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US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships

 US Bowling Congress Selects Reno to host the USBC Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014

The additional event bookings will generate 190,000 room nights in Reno Tahoe USA. 

USBC Queens 2The LA Times didn’t call it the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” for nothing. While most cities have a bowling alley, Reno Tahoe USA has an entire stadium dedicated to the sport, and it’s the one-of-a-kind facility and community spirit that has enticed the U.S. Bowling Congress to return year after year.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced Tuesday that Reno has been selected to host the Women’s Championships in 2013 and both the USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014. This marks the first time in USBC history that both events will take place simultaneously in the same city.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the host city for the 2013 and 2014 USBC Open Championships and Women’s Championships,” said Ellen Oppenheim, RSCVA President and CEO. “We are equally thrilled to continue to build our long-time partnership with the prestigious events. We are looking forward to welcoming participants of the USBC and their families to our destination for several more years to come.”

Approximately 85,000 bowlers from across the United States and several foreign countries including England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Bermuda, Canada, Bahamas and France participate in the Open Championships. Additionally, more than 45,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe for each tournament. The economic impact for both the additional Open Championships and Women’s Championships in 2013 and 2014 is projected to be $242 million in direct local spending.

“The positive impact of winning this piece of business in 2013 and 2014 will be felt by all of the hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops in the destination,” said Oppenheim. “It also brings Reno Tahoe the opportunity to continue to host one of the largest events in the country. This agreement demonstrates that the National Bowling Stadium is a first rate venue and bowlers enjoy coming to Reno Tahoe.”

The USBC Open Championship will be held inside the one-of-a-kind bowling stadium with simultaneous competition for the Women’s Championships inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC). The last time the RSCC was used for a bowling event was in 1990.

Reno is writing a new page of USBC history in becoming the first city to ever host consecutive tournaments. During previous Open Championships in Reno, 106,916 teams (representing more than 535,000 participants) have competed for more than $30 million in prize money. The Open Championships or Women’s Championships have been held at the National Bowling Stadium 11 times in the past 15 years and are scheduled to return seven  more times.

Sometimes a bowler just has to face the music. Why not do it in the National Bowling Stadium?

 

About United States Bowling Congress:

The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to nearly 2.5 million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

                               

About the RSCVA:

The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno Tahoe region.  Reno Tahoe supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment.  For more information about Reno-Tahoe call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

Rand McNally selects The Animal Ark in North Reno

Rand McNallyRand McNally’s travel experts scour the country for outstanding trips and stops, representing the best that America has to offer.  Of the many submissions, Rand McNally editors drive five new road trips and share their findings in the annual Road Atlas. 

Rand McNally, America’s most trusted source for maps, directions and travel content, has chosen Reno’s Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary over hundreds of other locations as a unique travel destination, awarding the Ark their prestigious “Best of the Road” designation.

In the 2011 Road Atlas of America, editors present several 2-3 day road trips highlighting a geographic area’s unique attractions: those which best capture the region’s essence and appeal to a broad range of people. Their trip entitled “Earth Tones: Reno Nevada to Yosemite California” describes a route that showcases the browns of the high desert, deep blues of Lake Tahoe, cool greens of the sierras, the granite gray bluffs in Yosemite and soaring red sequoia trees.  The Animal Ark is listed as one of ten intriguing attractions along this driving tour.   Page 137 offers the details and map.

This designation by Rand McNally is an exciting honor for the Animal Ark and all of Reno Tahoe USA.

Each “Best of the Road” tour has 10-12 recommended stopping points. On the Earth Tones route from Reno, NV to O’Neals, CA, the noted stops include:

Animal Ark

Westbrook Winery (O’Neals, CA)

TNT Stagecoach (Virginia City, NV)

Tahoe Maritime Museum (Homewood, CA)

Sugar Pine RailRoad (Fish Camp, CA)

Local’s BBQ & Grill (Carson City, NV)

Thunderbird Lodge (Incline Village, NV)

Camp Richardson (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

Tahoe Trout Farm (So. Lake Tahoe, CA)

Nature Center at Happy Isles (Yosemite)

The editor’s route starts in Reno, heads south and around Lake Tahoe, rejoins Hwy 395, south to Lee Vining, then over Hwy 120 and south, ending up in Sequoia.

