Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Valentine's Day Hotel-Dining Package, Concert Notes, Tax Time, More from the Carson Valley Inn

Valentine's Day Overnight Package for Two
Our Valentine's Day Package for Two is a great way to treat your spouse, fiancé or girlfriend/boyfriend to a special Valentine’s night at the Carson Valley Inn!  We include a room, $75 in total Food & Beverage Credit and a chilled bottle of champagne on arrival . . . plus assistance with CV Steak dinner reservations if you wish!  We have limited availability for this special package and invite you to Click Here for more information!!


TJ’s Concert Notes
  • We’ll answer the most commonly asked question first: Yes, we have more concerts coming to TJ's Corral for the 2020 season. Expect more announcements in this weekly blog by early March, perhaps before?
  • The Charlie Daniels Band concert on June 26 is selling beyond our expectations with over half the tickets already sold. We’re not saying you should or shouldn't act fast, but we are saying something!
  • Tanya Tucker is getting more and more "press" as we get closer to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 26 and it shows in the increased ticket sales for her TJ's Corral concert on June 6. Tanya has been nominated for four 2020 Grammy's: Song of the Year, Best Solo Country Performance and Best Country Song for Bring My Flowers Now (see video above) and Best Country Album, While I’m Livin’.
  • Tickets for the Tanya Tucker concert and the Charlie Daniels Band concert are available through our website on this page. You can also stop by or call (775-783-6606) our hotel registration desk.
Coach Tice in Town Monday
Coach Mike Tice will be in town next week and he’d like to meet you on Monday from 4 to 6 PM here at the Carson Valley Inn. Coach will be talking about a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available for the Mike Tice Foundation Charity Event for the Kids coming up at the end of June with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch. We are on the home stretch of raising the necessary funds to build a permanent Boys and Girls Club facility for the Carson Valley and we hope you can help. This event is great positive exposure if you own a business and also an excellent "cause" for those with philanthropic tendencies to help kids. To get in touch with Coach Tice to find out more, click here or call Bill here at the CVI at 775-783-6624. Like all of us, Coach Tice was once younger . . . check out the video above featuring him in a 1987 sports promo for KING 5 News on Seattle's NBC affiliate KING.

Honest, I Lost More Than I Won
Actually, that’s between you and the IRS. However, we can help with a Win/Loss Statement only for the play recorded while you were using your Player Club card during tax year 2019. Click Here for the form and follow the simple instructions for making your request. If you had winnings or loses at more than one of our locations, you can check the appropriate locations (Carson Valley Inn, Bodines, Sharkey’s and SlotWorld) and we’ll get all of your 2019 reports prepared.

