Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free Four-Wheeler, Kentucky Derby News, Chili Cook-off & Craft Fair this Weekend

In this week's blog: Chili Cook-off and Craft Fair this weekend, what would you do with a free 4-wheeler?, two Kentucky Derby entries with two different owners from Douglas County.

What Would You Do with a Free 4-Wheeler? We don't know if this weekend's drawing winners will pick the $500 cash or a change to "go for" a free 4-wheeler . . . but we do guarantee that a free 4-wheeler (or $4,500 cash on the spot) will be given away at the grand prize drawings next Wednesday, April 30 at 6 & 8 p.m. "Where would I ride a 4-wheeler around here" you ask? Funny, we asked the same question and found that our Carson Valley Visitors Authority has a pretty good list of ATV/OHV Tours & Trails on their web site!

Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cook-off and Craft Fair This Weekend:
The Carson Valley Sertoma Chili Cook-off and Craft Fair  takes two big steps forward this Saturday and Sunday with the return of the International Chili Society (ICS) chili cook-off competition and the expansion from our west parking lot to TJ's Corral Outdoor Event's Center and the adjacent parking area.  
  • Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with live entertainment by "Carl & the Classics" from noon to 5:00 pm each day. Admission is free.
  • Over two dozen cooks will be competing for cash prizes and to qualify for the ICS World Championship.  Each red chili cook will provide People's Choice Chili for tasting from 10am to 4pm. each day and Sertoma will sell tasting kits at $1.00 for 2 tastes or $5.00 for 10. Great way to warm up on a cool spring day! Green chili and salsa makers will also be on hand.
  • The traditional Shoot & Holler contest (eat a jalapeno, shoot a shot of tequila and holler as loud as you can) will be held for adults and there will be games and contests for both adults and children. 
  • Approximately 70 crafter booths will feature handcrafted items, jewelry, clothes, purses, wood crafted items, yard décor and bird houses, sunglasses, pet items, jams & jellies, spices, olives, jerky, salsa and much more. 
  • Sertoma will be raising funds through their traditional Wheelbarrow of Booze raffle and by selling chili & chili-dogs, burgers, beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water. Sertoma supports local projects such as hearing aids, Backpack Buddies, the Senior Center, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, DAWG and scholarships for local students. 
Mike's Horses – and Steve and Carolyn's Horse, Also:
  • Midnight Hawk finished 2nd by a nose in last Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby. 
  • Hoppertunity has already shipped to Churchill Downs and is still scheduled to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.
  • To make the Derby even more of a "local interest" event this year: Steve and Carolyn Coburn, frequent guests at the Carson Valley Inn and south Douglas County residents, also have a horse running in the Kentucky Derby – the early favorite California Chrome
  • We started calculating the odds of having two Kentucky Derby entries from two different owners in the same basically rural community in Nevada and . . . well, after applying every calculation and analysis in our tool box, this year the odds appear to be 100% if both horses stay fit and ready!

