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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.

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.

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.

Fall in love with Reno Tahoe’s Fall Festivities

Despite the relentless summer-like weather, fall is finally upon us! While donning a scarf and sipping hot chocolate may seem like something for the distant future, anyone who’s familiar with Reno Tahoe weather knows that can change in an instant. The Reno area is gearing up for all things autumn with a plethora of events for all members of the community.

Starting on September 24, Street Vibrations kicks of the season with their Fall Rally. The Wednesday through Sunday event offers enough music and motorcycles to satisfy any bike-lover’s dreams. Events throughout the rally include live music, scavenger hunts, and celebrity appearances by big names such as History Channel’s Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker. With 250 vendors and 15 factory rigs, Street Vibrations will have everything motorcycle and more!

For those interested in a different kind of wild, the Animal Ark is holding a number of events throughout the month of October.  Their “Harvest Festivals” take place on October 4th and 18th, and promise an afternoon of animal watching. On these Saturdays, the Ark’s predators are given pumpkins containing their favorite treats. Visitors are encouraged to watch and take pictures as the animals work to open their pumpkins and enjoy their snacks. Another event hosted by the Animal Art is the Cheetah Run, which will put on its final run of the season on October 12th. At this event, cheetahs are allowed the rare privilege of running off their leashes demonstrating grace and incredible speed. Watching these wild animals run free is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Of course with October comes Halloween, which means that ‘tis the season for horror and spooky fun. The Aces Ballpark is hosting Fright Fest Production’s 9th annual “Slaughter House,” which is open Thursday through Sunday, starting October 3rd. For those who enjoy getting their heart rate up in a unique way, Northern Nevada’s largest indoor haunted house is for you! After a full redesign, this year’s House contains new rooms and scarier scenes that are guaranteed to keep your adrenaline pumping all night long. In addition to the Slaughter House, the ballpark’s “Fright” House District will be open for food and beverages to help you unwind after an evening of screams and scares.

Prost! Bavarian music, brats and beer gardens will be of plenty at Squaw Valley’s annual Oktoberfest, September 27 from 2pm to 6pm. Participate in a friendly competition of traditional games, or relax with a beer in hand and a view of the Sierra all around. Entertainment at the event is free. For $10, you’ll receive a specialty glass and first beer, $5 for additional beer.

A more kid-friendly event that is sure to entertain is the Andelin Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Cornmaze Harvest Festival. Starting September 27th and continuing through the 1st of November, the family farm provides fun for participants of all ages. The harvest includes the crowd-favorite corn maze, which is designed to celebrate Nevada’s 150th year birthday. There will also be barnyard games, animals, and a pumpkin patch that guarantees a large selection of pumpkins perfect for carving and pie making.

So whether you’re a rowdy biker looking for loud music and new bike gear or a family interested in a peaceful afternoon, the fall season offers a number of festive events for all ages and interests. Check out the events calendar for a full list of fall events that are guaranteed to make this fall fun, family-oriented, spooky, or anything else you’re hoping for!

Where to Burn your Time in Reno Tahoe

If the crazy weather is raining on your parade (literally) as you try to get to Burning Man 2014, let Reno Tahoe brighten your day!

Here is a list of things you can do to burn your time in Reno Tahoe – parties, activities, burner shops, food stops and more:

LEX Nightclub

You aren’t the only one who is stuck in town tonight – the DJs who were set to play at Burning Man are here in Reno with you! Come party with fellow Burners and Burning Man’s hottest DJs. No cover, no dress code. 10pm. Tonight!

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Aces Stadium

Watch the Reno Aces play Omaha in downtown Reno at Aces Stadium!

Nevada Museum of Art

Learn more about Nevada’s history outside of Black Rock City’s city limits. “The 36th Star” celebrates Nevada’s 150th anniversary!

Eat Fresh and Local Food

Enjoy some delicious eats before you head back out to the Playa. Here is a food lover’s guide to Midtown Reno that will surely have you drooling in no time.

Shop for More Burning Man Outfits

You can never have enough, right?! Here are a few of the top stores for finding the perfect Burning Man outfits and necessities for the Playa. Plus, we have included a list of a few essential you may or may not have packed!

Food for Thought for the Playa

Stock up on more great eats for your time in Black Rock City. Here are a few key stores that will have your favorite foods.

Hotel Deals

Let your friends know about these packages and deals for Reno hotel rooms to stay dry, clean and cozy before heading back out to the Playa tomorrow!

