Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Peak at Late Nite Catechism, Coach Polian Coming to CVI, Henhouse Prowlers, more

Late Nite Catechism Tickets Now On Sale:  The New York Times declared "Late Nite Catechism speaks to an audience much broader than the membership of any one church." This raucous and rollicking International hit comedy show/play is coming to the Carson Valley Inn Valley Ballroom on Saturday night, November 15 and tickets are available now for just $20 at our Hotel Desk or call 775-783-6629.  Want more info? Scroll down to last Wednesday's Blog or Click Here to go to our web site for all the details! And for a taste of the approach, check the video above . . . and whatever you do, don't chew gum while at this show!

Burger Wars Voting Ends 6 p.m. Thursday! 
CV Steak's French Disaster Gourmet Burger is one of the four finalists in the Burger Wars survey being conducted by our friends at carsonvalleytimes.com.  If you've had the French Disaster, or think you might enjoy it, please vote by going to the Burger Wars page now – it only takes a few seconds to scan through the four finalists and place your vote. Thanks!

Nevada Coach Polian's Visit Coming Up: Nevada Wolf Pack Coach Brian Polian will be in our Valley Ballroom for a Blitz Buffet Lunch on Monday, November 3 and all area Wolfpack fans are invited to attend! The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Coach's candor, openness and specialized game film are certain to combine for an interesting and enlightening program. The cost is $17 per person and advance reservations are a must through the University of Nevada Athletic Department. Please call 775-682-6901 to reserve your spot by Thursday, October 30 - that's a week from this Thursday!


A Horse on A Golf Course? There is a horse and there are golf courses . . . you'll get the idea when you watch the latest "Carson Valley Rider" video from the Carson Valley Visitors Authority

DAWGs Last Weekend, Upscale Crafts this Weekend:
  • D.A.W.G. (Douglas Animal Welfare Group) held their Fundraiser in our Valley Ballroom last Saturday and kudos to their committee and the community for raising over $30,000! How did it go? Here is just part of the note they sent us on Monday: "I have worked with a lot of banquet facilities and none come close what you have done for our group." The full note is at this link
  • "A Touch of Class" - An Elegant Craft Fair takes over our Valley ballroom this Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm each day. Admission is free and more information is available from Sue Bennett at 775-265-1097.
  • To find out about holding your next event at the Carson Valley Inn, contact Carrie at 775-783-6673 or click here to send her an email!


The Henhouse Prowlers – A Most Unusual Treat in Carson Valley! Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show comes to the CVI Cabaret Lounge on Tuesday and Wednesday! Get a taste in the video above with their rendition of "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher."

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Ladies' Night! Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a gift basket from Candles & Crafts in Gardnerville and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Halloween figurine (we're not sure what that is, but it rhymes!).  To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes), call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: George Pickard appears tonight, Midnight Express chugs in Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football has the spotlight Sunday and Monday nights and the Henhouse Prowlers take the stage Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Pro PK'em Progressive Jackpot: $3445 for this weekend's Parlay Card. 
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions with a brandy cherry demi and sundried cherries, 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!
  • Garlic Studded Prime Rib of Beef is the special Saturday's in CV Steak: A 12 oz. carving of Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib, seasoned with a rock salt mixture of herbs and garlic infused, slow-cooked 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 $26.00!
  • Penny Progressive Jackpot: The Jackpot crossed over the $34,000 line when we checked last night!
Your Comments & Questions Invited: Please give us some feedback or ask questions using the comments section below. You can also 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, October 15, 2014

Late Nite Catechism, Airport Shuttle, Interactive Map, More

Slap Your Knuckles with a Ruler!!  We've brought you comedy shows before, but never one quite like this: Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of Comedy Theater that takes audience members back - sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully - to their childhood days. Best way to describe it . . .   The evening is basically an adult catechism class being taught to a roomful of "students" (the audience).  Over the course of the play, Sister Nonie goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the "students" for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant.  These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm: Catholics and non-Catholics alike!  It's all happening on Saturday evening, November 15 in our Valley Ballroom and we'll be posting all the details on our website in the next few days.

