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36 Hours in Lake Tahoe

With new direct daily flights between Reno Tahoe and New York City beginning in May, The New York Times has put together a getaway guide for New Yorkers to keep Reno Tahoe at the top of their list for weekend getaways.

“The lake’s vastness can be absorbed only by being there — or better yet, skiing the dozen resorts surrounding it, their trails like frozen white waterfalls cutting through the fir-lined mountains. Lake Tahoe has two distinctive areas: the north side, where cowboy-chic cabins and semi-isolated shops and cafes overlook a quiet shoreline; and South Tahoe, which glitters with casinos, clubs and a slew of new upscale boutique hotels hovering above the lake. Skiing both sides in one weekend is an ambitious undertaking, but the lake’s wilderness spirit and surprising contrasts are compelling enough to pull you into its adventurous orbit…” Continue reading the full, original story with the suggested itinerary on New York Times Travel.

Be sure to watch this short clip with tips from locals and experts!

Nonstop Air Service to Reno Tahoe USA Continues to Grow

The nonstop lifestyle is pretty common in a 24-hour destination like Reno Tahoe USA. But with new air service at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, you can get the party started and keep it going without interruption from takeoff to touchdown.

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Among new nonstop offerings to Reno Tahoe USA, JetBlue Airlines promises to get travelers from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Aiport (JFK) to RNO a whole lot faster when service begins May 28, 2015.

“A nonstop link between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and New York City is long overdue,” said James Hnat, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Government Affairs, JetBlue. “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.”

But New Yorkers aren’t the only travelers being granted nonstop access to Reno Tahoe USA. Volaris Airlines recently launched new direct service from Guadalajara (GDL) to RNO, and Londoners will have the same advantage when Thomas Cook Airlines begins its nonstop service from Gatwick (LGW) in December 2015.

With more nonstop options from farther away than ever before, the time is right for your next vacation in Reno Tahoe USA. All Seasons ~ 1,000 Reasons.

All Aboard! Bay Area Trains are Headed To Reno!

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If you’re looking to spice up your next trip to Reno, opt for a unique mode of transportation to get you through the Sierra Nevada Mountains!

The Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train are both easy, affordable, and special ways to get you from the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Key Holidays understand the importance of convenient transportation, but they have taken it to the next level with these entertaining train options. The midweek Sierra Scenic Train offers historical narration, meals, a café/bar, and a Piano Lounge Car where you can relax and take in the gorgeous views of the Sierras alongside some great entertainment while cruising through the Donner Pass. The weekend Reno Fun Train is the party train complete with a performance in the Dance Car by Elvis, a Smoking Car with a Cigar Lounge, first class table dining, and more that has been serving up a good time for 52 years (for passengers 21 and older)! For some seasonal fun, the midweek Sierra Scenic Train offers wintery specials February through March that gives passengers some amazing views of the snow-covered Sierras. These trains often have themed rides, such as Soul Train, Mardi Gras, and Motown to add to the fun! Trains depart from Bay Area and Sacramento Amtrak stations and arrive in Reno (other Amtrak stops available at an extra cost). Many Reno hotels provide shuttle services to and from the station to add to the convenience of this experience. Whether you’re heading to Reno for a business trip, a family vacation, or a getaway with friends, the Reno Fun Train and Sierra Scenic Train will all get you where you need to go in style.

For more information, a complete list of amenities, themes, scheduling, and reservations visit Key Holidays’ webpage here.

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Reno Named a Top 10 Budget Destination of 2015

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ShermansTravel Blog recently released their Top 10 Budget Destinations of 2015 and Reno-Tahoe made the cut! The locations on the list were placed in no specific order, and Reno was chosen along with other places, such as Algarve, Portugal; Africa Safari Destinations; Kansas City, MO; Providence, RI; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Read on to see exactly what the staff from ShermansTravel had to say about the process of developing this list and their praises for our city.

