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Why the World Can’t End on 12-21

With all due respect, Mayan calendar creators… it just can’t end Friday! Between Mother Nature DUMPING snow in Tahoe all week – and it’s predicted the best is yet to come on Saturday, and legendary parties – that we all know just get started at midnight… there are too many reasons the world needs to keep turning. Nonetheless, Reno Tahoe USA will still be partying like there is no tomorrow!

End of the World Party at EDGE

If the world ends on 12/21, we’re going out with a bang! Join EDGE for Last Call. They’ll have Ciroc drink and bottle specials all night, and models serving tastings of complimentary champagne.

End of the World Party at Grand Sierra

Will the world end on 12/21/12? Will it be Zombies? Aliens? Asteroids? A terrible storm? If so, wouldn’t you want to go out in style? Come see Anthony Cools, win Apple products, and enjoy great drink specials before the world ends. This will be the party to end all parties!

End of the World Party at Tahoe Biltmore

Party like there is no tomorrow. The Tahoe Biltmore is throwing an “End of the World Party,” complete with “Last Supper” dinner deals, and a “Survive the Apocalypse” Bilty Breakfast. Bass Heavy will be providing tunes through the night.

Ugly Sweater Party at BuBinga

The Mayans said the world would end on December 21…The Mayans didn’t know BuBinga was having an Ugly Sweater Party! The Ugliest Sweater wins $500 cash and the great sounds for the night will be provided by DJ Loczi, Romance and DJ Dragon.

Bet on being at Peppermill after Friday with 40% off select room rates!

Peppermill is betting they’ll still be here on December 22, so they’re celebrating a new beginning with an offer for 2013.  Book your stay before midnight on Friday, December 21, and save 40% on select room rates! Book Now

SNOW!!

There is no way the world could end right as Mother Nature DUMPS snow in Tahoe!! M.N. has too much pull…See you on the slopes 12-22!

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WHERE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR 4TH OF JULY?

Sparks Fireworks tower crowdThis year Reno Tahoe USA is hosting some of the top Independence Day events and pyrotechnic displays in the nation. It’s a tough call deciding which of these parties to crash but we’ve tried to make it easy for you to see what each event has to offer.

LAKE TAHOE

July 1-4, the fifth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration in Incline Village offers the perfect getaway for families. They’ve got a patriotic chalk drawing contest, beer tastings, firecracker trail trek, and even a doggie dress up contest for your pup. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a jam-packed weekend with the fam, look no further – after you finish reading this post, of course.

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We can’t forget about the 70 feet of snowfall last winter quite yet. Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA are reopening for the weekend offering discounted tickets and wrapping up the season with huge 4th of July parties. Squaw will also host the famed 21st annual Lake Cushing Crossing on July 3. No one does pond-skimming quite like Squaw Valley. Perhaps it is because men and women in Reno Tahoe are a little more daring, a little more agile and a little better on sticks. Or maybe, it’s because the Cushing Crossing is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool. We don’t really need a reason; we do it the way we want.

Other local Lake Tahoe events include Tahoe City celebrating 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach, July 4, and Kings Beach hosting their annual firework display and deck party at the North Tahoe Event Center on July 3.

SPARKS

Experience the biggest 4th of July party in the region, Star Spangled Sparks, at the Sparks Marina. Join thousands to celebrate our freedom at this FREE all day event. Rise bright and early for free hot air balloon rides at 6am and a three dollar all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The excitement continues during the day with a fun-run around the Sparks Marina, bounce houses and a ride area for the kids. Later that evening, witness a military flyover moments before the longest and most spectacular pyrotechnic display in the region, you won’t want to miss this 11th annual celebration.

VIRGINIA CITY

Virginia City made the list for the “Top 10 Fourth of July Fireworks 2011.” For us this comes as no surprise as every year thousands journey to the famous, historical city. The event begins with a parade downtown around noon and ends with the Comstock Cowboys performing at dusk along with an extensive fireworks show. The last time Virginia City had this many explosives was back when the city was first discovered as a gold mining jackpot.