Events to Put on Your Calendar:
  • The Celebrity DAWG Pound, Dinner & Comedy Show is Saturday in our Valley ballroom. The Douglas Animal Welfare Group (DAWG)  is the beneficiary as "local celebrities" try to avoid being thrown in the DAWG Pound by making their "bail" through donations.  Also on tap: dinner, the hilarious comedy antics of Kat Simmons and a raffle.
  • "A Touch of Class" - An Elegant Craft Fair will be held in our Valley ballroom on Thursday through Saturday, October 23 – 25 from 10am to 8pm each day. Admission is free and more information is available from Sue Bennett at 775-265-1097. 
Carson Valley Airporter Closer: The Scheduled Bus Service between Reno Airport and Carson Valley is expected to start the first week in November. The folks at Amador Stage Lines are shooting to have their web site up with all the details, and taking reservations, within a week.

How did our Our French Disaster do? Remember the Burger Wars poll being conducted by the Carson Valley Times we mentioned last week? Well, CV Steak's French Disaster Gourmet Burger made the finals! Watch for more details soon on the final voting.

Bently Heritage? Over the next two years we'll all be hearing a lot about the  extensive redevelopment work being done by Bently Enterprises to their various buildings just east of the Carson Valley Inn. Some of the work has already started on this project, referred to as Bently Heritage, and it's summarized in this article recently posted on carsonvalleytimes.com.  This amazing project is just a two minute walk from our casino entrance and we will continue to post updates.

How is this possible? We had lots of fun at the Aviation Roundup at Minden-Tahoe Airport last Saturday including the pumpkin drop, rocket launches, lots of air traffic, planes on display and more. The picture above has us perplexed. You can see the airplane and you can see the pumpkin that was just tossed out. The question: How does the pumpkin, with no propulsion, appear to be in front of the propeller-driven airplane?

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Carson Valley Visitors Authority has been working on their new Online Interactive Map and they now have it up and running! Want to preview this new feature? Click here, pick your area, and start experimenting with the various overlays for dining, lodging, attractions, entertainment, etc.  Have comments on this new tool? Contact the Visitors Authority at 775-782-8145 or click here to send them an email.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Dinner On Us! Congratulations to Heather Paterson Lewis for winning the Dinner for Two in CV Steak we mentioned in last week's blog.
  • Bunko for Breast Cancer was a raucous, ear-piercing, fun-filled blast last Saturday night.
    Kudos to our friends at GE who raised over $15,000 (exact figure to be released by them soon) for the services offered by the Carson-Tahoe Cancer Center. CVI was in for $1 per Bunco which we thought would be under 500 . . . turns out there were 722 during the night!
  • Ladies' Night Wednesdays in October! Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a gift basket from Bath and Body Works and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a Halloween bobble head. To have your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for the prizes), call Stephanie at 775-783-7711.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Steve Lord appears tonight, The Blues Monsters take over Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football is in the forefront Sunday and Monday nights and George Pickard is on stage Tuesday and Wednesday. Did you know . . . Members of TheBlues Monsters have shared the stage with a "Monster Cast" of musicians: Journey's Neal Schon, the Drifters, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Jimmy Page, Creedence Clearwater's Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, Stephen Stills, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Bo Diddley, Grateful Dead's Bob Wier, Booker T and the MGs, The Commitments, Kenny Logins, Kenny Neal, Tinsley Ellis, Pablo Cruise and more!
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Grilled Duck Breast -  Maple Leaf Farms duck breast marinated with fresh  herbs, grilled to medium rare - medium  doneness with natural duck jus and 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 Penny Progressive Jackpot was inching up on $32,000 when we checked last night!
  • Blackjack Tourney Winners: Another trio of money winners in last night's monthly Blackjack Tournament. Jack Jordan won the $750 first place money, Richard Trott finished second for $450 and the $300 in third place money went to Lucas Huff. The next monthly tournament is Tuesday, November 11.
The Comments Section Below Does Work! Please give us some feedback or ask questions using the comments section below. You can also 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, October 8, 2014