This Week’s Promotions Lineup
  • Ladies’ Night Wednesday: Ladies’ Night fun runs from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Chocolate Shoppe Gift for the first 150 ladies (100 with FreePlay), Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, free Bingo Games, free Raffles and a Drink Special.
  • Point Multiplier Friday: Earn 4 Points on slots and videos all day this Friday. 
  • Polar Plunge Drawings and Board Game Friday and Saturday: The drawings take place between 6 and 8 PM for cash and FreePlay prizes and chances to play our Polar Plunge board game to "break the ice" for up to $1000!
  • Point Party Sunday: You’ll be earning anywhere from 2X to 10X Points from noon to 8 PM with the point multiplier changing every half hour. We guarantee the 10X Points will run for 30 minutes at least twice every Sunday in January.
  • Rollin’ for Cash Monday: Hot Seat drawings between Noon and 7 PM. All active players using your Inn Club card are “in the pot” for a chance to win up to $500!
From the Sports & Race Book
  • Sports Book Mike’s Musings:
    • How important are matchups?  Clemson & LSU was about as good a matchup as one could ask for.  Both undefeated.  LSU looked to be one of the best college teams ever.  Clemson hadn't lost a game through 2 seasons.  How lucky we are!
    • When the Texans were up 24-0 against the Chiefs, I thought the Titans/Texans matchup would be confusing.  Not just from all of the T's angle - Tennessee, Texas, Titans, etc.  As an old-timer, I still get the Titans and Houston Oilers confused - same color scheme, and the Titans were the Oilers several years ago.  With either team, Titans or Texans, I think oh, that team from Houston.
    • In any case, I wouldn't think many folks would be excited about a Titans/Texans matchup.  At least not folks around here.  Which of course leads into what matchup would the NFL like in the Super Bowl?  I would guess that the execs are rooting for Kansas City this weekend.  The Titans are a great story, but not quite as photogenic.
  • Our Pro Pick’em Progressive Jackpot survived again last weekend so it’s up to $4969 for this weekend's Divisional Championship games. Pick all 15 winners on the $5 Parlay Card and it’s yours. If it doesn't “hit” this weekend, the jackpot climbs based on the collective contest play at the CVI, Sharkey’s, Bodines and SlotWorld and we’ll give it all away on the Super Bowl Game! At that point, the jackpot will go to the person or persons (ties are split) who picks the most out of  the15 Props for the Super Bowl game.
  • Seasonal Wagers on board this week include The NFL Divisional Championship Games, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey, the Daytona 500 on February 16 and Horse Racing.
  • Futures Bets on the board include: 2020 Super Bowl, 2020 NCAA College Basketball, 2020 NBA Championship, 2020 Stanley Cup, 2020 World Series and 2020 NASCAR Championship.
This Week in Our Restaurants
  • Katie’s Specials This Week:
    • Wednesday: CVI Smoked Chicken Legs served with jalapeno corn bread, mashed potatoes, bacon baked beans & BBQ from 11 AM to 10 PM for $6.99.
    • Thursday: Spaghetti & A Giant Meatball with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, parsley, garlic bread from 11 AM to 10 PM; $6.99.
    • Friday and Saturday: Meat Lovers Platter with slow roasted brisket, pulled chicken & smoked sausage plus choice of 2 sides from macaroni salad, baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $13.99.
    • Sunday: "Chandler" Chicken Dinner; southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw. From 2 to 10 PM; $7.99.
    • Monday: Katie’s Shepherd’s Pie; a one-dish serving of sautéed ground beef with grandma’s brown gravy, peas and carrots. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $5.99
    • Tuesday: Pork Chili Verde served with Spanish rice and black beans for $7.99 from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • CV Steak Specials:
    • Today: Pork Stroganoff, pork tenderloin with a cream sauce of mushroom, Dijon mustard and Sherry wine served with egg noodle pasta.
    • Thursday: CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and herb marinated Lamb Chop Steak.
    • Friday: Grilled Venison Chops with fresh herbs and cherry brandy demi.
    • Saturday: Garlic Studded Prime Rib.
    • Sunday: Oscar Style” Fillet of Salmon with crab and Béarnaise sauce.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Saucy Band Thursday thru Saturday: Saucy is a 5-piece Southern Oregon band you may have seen performing on cruise ships, casinos, 5-star resorts, overseas venues, festivals, U.S.O. tours and more. The group features a vast range of hits and genres, from Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and everything between.

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Dressler Family Ranch Honored, Boys & Girls Club Event Details, Tanya Tucker on CBS, More from the Carson Valley Inn

Fred Dressler as a young man with Treadway Rickey circa 1925.
Photo Credit: UNR Special Collections
Heritage of Dressler Family Ranch
Honored Saturday at Sharkey’s
The heritage of the Dressler Family Ranch will be honored this Saturday when Snowshoe Thompson Chapter # 1827 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus dedicates a plaque on the front of Sharkey's recognizing the special bond that Fred Dressler and the Dressler Family had with Sharkey Begovich, the original owner of Sharkey's Casino.  Fred's friendship with Sharkey developed and flourished during the years when Sharkey owned the casino starting in the 1970s and extending into the early 1990s. Fred, his son Frederick, son-in-law Louis Bergevin and other members of the ranch crew had many meals at Sharkey's over the years, in large part because food was always available. 3 AM breakfasts were often at Sharkey's rather than at the ranch cookhouse. The same was often true for a late dinner because they had just completed the day's work at 9:30 PM.In the later years Fred's grandson Devere Dressler also joined in these meals.
The large bronze plaque recognizes the Dressler Ranch which had its start in the mid-1800s. The dedication will take place at 4 PM this Saturday, January 11 with a number of longtime local Carson Valley residents on hand.

