Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Merle Haggard to Kickoff TJ's Corral Concert Season at the Carson Valley Inn

Country Legend Merle Haggard to Kick Off TJ's Corral Concert Season:  In addition to 40 #1 hits, Merle Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs and won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter. In 1994 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music. Among his many hits are Moma Tried, Okie From Muskogee and many, many more. Merle will appear live in concert in TJ's Corral on Friday, May 1 and ticket prices and availability will be announced soon in our weekly blog and posted on this page!

Beatles, Country and Bluegrass All in a 4-Day Stretch!
A free four-night musical whirlwind in our Cabaret Lounge starts this Thursday with Beatles Flashback, a special one-night tribute to The Beatles with hits from She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand, to Ticket to Ride and Day Tripper, and then all the way to Here Comes the Sun and Hey Jude. The John Dawson Band turns the weekend to Country/Rock Friday and Saturday - a Reno based group of five fun-lovin' guys who just like to play music and entertain with a variety of modern country and classic rock. The Henhouse Prowlers then pick things apart in a special one night show on Sunday as they center their sound on that of the early, formative years of bluegrass, while keeping their pulse on today by covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire . . . all adding up to bluegrass with an edge!

Gimme Da Lute Produced the Loot! Mike's horse Gimme Da Lute (descendant of Midnight Lute – thus the name) won again on Saturday in the ninth race at Santa Anita producing a modest return of $3.40, $2.80 and $2.40. Wasn't all roses as Air Pocket finished out of the money on Sunday.

Casino Hoopla This Saturday: The grand prize giveaways in our February Free Jackets and Cash promotion are this Saturday with drawings at 6 and 8 PM. Then, stick around for more value as Inn Club members earn 3X points 8 PM to midnight on Saturday.

Poker Room Activity:
  • Lots of Movement on Ladder for Free Roll Poker Tournament: We continue to update the rankings on the Top 40 Ladder to show who is currently in the queue for the $2,000 Free Roll Tournament on April 11. Dean Doyle points to the Ladder . . . and behind him is the prize wheel that, with the right spin, gains you even more points to help climb the ladder. How's it all work? Check out all the Poker Room's special games and promotions. 
  • Ladies-Only Poker Tournament:  Our Poker room crew is kicking off a monthly ladies-only poker tournament this Sunday, March 1. It's a no-limit Texas Hold 'em bounty tourney with play starting at 4 PM. There's a $40 buy-in with no rebuys and players receive a $5 bounty for every player they knock out of the event!  Ladies' if you feel like warming up on Sunday you'll earn one extra $500 tournament chip by playing at least one hour of live play before the start of the tournament.
It’s Happening at the CVI in March! Here are just some of the events happening in our Valley Ballroom in March . . . when you hold your event at the CVI we always try to help get the word out in this blog, our Carson & Valley Voice newspaper mailer and through our Social Media – all at no extra charge!
  • Sierra Lutheran High School Gifts of Grace Dinner Auction: Sat., Mar. 7. Call Kathy Hone at 775-315-3698.
  • Carson Valley Arts Council Murder Mystery: Fri., Mar. 13. Call Susan Rose at 775-782-8207.
  • Minden Rotary Beast Feast: Sat., Mar.14. Call Brent Holderman at 775-783-3725.
  • Douglas County Democrats Keep Nevada Blue Dinner: Sat., Mar. 28. Call Katherine Winans at 775-267-0539.
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Reading This While You're Between Jobs? Might as well read it to the end since you already started! Then, you might try clicking on this link. It takes you to the various positions we are currently looking to fill here at the Carson Valley Inn. And if you stop by our HR Office we'll tell you more about these jobs and also let you know what is open at Bodines Casino and how you can get in the queue for consideration for jobs at Sharkey's when we get a closer to opening.
  • Break Out the Good Stuff! This Saturday is Open That Bottle Night dedicated to making sure that those bottles of fine wine put away for a special occasion are used and enjoyed. And if you bring that special bottle to accompany your dinner in CV Steak Saturday night, let Jean-Michel or Mike know that you read this blog and they'll waive the corkage fee!
  • Your Goose is Cooked Friday in CV Steak:  Our Friday Game Special this week is Smoked Goose with blackberry port glaze, apple and herb dressing and Kailua mashed sweet potatoes. Served with tableside-tossed salad and vegetable all for $29.00.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the first in a series four March Bakeware products. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Bath & Bodyworks gift baskets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Take the Bus! Just a reminder that the Carson Valley Airporter provides scheduled shuttle service between the Carson Valley Inn and both the Reno airport and downtown Reno. 
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thunderbirds, Rock & Roll, Genoa Cowboy Festival, More


