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Rink on the River 2012-2013 Season

Downtown Reno’s Rink on the River is scheduled to open Tuesday, November 20, through Sunday, February 3!

Whether you’ve mastered a triple axel, it’s your first time on ice, or you’re looking to spectate, the Rink on the River makes everyone giddy for the winter season.

Reno’s Holiday Tree Lighting marks the opening of Rink on the River

On Tuesday, November 20, at 4:30pm, the event begins with charming carolers. At 5:15, Mayor Bob Cashell will light the tree, declaring the rink open!

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The Rink is located at the corner of First and Virginia Street along the Truckee River.

Admission: $7.50 adults (ages 13-54)
$5.50 youth (ages 3-12)
$5.50 seniors (ages 55+)
Skate Rentals: $2.50 – Skates from kids size 7 to adult size 13 figure or size 15 hockey are available.
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Punch Passes:
Including Skate Rental: $85 for adults, $65 for youth & seniors
Without Skate Rental: $65 for adults, $45 for youth & seniors
Season Passes $140 adults, $100 youth & seniors.
Admission only; does not include skate rental.
Regular Open Skate Hours:

Monday                 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday                 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday            10 am – 1 pm
Thursday                10 am – 1 pm
Friday                    10 am – 1 pm
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*Rink will close at 6pm on Dec 2 and 9

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LET THE GOOD TIMES, AND RAPIDS, ROLL

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Grab some Buds because the dam gates are open and the river is rolling. After a long winter with near-record snowfall, the Truckee River has finally opened for safe summer river rafting.

We are going to bypass attempting to explain the unimaginable beauty the Truckee River holds. You’ll need to get your toes wet in order to absorb the true breath-taking scenery and experience the refreshing chill of the Truckee yourself. Two, of many, self-guided rafting companies are Truckee River Rafting and Truckee River Raft Company; both offer five mile floats down the Truckee River.

Most trips are leisurely and take two to three hours to complete, but don’t assume you have to stay in your raft the whole time, jump in and go for a swim! And, if you get hungry, row off to the side and enjoy a picnic lunch on a sandy shore.

When your trip has come to an end, a free shuttle will take you back to your vehicle in Tahoe City any time before 6:00 p.m. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (weather permitting) and footwear is mandatory. Trips include parking, shuttle, paddles, life jackets and commercial rafts for 2-20 people.

We know a long day on the river will brew up an appetite and there is no better way to satisfy your hunger than dining alfresco at one of North Lake Tahoe’s premier restaurants. River Ranch Lodge is always a favorite, especially with its outdoor patio that gives guests a front row seat to rafters exiting the Truckee River. Locals rave about the pulled pork sandwich served on ciabatta with bleu cheese coleslaw and southern barbeque sauce. River Grill in Tahoe City is also a hotspot and has one of Lake Tahoe’s best happy hours. Definitely try the macaroni and cheese with applewood smoked bacon, tomato and New York sharp white cheddar. And for some of the best margaritas in town, head to the historic Blue Agave in Tahoe City and take a load off where Baby Face Nelson hid out from the authorities back in Tahoe’s heyday.

For more information about rafting and raft companies go to www.GoTahoeNorth.com or www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

FIVE FUN WAYS TO DISCOVER RENO

For some, Reno, Nevada is known for the same vibrant nightlife and gambling outlets as Las Vegas – but on a smaller and more intimate scale. Obvious tourist attractions include shopping, restaurants, singers, comedians and magic shows. But beyond the slot machines and flashing lights, there is a plethora of family-fun activities available.

Go just a short distance out of town though and you will find a treasure trove of non-gambling alternatives that are great for all ages. Here are five family-friendly activities you may want to consider for your next vacation to Reno, Nevada.

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Anglers prize the Reno area for some of the best fly-fishing territory around. You can visit one of the many tackle shops in the area for maps of private and public lakes and river access areas. If you are interested in having a true fisherman’s experience, consider taking a class or attending one of the fly tying clinics and tie your own. There is nothing like catching that two-pound trout on a bumblebee you created with your own two hands.

Only 40 miles from Reno is famous Lake Tahoe, which offers spectacular views, clear mountain air and ample fishing holes for privacy or group activities. Guides are available, or you can pack a picnic basket, quilt and fishing gear and head off on your own for an adventurous day on the water. If you have always wanted “to land that BIG one,” consider visiting Pyramid Lake. This lake proudly boasts they have the largest Cutthroat Trout.