Boys & Girls Club Benefit Details
Coach Mike Tice was on a Seattle radio station yesterday announcing many of the details for his two big charity events this summer, one of which is the Mike Tice Foundation Charity Event for the Kids here in Carson Valley with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch. Coach also announced his new website and if you click here, you will go to the details on the Carson Valley event. He also told us the decision is getting very close on the exact location for the permanent Boys and Girls Club facility for the Carson Valley. We hope to find out even more when Mike and his wife Diane come to town in mid-January to visit with potential sponsors and chat with those interested in helping support this incredible event. The website has contact information and we suggest you “hit him up” now so he can work you into his schedule while they are here in a couple of weeks.


Tanya Tucker Tour Picking Up Steam
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Tanya Tucker with special guest Aubrie Sellers will be performing in TJ's Corral on June 6 as part of her CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour. As her Minden visit gets closer, we'll be covering more about this special tour, Tanya's resurgence, her 2020 Grammy nominations and more in our weekly blog. Meanwhile, promotion has already started for the tour and Tanya was featured on CBS Sunday Morning a few days ago. A short excerpt is in the video above and here's a link to the CBS article which also gives you the opportunity to view the full 9-minute interview covering  her career, family and her changing world. Tickets for the Tanya Tucker concert and the Charlie Daniels Band concert on June 26 are available through our website starting on this page. You can also stop by or call (775-783-6606) our hotel registration desk.

