Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nashville Nights Showcase Friday, Wines, Margaritas,

Travis Denning Songs Recorded
by Jason Aldean &Justin Moore
Up and Comers with Solid "Already Arrived" Credentials
Our first Nashville Nights Showcase is this Friday in the Valley Ballroom featuring up-and-coming country singer/songwriters. Last week we mentioned Cole Taylor has had songs recorded by Florida Georgia Line, Chase Rice and more. Since then we learned Cole has released two of his own EPs and had two songs reach #1 on the country music charts; “Sippin’ On Fire” by Florida Georgia Line and “Home Alone Tonight” by Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Travis Denning has had songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Chase Rice and he spent the Fall of 2016 on Cole Swindell's Down Home Tour. In addition to Cole and Travis flying in from Nashville for the show, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Hannah Jane Kile will also perform. She has “opened” for acts including Birds of Chicago, Blame Sally, Nina Gerber, Eliza Gilkyson, The Steel Wheels, Joe Craven & the Sometimers, and most recently Ingrid Michelson. It’s $19 for all three performers and we’ll have a free Nashville Nights Showcase T-Shirt for everyone who attends and posts on Facebook or Instagram at the show. Tickets are available at the Hotel Desk or call 775-783-6606. 

The Easy Part After an
Adventure Getting Here!!
True Willie Band - An Arrival to Remember!
We don’t usually look back on events that have passed. However, we have to give a great big “thank you” and express our appreciation to the 300+ people who turned out for the True Willie Band concerts last Friday night. Road conditions were changing all afternoon and into the evening, yet people found a way of getting here . . .  and from all of your comments you really enjoyed the show! The band itself had quite an adventure getting to the CVI to make sure the show could go on. They were planning to fly in on Thursday which, had they done so, would’ve been an adventure of a lifetime as winds were gusting as high as 85 mph. Friday morning our Bell/Valet captain Mark Breedon made it up Hwy 395 to pick up the band and their equipment. Then things started changing rapidly as the waters rose and more roads closed. Here at the CVI, we monitored the Twitter posts from Douglas County, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, NDOT and also a couple of Facebook Community Forums to keep up on the road conditions. As we got new information, we texted it to Mark who then changed his return route accordingly. After a long and bumpy trip down Foothill to the end and a jaunt north on Hwy 88, Mark cut through the Ranchos on Centerville, went over the Riverview Bridge, north on Hwy 395 (follow the yellow brick road, right?), and got the group here just in time to walk into the Valley Ballroom and set up for the dress rehearsal. Cliff, the bass player from the group, captured their adventure in pictures and words and posted it online - it’s a quick read, take a look!

Wine or a Margarita?
  • Saturday is National Drink Wine Day. We
    CV Steak Features
    Ferrari-Carano Wines
    ’ve got a full selection of wines by-the-bottle and the glass in CV Steak and we’ll be glad to serve ‘em to you with your meal in the restaurant, at CV Bar or the CV Steak Lounge . . . and also in Katie's! Additionally, Katie's features Vista Point Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay for $2 a glass or $8 a bottle!
  • Tuesday is National Margarita Day.  We started wondering how many different ways there are to make a Margarita and found these 49 margarita recipes all tucked into one neat article! Just for fun, we went by the Cabaret Bar and asked Erin what she would do if someone asked her to make a Beer Margarita. Turns out she is pretty quick on her feet and instantly came up with three or four ingredients and a “plan.” Want to know how she would approach it? Stop by the Cabaret Bar and ask her! 
New in the Poker Room Starting this Weekend:
  • Fridays we’ll pay $15 to the high hand each hour from 2 to 8 PM.
  • Saturdays, the high hand of the hour spins the wheel from 2 to 10 PM.
  • A Saturday night Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament has been added starting at 6 PM with a $20 buy-in and one reentry. On the last Saturday of the month, the same tournament will have a $40 buy-in with one reentry and we will add $300 to the prize pool!
  • All of our Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions are listed on our website, click here for the full story. 
Justin Lee & His Band in Cabaret Lounge This Weekend
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:
Tyler Stafford tonight, Justin Lee Thursday through Saturday, George Pickard Sunday and Monday and Steve Lord next Tuesday and Wednesday. Justin Lee is the west coast’s answer to new country music. With roots in small town Yerington, Nevada, Justin Lee is bringing a new level of excitement to country as we know it. Justin opened for Mark Chesnutt in October of 2014 at We Dig Mining, a fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nevada. A Night In The Country – Nevada’s largest country music festival – featured Justin on the main stage prior to The Band Perry in 2015.