Concert Update:
  • No new concerts to report this week, but we get a page up on our web site for the B. J. Thomas Concert on Thursday, July 10 . . . and all the concerts are now included on this concerts page.
  • The Michael Martin Murphy Concert is coming up next week on Thursday, May 1.  BMI has confirmed that his song Wildfire is one of the most played songs in the history of radio. Take a moment to watch and listen to the lyrics of Wildfire as performed by Michael on the David Letterman Show . . . and then get your tickets and come on out and watch "Murph" and his Band in Concert next week live in TJ's Corral at the CVI!! 
  • Facebook fans, here's a link to a post on our page - you can like, comment or share to get in on a drawing for two free Michael Martin Murphey Concert tickets!
In the Casino this Week:
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard performs tonight, Stew Stewart appears Thursday through Saturday and Dale Poune takes the stage Sunday through next Wednesday. Known for his witty audience interaction and quips, Stew can always be humbled if you ask him about his dog who rules his life! Here is a link to the schedule for the next couple of months.
  • Casino Promotions:
    • Today:
      • 3X points from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Ladies Night 6 to 9 p.m.  First 150 ladies get Simply Tasteful Recipe Booklets and a Chi Tea Packet; Hot Seat winners get Simply Tasteful gift bags.
    • Thursday: $3 Craps starting at 5 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: Four-Wheeler Promotion Giveaways at 5, 7 & 9 p.m.
    • Monday:  Free 6-Pack of Pepsi or Diet Pepsi when earning 25 points (limit one).
 As always, some Interesting Information:
  • We are half way through the re-carpeting of all of the rooms in the Motor Lodge – another of the seemingly endless and ongoing projects to freshen up every inch of the Carson Valley Inn.
  • A few of us got a peak at some upcoming promotions (more next week) and we'll be giving away $75,000 in cash between the CVI and Bodines Casino during May and June.  We'll also be involved as the host hotel for the pilots and crew coming into town for the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour on June 2 – 4 (hint – a chance to buy a ride in a B-17, B-52 or P-51).
  • Sous Chef Patrick Pierce's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Grilled Thresher Shark with Shrimp and Roasted Corn Salsa for $26.00 As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato. 
Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Have questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info @ carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In this week's blog: Tickets now on Sale for Eddie Money Concert and Dustin Lynch Concert, B. J. Thomas Concert announced, Mother's Day and Father's Day Weekend hotel packages, a reminder about Easter Sunday dining and more.

Concert News:
  • Tickets are available as of this morning for the Dustin Lynch Concert on Friday, June 13 and we are tipping off our blog readers before the word gets out later today. Both a songwriter and performer, Dustin toured as an opening act for Keith Urban's Light the Fuse Tour. His subsequent hits include "Cowboys and Angels" which was nominated for American Country Awards Single of the Year - New Artist and Music Video of the Year - New Artist and also for the CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year.  Additional hits include "She Cranks My Tractor," "Wild in Your Smile" and the recently released "Where It's At."
  • Eddie Money Concert Tickets went on sale earlier this week and all revenues from the concert and associated live auction benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada Carson Valley Branch!  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Live Auction at 7:00 p.m. will include items such as a VIP Trip for 2 to the 2015 Academy Of Country Music Awards in the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, a VIP Trip for 2 to Del Mar Race Track, a VIP Trip for 2 to an Atlanta Falcons game as a guest of Coach Mike Tice, a Purebred Lab Puppy and more. Back to Eddie Money . . . his hits included "Two Tickets To Paradise," "Baby Hold On," "Walk On Water," "Think I'm In Love," "Shakin," and more good ole'  rock and roll!
  • Speaking of letting our blog readers know first: B.J. Thomas was signed yesterday for a concert in TJ's Corral on Thursday, July 10. We'll have more on our website soon . . . and we promise this is not "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song!!"
  • Tickets are also on sale through our web site for the Michael Martin Murphy Concert on Thursday, May 1 and the Oak Ridge Boys Concert on Thursday, May 15.
  • Be sure to also check our full schedule of concerts page . . . and watch our Wednesday-morning blog postings for ticket release dates for the Chris Young Concert on August 2 and the Charlie Daniels Band Concert on August 29.
Mike's Horses:
  • Sometimes the news is that there is no new news. Secret Circle was a last minute "scratch" in last week's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. 
  • Midnight Hawk is a likely entrant in this Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby and Hoppertunity is still targeted to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 3. BUT, as Secret Circle will tell you and them – "ya never know" till the last minute! 


A Great Idea for Mother's Day or Father's Day:  Have a mother, father, son, daughter, grandma or grandpa who lives out of the area? How about an aunt, uncle, niece or nephew? Invite them to Minden for Mother's Day or Father's Day! We have special packages available for both of these weekends. Mother's Day includes two nights and a food credit. Father's Day includes two nights, food credit, golf and a sleeve of golf balls.