Whether you choose Pyramid Lake, Truckee River, Lake Tahoe or one of the other streams, lakes and rivers near Reno, prepare yourself for a day filled with awesome scenery and relaxing outdoor fun.

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Many people think you have to go to Lake Tahoe to enjoy hiking trails that offer hikers challenging terrain. Not true! There are numerous trails in Reno parks and just on the outskirts of the city.  Hikers and trail watchers can find easy, moderate and challenging trails to test their skills and that will suit a variety of levels of physical fitness. You will find short trails that start at about 600 feet and have a gentle slope and more challenging trails that test your endurance.

About eight miles out of town in the gorgeous Sierra Mountains that surround Reno, Nevada, you will find the Tahoe Rim Trail in Galena Regional Park. This trail offers a loop that is just over 9 miles of moderate to mostly steep climbing. Hikers can expect to see desert terrain covered with sage, pine, juniper bushes and the occasional waterfall. Bring lots of film or extra chips for the camera. The views are breathtaking. And remember to pack plenty of water and a few energy bars or a lunch.

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If golf is your game–Reno, Nevada is your destination. There are over 50 golf courses within 90 miles of Reno proper. The PGA stops in Reno for the Reno-Tahoe Open, so you know the greens are great. No matter what your level of expertise, you will be able to find a course to fit your skill. Private lessons are available at most of the courses through resident pros and through guest pass arrangements. Since the high altitude gives golfers a natural advantage, you can expect to hit the ball further with every stroke. Get ready to play the lowest score of your life. If you’re a family with younger kids that aren’t ready for the big green yet, check out the many mini-golf options in the area.

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For a relaxing day with some educational benefits, consider visiting one of the numerous museums in Reno. You can find museums dedicated to a variety of topics. An automobile museum, a museum dedicated to Disney and many others call Reno home. The Wilbur D. May museum is an adventure the entire family can enjoy. The artifacts and collectibles gleaned from years of traveling the world offer an exciting, eclectic blend. The indoor waterfall you’ll find there is always a big hit with kids and adults alike. Remember to check days and hours the museum is opened before planning your day. Some museums have limited hours.

Read, Paint, Write

Many artists enjoy the inspiration they absorb from the desert climate and surrounding rivers and mountains. Writers claim to feel the spirit of the nomadic American Indians. Artist carrying pallet and canvas attempt to capture the delicate yellow flower of the desert cactus in the early morning. Students from the college can be seen relaxing near the river as they search for answers to questions posed by Aristotle.

Visiting Reno is an opportunity to enjoy nature with your family, while having fun and learning, too. Enjoy.

This post was written by freelance writer Martha Keagan who is a full time mother, writer and part time real estate agent. Keagan has assisted hundreds of college students find housing and apartments in Reno for years. Reno is a great city, if you are looking to visit or even relocate to Reno, find a short term apartment to stay in before you decide to purchase a house.

Reno is Voted America’s Best Whitewater Town!

Reno WhitewaterOutside Magazine has named Reno the Best Whitewater Town in the country in its annual “Best Towns” feature. The Biggest Little City’s downtown rafting and kayaking park on the Truckee River was chosen for its prime location, lush surroundings and outdoor amphitheater in Wingfield Park. It’s no wonder the location is home to the annual Reno River Festival, attracting hundreds of world-class participants and tens of thousands of spectators each year.

And that’s not all! Outside Magazine also listed the new Aces baseball stadium, affordable housing and renovated downtown area among other reasons to love Reno, as well as the newest whitewater park at Rock Park in neighboring Sparks.

The year-round downtown Reno Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield offers adventure in the heart of the casino and arts and culture districts.  The $1.5 million park is more than 2,600 feet long and beckons kayakers, rafters, swimmers and water enthusiasts to test out the class 2-3 rapids and the 11 drop pools, providing easy access for kayaking maneuvers with a consistent supply of fresh water. The success of the first element of the Truckee River Whitewater Park was followed by a second installment of whitewater adventure. The City of Sparks constructed a whitewater park at Rock Park. Along with pools for kayaking, tubing and rafting for all skill levels, the improvements include riverbank landscaping, shade structures, play structures, parking and better access for people with disabilities.

RiverThe Truckee River also flows through the Reno Riverwalk District, filled with unique shops and restaurants and home to the wildly popular monthly wine and beer walks. The river pathway connects Reno to the beautiful new whitewater park in Sparks. The 12 mile path is perfect for cyclists and pedestrians.