What Kenny Loggins Song Does This Bring To Your Mind?  The big news in the Carson Valley last Friday was the official announcement by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds that they will be performing at the Aviation Roundup air show at the Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. You can bet we'll have plenty more in our blog on this show as the dates draw closer, but, for now, back to that Kenny Loggins song: Turn the volume up, wait thru the 15-second commercial and get ready to rock!

It's Only Rock & Roll this Thursday – Saturday! It's Only Rock & Roll presents an intimate glimpse at the lives of rock stars and the rock & roll lifestyle, from back stage to front & center first row seats, through songs that share the theme of rock stardom and "Super Stardom."  From Pink Floyd’s sarcastic look at the record industry’s "machinery" in Have A Cigar to parties "after the show" in We’re An American Band by Grand Funk, or from David Bowie’s look at Fame (with a little vocal support from John Lennon), to The Byrds’ "instruction manual" on how to "make it" in So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star, It's Only Rock & Roll brings the thrill of live rock music to the stage by focusing on defining the glare of the spot lights which has been the topic of so many great rock tunes.  Bob Seger laments life on the road in Turn the Page, while Dr. Hook told us of his band’s desire to make it to The Cover of the Rolling Stone. John Lennon offered us a view of too much celebrity popularity in The Ballad of John & Yoko. These songs and many more of like nature make up the repertoire of It's Only Rock & Roll. You can catch it all free in our Cabaret Lounge on Thursday, February 19 from 8 PM to midnight and on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21 from 8 PM to 1 AM.

The above video from the Carson Valley Visitors Authority features the Carson Valley Rider, this time at the 2014 Genoa Cowboy Festival.  Good reason to remind you that we have just a few Genoa Cowboy Festival Weekend Special Packages to sell at $279 plus tax for May 1 & 2. Each includes a room for two people for Friday and Saturday nights, two front section tickets for the Friday night concert, two front section tickets for the Saturday night concert and a $50 food credit.

Filet Mignon? Voting closes this Thursday on the Beef Wars poll sponsored by carsonvalleytimes.com. As we mentioned last week, the CV Steak 9-ounce Filet is one of the four finalists. To cast your vote, go to this page, scroll down a little, and you'll see the four finalists listed. They are all good, but – and we admit we are biased – we definitely lean heavily towards the entry from CV Steak!