Just Gotta Remind You Department:
  • Easter Sunday Dinner Specials and Reservations: CV Steak is offering two Easter Dinner Specials and all the regular menu items on Sunday, April 20.  We still have a few prime reservation times available for Easter Sunday. However, Easter reservations are no time to practice the "If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done" theory 'cause your family will not be happy with you. So, call CV Steak at 775-783-6650 today!
  • Sous Chef Patrick Pierce's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Grilled Eye of Lamb Chop with cabernet lamb jus for $28.00. As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.
  • Want to Be Part of the Heartbeat of the Carson Valley? Been quite a few additions to our employment opportunities since a week ago . . . check our Employment Page or stop by our Human Resources office.

In the Casino this Week:
  • New Slots: A new bank of huge Buffalo Stampede slots is located just inside the casino entrance to the right. We read up on all the bells and whistles and bonuses and came to the conclusion that, like always, it's best to come in, watch someone else play for a few minutes, and then dive in!
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Brian Andrews performs tonight, The Blues Monsters – a red-hot rockin' blues band performing a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blueshandle the merriment Thursday through Saturday and George Pickard appears Sunday through next Wednesday. Here is a link to the schedule for the next couple of months.
  • And Even More:
    • Today: 3X points from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ladies Night 6 to 9 p.m.
    • Thursday: $3 Craps starting at 5 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday: Four-Wheeler Promotion Giveaways at 5, 7 & 9 p.m.
    • Monday:  Free 6-Pack of Pepsi or Diet Pepsi when earning 25 points (limit one).
    • Tuesday: 2X Points all day. 

Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Have questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info @ carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Secret Circle to Run, Free Cake & Champagne, Lots of Tips and Tidbits

In this week's blog: More on Mike's horses, Free Anniversary Cake & Champagne, Easter Sunday Dinner Specials, Putting Contest for The Masters, a variety of CVI tips and tibits and much more!

Mike's Horses:
  • Kentucky Derby hopeful Hoppertunity finished second in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby. No telling yet how that affects the colt's entry status for any of the upcoming Triple Crown races . . . we'll keep you posted in our Wednesday morning blog postings.
  • Winner of the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park last fall, Secret Circle races again this Thursday in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. 
Free Anniversary Cake and Champagne: We celebrate the Carson Valley Inn's Anniversary under Mike Pegram's ownership every year in mid-April 'cause that's when the casino remodeling was done in 2010 – just a few short months after Mike took over. A lot has happened since then and we invite you to browse through the story  (see, we told you it was a lot)!  Anyway, the 4th Anniversary starts on Monday, April 14 with double points from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., free cake and champagne in the casino from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m., and free anniversary t-shirts distributed randomly throughout the day.  On Tuesday, INN Club members earn 5X points from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Other April casino promotions include Free Pepsi 6-Pack days, Double and Triple Points days and more. Check it  out!

A couple of CVI Tips:
  • Taxes Due Tuesday! Just in case you waited until the last minute and need a 2013 casino win/loss report from us, click on this link to download the "paperwork" to get what you'll need.
  • Like What We're Doing at the CVI? We certainly hope so . . . so, we've made it easy to get to our area on Yelp and TripAdvisor with this special Rate Us page!
Some Event Thoughts or Info:
  • Our thanks to the Professional Firefighters of Nevada and Delta Kappa Gama for holding major events at the CVI this week. Want to be next with your association, service club, or other affinity group? Call Carrie at 775-783-6673.
  • Like the outdoors (who doesn't around here!)? Check out the Clear Creek Trail Opening this Saturday and Sunday . . . . and kudos to the Carson Valley Trails Association for your perseverance and dedication in providing so many places to hike in and around Carson Valley.
  • The Douglas High School Prom is this Saturday at Douglas High School.  Please drive carefully!
Just Gotta Remind You Department:
  • Tickets are on sale through our web site for the Michael Martin Murphy Concert on Thursday, May 1 and the Oak Ridge Boys Concert on Thursday, May 15. Be sure to also check our full schedule of concerts page often for more on tickets availability and new events.
  • It's that time of year when we staff up for the busier season so check our Employment Page. Or, better yet, stop by our Human Resources office.
  • Every 2nd Tuesday is our Blackjack Tournament and last night's winners were: 1st Place -Robert C.($537.00); 2nd Place - Darrell K. ($323.00) and 3rd Place - Dave M. ($215.00). Next monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, May 13.
Masters Putting Contest in Poker Room: We know you're thinking "how do poker and The Masters even belong in the same sentence?" Guess it might make more sense if you knew that some of our Poker Room Staff are Grade A Golf Junkies and so are some of our poker players. So, for every one of the four Golf Majors we have a putting contest and . . . well, rather than explain, check the details on our Poker Room Page.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Steve Lord performs tonight, Midnight Express takes the stage Thursday through Saturday and Brian Andrews appears Sunday through next Wednesday. Here is a link to the schedule for the next couple of months.