To see Outside Magazine’s Reno listing, click here.

To learn more about the endless water adventures in Reno Tahoe USA, click here.

Dorothy was right. There really is no place like home.

The Truckee River is Among the Top Sportsman Summer Destinations!

Fly FishingSportsman Channel has announced its Top Sportsman Summer Destinations and lo and behold, the Truckee River is on the list! Hosts of Sportsman Channel spend their days hunting, fishing and shooting throughout North America. That’s their job! So they should know a quality, living body of water when they see one. With summer now officially upon us, Sportsman Channel surveyed its talent, as well as its newly appointed CEO, to create the Top “Sportsman” Summer Destinations List.

The Truckee River came in 4th place! Here’s what Chad Belding had to say about our river:

Chad Belding of The Fowl Life: “My favorite summer destination is the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Reno in the beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. The river provides some excellent fishing during the summer months and the guides at the Reno Fly Shop are experts on the local water. They know the hatches, the timetables, the riverbeds, and food beds. Bottom line, they know how to get you on the fish. This in addition to these guided trips, being very affordable is what keeps me coming back to this area year after year. I love to either navigate the river on a float trip or by cruising the shorelines in search of some new honey holes. My favorite locations to fly fish on the Truckee River are literally minutes from Downtown Reno Nevada and Lake Tahoe. There is a ton to do after I get off of the river with great food, summertime activities, concerts, sporting events, and of course the mountains. I suggest staying at the El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno. The Eldorado is a locally owned Hotel-Casino that offers nothing but first class accommodations.” Fishing with Reno Fly Shop Guides – El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno: www.EldoradoReno.com and www.renoflyshop.com

 

You said it best, brother!

 

For a complete list of the top Sportsman Channel summer destinations, click here.

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.

Mother’s Day 2010: Ideas Galore

Mother's DaySure, the handmade cards, hand-picked flowers and breakfast in bed (cereal and toast) are incredibly sweet gestures and much appreciated by mom, but they may not be enough to fuel Mom for an action-packed weekend in Reno Tahoe USA!

We here at VisitRenoTahoe.com have made it easy for you and compiled a list of events and special offers for Mom this weekend.

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Enter Mom to win a special Mother’s Day package courtesy of the Summit and Eldorado. From May 3 through 8 you can enter to win a deluxe package at participating stores at the Summit.

Women who visit The Summit from 11am to 3pm during these days will receive offers such as 20 percent off at Ann Taylor, a free makeover from Dillard’s, up to $50 off a purchase at Gesture, a free mini-facial from Merle Norman and much more. The deluxe package features a one night stay at the Eldorado Spa Tower, two tickets to the popular “Shake, Rattle and Roll” show, dinner for two at the Eldorado, a $100 gift card to The Summit Lifestyle Center, a make-over and cosmetics from Sephora, new dress and shoes from Dillard’s, as well as hair styling and products from Lisa’s Beauty and a rosemary mint awakening treatment from Tangerine Aveda.

Mother’s Day Dining

Don’t you dare let Mom lift a finger on her special day! There’s no better way to say ‘Thank You’ than to treat Mom to a special dinner. Here are a few great ways to keep everyone out of the kitchen on Sunday, May 9th.

At the Atlantis enjoy the Mother’s Day Gourmet Brunch Extravaganza in the Grand Ballroom from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a lavish brunch featuring, Shrimp Scampi, Pan-seared Filet Medallions with Cognac Demi-Glace, Omelets, Caesar and Spanish Salads, all made to order! Enjoy hand-carved Marmalade Glazed Ham, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and Rack of Lamb Persille. Seafood lovers rejoice! Enjoy chilled Jumbo Prawns and King Crab, Fresh Salmon with Chardonnay Dill, Maryland Crab Cakes, Smoked Salmon and Scallops, Mussels with Papaya and Mango Relish, Oysters Rockefeller, Lobster Bisque and so much more! A selection of dessert is topped off with a flowing Chocolate Fountain! The Mother’s Day Gourmet Brunch Extravaganza is $34.99 for adults and $13.99 for children, 4-11 years old. Reservations are welcome. Visit.