Sharkey's Opening & TJ's Corral Concerts the most common questions we hear!
  • Sharkey's Opening: Despite what you might've heard around town, we do not know exactly when Sharkey's is going to reopen. As soon as we have a projected date, you can be assured it will be mentioned in this blog.  Also, despite some of the ramblings in various Facebook posts, we've not started hiring for Sharkey's. Applications for Carson Valley Inn openings  are being accepted in our HR office. When someone applies, we will ask at which of our properties the applicant wants to be considered for employment. When there is a more definitive schedule for the opening date of Sharkey's, and that date draws closer, hiring will begin for Sharkey's.
  • TJ's Corral 2015 Concerts:  We've received many inquiries regarding the artists and schedule for the 2015 concerts. We can share that we are getting very close to announcing the first couple of concerts and we hope to have this information in next Wednesday's blog. 
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Greg Austin is on stage tonight, It's Only Rock & Roll entertains Thursday – Saturday nights and George Pickard is here Sunday through Wednesday nights. Beatles fans take note: We'll have a full night of The Beatles on Thursday, February 26 when Beatles Flashback is here for a special one night show.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: The first 150 ladies to sign up tonight receive the 3rd in the series of four February Skin-Care products. Also enjoy hot seat drawings for Mrs. Fields gift baskets, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Ladies-Only Poker Tournament – March 1: Our Poker Room crew is starting a Ladies-Only no limit Texas hold 'em bounty tournament and the first one is 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. Watch for more on this next week.
  • Not That It's Been Cool Enough to Need One: But just in case, we are still giving away a lot of CVI Logo Jackets this month: one with every slot jackpot of $1,200 or more any day in February . . . and one by earning 200 points on Monday, February 23 – plus you keep the points!
  • We Purposely Didn't Mention This Last Week:  And it's most likely too late now, so you are safe from doing anything foolish . . . Today is (was?) Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day! Seriously - who comes up with this stuff?!
  • Grilled Duck Breast Friday in CV Steak: Maple Leaf Farms 9 oz. duck breast marinated with fresh herbs, grilled to medium rare-medium doneness with natural duck jus. 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.
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

It's Only Rock & Roll - and Golf, Too!


It’s Only Rock & Roll  . . . but if you like it, you'll hear plenty of it on Thursday through Saturday nights, February 19-21 when It’s Only Rock & Roll takes the stage in our Cabaret Lounge with a song list of over three dozen rock 'n roll classics. We're talking the big ones like So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star (The Byrds and later Tom Petty), I Love Rock & Roll (Joan Jett), Heart Of Rock & Roll (Huey Lewis), Old Time Rock & Roll (Bob Seger), It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me (Billy Joel), Rock & Roll All Night (Kiss), Rock & Roll Never Forgets (Bob Seger), It’s Only Rock & Roll (Rolling Stones) and many more.  This group presents a great tribute to the many bands and artists who shaped the roots and explosion of rock 'n roll. You can catch it all free in our Cabaret Lounge on Thursday, February 19 from 8 PM to midnight and on Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21 from 8 PM to 1 AM.

Thank You!  Last Friday was definitely a challenge for many in the Carson Valley due to the incredible windstorm and ensuing damage and power outages. We were fortunate to have about half of our electrical service working plus two generators. While not at full electrical power, we were able to operate both CV Steak and Katie's. Over 5,000 local households were without power from early afternoon until after 9 PM and so very many of you came to the Carson Valley Inn for dinner, warmth, or just to get out of the house. Our normal winter weekend staffing levels, coupled with many hundred more people than we expected, produced large crowds and long waits. Our staff (many at work while knowing they had sustained damage at their homes ) did a great job, our hotel and local guests were so very understanding, courteous and patient . . . and somehow we all got through it. To the locals, visitors, and passers by who joined us either Friday night or early Saturday morning when some were still without power, we offer our sincere thanks!

Time to Tee It Up for Our Spring Stag Golf Outing: The Carson Valley's unofficial kickoff to the group golf season, our Annual Spring Stag Invitational Golf Outing, is just over two months away on the weekend of April 23 – 25. We are excited to again be featuring the revitalized Lakes and Ranch Courses at Genoa Lakes. The new owners told us this time last year that they would make improvements, and they definitely exceeded our expectations with many positive changes at both courses during 2014 and more to come during 2015!  
     Our Annual Spring Stag starts with a Thursday optional Practice Round at Genoa Lakes followed by a Welcoming Reception on Thursday evening with cocktails, plenty of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and a tee prize package for each participant. Golf is on Friday and Saturday at the two Genoa Lakes courses. The Saturday-Night Banquet includes cocktails, dinner, an abundance of raffle prizes and more. This all adds up to a great Guys Weekend of fun both on and off the course!
     Ladies, tell your golfing husbands, boyfriends, fathers and sons. Guys, plan to attend and invite the office crew, men's club and your golfing friends. 