PYRAMID LAKE

Do you want to be the party planner? The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe welcomes all those who want to throw their own 4th of July party. Summer season fireworks are now on sale for use on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation in designated areas. Create your own fireworks show over North America’s most beautiful desert lake!

Giving Thanks in Reno Tahoe: Holiday Feasts, Donating Gizzards & SNOW

Fall leavesCan you believe 2011 is only seven weeks away?! Where has 2010 gone? Each year I find myself asking the same question. I’m sure  it doesn’t help that in Reno Tahoe there are at least 260 days of special events each year – helping the year just whiz by.

But the year is not over yet! With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to dust off those ski boots, dig out the winter gear from the basement and prepare to feast! If you’re in Reno Tahoe over Thanksgiving, the area has LOTS to offer. We’ve compiled a list of happenings in the area – enjoy! (Just a friendly reminder – as you’re digging for your winter duds, be sure to unpack the “comfy” pants for a more pleasant feasting experience.)

Let someone else slave over the stove: Don’t feel like whipping up a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast this year? DON’T! You’ve earned it! Let the chefs of Reno Tahoe do the work for you.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Give thanks with family and friends at the Nugget, where chefs will prepare Thanksgiving feasts to satisfy every taste. Holiday menus will be served on Thursday, November 25 only. 

Thanksgiving_BallroomFeast on limitless options at The Rotisserie and Convention Centerbuffets. From the salad bar, start with Peel and Eat Shrimp, Smoked Seafood Platter, Nugget’s Caesar Salad and Roasted Vegetable Salad, as well as tossed green salad and Asparagus Artichoke Salad. Entrees include Roasted Tom Turkey, Beef Sauté Hunter Style and Seafood Medley Sauté Rigatoni Alfredo. The Carving Station will serve up the Nugget’s Famous Rock Salt Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Honey Glazed Ham. For dessert, choose from an array of pies, cobblers, fruit tarts, mousses, ice cream with toppings and options with no sugar added. The Rotisserie will be serving 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 pm. to 9 p.m., while the Convention Center buffet runs from Noon to 7 p.m. The price at both locations is $22.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 5-11.

A gourmet buffet at the impeccableRestaurante Orozkooffers a salad station which includes King Crab on Ice, Gulf Prawns, Marinated Grilled Vegetable Salad and Exotic Tropical Fruit Platter. The hot entree selections include Fresh Roast Tom Turkey with Sausage Cran-Raisin Stuffing & Giblet Gravy, Armagnac Glazed Short Ribs of Beef, Pistachio Crusted Lamb Loin with Mango Chutney, Sautéed Seafood ala Newburg and Grilled Medallions of Salmon with Plum Tomato Kalamata Olive Relish. There is a carving station and extensive desert selection as well. This special buffet will be served from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The price is $29.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 5-11.

The Steakhouse Grill will serve a limited specialty three-course menu, featuring Roasted Free Range Turkey, Crushed Pepper Crusted Elk Loin or Broiled Pacific Salmon Steak. The price is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. The Steakhouse Grill will serve from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Trader Dick’s specialty three-course menu will feature an entree choice of Roasted Tom Turkey, New York Strip Loin Cantonese or King Crab Legs with Ginger Scallions. The price is $31.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 5-11. Dinner will be served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rosie’s Café will serve a three-course selection as well, featuring Roasted Tom Turkey, Honey Cured Glazed Ham or Seared Salmon Filet. The price will be $11.95 for adults and $6.95 for children ages 5-11. Rosie’s Café is open 24 hours, but the special holiday menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The regular menu will also be available.

Silver LegacySilver Legacy Resort: Chefs at the Silver Legacy are working overtime to make sure every guest enjoys a hassle-free holiday meal this November 25. Special menus have been created at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Flavors! the Buffet and the Silver Baron Ballroom Buffet to appeal to every table.  Silver Legacy provides both casual and fine dining options serving traditional Turkey Day favorites as well as delectable specialty dishes prepared for those looking to truly treat themselves this Thanksgiving.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day the Silver Baron Ballroom will be filled for a Thanksgiving feast featuring classics like oven roasted turkey, candied sweet potatoes and holiday ambrosia and specialty dishes such as steamed snow crab legs, tortellini carbonara and honey stung chicken.  Don’t forget dessert!  A huge dessert spread will include Gran Mariner mousse, apple cranberry cobbler, chocolate fudge cake and of course, pumpkin pie.  Adults dine for $19.99 and children 6 to 12 eat for $9.99 in the Silver Baron Ballroom this Thanksgiving. 

