Mt.Rose Ski Tahoe

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Reno, NV has an endless amount of outdoor activities you can engage in. From hiking, biking, swimming, skiing to snowboarding, all within a 30-45 minute drive from the Sierras.

My  favorite outdoor winter activity is snowboarding. I enjoy doing this best at Mt.Rose as it is only 25 minutes up the  mountain, and they have breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort caters more towards Reno locals by offering great deals throughout the year such as discounted lift tickets, and sometimes even gear.

It’s always good to take a look at their calendar before heading up there, so you know what types of discounts are available. See the link here for more information http://bit.ly/1s4SPrT.

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Tuesdays are two for the price of one, and Thursdays are ladies night, lift tickets are only $29. Military personal also get discounted prices. Mt. Rose also offers great deals on first time beginner packages that come with lift tickets, and gear.

You have the option to learn one-on-one, or you can learn with a big group. Both classes are designed to help you move at your own pace. Mt. Rose has  some of the best bunny slopes for beginners, and their staff is very helpful.

Mt. Rose doesn’t get as packed with tourists as other resorts do, so you never have to wait to long to go on a run. You get the biggest bang for your buck, as you can go on several runs as many times as you would like. It’s best to visit during weekdays, as it is less crowded.

They have a fairly well priced  bar and restaurant on site that offers really good food and snacks. Mt. Rose is family friendly, and they have something for everyone. The bunny slopes are quite safe for beginners, or if you’re more advanced the Chutes will definitely get your heart racing.

The views from Mt. Rose are spectacular, they can’t be beat. Be sure to check them out.

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Reno?

 

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Virginia City

town Reno, NV has one of the coolest largest historic districts right in our backyard. Better known as Virginia City originally established in the 1800’s. Virginia City is Nevada’s oldest, and most famous mining town dating back to 1859 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode.

Talk about taking a step way back into history. Picturesque buildings line up the main street, and most businesses have maintained their authentic Victorian artifacts and 1800’s decor. Most buildings date back to the 1860’s and 70’s. In the mid 1860’s at the City’s peak there were an estimated 25,000 residents.

There is no cost to visit, besides gas money for the short 45 minute drive. However there is plenty of opportunity to spend your hard-earned cash, as there are an endless amount of activities you can do. It’s easy to spend a whole day up there.

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Most popular things to see are the mining artifacts from the 1800’s, originally used by the Comstock Miners.  Virgina City certainly has that Wild West feeling, and its super cool to have a life-size museum in our backyard.

There are quite a few places you can grab a bite to eat, as well as bars that  date back to the 1800’s. There are also many shops that sell very unique trinkets, and of course antique shops. You can also have professional pictures taken in clothing from that era.

Be sure to check it out, see the link here for more information http://bit.ly/12pYzQt.

Things To See and Do:

  • Bucket of Blood (bar)
  • Delta Saloon (bar)
  • Red Dog Saloon and Pizza Parlor
  • Visit any of the 17 Museums
  • Stay the night at a haunted house
  • Take a train ride
  • Visit the cemetery
  • Take your 1800’s themed picture
  • Shop around the antique shops
  • Visit Saint Mary’s in The Mountains Catholic Church
  • Red’s Old Fashioned Candies

 

 

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReno, NV has various types of entertainment, not just the typical casinos visitors think of when they hear Reno.

One of these is the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, which gives Renoites the opportunity to experience cultural artistic entertainment.

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization, and is the largest performing arts facility in Northern Nevada.

If you have never seen a live performance such as The Nut Cracker, ballet, or opera, this is the place to experience it. Located in Downtown Reno, the building from the outside looks similar to Disney’s Epcot Center.

The 1,500 seat venue is part of the Nevada State Register of Historic Places. They currently host more than 100 cultural events a year from dance recitals, opera, to Broadway Productions. Get inspired by professional ballet performances, or be moved by Reno’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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It sounds like a real fancy establishment, and your probably wondering if there is a dress code. Think business casual, some people wear  jeans while others enjoy dressing up.  Do what is most comfortable for you, just don’t arrive without a T-shirt and sandals. It’s not that casual.