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free 3-Piece Bowl Set for the first 150 ladies, Wine Country Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the February 22nd drawings for a free Designer Handbag.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 4X Points Saturday: Every Saturday in February – that’s quadruple the benefits for your play!
  • 5X Points Monday: all day for President’s Day.
  • Penny Progressive About to Hit $65,000:  As this jackpot gets higher, more people play the carousels and the faster it grows. Remember, this Progressive Jackpot can (and will) only be won on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slot carousels at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Sports and Race Book: This week you can “bet the games” for the NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the NASCAR Daytona 500, NCAA Basketball Championship,  Masters, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each, 11 AM to 10PM!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Beer Braised Wild Boar Shanks slow cooked in beer, tomato, mustard and fresh herbs for $27. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. 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’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino. 
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, February 8, 2017

True Willie Friday, Valentine's Day Dinner, Pizza, Tournaments, More

True Willie Band This Friday
We came up with almost a thousand songs that Willie Nelson wrote, recorded, performed, influenced, or otherwise touched. When Roger Hegyi and the True Willie Band Show bring Willie to life in the Valley Ballroom this weekend they’ll only be doing the most recognizable including five of Willie Nelson’s most notable hits medleyed (OK, we made up this word but you know what we mean) in the video above. Experience these and much more this Friday night with True Willie Band Shows at 5:30 and 7:30 PM. Tickets ($20) are available at the Hotel Desk or call 775-783-6606.

And Come Back Next Friday . . .
. . . for the first in a series of Nashville Nights Showcases featuring up-and coming country singer/songwriters. Our kickoff event on February 17 features Hannah Jane Kile and two talents direct from Nashville, John Cole Taylor (singer/songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group in Nashville, has had songs recorded by Florida Georgia Line, Chase Rice, and more) and Travis Denning. Just $19 for the full evening with all three.  We’ll even throw in a free Nashville Nights Showcase T-Shirt for everyone who attends and posts on Facebook or Instagram at the show. Tickets are available at the Hotel Desk or call 775-783-6606.

Last Call for Valentine’s Day Dining at the Inn: Why last call? Because it’s this coming Tuesday and you want to be able to show some sign of having planned ahead (don’t you?)! So, here’s the quick recap:  Katie's and CV Steak are offering their regular menu selections plus specials on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14. The specials are at this link – take a look and make your plan!

Feeling Relaxed in the Carson Valley
Winner! Congratulations to Mark Breedon, our Bell/Valet Captain whose photo (above) was the Judges Choice Winner in the Relaxed Category of the recent #WhyCV contest sponsored by the Carson Valley Visitors Authority and Carson Valley Times.  You can read more about all of the winners of the photo, video and written word storytelling contest – and see the entries – in this Carson Valley Times article.

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can “bet the games” for the NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the NASCAR Daytona 500, NCAA Basketball Championship,  Masters, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series.
  • PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive - Who won the $5,000? We had three tickets with 13 of the 15 props picked correctly and thus the $5000 prize was split three ways. One ticket was played by a couple who are regulars at Bodines Casino and the two other tickets, slightly different, were both played by one regular at the CVI.
  • Super Game Pick Results: (7 – 5): As a reminder we gave the “boys” four picks: Winner, over/under, and their choice of any two props. Here’s how they did with the Pats at +4 and the over/under at 60½:
    • Mike, 3-1: Patriots (W), over (W), L. Bount will score a TD (L), neither team convert a FG in the 1st Qtr (W).
    • Alan, 1-3: Patriots (W), under (L), there will not be three unanswered scores in the game (L), Edleman will score a TD (L).
    • Greg 3-1: Patriots (W), over (W), tails on the coin toss (W), Falcons final point total will be an odd number (L).
  • What’s Our Next Pick Challenge? We’ll plan on having a little picking rivalry with at least the first two weeks of March Madness.
  • Meanwhile at the Race Book: It’s been a while since we mentioned any of Mike’s horses and we have good news this week: Mike’s 6 year-old colt Hoppertunity won the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park last Saturday. In a 25-race career Hoppertunity has only finished worse than fourth once and that was in his first race back in 2014.

Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:
Adam Bergoch tonight, The Vegas Road Show Thursday through Saturday, Cliff & Dave Sunday and Monday and Tyler Stafford next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Cody Stevens and his wife, Barbara Christy are at the heart of The Vegas Road Show - a powerful variety act delivering first class entertainment including music, comedy and crowd participation.  Share a "Slice of Vegas" with them as they take you back with music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, classic rock, country, smooth jazz or whatever the audience requests! 


In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 PM with a free 3 in 1 Grater and a Large Chocolate Covered Strawberry (from the Chocolate Shoppe) for the first 150 ladies, Chocolate Shoppe Gift Baskets (Valentine’s Week – gotta have chocolate!) as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the February 22 drawings for a free Designer Handbag.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 4X Points Saturday: 4X Points this and every Saturday in February – that’s quadruple the benefits for your play!
  • Ladies Only Poker Tournament Sunday:  This has turned into quite a fun event every month and, guys, feel free to stop by and watch but please don’t offer any advice to the ladies. The last guy that did that is just now getting out of rehab but a full recovery is expected. Free brush-up and strategy lessons for the ladies start at 3 PM and the Ladies-Only No-limit Texas Hold'em Bounty Tourney throws cards starting at 4 PM. There’s a $40 buy-in with no re-buys and . . . just stop by and the staff will answer any questions.
  • Monthly Blackjack Tournament Tuesday: These usually start off rather jovial . . . and they should because the buy-in is only $25 so no matter how you play or fare, next month’s mortgage payment can’t be on the line. As the field narrows to the final table, you’d think you were at the final round of the World Series of Poker. Laughter is nervous, anxiety becomes more obvious, and it all “breaks” with friendly chatter and congratulations when the winner is crowned and the top three finishers pocket their prize money. Sign up starts at 5 PM and cards fly at 6 PM.
  • Penny Progressive Now Over $62,000: Here is a unique idea – after all, we had to come up with something when the jackpot hit an amount that might let you take a year off (CVI employees – disregard that last sentence). Today is Laugh and Get Rich Day. So, sit down at one of the Progressive Jackpot Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines and just start laughing. Nothing would make our PR folks’ day better than to have a laughing player club member “hit” this Jackpot today!
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Click here for all the poker room info and watch this blog next Wednesday for some new promotions starting President’s weekend.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each!
  • Thursday is National Pizza Day so we’re giving every a one day pass from Katie’s and CV Steak and recommending you head to Bodines Casino where we hand toss and freshly baked every pizza to order in a special one-use-only pizza oven.  Good thing we have this ‘cause our Bodines crew cranks out a lot of pizzas as they contribute to the over 3 billion sold in the USA each year – and that’s not counting the umpteen zillion frozen pizzas sold! How close are you to the national average of just over 20 pounds of pizza per person per year? Seriously, don’t even think about it – just enjoy! Bodines pizzas can be ordered in the restaurant, the Casino Bar, the Sports Bar or to take-home!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Grilled Elk Medallions with a brandy cherry demi for $30. Saturday night’s special is Garlic Studded Prime Rib for $26 and Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. 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’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino.
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, February 1, 2017

RIP Stew, New Entertainment Showcase, True Willie Almost Here, Super Betting Weekend, More

“Something touched me deep inside the day the music died”
Stew Stewart
These lyrics are from the song “American Pie” by Don McLean, written about a tragic event on February 3, 1959 that deeply affected the music industry. Seems ironic that this Friday is February 3 and last Friday the CVI experienced a too-close-to-home “Day the music died” when Stew Stewart, our former Entertainment Manager and long-time northern-Nevada entertainer passed on. Stew had many sides to his modus operandi and what often was seen as a crusty exterior hid a heart of gold, true devotion to friends and a willingness to help others who showed they “got it.”  We invite you to spend 3 or 4 minutes and read this tribute collectively written by the members of the band Decades who Stew took under his wing . . . they appeared in our Cabaret Lounge last Thursday and Friday and learned of Stew’s passing while they were here.   



