensive animal experience and knowledge to share with those who visit the site and are ready to answer any question you may have. The Animal Ark educates tens of thousands of children and adults every year and visitors of all ages can learn something new. Visitors learn about the animals through the educational tours and special programming events.5371196042_7a7f4133c7_b
  2. The events- The Animal Ark hosts a variety of events for visitors to attend throughout the season. The events are a great way to see the animals up close and in action, and make great photo-ops. Upcoming events include Pinatas and Predators on May 2, see the predators break open boxes filled with treats, Cheetah 500 on May 24, see cheetahs run at top speeds around the run field completely off-leash, CSI: Animal Ark on July 11, be a Cat Science Investigator and receive hands-on training for identifying feline characteristics, and more. The full details of these events, and more can be seen on their website.homepage-slide1000-santos
  3. To make your own contribution- You can personally make a difference in the lives of the animals and with the Animal Ark sanctuary through a number of ways. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, the Animal Ark is always in need of things like food, such as raw meats (except pork), apples, raisins, raw nuts, rolled oats, brown rice, and more, Simple Green, peroxide, and chlorine-free bleach, glass cleaner, folding sandwich bags, heavy trash bags, postage stamps, copy paper, office supplies, AA batteries, and Dogloos or crates in good condition.  If you are more of a hands-on type of person, you can volunteer your time with the sanctuary. They are always looking for people to help as docents, wildlife educators, facility maintenance, animal keeper/educator, and on the ambassador team. If prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so through their website.IMG_9778
  4. The animals- And of course, the animals are the best reason to visit the Animal Ark. There is a large number of rescued animals to check out at the sanctuary. These animals include black bears, an arctic fox, coyotes, gray wolves, a kit fox, and red foxes, bobcats, a mountain lion, a Bengal tiger, Canadian lynx, a jaguar, and cheetahs, a barn owl, an American kestrel, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, desert tortoises, an American badger, and a raccoon. Come see these animals in person on your next visit to the Animal Ark!IMG_9752

For information all about the Animal Ark, visit their website.

Spend Your Spring Break in Reno Tahoe

Spring is a great way to say goodbye to the long winter and hello to sunnier days. Along with the arrival of spring, comes spring break, a perfect week to escape everyday life to ski, attend a concert, or enjoy a drink. Whether you want to spend your time with a beer in your hand, celebrating a much needed break from school with friends, or you want to take your family on vacation to have quality time together, Reno Tahoe has what you are looking for to make the most of your spring break. And with Condé Nast Traveler naming Reno, Nevada as one of the top drivable destinations with great value for spring, do you need any more reasons to make Reno Tahoe your spot for spring break?

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For those looking to party with friends:

The Reno Leprechaun Crawl is March 14, starting at 8 pm. Grab your festive St. Patrick’s Day costume and an official crawl cup to see what the downtown Reno bar scene has to offer. There will be drink specials and costume contests throughout the night. Check out more St. Patrick’s Day fun in Reno Tahoe here and festive dining options here.

The next Downtown Reno Wine Walk is March 21, starting at 2 pm along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.  For only $20, you will get a wine glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and wine tastings from 25+ vendors.8343237391_dcd9acf843_o

The WinterWonderGrass Festival is March 20-22 in Squaw Valley. This winter bluegrass music and craft beer festival will feature 15+ brands and 12 California breweries. Headliners include Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, and more.

College Week at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. With valid college ID, students can hit the mountain by getting an all day lift pass for only $62. On March 24 and 31, enjoy live music and happy hour specials after a long day on the slopes at the resort’s Locals Après Hour at the Sierra Pub.

The next Reno Beer Crawl is March 28, starting at 2 pm in downtown Reno. $5 gets you a commemorative beer crawl glass, a wristband, map of participating vendors and $1 6 oz beer refills (6 oz is equal to half a beer!!)

Other places to check out during your visit:

LEX Nightclub- Reno’s newest nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort  is open Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 4 am. LEX will be hosting djs DVBBS on March 13 and 3LAU on March 21. Tickets for these events, as well as guest list and table services are available online.

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The Brew Brothers- One of Reno’s most popular downtown bars is located inside the Eldorado Hotel Casino. Every day from 2 to 5 pm is Happy Hour. Every Thursday the bar has live djs and $7 wristbands for all you can drink Brew Brother’s beer from 10 pm to midnight for Student Body Thursdays.

For those looking for some family time:

The Monster Jam will be coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 13-15. Tickets for the world’s largest monster truck tour range from $27 for adults and $12 for kids ages 2-12.

The Gold Nugget Kids Race at Royal Gorge is open March 14-16. A free obstacle course will be open on the mountain starting at 10 am for kids and adults to try out on the Summit Station Start. There will be a prize for the skier/snowboarder with the fastest race times!7304105598_bb59e456b8_o

The 68th Annual Shrine Circus will be at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center March 20-22. Bring the whole family to see elephants, exotic animals, trapeze, motorcycles, clowns, face painting and more. Proceeds from the circus will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $12 for kids under 12 and $14 for adults.

Other places to check out during your visit:

Nevada Museum of Art- The Reno located museum is currently featuring exhibitions such as Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Paintings, Victoria Sambunaris’ Taxonomy of a Landscape, Dave Eggers’ Insufferable Throne of God, and many more. The Hands On! Second Saturdays event offers free admission for everyone to the museum and free activities like art projects and storytelling. Upcoming dates include March 14 and April 11.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum- Also known as “The Discovery,” this Reno located museum offers hands-on art, history, nature and science exploration for kids. Current interactive exhibits include Truckee Connects, Nevada Stories, Da Vinci’s Corner, and more. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and children, Wednesdays after 4 pm, admission is just $4!

