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3-Day Getaway Weekend Guide

No time is ever enough to take on all that the Reno Tahoe area has to offer, but how’s a three-day weekend for starters? Whether you’re looking for a snowy, high-adventure escape, or a relaxing getaway with friends, we have 7 reasons you should use this 3-day weekend to visit Reno Tahoe USA:

1. Downtown Reno Wine Walk

Jensen_L WineWalk 0139_3872x2592Every third Saturday of the month (including Jan 19!) from 2pm – 5pm, Riverwalk merchants host the popular Wine Walk along the Truckee River and neighboring streets in downtown Reno. Wine-tasting fee of $20 allows you to sample wine at any participating locations.

2. Ski and Board a new resort in Tahoe

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There are 18 ski resorts within 90 minutes of downtown Reno. Chances are you haven’t hit all of them. So find some slopes you haven’t shredded! It just might become your new go-to.

3. Get cozy in Midtown

Clark_K midtownad 16_1680x1437Grab a local brew, split a bottle of specialty wine, or sip a latte to quench your thirst between shopping sprees and games of pool. It’s all walking distance in the new hip Midtown District!

4. Fish in the middle Downtown Reno

Rudd_A Waiting Reno Background 021_4002x2722Yes they’ll bite! Wilderness flows right through the downtown area, bringing all sorts of cuddly critters, and hungry fish under our city lights.

5. Rink on the River

Elliott_D IceSkating Downtown Reno 018_3872x2592Delight in an afternoon at Rink on the River, located along the Truckee River in downtown Reno.

6. Relax!

Tokunaga_M colt donner lake 004_5184x3456Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. Donner Lake is a must-see hidden gem in the Sierra.

7. Cheers to the three-day weekend

Jensen_L SierraTapHouse 236_3872x2592Grab a brew and play a game of shuffleboard at one of the hip bars along the Riverwalk, like Ole Bridge Pub.

Pro Football Championship Parties

While The Big Game is in New Orleans, the real party is in Reno Tahoe USA!  Big screens, beer, buffets and the Budweiser Girls. What more could you ask for?

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

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For an experience packed with hard hitting action on massive screens, stadium food and Budweiser Girls, the Peppermill’s Super Stadium Bash XLVII is the place to be. Tickets are $60 per person in advance, and $65 at the door. Admission to the party includes:

  • Complimentary Bud & Bud Light at every table
  • Three drink tickets per person
  • Meet and greet with the Budweiser Girls
  • All-you-can-eat stadium food buffet
  • Door prizes every quarter
  • Complimentary gift

The party kicks off at 2:30 pm.

Eldorado Hotel Casino

Enjoy the game while lounging in Eldorado’s award winning showroom. With stadium style seating, you’ll have the best seat in the house – no matter where you sit. Tickets for a reserved seat are $25 and include a special souvenir hat, beverage and your choice of a hot dog, nachos or sandwich. You’ll also party with former NFL stars, such as, Frank Hawkins of the Oakland Raiders and Glenn Carano of the Dallas Cowboys. Doors open at 2:30 pm.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Join the Big Game Party hosted by Silver Legacy at the Downtown Reno Ballroom where you won’t miss a single snap, hit, touchdown or hilarious commercial while watching the game on multiple giant screens. In between plays and high-fiving your buddies, enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet, along with a complimentary drink and commemorative hat. The party starts at 2 pm.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Catch all the exciting Big Bowl Bash drawings at the Atlantis Race & Sports Book, including a chance to win $100,000 if the opening or second half kickoff is returned for a touchdown. Receive one drawing entry for every $25 sports or race wager made from noon through the end of the game. For great food and drink specials, head over to the Sports Bar & Lounge where you’ll also have a shot at Bud Light giveaways throughout the game.

With the Atlantis Big Bowl Bash Getaway Packages, NFL Championship excitement and Four Diamond luxury go hand-in-hand like Colin Kaepernick and record rushing yards. Choose from the following packages and enjoy Luxury Tower accommodations for two, along with two tickets to the Big Bowl Bash.