Burger Wars, Golf, Pumpkin Drop, Kingsbury Open, More

Our French Disaster is in the Hunt! The Gourmet Hamburger (aka The French Disaster) served in CV Steak at the Carson Valley Inn has been nominated in a "Reader's Choice Burger Wars" poll being conducted by the Carson Valley Times, a great online source of area news.
This one is not for lightweights. Two Char Broiled Burger Patties totaling 3/4 pound are made from choice Filet Mignon, New York and Rib Eye Steak ground in house. Toppings and additions include Jack and Cheddar Cheeses, Smoked Tomato, Pickled Cucumber Slices, Truffle Oil Mayonnaise topped with Duck liver "Foie Gras" and Quail Egg.  This monstrosity is served with Fresh French Fried Potatoes lathered with garlic and parsley butter! Most people can't finish it but they always come back for another try! Like it or think you might? Please give us your vote!

Dinner For Two in CV Steak on Us? Check our Facebook page today or use the Comments section below. Just tell us your favorite CV Steak entree, appetizer or memory. The random drawing will be this Sunday at 5 p.m. from all Facebook and Blog comments and we'll announce the winner next Wednesday morning.

Now That's a Round of Golf! What's it like to play an 18-hole round of golf when it's two holes at each of nine golf courses all in one day? It's quite an adventure and 16 folks experienced it first-hand on the Divine Nine Golf Media Tour on Tuesday, September 30.  It started with breakfast in Katie's at 6 AM and wound up (wound down is probably a better term) with a Basque dinner at the JT in Gardnerville finishing up after 9:30 PM. 
Here's a link to the coverage we received from KTVN (CBS) and KRNV (NBC) in Reno. While we can't set up the exact same round for your group, we can and will arrange a golf outing that includes golf at any of our area courses for as many days as you wish, hotel accommodations, food & beverage functions and activities for any non-golfers.  We can even include bus transportation between the CVI and the courses based on your group's size and bus availability. Find out more by calling Greg Enholm, PGA in our Sales Department at 775-783-6615. Greg is busy now booking golf groups for the 2015 season and we'd welcome the opportunity to have you tee it up with us!

Speaking of Golf: There's still plenty of time and good weather to enjoy our October Golf Special. For more information click here . . .  or, better yet, contact Greg at 775-783-6615 or by email.

You Can Get There From Here! Or, better yet, you can get here from there and it's faster and easier now that Kingsbury Grade (SR 207) is open again after a major reconstruction project. Our congratulations and thanks go out to all the folks at Q&D Construction, Inc. and NDOT for getting the pass back open ahead of schedule!

Heading to Reno this Weekend . . . we sure hope the boss doesn't mind us mentioning this; so do this only if you absolutely positively have to be in Reno this weekend and you have a written excuse: Our friends and partners at The Eldorado are holding their 33rd Annual Great Italian Festival this Saturday and Sunday and the weather will be perfect! Fists and Fettuccini? As part of the festivities, the Nevada Boxing Team (some of them boxed in TJ's Corral a few weeks ago) will be training on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The ring will be set up outside above the railroad tracks so stop by and say hi to the coaches and boxers as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Staying in the Carson Valley? Be sure not to miss the Aviation Roundup Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Minden-Tahoe Airport just five minutes from the Carson Valley Inn. One of the highlights is a Pumpkin Drop with the target being an outhouse . . . could be like the scene from the original Jurassic Park movie sans the dinosaur! 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Jackpot Alert: So many people play for our Penny Progressive Jackpot especially as it climbs
    north of $25,000 . . . so, in case you missed it, and unless it hit since we took this picture yesterday, the amount is now over $28,000!
  • And Another Jackpot: Our Progressive Pro PK'em Jackpot is $3,200 for this weekend's games. Just $5, pick 'em straight up, enter as often as you want.
  • Ear Protection Advised: While it may be sold out, anyone can wander in and catch the action at the Bunko for Breast Cancer fundraising event Saturday in the Valley Ballroom. You'll know when you are getting close 'cause the exhilaration and noise level spread well past the confines of the room!  To check into holding your fundraiser, banquet, Christmas party, meeting, seminar or other function in our convention center, please call Carrie at 775-783-6673.
  • Ladies' Night Continues Wednesdays in October! Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Nevada Theme gift basket from Chocolate Shoppe by Sweet Images. Also, the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a small fall wind chime.  Want prizes from your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for them)? Call Stephanie at 775-783-7711. We are always looking for six hot seat prizes and 150 of something smaller every week!
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Greg Austin appears tonight, Stew Stewart anchors the weekend Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football takes control of the Cabaret Sunday and Monday nights and Steve Lord is on stage Tuesday and Wednesday. Did you know . . . Stew Stewart was an officer with the the South Pasadena Police Department for 5 years way back when?
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with a cherry demi-glace for $31.00 which also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato. Yum!
What's That?? Give us some feedback or ask questions using the comments section below. You can also 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, October 1, 2014