Get Ready for Reno’s Steampunk Weekend!

EXPO 2015 handbill 800 pxIt’s time to dust off your top hats and goggles! The High Desert Steam’s 4th Annual Steampunk Expo is coming to the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center Exhibition Hall, April 18-19! The expo is back and bigger than ever! It will offer a weekend full of entertainment, dancing, gaming, art, and more. At this years event, you will see the Aether Brigade onstage and offstage, teaching workshops from Barbara Smith who has 20+ years of Contra Calling experience, Six Mule Pile Up playing music for lessons and the dance, Saturday Night Contra Dance, the Infamous Steampunk Undress, Art Cars, Steampunk Laser Tag, an Art Gallery full of 2D and 3D art, Victorian Parlor Games, Steampunk Board Games, Tea Dueling, 30+ vendors selling handmade items, classes, workshops and panels, daily fashion shows, and music! This event is open to Steampunk lovers everywhere and newbies who want to come and see what this unique culture is all about. Costumes are highly encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $15 for 2 days and $10 for one day, Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase here.  Make sure to purchase tickets early to guarantee your attendance to the expo!

STEAM15-Poster-11x17After the first night of the expo, bring the party downtown for the official after party of the Steampunk Expo! The 2nd Annual Steampunk Tavern Stroll is April 18, starting at 8 pm at 1864 Tavern in Reno’s midtown. Pick up the official premium steel crawl cup during the pre-sale, starting in mid-March, or the night of, at the start location for only $10. In addition to enjoying premium mixed drinks at six fancy taverns, crawlers can get a reading at the Steampunk Tarot tablor  and get a photo taken at the Steampunk Photo Booth! Come dressed in your finest Steampunk fashion or show off your latest Burning Man getup to participate in the costume contest! The crawl is a great way to make the most of your Steampunk filled weekend in Reno Tahoe.

36 Hours in Lake Tahoe

With new direct daily flights between Reno Tahoe and New York City beginning in May, The New York Times has put together a getaway guide for New Yorkers to keep Reno Tahoe at the top of their list for weekend getaways.

“The lake’s vastness can be absorbed only by being there — or better yet, skiing the dozen resorts surrounding it, their trails like frozen white waterfalls cutting through the fir-lined mountains. Lake Tahoe has two distinctive areas: the north side, where cowboy-chic cabins and semi-isolated shops and cafes overlook a quiet shoreline; and South Tahoe, which glitters with casinos, clubs and a slew of new upscale boutique hotels hovering above the lake. Skiing both sides in one weekend is an ambitious undertaking, but the lake’s wilderness spirit and surprising contrasts are compelling enough to pull you into its adventurous orbit…” Continue reading the full, original story with the suggested itinerary on New York Times Travel.

Be sure to watch this short clip with tips from locals and experts!

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.

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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.

Reno Tahoe Travel Booms in 2013

Tourism officials announced that Reno Tahoe USA had more visitors in 2013 than any year since 2007!

In addition to strong sporting and convention business and new events – like the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, visitors are finding their passions in Reno Tahoe USA.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Passion naturally thrives in Reno Tahoe USA. Maybe you’ll find it on one of our magnificent mountains. Or at a special event that truly lives up to its name. Or at one of our world-class spas, showrooms, rivers, lakes, museums, or fairways. For some, the main reason for coming here is our famously epic skiing and snowboarding. For others, it may be the slightly eccentric camel ostrich and zebra races. But no matter what the reason – or the season – there are over a thousand ways to pursue your passions in northern Nevada’s high desert playground.

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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.

Fan Photos: Hot August Nights & Barrett Jackson Car Auction

The “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction” and the largest nostalgic and classic vehicle event in the country have teamed up for massive gearhead events  in Reno Tahoe USA this week! Fans are shooting photos of their favorite cars and festivities – check them out below!

Tag your Barrett-Jackson photos #BJA2013 and Hot August Nights photos #HAN2013 to have your photo featured.

Enjoy #RenoTahoe!

Celebrate Pi Day in Reno Tahoe USA

Get creative when it comes to honoring Pi Day – there is no wrong way to celebrate. After all, it is centered around a number that is completely irrational!

But, if you’re looking for ideas to celebrate in a more semi-rational manor, read these tips for a pi-fect day in Reno Tahoe USA:

pie11. Eat Pie – it’s an excuse to eat pie any time of the day – carpe diem! Plus, Grand Sierra Resort is offering:

  • $3.14 slices of pie at Cafe Sierra or Charlie Palmer
  • $5 Apple and Chocolate Pie Cocktails at WET Ultra Lounge

2. Pizza pie, pot pie, pi-napple, pi-ne nuts, pi-ña coladas – the pi is the limit! Dig in to your favorite “pi” foods at your favorite Reno Tahoe dining spots. Try Noble Pie Parlor or JJ’s Pie Co.!

3. Run 3.14 miles along the Riverwalk in downtown Reno. (And then eat more pie.)

4. See how many things you can do with “pi” in them. Smell pi-ne trees, follow Visit Reno Tahoe on Pi-nterest… etc.

Happy Pi Day!