The Animal Ark in Reno shares this pretigious spot with the following trips:  

Wild, Warm Alaska:  Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska

Earth Tones:  Reno, Nevada to Yosemite, California

Seaside to Summit:  Manchester to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Around Lake Erie:  Cleveland, Ohio, to Windsor, Ontario

Following Old Man River: Natchez to Tunica, Mississippi

In developing the trips, editors consider locations that are lesser-known or off the beaten path, are unique or have special character, capture the region’s essence, and appeal to a broad range of people.   For many travel enthusiasts, these 150-200 mile trips satisfy their search for a long weekend of adventure.  Each trip includes maps and directions and lists of “best known” spots.  In addition, Rand McNally’s experts have presented stops along the route that showcase the unique aspects of each region. 

“We congratulate The Animal Ark for being identified in our 2011 Best of the Road® listing.  While there are multiple options for planning and on-the-road navigation, Americans continue to rely upon the Rand McNally Road Atlas each year to give them the big picture and the finer details of each road they travel,” said Dave Muscatel,  CEO of Rand McNally. 

The Animal Ark is a nonprofit organization that houses animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Glass viewing areas offer visitors a window into nature as they see wildlife up close in natural habitat exhibits.  Educational programming is scheduled for school age youngsters throughout the year and special events offer recreation education for all ages.

The Truckee River is Among the Top Sportsman Summer Destinations!

Fly FishingSportsman Channel has announced its Top Sportsman Summer Destinations and lo and behold, the Truckee River is on the list! Hosts of Sportsman Channel spend their days hunting, fishing and shooting throughout North America. That’s their job! So they should know a quality, living body of water when they see one. With summer now officially upon us, Sportsman Channel surveyed its talent, as well as its newly appointed CEO, to create the Top “Sportsman” Summer Destinations List.

The Truckee River came in 4th place! Here’s what Chad Belding had to say about our river:

Chad Belding of The Fowl Life: “My favorite summer destination is the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Reno in the beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. The river provides some excellent fishing during the summer months and the guides at the Reno Fly Shop are experts on the local water. They know the hatches, the timetables, the riverbeds, and food beds. Bottom line, they know how to get you on the fish. This in addition to these guided trips, being very affordable is what keeps me coming back to this area year after year. I love to either navigate the river on a float trip or by cruising the shorelines in search of some new honey holes. My favorite locations to fly fish on the Truckee River are literally minutes from Downtown Reno Nevada and Lake Tahoe. There is a ton to do after I get off of the river with great food, summertime activities, concerts, sporting events, and of course the mountains. I suggest staying at the El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno. The Eldorado is a locally owned Hotel-Casino that offers nothing but first class accommodations.” Fishing with Reno Fly Shop Guides – El Dorado Hotel Casino in Reno: www.EldoradoReno.com and www.renoflyshop.com

 

You said it best, brother!

 

For a complete list of the top Sportsman Channel summer destinations, click here.

Grab Yer Planner, Mateys! Pirates Take Over Reno & Your Kid Can Fish, Free!

The weather is finally heating up and as is customary for this time of year in our neck of the woods – there is never a dull moment in Reno Tahoe USA. We’re helping you plan your weekend with a long list of fabulously funky events in our region. If you’re bored this weekend, it’s your own fault! Get outside and smell the sunshine! (Free attractions are highlighted by an asterisk.)

THURSDAY

Farmers Market*Sparks Hometown Farmers Market

Thursday, June 10, officially kicks off the farmers market at Victorian Square in Sparks, Nevada. Buy fresh and local at the weekly summertime celebration of good grub and family fun that runs through August 19. The markets features more than 100 vendors offering fresh-picked pro­duce, breads, pastries and gourmet foods, plus cooking demon­strations, live entertainment and unique items for the home and garden. The Farmers Market is held on Thursday evenings from 4–9 p.m. at Victorian Square in Sparks. Call 775-353-2291 for details or visit the City of Sparks’ Web site.

Octanefest

Head to Fallon, Nevada this weekend for a four-day powerhouse jamboree otherwise known as Octanefest that kicks off Thursday, June 10. The weekend will be packed with Rock Crawling, Arena Rock Racing, Mud Drags, Truck & Tractor Pulls, Tuff-Cross (Arena Enduro Racing), Motocross, Tuff-Truck and topped off with Grand Marshal Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Johnson and other amazing drivers behind the wheels of SuperLite trucks that will catch huge air on the custom built track. The racing action is just a start to the weekend.  There will be music, a vendor show, a show and shine and a motorsports swap meet.  This is event is sure to be fun for the entire family.