  • 1 night package – February 3.  $240
  • 2 night package – February 2 & 3. $390
  • 3 night package – February 1, 2 & 3. $540

Circus Circus Reno

To celebrate the biggest football game of the year, Circus Circus Reno is transforming into Super Sunday Central with the grand opening of the newly remodeled Race and Sports Book where you’ll party with the Corona Girls while enjoying Batch 19, 1554 and Big Eddie Stout beer tastings. At Dos Geckos Cantina, the Tequila Girls will kick the party up a notch with tequila tastings, while $2 domestic draft beers flow at every bar across the property. And most importantly, there isn’t a spot in Dos Geckos, the Race and Sports Book or on the casino floor where you won’t be able to see the game with TV screen galore!

Grand Sierra Resort Casino

Earn big bucks while cheering on your favorite team during the Big Game Watch and Win, where 12 lucky winners will pick from suitcases containing $250 – $2,500 cash.

For more information visit our events calendar.

HOLLAND PROJECT GALLERY TO FEATURE EIGHT NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS CELEBRATING SNOWBOARDING AT ITS BEST

Exhibit opens January 14 with the opening reception scheduled for Friday, January 18, and a special movie premier at the Nevada Museum of Art Saturday, February 2

The Holland Project Gallery will host Built to Weather, a group photography exhibit celebrating eras, pivotal moments and stellar landscapes related to snowboarding. It’s the first time a show of this context and caliber has been exhibited in Reno.

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The exhibit opens January 14 and runs through February 8 at the Holland Project Gallery located at 140 Vesta St. between Wells Avenue and Virginia Street in Reno.  The opening reception for Built to Weather will take place Friday, January 18 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Holland Project.

Built to Weather will feature eight renowned photographers including: Bud Fawcett, Ian Ruhter, Mike Basich, Jim Zellers with Richard Leversee, Mike Yoshida, Paul Laca, Chris Carnel and Tim Peare.

The exhibit curator Chris Carnel has tracked down prominent works from these diverse globetrotting photographers to form a unique crew of individuals intrinsically involved with snowboarding. This diverse selection of photographs features pinnacle, historical moments involving iconic individuals that have lived and breathed the life of the sport.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Nevada Museum of Art will be screening Basich’s film Open Space at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 2. Admission is $5.  The film will be followed by a question and answer session with Chris Carnel and Ian Ruhter. They will speak about their involvement in documenting the sport; Ruhter from both sides of the camera. Ruhter will also elaborate on his cutting edge style of shooting involving a truck and wet plates as well his work in Built to Weather and being an ex-pro in the sport.

Of the group, Bud Fawcett has photographed some of the inaugural moments in snowboarding history. Fawcett moved to Tahoe in the early 1980’s. He came from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with a background in photojournalism to document the earliest inklings of what freestyle snowboarding would become. Fawcett also became the photo editor for the legendary International Snowboard Magazine in the late 80’s. His subjects like Terry Kidwell, Shaun Palmer and Keith Kimmel were way ahead of the curve and heavily influenced by iconic vert skaters like Hosoi and Caballero.

Representing a more current end of the spectrum, Richard Leversee photographs of Jim Zellers in the exhibition depict a noteworthy moment in snowboarding history. Zellers, early mountaineer in the world of snowboarding, was documented by Leversee as the first and only person to snowboard the 45 degree cable-route side of Yosemite’s Half-Dome. In 2001, after five years of winter attempts, Zellers and Leversee hiked through the night to arrive in perfect conditions to climb and freeride down Half-Dome unassisted.

Curating these images by Fawcett and Leversee as well as photographs by Ruhter, Basich, Yoshida, Laca and Peare, Chris Carnel is drawing from his own experience within the sport. Having grown up in Reno, Carnel started shooting photography in the mid-80’s. By the end of the 90’s, he had worked with International Snowboard Magazine ISM (ISM), Snowboarder Magazine, Thrasher, Trans-World Snowboarding, Bikini and Heckler. In 2001 he helped publish A Declaration of Independents. Through his early and continued involvement in snowboarding, Carnel brings an authentic knowledge of the sport to the work he has selected for the exhibition.

For more information on Built to Weather, please visit www.hollandreno.org.

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Accomplish in Reno Tahoe USA

It’s that time of year to set New Year’s Resolutions. Make your list, and make it happen!

