Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Football Returns, Chris Young Video, Half Off Tuesdays, Another Throw Back Thirty Picture

Football Season is Here!  Yesterday the season's first Parlay Card came out at the
Sports Book and it's all College this week with 41 games from which to choose. Starting next Thursday, the NFL returns and we're ready with: 
  • Our Progressive Pro Pick'em offers a special $5 parlay card each week with all the NFL games and you pick winners without a point spread. Pick 'em all and win a minimum of $2,500 (ties split)!
  • During all NFL Games, Bud & Bud Light draft beer is just $2 and all other Anheuser-Busch draft beers are $1 off.
  • Monday Night Football drawings are held for items such as NFL hats, CVI shirts, Budweiser merchandise and other prizes.
  • Also every Monday: two guests will be drawn to qualify for the Super Bowl Ultimate Tail Gate Package including two tickets to any Raider's home game in 2015, a BBQ grill, a $100 meat gift certificate to Costco, a Bud Light Easy-Up canopy, a couple of cases of Bud beer and assorted Bud Light T-shirts, hats and promotional items. 

When Aw Naw is Ah Yes! Whether you were there or not, this video of the Chris Young concert really gives the feel for what it's like attending a young country artist's concert at TJ's Corral! Thanks to all who made this concert a sell-out!  And thanks also for making this Friday's Charlie Daniels Band Concert another sell-out 'cause Minden's Gonna Do It Again with this Long Haired Country Boy!

More on Coach Polian's Visit: We now have more details on Nevada Wolf Pack Coach Brian Polian's visit to the Carson Valley Inn for a Blitz buffet lunch on Monday, September 22. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Coach's candor, insight and humor was quite entertaining last year and we encourage all football enthusiasts to enjoy his presentation and jump in with questions. The cost is $17 per person and advance reservations are a must through the University of Nevada Athletic Department. Please call 775-682-6901 by Friday, September 19.

More Throwback Thirty: So we cheated a little last week with the picture of the CVI from a little less than 30 years ago. We'll go the other way this time and use a picture (above) from late 1983 shortly after groundbreaking. Using the Comments section below, can you tell us the approximate vantage point from which this picture was taken? Do you know what ever became of the structures on the left behind the construction equipment? And how about the small light green house in the background center . . . does anyone remember what two incidents happened the week before it met its demise?

Ya Just Had to Be There! Like the Flying Elvi, Giant Sand Castle and Splash Dogs that helped us celebrate our Birthday in recent Augusts past, the LivFast crew featuring X-Games Gold Medalist Lance Courey didn't disappoint last Sunday. Many aerial jumps, stunts, oohs and aahas plus over a dozen birthday cakes, cases of champagne, a thousand free anniversary tee shirts, the Blues Monsters, piles of free popcorn (wind + popcorn = mess), hundreds of free ice cream sandwiches, families and a zillion kids enjoying it all – what a day and night!

Run That By Me Again!? Our September casino promotions start next week, but here's a peak ahead. We'll start with the part that has even the Blog Department amazed. Inn Club members earn 5X Points on Saturdays and then get 50% off when paying with points in Katie's on Tuesday's from 2 to10 p.m. We're confident our Casino Marketing and Accounting folks checked in advance to make sure this makes financial sense, but it sounds to us writers as if this is a "don't miss" opportunity to dine in Katie's on Tuesdays for "pennies on the dollar!" Add in that CVI points have 5 times the value of the place just down the street (yep, we checked it out ourselves on the video reels and that's the majority of our slot play) and the multiplier effect becomes so high we can't even see it! Here's another one that has us non-numbers-types scratching our heads: On Mondays in September, when you earn 125 points that day, you just swing by the casino kiosk and swipe your card for a Free Omelet or Free $6.99 Platter (we have 6 of 'em on the menu) that same day. Plus, you keep the 125 points!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • A reminder that the '65 Mustang Coup will be given away this Saturday at Bodines Casino. The drawings are at 5 & 7 p.m.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Greg Austin appears tonight, Stew Stewart entertains Thursday – Sunday and Jonathan "JB" Barton takes the stage Monday thru Wednesday.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Mesquite Smoked Buffalo Prime Rib, a 10 oz. carving of American Bison Prime Rib, seasoned with a rock salt mixture of herbs, cold smoked and slow roasted to retain juices. Served with creamed horseradish, tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $32.00!
  • Ladies' Night Gifts & Prizes: Each of tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Gift Basket from World Market . . . and the first 150 ladies will receive clip-on book lights. Next Wednesday night there will be more stuff from The Blue Cow (Blue Cow? We'll explain next Wednesday).
  • Coming next Wednesday's blog: A September Top Ten Recreational & Adventure Activities in our area and an update on the scheduled bus service between Carson Valley and Reno Airport.
Get In Touch With Us: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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, August 20, 2014