Airporter Shuttle Rates, October Golf Special, CVI Best of Carson Valley Awards, October Promotions, More

Carson Valley Inn Shines in Best of Carson Valley Awards!

  • The Record Courier's Best of Carson Valley poll had over 45,000 votes and the Carson Valley Inn won 19 awards . . . let's break them down: 
  • CV Steak took first place honors for Best Steak, Best Fine Dining and Best Bartender (Hank!). Bronze and silver awards included Best Overall Restaurant, Best Place to Take a Date, Best Place to Take Out of Towners, Best Appetizer, Best Dessert and Best Wait Staff. 
  • Katie's took second for Best Breakfast and for Best Brunch. 
  • The Carson Valley Inn as a property was first for Best Dinner, Best Lodging, Best Casino, Best Place for Loose Slots, Best Place for Video Poker, Best Place to Hit a Royal and Friendliest Casino Employees. CVI also won a top-three honor for Best Sports Bar. Thank you for your votes of confidence – your way of telling us what we are doing right. Remember, we always welcome your input when you see areas that need improvement!
October Golf Special: Here's a great opportunity to take the short ride "over the hill" and enjoy golf in the beautiful Carson Valley ONE last time this season! Our ONE Package includes ONE Round of Golf at Genoa Lakes (the Lakes Course), ONE Night at the Carson Valley Inn (the main hotel) and ONE $10 CVI Food Credit per person. This package is just (you knew this was coming) ONE Hundred Dollars per person based on double occupancy. Of course there's just a little fine print: you must have a minimum of 4 golfers and the offer is valid for Sunday thru Thursday night stays. For more information, or to make your reservations, contact Greg Enholm, our resident PGA professional at 775-783-6615 or by email.

Carson Valley Airporter Rates: We received updated information from our friends at Amador Stage Lines earlier this morning regarding the proposed rates for the scheduled bus transportation between Reno and Carson Valley slated to start in early November. The news is better than we had anticipated. The fare between Reno or the Reno Airport and the Minden/Gardnerville area in either direction is anticipated to be $24.00 one way and $43.00 round trip. Something else we weren't anticipating: there will be a fare between Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville: $8.00 one way (either direction) and  $14.50 round-trip. The schedules, website, and reservation procedures are due to be a finalized and announced shortly. We'll point you in the right direction as soon as we get the information.