1. Get Active:

Ski, surf and golf in the same day.

Scale the world’s largest climbing wall in downtown Reno.

Shop the world’s largest sporting good’s store in Sparks (It’s so big, it’s definitely a workout to tour it all.)

Sail, hike, paddleboard, snowshoe, kayak, the list goes on…

2. Learn Something New:

Learn to ski at one of the top ski resorts in the country.

Learn to camel jockey at the International Camel Races.

Learn to play the tables –expert dealers will help you learn the game while cocktail waitresses serve you free drinks!

Again, the list can go on…

3. Save Money:

Reno Tahoe USA boasts the top hotels, spas, ski resorts, and attractions in the world, and we’ll let you enjoy them without emptying your wallet. That’s our small town lifestyle shining through.

4. Help Others:

Most of our events benefit amazing organizations. Whether you’ve joined thousands in the Santa Pub Crawl, raising money for Washoe County Schools, or attended the Reno-Tahoe Open, generating money for their foundation, it pays to come to our events!

5. Enjoy Life:

All seasons ~ 1,000 reasons. Find your passion in Reno Tahoe USA.

Cheers!

Exhibits to Visit: January

A monthly roundup of museum events, exhibits and deals you won’t want to pass by!

Nevada Museum of Art

213The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon

Through February 10

Celebrate a bygone era during this exhilarating presentation of vintage neon signs that once graced some of Nevada’s most iconic restaurants, casinos, hotels, and business establishments. From flashing incandescent bulbs to candy-colored neon tubes, the nostalgic pieces featured in this exhibition have not been seen publicly since they illuminated street side locales decades ago.

SPECIAL EVENTS

ART BITE — Meet the Artist: Jean-Pierre Bonfort

Friday, January 11 / noon

French photographer Jean-Pierre Bonfort will talk about using a cell phone camera to create the journey documented in his photographs. He will be joined by Denis Bisson, the Cultural Attaché to the French Consulate in San Francisco.

Free for Museum members and with paid admission

Reno’s Mad Men: Celebrating the Oral Histories of Old Reno in Sound, Light, and Image

Thursday, January 17 / 6 – 8 pm

Reno’s “mad men” era was a time of intense interest in Reno as a place, a destination city of gaming, glitz, and glamour, and it kindled a strong advertising sector around the old casinos. Listen to the voices of old Reno’s “mad men” through newly digitized oral histories, and join the conversation to share stories of your experiences of Reno’s past. Colin Robertson, Curator of Education, and Alicia Barber, Director of the University of Nevada, Reno Oral History Program, will facilitate an informal roundtable discussion. Following the program, enjoy a classic cocktail in the gallery, surrounded by the signs in The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon.

$10 / $8 Museum members

Film: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a film by Alison Klayman

Saturday, January 19 / 1 pm

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai Weiwei expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

$10 / $8 Museum members

The Discovery

calendar_marblingThe Discovery recently added several new exhibits focused on early motion picture techniques in its Da Vinci’s Corner gallery. The additions include a tabletop praxinoscope and zoetrope and a large, free-standing zoetrope that measures more than six feet in diameter. A humorous animated introduction to the inventors of these animation devices is also featured as part of these new exhibits.

Marvelous Marbling

January 5, 12, 19, 26

Create your own marbled stationary while you learn about the principles of density that make this unique art project possible.

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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New Year’s Eve in Reno Tahoe USA

Ring in the New Year with Reno Tahoe USA! The hottest parties of the year will be spinning beats bumping with invigorating energy. Complimentary champagne toasts, party favors and extensive firework shows are also noteworthy.

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BuBinga Lounge will host a special New Year’s Eve Midnight Masquerade featuring Roni Romance and DJ Dragon spinning well into the New Year. General admission is $35 in advance or guests can upgrade to a $100 all access pass that includes an open premium bar from 8 p.m. to midnight and no waiting access to BuBinga, The Brew Brothers, Cin Cin and Roxy plus party favors, countdown and midnight toast.

The Brew Brothers New Year’s Eve features The Crashers playing today’s hits and DJ D.Rek rockin’ the beats well into 2013. One $15 cover includes entry to The Brew Brothers and Roxy’s Bar and Lounge and includes party favors plus a countdown and midnight shot.