This Week’s Promotions Lineup
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Ladies’ Night fun returns on Wednesdays this week from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Phone Card Holder/Ring for the first 150 ladies (100 with FreePlay), Grandma's Gourmet Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, free Bingo Games, free Raffles and a Drink Special.
  • Poker Room Squares Pool: Earn squares though this coming Monday for the Poker Room’s NCAA Championship Football game grid on Monday night. You’ll get a square for every qualifying winning hand during the week and get in on the $200 in prizes: $50 for each of the first three quarters and $50 for the final score.
  • Point Multiplier Friday: Earn 4 Points on slots and videos all day this Friday. 
  • Polar Plunge Drawings and Board Game Friday and Saturday: The drawings take place between 6 and 8 PM for cash and FreePlay prizes and chances to play our Polar Plunge board game to "break the ice" for up to $1000!
  • Point Party Sunday: You’ll be earning anywhere from 2X to 10X Points from noon to 8 PM with the point multiplier changing every half hour. We guarantee the 10X Points will run for 30 minutes at least twice every Sunday in January.
  • Rollin’ for Cash Monday: Hot Seat drawings between Noon and 7 PM. All active players using your Inn Club card are “in the pot” for a chance to win up to $500!
From the Sports & Race Book
  • Sports Book Mike’s Musings:
    • The one constant last week, in the NFL, was the low scoring.  All 4 games stayed under.  The other constant is quibbling about replay.  My favorite was the near game-ending play at the start of the second half of the Texans game - a ref dodges the toss from the kick returner, and then signals a TD for the Bills. How is a Ref's first game a playoff game? (Yes, Sheldon, that is sarcasm!)
    • Anyone tired of seeing Brady, Manning or Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl?  Yes, 15 of the last 16 Super Bowls included an AFC team led by one of those three: 8 for Brady, 4 for Manning and 3 for Roethlisberger. Don't look now, but the team that crashed the party was Joe Flacco's Ravens in 2013.  So, the Ravens are a natural to return this year.
    • Speaking of trends, I just read that only one team made the final eight last season and then again this season. That team is the Chiefs. 
  • Our Pro Pick’em Progressive Jackpot survived the Wild Card Weekend so it’s up to $4822 for this weekend's Divisional Playoff games. Pick all 15 NFL winners on the $5 Parlay Card and it’s yours. If it doesn't “hit” this weekend, the jackpot climbs for based on the collective contest play at the CVI, Sharkey’s, Bodines and SlotWorld. We'll continue this until it hits. If the progressive isn’t won by Super Bowl Sunday, the jackpot will go to the person or persons (ties are split) who picks the most out of 15 Props for the Super Bowl game. And remember, you can play as many $5 parlay cards as you like each week.
  • Seasonal Wagers on board this week include The NFL Wildcard Game., NCAA Football Bowl Games, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey and Horse Racing.
  • Futures Bets on the board include: 2020 Super Bowl, 2020 NCAA College Basketball, 2020 NBA Championship, 2020 Stanley Cup, 2020 World Series and 2020 NASCAR Championship.
  • Football Extras:
    • $2 Coors Light draft at the Casino Bar or in the Cabaret Lounge during all televised NFL Playoff Games and the NCAA Championship  Game.
    • Bar Snacks Delivered to Your Seat while you watch or play. Get the full menu and pricing at this link!
This Week in Our Restaurants
  • Katie’s Specials This Week:
    • Wednesday: CVI Smoked Chicken Legs served with jalapeno corn bread, mashed potatoes, bacon baked beans & BBQ from 11 AM to 10 PM for $6.99.
    • Thursday: Spaghetti & A Giant Meatball with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, parsley, garlic bread from 11 AM to 10 PM; $6.99.
    • Friday and Saturday: Meat Lovers Platter with slow roasted brisket, pulled chicken & smoked sausage plus choice of 2 sides from macaroni salad, baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $13.99.
    • Sunday: "Chandler" Chicken Dinner; southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw. From 2 to 10 PM; $7.99.
    • Monday: Katie’s Shepherd’s Pie; a one-dish serving of sautéed ground beef with grandma’s brown gravy, peas and carrots. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $5.99
    • Tuesday: Pork Chili Verde served with Spanish rice and black beans for $7.99 from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • CV Steak Specials:
    • Today: Pork Stroganoff, pork tenderloin and a cream sauce of mushroom, Dijon mustard and Sherry wine served with egg noodle pasta.
    • Thursday: CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and herb marinated Lamb Chop Steak.
    • Friday: Grilled Elk Medallions with a brandied cherry demi..
    • Saturday: Garlic Studded Prime Rib.
    • Sunday: Oscar Style” Fillet of Salmon with crab and Béarnaise sauce.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Deception Thursday thru Saturday: Deception is a trio that has a great time while playing a wide range of classics from the Righteous Brothers to AC/DC. The group prides itself on great 3-part harmonies and tight arrangements without using backing tracks or sequences of any kind . . . everything you hear is live!

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year, Polar Plunge Promotion, More from the Carson Valley Inn

We Wish All of Our Readers a
Very Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2020

 
Take Our Polar Plunge
Lots of cash and FreePlay are up for grabs in our Polar Plunge promotion going on all of January and February. We make it simple: use your Inn Club card whenever you play at the CVI and you automatically accumulate one virtual entry ticket for every five points you earn. Every Friday and Saturday night between 6 and 8 PM we'll have drawings from these virtual entries and Hot Seats (random selections from those playing in the casino while using their Inn Club card.) We’ll have Cash and FreePlay prizes for those drawn and if you are selected to play our Polar Plunge board game on a Friday or Saturday night, you'll have a chance to "break the ice" for up to $1000!

Poker Room Hopping Next Two Mondays
  • If you won one of our Poker Room’s Opening Shootout Tournaments during November or December be sure to “be here” on Monday, January 6 for our Tournament of Champions event at 6 PM with no buy-in and $400 up for grabs.
  • Starting Tuesday, January 7 poker players will start earning squares into the Poker Room’s NCAA Championship Football game on Monday night, January 13. Earn a square for every qualifying winning hand during the week and get in on the $200 in prizes: $50 for each of the first three quarters and $50 for the final score. 