CV Steak Easter Dinner, Game Special, Open More Nights:
  • Game On: Sous Chef Patrick Pierce's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Medallions of Wild Boar with Bourbon Honey Jus and Spiced Grapes - three medallions sautéed to a medium doneness and finished with the bourbon for $28.00. As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.
  • CV Steak Open Six Nights: Reminder: CV Steak is now open Tuesday through Sunday nights!
  • Easter Sunday Dinner Specials and Reservations: CV Steak is offering two Easter Dinner Specials and all the regular menu items on Sunday, April 20.  As of today, we DO have prime reservation times available for Easter Sunday, but it would be prudent to call CV Steak at 775-783-6650 sooner rather than later as we do fill up for most holidays.
New Bar Picture at Last!: Another big dinner in the Valley Ballroom last Thursday and we snuck in with our smart phone to snap a picture or two of the new bar. Not professional quality (sometimes we have trouble writing much less being photogs) – but you get the idea. Much better to check it out in-person! Just stop by our Sales office and, if nothing is in progress, we'll be glad to show you around!

Ladies Night Tonight! We have Tastefully Simple gifts for our six Hot Seat Winners again tonight . . . plus  a Chocolate Easter Treat for the first 150 ladies who show up tonight and 20 of these will also have a Free Play! 
Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Have questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info @ carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CV Steak Open Days Expand, Hoppertunity This Saturday?

In this week's blog: CV Steak days expand, catch us at this Friday's Carson Valley Job Fair,  Michael Martin Murphy Concert hotel package added, more on Mike's horses with a Derby hopeful running Saturday, this week's entertainment, Ladies' Night prizes and more!

CV Steak Game Special, Open More Nights:
  • Sous Chef Patrick Pierce's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Grilled Elk Medallions with a Brandy Cherry Demi - Two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with the demi and sun-dried cherries, served with broccolini vegetable for $29.00. As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.
  • We told you in late December that we'd go back to 6-nights-a-week come spring. We'll, spring is here so back we go to Tuesday through Sunday nights in CV Steak! We're planning to go to 7-nights-a-week in the summer . . . and you can be sure we'll keep you posted in our weekly blog posting.
Mike's Horses – a 1st, a 2nd and a Saturday Run:
  • Two of Mike's horses ran at Santa Anita last Saturday. In the first race of the day, 3-year-old filly Lady Regina finished a solid 2nd in her first career start.  Secretsatmidnight won the 6th Race for 4-year-olds and up. Both horses were ridden by Martin Garcia who occasionally visits the Carson Valley Inn as Mike's guest.
  • We get questions as to why we don't include a blurb in this blog as to which horses will be running the coming weekend. Simplest answer: Decisions aren't usually finalized until after our blog is posted and, in horse racing, "things" change right up to post time. So, experience has taught us that in most cases it is best not to speculate! However . . .
  • . . . We are making an exception this week 'cause last we heard it looks like Kentucky Derby hopeful Hoppertunity may be running in this Saturday's Santa Anita Derby.