October Promotions – More Giveaways, Point Multiplier Days, Super Food Values!
  • Our Swipe 'n' Spin to Win Drawings for cash and free play are every Friday in October . . . catch 'em every hour on the half-hour from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. INN Club members accumulate drawing entries all month as you play. Members who swipe their card at the casino Kiosk on Mondays through Wednesdays receive additional entries plus increase their winnings if they are drawn on Friday. If your name is called on Friday you receive one prize spin plus an additional spin for each day you swiped at the kiosk on that Monday through Wednesday. That's up to four spins and you win the total for all your spins!
  • Inn Club members earn 5X points every Saturday in October – and also on Friday, October 31 – with no limit on points earned.
  • On Mondays, INN Club members earning 125 points (you keep the points) can swing by the casino kiosk and swipe your card for a Free Omelet or Free $6.99 Platter (6 to choose from) to be enjoyed that Monday thru Thursday.
  • Also on Mondays, all baked good items at the Katie's display case are 50% off when payment is made with points.  
  • Every Tuesday, all Katie's menu items are 50% off from 2 to 10 p.m. when payment is made with points.
  • Ladies' Night continues on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. with free gifts, hot seat drawings, raffles and drink specials for the ladies.
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Katie's October Dinner Specials are exceptional values - click here for the details and prices.
  • Ladies' Night Continues Wednesdays in October! Tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Gift Basket from The Blue Cow – Cheese, Wine and Specialty Foods. Also, the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a 7-Day Pill box – you never have too many of these! Want prizes from your business featured on one of our Ladies' Nights (we do pay you for them)? Call Stephanie at 775-783-7711. We are always looking for six hot seat prizes and 150 of something smaller every week!
  • Progressive Pro PK'em Jackpot: the pot jumped to almost $3,100 for this weekend's games . . . all it takes is running the table on the 15 NFL winners straight up! Just $5 a shot and you can enter as often as you like!
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Paul Covarelli appears tonight, Melissa Dru anchor's
    the weekend Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football take control of the Cabaret Sunday and Monday nights and Greg Austin is on stage Tuesday and Wednesday. Did you know . . . Singer and songwriter Melissa Dru has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Royal Albert Hall in London! But don't thik she'll lull you to sleep . . . Melissa and her band cover a wide mix including classic rock, R&B and a bit of country; everything from Pink Floyd to Patsy Cline.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Braised Lamb Shank with Pearl Barley Risotto, braised and slow cooked with herbs, Cabernet and mustards - and 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!
  • Yes, We are Hiring! Despite the looming (and hopefully wet) winter season, we are still hiring here at the CVI. Our open positions are updated regularly!
Lay It On Us! Use the comments section below and let us know your comments, suggestions or questions. You can also 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, September 24, 2014

CVI Best of Carson Valley,$10,000 Guaranteed Giveaway Tuesday,Candy Dance Shuttle, More

We're Number One! Blah, blah, blah . . . any company can hype or "twist" the facts or numbers to make the We're Number One claim in one area or another. In this case, we're just reporting what the 40,000+ votes in The Record Courier's Best of Carson Valley poll will show this Friday: The Carson Valley Inn won a whopping 19 awards – ten for 1st place and the other nine for 2nd or 3rd. Wow – we are honored! We'll proudly put these 19 kudos next to our 2014 Best Casino in Nevada award as voted by the print and online readers of Nevada Magazine!


September $10,000 Cash Giveaway Drawings Conclude Next Tuesday: We're bringing September to an end Inn Style next Tuesday evening by giving away the rest of our guaranteed $10,000 between the Carson Valley Inn and Bodine's casino. CVI drawings are at 6 & 8 p.m.

The annual Genoa Candy and Craft Faire is this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. As a friendly reminder, downtown Genoa is closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to early evening both days so you'll have to use Jacks Valley Road if you are heading to either of the Genoa Lakes golf courses. To help make it easier for you to attend the event, the Town of Genoa is running Shuttle Service between the Carson Valley Inn and Genoa during the Candy Dance hours. The fare is $3 round trip, payable to the driver.


Speaking of Genoa, our friends at Getaway Reno/Tahoe ran a great blog about Genoa last week and we are pleased share it with you along with the above video on Genoa. 

Update on Scheduled Bus Service between Reno Airport and Carson Valley: We spoke to the folks at Amador Stage Lines a few days ago and they are still on target to start this service in early November. The schedule is just about finalized and there will be four round-trips 7 days a week between the Carson Valley and Reno (both the airport and downtown). They hope to have complete details finalized in about 10 days.

This Part's About Golf:

  • Golf Joke Contest Winner: Congratulations to Darrell Schue of Lake Tahoe who won a spot on the Divine Nine Golf Media Tour next Tuesday with the golf joke he submitted in the Hooked on Golf contest we mentioned the last two weeks. We got a chance to look at the top half-dozen jokes and, as you might expect with golf jokes, they were all quite humorous . . . and most a little too risqué for our blog. 
  • This is No Joke: What we can and will mention is the incredible popularity the Carson Valley Inn enjoys as headquarters for about 100 different golf groups each year. We arrange all of the tee times, food and beverage functions, side trips for the non-golfers, etc. Many groups have already booked for 2015 and we'd welcome the opportunity to learn more about your group. Click here for a starting look at our golf package approach and then give Greg a call at 775-783-6615 for more information!

