Wednesday, August 15, 2018

34th Birthday Party Saturday, Concert "Second Chance," a Literal Heads up and More

34th Birthday Party with
Tom Petty Tribute This Weekend
A Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers anchors our 34th Birthday Party this Saturday evening, August 18 and we invite everyone to attend this free concert as you enjoy the many other specially priced food and beverage offerings from 5:30 to 8 PM.

Creedence Revisited Put a Spell on TJ’s Corral
Another incredible concert and sold-out crowd this past Sunday as Creedence Clearwater Revisited put a spell on TJ’s Corral!  Those are not our words, but the headline from the review posted on Tahoe OnStage by Nick McCabe. A musician himself, Nick captured the spirit of the evening in both his words and pictures - be sure to check it out at this link.

"Second Chance" to Catch 
TJ's Corral Concert

If you missed some of our TJ's Corral concerts this year because of personal scheduling, tickets were sold out, or any other reason, we're giving you a "second chance" at one more shot of nostalgia when 38 Special performs on Friday, September 21. Known best for their arena-rock pop hits of the eighties, 38 Special had a softer side which is brought out in the above video of Second Chance. In 1989 the song reached #1 on the Billboard US Adult Contemporary Chart and #2 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. You can buy tickets on our website or in person at the Hotel Front Desk.

Heads Up – Literally!
An historic B-17G Flying Fortress from the Arizona Commemorative Air Force will be at the Minden Airport August 27 – September 3 with tours available each day and rides available on Friday through Sunday. Get all the information on times and prices at this link. 

Wine Walk Thursday
The August Thirsty Thursday Wine Walk is this week with Sip ‘n’ Shop as the theme and various crafters and other vendors scattered along the route.  Sharkey’s Casino is easily accessible no matter where you choose to start the festivities. Just stop by the Sharkey’s Silver Dollar Bar with your official Thirsty Thursday Wine Walk Glass and enjoy some wine “on us!” Not registered yet? Check out all the details at this link.

From Mai Tais to Coffee and Cookies!
Pinot Noir Day Calls for
One of these Choices from Bella Gloss
  • Today is Rum Day. We have a selection of rums and you can order any rum drink you want. However, the most commonly ordered at CVI is a Mai Tai and any of our bartenders will be glad to help you celebrate Rum Day by making you one!
  • Thursday is Vanilla Custard Day. We're stretching a little here but that’s totally allowable in a blog! We use Banana Custard to make the Banana Cream Pies which are for sale at the Katie’s Bakery Counter. . . and by the slice in Katie’s restaurant. So that’s how we suggest you celebrate Vanilla Custard Day!
  • Friday is Pinot Noir Day. We offer a few of them in CV Steak including three by the glass. The most popular? The by-the-bottle single-vineyard Pinot Noir selections from Bella Glos: Clark & Telephone or Las Alturas.
  • Saturday is Aviation Day which commemorates the birthday of Orville Wright. Just another reason for us to mention the Aviation Roundup coming to Minden-Tahoe Airport Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14!
  • Sunday is Potato Day. Got us thinking about the different ways we serve potatoes here at the CVI. We came up with six on a day-to-day basis including French fries, baked potatoes, twice baked potato, au gratin potatoes, mashed potatoes and potato salad. Not in our current rotation in Katie’s, but in the cooler months we’ve been known to offer potato cheddar soup from time to time! Our favorite? Hands down the au gratin potatoes in CV Steak! They kinda blow your calorie allotment for a day, but what the heck!
  • Tuesday is Senior Citizen’s Day. We’re deferring to our sister property Bodines Casino ‘cause they have a Senior Social from 8 to 11 AM every Tuesday . . . a chance to come together for complimentary coffee, cookies and senior visiting!
CVI 34th Birthday Week in the Casino
  • Birthday Drawings Wednesday and Thursday:  Join us at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM for a chance to win up to $2,500!
  • Birthday Giveaway Drawings Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 6, 7 and 8 PM for cash, FreePlay and the chance to win up to $15,000!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: Inn Club members earn 4 Times Points all day Saturday on slot and video play . . . A great way to build up your point total to use for comps and other special benefits.
  • FreePlay Bonus Up to $50 Monday: Use your card while playing and you’re the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn on Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet NFL Preseason Football Games, Major League Baseball, WNBA, Canadian Football League, Saturday’s NASCAR Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday its Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice pilaf and plum port glaze for $28.00. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Jonathon “JB” Barton tonight and Thursday, the John Dawson Band Friday and Saturday, Rock River Sunday and Monday and Hans Eberbach next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Jonathon “JB” Barton’s love for a variety of musical styles is apparent in his selection of favorites from Van Morrison, CCR, Hank Williams, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Eagles and many more. The John Dawson Band is a Reno based group of five fun-lovin' guys who just like to entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. Rock River is Buddy and Kim from the Buddy Emmer Blues Band presenting an evening of blues and other music! Hans Eberbach sings for the band Joy & Madness, an evolution of vintage soul sound with modern classic pop sensibilities.