Reno Airport Shuttle Coming, A Message from Charlie Daniels, Exhibition Boxing in September, Skydiving and More

Lots of interesting information and news this week, thanks for reading!

Charlie Daniels Offers These Remarks: If you are one of the 1300+ people with tickets to the sold-out Charlie Daniels Band Concert on Friday, August 29, the message from Charlie in the video above is for you!

Our Carson Valley Inn 30th Birthday Celebration this Sunday features Blues, Brews & Motocross plus much more! Outside, the free high-flying motocross aerial stunt shows are at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. next to TJ's Corral. We'll have free activities for kids plus free popcorn and free ice cream for kids of all ages. There's also free entertainment in TJ's Corral from 6:30 to 8:30 with the Blues Monsters. Inside the Carson Valley Inn we're serving free cake and champagne from 2 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. We'll also be giving away free birthday t-shirts at random times while they last. INN Club members earn triple points from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drawings for up to $5,000 will happen at 3, 4, 9 & 10 p.m.

Boxing in TJ's Corral on September 13: Collegiate and Amateur Boxing is "on the card" in TJ's Corral on Saturday, September 13th starting at 4 p.m. The Collegiate bouts feature boxers from the Air Force Academy, University of Nevada, University of Washington and University of California, Berkeley. There will also be a few amateur bouts and all the usual fanfare that surrounds boxing events. Tickets are on sale now – just $10 for the whole card!

Scheduled Bus Service between Reno Airport and Carson Valley:  Great news for locals and visitors to our area . . . it looks like the long-anticipated Scheduled Bus Service between the Reno Airport and Carson Valley may finally be in place by this November if all goes well. We have been working with Amador Stage Lines for over 2 years as they have weaved through the process of obtaining a grant that will enable them to get this service started. At this point, they are looking at four scheduled round-trips every day (yes, 7 days a week) with the times based on the inbound and outbound flight patterns. Local stops will definitely include the Carson Valley Inn and the new Community Center. Amador Stage Lines also runs the South Tahoe Express which connects the Stateline area with Reno Airport. We've known these folks for 30 years and they don't do something unless they can do it right! They promised to keep us informed and we'll provide updates on start date, costs, schedules, etc. as we get the information.

Throwback Thirty: Our  version of Throwback Thursdays is Throwback Thirty - some pictures from 30ish years ago when the CVI was first born. The picture on the left was actually taken slightly  after 1984, but it shows the hotel and casino entrance (check-in was originally at the casino entrance on the main level) as it was when the CVI first opened. We had 150 slots and 99 rooms at the start . . . what a story since then!

Carson Valley Inn Goes International! Two dozen Rotary Youth Exchange students from around the Northern NV/CA Rotary District gathered at the Carson Valley Inn this past weekend for their start-of-year orientation session. Countries from all over the world were represented by these students who will be staying with host families until next summer. Our Thanks to Rotarian Jon Greene who posed the group and took this picture at our hotel entrance on Saturday.

How Would You Look in this '65 Mustang Coup? Darn good we'll bet! Someone will have the chance to find out because our sister property Bodines Casino is giving this car away soon. Bodines players are earning entries every time they play this month and Qualifying Drawings are every Friday and Saturday with the car giveaway on Saturday, August 30. Stop by Bodines on your next trip to Costco and check it out!

