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Top Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should have come to Tahoe

travelocity-gnome-tahoeTop Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should should have broken his Cabin Fever in Tahoe rather than Utah in Travelocity’s Top Ski Destination contest.

1.     Ski in two states at the same time at Heavenly while looking at the deep blue of Lake Tahoe, even with your narrow gnome stance

2.     Go on a blind date with Tahoe Tessie (Lake Tahoe’s mythical resident “sea creature”).

3.     Depending on how the date goes, perhaps a quick wedding and an even quicker divorce in Reno.

4.     50 Tram laps at Squaw Valley USA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first televised Winter Olympic Games.

5.     Tempt fate with a visit to the Donner Party museum,  just hope they don’t think you’re a chocolate filled gnome.

6.     Our drinks have personality with drinks like the ‘Wet Woody’, the ‘Scorpion’ and the ‘Flaming Kava Kava’. Gnomes keep your beards away from the flames!

7.     Forgot your skis?  No problem, where else but in Sparks can you get your skis, ride a Ferris Wheel and drive a NASCAR simulator in one mega sports store?

8.     Follow in the footsteps of Ol’ Blue Eyes and Marilyn Monroe in the tunnels at the historic Cal Neva Lodge

9.     Spend a little downtime at the spa before heading out for a long night in Reno

10.    Satisfy a late night hunger at what has been heralded as one of the best burgers in the country, the Awful Awful, awfully big, awfully good, don’t be scared my friend, you can do it.

There are no shortage of Big Game parties in Reno this year.

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Almost every casino resort in Reno is sportin’ party bling this year for the Big Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. The fun is not just limited to game-time, but non-stop fun and entertainment will be happening all weekend long.

Come spend the weekend in Reno and enjoy yourself during the Big Game, and if the ladies don’t want to watch, remind them we have great spas here as well to fulfill all their needs. Also, don’t forget to wager a few bucks on your team, just to show how much of a Superfan you are.

Parties throughout Reno include:

Circus Circus Reno: Big Game Bash – Big Screens, big food and big fun… Make sure to sign-up for our great raffle prizes!

John Ascuaga’s Nugget: Big Screen, Big Game Giveaway – Watch the Big Game at the Nugget on February 7th and get a chance to win one of four (4) Panasonic 42″ HDTVs!

Eldorado Reno: Big Game Weekend – The Big Game…Two Parties to Choose From Eldorado Convention Center with Viewing on 5 Giant 30′ HD Screens and 50-Yard Line Buffet or Eldorado Showroom with Viewing on a 20′ Giant HD Screen, Stadium Style Food & Souvenir Hat

Silver Legacy: Big Game Party and Buffet – Be sure to catch all the game action and fun at the Reno Ballroom, as Silver Legacy throws one of Northern Nevada’s best game day parties. Party-goers can watch the game on multiple giant screens throughout the ballroom while indulging in an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Peppermill Reno: Super Stadium Bash – Complimentary Bud & Bud Light Draft Beer at every table, meet the Budweiser Girls, door prizes every quarter, large HD format screens, all-you-can-eat buffet and a complimentary gift.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa: Big Bowl Bash 2010 – You won’t want to miss a minute of the hard-hitting action at the Atlantis Big Bowl Bash XLIV! You will enjoy fabulous food and fun Casino wide as you watch pro football’s premiere game on our massive high definition screens in the sports bar! The beautiful Raiderettes will be on property to help you cheer your team to victory!

Grand Sierra Resort: Lombardi Party – Get up close and personal when you watch the Big Game at Xtreme Sports Bar & Lounge. With over 40 high-def screens and one giant mega-view projection screen showing all of the game and all the action. Its just like being at the game. Their sexy Xtreme girls will be serving kegs of beer and a menu that can’t be beat. Find out what attitude is all about!