Get there 30 minutes in advance for your show, as free parking is a few minutes away from the Pioneer Center. Free parking can be found at the Cal-Neva Casino, and The National Automobile Museum. You can make it to the Pioneer Center within 10 minutes from either location.

Videos and pictures are not allowed, also remember to silence or turn off your cell phone.  Always read the program notes as they give you a background on what you are about to see. There are no ATM’s inside the Pioneer Center, and they only accept cash at their concession stand so plan ahead.  Ticket pricing and duration varies on the show, check their website for more information http://bit.ly/1Fsvscb.

One of my favorites, The Nutcracker will be featured Dec 12-13. You can watch this show during a matinée and it will cost you less. Tickets range between $25-$55 dollars. If you’re looking for a Broadway experience check out their current show Jersey Boys, tickets start at $69. You can buy tickets on-line or by phone. Try something new, and enhance your cultural artistic knowledge.

Ace-Skating

reno-aces-packagesLooking for fun family events to participate in during this Holiday Season? Check out Reno’s new ice skating rink, which can be found right outside the Reno Aces Ball Park, open now through mid February weather permitting.

Reno’s ice skating rink has been a tradition downtown since 2005. Due to current construction projects in the Downtown area the ice skating rink has been moved to Aces Ballpark. Aces Ball Park hopes to start a new tradition within the Reno community.

The Freight House District along with Arroyo Mexican Grill will be open for patrons to enjoy. The Aces team shop will also be open during this time, in case you forget gloves or a warm scarf.  Weekly hours will vary see the link here for more information http://atmilb.com/1AP111G.

If you have a large group (20+) call 775-334-7018 for reservations.  The new location offers free parking directly across from the Aces Ball Park. Admission costs $7.50 for teens and adults. $5.50 for children ages 3-12, and $5.50 for seniors. Skate rentals are an additional $2.50.

Ace Skating has specials throughout the week; Tuesdays are 2 for $22, with hot chocolate included. Wed’s are themed wacky Wed’s, wear your silly/wacky clothing. Thursdays are Thirsty Thursdays, get a hot coffee or chocolate for just $1. Weekends are movie nights. This is a great move with a perfect location, hope you guys get out there and enjoy.

What is your favorite event to attend during the Holiday Season?

 

Dorinda’s Chocolates

Dorindas2Located in Reno’s Riverside District Dorinda’s Chocolates is the perfect place to grab a sweet treat. They have a great selection of hand crafted unique chocolate treats, and fresh made samples everyday. See the link here for more information http://bit.ly/1yPNCCb.

Dorinda’s Chocolates  is a family owned and operated business that has been open in Reno’s Riverside District for more than a year. They pride themselves in using fresh ingredients for all their products (no preservatives added). Dorinda’s Chocolates are designed to be enjoyed sooner than later.

They offer outdoor seating, steps away from the Truckee River, a perfect place to unplug. Another cool fact about Dorinda’s Chocolates is they use neighboring coffee shop The Hub’s coffee grounds in some of their  chocolate treats, in an effort to cross promote one another. Grab a sweet treat at Dorinda’s Chocolates and pair it with a bold espresso from The Hub next door.

This gives us Renoites a perfect chance to support two local business’s at once. Together these unique shops are revitalizing Reno’s Riverside District. Try their  “best most original taste” sea salt caramels they are amazing. Another one of my favorites are their chocolate covered pretzels and caramel apples.

Their customer service is great and you can get a few treats for just $20. They also prepare custom orders and will deliver anywhere in the US. Dorinda’s Chocolates offers a Chocolate of The Month Club, where once a month your  chocolates will be delivered to your doorstep.