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

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Another Live Music Event in TJ's Corral, Creedence Clearwater Revisited this Sunday, Classic Cars this Thursday, More

The left group is "Revisited," the Right Group is Revisiting!
Creedence Clearwater Revisited Sunday,
38 Special in the Wings
  • With a daytime high predicted to be "only" in the mid-90s, an 8 PM start time, and no precipitation in the forecast, Sunday night is shaping up quite nicely for the Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert in TJ's Corral. We checked with our Box Office folks last night and they reported standing room tickets are available and suggested that, if you're still interested in attending, you act quickly. There may be some seated tickets available on Sunday night at the Box Office if we get any last-minute releases by the artist.
  • After a  break for the start  of school in many districts, we are thrilled to have 38 Special  returning to TJ's Corral on Friday evening, September 21.  The group was last in TJ's in the summer of 2015.
  • You can buy tickets for both remaining concerts on our website or in person at the Hotel Front Desk.
CVI 34th Birthday Means
A Free Treat for You!! 

Our 34th Birthday Party is Saturday evening, August 18 from 5:30 to 8 PM in TJ’s Corral and it includes some Free "presents" for you including Michael Furlong’s Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers!  This classic rock experience has been appearing in casinos throughout the country as well as fairs and festivals nationally since 1990.  Tom Petty himself made mention of Michael’s show in a 1996 Rolling Stone Magazine interview, on the internationally syndicated radio show "Rock Line" and on "MTV's Top 20 Countdown."

You'll also be able to chow-down at special birthday prices with $2 pulled pork sandwiches and $1 hot dogs. Quench your thirst with $2 beers, $3 wine and just a buck for soda and water. And it wouldn’t be a birthday party without
free ice cream!  No tickets are necessary, no reservations are required and there’s plenty of free parking so just join us for a fun evening. All we ask is that you please leave your pets at home.

CV Steak – A Point of View
Here's another chapter from the CVI's “We Couldn't Have Written It Better" book: a discriminating Carson Valley local sent us a message out of the blue last weekend after enjoying a birthday dinner in CV Steak on Friday night. His comments were quite concise and positive: "We had dinner at CV Steak last night. Awesome!! The server Shreya was one of the best I’ve had in a LONG time. And the food: great taste and presentation . . . quality with every item. Every person we encountered was high class from the hostess and the manager to the bus person. Yet he wasn’t like any busser I’ve come across. Engaging from the start. We thought he was our waiter. Excellent table presence and added polite but well timed humor: We’ll call him our 'other server.'" Thanks for your comments and please keep 'em coming!

Classic Cars from the Fifties and Sixties will Fill Minden Park Thursday
Hot August Nights Poker Run
Passes CVI Thursday
Catch all the classic cars of Hot August Nights this Thursday when the Poker Run makes its annual stop in Minden Park, just two blocks from the Carson Valley Inn. Park at the CVI if you wish, wander over to catch some of the cars (or watch them pass the CVI from our front door), then escape the heat with lunch or a snack in Katie's or a "cool down" in our casino. The best classic car viewing will be from 10 AM to 2 PM and we offer our special thanks to the Town of Minden and the Carson Valley Visitors Authority for sponsoring this official Hot August Nights Poker Run Stop! After the Poker Run gets you groovin' to the hits of the 50s and 60s, continue the flow on Sunday and enjoy some of the rock 'n' roll sounds of the early 70s as Creedence Clearwater Revisited takes the stage in TJ's Corral!

Hannah & Fredrick
A Prelude to the Mixed Scramble?
Hannah Gregg and Frederick Lindblom took a moment to relax in front of the waterfall on the #8 green at the Genoa Lakes Ranch Course two weeks ago while visiting our area on a social media blitz. Both are very active in the golf business as players, bloggers and product representatives. 