*Budget Friendly Cool Down for the Kids

Thursday, June 10, the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at 7100 Pyramid Lake Highway, in Spanish Spring’s Lazy 5 Regional Park opens. For only $3, the little ones can cool off in the water play park that’s open five days a week through Sunday, August 29. Features include a giant sunflower sprinkler, spilling buckets, “spitting” horses, a water tower, and other cool stuff out of the Old West. Covered pavilions may be reserved for birthdays and other special events. Daily admission is $3 or it’s FREE for children under 3. Call (775) 424-1804 for more information. For more family ideas, click here.

FRIDAY

Carson City Rendezvous

This Friday through Sunday experience a Civil War reenactments, cowboy stunt shows, camel rides, a blacksmithing competition and live music, arts and crafts at the Carson City Rendezvous.

Museum of Art*Nevada Museum of Art: Free Admission!

The second Saturday of each month enjoy FREE admission to the state’s only accredited art museum! Check out the spectacular exhibits on display right now, including Fernando Botero’s Baroque World or The Human Touch. Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the museum’s Café Musée.

SATURDAY

*Free Fishing Day!

Nevada’s annual Free Fishing Day will be Saturday, June 12. Anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp. All limits and other regulations apply.

Once again, the Sparks Rotary Club, Nevada Department of Wildlife and the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department have joined forces to offer a special community event for the area’s children. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled morning of fishing along the south shore of the Sparks Marina from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts and fishing poles will be distributed at the registration area until supplies run out. There will be fun games and face painting for all ages, and a free barbecue lunch will begin at 9 a.m. with hot dogs, soda and ice cream for registered children.

2 weavers*Western Heritage Festival

Celebrate life in the West at the SparksMuseum’s 2nd Annual Western Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 12th.  This free to the public, outdoor event will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm on the grounds surrounding the museum, located on the on the corner of Pyramid Way & Victorian Avenue.

“Never to be forgotten” traditions and skills are highlighted throughout the day in this fun for the whole family event.   Cowboy poet Larry Maurice leads the show as master of ceremonies. Virginia City native Rich Elloyan’s western music depicts not only his love for Nevada and songs of the land, but as a he adds a unique perspective on the history of the developing west. Lenny Walker a real life train conductor takes us back to Sparks founding singing songs of Railroad lore.

Youngsters get into the spirit with Dummy Roping and leather stamping. Demonstrators will be teaching handmade saddle making, lariat basket art, quilting, spinning, weaving and more.  Jewelers and other artists and crafters display their wares while the wild burros and horse bring the county to town.

Go back in time with Azteca Aztlan dancing in colorful costumes, the Little Warriors drumming the Paiute beat and the Reno Promenaders square dancing to John Hall’s call.

As an added bonus, the Museum is currently featuring Ellis Island: The Lost Mural by Andrew Sabori.  This 19 panel, 84 foot long mural depicts the role of the immigrant in the development of America. (Regular admission fees apply – Children under 12 are free, Adults $5).

High Tech Treasure Hunt

Spent your Saturday afternoon (June 12) along the shores of Lake Tahoe hunting for more than 100 prizes in the sand. Join hundreds of others as you explore South Lake Tahoe on an exciting high-tech treasure hunt. GPS Receivers and a downloadable Passport Clue Book will guide you to your prizes. Grab a partner (or not – that way you don’t have to share) and your adventure on!

Beer CrawlPirate Pub Crawl

When you’ve finished searching for treasure along the shores of South Tahoe, grab yer matees for the 2010 Pirate Crawl in downtown Reno on June 12th from 5 – 10 p.m. Complete with a Rum Tasting Competition, challenge ye fellow scalliwags to a night of shenanigans dressed in yer finest sea-faring rags. Wooden peg or not, we’ll accept you. Just leave that yapping parrot at home. We’ll have enough yo-ho’ing that night to keep the city awake all night.

Mark Twain’s Wild West Weekend

Take the kiddos to Zephyr Cove to celebrate Mark Twain style, with cherry pie eating contests, chili cook offs and cowboy poetry and music. The event runs from June 12-13 starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

SUNDAY

Reno Film Festival

The 10th Annual Reno Film Festival is celebrating a decade of spectacular talent and renown directors from all over the world. Running from June 13-20, the annual event features a packed schedule of movie screenings, parties, discussion groups and Q&A sessions. This year, Pilar Alessandra is the keynote speaker. Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writing program and has worked as a senior story analyst for Dream Works and Radar Pictures. Don’t miss this opportunity to rub elbows with some truly talented folk.