“The holiday rush is over. The gifts are given. The resolutions are made. Now it’s time to take a break — or at least plan one. Here’s a list of some travel destinations that we’re excited about in 2015. We think the following places embody the best that the world has to offer — expansive beaches, small-town charm, under-the-radar restaurant scenes, and much more. The best part? These destinations were chosen because they offer travelers something special at a price that won’t destroy their bank accounts. Here at ShermansTravel, we firmly believe that Europe doesn’t always have to be expensive, that the South Pacific can be considered a “budget” vacation, and that America’s cities are teeming with culture at an amazing price. Here’s where our budget-conscious selves are looking for value in 2015. We hope that these surprise and inspire you…”

Reno-Tahoe, NV: Is Reno-Tahoe America’s next hipster city? With Tesla building a $5 billion gigafactory with Panasonic, and its new status as a drone testing site, the region’s certainly poised for the kind of boom Seattle enjoyed back in the ’80s. In Reno, accommodations are averaging less than $100 per night, making the city an extremely affordable base for exploring Tahoe’s world-class ski resorts (there are 16 within a 45 minutes’ drive). Even AAA 4-Diamond properties like the Peppermill — whose hot water and heating is powered by a geothermal well — often go for under $120 per night. In and around downtown, visitors have 300+ days of sunshine a year to enjoy all manners of outdoor fun, from fly fishing and rock climbing to mountain biking and paddle boarding. And don’t forget to sniff out the Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack mobster sites, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and $10 gold and silver mine tours in nearby Virginia City for a good dose of culture. [Read more about Lake Tahoe here]“

New Non-stop between London and Reno Tahoe

The British are coming, the British are coming!

Just announced: a new non-stop flight between London Gatwick Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport beginning December 19, 2015.

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The twice-a-week service between Reno Tahoe and London, England on Thomas Cook Airlines will bring the lads to the Lake. This is the first ever non-stop scheduled service between Reno Tahoe and Europe, and it is the second international air service announcement for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the past 30 days. The airport announced a non-stop service to Guadalajara, Mexico on Volaris Airlines starting this December 16 (2014) and now next December, there will be a few more British accents on the slopes.

The twice-weekly flight will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on an Airbus 330 and will run from December 19, 2015 through April 9, 2016, adding lift for the winter ski season.

Buy your cheap flight now! Enjoy world-class ski resorts and entertainment from £399 return.

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Holiday Travel from San Francisco/Sacramento to Reno for $1

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells….oh wait…it’s too early for holiday jingles. However, it’s not too early to book holiday travel on megabus.com. Book now for travel between San Francisco, Sacramento and Reno for as low as $1, now through Jan. 7, 2014. Yep, $1.

Megabus.com, the affordable alternative to flying and driving with tickets from $1, announced ticket sales today, valid through January 7, 2014. Megabus.com, which popularized yield-management pricing in the express bus industry, advises soon-to-be travelers to book now to secure the $1 fares and other affordable fares as they will not be easier and more abundant to find than today.

With very affordable fares on state-of-the-art double-decker buses (with free Wi-Fi!), megabus.com would be an ideal way to travel this holiday season.

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Megabus.com is the leader in the fastest-growing form of transportation by a comfortable margin (megabus.com now serves nine million passengers per year and more than 30 million passengers since 2006). With a 7.5 percent rate of growth between 2011 and 2012, city-to-city express bus travel now comfortably outpaces all other forms of transportation, yet this modern travel option remains a secret to some. Not only that, but a recent study shows that motorcoaches are the most environmentally friendly form of transportation, providing 207 passenger miles per gallon of fuel compared to 27 MPG for single passenger automobiles, making them the greatest value on the road.

RENO TAHOE, THE “NEXT BIG THING”?

Northern Nevada reaches “Tipping Point” with Colin Kaepernick, Apple investment, Barrett-Jackson win and “Top 10” lists galore.

The last 12 months in Northern Nevada have led to an impressive “tipping point” in the region’s history: University of Nevada, Reno star alumni Colin Kaepernick took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in his first year as an NFL starter; Apple announced a billion dollar investment in the Reno/Sparks area, starting with the development of a new server farm for its growing iTunes and iCloud needs; Lake Tahoe was voted the #1 lake in the United States by the readers of USA Today; Barrett-Jackson, the world’s premier collector car event company, announced a new Reno Tahoe auction starting in August 2013; and the region garnered “Top 10” wins for everything from “Top 10 Ski Resorts” (Forbes), “8 Hot Towns to Snap Up Bargains Now” (Where to Retire magazine), “Healthiest Cities for Women” (Women’s Health), “America’s Hottest Cold Cities” (Livability.com), “Best Cities for Cycling” (Bicycling magazine), “Best Cities for Dogs” (Men’s Health), “Great Places for Christmas Spirit” (USA Today) to “Top 10 Spas” (Atlantis: “Best Casino Hotel Spa” and “Best for Romance”; Peppermill: “Best for LGBT”, Spafinder), “Loosest Slots in the Nation”: #1 ranking (Casino Player magazine), and many more.