We tried to talk them into coming back for our 34th Annual Mixed Scramble Golf Tournament in September but their schedule simply was too full. Actually, we were okay with that because they play golf at a level well above our comfort zone!  With the Mixed Scramble just a month away, now would be a really good time to check out the details at this link, gather a few friends, sign up and get ready for mixing it up with a bunch of other folks who just like to enjoy a weekend of fun that happens to include a no-pressure round of golf! And when your foursome gets to the #8 green, be sure to stop and have your picture taken in front of the waterfall . . . perhaps you will come out looking as young and athletic as Hannah and Frederick!

This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Copper Peeler for the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo.
  • CVI 34th Birthday Giveaway Drawings Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 6, 7 and 8 PM for cash, FreePlay and the chance to win up to $15,000!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: Inn Club members earn 4 Times Points all day Saturday on slot and video play . . . A great way to build up your point total to use for comps and other special benefits.
  • FreePlay Bonus Up to $50 Monday: Use your card while playing and you’re the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn on Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet NFL Preseason Football Games, the PGA Championship, Major League Baseball, WNBA, Canadian Football League, Sunday’s NASCAR Consumer Energy 400 and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In Our Restaurants
Enjoy a Filet Mignon in CV Steak!
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday its Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Monday is Filet Mignon Day.  CV Steak’s 9-Ounce Filet Mignon is one of our most popular entrees and we have a variety of optional enhancements including sautéed mushrooms in marsala, blue cheese encrusted, caramelized onions and roasted garlic in virgin olive oil!
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
The Roem Baur Duo tonight, Stone Senate Thursday thru Sunday, Cliff and Dave Monday and Tuesday.  Roem Baur is a multiple award-winning touring songwriter and classically trained opera singer who ultimately answered the call of rock n' roll.  Stone Senate is a 5 piece contemporary Southern Rock band hailing from Nashville. With collective musical influences as varied as hard rock, bluegrass, funk, metal, and classic country, Stone Senate has often been compared to such classic acts as the Allman Brothers and a heavier Lynyrd Skynyrd with an undeniably original twist.  Cliff and Dave is powerhouse singer/gospel drummer Cliff Porter and southern-fried singer/guitarist Dave Berry, often seen fronting the band Jelly Bread. They provide an evening of sultry R&B, funk and swinging rock ’n’ roll.

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

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Another Concert Added in TJ's, Big Payout and Big New Slots, Beer & Wine, More