Love is in the Air – Literally.

BalloonsMany people know exactly how their dream wedding will play out, right down to the flowers, music, weather and cake flavor. Are you among those who have fantasized about getting married in the sky?

The Great Reno Balloon Race is offering that once-in-a-lifetime experience this fall! On September 11, 2010 you can get married at The Great Reno Balloon Race! All eyes will be on you as the first bridal couple to wed at this internationally renowned hot-air balloon festival. Featured on the graceful rolling hills of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, this dramatic event is the perfect backdrop to your dream wedding. Experience the beauty and excitement of a glorious morning wedding as a rainbow of hot-air balloons drift above your magical and romantic ceremony; this will be a spectacular wedding to remember! The Love is in the Air Wedding* will be awarded to the highest bidding couple. This exclusive destination wedding package will be provided to the lucky bride and groom by the Weddings of the West Association.

The All inclusive premier Wedding Package is valued at over $58,000+ and includes:

  • Wedding and reception for 25 guests at The Great Reno Balloon Race
  • Hot-air balloon ride directly following wedding***
  • Wedding consultant
  • Catering
  • Decorating****
  • Florists****
  • Music/musicians****
  • Tuxedos****
  • Limousine service
  • Bridal Suite & fine dining
  • Choice of two unique honeymoons
  • Hair & make-up for bride****
  • Make-up for bridal party****
  • Officiants
  • Photographers****
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Invitations and collateral
  • Wedding cake

The current bid is $9,600 and bidding closes TONIGHT at the stroke of midnight!

For more information please click here, call 775-826-1181 or email wedding@renoballoon.com. All proceeds from this wedding package go to The Great Reno Balloon Race, which is a non-profit community event.

Your Next Getaway: Memorial Day Weekend

FlagMemorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in our nation’s service. Traditionally, Americans pay tribute to the brave men and women with patriotic parades and, of course, the usual barbecue and family camping trip.

As you’ve likely discovered, spring in Northern Nevada can mean working on your tan or running for cover from the snow flurries. Luckily, the weather is turning around just in time for your holiday weekend in Reno Tahoe USA.

If you haven’t gotten around to planning your weekend, we here at Reno Tahoe USA are making it easy for you.

You’re welcome.

Honor Our Country’s Heroes

Head back in time to Virginia City for a Memorial Day parade at noon on Saturday, May 29 down C St., Virginia City’s main drag. The parade celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. 

The Carson City Memorial Day Service at Lone Mountain Cemetery is on Monday, May 31 at 1 p.m. The cemetery is located at 1044 Beverly Dr., Carson City, Nevada 89706. Call (775) 887-2111 or click here for more information.

Take your family to the Sparks Memorial Park at C Street and Pyramid way that features a bronze statue in remembrance of fallen firefighters and a memorial honoring Sparks residents who died defending our country.

Powning Veterans Memorial Park, in downtown Reno at 150 S. Virginia Street, has a memorial to Nevada service men and women who have died serving our country in the wars in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The park also features a statue of General Jesse Reno, who died in Civil War action and for whom Reno was named.

The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery is in Fernley, about 45 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80. To reach the cemetery from Reno, take I-80 east to exit 48. Turn right and follow the signs to the cemetery.

Outdoor Recreation

Pyramid Lake FamilyIf you’re heading to Pyramid Lake, the Paiute Tribe says you definitely won’t be alone. Only 35 miles northeast of Reno, Pyramid Lake is the perfect daytrip or quick, weekend getaway for the entire family. The Tribe is expecting a large crowd and wants to remind you that day use, camping and other permits are required for all nontribal members’ access to the lake. Pyramid Lake is also widely regarded as a world class fishery and one of finest places to catch a Lohanton Cutthroat Trout. (Can’t you just hear the grill sizzling?)

For more information about fishing and Tribal regulations please click here.

For additional information or questions about permits for Pyramid Lake, please click here or call the Ranger Station at 775-476-1155.

For a complete list of parks, beaches and camping sites click here.

Black Rock Rendezvous

If you choose to detour from the traditional Memorial Day celebration, take part in the First Annual Great Basin Brewing Company’s Sulphur to Black Rock Bicycle Race on May 30th. Spend your weekend camping in the beautiful Black Rock Desert with music, kids’ camps, guided and self-guided tours and more.

To learn more click  here.