Fine dining doesn’t have to wait, make reservations at Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse to experience an elegant Thanksgiving dining experience.  This four course menu starts with carpaccio of filet mignon or a shrimp cocktail and a holiday salad with fresh pomegranate or fall pumpkin bisque.  Enjoy a classic platter of turkey, dressing, yams, mashed potatoes and vegetables with homemade gravy and cranberry sauce.  A special dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon sour cream crust and warm fresh cranberry compote concludes the meal, served for $46 per person beginning at 5 p.m.

Flavors! the Buffet will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Fill your plate with favorites from the carving station and special dishes such as fresh seafood ravioli, steamed clams, autumn squash bisque and pork Milanese.  Keep to tradition with a platter of roasted turkey and honey ham, cranberry sauce and grandma’s apple sage dressing.  Save room for desserts like peach cobbler, bread pudding with rum sauce, brownies, chocolate fudge cake, pumpkin pie and more!   The whole family can enjoy this feast, just $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children ages 6 to 12.

EldoradoEldorado Hotel Casino: From traditional dishes to dinners that put a new spin on everyone’s old favorites, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is the place to fill your plate this Thanksgiving.  Special menus and pricing will be available in The Buffet, Tivoli Gardens, The Prime Rib Grill and Roxy on Thursday, November 25.  Giving thanks never tasted so good!

For a creative take on a Thanksgiving feast visit Tivoli Gardens, where diners can enjoy a choice of Caesar salad or butternut squash and pear soup, turkey scaloppine a’la La Strada with roasted rosemary potatoes, acorn squash and a slice of pumpkin pie or tiramisu all for just $14.99 per person from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The Buffet is serving all your traditional American favorites this Thanksgiving in addition to our popular peel and eat shrimp, mushroom ravioli and top class carving station.  The Buffet is your spot whether you’re in the mood for a classic turkey dinner with all the delicious fixings or something new like Dungeness crab, orange rosemary lamb, lobster bolognaise or roasted duck.  The chefs are also putting a new spin on some Thanksgiving favorites; with turkey chili, turkey pozole or a turkey pot pie The Buffet has everyone’s favorite flavors of the season.  Adults enjoy for only $22.95 and kids for just $11.50 on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. until close.  Club Eldorado Gold members and above pay just $17.95 for this amazing feast.

An unforgettable four course Thanksgiving masterpiece awaits guests at Roxy, where guests will enjoy cinnamon squash soup with cream fraiche, a butter leaf salad with blue cheese, persimmon, candied walnuts and a cranberry vinaigrette, house smoked ham and roasted Diestel turkey, sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes, crispy green beans and pumpkin pie with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert for $35 per adult or $17 for children 12 and under.

At The Prime Rib Grill chefs have created a delicious Thanksgiving menu with extra flair for just $22.95 per person beginning at 4 p.m.  Start with a butternut squash and pear soup and a trip to the famous salad bar.  Then enjoy roasted turkey carved to order and topped with fixings including apple-sage dressing, homemade gravy, yam and sweet potato mash, green bean casserole and fresh cranberry sauce.  A special holiday dessert will also be presented by the Eldorado’s expert bakers. 

KhanDonate your gizzard: If waiting in ungodly long lines before the sun rises the day after Thanksgiving isn’t your thing, pack up the family and head north to the Animal Ark to see Mother Nature in all her natural glory. Plus, if you have any raw turkey necks and gizzards left over from your holiday meal, the critters at the Ark will be very grateful for the donation. Check out the coyotes and bobcats as they put on their gorgeous winter coats and witness as the bears prepare for their long winter hibernation.