arch jeff dow “It seems that the rest of the country is finally figuring out what those of us who are fortunate enough to live here – or visit regularly – already know: Reno Tahoe is one of America’s best ‘undiscovered’ four season resort destinations,” said Christopher Baum, President and CEO of Reno Tahoe USA. Added Baum, “The beauty – and mild climate – of our high desert setting in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is a distinct advantage over better-known desert resorts of the lower Southwest, especially in the summertime when our 80 to 90-degree daytime temperatures make our long list of world class sports and special events a ‘must do’ for savvy travelers who appreciate enjoying the great outdoors.”

And with hot spot Campo landing on Esquire’s list of “The Best New Restaurants in America,” even Reno’s fun dining scene is really taking off.

Amongst the many signature special events that take place annually in the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe area are “Street Vibrations” Spring and Fall motorcycle rallies; “Reno Rodeo,” including “PRCA Extreme Bulls”; “Artown”; “HDRA Reno 500 Off-Road Race”; “Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival”; “PGA Reno-Tahoe Open”; “Hot August Nights” car cruise; “Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Auction”; “Lucas Oil Off-road Racing Series”; “Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff”; “The Great Reno Balloon Race”; “Virginia City International Camel Races”; “National Championship Air Races”; and many more.

“No resort destination in North America has a stronger lineup of unique, highly attended special events and competitions every summer than Reno Tahoe USA,” according to Baum. “This region is a beehive of special event activity from June through September.”

Baum is quick to note that Reno Tahoe’s well-deserved reputation as an outdoor sports mecca helps keep the destination busy 12 months a year. Besides Lake Tahoe’s world class skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, visitors can also take advantage of whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Truckee River (including a stretch of rapids that passes right through downtown Reno); more than 50 challenging golf courses; triathlons, marathons and jogging; hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing (including North America’s tallest manmade climbing wall in downtown Reno); hunting and fishing in forest and desert locales; skydiving and parasailing; personal watercraft, paddle boarding, sailing and surfing (!) in Lake Tahoe; and off-road driving in Jeeps, dune buggies and ATVs.

“Reno is also a national leader in team competitions, with our National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno, and Golden Eagle sports complex in Sparks, hosting more bowling, baseball and softball tournaments than anywhere else in the country,” according to Baum.

Add the AAA baseball champion Reno Aces, the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns – and high school and collegiate competitions for everything from volleyball to boxing to pole vaulting – and Northern Nevada is definitely a sports destination of incredible variety and appeal.

So what does this highly diverse avalanche of national recognition, accomplishment and good news all add up to?

“We also made Businessweek’s list of ‘America’s 50 Best Cities,’ right ahead of Phoenix and Scottsdale,” according to Baum. “So if tens-of-thousands of new visitors don’t start coming here soon, I’d be very surprised.”

Lake Tahoe – America’s Best Lake

USA TODAY declared Lake Tahoe the Best Lake in America!

USA TODAY asked their readers to vote for their favorite lake, and Lake Tahoe took home the gold.

Lake TahoeTahoe was one of 15 finalists nominated by regional magazine editors. Sunset Magazine editor, Peter Fish, nominated Lake Tahoe. Fish described Tahoe as “too stunning not to be experienced” and “draws a gazillion – that’s what it feels like on a weekend, anyway— tourists who use it as a summer escape hatch.”

USA TODAY also asked readers to comment on what they would recommend to Lake Tahoe visitors. We have gathered a few of our favorite responses:

“Here’s a day in the life on the North Shore. You can watch the sunrise with my dogs and I hiking in the Tahoe meadows, then go for an early morning kayak or SUP ride on the Lake, breakfast at any number of great spots, then take the tram up to the top of Squaw for Lunch, come back to Incline and take a Sunset cruise on the Sierra Cloud, and finish up with a fabulous French dining experience at Le Bistro.” – Geno M.

“You’ll definitely want to take a cruise aboard the Sierra Cloud, docked at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village, or charter a sailboat from one of the teams launching from behind Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City. Getting out on the lake via one of these boats is so peaceful and beautiful you’ll never forget it.” – Kristen P.