You May Be Able To Say "I Knew Him When!"
John Cole Taylor
One of Three Performers February 17 at CVI
Every year Joey Whitacre, our Director of Marketing and Casino Operations, and our owner Mike Pegram go to Nashville to meet with agents and view potential acts for TJ’s Corral concerts. As they have built relationships and made contacts, they have seen a lot of very talented singers and songwriters getting close to taking the next step. According to Joey, “we know that a percentage of the up-and-comers we see and meet will someday make it big . . . we just don’t know which ones. So, we decided to start a series of Nashville Nights Showcases. We’ll have ‘em every month or so in the Valley Ballroom and we’ll fly in the artists so our guests can hear, see and meet them in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom.“  And thus, the first in the Nashville Nights Showcases is Friday, February 17 featuring a regional singer/songwriter Hannah Jane Kile and two up-and-coming country talents direct from Nashville, John Cole Taylor (singer/songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group in  Nashville, has had songs recorded by Florida Georgia Line, Chase Rice, and more) and Travis Denning. The "tab" to catch the evening with all three is a flat $19 and, at least for this first show, we have a free Nashville Nights Showcase T-Shirt for everyone who attends and posts on Facebook or Instagram at the show. Tickets are available at the Hotel Desk or call 775-783-6606. This is not a guarantee, but in the months to come you may see some of these names pop up on the national country radar and be able to say "I knew him when!"

True Willie Band February 10
It took hours to “stage,” was a fleeting few seconds on screen, and was noticed by many! That’s the best way to summarize Roger Hegyi’s appearance as Willie Nelson in a Passat commercial (watch for the yellow bug at about :16) that ran last fall. Roger shares the “story behind the story” in this article from the Orange County Register. Not only does he look like Willie, but Roger and his True Willie Band act, sound and ooze the authenticity of the real man . . . so don’t miss the True Willie Band Show coming to our Valley Ballroom on Friday, February 10 with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($20) are available at the Hotel Desk or call 775-783-6606.