Join the 400 of us who are proud to work at the CVI!  Want to Be Part of the Heartbeat of the Carson Valley? Consider working at the Carson Valley Inn where it all happens! To find out more, visit us at the Carson  Valley Job Fair this Friday, April 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Street in downtown Minden. Julie and Pat from our Human Resources Team will be there to help you get a feel for the culture of working at the Carson Valley Inn. You can check them out and they can get to know you. You might match up for one of our current openings or, who knows, with the peak employment season coming on, you'll already be "in the queue" as more openings become available.  Can't make it to the Job Fair this Friday? Check out our openings, benefits and other info on our Employment Page. Or, better yet, stop by our Human Resources office (please - not this Friday while we’re at the Job Fair) and let's chat in-person.  Come in the Hotel Entrance, turn left down the hallway and walk on in through the double doors. If Pat isn't right there to greet you, we'll find her or Julie pretty darn quickly!

Concerts News:
  • We've added a 2-Night Hotel Package for the May 1st Michael Martin Murphey concert with room, $70 in total Dining Credit and two Concert Tickets. Check it out!
  • Tickets are on sale through our web site for the Michael Martin Murphy Concert on Thursday, May 1 and the Oak Ridge Boys Concert on Thursday, May 15.
  • We do know that many of you are waiting patiently for tickets to go on sale for the rest of our concerts and we're working on pinning down the details. We are shooting for 8-weeks out on most concerts and we'll be posting information on our full schedule of concerts page and making announcements in our Wednesday blog postings. 

April Casino Promos in Gear: The April 4-Wheeler ATV Giveaway Promotion has full traction with our first 4-Wheeler Drawings this weekend. Other April casino promotions include Free Pepsi 6-Pack days, Double and Triple Points days, Ladies’ Nights, two days of Anniversary promotions, the Monthly Blackjack Tournament and more. Check it all out!

NCAA Basketball Championships Almost Here: Over 95% of the brackets have been torn up and it's time to determine who will be crowned this year's National Champion.  Our HDTVs in the bars, poker room and Cabaret Lounge will be focused on the semi-finals this Saturday and the Championship game on Monday night . . . join us for the excitement of the games, a bet at the Sports Book and one or two of our bar bites while you watch!

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Michael Furlong performs tonight, Jo Mama takes the stage Thursday through Saturday and Steve Lord appears Sunday through next Wednesday. Here is a link to the schedule for the next couple of months.

Monthly Blackjack Tournament: Yep. coming up again on Tuesday, April 8.  Just $25 gets you in, all the entry fees are paid back in prize money and the top three finishers are usually sharing around $1,500! To enter, just stop by the pit on Tuesday, April 8 when we take sign ups between 5 and 6 p.m.

Oops: There was so much fun going on last weekend in the Valley Ballroom (Sold Out T. J. Sheppard Concert Friday and full-house for the Rotary Beast Feast Saturday) that we forgot to take pictures of the new bar in action – we will get them soon and post them on an upcoming blog.

Ladies Night Tonight! We have special gifts for our six Hot Seat Winners tonight: A 5-Piece pitcher & glasses set with a Teddy Bear and a gift certificate for Heartstrings Gallery & Gifts.  Deanna and Julie also have bracelets for the first 150 ladies who show up tonight and 20 of these will also have a Free Play! 
Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info @ carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chris Young and Dustin Lynch Concerts Announced, New Name for Our Outdoor Events Center, More

In this week's blog: T. G. Sheppard Concert just about Sold Out, Chris Young and Dustin Lynch Concerts announced, our Outdoor Events Center gets a permanent name, new Valley Ballroom Bar completed, Michael Martin Murphy & Oak Ridge Boys concert tickets moving, how Mike's horse Midnight Hawk did last weekend, this week's entertainment, Ladies' Night prizes, more!

Outdoor Events Center Now TJ's Corral: Our new outdoor events center – previously and temporarily referred to as the Valley Sky Theatre – is now officially "TJ's Corral" in honor of Theodore James “T.J.”
Day.  T. J. was a prominent and successful Nevada businessman, community philanthropist, ranch operator, and locomotive and aviation enthusiast who passed away in January of 2014.  CVI owner Mike Pegram was a long-time friend of T.J.'s and admired the positive affects he had on education and many worthy causes in northern Nevada. After the loss of his friend, Mike decided to rename the new outdoor venue as a small tribute to a very important Nevadan.  Watch for the new TJ's Corral sign going up soon.