Where Did It/They Go?
  • If you came in to the Carson Valley Inn, Sharkey's, Bodines or SlotWorld on Christmas Day you might've noticed that the Penny Progressive Jackpot was just over $10,000. You can thank Santa who landed his sleigh on the roof of Sharkey's Casino on Christmas Eve, came down the Sharkey's chimney, tapped one of our customers playing the Penny Progressive on the shoulder, and the result was a $69,084 Christmas present for one very lucky player! The gentleman politely asked that we do not use his name or show a picture and of course we always honor such requests. As he departed with check in-hand, his smile and demeanor indicated that others in his family were going to have a very nice Christmas the next day!
  • And remember those three Yeti coolers to be given away at the last Monday Night Football game? They were all claimed promptly, one each by Kyle W., James P. and Sydney D. – all of whom certainly understood their capacity, quality and beer-enhancing capabilities!
  • Going back to our Poker Room’s $1,000 Free Roll Tournament in early December, the top four finishers were Janice T. ($400), John C. ($300), Scott G. ($200) and Irene D ($200). Lots of fun down to the very end when the cash was doled out! 

This Week’s Promotions Lineup
  • Wait One More Week: Ladies’ Night fun returns on January 8
  • Point Multiplier Friday: Earn 4 Points on slots and videos all day this Friday. 
  • Polar Plunge Drawings and Board Game Friday and Saturday: Check the article above for details on the drawings between 6 and 8 PM each night.
  • Point Party Sunday: You’ll be earning anywhere from 2X to 10X Points from noon to 8 PM with the point multiplier changing every half hour. We guarantee the 10X Points will run for 30 minutes at least twice every Sunday in January.
  • Rollin’ for Cash Monday: Hot Seat drawings between Noon and 7 PM. All active players using your Inn Club card are “in the pot” for a chance to win up to $500!  

From the Sports & Race Book
  • Sports Book Mike’s Musings:
    • NFL favorites went 9-7 against the spread last week.  Five of the dogs won; none bigger than those Dolphins who ended up winning five games this season.
    • Folks remarked that there were lots of high scoring games in the NFL last week.  As a matter of fact, 12 of the 16 games (75%) went over.
    • Interceptions were all the rage after the Tampa Bay game. Jamies threw another Pick 6 to get into the record books as the only NFL player to throw seven Pick-6 in one season and the only NFL Player with 30 TD passes and 30 INTs in the same season. Who has thrown the most career pass interceptions in the NFL? I was guessing Philip Rivers, who certainly has had lots of turnovers. Lots. But, he's well back of Brett Favre. Vinnie Testaverde is fourth - how in the world did he play 21 seasons? And who has the most among active QBs? How about Eli Manning!
  • Our Pro Pick’em Progressive Jackpot managed to make it through the regular NFL season without "hitting" so we continue it into the NFL playoffs and add a few simple proposition bets to get to the 15 selections on the card. The jackpot is up to $4762 for this weekend's Wildcard games - pick all 15 NFL winners on the $5 Parlay Card and it’s yours. If it doesn't “hit” this weekend, the jackpot climbs based on the collective contest play at the CVI, Sharkey’s, Bodines and SlotWorld. We'll continue this through the NFL playoffs until it hits. If the progressive isn’t won by Super Bowl Sunday, the jackpot will go to the person or persons (ties are split) who picks the most out of 15 for the Super Bowl game. And remember, you can play as many $5 parlay cards as you like each week.
  • Seasonal Wagers on board this week include The NFL Wildcard Game., NCAA Football Bowl Games, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey and Horse Racing.
  • Futures Bets on the board include: 2020 Super Bowl, 2020 NCAA College Basketball, 2020 NBA Championship, 2020 Stanley Cup, 2020 World Series and 2020 NASCAR Championship.
  • Football Extras:
    • $2 Coors Light draft at the Casino Bar or in the Cabaret Lounge during all televised NFL Playoff Games and College Bowl Games.
    • Bar Snacks Delivered to Your Seat while you watch or play. Get the full menu and pricing at this link! 

