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?

 

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

 

 

Lake Tahoe

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One of my absolute favorite places to get away from it all, is the beautiful Lake Tahoe located in the Sierra Mountains where Nevada and California meet.

From Reno, NV it  takes 30-45 minutes to get to this beautiful outdoor oasis. What is there not to love about Lake Tahoe? The water is a beautiful aquamarine color, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and trees. The Lakes clarity is also something to brag about.

Formed 2 million years ago, Lake Tahoe is one of the largest Alpine lakes in North America. It’s 1645 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in the United States, after Crater Lake in Oregon. The water is always chilly.

Best months for swimming and warmer weather are June-August.  People from around the world, as well as across the US travel long ways to visit Lake Tahoe.

Lake-Tahoe-BonsaiThere are endless activities you can take part in during all seasons. Activities such as skiing, water sports, hiking and biking are quite popular in Lake Tahoe.

The City of Reno recently implemented free transportation to some of the more popular beaches in Tahoe, in order to decrease traffic, and provide better air quality. Cost is usually $5, see the link here for more information http://bit.ly/1vo4YaE.

There are many beautiful beaches to visit in Lake Tahoe and many outdoor activities to try.  Take a camera and prepare to be amazed, below are my favorite beaches.

Chimney Beach

  • No charge to get in
  • Hike down a scenic route.
  •  More of an adult beach.
  • Downfall  is you have to hike back up to use restrooms.
  • If you don’t get there early parking can also be far away (free).

Zephyr Cove,

  • An adult beach.
  • Bar on site.
  • Paddle board or jets ski rentals available.
  • Parking on site (free)

Sand Harbor

  • Family beach.
  • Food and beverage restaurant on site.
  • Get there early for parking (Cost $10)
  • Paddle board or jets ski rentals available.

What is your favorite beach in Lake Tahoe?

 

 

 

Turn Down For What?

Living in a 24 hour city definitely has its night life benefits such as never hearing the words last call, and  access to booze 24-7. Reno, The Biggest Little City will let you party on until the wee hours of the morning. You can also party in the 775  Mon-Sunday. Below I will highlight several club options in Reno, and the most popular ones.

Aura: Located inside the Silver Legacy Casino  will have you ‘going up on a Tuesday.’ Open 5 days a week, with drink specials from 7-9pm. DJ spins at 9pm. If you’re looking to party on a Tue, Wed or Thur, this is your spot. They play pretty much hip hop only. There is a dress code, basically no hats and sneakers. Ladies are always free unless there is an event going on such as Hot August Nights. There is a cover charge for men $10-20 depending on the night of the week, sometimes free. The crowd can be a little more Ghetto here.

Brew Brothers:  Located inside the El Dorado Casino is open 7 days a week and has no cover charge for men or women. They offer a popular Karaoke night on Monday and serve drink specials from 6-8pm. They also offer live entertainment with a few local bands. DJ plays after 11pm, when there is a live band. The music here is a mix between alternative, R&B, and hip hop. The crowd here is a little more relaxed, and is often times visited by out-of-towners. No dress code.

Bubbinga: This club can be hit or miss. Sometimes its open ,sometimes it’s not. Located inside the El Dorado Casino, usually Thursday-Sunday. Dress code is enforced, ladies can get in free before 10. Guys pay a $10 cover charge, The music here is hip hop. The crowd can also be a little ghetto here, depends on the night. Best to attend on a Saturday or Friday night.

Edge:  Located inside The Peppermill Casino, open Fri and Sat. Dress code enforced, although I have been there a few times were that seemed to be out the window. Ladies are usually free before 10pm. Men pay a $20 cover. They offer a large dance floor which is always nice and play a variety of hip hop and house music. Edge also offers Free Salsa dancing Friday nights from 7-10pm. After 10pm it turns into the regular dance club.

LEX: Located inside the Grand Sierra Resort and newly opened this year. Lex is an extravagant Vegas type club with a $20-$30 cover charge. Locals can sometimes get a better deal if they contact the club host. Dress code is strictly enforced. They bring in celebrity DJ’s and even have a pool inside. This is the biggest club in Reno thus far. They play mainly house music, with a little bit of hip hop. The crowd here feels a little more like just turned 21.

What is your favorite party joint in The Biggest Little City?

 

 

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?

 

Gilley’s

One of my favorite bars is Gilley’s located inside the Nugget Casino in Sparks.  If you enjoy country music this is the bar for you. Its decorated in a western style and has a mechanical bull you can ride for $5.  Gilley’s provides free live entertainment Thursday-Friday from 8-11pm. A DJ takes over after 11, playing a good mix of old and new country. Gilley’s has a large dance floor with plenty of room to move around.  If you don’t know how to line dance no worries, Gilley’s provides free lessons Wednesday nights from 6-8pm. See the link here for more information http://bit.ly/11RnvRj.

If you are a visual learner you can observe the good-looking Gilley’s girls and hopefully learn some new moves. The crowd here varies in age leaning closer to a more mature audience between the ages of 25 and up. Not to say there aren’t younger folks, but it doesn’t feel like one of those just turned ’21’ bars.  Drinks are very well priced, and their food menu is also pretty amazing. It’s also nice going to a bar where the guys actually know how to dance. Check them out the next time you are in Sparks, NV.

What is your favorite bar in Reno?