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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!

Spring’s Top 11 Things to Do in Reno Tahoe

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Ok, just take a look outside and you’ll see that spring has sprung in Reno Tahoe! Temperatures are warmer, trees and flowers are blooming and winter clothes are headed for storage, so that opens up a lot of fun activities and events for everyone to enjoy. That being said, here are our Top 11 picks for you and your family to check out!

1. Reno Aces Baseball – April 1st

Plaaaayyyy Baaallllll! It’s that time of year again, when the boys of summer take to the diamond, and begin a full season of America’s favorite pastime! The Reno Aces play (in our opinion) one of the most beautiful minor league parks anywhere in the country, and this season promises to be an exciting one as the Aces vie for the championship of the Pacific Coast League. So come out to the park, get a dog and a drink, sit back and enjoy a great evening of baseball!

2. Reno Jazz Festival – April 10-12

If you’re a jazz aficionado, this annual festival is the place to be! One of the world’s largest and most enduring celebrations of jazz, this three-day event hosts a variety of jazz artists, and this year be sure to see trumpeter Avishai Cohen and Grammy-nominated Kneebody.

3. Skiing, Golf and Grilling!

How many places anywhere in the world can boast of having great skiing and snowboarding resorts that are less than an hour away, and then have the option to end the day back in town, swinging the clubs or cooking outside in shirtsleeves and sandals? Well, the early days of spring in Reno Tahoe have all of that going for it! The snow typically stays fresh in the area ski resorts throughout the month of April, and the evening temperatures in the valley are nice enough to spend the evening outside, enjoying great food and great company. So fire up the grill, put on your best chefs apron, and try it – you’ll love it!

4. Virginia City Grand Prix – April 26-27

This outlaw motorcycle race is famous throughout the world and starts in historic downtown Virginia City. The racing heads out to the surrounding hills for more than four and a half hours of action-packed excitement, and the bikes reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour! Catch some of the race, and then head to one of the many wonderful restaurants and bars in Virginia City – and also take in some of the great shopping that’s available there as well!

5. Reno River Festival – May 10-11

Few cities are lucky enough to have a river as beautiful as the Truckee wind through downtown, and every May there’s a festival to prove it! This premier outdoor event includes paddle sport whitewater competitions, yoga in the park, live music and entertainment, unique vendors selling their wares, and plenty of children’s activities. Dip your toes in the water, and join in the fun!

6. Go hiking and take in the wildflowers – all spring long!

The Reno Tahoe area is loaded with great hiking possibilities, so why not put on your boots and check out the beautiful scenery! There are some amazing overlooks, particular around Lake Tahoe, but you can stay closer to home and hike up some of the hills just outside of town! One of the added benefits of the spring season is the many beautiful species of wildflowers that seem to grow everywhere in a rainbow of different colors, so be prepared to be dazzled!

7. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series – May 30-31

The Lucas Oil series is a nationally televised off-road racing series that matches action sports celebrities against motocross champions and racing legends. The series is held at the Wild West Motorsports Park, which offers fantastic, unobstructed views from the grandstands and lets fans really feel close to all of the racing action! Just imagine 900 horsepower trucks battling it out – it’s like a full contact MMA fight on wheels!

8. Spring Fever Revival – May 30-31

If you’re into classic cars and some good old-time rock and roll, twist your way back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s during a fun-filled weekend in downtown Reno! There’s plenty of food and beverage booths, vendors showing their wares and live entertainment for people of all ages.

9. Street Vibrations Spring Rally – June 6-8

Has your Harley spent the winter locked up in the garage? It’s time to take it out, tune it up, and enjoy a weekend of pure motorcycle fun! Street Vibrations will be held throughout the streets of downtown Reno and there will be live entertainment, bike games, competition ride-in-shows, poker runs and walks, lots of food and street vendors selling everything from apparel to bike parts! It’s the ultimate weekend for motorcycle lovers.

10. Bike riding on the Tahoe Flume Trail

Are you a dedicated trail rider or a newbie who wants to try a challenging course with beautiful scenery? The Tahoe Flume Trail may just be the challenge you’re looking for! The Flume Trail is constantly cited in magazines and blogs as one of the most scenic trails for mountain bikers and trail runners anywhere in the country. Just remember to be safe, and you might want to take along a camera to shoot some beautiful vistas of Lake Tahoe.

11. Reno Rodeo – June 19-28

Widely considered the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo features 10 nights of best rodeo competition in the country. The rodeo is held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Center and features over 750 athletes competing in events including team roping, professional bill riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bronc riding. Also take in the Double R Marketplace for western shopping, great food, a carnival and mutton bustin’!