This Week in Our Restaurants
  • Katie’s Specials This Week:
    • Wednesday: CVI Smoked Chicken Legs served with jalapeno corn bread, mashed potatoes, bacon baked beans & BBQ from 11 AM to 10 PM for $6.99.
    • Thursday: Spaghetti & A Giant Meatball with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, parsley, garlic bread from 11 AM to 10 PM; $6.99.
    • Friday and Saturday: Meat Lovers Platter with slow roasted brisket, pulled chicken & smoked sausage plus choice of 2 sides from macaroni salad, baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $13.99.
    • Sunday: "Chandler" Chicken Dinner; southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw. From 2 to 10 PM; $7.99.
    • Monday: Katie’s Shepherd’s Pie; a one-dish serving of sautéed ground beef with grandma’s brown gravy, peas and carrots. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $5.99
    • Tuesday: Pork Chili Verde served with Spanish rice and black beans for $7.99 from 11 AM to 10 PM.
  • CV Steak Specials:
    • Today: Mesquite Smoked Certified Angus Beef Strip Steak Roast, cold smoked, slow roasted and finished with a Bourbon Peppercorn sauce.
    • Thursday: CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and herb marinated Lamb Chop Steak.
    • Friday: Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice pilaf and plum port glaze.
    • Saturday: Garlic Studded Prime Rib.
    • Sunday: Oscar Style” Fillet of Salmon with crab and Béarnaise sauce. 

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Arizona Jones Thursday thru Saturday: In a scene so often dominated by technology and gimmicks, Reno’s Arizona Jones prefers to do it the old fashioned way – live and personal. When they put their rockin’ spin on classic R& B hits from the 60’s and 70’s, you never know who’ll be singing louder, the audience or the band. They play the hits from Aerosmith and Amy Winehouse to Wilson Pickett and ZZ Top . . . and many artists in between. Bring your dancin’ shoes!

Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit “0” when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and the Week In Between at the Carson Valley Inn

Merry Christmas to All

Our Newest Christmas Tree Addition
Our Christian Themed Tree
The Christian themed tree which sits just in front of the hotel registration desk is new this year and Chief Decorating Elf Eileen Knox indicated it fills two voids. "First, I always thought CVI needed something that caught your eye when you walk in the hotel entrance and to the hotel desk. Second, it celebrates the Spirit of Christmas which is, after all, a Christian holiday." I wanted something that was a different color than the other trees and thus you’ll see pink, gold and silver ornaments and trim. While the other trees and decorations are aimed to be enjoyed through the eyes of a kid, this tree is more elegant and has something for all ages.
So how did Eileen how become the CVI's chief decorating Elf? The short version: Years ago she worked at Nordstrom's and volunteered for their traditional Thanksgiving night Christmas decorating to transform the store into a winter wonderland for shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving. When CVI first started doing decorations 20 something years ago, Eileen volunteered for what was then a committee and she soon rose to the forefront,. Towards the end of 2010, the first full year under Mike Pegram's ownership, the lobby had been remodeled and the furniture had not yet arrived, leaving an empty feeling with the holidays approaching. One discussion led to another and Eileen took the lead to fill some unanticipated empty space. Since then, with Mike's full support, she ups the game every year!

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
CVI's Matt Carter Presents Our Check at the Community Food Drive
Our Communities Step Up Big
The Carson Valley and Carson City communities stepped up big over this holiday season and two very important programs were the beneficiaries. In Carson City, the customers of Bodines and Slotworld joined in to help raise $15,000 in just one day for the Holiday with a Hero program which provided Christmas shopping and presents for hundreds of Carson City kids. Here in the Carson Valley, our community rallied to help generate over 239,000 pounds of food and over $65,000 for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet at the CVI location during the annual KTVN CH 2 Food Drive event. Through our four properties we were proud to be a major contributor to, and supporter of, both of these incredible community services.