Events at the Inn: The Business Council of Douglas County Critical Issues Conference is sold out for this Thursday but there are still tickets available for the Douglas County Republican Women Dinner & Fashion Show this Saturday. Call Janet at 775-267-2991. The playing spots are now all filled for the Bunko for Breast Cancer fundraising event on Saturday, October 11. If you'd like to get on a waiting list, or to make a donation to the cancer center or provide a prize for the event, contact Pamela at 775-215-1027. There are many more community events coming up in our Valley Ballroom this fall and we will continue to mention them here in our blog. If you are interested in holding a banquet, Christmas party, meeting, seminar or other function in our convention center, please call Carrie at 775-783-6673.

Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Mike's Horses:  Global Hottie returned from a 10-month break to win the  feature race for California-bred fillies and mares at Los Alamitos last Thursday. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Global Hottie has two wins in three career starts. West coast thoroughbred racing now shifts to the L.A. area as the fall season starts at Santa Anita Park this weekend. It's all leading up to the Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita on October 31 and November 1. Remember, we have full pari-mutuel horse betting at both the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino. Bet the horses, watch the races, have a snack delivered to your seat and then go through the cycle again when the football games start!
  • Progressive Pro PK'em Jackpot: the pot is now hovering at $3000 for this weekend's games . . . simply pick the card's 15 NFL winners straight up and the jackpot is yours. It's just $5 and you can enter as often as you like!
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: George Pickard appears tonight, After Dark entertains Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football fills the Cabaret Sunday and Monday nights and Paul Covarelli takes the stage Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • This Week's Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail with Prosciutto, Wild Rice and Cherry 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!
  • Ladies' Night –Tonight! Each of tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a gift basket from World Market and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a specially made CVI logo cookie from the local Chocolate Shoppe in Gardnerville.
Your Turn to Talk to Us! Use the comments section below and let us know your comments, suggestions or questions. You can also 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, September 17, 2014

Clay Shoot Weekend, New Visitors Guide, Lots More


2015 Clay Shoot Details Set: We've lined up all the details and have the registration form ready for our 2015 Clay Shooting Weekend on February 19 – 21 and we hope you'll check it out. There's a Thursday reception, Friday sporting clays at Walker River Resort, Saturday sporting clays at Carson Valley Clays, a Saturday Awards Dinner and some new twists this year.Not a clay shooter? Please pass this along to a friend or relative who enjoys this sport!

Deadlines are Imminent for:
  • Golf Joke Contest Deadline is Noon Today to Win 3 nights at CVI & 3 Rounds of Golf: Quick -  go to this link for the details and send your best golf joke by noon today! We guarantee the winner will have an experience you won't soon forget – for more on the "fun" part, scroll down and read last Wednesday's Blog.
  • The Annual Bunko for Breast Cancer Party is just over 3 weeks away and the deadline for getting your official t-shirt is coming up even sooner – this Friday, September 19! All t-shirt funds raised will be go directly to Carson Tahoe Resource Center for Bunko for Breast Cancer.


The Northern California PGA Chapter held their Northern California Senior Open Championship at nearby Clear Creek Tahoe earlier this week and congratulations to Shawn McEntee, a PGA instructor at Chardonnay Golf Club who won by one stroke over Stuart Smith, Director of Golf at Somersett Golf and Country Club in Reno. What does this have to do with the Carson Valley Inn? For starters, many of the participants including the winner stayed here at the CVI on Sunday and Monday – another of the 100ish golf groups who headquarter at the CVI each year. Also, this is a good reason to remind all of our golfing guests there is still time to enjoy golf at Clear Creek Tahoe this year if you are staying at the CVI. Call Greg at 775-783-6615 for more on golf group packages or access to Clear Creek!

A CV Steak Did Ya Know? CV Steak at the Carson Valley Inn is the only restaurant in our area that offers tableside tossed salad – and it's included with every entrée!! Choose our house-made special dressing (sure, we'll let you taste it first) or a dressing of your choice – it's the last thing to go on before the tossing begins. Our tip for a relatively unusual and exceptionally special CV Steak appetizer? The Salmon Tartare – try it!  While not mandatory, reservations are always suggested and sometimes necessary for CV Steak – call today at 775-783-6650.