Beef Wars! The CV Steak 9-ounce Filet Mignon made the cut in the Beef Wars polling by carsonvalleytimes.com. This favorite features a Certified Angus Beef filet grilled to order and served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato – au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . it's quite the filling repast all for $30.00. Sound good? Give it your thumbs up at this link when the polls for the finals open on Monday.

Horse Sense:
  • Friday Started Good: Midnight Hawk won the $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita Park. "Hawk" is owned by the CVI's Mike Pegram, Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville, Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen, Oakland Raiders new Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice (more on Coach Tice in the Tidbits section below) and John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings.
  • Saturday Tapered Off: Two local favorites, Steve Colburn's California Chrome and Mike Pegram's Hoppertunity finished 2nd and 3rd in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
It's About the Money!
  • Two of the three winners from our Super Bowl Sunday Pro PK'EM Progressive Parlay Card have claimed their winnings. One more person picked 13 out of 15 "prop bets" and has $1,667 in cash waiting for them. Have the ticket? Stop by the sportsbook at CVI or Bodines Casino.
  • $1,675.00 in cash was won at our Monthly Blackjack Tournament last night. The top three finishers were Jack J. ($838), Juan S ($502) and Butch M. ($335). Mark your calendar for the next tournament on March 10. Just a $25 buy-in!
Status of Some Upcoming Events at the CVI:
  • Valentine's Day: Last reminder - it's this Saturday, February 14. Please join us for dinner  . . . CV Steak and Katie's each have Two Specials plus the regular menu.
  • Ducks Unlimited Dinner this Saturday: Still a few tickets left – call Scott Shattock at 760-221-3431.
  • Republican Lincoln/Reagan Dinner this Sunday: Newly elected Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt will be the keynote speaker - for tickets call Linda Ruisi at 775-392-1038.
  • Clay Shooting Weekend: Last call for sign-ups for our 2015 Clay Shooting Weekend February 19 – 21. Call Jacki at 775-783-6665.
  • Eagles & Agriculture: Still openings for the popular anchor event, the Ranch Tour, on both Saturday and Sunday, February 21 & 22. Get all the information by clicking here or call the Chamber at 775-782-8144.
> As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Free Entertainment in the CabaretPaul Covarelli is on stage tonight, Jo Mama with Special Guest Stew Stewart anchors the weekend Thursday – Saturday nights, Greg Austin entertains Sunday through Wednesday nights and don't miss It's Only Rock & Roll starting Thursday, February 19.
  • Football Doldrums: We know that football fans are suffering personal angst dealing with the
    off-season.  OTA trivia, free agency speculations and draft sports talk ad nauseam just doesn't fill the cavernous void. There is a light at the end of the tunnel: With Mike Tice now on the Raiders coaching staff we are sure to see more "local" flair when the Mike Tice Invitational Golf Tournament returns to the CVI and Genoa Lakes this June . . . all for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club of Carson Valley.
  • Megabucks Jackpot tops Ten Million: The Megabucks Jackpot is over Ten Million Dollars again . . . here's a link to check out the current amount.
  • Roasted Stuffed Quail Friday in CV Steak: With prosciutto, wild rice and plum port glaze. Served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $$28.00.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: Get the 2nd in the series of four February Skin-Care products tonight and also enjoy hot seat drawings, ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Triple Play: Three notable "days" in a cluster – with links to more information on each: Saturday is Valentine's Day, Monday is President's Day and Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras.
  • Want Longer Days? Here's a thought . . .  Daylight Savings Time starts in just a few weeks!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Horses, Cowboy Festival, Job Openings, More