Jump? Are You Out of Your Mind?! If you are not of the "Why jump out of a perfectly functional airplane" persuasion, then this is for you! Another exciting outdoor activity is joining the plentiful list of Carson Valley area recreational opportunities: Skydiving!! Based at one of the finest General Aviation Airports in the west, Skydive Lake Tahoe opens for business this month at Minden-Tahoe Airport, just 5 minutes from the Carson Valley Inn. And if the song "Jump" popped into your mind when you read this (bet it just did now) hopefully it was the Van Halen version - the only single the group released in their career to reach number one in the U.S. Will you "jump?" 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Johnny Smokes appears tonight, Atomika entertains Thursday - Saturday, Dale Poune is in on Sunday & Monday and Greg Austin takes the stage Tuesday & Wednesday.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Seared and Braised Antelope with Cranberry Port Glaze and Smoked Potato Croquettes; served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $26.00!
  • How Much is in Your Piggy Bank? You'll have to let us know after Ladies' Night tonight. Each of tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Piggy Bank pre-loaded with a surprise amount of cash.
  • An Super Bowl Ultimate Tail Gate Package is just one of the many reasons to watch, win and enjoy during the 2014 football season at the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino. Watch for all the details in next week's blog posting on Wednesday, September 27.
  • Would You Fit in at the CVI? We posted some new job openings recently and again invite you to consider joining the CVI Team. You couldn't ask for a nicer property – with a great benefits program to boot!
Get In Touch With Us: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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, August 13, 2014

Lee Rocker's Big Bass, Quarterback Club Returns, HI-Flying Motorcycles, A Point Well Taken, More

Concert and Events Notes

  • My What A Big Bass You Have!! And that big bass belongs to Lee Rocker, founder of the Stray Cats! Lee and his rockabilly band are the featured act at the Austinpalooza to benefit Austin’s House this Saturday in TJ's Corral and all ticket sales go directly to Austin's House. Buy your tickets on line in advance or at the gate and catch five bands with in-and-out convenience from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • What about the High-Flying Motorcycle Acrobatics you'll see during our 30th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, August 24? The video above shows a similar event in Las Vegas and we know this will whet your appetite for the Free event in our parking lot. Also on tap a week from Sunday: Free entertainment with the Blues Monsters in TJ's Corral plus free games for the kids and more.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band Concert on Friday, August 29 is totally Sold Out – Thank You for making this concert a big success so far in advance!

Hey, It's Me on the Sign!  Donna was playing "my machine" (one of our Quick Hit Platinum Slots in her case) when the bells and whistles started going off.  She knew she had won something and thought she had 8 "Quick Picks" which would have been about a $3,000 payout. Even thought the Jackpot light was flashing she still counted the Quick Picks three times and came up with 9 each time – just what it took to trigger the top jackpot of $13,647. Donna told us she had won a few $1,000 jackpots before on the Quick Hit Platinum and had been joking to friends about hitting the Big Jackpot. Well, she did! Per Donna, "I am extremely excited that when I was driving through the Valley it was MY name that was up on the big sign!"

Getting to the Point! Points – seems every casino talks about the benefits of earning points. We have an impressive list of ways you can redeem your points here at the Carson Valley Inn: free play; dining in CV Steak, Katie's or Job's Perk; accommodations in our hotel, motor lodge or RV park; gas, diesel or merchandise at the Carson Valley Market; cakes and pies at the Katie's Bakery Counter . . . and more.