During the summer they also prepare the cutest lunch baskets for a picnic by the river. This Wed Nov 19 from 6-730pm, Dorinda’s Chocolates is hosting a chocolate and wine pairing with Fine Wine Winerys. Cost is $20. See the link here for more information http://on.fb.me/1wTzqFY.  Wednesdays can’t get any better than that!

What is your favorite chocolate dessert?

The Reno Wine Walk

turkeyReno, NV has one of the coolest events for all wine lovers! Best known as The Reno Wine Walk which takes place every 3rd Saturday of each month from 2pm-5pm downtown along the Truckee River.  The event is hosted by the River Walk Merchant Association and cost only $20.

There are more than 26 merchants around the downtown area that participate, see the link here for more information http://bit.ly/1BVcqLH. Visit any of the participating merchants to pay your $20 fee, and get your own decorated wine glass, with a map to help  guide you to all the wine tasting spots.

Each participating vendor decorates their wine glasses differently.  My absolute favorite merchant to buy my ticket from is  the 5 Star Saloon. Their wine glasses are usually the prettiest, as they are often covered in glitter. If your into girlie/sparkly things it’s definitely worth getting it here.

This event is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and enjoy some wine. Keep in mind you probably wont make it to all the stops on your map as lines tend to get a little long. There are also many places along the way to get a bite to eat.

Not only will you be appreciating the company of good friends, but you will also be enjoying the beautiful Truckee River, and discovering many unique merchants along the way. You may come to find a new favorite hang out spot.

Most merchants will fill your wine glass with much more than just a taste. You are definitely getting your moneys worth and some. Meter parking is free on the weekends, so no need to worry about that. Try to get there early to get a good spot, obviously call a cab if you need one drink responsibly.

Some Wine Walks are themed so check the web page for  a heads up. This weekend Nov 15 2014, the theme is Tipsy Turkey Wine Walk. Money raised during this weekend will  help benefit the American Lung Association. For once you don’t have to feel guilty for drinking as it is for a good cause.

Tips for a successful Wine Walk: Make sure you eat a good meal before partaking in all the fun, and try  to have water in between wine drinks. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  Don’t forget your sunglasses, or most importantly ID. Also keep in mind open containers are now prohibited.

What is your favorite merchant to visit during the Reno Wine Walk?

Support UNR’s Wolf Pack

nevada logo vector_mARTinThe University of Nevada, Reno has many athletic events throughout the year to keep you occupied. Whether it’s catching a football game at Mackay stadium or watching a basketball game at Lawlor UNR has you covered. See the link here for more information http://bit.ly/1tDELz7.

There is more than 11 sport options you can watch. From soccer, to baseball, to swimming and much more. These events are  family friendly and won’t put a huge dent in you wallet. Most tickets for most athletic events start at $10 and go up from there.

My favorite UNR athletic events to attend are football and basketball games. I find these both very exciting, and both have the  biggest turnout within the community. Who doesn’t love to tailgate before a football game? Often times this is more fun than the actual game, as you are surrounded by friends, food, and booze. Parking and tailgating are free on the east side of Mackay Stadium around Peccole Park and the Wolf Pack Park intramural fields, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Another fun fact, while some colleges do not permit alcoholic beverages to be sold at games, University of Nevada does. Of course beer is not cheap inside the stadium so your best bet is to pregame while tailgating. Beer cost around $5 a pop, and you can get great concession stand snacks such as nachos, hot dogs, pretzels, etc. for under $10.

We recently attended the men’s basketball exhibition game, UNR has one every year. The awesome thing about the exhibition game is its free admission, and awesome snack pricing. They offered $2 beers, $1 soda and hot dogs, talk about a fun cheap night on the town.

Plus attending UNR’s athletic events demonstrates support for the pack! No matter where you decide to sit, the views are good from all sides of the basketball court, and the football field. Try to arrive 30 minutes early to find free parking around UNR, for football and basketball games. Come see where Colin Kaepernick once played before getting drafted to the 49ers.

What is your favorite athletic event to watch at UNR?