A “Special” Concert Added
to TJ’s Summer Concert Series
  • All season we've been saying the Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert was our last planned concert of the season. We're not sure how we lucked-out, but 38 Special just "landed in our lap!" We finalized the arrangements a couple of days ago and 38 Special will be returning to Minden for a show in TJ's Corral on the last day of summer!  We're confident if you were following music in the 1980s you’ll certainly remember some or all of their Southern Rock hits like Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You, Second Chance, Wild Eyed Southern Boys, If I'd Been the One, Back Where You Belong, Somebody Like You . . . these and many more will fill the TJ's stage on Friday, September 21! Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10AM with seats at $49 and $59 for what will (most likely) now be the wrap-up event of our 2018 Summer Concerts!​
  • Back to Creedence Clearwater Revisited: Their concert in TJ's Corral is coming up on Sunday, August 12. And speaking of hits that many will certainly recognize, we're sure you'll hear most if not all of these classics:  Born on the Bayou, Green River,  Who'll Stop the Rain, Susie Q. Hey Tonight, Long as I Can See the Light, Down on the Corner, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Have You Ever Seen the Rain and more.
  • Tickets: You can buy 'em on our website or in person at the Hotel Front Desk.
Big Money Paid Out, Big New Slots Inn
It was a wild week on our slot floor last week with a big winner and some new big slots. Let's run through some of the highlights.
  • Big Money Paid Out: Sometimes the fishing is good, sometimes the fishing is . . . Well, you know the old saying, "that's why they call it fishing and not catching!" We can't remember that Andrew Swall (upper right in picture) ever did mention how good the fishing was when he was up in Mammoth. We do know Andrew and his dad and brother stopped here last weekend to stay in the hotel on the way back to Visalia after their fishing trip to Mammoth. As with most people who stop for a night or two, he gave it a shot at winning a fortune. Not sure what kind of bait he was using, but he caught a $444,648 Wheel of Fortune Quarter Progressive Jackpot! Some people are ecstatic and "make some noise!" Some are nonchalant. Andrew was simply shocked as were his brother and father. He remained calm throughout and eventually called his mom to give her the news!  What would you do??
  • The MEGATOWER™ Comes Inn:  This latest addition (upper left in picture) to the IGT Wheel of Fortune Dollar Progressive features a large 27-inch spinning wheel, dual bash buttons, seating for two or lots of personal space for one, a mobile device charging port and over 11 feet of Jackpot fun!
  • Big X4 Also Arrives: A large 4-machine carousel (lower left in picture) from Incredible Technologies Inc. features two Heat 'Em Up Power Wheel slots and two Fate of the 8 Power Wheel slots. Fired Up marries huge, classic symbols and a high frequency five-level Power Tower™ Wheel progressive! Fate of the 8 Power Wheel™ brings all of the tradition of Asian beauty with the luck of the number 8 in an exciting 30-line adventure.
Beer, Wine and . . . Disc Golf?
  • Thursday is India Pale Ale Day. We do mix things up a little once in a while, so keep in mind that this current lineup could change:  Lagunitas IPA is on draft at the CVI and Slotworld Casino. Bodines Casino has Full Sail IPA and Sharkey's Casino offers Firestone Luponic!
  • Friday is International Beer Day.  Originally started in Santa Cruz, CA, International Beer Day began to celebrate the craft of brewing, and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of beer. This quickly expanded to include bartenders and other beer technicians. As the link will tell you it is now celebrated in 207 cities, 50 countries and on 6 continents. Bringing it back down to something manageable: come on in on Friday and enjoy any one of our many other refrigerator-cooled draft or iced-down bottled beers!
  • Not a beer drinker? No problem because Friday is also White Wine Day. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Gewurztraminer . . . We've got them all and we'll serve them to you at the CV Steak bar or in the CV Steak restaurant. Many are available by the glass and our bartenders will be glad to help you wander through the terminology and pairing maze (hint: go with what you like, not with what "they" say!). White Zinfandel? No, it’s not a white wine . . . it’s actually made from red grapes!
  • Saturday is Disc Golf Day.  Why could we have possibly brought this up? Turns out we (Carson Valley) have a blossoming Disc Golf Course (DGC) near the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville. While not quite completed it is quite playable, has been garnering attention, and even has a page on Disc Golf Course Review!  Not sure what the protocol is, but if it's anything like green-grass golf, enjoying a beer (see above) during or after play is certainly in order!!
This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Free Travel Mug for the first 150 ladies and Yankee Candle Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo.
  • CVI 34th Birthday Giveaway Drawings Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 6, 7 and 8 PM for cash, FreePlay and the chance to win up to $15,000!
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: Inn Club members earn 4 Times Points all day Saturday on slot and video play . . . A great way to build up your point total to use for comps and other special benefits.
  • FreePlay Bonus Up to $50 Monday: Use your card while playing and you’re the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn on Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Thursday’s NFL Hall of Fame Game (Bears & Ravens), Major League Baseball, WNBA, Canadian Football League, the NASCAR GoBowling at The Glen Race and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the PGA Championship (Aug. 9 – 12), World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday it's Medallions of Wild Boar for $30. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
The Blues Monsters
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
The Denver Saunders Duo tonight, The Blues Monsters Thursday thru Saturday, Tyler Stafford Sunday and Monday and the Roem Baur Duo next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Denver Saunders (vocals/guitar) and Jarom Horner (6-String Bass) are known for inspiring dancing, laughing and sing-alongs wherever they play. The Blues Monsters is a popular red-hot rockin' blues band from the North Lake Tahoe and Reno area. The quartet performs a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues. Whether paying respects to the masters of traditional blues, or rockin' out other tunes, The Blues Monsters get the whole house up and dancing! Tyler Stafford often draws comparisons to songwriters such as John Mayer and Paul Simon delivered with a candor and immediacy reminiscent of John Lennon. Roem Baur is a multiple award-winning touring songwriter and classically trained opera singer who ultimately answered the call of rock n' roll.

