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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.

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Exhibitions and Shows to Visit This March

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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.

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.

Reno Named a Top 10 Budget Destination of 2015

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ShermansTravel Blog recently released their Top 10 Budget Destinations of 2015 and Reno-Tahoe made the cut! The locations on the list were placed in no specific order, and Reno was chosen along with other places, such as Algarve, Portugal; Africa Safari Destinations; Kansas City, MO; Providence, RI; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Read on to see exactly what the staff from ShermansTravel had to say about the process of developing this list and their praises for our city.

“The holiday rush is over. The gifts are given. The resolutions are made. Now it’s time to take a break — or at least plan one. Here’s a list of some travel destinations that we’re excited about in 2015. We think the following places embody the best that the world has to offer — expansive beaches, small-town charm, under-the-radar restaurant scenes, and much more. The best part? These destinations were chosen because they offer travelers something special at a price that won’t destroy their bank accounts. Here at ShermansTravel, we firmly believe that Europe doesn’t always have to be expensive, that the South Pacific can be considered a “budget” vacation, and that America’s cities are teeming with culture at an amazing price. Here’s where our budget-conscious selves are looking for value in 2015. We hope that these surprise and inspire you…”

Reno-Tahoe, NV: Is Reno-Tahoe America’s next hipster city? With Tesla building a $5 billion gigafactory with Panasonic, and its new status as a drone testing site, the region’s certainly poised for the kind of boom Seattle enjoyed back in the ’80s. In Reno, accommodations are averaging less than $100 per night, making the city an extremely affordable base for exploring Tahoe’s world-class ski resorts (there are 16 within a 45 minutes’ drive). Even AAA 4-Diamond properties like the Peppermill — whose hot water and heating is powered by a geothermal well — often go for under $120 per night. In and around downtown, visitors have 300+ days of sunshine a year to enjoy all manners of outdoor fun, from fly fishing and rock climbing to mountain biking and paddle boarding. And don’t forget to sniff out the Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack mobster sites, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and $10 gold and silver mine tours in nearby Virginia City for a good dose of culture. [Read more about Lake Tahoe here]“

The Eleventh Nevada Chamber Music Festival Begins!

We’re just hours away from the first concert in the 11th annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival!

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Tickets are still available for all the Festival concerts. Purchase them online, or by calling the RCO office at (775) 348-9413. You can also buy tickets at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance.

The best in music get underway tonight at 7:00 at Nightingale Concert Hall, in the Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno (1335 N. Virginia Street – click here for directions). Husband-and-wife pianists Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang will present an exciting Festival-opening duo recital with music by Schubert and Rachmaninoff.

Tomorrow – Saturday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. – go to Nightingale Concert Hall for “The Concertmasters of Berlin and Los Angeles,” featuring Noah Bendix-Balgley of the Berlin Philharmonic and Martin Chalifour of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This will be a unique opportunity to hear the concertmasters of two of the world’s greatest orchestras!

Come a little early Saturday evening and enjoy a free pre-concert talk/festival preview featuring Theodore Kuchar, Festival Artistic Director and violist, in conversation with Chris Morrison. It gets underway at 6:15 p.m. inside Nightingale Concert Hall.

Of course there are many outstanding performances to follow on the 28th through the 31st. Read all about them at our website, where you’ll also find program notes, performer bios, and morNCMF 2012 Lenz Atapine Weiss smalle.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Grand Sierra Resort

Top off your New Year’s Eve with the RCO by joining the Festival musicians and fellow music lovers at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for our Post-Concert Dinner-Celebration, which gets underway right after the Masterworks Concert No. 4 the evening of Wednesday, December 31. Cost is $110 per person. A package featuring tickets to both the Masterworks Concert No. 4 and the Post-Concert Dinner is also available for $135 per person. Deadline for Dinner signups is Monday, December 29 at 9:00 a.m. To find out more about the Dinner or to purchase tickets, call the RCO office at (775) 348-9413.

Locals are Glowing with Holiday Spirit!

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One of the best parts about the holiday season is all the decorations that people put together. Some people put Christmas lights on their houses the day after Thanksgiving and some turn their lights on even earlier. Checking out Christmas light displays is one of the most fun and easiest ways to get into the holiday spirit, and it’s a great family activity. If you’re wondering where to find the best collection of holiday lights, we’ve found some great places around town with extremely festive decorations!

Lights of Tenea is an extremely popular residential lights show that has been a local favorite since 2004. This year’s show will top those of previous years with wild decorations such as eleven animated fireworks, seven animated characters, six lasers and three special effects lights, falling snow effects, and over forty six thousand lights! All of that and more will definitely inspire you to do some decorating of your own! This local show has always been spectacular, but perhaps the best part is their involvement in charity work. The homeowners of the Tenea house started fundraising for Evelyn Mount’s Outreach Program back in 2006 and soon after added Friends of Multiple Sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to their efforts. Visit their website for directions, show times, and more information on the Lights of Tenea history and their fundraising programs.

In Sparks on Junction Drive the Light Show Bro will be performing his synchronized musical light show now through December 31st. At this show you will see thousands of lights synchronized to a 13 minute mix of music, which you can listen to on the radio at 89.3 FM or through their website. This year donations for the Northern Nevada SPCA, so viewers are encouraged to bring item such as dog food, cat food, blankets, and cleaning supplies. For a full list of necessities and wish list items, check out the SPCA tab on their website.

A local holiday light fanatic is a finalist for USA Today’s America’s Best Private Holiday Lights competition. Jeff Kendell’s home, which is located on Solitude Drive in Galena, is decorated with over 30,000 lights that are synchronized to four festive songs. This home has been covered in holiday decorations for eight years, and Kendell has no plans of slowing down. According to the homeowner and decorator, the display takes “110 hours to put up and another 70 to take down, plus 60 to 120 hours to program each song.” Dedication like that has surely paid off, and this display is not one to miss!

The Hidden Valley Parade of Lights has been lighting up east Reno for 32 years. The Christmas light displays in the neighborhood is a contest of the homeowners association that always attracts viewers from the public. The neighborhood tradition gets many homes to participate, and it’s a great spot to go for some holiday light viewing. To enter the neighborhood take Pembroke Avenue east from McCarran Boulevard and drive past Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. Once you see the holiday lights you’ll know you’re in the right place!

Reno Airport Announces New International Non-Stop Flights to Guadalajara

Feliz Navidad to Reno Tahoe USA and Guadalajara! New twice weekly non-stop flights between Reno Tahoe and Guadalajara began this week!

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Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is proud to announce new non-stop service between Reno and Guadalajara, Mexico beginning Dec. 16, 2014. This new service will help put the “International” in Reno-Tahoe International and is the first scheduled international air service at RNO since 1999. The twice weekly service is the culmination of months of work between Volaris and a dedicated group of Reno-Tahoe partners including the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT), the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSVCA), local hotels, casinos and ski resorts, the Hispanic Chamber and Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado. The airport has worked closely with NCOT to develop key relationships in Mexico. Reno-Tahoe hotel, casino and ski partners have offered room deals for the new international travelers. The Hispanic Chamber has been working with the airport to connect with the local Latino population and to be ready to promote the flight and welcome Mexican travelers to our community. The airport worked closely with Customs and Border Patrol in both Washington and San Francisco, as well as with the Nevada Federal Delegation, to obtain landing rights for the flight that will bring an estimated $20 million in economic impact to the region each year.

Volaris will operate twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

For more information, visit www.renoairport.com.