Tap into your creative side: Let’s be honest. For some of us, the day after Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of recovery. Rather than stay at home tempted by the lure of leftovers, why not explore Reno’s arts and culture? There is less than one week remaining to check out Pablo Picasso’s Musical Instruments exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. Or jump right into the next holiday with the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s newest musical production – Christmas on Broadway.  Shop for unique gifts at John Ascuaga’s Nugget and Williams LTD ”Crafts for Christmas event November 26-28 at the Nugget’s Rose Ballroom. The event is free and will feature more than 100 Christmas craft and gift booths.  Had enough arts? Watch the Nevada Wolfpack as they take on Boise St, or catch the Reno Bighorns in action against Bakersfield. The leftovers will always be there, these exhibits and sporting events won’t.

Snow BranchLet is snow, let is snow! This weekend the daytime highs in Reno are falling into the mid-30s and the National Weather Service is calling for a 70% chance of snow Saturday and Sunday! Skiers and boarders across Reno Tahoe will be donning a permagrin in anticipation. A handful of ski resorts are preparing to open for the 2010-2011 season! After loading up on a delicious Thanksgiving feast, you’ll be sufficiently fed to shred the slopes!

Alpine Meadows – opening December 10

Boreal Mountain Resort – open to the top

Diamond Peak – opening December 16

Homewood Mountain Resort – opening TBA

Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe – opening November 19

Northstar-at-Tahoe – opening November 19

Royal Gorge Cross Country  – opening TBA 

Soda Springs – opening TBA

Spooner Lake Cross Country – opening TBA

Squaw Valley USA – opening November 20

Sugar Bowl – opening TBA

Tahoe Cross Country – opening TBA

Tahoe Donner Cross Country – opening TBA

Tahoe Donner Downhill – opening December 10

Happy holidays from all of us here at Visit Reno Tahoe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freezing our Feathers Off!

FREE Family Fun Snowshoe Hike

Birds of a feather flock together and fly south for the winter, right?
Well…almost right. Did you know that there are actually some birds that stick around and tough out the cold, sierra winters? Are they a bit cuckoo or do they actually like snowstorms and frigid temperatures? You will learn the answers to this question, and more when you convince your parents to join you on a FREE family snowshoe hike sponsored by the Tahoe Rim Trail Association! We will explore the amazing world of winter and try to determine how birds and other animals survive the winter months, all while practicing our snowshoe skills. And…after playing and having fun in the snow, there will be some hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and treats waiting for you at the end.

This hike will wind through the trees and flat meadow. This program will go from 10 am – noon. Families with children, ages six and up, are encouraged to sign up for this hike. Please leave your cute puppies at home! Because it can be so cold and windy in the meadows, it is a good idea to leave very small children and infants at home with a family member or caretaker. The hike will not be strenuous, and will be broken up with games, stories, and other hands-on activities. Please be prepared for the temperamental weather of the  Lake Tahoe Meadows. Please do not dress yourselves or your children in cotton, as it will leave all of you damp and cold. Gloves, beanies, mittens, long underwear, warm socks, waterproof boots and winter jackets are necessary. Each person in your group should have a couple water bottles, because walking and active games work up a good thirst! If you are bringing your own snowshoes or are renting snowshoes, please practice putting them on before the hike, so you know how the bindings work! Note that the high elevation level (8740 ft.) can be a challenge, especially for those of you who live at sea level.

Date: Saturday, February 27th, 10am – noon
Meeting Place/Time: Tahoe Meadows non-motorized side, down by the tree-line, 9:45 am, meeting time
Distance: 3 miles, approximately
Level: Easy
Hours: approximately 2

More Information: 775-298-0012 or programs@tahoerimtrail.org

Top Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should have come to Tahoe

travelocity-gnome-tahoeTop Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should should have broken his Cabin Fever in Tahoe rather than Utah in Travelocity’s Top Ski Destination contest.

1.     Ski in two states at the same time at Heavenly while looking at the deep blue of Lake Tahoe, even with your narrow gnome stance

2.     Go on a blind date with Tahoe Tessie (Lake Tahoe’s mythical resident “sea creature”).

3.     Depending on how the date goes, perhaps a quick wedding and an even quicker divorce in Reno.

4.     50 Tram laps at Squaw Valley USA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first televised Winter Olympic Games.