Burning Man Style Guide – Prepping for the Playa

Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for affordable vintage, recycled, custom and one-of-a-kind clothing to complete your Burning Man ensemble. From dresses to jumpsuits, from faux fur coats to masks, these places have it all for you to be the most stylish – and YOU – on the playa.  Don’t forget, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, during the day – so plan accordingly! P1780265

Here are a few stores top stores in the Reno Tahoe area to complete your Burning Man experience:

Junkees Clothing Exchange – 960 South Virginia St. – 775-322-5868

The Melting Pot World Emporium – 1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445

Polyesther’s Costume Boutique – 655 South Virginia Street -  775-420-5050

Menagerie Costumes – 1999 South Virginia Street, #B -  775-322-5427

Prism Magic Clothing & Imports – 2161 Pyramid Way  – 775-356-5577

No matter what Burning Man look you decide, here are some essentials you’ll want to add to your costume:

-          Lights: A flashlight is helpful, but you need more than that to be seen at night. Wear glow sticks, flashing lights, EL wire, head lamps…  Anything and everything glowing!

-          Goggles: Essential for keeping the dust and dirt out of your eyes!

-          Shoes: Going bare-foot may seem like a good idea… I mean, you’re channeling your inner nature, focusing on self-expression, right? Unfortunately, going without shoes results in what is known as “Playa Foot”- a painful drying, cracking rash caused by prolonged contact with the alkali lake bed. Burning Man suggests bringing rubber Birkenstock clogs or boots that won’t get trashed by the alkali.

-          A broad brimmed hat with a cord: You’ll no doubt need a head covering… and having a hat with a cord will keep it on your head during gusts of wind.

*Also, don’t forget to leave out those decorations and costume items behind, keeping in mind the Leave No Trace mantra.. Feathered beaus may seem like a cool idea, but when you’re spending all your time picking up all the feathers you shed, you may want to reconsider.

Happy Burn!

Golf Haven – Lake Tahoe

If ever there was a golf haven, it must be in Lake Tahoe. With 24 golf courses within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, and the sparkling blue of Lake Tahoe in the background, this is most assuredly one of the most diverse and splendid golf spots in the world.

Diversity is the keynote of this area. One can play golf in mountainous, pine-studded fairways or putt on open desert-fringed greens, all with a backdrop of alpine mountain lakes at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Here are just a few highlights of some of the best courses around Lake Tahoe.

  • Old Brockway Golf Course: A lakeside course that dates back to the 1920’s and was host of the first Bing Crosby Annual tournament. This course has seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and President Dwight D. Eisenhower playing its links.
  • Incline Golf - Talbot.IVCIncline Village: There are two spectacular courses at Incline Village, the Championship and the Mountain course. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the Championship course, calling it “the ideal mountain layout with a challenge you won’t want to miss and views you will never forget.” His son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., designed the Mountain Course at Incline Village. This course has spectacular green sites and contours and demands more accuracy than distance. A par-58 course that continues to challenge even the best golfers, every hole is unique with many unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
  • The Resort at Squaw Creek: This breathtaking course is located at the base of Squaw Valley, surrounded by six majestic Sierra mountain peaks. Robert Trent Jones Jr. also designed this course. with the purpose to preserve the unique beauty, natural wetlands and wildlife habitat of Squaw Valley. He succeeded with a resulting natural, fantastic golf course that blends harmoniously with its beautiful mountain surroundings. This course features nine holes on the meadow of Squaw Creek and nine in the rolling forest at the edge of the Squaw Valley ski resort, host of the 1960 Olympics.
  • Northstar Golf Course: Designed by prolific golf course architect Robert Muir Graves, this par-72 course serves up a magnificent view of Mount Rose and a variety of nine holes of mountainous, wooded fairways plus another nine of open, meadow-side holes. Built to incorporate Tahoe’s mountainous landscapes with Martis Valley’s open meadows, this is truly a vibrant and exciting course.

Farther north around Truckee, are more noteworthy courses:

  • Martis Camp features a private club with a 2008 Tom Fazio designed, award-winning 18-hole, par-72 golf course. From the longest tees, it presents 7,751 yards of golfing, blending dramatic topography of the High Sierras with the magnificent landscape of the Martis Valley. The front-nine take advantage of awe-inspiring mountain views, while the next seven holes crisscross Martis Creek and wind through the valley floor. Majestic mountain vistas frame the final two holes with the 18th green in the shadow of a 70-foot rock promontory where the impressive 50,000 square-foot Martis Camp Lodge sits.
  • Coyote Moon: This course designed by Brad Bell, takes advantage of the natural setting in 250 acres of secluded rolling hills, with towering pines, enormous outcroppings of granite and the picturesque Trout Creek adding dramatic elements to your golf game.
  • Gray’s Crossing: Located at the Tahoe Mountain Club near Truckee/North Lake Tahoe, the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing ranked in Golfweek Magazine’s “Top 50 Best New Courses” in 2008. This course combines the feel of a traditional private club with fast greens and tournament-like conditions daily. Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy designed this course for fun, yet challenging play and its towering pines and weaving fairways certainly deliver that. The natural mountain views of Mt. Rose in the background are breathtaking.
  • Old Greenwood: Also located at the Tahoe Mountain Club, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed masterpiece course was rated among Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” in 2011. Golf Magazine also rated it among the 10 Best New Public-Access Courses in the Country. Situated among 600 acres of towering pines in the mountains near North Lake Tahoe, the Old Greenwood course serves up 18 holes of golfing perfection. Since this course is just across the street from Gray’s Crossing, a golf vacation here could be a double-treat.
  • Tahoe Donner: Also in the Truckee area is this amazing, towering pine-lined course on 200 acres of pristine Sierra landscape. Tahoe Donner provides an 18-hole, 7,002-yard par-72 championship golf course. With stunning views and meandering creeks, granite rock formations, elevations changes and greens so consistently pure they are recognized as the “Best Greens in the Tahoe Region,” this is a true mountain course where golfers can enjoy the serenity of their natural surroundings.