“As a Tahoe local, come during the week when there are less tourists, hike our beautiful trails and make sure to get out on the lake, whether it is on a boat, SUP, or kayak…that is the best way to experience the beauty that is Tahoe.” – Jesse S. H.

“Take a super quick drive to the base of Mt Rose and visit the PGA TOUR at the Reno-Tahoe Open, Thurs-Sunday. Stop at T’s Rotisserie in Incline to grab a chicken burrito on the way!” – Betsy M.

Be sure to read the article for more recommendations.

Mark Twain once described Tahoe as “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” We couldn’t agree more.

Zimride Reimagines Tahoe Travel

As ski season heats up, Zimride partners with all major resorts and bus operators to a make a one-stop shop for fun, affordable and sustainable Tahoe travel.

zimride-logo-150Zimride, the largest online ride-sharing service in North America, announced it has established partnerships with all major Lake Tahoe ski resorts and two connecting bus services, making traveling to the Bay Area’s hottest winter tourist destination more simple and economical than ever before.

2564840233_5e40a50f47Tahoe travelers choosing to rideshare with Zimride will be entered to win free gas.  Additionally, for the first time Zimride has extended its rideshare offerings to include bus options as well.  Bay Area Ski Bus and Quality Assurance Travel have partnered with Zimride to sell tickets through the Zimride.com website, making the company a one-stop shop for Bay Area residents looking to find less expensive and more social rides to Tahoe.

“We’re not just providing an alternative to Tahoe travel, we’re reinventing it,” says John Zimmer, co-founder and COO of Zimride. “There’s huge demand for social, sustainable and affordable travel, and this week our users have posted over 1,000 seats available for purchase along our Tahoe route.  That’s the equivalent of four airline flights and we’re just getting started.  The unprecedented collaboration from the major resorts and bus operators demonstrates the need for Zimride as a new form of transportation.”

If just 10 percent of Tahoe travelers choose to travel with 2 additional people this season, Zimride estimates it would take 60,000 cars off the rode, save $12 million in vehicle operating costs and eliminate 18.6 million lbs of carbon dioxide from being emitted.

To be a driver or passenger along the Zimride Tahoe route simply go to: www.zimride.com

About Zimride:

Zimride, the largest online social rideshare community in North America, is building a marketplace for drivers to sell empty seats in their car by matching them with passengers traveling along the same route. In addition to public routes like San Francisco to Los Angeles, Zimride has implemented networks for over 120 of the nation’s leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Facebook and Jet Blue.

Zimride makes sharing rides for drivers and passengers fun, easy and social. It’s a new spin on ridesharing, using social networks to enable real connections. In seconds you can set up a profile, see and book a ride in your area, or post a ride of your own. With Zimride profiles, you can view photos, music and radio preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride.

Zimride proves that “life is better when you share the ride”

Get started at: www.zimride.com

New Non-Stop Flights Between Reno Tahoe and San Jose

6691265169_96ef0d4cd8With more than 140 daily flights serving 17 non-stop destinations, it’s no wonder the Reno-Tahoe International Airport was recently named the second-most efficient airport in the U.S. and Canada. A quick flight into Reno Tahoe’s award winning airport grants you access to eighteen world-class ski resorts and more than 50 golf courses, all less than 90 minutes away from the airport, as well as 24-hour entertainment in the Biggest Little City.

If you’re traveling from the Bay Area, getting to Reno Tahoe is about to get even easier thanks to Alaska Airlines. Beginning June 4, Alaska will offer two daily non-stop flights between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Meeting the needs of business and leisure travelers alike, flights will begin with a 6:00 a.m. departure from Reno with a 7:08 a.m. arrival in San Jose, followed by an 11:55 a.m. departure from San Jose, landing you in Reno at 1:00 p.m. The final flights of the day include a 2:15 p.m. departure from Reno, and a 10:20 p.m. departure from San Jose. These flights will also be timed with Alaska Airlines flights from Kona, Hawaii, making your journey from the islands more efficient than ever!

In addition to new the service between Reno Tahoe and San Jose, the Award-winning Reno-Tahoe International Airport has just begun a $40 million project to improve its baggage claim area and add restaurants and retail space. So, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure (or maybe a little of both), your next trip to Reno Tahoe just got even better!