But here's another point of view on earning points at the CVI: There are many benefits you can realize without actually using or redeeming your points.  In other words, you get the benefits and You Keep the Points! There are dozens of examples over the last few months – here are just a few: 
  • Every one of our concerts (Valley Ballroom and TJ's Corral) has seats reserved for INN Club players who receive invitations based on recent points earned. No points are "charged" for these concert tickets.
  • A variety of special buffets are held each year for INN Club players who received invitations based on recent points earned. No points are "charged" for these feasts.
  • Themed parties (Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, etc) are held each year for INN Club players who receive invitations based on recent points earned. No points are "charged" for these feasts.
  • Just about every month we have one or more days when we giveaway tee shirts,sweatshirts, mugs, hats or something - just for earning a minimum number of points that day. You get the item and You Keep the Points!
  • Many of our promotions have giveaway drawings each week and you accumulate drawing entries based on points earned . . . but no points are "charged" for these giveaways.
  • A monthly mailer is sent to INN Club members based on recent points earned. These mailers have a variety of offers such as food credits, overnight stays, free play and more . . . and all of these offers can be redeemed with no points "charged!"    
Are we suggesting you play in the casino more? No - we always encourage our guests to enjoy gaming as entertainment within your comfort level and your means. We are suggesting that whenever you play at the CVI (table games, slots and poker room) you always use your INN Club Card. The point is – your points do add up to so much more at the Carson Valley Inn.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Popular soloist Steve Lord appears tonight and is then joined by some of his favorite musician friends for a special treat on Thursday. The John Dawson Band takes over the stage on Friday and Saturday – these five fun-lovin' guys entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. Dale Poune is in on Sunday night and Johnny Smokes entertains Monday through Wednesday. If you Johnny last time you already know this is an act well worth seeing. While carrying the label of "One Man Band," this moniker fails miserably to even begin to define the high tech and energetic live experience of a Johnny Smokes show.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Nevada Wolfpack Football Coach Brian Polian brings the Quarterback Club back to the CVI
    for a luncheon on Monday, September 22, 2014.  Coach will break down the season after the first three games and preview the upcoming week's game against San Diego State.  More information will be coming soon, but mark your calendar now.
  • Speaking of Football: Monday Night Football will have some new twists at the CVI this year . . . watch for more information coming in a week or two. 
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Veal Scaloppini with Lemon and Capers - served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $28.00!
  • Our monthly Blackjack Tournament was last night and $1,300 in prize money went out to the top three finishers: Daphne Gaines (1st for $650), Jack Jordan(2nd for $390) and John Smith (3rd for $260). Mark your calendar for the next tournament on Tuesday evening, September 9.
  • Here's a great story published on motorcycling around Carson Valley, the upcoming Carson-Tahoe Moto on August 21 – 24 at the CVI and eating pie at the CVI. 

Get In Touch With Us: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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, August 6, 2014

What Would Yo Do with a Sudden $50,000, Action Oriented Events, Hard Knocks, More