Four Ways to Check Out the new Carson Valley Visitors Guide! This very new (came from the printer Monday) 42-page Guide  is full of information about all there is to do, experience, see and enjoy in the beautiful Carson Valley. Check it out in one of these ways:

Don't Just Talk the Talk . . . Walk the Walk!
  • Walk for Wine: The season's last Thirsty Third Thursday Wine Walk is tomorrow from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the theme is "Happy Birthday Nevada!" Register at the Town of Gardnerville Offices or Stratton Center North near Big Daddy’s Bike Shop and enjoy the wine stops at many of our local merchants.
  • Walk for Health:  Enjoy the great trails system in the Carson Valley Hike for Health Trail Adventure Day this Saturday, September 20.
Poker Fun to Help Basketball Programs: Stop by our Valley Ballroom this Saturday night and jump in on the special poker tournament to benefit the Douglas High School basketball program. Just $40 gets you in and prizes are $500 for first place and $250 for second place. For more information, call Steve Walsh at 267-4321. 

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News:
  • Progressive Pro PK'em Jackpot Climbs: As you might expect from the upsets the first two weeks, our Progressive Pro PK'em Jackpot hasn't hit yet. $2,825 is now up for grabs – simply pick the winners straight up of the 15 NFL Games on the card and the jackpot is yours . . . just $5 and a shot, enter as often as you want!
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Steve Lord appears tonight, Lisa-Marie Johnston entertains Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football fills the Cabaret Sunday and Monday nights and  George Pickard takes the stage Tuesday and Wednesday. Lisa Marie Johnston ("LMJ") is a singer & songwriter from Oakland who blends country, Americana and blues into a unique style she calls "Stomp and Groove."   A regular in the Fillmore Poster Room at the historic Fillmore West in San Francisco, she has also played venues in New York City and New Orleans. Joining Lisa this weekend are Arion Salazar (Third Eye Blind) on bass, Isaac Bolivar (Taking Back Sunday) on guitar and John Morales (Ten Mile Tide) on drums.
  • Don't Duck this Punch Next Time: If you passed on last Saturday's boxing in TJ's Corral because you saw the words "collegiate" or "exhibition" or "amateur," . . . consider that your "oops" for the month. All the bouts were quite exciting with two being won by TKO and one by knockout. Our thanks goes out to all the boxers, trainers, coaches, judges, referees, announcer and ringside doctors who conducted the day just like any professional card. When this event pops up next year, mark it on your calendar and don't miss it!
  • Reminder: Coach Brian Polian's Wolf Pack Blitz lunch at the Carson Valley Inn originally scheduled for this coming Monday, September 22 will now be on Monday, November 3.
  • Ladies' Night –Tonight! Each of tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a surprise gift basket (Julie was still assembling them when we wrote this last night) and the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive an acrylic cup with lid & straw. Local merchants interested in getting involved in our Ladies' Night promotion; please contact Stephanie at 775-783-7711. We gather six hot seat prizes and 150 of something every week! 
  • Next time you see our dealer D.J. in the Poker Room, ask him about his golf game!


A Look Ahead:
  • The Carson Valley Inn won a whole bunch of Best of Carson Valley awards in The Record Courier's recent poll and we are sworn to secrecy until the official announcement . . . but we will leak some of the info next Wednesday.
  • The Carson Valley Visitors Authority's new online Interactive Map is almost ready – we'll let you know more as soon as some of the final details are tweaked.


We'd Like to Hear from You! Use the comments section below and let us know your comments, suggestions or questions. You can also 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, September 10, 2014

Win a 3-Night Golf Trip to CVI, Boxing this Saturday, More

Win 3 Nights at the CVI and 3 Rounds of Golf - No Joke!!  If you are a golfer,  you definitely want to read this one. Your best golf joke can win you exactly what the headline states and more. One of the rounds of golf is part of the Divine 9 Golf Media Tour on Tuesday, September 30. On the surface, it's a round of golf. However, it is one of the most unique rounds of golf you will ever play: two holes at each of nine area courses - all in one day! You start with breakfast at o dark thirty, the bus leaves at dawn and you'll be joining a dozen media types who will be writing about, tweeting, blogging, or recording the day's events to help promote the courses and lodging in our area. This day is not for the feeble. It's long, the crowd gets loud towards the end of the day, and there's no time for practice swings or whining. There are plenty of liquid refreshments on the bus, lunch and snacks are included, and everyone gathers for dinner at the JT Restaurant and Bar after the last two holes at the end of the day - and it's all included. Sound like something you'd enjoy? Here's how you enter: Go to this link for the details and then just send your best golf joke by noon on Wednesday, September 17. We guarantee the winner will have a golf and social experience you won't soon forget.