Make Your Dinner Plans Now!
Valentine’s Day Dining at the Inn: It’s two weeks from yesterday and Katie's and CV Steak are offering their regular menu selections plus specials on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14.
  • CV Steak’s  Valentine's Day Specials are a Tournedos Trio (a filet mignon wrapped in bacon with peppercorn sauce, a blackened filet mignon with southwest au jus and a blue cheese crusted filet mignon) for $34. The Grilled Salmon Oscar includes a salmon fillet served with crab meat, asparagus, béarnaise sauce and port wine glaze for $30. Both specials include the CV Steak signature table side tossed salad, sour dough baguette, creamery butter, and choice of twice-baked, baked or au gratin potatoes. Reservations are recommended in CV Steak and are a must for Valentine’s Day at 775-783-6650.
  • Katie's Valentine's Day specials from 2 to 10 p.m. are a half-pound Roasted Prime Rib and Fried Shrimp Dinner served with baked potato, vegetable and soup or salad for $14.99 and a Penne Pasta Shrimp Scampi special with soup or salad for $10.99. 
Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet the Super Bowl, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the NASCAR Daytona 500, NCAA Basketball Championship,  Masters, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series.
  • $5,000 PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive Guaranteed Winner This Week!  The Super Sunday $5 card is out with 15 props on the big game. Bet as many cards as you like at the Sports Books at the CVI, Bodines Casino or Sharkey’s Casino. Whoever gets the most out of 15 correct wins the $5,000 with any ties split.  Why not play a couple of cards ‘cause the $5,000 will be paid out this coming week!  And follow this carefully: The only people who can win this Jackpot are those who play cards at one of our three casinos this week, for this game.  While the $100,000 card advertised elsewhere sounds nice, you are wagering against players at over 100 locations around Nevada. We like our odds better . . .  a lot better.
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week: The guys had a week off to ponder their choices for the Super Bowl Game. 
    • So How Did it All Wind Up? We tallied up the results since we started last fall and here’s how it came out – remember; only Mike has been in since we started and the first few weeks Alan made only one pick:
      • Mike: The longest prognosticator this season, Mike went 18-14 for a 56.25% success rate.
      • Alan: Joining in after the first few weeks, Alan went 12-11 for 52.17%
      • Greg: Wanting more games on which to judge, Greg didn’t jump in until mid-December and he wound up at 9-5 for an impressive 64.29%.
    • Picks for the Super Bowl Game:  We gave Alan, Mike and Greg the following “rules:” You have to make four picks: Winner, over/under, and your choice of any two props on our board. Here’s what they offered with the Patriots at +4 and an over/under of 60½:
      • Mike:  Patriots, over, L. Bount will score a TD (1123) and neither team convert a FG in the 1st Qtr (1094).
      • Alan: Patriots, under, there will not be three unanswered scoresi n the game (1022) and Edleman will score a TD (1129).
      • Greg: Patriots, over, tails on the coin toss (1030) and Falcons final point total will be an odd number (167). 
Happening this Week!
  • Thursday is World Play Your Ukulele Day. How could that possibly mean anything to the Carson Valley Inn?  Thanks to local resident Doug Reynolds, two very successful and well attended Ukulele Retreats have been held here at the CVI in the last year and we are working with Doug on more. What’s it all about? Doug tells the story best on his webpage.
  • Friday is National Carrot Cake Day and you can mark the occasion with a mini or full-size carrot cake baked fresh in our bakery and sold at the Katie’s Bakery Counter!  
  • This week’s Cheesecake of the Week (thru Sunday) is Cappuccino! 
Whiskey Maiden in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:
Jamie Rollins tonight, Whiskey Maiden Thursday through Saturday, Rock River Sunday and Monday and Adam Bergoch next Tuesday and Wednesday. Whiskey Maiden, February 2 – 4:  Whiskey Maiden is making their CVI debut this weekend. This premiere country/rock/pop act out of California entertains with modern music, high energy performance & nonstop dance-floor-filling song selections. Fronted by the charismatic & soaring vocals of Sandy Nuyts, the members are highly skilled musicians who have performed with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Neil McCoy, Hootie & the Blowfish, Edwin McCain & many more national & international artists. After the game on Sunday, Rock River (Buddy and Kim from the Buddy Emmer Blues Band) present an evening of blues (one of the teams will identify) and other music!

In the Casino
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a free Manicure Set for the first 150 ladies, World Market Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the February 22nd drawings for a free Designer Handbag.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 4X Points Saturday: 4X Points this and every Saturday in February – that’s quadruple the benefits for your play!
  • Eat and Drink During Sunday’s Game: Enjoy $2 Draft Beer and the convenience of delivered-to-your-seat Bar Bites while you watch the big game in our Cabaret Lounge or at the Casino Bar or CV Steak Bar. And stick around after the game for cash drawings and the chance to win up to $1,000!
  • Penny Progressive Now Over $59,500 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Win squares in our $160 Super Sunday Football Grid. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Rack of Venison with cherry brandy demi for $32.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. 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’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino.
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Decades Returns, Camera Alert, A Unique Countdown, Doppelganger, more

Doppelganger - Tim Parsons at Tahoe Onstage used this most appropriate word in the headline of his story about how Roger Hegyi has become Willie Nelson. Roger brings Willie to life in his True Willie Band performance coming to our Valley Ballroom on Friday, February 10 with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Camera Alert! You’ll see lots of cameras, tripods and warmly-dressed raptor enthusiasts around the Carson Valley Inn this weekend . .  they’re all part of the 250+ people participating in the annual Eagles and Agriculture event sponsored by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and produced in cooperation with many of the Carson Valley ranchers and agriculture community