Roxy’s Bar and Lounge mixes it up this New Year’s Eve! Gil, Stam and Bobby play at the piano bar starting at 4:30 p.m. with DJ Freeze stepping in to turn it up into the “oui” hours of the morning! $15 cover gets everyone party favors and midnight toast plus entry into The Brew Brothers.

Those looking for a more laid back place to ring in 2013 can head to Cin Cin Bar and Lounge.  Enjoy an artisan cocktail – or two – and relax with friends in the stylish and comfortable lounge, no cover charge.

DOWNTOWN FIREWORKS

Back by popular demand, downtown Reno will be aglow as tens of thousands revelers pack downtown Reno for the non-stop, 15-minute fireworks show. Hundreds of sparkling pyrotechnics will be shot off from four different roof levels ensuring there will be spectacular viewing from every angle.

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Party at EDGE nightspot! Doors Open 8 pm, tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door.

Enjoy complimentary Champagne from 8 to 10 pm, Midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. World-renowned DJ Risk One, spins the party. Party favors for all guests include masquerade masks, mustache on a stick and more! Cocktail attire encouraged.

Party, sip and boogie at our Fourth Floor Capri Ballroom Bash from 9:30pm – 2:30am! Too Smooth will set the musical mood for an evening of dancing, mingling, cocktails and party favors. Tickets are $60 per person and include three drink tickets, party favors and a champagne toast. Purchase ticket online at www.peppermillreno.com

If you’re looking for non-stop excitement, party from 8:30pm to 12:30am on the casino floor! Enjoy complimentary champagne and party favors while you celebrate all night long!

CAL NEVA RESORT

The 6th annual Black & White Super Ball at Cal Neva Resort features headliners Tipper, The Pimps of Joytime, Love and Light and more in North Lake Tahoe’s biggest New Year’s Eve Party! See live acts in the Frank Sinatra Showroom, and electronic acts in the lobby and Indian room.

GRAND SIERRA RESORT
Frozen in Time: the celebration of all time – literally! Dress in costume from your favorite era – 50s sock hop, 20s flapper girl, 90s parachute pants… you get it. Prizes will be given away for the best dressed at WET Ultra Lounge and Bar.

Toast to the New Year with a casino-wide countdown, special New Year’s dining menus, and great cocktails!

JOHN ASCUAGA’S NUGGET

Ring in the New Year with a casino-wide celebration. The Celebrity Showroom turns into a big dance party with live entertainment:

  • Laugh Out the Year with Billy Gardell - Saturday 12/29
  • Celebrate New Year’s with The FIXX on New Year’s Eve at 10pm 

Enjoy two complimentary champagne toasts, and countdown to midnight, complete with party favors!

SILVER LEGACY

Silver Legacy is Rockin’ the Dome again this New Year’s Eve with DJ Kentot, dance parties and a spectacular midnight countdown and fireworks show on Monday, December 31! Start the festivities off on Sunday, December 30 with country singer Gary Allan in the Grande Exposition Hall at 8pm. Event includes one drink, party favors and champagne toast at midnight.

LAKE TAHOE BILTMORE

The Tahoe Biltmore will be hosting a free champagne toast at midnight, live entertainment, dining specials, and cash giveaways this NYE!

ATLANTIS

Ring in the New Year in style at Atlantis with an exciting evening complete with free cabaret entertainment, party favors and a midnight champagne toast on the casino floor.

A Mega Deal from Megabus.com

These days, what can a dollar get you? A few sticks of gum. Some candy out of the office vending machine. Maybe a couple of items from the dollar store. How about a trip to Reno Tahoe USA!

Beginning December 12, Megabus.com will offer express travel between Sparks/Reno, Sacramento and San Francisco with fare starting as low as $1. So, if you’re traveling from the Bay Area, you can enjoy some of the best skiing in the world, 24-hour nightlife and extraordinary specials events for an unprecedented $2.50 round trip! And to celebrate the new service, all tickets booked for the first week of travel, December 12-19, will be $1!