Or head to the Silver Legacy for the Flavor’s Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch where each mom will receive a colorful carnation. Enjoy specialty dishes like the juicy Slow Roasted Prime Rib, tender Pecan Crusted Pork Loin and Steamed Cha Sui Pork Buns.  Seafood lovers can get their fix with the San Francisco Cioppino, Scallop and Shrimp Scampi, Chilled Crab Legs and more.  Don’t forget about the omelet station or fluffy Belgian Waffles for breakfast.  Flavor’s offers a variety of fresh fruit, soup, salads and desserts. It’s $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Click here for more information.

The Eldorado invites all moms to relax at The Buffet, where Moms can indulge in the Smoked Salmon Benedict and sweet Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with Warm Peach Compote.  They will also be serving their usual specialties, like Classic Cheese Soufflé, Orzo with Tomatos and Feta or Shrimp Scampi Eldorado.  For dinner, sample the Saffron Scented Cous Cous with Pine Nuts, flavorful Peel and Eat Shrimp, Chilled Crab Legs and the savory Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb or Roast Prime Rib.  Don’t forget everyone’s favorite, the Eldorado’s signature Mushroom Ravioli, made fresh in the Pasta Shop daily! Champagne Brunch will be served from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $20.99, children are $13.99. Click here for more information.

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is celebrating Mom with a beautiful brunch at Biscotti’s or Island Buffet. Biscotti’s Tuscan Brunch will feature chilled jumbo prawns, King crab, pan seared salmon steaks and an array of decadent desserts. The Island Buffet will offer prepared-to-order eggs and omelets as well as carving, Asian and Southwestern stations.  Biscotti’s Brunch will be served from 9 am to 2 pm for $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 4 to 11, with the regular Biscotti’s menu served until 9 pm. The Island Mother’s Day Buffet will be served from 9 am to 9 pm for $24.99 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 4 to 11. Click here for more information.

Harrah’s Reno will be serving up a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Carvings Buffet from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at $15.99 per person or $8.99 per child 12 and under. The brunch will feature snow crab, chilled green mussels, assorted sushi, an omelet station, honey baked ham, turkey breast, biscuits and gravy, hand-crafted salads and delicious desserts. Click here for more information.

Celebrate Mom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget with special menus in the Rotisserie, the Rose Ballroom, Restaurante Orozko, The Steakhouse Grill, Trader Dick’s and Rosie’s Café. A special Mother’s Day brunch will be served in the Rose Ballroom and in the Rotisserie. The appetizer station will include Peel and Eat Shrimp, Seafood Salad, Smoked Fish, Nugget Caesar Salad and Fresh Strawberries. Feast on Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Country Gravy, Grilled Salmon and Nugget’s Fried Chicken. At the Carving Station, create your own omelet or waffle, or enjoy the Nugget’s famous Salt-Roasted Prime Rib, honey-baked ham or roast turkey. For dessert, choose from an assortment of fresh-made cakes, pies, pastries and mousses. The Rotisserie serves brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Rose Ballroom serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $21.95 and children 5-11 are $11.95. Restaurante Orozko will serve a champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 800-648-1177 or click here.

Or take Mom to Old World Italy at Zozo’s for the Mother’s Day Special from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The special includes soft shell crab, seafood cakes, lobster ravioli, potato crusted halibut, rack of lamb, seafood sauté and strawberry tiramisu. Click here for more information.

Arts, Culture & Recreation

After you’ve stuffed yourself silly, join the Northern Sierra Garden Club on a drive to visit Big Springs Gardens, approximately 1.5 hours from Reno. The garden offers a natural spring, streams and waterfalls, thousands of plants and flowers, two miles of walking trails, gourmet food, and a replica of Monet’s famous bridge. Reservations are required. Visit their site.

For a taste of Reno’s art and culture, head to the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a spectacular concert featuring Hope Briggs singing selections from your favorite opera. Ms. Briggs was Aïda in the 2007 Nevada Opera. She’ll be joined by the Nevada Opera Chorus and accompanied by a live orchestra for a memorable night of beautiful music. Call 775-686-6600 or visit their site.

Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day under the springtime sun with Arts in Bloom. View spectacular chalk drawings and other artwork while enjoying fine food and entertainment at the Sparks Marina from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Proceeds from the 6th annual fes­tival benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit here for more information.