Some Pictures are Worth a 1,000+ Words:
No question the picture depicts the anticipation these five friends (Art, Dave, Craig, Dennis, Brandon) share about the CVI Sporting Clays Shooting Weekend coming up on February 23 – 25. There are other clusters of two, three, four or more people who also mark this event on their calendar and plan “life” around their annual visit to the CVI. However, this is the first time we’ve heard of someone actually setting up a countdown clock. And to show the lengths and imagination that people will use when expressing their love for this event, check the very top of the picture for a clue as to their resourcefulness in finding an “app!”  While we have a lot of repeat participants in this event, there are also quite a few new folks each year. If you have any interest in clay shooting, whatever your level of skill or luck, perhaps you'll establish your tradition next month . . . and start your countdown clock to 2018 a week later! 

Our Hotel Entrance Early This Week
Haven't Seen this in a Few Years:
Mark Breedon, our Bell/Valet captain took this picture Monday morning after the most recent of a series of snowfalls in the Carson Valley. While quite picturesque and postcard-worthy, our engineering crew was on scene a few minutes later with our three plows, a number of shovels, and their usual fine dedication and hard work. Bottom line: as with all snowfalls - granted we don't get too many at our location - the parking lot was cleared quickly and as soon as the sun came out the "Nevada high-desert melt" finished the job making the CVI very accessible! We remain a great location to base for a ski visit: it’s a straight shot to Kirkwood on Highway 88 and to the Nevada side Heavenly lodges to our West.

Today is National Irish Coffee Day. We caught up with Jeff Wellman, long time (20+ years) CVI bartender a couple of days ago. It was a snowy day and we asked him to make an Irish Coffee for a picture. He said “I’ll do you one better, turn on that video camera and let’s show ‘em how we do it!”

Mini Chocolate Fudge Cakes

One Mighty Large Chocolate Cake - Inside and Out!
Friday is National Chocolate Cake Day so we wandered down to the bakery a few days ago and first caught the tray full of Mini Chocolate Fudge Cakes ($7.00, available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) just about ready to go up to the Katie’s Bakery Counter. We then came across Kristyna as she was putting the final topping decor on one of our full-size Chocolate Fudge Cakes ($20, available every day).

A Plateful!!
National Blueberry Pancake Day  is Saturday which is quite serendipitous because every Saturday we feature blueberry pancakes – with the blueberries baked in – for $4.99 in Katie’s. If you prefer your pancakes smothered in blueberries, come in today because every Wednesday we do blueberry topped pancakes for $4.99.

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet the Super Bowl, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the NCAA Basketball Championship,  NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series. Coming soon: futures on the Masters and NASCAR.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive still has not had a winner so now we must give it away on Super Bowl Sunday or we’ll run amok of the Nevada Gaming Gods. Here’s the deal: We’ll have a Super Sunday $5 card out by this Saturday with 15 props on the February 5 game. Play as many cards as you wish and whoever gets the most out of 15 correct wins $5,000 with any ties split.  Someone will win – and the only “for sure” is that it will not be you if you don’t play a card!
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 3-3:  Mike split on his “Killer P’s” (Pats at -5½ and Packers at +4).  Greg hit both the Patriots to cover and the over on the Pats-Steelers game at 51. Alan had reversed Greg’s picks so 0-2 for him.
    • This Week:  No picks this week so we are devoting our energy to following the #notmysuperbowl hashtag on Twitter.  Despite some serious begging from Hank at the CV Steak Bar (he’s a diehard Cheesehead) and Matt at the Casino Bar (Steelers to the end) we did not give them off on Super Bowl weekend so they could think about what might have been! We need them here to serve the $2 Draft Beer specials during the game!
    • So How Did it All Wind Up? We’re tallying it all up to see how our boys did since we started this weekly guessing game. Look for results next week. 
Decades Thursday and Friday in the Cabaret Lounge
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Bill Wharton performs tonight, Decades entertains Thursday and Friday, Justin Lee returns Saturday, Tyler Stafford takes over for Sunday and Monday and Jamie Rollins appears next Tuesday and Wednesday.  
Decades is one of our most popular groups with a vibrant and diverse act from Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Uptown Funk. Decades’ 4-part harmonies and energized rhythm section truly shine when playing hits from the 1950's to today.  The quintet of former music majors from Chico State includes Samantha Francis (keyboard, harmonica, guitar, flute and vocals), Ben Ruttenberg (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Billy DiBono (drums, vocals), Will Watje (guitar, sax, vocals), and Tobias Brooks (bass, guitar, vocals). Justin Lee has gone from playing in a cover band with his buddies to performing on the same stage with acts such as The Band Perry, Parmalee and Jake Owen. An up-and-coming country artist, Justin has performed at ShipKicker in Long Beach and Night in the Country, Nevada’s largest country music festival.