The Collegiate and Amateur Boxing card in TJ's Corral this Saturday starts at 4 p.m. and tickets are just $10 . . . get 'em online or at the hotel desk. Catch boxers from Nevada, Airforce Academy, Cal and Washington as they tune up for the 2015 season.  You'll see 2014 National Champions and National finalists in action and have a chance to meet the Nevada Boxing coaches and some of the Nevada Boxing alumni.

Was that the Real Billy Joel? If you thought you heard Billy Joel singing in TJ's Corral last Saturday . . . it wasn't the real Billy Joel!  We had a summer BBQ for our INN Club members with a Billy Joel Tribute Act as the evening's entertainment. Why point this out? It's just another reminder to use your INN Club card whenever you play at the CVI. All the invites to this event went to folks who had earned a certain level of points in the past few months and, the best part: No points were charged to attend the event! We have more of these events coming up . . . so please always use your card!

100 Days 'Til Ski Season: Actually, as of today, there are 72 days 'til ski season . . . because we are just now getting around to including this link to the "100" list that our friends at Heavenly Lake Tahoe send us on August 13. So, you can go through the first 28 days on fast-forward and pick up from today, scan thru all 100, or pick 'n' choose as you wish. No matter how you shake it, Ski Season is on the horizon and the Carson Valley Inn will be posting our 2014/15 Ski Packages soon! And for the record: we're going to take a swipe at the day-71 tip as soon as it warms up today!

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Occasionally Even Useful Tidbits and News: 
  • We mentioned a lot of the details of our NFL Football Promotions  last week but forgot to remind you that that our Bar Bites Snacks are available during all games (because they are served 24/7) and we invite you to check out the offerings at This Link. Nothing like having food delivered to your seat while you watch sports at the CVI!
  • Speaking of Football - After Further Review: Nevada Football's first 2-0 start since 2010 has everyone pumped up at the University of Nevada and "things" are happening fast . . . including a change in date for Coach Brian Polian's Wolf Pack Blitz lunch at the Carson Valley Inn. Originally scheduled for September 22, the trip to Minden by the Coach and Athletic Department staff will now be on Monday, November 3. All other details are the same: The cost is $17 per person and advance reservations are a must through the University of Nevada Athletic Department at 775-682-6901.
  • 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 just $26.00!
  • Congratulations to last night's winners in our September Blackjack Tournament as the top 3 finishers shared the prize pool of $1250. Mickey Bennett finished first for $625. Second place and $375 was won by Joshua Gutierrez. The $250 for third place went to Ron Perreira. It's just a $25 buy-in and the next monthly tournament is Tuesday, October 14.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Dale Poune appears tonight, The Vegas Road Show entertains Thursday – Saturday, NFL Football fills the Cabaret Sunday and Monday nights and Steve Lord takes the stage Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Ladies' Night –Tonight! Each of tonight's Hot Seat winners will receive a Cosmetic Travel
    Bag filled with goodies assembled by Julie and Stephanie. And the first 150 ladies to check in tonight will receive a deco-magnet (some pictured). Remember, if you are a local merchant interested in getting involved in our Ladies' Night promotion, please contact Stephanie at 775-783-7711. We are looking for six hot seat prizes and 150 of something smaller every week!
  • A reminder about two big events in our Valley Ballroom this Weekend:
    • The Sierra Nevada Republican Women “September 11” Dinner is Friday evening. Tickets for this official NV Sesquicentennial event are available thru Nancy, 775-267-6937.
    • The Friends of the NRA dinner is Saturday and last minute tickets are available through Blayne at 775-450-2349. 
What's On Your Mind? 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!