Well, that’s just a small sampling of what’s available in Reno Tahoe in the spring! For more ideas be sure to check our website at www.visitrenotahoe.com

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

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5. Rink on the River

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6. Relax!

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7. Cheers to the three-day weekend

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Before the World Ends in 100 Days…

If the Mayans were right, their calendar was flawless, no cavemen scholar in 5,000 years falsely interpreted the message, and the world’s longest game of Telephone is still passing along the original message, the end of the world is 100 days away. As Scooby Doo would say… Zoinks!

Regardless if the calendar is fact or myth, take this opportunity, excuse if you will, to live the rest of this year as if the Mayans’ message stands true. Our challenge to you: Live Your Passions.

Here are 101 things to do in these next 100 days, exploring passions of all sorts, should you find yourself in Reno Tahoe USA:

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Cyndi Lauper – Don’t miss the chance to hear Cyndi sing her new Blues songs along with all of her original hits including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

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Hairspray – Its last week in town, Hairspray is going to go big – and we’re not just talking about the hair.

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Disney on Ice Presents: Treasure Trove – See all your favorite Disney stars in this magical performance.

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Weird Al Yankovic – The biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time has returned to demolish the pop landscape with Alpocalypse, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years.

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Mike Winfield – Reno Tahoe Comedy presents Mike Windfield from NBC’s “The Office.”

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Wynonna – Wynonna always gets her point across whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down with her unflinching honesty for a bold appearance with her fans.

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1_canfest-2011-renoVeterans Day Parade – March through the heart of downtown Reno and honors those who have sacrificed to protect our country. ROTC units, marching bands and flag-waving citizens turn out in force.

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CANFEST – More than 30 breweries from around the world will be offering up their canned creations to beer enthusiasts.

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Gordon Lightfoot – this legendary singer/songwriter has achieved international success with his music, helping define the folk-pop sound of the 60s-70s.

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UNR Ski Swap – No better way to get ready for the upcoming ski season than buying all your gear up to 70% off!

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FREE Saturday at the Nevada Museum of Art – every 2nd Saturday of the month is Free at the Art Museum.

For more events, check out our events calendar.

Haunted Hotels … do you dare?

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The original Mapes Hotel, a grand beauty of a building near the Truckee River, was haunted for decades by an unknown spirit. After it was torn down, the same presence has been reported lingering near the ice rink on the spot of the old hotel that is set up in the winter months.

GOLD HILL HOTEL

A few miles out of Virginia City is the little town of Gold Hill.  This is the town where the actual gold strikes began just prior to the biggest gold and silver strike ever (called the Comstock Lode) occurred in Virginia City.

Gold Hill has its share of mines that are still under the ground.  The Yellow Jacket mine, the Commons mine and all the rest are still here.  Miners were killed in some of these mines due to accidents.  Right behind the Gold Hill Hotel is the Yellow Jacket mine.  The miners didn’t have electricity with which to do their work.  They had to use candlelight.  Oxygen was limited underground and the gases that emanated from under the ground combined and fires were a constant danger.  Unfortunately, a fire broke out in the Yellow Jacket mine in 1873 and 37 miners were killed and were left buried at the bottom of the mine shafts behind this hotel.

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The Millionaires Club

“Locals and tourists rub shoulders and swap stories at The Old Washoe Club. Originally called The Millionaires Club, it was built so that nouveau riche gentlemen might enjoy the pleasures of wealth, in comfort and style. At one time, the building was even used to store corpses when the ground was frozen too solid for digging graves.

“Three ghosts haunt The Old Washoe Club; A lovely, blonde apparition, known as the lady in blue, the specter of a scared little girl, and a grizzled prospector who occasionally cadges drinks from unsuspecting patrons. Ladies be warned, the door to the women’s room locks and unlocks itself.” – Janice Oberding, Suite 101 Article.

These stories and more are part of the Old Washoe Club.  What people don’t know is that there are two totally different sites of the Old Washoe Club.  There are two different “parts” to the Old Washoe Club.  There is the bar and snack bar downstairs.  There you will find the winding staircase.  This staircase was the original front door to The Millionaires Club.  This would be where respectable men turned millionaires would be greeted.  Behind the scenes was where the real action took place.

OVERNIGHT GHOST HUNTING EVENT

Halloween is just around the corner! Spend it with us as we Ghost Hunt and attempt to communicate with the lovely spirits here at St. Mary’s Art Center, fondly known as The St. Mary Louise Hospital, established in 1876 located in Virginia City, NV.  Mark your calendar and make your reservation now. Price includes overnight accommodations plus we have a special 2 nighter package as well.  Go to the following link for more info and to purchase your ticket.

http://www.virginiacityparanormal.com/upcoming-events.html