In the Casino
  • Cash Blast Giveaways Today: Win up to $1,000 in cash in our giveaway drawings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Use your card while you play 'cause you get in via hot seat selection and virtual drawing tickets from your play today!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a free Cosmetic Bag for the first 150 ladies, Bath & Body Works Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and last chance to earn entries for tonight’s drawings for a free Coach Handbag and Coach Wallet.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points this Saturday – that’s five times the benefits for your play!
  • Golden Ticket Days: Golden Tickets are being distributed today through Saturday – use your INN Club card!
  • Golden Ticket Drawings Sunday: We’re giving away a guaranteed total of $10,000 in Cash and Freeplay between CVI and Bodines Casino and we’ll have 10 winners each at 6 and 8 p.m. at the CVI!
  • January Scratcher Drawings Tuesday: Join us at 6 and 8 p.m. for the chance to win up to $5,000.
  • Penny Progressive Almost $57,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Win squares in our $160 Super Sunday Football Grid starting this Sunday, January 29. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each!
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice pilaf and plum port glaze for $28.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. 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’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino.
Planning a Stay at the CVI? You will always get the best rate by booking directly with the Carson Valley Inn either online or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 775-783-6629 or 800-321-6983.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whiskey, Taxes, Eagles, Ducks and Pie!

A River of Whiskey at the CVI?  
Whiskey River, On the Road Again, Always on My Mind, City of New Orleans, Good Hearted Woman, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys . . . these Willie Nelson hits and many more will fill your evening with Country and Western music history, nostalgia and joy in our Valley Ballroom on Friday, February 10.  Join us as the “True Willie Band,” the most authentic and convincing tribute act to Willie Nelson in America, performs in shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Also coming up:
Start on Your 2016 Taxes Yet?  We didn’t think so but that doesn’t mean we can’t get you thinking about it. And if your tax return includes the need for a Win-Loss Report from your gaming activities at the CVI, here’s a link to the Request Form which includes the three ways it can be submitted. Good time to include this reminder: we can only report what you won or lost while playing using your INN Club card, so be sure to use your card anytime you sit down at a slot machine or table game!

Upcoming Events at Carson Valley Inn:
The next two months bring a number of annual events and one of the many benefits of holding such events here at the Carson Valley Inn is we help get the word out. Be sure to check out the following: 
  • Eagles and Agriculture, January 27 – 29: the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration of the calving season and all the associated raptors it brings.
  • Ducks Unlimited, Saturday, February 11: the Carson Valley chapter presents its annual dinner to raise funds for conservation in Nevada.
  • Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, February 12: a long-standing tradition held on the Sunday closest to Lincoln’s birthday each year.
  • Austin’s House Cowboy Mardi Gras, February 24: who would’ve ever thought mixing Cowboys and Mardi Gras would work - it sure does and it’s a big hit every year with all proceeds going to the Carson Valley Children’s Home.
  • CVI Sporting Clays Shooting Weekend, February 23 – 25: this one is not a fundraiser – it’s an all-out FUN raiser with a reception on Thursday, clay shooting Friday and Saturday and an awards banquet on Saturday night with a variety of prizes, surprises, drawings and the inevitable “stories.”
Pie, Not Pi.  Monday, January 23 is National Pie Day as promoted by the American Pie Council Day. Another one of those many national days providing with an opportunity to tempt you with the scrumptious selection of pies, cakes, cookies, brownies and other sweets at the Katie’s bakery counter . . . all fresh-made daily in our bakery! As for “Pi Day,” we’ll get back to you as it gets closer to mid-March!