Inn-Side Inn-formation on Some Upcoming Events at CVI:
  • The Carson-Tahoe Moto on Friday - Sunday, August 22 – 24 is a gathering of motorcycle riders
    and it’s a rally with an emphasis on discovering great roads—whether you prefer pavement or dirt—and meeting new people who love motorcycling.  While the "Moto" is headquartered here at the CVI, it’s about getting out on the road and riding—not standing around looking at bikes. Sound like something you'd enjoy? Sign up today!
  • Our 30th Birthday Celebration is Sunday, August 24 with Blues, Brews & Motocross plus much more! The day's events include activities all day in the casino plus free outdoor high-flying aerial motocross acrobatics demonstrations and free entertainment with the Blues Monsters in the evening. Plus . . . free popcorn, free ice cream and free games for the kids.
  • Our 30th Annual Mixed Scramble Golf Tournament is September 5 & 6 and this is the perfect event for golfers of ALL levels and abilities. The blind draw of teams makes it easy to meet new people and enjoy a round of golf without undue pressure. Check out all the details including a sign up form.
  • The Annual Bunko for Breast Cancer night is just two months away on Saturday, October 11 and this is one of the most un-corporate-like events that our friends at the Minden GE facility sponsor all year! Suffice it to say that earplugs are so advised that they are actually provided 'cause the noise, shouting, laughter and general merriment is . . . you'll just have to dive in and enjoy it! To sign up, volunteer, or find out what this can all possibly mean, call Pamela at 775-215- 1001. And be warned, as soon as you mention Bunko to Pamela she might start babbling – this event knocks her and the GE committee sideways every year . . . but it  always raises five figures for Cancer Services in our community! 
  • The Annual CVI Shooting Outing is February 19 – 21 and we're working on the flyer and web page now. Look for more details soon, but get it on your calendar now for two days of sporting clays, an opening night reception and an awards buffet with game and traditional fare. 
Concert Notes:
  • Chris Young put on a great show to a sell-out crowd last Saturday and we commend this young artist and his crew for their professionalism, friendliness and cooperativeness. Keep an eye on Chris . . . he's a good one!
  • The Austinpalooza to benefit Austin’s House is a week from this Saturday (That's August 16) and
    all ticket sales go directly to Austin's House. As a reminder, this is a full day of music running from 2 to 10 p.m. and the whole day complete with in-and-out access is just $25! The Stray Cat, Lee Rocker anchors the show and four area bands will take the stage before him including The Engineered Disaster, Seymour's Trick Bag, Bootleggers and Lavish Green. Austin's House is the only Emergency Children’s Center in Northern NV. The children who are placed at Austin's House have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect . . .  and  Austin's House provides care until these children are either reunited with their family or an appropriate long term placement is made. These are very sad situations but Austin's House makes it good . . . and your purchase of a $25 ticket or two will help them continue!
  • Somehow, we found fifty more Standing-Room-Only tickets for the Charlie Daniels Band Concert on Friday, August 29 and they went on sale last night. If you're thinking of attending, better act quickly 'cause they will certainly go fast!  Remember, you really don't have to stand - bring a blanket and sit on the grass area! 
What Would You Do with a Sudden $50,000? Whether the amount was $50,000 or a Million Dollars (remember Steve Martin's quick advice as to how to become a Millionaire?), we've all had that question posed to us or a least thought about it. And most of us either blurt out something definitive – from frivolous to practical to philanthropic – but soon the thought dissipates because it's all hypothetical anyway. Nancy, a local resident guest, recently faced the question for real! It went like this: Nancy was walking by the Penny Progressive and saw the jackpot was quite high so she sat down, inserted the $27 ticket she had cashed out from another machine and started playing. Soon the machine stopped working and some people came over." Turns out it was our CVI staff looking like they were going to start clapping and singing Happy Birthday like they do in some of those many restaurants. Nancy assumed there was something wrong with the machine – and there was: it stopped automatically 'cause she had just won the $50,184.00 jackpot! We caught up with Nancy a few days later and asked that stupid question that casino people, reporters and PR flacks always ask, "What was your first thought when you realized you had won?"  Her answer was one word, "flabbergasted!"  Of course we followed up with the equally required and trite "What are you going to do with the money?" By then, Nancy and her husband Leroy had thought it out and they choose to forgo the frivolous (at least for now) and stick with the practical (invest for the kids) and philanthropic (10% to United Methodist Church). What would you do?

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • The HBO show Hard Knocks 2014 season debut was last night and this year HBO is following the Atlanta  Falcons throughout training camp and the preseason as they whittle their roster down for the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 7. So why is this in the CVI blog? Mike Tice is the Offensive Line Coach of the Falcons and Mike is a frequent CVI visitor, a friend of CVI owner Mike Pegram and the driving force behind the Mike Tice Charity Golf Tournament that has raised over $250,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada Carson Valley Branch over the last 4 years. Viewer discretion is advised as HBO has no language filters!
  • In the Cabaret This Weekend: For more than ten years Escalade has been entertaining northern Nevada with a blend of R&B, jazz and pop. The group performs the best of the artists of Motown such as The Drifters, Coasters, Temptations and Four Tops plus the hits of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Band leader Jeff Odom’s strong vocals and infectious personality make this band a local favorite.
  • Our monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, August 12 . . . check at the Pit for details.  Pit? That's totally acceptable casino-talk for "table games area." 
Get In Touch With Us: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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, July 30, 2014

Free Weekly $1000 Poker Tournament, List of August Events, Classic Cars this Thursday, NV State Fair, More

New Weekly $1,000 Free Roll Poker Tournament!  Not sure what this means? Neither were we at first, but it is amazingly simple and yes, we are giving away $1,000 each week! The Free Roll Tournaments will be held on Saturdays and Sundays in August at 4 p.m. You receive 1 FREE Entry for every hour that you play Monday through Friday PLUS 3X Entries on Thursdays. Drawings will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. for the Saturday tournament and Saturdays at 6 p.m. for the Sunday tournament.  Thirty names will be selected to play each day and you must be present at the Draw to receive your spot. This is one of a whole list of Poker Room promotions, special games and progressive jackpots. All this plus free beer for our poker players - now that's something to bark at!

Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away: This is one of those "why did they do that" weekends with Hot August Nights and The Reno-Tahoe Open (we know, it's now called the Barracuda Championship) both in progress.  While the pro golfers will remain in Reno, hundreds of the Hot August Nights cars will be stopping in Minden this Thursday as Minden Park is the "lunch stop" for the annual Poker Run. Over 500 cars from the 50's, 60s and 70s are expected and it's all FREE! Feel free to park at the CVI, walk the 3 blocks to Minden Park, admire the cars and chat with the drivers, and come on back for lunch, a cold drink and . . . well we do have slots, ya know! Oh, and if you now can't get that Beach Boys tune out of your head, listen here.
What's Fair is Fair! The NV150 Sesquicentennial Fair runs today through Sunday at Fuji Park and the adjacent Carson City Fairgrounds which are conveniently located next to our sister property Bodines Casino. And, in looking through the Carson Valley Inn corporate philosophy manual in Chapter 4, sub section b, paragraph iii, we NEVER have a problem seeing CVI customers at Bodines! So, whether you visit Bodines before or after your stop at the Fair this weekend, Brent "Crash" Reins and his crew look forward to seeing you! For your convenience, here is a link to the fair schedule.

Concert Notes:
  • A handful (literally) of seats remain for this Saturday's Chris Young Concert so watch for access to  "Standing Room Only" tickets through the concert web page. Hope to see you here!
  • The Austinpalooza to benefit Austin’s House is Saturday, August 16 and we hope you'll come see The Stray Cat, Lee Rocker and the four other bands: The Engineered Disaster, Seymour's Trick Bag, Bootleggers and Lavish Green
  • Still just a few "Standing Room Only" tickets available for the Charlie Daniels Band Concert on Friday, August 29. Bring a blanket and sit on the grass area! If you previously tried to make a room reservation for Friday August 29 and found we were full: We had a few rooms released this week, so please call again (soon): 775-783-6629.
CV Steak – Our Nevada Style Steakhouse:
  • New in CV Steak:  Our Nevada Grill always included your choice on the "seafood" part (4 Grilled Shrimp or 4 Bacon-Wrapped Scallops or a Filet of Salmon). Now you can also choose one of the following for the "meat" part: Twin Tournedos or Medallions of Pork or Two Double-Bone Lamb Chops! Also new on the CV Steak Dinner Menu: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and Chopped Steak.
  • The CV Steak Sunset Menu continues to be one of the best values in town and that's not just an idle PR claim – but you be the judge: Start with a first-class setting and experience top-notch service as you enjoy a three course meal with table-side tossed salad, your choice from 5 entrees with vegetable and choice of "starch" (rice or one of four potato options), and choice from three desserts all for just $18 daily from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The options change from time to time, click here for the current Sunset Menu.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Braised Lamb Shank with Pearl Barley Risotto served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $26.00!
What's Happening in August?! Here's our monthly (at least this time of year) peak ahead at some
happenings  at and near the Carson Valley Inn. There is "a lot to do" around here and this is meant to be a selection (not everything) of things to do, see or experience for locals and those visiting our area:
Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Mike's Horses: We're taking a week off from trying to second guess the trainers as to which horse(s) is/are running this weekend. We'll jump back in next week.
  • In the Cabaret This Weekend: It's Jo Mama with Special Guest Stew Stewart, this Thursday through Saturday.  Jo Mama offers high energy whether they are playing funk, Latin, blues, swing, rock, country or calypso. With Paul Covarelli on guitar and vocals, Bill Heise on drums and Nancy Barker on keyboards and vocals, the group is lively enough. Add in the versatility and witty antics of Stew Stewart and no two sets will be the same! And remember, our Cabaret Lounge entertainment is Free!
  • Coming Next Week: So, tell us about the $60,000+ you won on our penny slots!
Tell Us What You Think: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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, July 23, 2014