New Year’s Eve Dining at the Inn
CV Steak and Katie's are serving their regular menus plus specials on New Year’s Eve next Tuesday. 
  • CV Steak is open from 4:30 PM on New Year’s Eve and specials include Beef Tournedos Crab Oscar Style served with Burgundy Demi-Glace for $35 and Seafood Thermidor Shrimp, Salmon, Monkfish, Scallops and Mushrooms crusted with Hollandaise for $34. As with all CV Steak entrees (except for the hearty pasta dishes), these specials include vegetables and choice of au gratin, twice-baked or baked potato plus tableside-tossed salad, sourdough baguette and creamery butter. CV Steak New Year's Eve reservations can be made by calling 775-783-6650. The Sunset Special will not be offered on New Year’s Eve but will be served on New Year’s Day.
  • Katie's is offering a New York Strip Steak Special from 4 PM on New Year’s Eve; a blue cheese encrusted New York Strip Loin with mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and choice of soup or house salad for $16.99.  The December daily Tuesday special will not be served on December 31.
  • Katie's is also the perfect spot for New Year's Day "morning after" breakfast and lunch. Katie's 24-hour signature special is a $5.99 Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs plate – add a Bloody Mary and you might just have the perfect hangover helper!.
New Year’s Eve Entertainment
‘Rock’ Ours or ‘Roll’ Your Own!
Carson Valley Inn and Sharkey’s Casino are teaming up to give you two diverse choices for New Year’s Eve entertainment on Tuesday:  Classic rock ‘n’ roll for listening, dancing and partying in the Cabaret Lounge at the CVI. . . .  or “Roll Your Own” Entertainment with the full on karaoke experience in the Silver Dollar Bar area at Sharkey’s.
Rockology is a Classic Rock Tribute Band bringing the greatest hits from the '70s, '80s and more to the Cabaret Lounge on New Year’s Eve from 9 PM to 1 AM. This fun group of seasoned musicians delivers a catalog filled with three-part harmonies, saxophone, keyboards, electric guitars and live drums - the perfect audio and visual stimulus to New Year’s Eve dancing, partying and fun!
At the Sharkey’s Silver Dollar Bar, we’re talking the full-on karaoke experience with Kurtis B Karaoke leading the charge from 10 PM until 2 AM with a professional sound system and full book of songs and lyrics. A long time music business veteran, Kurtis showcased his karaoke skills in Tahoe at the Horizon and MontBlue. His 30+ year career in the entertainment business includes shooting videos for MTV and VH1 back in the 80s and many years of touring in key backstage positions with major acts such as Journey, Stix, REO Speedwagon, Cher and many more. Currently, he is enjoying the holiday off-season in the Carson Valley while continuing as Stage Manager for Alice Cooper's tour. The Kurtis B Karaoke Show draws you in as the star while making sure to entertain all those in attendance!