Sports and Race Book:
  • On the Board: This week you can bet the NFL Conference Championship Games, NBA, College Basketball and NHL.  Also on the board: wager on who will win the Super Bowl (down to 4!), NCAA Basketball Championship,  NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series.
  • The PRO PK’EM Parlay Progressive made it through Divisional Championship Weekend without a winner so we have 15 props on this weekend’s Conference Championship games. Pocket $4,654 if you get ‘em all on the $5 card (play as many as you want). If no one “hits” it this week, then it’s all-in for the Super Bowl game . . . We’ll again have 15 props and whoever picks the most wins the pot with ties split.
  • Around the Sportsbook with Mike, Alan and Greg:
    • Last Week, 5-1:  The “boys” were feeling pretty good after this past weekend . . . darn near everyone else who placed a bet on the NFL games should also have been feeling good as “it wasn’t a good week for the Nevada sports books!” Mike and Alan both hit the Packers at +4½ over Dallas. Mike got the Steelers at + 1½ over the Chiefs and Alan missed with the Seahawks at +4½ over Atlanta. Greg hit both the “over” at 45 on the Patriots-Texans game and the “under” at 44 ½ on the Chiefs-Steelers game.
    • This Week:  Mike picked what he called the “Killer P’s,” the Patriots at -5½ and the Packers at +4.  Greg also likes the Patriots to cover and the over on the Pats-Steelers game at 51. Alan reversed Greg with the Steelers at +5½ and under the 51.  And what if the total for the Pats-Steelers game is exactly 51? If it happens, we’ll tell you how it works!

The Novelists in the Cabaret Lounge this Weekend
Free Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge:  Patrick Major performs tonight, The Novelists entertain Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Bill Wharton appears next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers and their signature four-part harmonies. In addition to a headlining gig at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits. They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis). The Novelists Acoustic Duo has made a couple of mid-week appearances in the Cabaret Lounge in the last few months . . . and based on their reception they are here for their first weekend visit with the full band.


In the Casino
  • Cash Blast Giveaways Today: Win up to $1,000 in cash in our giveaway drawings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Wednesday in January. Use your card while you play 'cause you get in via hot seat selection and virtual drawing tickets from your play each Wednesday!
  • Ladies’ Night Tonight: Join us 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with free CVI Purse Hooks for the first 150 ladies, Tahoe Toffee Gift Baskets as hot seat prizes, games, drink specials, FREE Bingo and earn entries for the January 25 drawings for a free Coach Handbag and Wallet.
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Friday: Free Cash and Getaway Giveaways Promotion drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM. $1,000 in some combination of Cash, Free Play and Trips is guaranteed this Friday and every Friday through February 24th.
  • 5X Points Saturday: 5X Points every Saturday in January – five times the benefits of your play!
  • Special Bonus Giveaways Drawings Sunday and Monday: We’ll pick 25 winners each day between 2 and 7 p.m. and each winner receives $100 in cash and freeplay.  This is a combination of points-for-entrees and hot seats, so use your INN Club card!
  • Penny Progressive Now Over $55,000 . . . someone will win this jackpot on one of the Triple Red Hot 7's slots at the CVI, Sharkey’s or Bodines.
  • Poker Room: Featured Games, Tournaments and Special Promotions with something going on every day of the week. Win squares in our $160 Super Sunday Football Grid starting Sunday, January 29. Click here for all the poker room info.
  • Here’s a Handy Page with all our Current Casino Promotions!
In Our Restaurants
  • Wednesday is Italian Day/Night in Katie’s – three specials for $6.99 each! 
  • Our Friday special in CV Steak is Buffalo Tournedos, American Bison tenderloin filets grilled and finished with a red wine truffle demi for $32.  Sunday's special is one pound of King Crab Legs for $32. 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’s, CV Steak and Jobs Perk at the CVI . . . or our nearby sister property restaurants, the Jackpot Café at Sharkey's Casino and the Bodines Restaurant at Bodines Casino.
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!