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

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stu Cook Interview, Blue Angels Thread the Needle, Legend of the Carson Valley, More

A Chat with Stu Cook
of Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford bring a nearly sold-out (standing room tickets remain) Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert to TJ’s Corral on Sunday evening, August 12. Northern Nevada Photo Journalist Nick McCabe interviewed Clifford during an area appearance by "Revisited" in 2017 so he was invited to chat with Stu Cook recently in advance of their upcoming visit. The interview is at this link and covers Stu's thoughts on touring, hobbies (he used to fly his own plane in and out of Minden Airport when he lived in Tahoe), travel, the sacrifices of success and more. You can buy tickets on our website or in person at the Hotel Front Desk. Concert night reservations for the Hotel, Motor Lodge and RV Park can be made on our website or by calling 775-783-6629.

These Guys Can Really Thread the Needle!
  • Today is Thread the Needle Day. And there's nothing like watching the needle get threaded at 500 miles an hour as shown in the Blue Angels picture above! Want to see it all for yourself? Get tickets now for the Aviation Roundup at the Minden-Tahoe airport on October 13 and 14 featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels!!
  • Friday is Talk in an Elevator Day. On the surface, you wouldn't think this has anything to do with the Carson Valley Inn. However, we happen to be one of the few places in Minden and Gardnerville where there is actually an elevator that covers enough floors to create that awkward silence that occurs when strangers get in an elevator. So, next time you ride the elevator at the CVI, mix it up a little and get a conversation going!
  • Friday is also Scotch Whiskey Day. We have the full gamut of choices at the CV Steak Bar from the get-up-on-the-ladder, top shelf Johnny Walker Gold to other more reachable brands. What's the best way to drink Scotch Whiskey? Decide for yourself after reading these suggestions from a Scottish bartender.
  • Saturday is Milk Chocolate Day. Most of our house-made chocolate desserts use the more nutritionally favorable dark chocolate which has more of the original cocoa bean. If you just have a hankering for milk chocolate, order the Chocolate Mousse in CV Steak!
  • Sunday is International Chicken Wing Day. Rather than confuse you with dozens of combinations, we make it simple: our Pound of Buffalo Wings basket with celery and ranch dressing is available for at-your-seat enjoyment at our bars or in the Cabaret Lounge!
  • Monday is Cheesecake Day. We make cheesecake just about every day in our bakery and they have proven quite popular as desserts in Katie's and CV Steak . . . Plus dozens are purchased every week at the Katie's Bakery Counter. Could this unusually high local demand be a throwback to the dairy heritage of Carson Valley??
J. T. Humphrey - One of the Legends of the Carson Valley
A Legend of the Carson Valley
Recreation, history, relaxation, exploration . . . all this and more are available in the Carson Valley just minutes from the Carson Valley Inn. Take a look at JT Humphrey in the picture above. He’s just one of the Legends of the Carson Valley. Not legendary because of being here many years . . . but legendary because he depicts just one aspect of all there is to do, see and experience.  Find out more about the Legends of the Carson Valley by clicking on this link and download or request a Carson Valley Visitors Guide by clicking on this link!

Golf Balls and Clay Targets!
Two quick reminders on upcoming CVI events:
This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Salad Cutter Bowl for the first 150 ladies and Chocolate Shoppe Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo.
  • Progressive Cash Giveaway Grand Prize Drawings Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 6 and 8 PM are for the grand prize drawings for cash, FreePlay and chances for the Progressive Cash Giveaway Jackpot.
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: Inn Club members earn 4 Times Points on video reel slots and 3 Times Points on video poker slots all day Saturday . . . A great way to build up your point total to use for comps and other special benefits.
  • FreePlay Bonus Up to $50 Monday: Use your card while playing and you’re the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn on Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can bet Major League Baseball, WNBA, Canadian Football League, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway and Horseracing. Futures include winners of the World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament!   College Football starts in 31 days and the first NFL Game is in 43 days! Oh, and if you see a few long faces behind the desk at our Race and Sports Book, turns out we had more than just a couple of folks who placed futures bets on Francesco Molinari to win The Open last weekend!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday it's Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi for $32. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28. These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Chris Twomey tonight, Buddy Emmer Band Thursday thru Saturday, Bill Wharton Sunday and Monday and the Denver Saunders Duo next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Chris Twomey has roots deep into a genre of folk-rock and his performances include From 2Me to The Diva Kings to Dad's LPs to whatever is next!  A longtime favorite on the West Coast and Northern Nevada circuit the Buddy Emmer Band’s versatile style includes everything from blues to jazz, rock to reggae and top 40. Whatever your taste in tunes they will be sure to please! Local artist Bill Wharton’s smooth, melodic tone comes out in his vast repertoire from old classic country thru modern country, pop to classic rock, blues and jazz. A stripped down performance of the band “The Well Dressed Mannequins,” Denver Saunders (vocals/guitar) and Jarom Horner (6-String Bass) are known for inspiring dancing, laughing and sing-alongs wherever they play.