Top 10 highlights for a Reno-Tahoe getaway

truckeeriverbodyboard300Reno-Tahoe is a family-friendly getaway, offering tons of fun for kids and adults alike. Add some of these Top 10 attractions to your travel itinerary:

  1. Catch a ballgame: Downtown Reno is home to a new ballpark and the Reno Aces, a Triple A team. The boys of summer are playing in Reno-Tahoe.
  2. Hit the slopes: Reno-Tahoe offers the largest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America — 18 within an hour drive of Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  3. Shop till you drop: The shopping is great in Reno-Tahoe, including the new Legends at Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nev., which boasts more than 70 stores and restaurants, including Scheel’s, the World’s Largest All Sports Store at almost 300,000 square feet.
  4. A river runs through it: The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno and downtown Sparks, offering great opportunities for recreation and relaxation during the warm months. Whitewater enthusiasts can paddle to their heart’s content in the two whitewater parks.
  5. Nevada-style casino action: In Reno-Tahoe the action goes 24-7, with deluxe, modern resort casinos that offer fun gaming action without the Vegas crowds.
  6. The Jewel of the Sierra: Lake Tahoe is 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport and downtown Reno — a great day trip whether it is summer or winter.
  7. The Comstock Lode: Step back to Wild West times in Virginia City. The preserved epicenter of the Comstock Lode features classic buildings, old saloons and a cast of characters that is always entertaining.
  8. V&T Railroad: Ride the rails of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Carson City, Nevada’s capitol. Working steam engines hearken back to the golden age of rail travel.
  9. Wine and dine: Reno-Tahoe is known for adventure and Nevada-style gaming, but hundreds of restaurants serving everything from casual to five-star fare also make it a great destination for culinary enthusiasts.
  10. Culture connection: Reno-Tahoe is home to 31 museums, including the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum and the Nevada State Museum – live Nevada’s rich culture.

Experience all things spa in Reno-Tahoe

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NEW Spa Atlantis Brine Room - Courtesy of Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Atlantis Casino’s multimillion dollar spa expansion is now complete, and they spared no expense to create one of the best spa experiences in the US.

The 30,000 square-foot spa will open to Reno-Tahoe visitors this Sunday January 25, 2009. The Spa experience includes a Rasul Ceremonial Suite, which is a mineral mud therapy room; a couples massage room with Brine Inhalation-Light Therapy and an Aqua Lounge with whirlpools and a cold plunge. There are herbal steam rooms, men’s and women’s cedar wood saunas, private tea lounges, new locker rooms and a brand new cardio theater and fitness center.

Carrying around the baggage … of baggage

The inflating cost of flying can be a drag for skiers and boarders who often prefer bringing their own boards/skis/poles/boots to renting and having to deal with adjusting to new equipment. Luckily for skiers and boarders coming to Reno-Tahoe, chances are they will be flying an airline that doesn’t charge. Southwest Airlines, for example, is Reno-Tahoe International Airport’s biggest carrier.

Here is a breakdown of the baggage costs for carriers flying into Reno-Tahoe:

  • Alaska Airlines: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
  • Allegiant Air: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
  • American Airlines: First bag $15, with no additional penalty for ski bags
  • Delta Airlines: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
  • Horizon Air: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
  • Southwest Airlines: First bag free, with no penalty for ski bags
  • United Airlines: First bag $15, with no additional penalty for ski bags
  • U.S. Airways: First bag $15, subject to penalties for bags over 45 inches/114 cm and maximum weight of 50 pounds/23 kg.

It is worth noting that even if you can get your ski bag on the airplane for a reasonable price, airlines impose extra charges for bags that weigh over 50 pounds – with some charging in excess of $100.

Check with your individual airline, and know the rules before you get the bill.

Get some spring turns before it’s too late

Spring skiingLocals refer to it as the “shoulder season” in the Sierra Nevada, the time between peak winter ski tourism and summer fun on Lake Tahoe’s beaches. But here’s a local secret: Some of the best (and least expensive) skiing happens in Spring.
This year started off strong with a flurry of cold storms that brought powder days and a large snowpack for the Sierra’s dozen-or-so resorts. Now that temperatures are in the 60s at higher altitude, the deep base is paying dividends of spring corn combined with good coverage.
Come up to the mountains for a visit to Reno-Tahoe, enjoy some of the best spring conditions we’ve had in years and take advantage of shoulder season travel deals. Check out our resorts page and plan your trip before it’s too late.