Concert Updates, Famous People Stay Here, Spend More Time at CVI & Less at DMV

Concert Notes:
  • The Chris Young Concert on Saturday August 2 will definitely sell out. So, if you are planning to attend, please don't wait until the last minute 'cause you might just be saying "Aw Naw!" and miss hearing Chris sing that and his other hits! 
  • To our friends in the Calaveras County area: If you absolutely, positively cannot visit the Carson Valley Inn this weekend, you can catch Lavish Green at the Mountain Vibe Music Gathering in Wilseyville, CA this Saturday . . . then be sure to come to The Austinpalooza benefitting Austin’s House here at the CVI on Saturday, August 16 and see them again along with four other bands including The Stray Cat, Lee Rocker.
  • All seating for the Charlie Daniels Band Concert on Friday, August 29 is Sold Out and we have some "Standing Room Only" tickets on sale for $35.  Bring a blanket and sit on the grass area – still a great view of the stage and the surrounding Sierra and Pinenut ranges.
DMV Lines Causing You to Miss Time at CVI? Well, that problem is now mitigated! We learned first-hand about the new Nevada DMV Dash-Pass system last week and it works great! In simple terms: you "get in line" from anywhere by text, phone call or on their web site. You then go about your business until the system tells you to head over to the DMV office. And if you're on a hot slot machine here at the CVI or at our sister property Bodine's Casino in Carson City (just 5 minutes from DMV in Carson City), you can easily text back asking for more time without going to the back of the line! It's a Win-Win!

Like Who?  You may have seen his wording on the marquee sign outside our Motor Lodge over the past few weeks? Thought we should "pay off" the claim and share these few tidbits: Cliff Robertson stayed at the CVI the very first week the hotel opened in 1984 while here for soaring lessons.  There was only one floor of rooms completed at the time and, after one or two nights, he moved to David Walleys because of the construction noise above! Cloris Leachman and Dick Clark have also stayed with us . . . and so did Tiger Woods in the nineties when he participated in an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournament. Fred Savage and his family stayed at the CVI in the late 1980s when some scenes from The Wizard were filmed on Esmeralda Street in Minden. Also in that film were Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis and a young and then-unknown actor Tobey Maguire.

You Had a Drink Where? 
Many folks share libations in our Cabaret Lounge, at our Casino Bar and at the CV Steak Bar. All three locations are regular gathering places for locals and hotel guests. But we are not na├»ve - we know that you are patronizing other area pubs. And it's no secret that one of the stops between the Carson Valley Inn and the Genoa Lakes Golf Courses or David Walley's Hot Springs & Spa is at the Genoa Bar - a well-known and oft-visited part of Nevada's history. Our friends at Getaway Reno Tahoe put together a short video on the Genoa Bar and we are pleased to share it above! Be sure to tell 'em the CVI sent you and we'll see you when you return!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Mike's Horses: When we were putting the final touches on this blog on Tuesday evening, word was that Brannaman and/or Global Hottie might be running this weekend at Del Mar. 
  • In the Cabaret This Weekend: Just Us performs Thursday through Saturday nights with their unique blend of  the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA . . . "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" music from the 60’s to the present. 
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail with Prosciutto, Wild Rice and Plum Port glaze - served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $27.00!
  • I Work at the CVI! Those words always bring a look of envy because . . . the CVI is a great place to work!  We do have some openings!
  • Coming in Next Week's Blog: A listing of select August area special events and info on our August Casino promotions. 
Get In Touch With Us: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email message or just 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, July 16, 2014

Charlie Almost Sold Out, How to Make Coquille St. Jacques, Soaring, Tom Petty Tribute in Cabaret, More



Dining Show & Sam Shad: We managed to snag the Carson Valley Inn segment of The Dining Show that was recorded here last week. There are plenty of mouth-watering food shots, a short "tutorial" on how CV Steak Sous Chef Patrick Pierce makes the Coquille St. Jacques, another non-scene-hogging performance by our own Joey Whitacre and – well, somehow "they" rewound time and put Sam Shad on stage with the Oak Ridge Boys in TJ's Corral! The show will start airing fairly soon on KRNV (CH. 4) every other Friday at 12.30 pm and on Charter Cable (Ch. 190) in northern Nevada over 20 times a week.