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

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Christmas in July? Are We Your Best?

Creedence Ticket Sales Robust
Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford
Great concert by Trace Adkins last Saturday . . . and lots of last minute calls from fans wanting tickets after the concert was Sold Out. So, let’s get this out on the table: while it’s still over three weeks until Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford bring Creedence Clearwater Revisited into TJ’s Corral on Sunday evening, August 12, we are getting close to selling out the available seats. If you were a music fan in the late sixties and early seventies, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to experience the rock hits of CCR right here in Minden! We checked and there are still rooms available that night in both our Hotel and Motor Lodge so plan on making a night of it! Purchase concert tickets through our website which allows you to view the seating layout map and select your seat. You can also buy tickets in person at the Hotel Front Desk. Reservations for the Hotel, Motor Lodge and RV Park can be made on our website or by calling 775-783-6629. 

Not Your Usual Christmas in July Blurb
We’ve all seen them . . . The Christmas in July Celebration headline followed by some type of a sale or push to get you to do something that usually gets handled in December. This isn’t one of those situations. What we do suggest is that you give some thought to whether you’ll be trying to organize a Christmas Party for your company, association, club or other organization. When December rolls around, we turn on the Christmas flair for parties held here at the Carson Valley Inn. Our banquet rooms have Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday touches. The linens are holiday colors . . . and there’s Christmas background music. We even have specially themed buffets during December with entrées and ingredients appropriate to the Christmas season. And if you’re holding your party here at the CVI, we offer your guests a special room rate on the night of your party so there is a safe haven for those who choose to imbibe. Sound like something you should be looking at now or that you anticipate getting tasked with at the last minute? Then “get on it” by calling Carrie at 775-783-6673. We have plenty of weeknight availability in December… unfortunately all the weekends are already booked. However, here’s a thought that started to catch on during the last two years: if you’d rather not try to work your Christmas party around all of the other business and family events of December, why not give a little broader definition to the event and plan a celebration dinner in early January when we do have some weekend availability.

Speaking of Christmas . . .
Unless you jumped onto Prime Day on Amazon.com earlier this week you probably haven’t even started, or even began thinking about, your Christmas shopping. That’s OK, and we’re not suggesting you start buying stuff now. We are planting this seed: when it does come time to start Christmas shopping, wouldn’t it be nice to have a small stash of money already set aside? A perfect way to start your “stash” is with a part-time job at the Carson Valley Inn. Perhaps you’re soon heading back to school and will be available afternoons or evenings? Perhaps your kids are heading back to school and you’ll be available during the day? Or, perhaps it’s just time to buckle down and “get a job!”  Whatever your reasoning, please consider applying for one of these open positions at the CVI!

But It's Still July and It's Hot!
Did reading about Christmas cool you down during the triple-digit heat of this week? Probably not – didn’t work for us either! So consider this: our air-conditioning works great, we have plenty of cold beer at both of our bars and the frozen smoothies in Job’s Perk are a real chiller. This combination is a perfect reason to stop in at the Carson Valley Inn and beat the heat!

Are We the Best?
Lots of activity going on as local businesses jockey for position to win various categories in The Record Courier’s Best of Carson Valley 2018. To borrow a term from Febreze, you’d have to be “Nose Blind” to not have noticed at least some of the many ads, signs, social media posts, emails, and other pleas from Carson Valley businesses and organizations asking for your vote. Frankly, we don’t believe in that approach so we simply invite you to go to this link, read the brief instructions, select a category and get started. If you think we deserve your vote in a particular area, we’ll graciously accept  it with our thanks!

Sip ‘N’ Savor
We just have to give a shout out to our sister property Sharkey’s Casino as they always seem to be one of the centers of the frivolity during the Main Street Gardnerville Third Thursday Wine Walks! This Thursday will be no exception as the event takes on a Sip ‘N’ Savor theme which means that in addition to the wine and other beverages to enjoy at the various businesses, there will also be food trucks and food caterers strategically located along the way. The event runs from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and all the details are at this link. 