This Week’s Promotions Lineup
  • 5X Points Today for Christmas: Earn 5 Points on slots and videos all day! Ladies’ Night fun returns on January 8
  • Point Multiplier Friday: Earn 5 Points on slots and videos all day this Friday. 
  • Point Party Sunday: You’ll be earning anywhere from 2X to 10X Points from noon to 7PM with the point multiplier changing every half hour. We guarantee the 10X Points will run for 30 minutes at least twice every Sunday in December.
  • 4X Points Tuesday: Earn 4 Points on slots and videos from 4 AM to 4 PM on Tuesday, December 31. 
From the Sports & Race Book
  • Sports Book Mike’s Musings:
    • NFL favorites went 9-6-1 last week. Five of the dogs won.
    • College bowl games get going in earnest this week.  There are 20 NCAA Bowl Games over the next 7 days including two on Saturday that will decide the final two teams for The National Championship: The Peach Bowl pitting No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma and the Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson.
    • Special "Bowl Games" parlay cards will run through Thursday this week. The standard parlay cards, with the NFL games, will not be available until Friday morning, when they will supersede the "Bowl Games" cards.
    • Specials Sports Book hours on New Year’s Eve are 9 AM to 5 PM.
    • The Raiders can somehow still make the playoffs!  If these teams win on Sunday, then they are supposedly in: Ravens, Texans, Colts and Raiders.  How is it that the already eliminated Broncos are favored against the Raiders?
  • Our Pro Pick’em Progressive Jackpot is $4,629 this week. Pick all 15 NFL winners on our weekly $5 Parlay Card and it’s yours. Each week it is not “hit,” the jackpot climbs based on the collective contest play at the CVI, Sharkey’s, Bodines and SlotWorld. If it isn’t won this week, we’ll keep it climbing and roll it into the NFL Playoffs adding some prop bets to get to 15 choices each week,
  • Seasonal Wagers on board this week include NFL Football, NCAA Football Bowl Games, NBA and NCAA Basketball, NHL Hockey and Horse Racing.
  • Futures Bets on the board include: 2020 NCAA Football Championship, 2020 Super Bowl, 2020 NCAA College Basketball, 2020 NBA Championship and 2020 Stanley Cup.
  • Football Extras:
    • $2 Coors Light draft at the Casino Bar or in the Cabaret Lounge during all televised NFL and College Games.
    • Bar Snacks Delivered to Your Seat while you watch or play. Get the full menu and pricing at this link!!
This Week in Our Restaurants
Katie’s Specials This Week:
  • Wednesday – Christmas Day: Traditional Roasted Turkey Dinner from 11 AM to 10 PM (Smoked Chicken Legs not served today.)
  • Thursday: Spaghetti & A Giant Meatball with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, parsley, garlic bread from 11 AM to 10 PM; $6.99.
  • Friday and Saturday: Meat Lovers Platter with slow roasted brisket, pulled chicken & smoked sausage plus choice of 2 sides from macaroni salad, baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $13.99.
  • Sunday: "Chandler" Chicken Dinner; southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw. From 2 to 10 PM; $7.99.
  • Monday: Katie’s Shepherd’s Pie; a one-dish serving of sautéed ground beef with grandma’s brown gravy, peas and carrots. From 11 AM to 10 PM; $5.99
  • Tuesday: New York Strip Steak Special from 4 PM New Year’s Eve (Pork Chili Verde not available.)
CV Steak Specials:
  • Today: Seared Fillet of Salmon with Dijon Mustard Lemon Caper Cream Sauce and Grilled New York Strip Loin with Bacon and Wild Mushroom Sauce.
  • Thursday: CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and herb marinated Lamb Chop Steak.
  • Friday: Veal Scaloppini with Lemon and Capers.
  • Saturday: Garlic Studded Prime Rib.
  • Sunday: “Oscar Style” Fillet of Salmon with crab and Béarnaise sauce.
  • Tuesday, New Year’s Eve:  See story above. 
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
  • Michael Furlong Band tonight thru Saturday: Michael Furlong has been an accomplished performing musician and technician throughout his life with extensive experience as a lead vocalist, lead guitar player, songwriter, studio and live audio engineer, record and video producer and editor. While he and his band perform hits from a variety of artists, he is best known for his “Petty Theft" Show – A Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
  • NFL Football Sunday: The Niners vs. the Seahawks in the final game of the NFL regular season.
  • Trippin King Snakes, December 30: Ev Musselman (Guitar and Vocals), Charlie Fecteau (Bass) and Nick Fecteau (Drums and Vocals) are a popular northern Nevada trio of musicians playing an eclectic array of Rock, Blues, Funk, and Alternative Covers and originals.
  • Rockology on Tuesday, New Year’s Eve: Rockology is a high energy Classic Rock Tribute Band bringing you the greatest hits from the '70s, '80s and more.  This fun group of seasoned musicians delivers a catalog filled with three-part harmonies, saxophone, keyboards, electric guitars and live drums. 
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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