Lake Tahoe and San Francisco Top the List of Best U.S. Destinations

TahoeTripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2010 placed San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in the top two spots for Best Destinations in the United States. TripAdvisor is home to over 30 million trusted traveler reviews and opinions.

Here is why TripAdvisor rated Lake Tahoe as the number two spot to visit in the entire country:

“Basking in its 300 days of sunshine, Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor fun in every season. Swimming, kayaking and windsurfing are popular in the summer months, while epic snowfall makes for spectacular skiing in winter. For those who prefer indoor fun, there’s plenty of that in Tahoe, too. With 24-hour casinos and a flashy nightlife scene, the area has a tangible Vegas vibe. A sprinkle of bling, if you will. Not surprising, since Lake Tahoe straddles the border between California and Nevada.”

Here is why TripAdvisor placed San Francisco in the number one spot:

“Who cares about a little fog (okay, a lot of fog) when there’s so much to do in San Francisco? By day, explore Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay, ride a cable car, and stroll around the Presidio; by night, have a fabulous dinner (at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a tiny place in Chinatown), then hit some of the best clubs on the West Coast.”

How luck are we? We have the option to live and play in #RenoTahoe or San Francisco, just a short drive from one another!

Nevada Daytrips that Inspire You

Sunset MagazineSunset Magazine is looking for daytrips that are inspiring, fun, active, secret and reflective of life in the West. With so much to do in Reno Tahoe USA, no doubt your mind is already flipping through the hundreds of wonderful memories you’ve created in the area. Whether you’re a local or a visitor – you’ll agree that Reno Tahoe USA fits all of the aforementioned adjectives.

Trying to condense your experience in Reno Tahoe USA into only 200 words may be difficult, but well worth it. Your entry could earn you a trip for two to Vancouver, B.C. courtesy of Sunset Magazine. The Grand Prize winner will appear in the September issue of Sunset Magazine and receive an all-expense-paid trip to Vancouver for a 5-nights/6-day stay and $1500 spending money. Five runners up will have their daytrips featured online.

We all know why we love living and spending time in Reno Tahoe USA, here’s your chance to tell the world.

For more information click here.

It’s a Wild Celebration! Predators Tear through Piñatas

animals_canids-coyoteIt’s not your typical way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but by now you’ve learned that Reno is far from expected. Grab the kids and head over to the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center to watch wild animals stalk, pounce and chase piñatas. (It’s only 25 miles north of downtown Reno.)

Here’s a quick cultural lesson for you – piñatas are brightly-colored papier-mâché covered cardboard shapes believed to have originated among the Aztecs, Mayans and other native peoples of Mexico. Back then, they made clay pots in the shape of their gods. The story goes that they broke the pots with poles and sticks to spill the favors from the gods. We don’t know what kind of goodies will be used to entice the critters at the Ark, but we’re sure it will be a spectacle worth catching.

Tigers, mountain lions, and bears (oh my!) are just a few of the animals on hand for the big event. It’s all going down on Saturday, May 1 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $6 for children and seniors, $8 for adults and free for kids 2 and under.

Call (775) 970 – 3111 or visit the Animal Ark Website for more information.

Play Ball! The Reno Aces’ Season Opener is Tonight!

BallparkAces hat? Check.

Aces foam finger? Check.

Hotdog and Cracker Jack? Che… Cracker Jack?!

Whatever gets your heart pumping for Aceball, we won’t judge you. We will point fingers and laugh, though, if you don’t make it out to Aces Ballpark tonight at 6:05 p.m. for the second season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies. As expected, the Aces are rolling out the red carpet to welcome back all of the anxious fans with pre-game fireworks and the much-anticipated debut of the Freight House District. Have you seen that place?! It’s the newest downtown development with year-round dining and entertainment. Duffy’s Ale House and Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Grill will open for business at 2 p.m. today.

Why not revolve your entire weekend around Aceball? After all, the weather is perfect and you know you’ve been waiting for this moment all year. Friday night, the Aces will give away 2,500 magnet schedules so you’ll never miss a game. On Saturday, 3,000 fans will get an Aces fleece blanket, to keep you warm in those nail-biter extra innings.

Don’t forget, after every Friday, Saturday and Sunday game, all children 12 and under are invited to run the bases on the Aces Ballpark infield.

The weekend games start at 7:05 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 1:05 p.m.

Single-game tickets for all games start at just $7, while ticket plans for the 2010 season start at just $220. Call (775) 334-7000 for ticket info, visit the Aces Ballpark box office or head to www.RenoAces.com.