Concert Lineup Expands – Tickets for Some on Sale:
  • The T. G. Sheppard Concert this Friday night in the Valley Ballroom is just about sold out – less than 3 dozen tickets left late Tuesday night. If you want to attend we suggest you stop by the hotel desk or call 775-783-6606.
  • Tickets are on sale through our web site for the Michael Martin Murphy Concert on Thursday, May 1 and the Oak Ridge Boys Concert on Thursday, May 15.
  • Moving from the traditional to the present, we are pleased to announce the addition of two more concerts: Dustin Lynch on Friday, June 13 and Chris Young on Saturday, August 2.
  • Here's a link to our full schedule of concerts where you can watch for tickets going on sale for the remaining concerts. We'll also post information on this same page about more concerts and events as soon as we have it. 
Mike's Horse Midnight Hawk finished second to stable mate Chitu in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby which was filled with Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Both colts are representatives of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert who has been seen at the Carson Valley Inn more than once in recent years.  We are continuing to keep an eye on both Hoppertunity and Midnight Hawk as the Triple-Crown season draws near.

5 Million Points Giveaway Grand Prize: The Grand Prize drawings in our 5 Million Point Giveaway are Monday at 6 & 8 p.m. What's on tap for April? A Free Four-Wheeler Giveaway in conjunction with sister property Bodines Casino, Free Pepsi 6-Pack days, Double and Triple Points days, Ladies’ Nights, two days of Anniversary promotions, the Monthly Blackjack Tournament . . . . watch next week's blog for more info.

NCAA Basketball March Madness Continues: Wow – what a plethora of upsets last weekend! Anyone remember which movie made the word "plethora" popular? Back to the matter at hand - we'll have all the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games on our casino and bar HDTVs this weekend. Here's a link to the bracket for your review of the matchups and game times.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: Dale Poune performs tonight, Stew Stewart takes the stage Thursday through Saturday and Michael Furlong appears Sunday through next Wednesday. Some week when our blog posting isn't so full we'll tell you more about Stew – he's quite a colorful character as many of you know! 

Carson Valley Rider Makes it to Genoa: Remember the short video of the horse being valet parked at the Carson Valley Inn and Elvis greeting the horse and rider? Here is a link if you want to see it again. The same horse and rider recently wandered through Genoa and . . . well, take a look for yourself  - just one of the many nearby places to visit when staying at the Carson Valley Inn!

Happening in our Valley Ballroom:
·         The Nevada Airports Association Conference continues through tomorrow. This is just one of many conventions, meetings and seminars held at the CVI each year. To talk about having your group meet at the Carson Valley Inn (and save you the drive to some distant location), call Carrie at 775-783-6673.
·         The Annual Rotary Beast Feast is Saturday night with a gala buffet of game and traditional items, an electronic shooting game, and plenty of raffle and auction items. There are just a few tickets left – contact Brent (like today!) at 775-783-3725.
·         New Bar Valley Ballroom is Finished . . . and it came out great! Those attending the T. J. Sheppard Concert this Friday or the Rotary Beast Feast on Saturday will get to belly-up and enjoy. For everyone else, we'll take pictures and post them in next week's blog.
Ladies Night Tonight! Gift baskets from Yankee Candle are going out to our six Hot Seat Winners tonight! Deanna and Julie also have a Free Yankee Votive Candle for the first150 ladies who show up tonight and 20 of these will also have a Free Play!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Free Play and the last game paying $100 Cash.
The Clear Edge – in Golf That is: The Clear Edge is the name of a 3-Night upscale golf package for hotel guests that includes rounds at both Clear Creek Tahoe (thus the "Clear") and Edgewood Tahoe (you got it – the "Edge"). More on this in our next golf blog posting or call our resident golf pro, Greg Enholm, PGA at 775-783-6615. Oh, and speaking of golf, don't forget our Spring Stag on the last weekend of April - three nights of food and fun, two days of golf and much more!

Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Have questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info @ carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oak Ridge Boys Tickets Now on Sale

In this week's blog: Oak Ridge Boys  concert tickets now on sale, news on Mike's horses, this week's entertainment, NCAA Brackets, Stag Golf Outing reminder, Ladies' Night prizes and more!

Oak Ridge Boys Concert Tickets on Sale: Tickets are now on sale through our web site for the Oak Ridge Boys Concert on Thursday, May 15. As we mentioned last week, tickets are also on sale for the Michael Martin Murphy Concert on May 1!  As a reminder, when you order tickets, make sure that the zip code on your address matches the billing zip code for your credit card!  Here's a link to our full schedule of concerts where you can watch for tickets going on sale for the remaining concerts - and announcement of more concerts - coming soon!

Mike's Horses – Another Derby Hopeful Shines:  Hoppertunity, Fiftyshadesofhay & Govenor Charlie (yes, that's the way this horse spells it: Govenor) all ran last weekend.  Hoppertunity went off a 6-1 shot in the field of eight Kentucky Derby hopefuls in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes at The Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The colt out dueled and out bumped Southwest Stakes winner and 2-1 favorite Tapiture down the stretch. Hoppertunity's next outing?? Per Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, "We’ll give him another spin. I don’t know where next."  Fiftyshadesofhay & Govenor Charlie both finished out of the money. New to our blog? "Mike" is Mike Pegram, owner of the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino.

More About April Casino Promos: We got a peak at the April Casino Promotion mailer last night and, in addition to the 4-Wheeler ATV giveaways we mentioned last week there's also plenty more. But, let's not put the ATV before the horse  – be sure to get in on the 5 Million Point Giveaway going on during March!

NCAA Basketball March Madness: The brackets are all set for the field of 64 and ALL 32 First Round Games will be shown on our three dozen plus HDTVs throughout the casino area. There's plenty of seating in the Cabaret Lounge, Casino Bar and CV Steak Bar and you can bet the games up one side and down the other at our Sports and Race Book. If you get the munchies as you watch your Alma mater go down to the wire, just order one of our bar bites from the first available bartender, slot attendant or even the manager on duty!

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge: George Pickard performs tonight, Atomika takes the stage Thursday through Saturday and Dale Poune appears Sunday through next Wednesday. Atomika entertains with chart-topping hits from Top 40, Rock, R&B, Country, Hip-hop, Pop, Alternative, and Dance. From Aretha Franklin to Iron Maiden, no tune is left unturned.

$3 Craps on Thursdays: If you haven't played craps in a while and would like to get back into the "feel" for the game, swing by the pit on Thursdays starting at 5 p.m. and jump in again for just a $3 roll. Also a great way to pass some nervous time while waiting for your team to tip off in the NCAA Tournament this Thursday.Our friendly dealers are always ready to answer any questions about craps, so stop by this Thursday for some high energy fun!

Game Special: Sous Chef Patrick Pierce's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Wild Boar Shanks - two boar shanks braised and slow cooked with a Bourbon boar sauce for $26.00. As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.

Happening in our Valley Ballroom:
·         The Douglas County Democratic Women "Keep Nevada Blue" Annual Dinner is Saturday. We appreciate the business we get from both sides of the aisle!
·         The Nevada Airports Association Conference runs next Tuesday through Thursday
·         New Bar . . . Almost: The lighting, mirrors and treated-wood trim is all up, the plumbing is in and we are just about ready to unveil this classy addition to the Valley Ballroom – patience has been in order but the end is clearly in sight!  
Ladies Night Tonight! Gift baskets from Bath & Body Works are again going out to our six Hot Seat Winners tonight! Deanna and Julie have a great big box of Lady Nugget Ultra-Bright L.E.D Pocket Flashlights with clips for the first 150 ladies who show up tonight and 20 of these will also have a Free Play!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Free Play and the last game paying $100 Cash.
Stag Golf Outing Just 5 Weeks Away: The unofficial kickoff to our golf season, our Spring Stag, is just five weeks away and entries are rolling in. Three nights of food and fun, two days of golf and much more! Click for more information or call Greg at 775-783-6615 and he'll get you signed up!

Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Have questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info @ carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Michael Martin Murphey Tickets Now on Sale, St. Patrick's Day, More

In this week's blog: Michael Martin Murphey concert tickets now on sale,  March Madness begins, Monthly 21 Tournament winners, St. Patrick's Day at the CVI, Mike's horses last weekend and more!

Michael Martin Murphy Concert Tickets on Sale: Tickets are on now on sale through our web site for the Michael Martin Murphy Concert on May 1 (thanks for your patience)!  We've had so many requests to buy our concert tickets online that we finally made the move. Also, with more concerts this year and with the seating capacity of the Valley Sky Theatre being three times that of the Valley Ballroom, we couldn't keep operating out of the proverbial "cigar boxes" at the hotel desk.  A tip when you order tickets: make sure that the zip code on your address matches the billing zip code for your credit card!  Here's a link to our full schedule of concerts where you can watch for tickets going on sale for the remaining concerts and more concerts news coming soon!

NCAA Basketball March Madness: The ample seating and many flat screen HDTVs in our Cabaret Lounge and Bar Area – plus its convenient location just inside the casino entrance and adjacent to our Sports and Race Book – make it the  perfect place to catch all the March Madness action. The Conference Tournaments continue through this weekend, "Selection Sunday" is Sunday afternoon and the NCAA Tournament 1st Round starts on Tuesday.

Monthly Blackjack Tournament Winners: Last night's monthly Blackjack Tournament paid a total of $1,525.00 and, as we do every month, all the entry fees and rebuys went into the prize pool. The top three finishers were Butch M.1st for $765.00, Richard L. 2nd for $460 and Paulina G 3rd for $300. Our next Monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, April 8.

St. Patrick's Day at the Inn on Monday, March 17:
·         In the Casino:
o   INN Club members earn 5X Points from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
o   Cash and Free Play Giveaways at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
o   $2 Green Bud Light draft at the Cabaret Bar.
o   Traditional Bagpipe Salute at 3 and 7 p.m.
·         In Katie's from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm:
o   Corned Beef and Cabbage plate with Irish red skinned potatoes, carrots and horseradish cream sauce for $5.99.
o   Green Split Pea Soup with smoked ham: $1.99 for a cup, $2.49 for a bowl.

4-Wheeler Giveaway in April: Word is out that we'll be giving away some 4-Wheeler ATVs in April . . . watch our weekly Wednesday blog postings for more information soon.  And don't miss out on the 5 Million Point Giveaway going on during March!

This Friday's Game Dinner Special: Our Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Braised Antelope with Cranberry Port Glaze and Smoked Potato Croquettes for $26.00. As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato.

Clear Creek Tahoe through the Eyes of our PGA Pro: Check out the blog posting about Clear Creek Tahoe by Greg Enholm, PGA Golf Professional and proud member of the Carson Valley Inn Sales and Special Events Team! Be sure to read what happens to those who try to pocket the Titleist Pro V1 practice balls!

Happening in our Valley Ballroom:
·         Carson Valley Arts Council Murder Mystery: "The Wedding From Hell" is this Friday. Call 775-782-8207 for tickets and more information.  Oh, and speaking of the Arts Council, be sure to check out our Weekend Package for their Presidio Brass Concert on April 11.
·         New Bar Just About Finished:  Wow! The new bar area came out great and our staff was working on the finishing touches yesterday – watch for pictures in next week's blog posting.

Ladies Night Tonight! The gift baskets from TastefullySimple were a big hit a few weeks ago so tonight the Hot Seat winners will again receive one of these popular prizes! Deanna and Julie will be handing out a variety of mini flashlights to the first 150 ladies who show up tonight and 20 of these will also have a Free Play!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Free Play and the last game paying $100 Cash.
Mike's Horses:  Midnight Hawk, Shakin It Up and secretsatmidnight all ran last weekend and only Midnight Hawk was in the money with a runner up finish in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Lots More Coming Up: We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday!

Have questions or comments? Post a comment below, shoot us an email using info@carsonvalleyinn dot com 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. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!