The sleek, green-certified double-decker buses are equipped with everything you need to travel in comfort and convenience, including free Wi-Fi and power outlets for those who need to get some work done before playing.

Be sure to plan ahead and book your trip in advance as fares start as low as $1 and gradually increase as the traveling date nears.

A Warm Bed for a Great Price

If you need a place stay once you get into Sparks, take advantage of the Strike It Rich package at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, starting at $38.39 per night. Enjoy:

  • FREE room upgrade to the Premier East Tower
  • Daily breakfast for two – American Breakfast in Rosie’s Café
  • 30% off purchases in Chonne’s Salon
  • 30% off purchases in the Nugget Gift Shop

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Available now through December 31.

For information on the adventure awaiting you in Reno Tahoe USA, please visit our activities page.

Santa is coming to town… by the thousands

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Reno Santa Pub Crawl

‘Tis the season to gather in downtown Reno with thousands of Santas, elves, candy canes and Rudolphs for the 2012 Santa Pub Crawl! Dawn your Santa suit, ugly sweater, or any other Christmas costume and join the wassailing masses on December 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. You’ll have a merry time caroling through the streets while enjoying drink specials at a slew of bars with the purchase of a $5 commemorative cup. Pick up your cups early at participating locations, or purchase it the night of the crawl at participating bars.

Before you hit the crawl, check out these additional spirited events:

Bowling with the Elves – December 14

If you’re arriving in Reno on the Friday before the Crawl, make your way to the National Bowling Stadium for the first ever Bowling with Elves. Santa’s little helpers (and apparently little bowlers) are teaming up with Toys for Tots, so bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation and receive a discount on your entry fee.

The Great Santa Dash – December 15

Before taking advantage of the jolly drink specials at the crawl, burn a few extra calories at The Great Santa Dash 5k run/walk at Winfield Park. Runners of all levels are welcome and holiday attire is strongly encouraged. So slip into your Santa suit a little early and join the fun.  The run kicks off at 10:00 a.m., rain, snow or shine!

Event fees: $32 Adults, $22 Youth (17 and younger)

Santa Ski Crawl – December 15

Forget the one-horse open slay. Grab your skis or board and dash through the snow in style at Mt Rose Ski Tahoe. Anyone dressed up as Jolly St. Nick or in similar festive garb will receive a $39 lift ticket on the day of the crawl (just wearing a Santa hat will not qualify). Be sure to gather on the stairs of the Main Lodge at 11:00 am for the group photo shoot, followed by a massive Santa group ski from the top of the KC Bowl at 11:30 am.

For more information on holiday events in Reno Tahoe, take a look at our events calendar.

7 Reasons to be Thankful for Spending Thanksgiving Weekend in Reno Tahoe

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. In addition to our loving fans and family, we have 7 more reasons Reno Tahoe is the place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday.

1. We encourage you to step away from the roaster

Relax. Let us take care of Thanksgiving this year, we’ll even do all of your dishes – said no one ever …said our culinary experts!!

2. Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts are OPEN

Snow dumped the mountains allowing ski resorts to open early, then the storm cleared out for a blue sky Thanksgiving weekend… Mother Nature, we thank you!

3. Party Thanksgiving Eve at BuBinga

NYE has some friendly competition. Before the family dysfunction and food-induced coma, burn off that extra helping stuffing and gravy by dancing the night away at BuBinga Lounge. Feast on $3 drink specials – like pumpkin pie shots, Wild Turkey and Coors Lights.

2532052910_2c5b882c6c4. It’s Opening Weekend of Rink on the River

There is nothing like introducing the holidays with a few laps around the ice rink, hot cocoa in hand, and taking in the sights of Reno’s downtown Christmas tree glistening next to the Truckee River.

5. Time for the annual Scheels Turkey Trot

Trot away extra calories with friends and family, and give thanks to good health Thanksgiving morning at the Sparks Marina.

6. There is a wide variety of entertainment lined up

What do Rodney Carrington, Alice Cooper and The Commodores have in common? Not much, aside from they are famous and performing in Reno Tahoe Thanksgiving weekend!

7. Hotel deals!

Stay and ski packages, 3rd night FREE, our hotels want you to sleep comfortably this holiday season.