Best Soaring in the West Takes Off Just 8 Minutes from CVI! 
Many of our readers know that the Carson Valley area is one of the very best soaring locations in the US and even in the world. We've seen visitors at the CVI from just about every state and dozens of countries who come to Minden just for the world-class soaring. Last week, the Carson Valley Visitors Authority posted their latest video featuring the Terri Arnold – the Carson Valley Rider. You may remember her exploits with Elvis here at the Carson Valley Inn last February? This time she's up in a glider (no, the horse didn't fly) and the scenery is spectacular. Thanks to Soaring NV for making this video possible - and for sending so many out-of-town guests our way!

Free In Our Cabaret Lounge This Weekend:
  • Decades entertains on Thursday and Friday. This young and energetic group presents a vibrant and diverse act from Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" to Katy Perry’s “California Girls"  (big gap, huh!) Decades' 4 part harmonies and energized rhythm section truly shine when playing hits from the 1950's to today.  
  • Petty Theft – A Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers takes the stage on Saturday night. Come on down and enjoy Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (sung in the video above by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks – a definite rock classic and we'll bet you'll be humming it the rest of the day!) , Refugee, Free Fallin', American Girl, Don’t Do Me Like That, I Won't Back Down and many more. It's free in our Cabaret Lounge this Saturday night!
Concert Notes:
  • The Chris Young Concert on Saturday August 2 has sold well past the halfway point – don't miss out!
  • The Austinpalooza to benefit Austin’s House on Saturday, August 16 had a slight adjustment and we are now offering a total of five bands including Lee Rocker, formerly of The Stray Cats, as the headliner.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band Concert on August Friday, 29 is basically sold out with a couple of handfuls of tickets remaining. If you missed out, check back as we may put some "Standing Room Only" tickets on sale – and, as we have said in the past, this is somewhat of a misnomer because you can bring a blanket and sit on the grass area.
Putting Contest in Poker Room? We know, on the surface it doesn't quite make sense. However, many of our poker players and dealers are golfers, so this putting promo is quite popular. It happens this Thursday thru Sunday as part of British Open ("The Open" for purists) weekend.  If you make a full-house, and win the pot, you get to roll one putt - make the putt and we'll add 1,000 points to your INN Club account on-the-spot! Speaking of Poker, be sure to check out the new tournament schedule,  Friday night drawings, double points days and more that we covered last week.

American Century Celebrity Golf this Weekend: With over 100 golf groups headquartering at the Carson Valley Inn each year it's only fitting that we put in this reminder about the 25th annual American Century Championship this Friday through Sunday at the majestic Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. While some of sports' and entertainment's greatest celebrities will be playing this week, you and your golf group can enjoy Edgewood Tahoe, too . . . it's one of the 13 Area Courses we offer in our group golf packages. And for smaller groups of 4 – 8 golfers, we have a special Clear-Edge Golf Package featuring a round each at Edgewood Tahoe and the private Clearcreek Golf Course.

As Always, Interesting and/or Helpful Tidbits and News:
  • Mike's Horses: Didn't hear of any running this weekend – but there will definitely be some activity in the next couple of weeks as Del Mar revs up its summer run.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is a Game Mix Grill with marinated Buffalo and Elk medallions, Venison and Rabbit Sausage and finished with a Brandy Cherry Demi-Glace. As always: served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $29.00!  
  • Reminder Regarding 8-10-84: Were you at the Carson Valley Inn on August 10, 1984? If so, get in touch with us and tell us your story!
Get In Touch With Us: Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just 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!