A little bit further away, but still within an hour’s drive of North Lake Tahoe, you can find:

  • Montreux Golf 4x6Montreux Golf and Country Club: Located in Reno, Nevada, at this home of the Reno-Tahoe Open, you will find a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course that he called one of his top five designs. This course winds through nearly 7,500 yards of rolling greens, drops in elevation and quiet meandering creeks bordered by towering pines. Trying to keep your eye on the ball and not get distracted by the magnificent scenery may be your biggest challenge here.
  • Graeagle Meadows Golf Course: is one hour north from Reno and Tahoe in Graeagle, CA. This location bordering the Tahoe National Forest and along the Middle Fork Feather River in Plumas County, offers more mountain views, tall pines and lots of water with elevated tees across its 6,725 yards of “extreme golf.”

In Conclusion:
No matter what courses you choose to play in this golfing haven, you are sure to find the scenery breathtaking, the courses challenging and your experience at Lake Tahoe delightful.

About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company.

Summer 2014 Bucket List

Ever feel like summer flies by so fast that you aren’t able to get to half the activities you wanted to? With so much going on in the Reno Tahoe area, we can hardly blame you. Make sure summer doesn’t slip away from you this year by creating a bucket list with exciting events and new activities to make the most out of your summer! Here are some must-do’s to add to your list:

1. Explore Tahoe

Not only does North Lake Tahoe offer relaxing beaches with incredible mountain views, it also has some of the clearest blue water that you truly have to see to believe. Go explore more than the beach by trying out a fun water activity like paddle boarding. Or, take on new heights by parasailing over the lake, an unforgettable experience that offers a panoramic view of the lake.

Kayak, boat, Jet Ski, sail, row… so much to do, so little time!

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2. Attend a summer Festival

Who doesn’t love live music, cool brews and good eats? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy all of that and more! There is no shortage of exciting festivals in Reno Tahoe during the summertime. Kick off summer by spending the first day of summer at Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. And, don’t miss out on The North Tahoe Beer and Bluegrass Festival. Check out all of the exciting festivals!

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3. Tell your friend to “Take a hike…”

… with you on one of the wonderful trails Reno Tahoe has to offer! Whether it’s the mountains of Tahoe or the hills of Reno, soak up the rays while staying active and exploring new areas. If you’re more experienced, pack a lunch and give Mt. Rose a go, traversing 10 miles while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. More of a beginner? Not a problem. Start with the Cross Peak trail- an hour long hike that reveals expansive views of Reno and Sparks. Don’t forget to sign the guest book at the top of the summit to prove you made it!

No matter what trail you decide to take, remember to enjoy the journey- don’t forget to stop and smell the pine trees every once and awhile!

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4. Laugh all the way to the River Bank

Located at the heart of Reno’s downtown, surrounded by local eateries and shops, enjoy the Truckee River and all it has to offer is a must-add to your bucket list. Escape the heat and take a dip in the river at Wingfield Park- a free water park. Feeling more adventurous? Reserve a professional guide and whitewater raft down the river, a fun and exciting journey beginning in Truckee and ending in downtown Reno.

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The Ultimate Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe

Sport your Red, White and Tahoe Blue as sparks fly on the Fourth of July in Reno Tahoe USA! Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe will light up the night with the largest firework shows in the region, good eats and treats for the kids.

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Go to North Lake for sun, sand and the largest fireworks display in Lake Tahoe for the 4th! The sixth annual celebration offers good old-fashioned fun for all ages, with a parade and festival, aerial and land military demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, and carnival. Voted by MSN.Travel.com and AOL.com as one of the “Top Ten 4th of July Festivals in America.”

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The region’s longest, most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the roof of JA Nugget while thousands of revelers celebrate July 4th on Victorian Square below. Live entertainment for the whole family, a kid’s area and an array of food choices complete the evening.

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Celebrate the Fourth with America’s pastime. Grab a hot dog, watch the Reno Aces baseball team take on Sacramento, sip on a cold local brew, and sit back for a major pyrotechnic presentation after the game at Aces Stadium! It doesn’t get much more American than that.

Downtown Reno will spice up the All-American weekend with the 13th annual Wing Fest! Sample sauces, get wigged out on wings and jam to (free!) live entertainment!IMG_1353