Super Bowl Weekend Wind Down:
  • $5000 Guaranteed Payout Deflated: Well, not really . . . But we just had to use the term deflated in here somewhere! Truth is that no one person will collect the $5,000 we guaranteed because three people got 13 out of the 15 proposition bets correct and they each wind up with $1,667! Only one of the three has come forward at this point. So, if you played one of the $5 Pro PK'EM Progressive Parlay Cards for the Super Bowl game and you think you might have gotten 13 out of 15, stop by the Sports Book at CVI or Bodines Casino and let us check your card as some cash could be coming your way!
  • Super Bowl Conspiracy Theory Debunked: We've heard the conspiracy theories that either
    the NFL or NBC conspired to create that incredible fourth-quarter reception by the Seahawks followed by the almost-not-possibly-true interception two plays later by the Patriots. We decided to do our own research and found that, as has been the case for many years with many mysteries,the Butler did it in both cases! 
Horse Racing News:
  • Hoppertunity and California Chrome Face Off Saturday: It was supposed to happen last year in the Kentucky Derby. Here we are nine months later and it's supposed to happen again Saturday: Two local favorites, Mike Pegram's Hoppertunity and Steve Colburn's California Chrome are both scheduled to run in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park this Saturday. We are rooting for a 1- 2 finish for these two great thoroughbreds with Carson Valley ties. 
  • Speaking of Mike's Horses, he had two close seconds at Santa Anita last weekend with both Secret Circle and Gimme Da Lute paying the "place" amount.
A Horse of a Different Color

About a year ago the Carson Valley Visitors Authority released the first in a series of Carson Valley Rider videos - this one depicting the Carson Valley Rider visiting the Carson Valley Inn and meeting up with Elvis. Initially, this video just had a music background, now it sports a narrative telling more about the Carson Valley Inn.

Katie's New 24/7 Special is a $5.99 Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs plate. The Chicken Fried Steak is hearty, your two eggs can be any style, and we also include a biscuit and gravy – it's a generous plateful and an incredible value at just $5.99. Katie's Offers a number of specials and all the details are here.

Following up on Two "More Next Week" Mentions in Last Week's Blog:
  • $1,000 Guaranteed Winner Every Friday & Saturday Night: We mentioned last week that our Friday and Saturday night drawings have taken a new twist for February. Here it is: our drawings are at 5 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM every Friday and Saturday - that's eight nights during February and we guarantee there will be a $1000 winner each of these nights! Earn drawing tickets all month by using your Inn Club card when playing in the casino. Click here for more on all of our February Promotions.
  • Poker Room $2,000 Free Roll Tournament: we mentioned some of the new February poker room promotions last week. . . We also mentioned that there is a $2000 free roll tournament coming up. Here's how it works: we'll be keeping track of all the Inn Club points that players earn in the poker room during February and March. As the month gets going, we'll start posting a leaderboard each week – we call it the Ladder – so everyone will have a chance to see where they rank as the next two months move along. The top 40 people on the "Ladder" as of March 31 will qualify for a free spot in the $2,000 Free Roll Tournament on April 11!  Be sure to check out all the Poker Room's special games and promotions.
Some Holidays and Special Events:
  • Valentine's Day: Whatever we said in last week's blog must have worked – there are very few spots open in CV Steak for Valentine's Day dinner on February 14. So, if you're still thinking about it, call today at 775-783-6650. For a refresher on the specials in both CV Steak and Katie's, Click Here.
  • Genoa Cowboy Festival Weekend Package:  Here we go again with another "this thing is sure to sell out so be sure to act fast" claim . . . But it is well justified. We have just one dozen Genoa Cowboy Festival Weekend Special Packages to sell at $279 plus tax for May 1 & 2. Each includes a room for two people for Friday and Saturday nights, two front-section tickets for the Friday night concert, two front-section tickets for the Saturday night concert and a $50 food credit.
Need a Job? If so, you have come to the right place! We have almost a dozen different positions open right now and the Carson Valley Inn is a pretty darn good place to work!  We offer paid time off (PTO), a free meal each shift, holiday premium pay, and . . . . well, a bunch more. If you are interested in employment at the Carson Valley, or have a friend or relative who might be, click here for more on what we offer and details for the positions that are currently open.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News 
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Steve Lord is on stage tonight, Decades returns by popular demand Thursday – Saturday nights and Paul Covarelli entertains Sunday through Wednesday nights. Our web site has our schedule of upcoming entertainment.
  • $12,000 Winner Last Friday: It came down to five finalists who participated in a poker hand type showdown. The winner of the $12,000 was a very nice local lady who requested that her name not be released and that we not use her picture - we always honor these requests.  If you were here, you know who it was!
  • Grilled Elk Medallions Friday in CV Steak:  Two 3 oz. elk tenderloin medallions grilled and finished with the demi and sundried cherries. Chef does not recommend cooking temps over medium. Served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $$29.00.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: Get first of four weekly skin care products tonight and also enjoy hot seat drawings and a ladies-only drink special. Earn just 50 points between 4 and 8:00 p.m. today and you qualify for our Wednesday ladies-only slot tournament!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