Heart To Hand School is holding its 7th annual May Faire on Saturday, May 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the northeast corner of Peckham and Lakeside. Enjoy live music (including bluegrass and classical harp performers), puppet show, “Music Together”, organic foods, arts and crafts activities, artisan booths (including pottery and jewelry making demonstrations that children may try), an obstacle course and other active games for preschool and grade school children, Maypole dancing, juggling and balloon toys, cakewalk, wheelbarrow rides, silent auction and much more. And the best part is it’s FREE! For more information please call 775.348.6622 or visit the Web site.

Of course, the 7th Annual Reno River Festival is town. Help Mom de-stress in the 3rd Annual Run Amuck race on Saturday May 8th, then spend the rest of your day screaming your lungs out in support of the world-class kayakers in the downtown whitewater park. Click here for more information.

Baseball fans getting revved up for the Reno Aces

The crack of the bat, a hotdog and a cool beer under the warm sun in Reno-Tahoe … the first season for the Reno Aces is finally under way with a new ballpark on the banks of the Truckee River in downtown Reno.

Triple A baseball’s newest team will take to the field tonight with a home opener that promises to be a spectacle for both locals and visitors. And it’s a long time coming. Residents, investors and fans of the sport have long pursued the dream of building a world-class baseball stadium in the Reno-Sparks region, to take advantage of the region’s growing population, great weather and tourism base. The stadium, located in the heart of downtown Reno’s redevelopment district, offers another reason to head downtown – the Aces will offer 73 home games, playing in the exciting Pacific Coast League.

The stadium is just another in a long line of improvements to the visitor experience in Reno. The city’s “Renaissance” has included construction of a riverwalk district complete with boutiques, pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, a movie complex and public areas, including an outdoor amphitheater. Within the last couple years, train tracks through downtown Reno were rerouted through a trench to create a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, while part of the trench was covered, allowing for a new public space, a boon for the many special events held throughout the spring, summer and fall months.

Last fall saw the opening of the West Street Market, a rehabilitated commercial area that now houses a wine bar, a teahouse, coffee shops and stores. It also plays host to farmers and craft markets, as well as live performances.

Several city-style condominium projects in downtown have also enlivened the culture of the area, creating a new market for everything for everything from the arts to commerce. Downtown hotel-casinos have also undergone first-class remodels.

If you haven’t planned to attend a Reno Aces game yet, log on and get your tickets. Baseball is finally here and you’re going to love it.

Top 10 highlights for a Reno-Tahoe getaway

truckeeriverbodyboard300Reno-Tahoe is a family-friendly getaway, offering tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Add some of these Top 10 attractions to your travel itinerary:

  1. Catch a ballgame: Downtown Reno is home to a new ballpark and the Reno Aces, a Triple A team. The boys of summer are playing in Reno-Tahoe.
  2. Hit the slopes: Reno-Tahoe offers the largest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America — 18 within an hour drive of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  3. Shop till you drop: The shopping is great in Reno-Tahoe, including the new Legends at Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nev., which boasts more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Scheel’s, the World’s Largest All Sports Store at almost 300,000 square feet.
  4. A river runs through it: The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno and downtown Sparks, offering great opportunities for recreation and relaxation during the warm months. Whitewater enthusiasts can paddle to their heart’s content in the two whitewater parks.
  5. Nevada-style casino action: In Reno-Tahoe the action goes 24-7, with deluxe, modern resort casinos that offer fun gaming action without the Vegas crowds.
  6. The Jewel of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe is 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and downtown Reno — a great day trip whether it is summer or winter.
  7. The Comstock Lode: Step back to Wild West times in Virginia City. The preserved epicenter of the Comstock Lode features classic buildings, old saloons and a cast of characters that is always entertaining.
  8. V&T Railroad: Ride the rails of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Carson City, Nevada’s capitol. Working steam engines hearken back to the golden age of rail travel.
  9. Wine and dine: Reno-Tahoe is known for adventure and Nevada-style gaming, but hundreds of restaurants serving everything from casual to five-star fare also make it a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.
  10. Culture connection: Reno-Tahoe is home to 31 museums, including the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum and the Nevada State Museum – live Nevada’s rich culture.

Riverside ice skating is back for winter 2008-2009

Reno’s Rink on the River recently started service, just in time for visitors looking for some High Sierra holiday spirit.

The rink is open to the public and is located at the Mapes Plaza in downtown Reno, right along the resort-casino corridor and adjacent to the Reno Christmas tree.

Skate rentals are available and there is plenty of hot chocolate to keep warm between laps.


View a larger map of the Rink on the River