5.     Tempt fate with a visit to the Donner Party museum,  just hope they don’t think you’re a chocolate filled gnome.

6.     Our drinks have personality with drinks like the ‘Wet Woody’, the ‘Scorpion’ and the ‘Flaming Kava Kava’. Gnomes keep your beards away from the flames!

7.     Forgot your skis?  No problem, where else but in Sparks can you get your skis, ride a Ferris Wheel and drive a NASCAR simulator in one mega sports store?

8.     Follow in the footsteps of Ol’ Blue Eyes and Marilyn Monroe in the tunnels at the historic Cal Neva Lodge

9.     Spend a little downtime at the spa before heading out for a long night in Reno

10.    Satisfy a late night hunger at what has been heralded as one of the best burgers in the country, the Awful Awful, awfully big, awfully good, don’t be scared my friend, you can do it.

Snowy conditions in Reno Tahoe won’t stop the Santa Crawlers

Flights have been grounded, cars are stalling, power-lines are down and Reno Tahoe is all but buried under record low temperatures and snow, but all that won’t make a difference to this year’s Reno Santa Crawl which is expected to draw nearly 5,000 Santa-clad visitors this year for the weekend-long events.

In fact, the blizzard makes for an improved event and another surge in attendance if the pass remains open, says Matty Goedert, event founder and San Francisco based tax-attorney-by-day. “In our eight-year history we’ve lived through two huge snow storms, and the crawlers love it. This is the first year we’re doing Santa Skiing so if conditions continue, it will be the best fresh powder to kick off the season.”

Dubbed “Reindeer Games,” the weekend of Dec. 11-13 kicks off Friday night with a Santa Crawl Pajama Ball at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. Then, all day Saturday, discounted Santa Skiing at Mt. Rose ski resort for those dressed as Santa.

The games come to head on Saturday night when more than 45 bars, pubs and casinos within a half-mile radius in downtown Reno host a flurry of Red, White and Beards for the eighth annual Reno Santa Crawl into the wee hours of the morning.

Beginning with only a handful of participants, the crawl has steadily grown each year. At the onset of the recession in 2008, organizers experienced a significant and unexpected surge when attendance doubled from 1,500 to 3,000 participants. This year, they are expecting close to 5,000.

In true holiday spirit, proceeds from the event go to the Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund for the families of fallen law officers of the Reno-Sparks area.


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Contest: Make your own ’snow dance’ video

(Squaw Valley, Calif.) – In an effort to jump start the winter spirit around Reno-Tahoe, Tahoe TV has launched the “Show Us Your Snow Dance” video contest, inviting viewers to submit video of their best snow dance for a chance to win up to $500 in prizes.

“We felt this would be a fun way to pump some energy into the preseason and also encourage support of local businesses,” said Eric Brandt, president of Tahoe TV. “We’re hoping to see some great videos and get the mojo workin’ for winter.”

Videos may be submitted online at www.tahoetv.com through Dec. 18. Each video will be rated online by viewers and also judged by a panel. On Dec. 22, the top-rated video will be awarded $500 in certificates to local businesses and aired on Tahoe TV’s daily local information program, Get Out! Tahoe around the lake and in Reno and Carson City.

Snow Dance videos can be elaborate or simple, and involve individual or multiple snow dancers. Participants are encouraged to be creative and show energy and appeal to the snow gods. Each video must be less than 90 seconds and under 50mb to be uploaded. For information, visit www.tahoetv.com.

Check out this snow dance video Alpine Meadows put together.

Video: Doing the Reno-Tahoe snow dance

Cold-fronts, jet streams and el nino are all well and good, but in Reno-Tahoe we don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to winter powder:

It’s snowing in Tahoe …

Now that the ghouls and ghosts are going into hibernation until next year, it’s time to start thinking about ski season. Lake Tahoe has been getting snow for a couple days. Here’s the first video “snow report” from Alpine’s Errol Kerr (also a member of the Jamaican National Ski Team):