$20,000 Guaranteed This Weekend, Free Jackets, More

Over $20,000 To Be Given Away this Weekend - Guaranteed! We don't get to make this kind of claim very often . . . So we are taking advantage of today's blog posting to SHOUT IT OUT!
  • On Friday night we start with our progressive drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM with a guaranteed winner of $12,000! Yep, one lucky INN Club member will get $12,000 and this one will go out half in cash and half in free play. Tell you what, give me $6,000 in cash to put my pocket and $6,000 more to run through any of the slots at the Carson Valley Inn . . . Heck, I'll come down and wait for the drawings and I'll do my best to get as many tickets accumulated as possible (Guest Services has all the details on how it works)!
  • On Saturday night, we again have drawings at 5, 7 and 9 PM with $5,000 in cash guaranteed to be given away along with some more free play. Same entries that get you into the Friday drawings also get you in for Saturday.
  • On Sunday, we reach the part where we must give away our Pro PK'EM progressive jackpot.
    We ended the year at a little under $5000 so we rounded up to $5000 and it has to go on Sunday's Super Bowl game. As we've explained before, the premise is very simple: there is a $5 parlay card and you can play as many of these cards as you wish. There are 15 proposition bets on the card, all based on Sunday's game. The first of the "props" will be settled on the coin flip, the last will be settled when we know what type of score is the last of the game. In between are 13 other "props" and whoever picks the most wins the jackpot (any ties split).  Enter at the CVI or Bodines . . . ya can't win if 'ya don't play!  
Super Weekend at the Inn: As if all the guaranteed money we mentioned above wasn't enough to make this a Super Weekend at the CVI there's more!
  • Outside: Looks like the weather's going to be mostly sunny and in the 50s for our Saturday afternoon tailgate party in TJ's Corral from 1 to 4 PM. We'll have burgers and chili bowls for sale plus beer, soda and, if it's really cold, hot chocolate . Add in live music by The Blues Monsters (it's free!), shenanigans and stories with former NFL players and some drawing prizes and you have quite a nice party! Can't believe we're saying this in January, but don't forget your sunscreen!
  • Inside: On Sunday, we'll fill out the squares pool in the poker room (the crew down there can tell you how it all works) . . . then up in the casino we'll give away some NFL hats and shirts during the afternoon (somehow without interfering with the game or the commercials), $2 draft beer will be available, bar snacks will be ready for delivery right to your seat and we'll be taking bets on the game right up to kickoff and again at halftime.  
Jackets & Jackpots in February:  Our Friday and Saturday night drawings take on a little different twist in February and we'll tell you more about that in next week's blog.  The Jackets part of our February promotions kick in on February 1 which is a good enough reason to tell you about it now. We're also hoping that by talking about jackets, we might entice some winter weather which produces moisture and, maybe even some snow . . . and maybe even the need for a jacket! Anyway, there are two ways to win a CVI Logo Jacket during February and there are multiple colors in both men's and women's styles.  INN Club members receive a jacket by earning 200 points on any Monday in February (you keep the points) and also with every slot jackpot of $1,200 or more any day in February.