This Week in the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a Green Flower Night Lite for the first 150 ladies and Shelly Camp Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes.  Also tonight: games, raffles, a weekly drink special and free bingo.
  • Progressive Cash Giveaway Friday and Saturday:  Join us at 6, 7 and 8 PM when we hold drawings for cash, FreePlay and chances for the Progressive Cash Giveaway Jackpot.
  • Point Multipliers Saturday: Inn Club members earn 4 Times Points on video reel slots and 3 Times Points on video poker slots all day Saturday - a great way to build up your point total to use for comps and other special benefits.
  • FreePlay Bonus Up to $50 Monday: Use your card while playing and you’re the guaranteed winner of $7 - $10 in FreePlay for each 250 points you earn on Monday up to 1,250 points! The FreePlay downloads automatically to your account.
  • Sports and Race Book:  Del Mar Racetrack opens its Summer Season today and we welcome all the extra race enthusiasts who enjoy opening week by placing a wager or two at our Race and Sports Book! This week you can  also bet The Open (British Open Golf Tournament), Major League Baseball, WNBA, Canadian Football League, the NASCAR Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Horseracing at all the other tracks. Futures include winners of the World Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Series, the NFL Conference Championships, the 2019 Super Bowl, the 2019 NCAA Football Championship and the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament!   Not that we and many or our customers are anxious, but College Football starts on Saturday, August 25 and the first NFL Game is Thursday, September 6!
  • Speaking of Horse Racing: Mike Pegram's colt Once On Whiskey won last Saturday's Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby!  
Hot Dogs, Tequila and Creme Brule!!
  • Today is Hot Dog Day and July 26 (that's next Thursday) is Chili Dog Day. By our own admission, Job's Perk is not equipped to handle the talents and associated volume of Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey Chestnut! However, we do serve both Hot Dogs and Chili Dogs every day in "The Perk" and you can enjoy them as loaded or as simple as your appetite and tastes dictate!
  • Thursday is Daiquiri Day. You can't think Daiquiri without thinking Rum; and you can't think Rum without thinking Jimmy Buffet; and you can't think Jimmy Buffet without thinking Margarita; so just skip down to Tequila Day below!
  • Sunday is Crème Brule Day. Heavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla . . . all baked, topped with caramelized sugar and served warm. Now, hold that thought for the next time you want the perfect finale to a dinner in CV Steak!
  • Tuesday is Tequila Day. Tequila comes in everything from the "best suited for blended drinks" to the "seriously, how much is one bottle!" and many in between.  We've sat through presentations and tastings on the upper crusts of tequilas . . . but for today we suggest you just try whatever sounds appealing from this list of 35 Tequila Drinks More Exciting Than a Margarita! How many can the CVI bartenders make? Well, if you go there, please don't mention that you read about it in our blog . . . they all like us blog writers now and we'd like to keep it that way!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each served from 11 AM to 10 PM! The Friday and Saturday night special in Katie’s is Roasted Prime Rib & Fried Shrimp for $14.99 served from 4 PM.
  • Thursday’s special in CV Steak is the CV Steak Mix Grill, a combination of our Filet Mignon, a Dijon and molasses Marinated Pork Tenderloin Medallion and Herb Marinated Lamb Chop for $26. This Friday its Rabbit Loin with white wine Dijon cream sauce and root vegetable puree for $25. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is King Crab Legs for $28.These specials are served with fresh vegetable, choice of rice or potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked – tableside tossed salad and warm demi-loaf of bread.
  • Click the restaurant name for more info, specials and links to menus for Katie’sCV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino, Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino and Betsy’s Big Kitchen at Slot World Casino.
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge
Jamie Rollins tonight, Just Us Thursday through Saturday, Steve Lord Sunday and Monday, and Chris Twomey Tuesday and Wednesday.  An upbeat and experienced entertainer, Jamie Rollins performs a variety of music from country to rock, to classic oldies and R&B – plus a few of his own songs. Just Us is a unique group of musicians who decided to blend together the sounds of the Motor City and Oakland, CA to develop "Sweet, Grown & Sexy" sounds - music from the 60’s to the present.  A guitarist with dynamic vocals, Steve Lord is a man of a thousand songs, presenting an evening of oldies, country, pop, blues, jazz, soul and rock 'n' roll. Chris Twomey has roots deep into a genre of folk-rock and his performances include From 2Me to The Diva Kings to Dad's LPs to whatever is next!

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

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