Poker Room Adds More New Twists: We don't know what's gotten into the crew in the poker room but they've come up with even more new stuff for February on top of the ongoing special games, tournaments, and promotions. The February Friday Night Hot Seat Drawings are every 45 minutes from 6 to 9 PM. Each winner gets $25 in cash and a chance to spin the promotions wheel for cash, free points, restaurant certificates and more. On Saturdays from 1 to 6 PM, the high hand each hour also gets to spin the wheel. Monday nights in February starting on the 9th, drawings for $40 will be held at 6, 7 and 8 PM. Players will accumulate drawing tickets all the previous week for any hand of a full house or higher in live play. Any unclaimed $40 prizes on any Monday carry over to the following Monday. This one is kind of like a Monday Night Football squares pool but without the football game or squares grid! There's also a free $2,000 Poker Tournament coming up, but more on that next week.

Valentine's Day Dining at the INN: Now is the time that restaurants start posting their specials for Valentine's Day. Some places get quite elaborate, others keep it simple. We have a pretty straightforward approach here at the Carson Valley Inn: both Katie's and CV Steak offer all of the regular menu items at the regular prices on Valentine's Day plus, we have two fantastic specials in each restaurant. If you are the one making the dinner plans: CV Steak always fills completely on Valentine's Day so we suggest you make your reservations as soon as possible by calling 775-783-6650.

Event Reminders:
  • Ski Weekend: Our special ski weekend package for arrival on Friday, February 6 includes two nights in the hotel, a day of skiing each at Kirkwood and Heavenly, dining credits for CV Steak or Katie's, and a warm CVI Logo sweatshirt for après ski lounging! Click here for more.
  • Ducks Unlimited Carson Valley Chapter Dinner: This annual fundraiser will fill our Valley Ballroom on Saturday, February 14. Tickets and more information are available from Scott Shattock at 760-221-3431.
  • Republican Lincoln/Reagan Dinner: This long-standing tradition at the CVI is Sunday, February 15 and the go-to person for all the details is Linda Ruisi at 775-392-1038.
  • Clay Shooting in February: Still a few openings for our 2015 Clay Shooting Weekend February 19 – 21. All the information is on our web site.
  • Eagles & Agriculture: February 20 – 22 and  we suggest you register soon as some events are already full. Get all the information by clicking here or call the Chamber at 775-782-8144. 
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: George Pickard tonight, Just Us Thursday – Saturday nights, the Super Bowl Sunday afternoon and evening and Steve Lord Monday through Wednesday nights.
  • Braised Buffalo Short Ribs This Friday in CV Steak: One and a half pounds of American Bison short ribs braised and slow-cooked, finished with natural pan sauce. Served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato . . . all for $$29.00.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: Get the 4th collectible mug tonight and also enjoy hot seat drawings (four Wine Country Gift Baskets), ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament and more.
  • Deflategate: That one's been kicked up one side and down the other this week so we aren't going there!
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

You CAN Get Here From There, Super Tailgate Party, Horse of the Year, More

Congratulations to local residents Steve and Carolyn Coburn and their partner Perry Martin on California Chrome winning the Eclipse Award for 2014 Horse of the Year and also being voted 3-year-old champion. "Chrome" won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and is the first Kentucky Derby winner to be voted Horse of the Year since Charismatic in 1999. Be sure to congratulate Steve next time you see him here at the CVI!! Speaking of horses, Mike Pegram's filly Global Hottie won the second race at Santa Anita on Sunday under jockey Victor Espinoza.

Cousin Vinny from New York: Seems like almost everyone has a cousin Vinny from New York. Perhaps his or her name isn't Vinny, but it's similar. And maybe he or she lives in "Jersey" instead of New York. You get the picture. This just may be the summer that you finally convince this east coast cousin to visit. And if he/she does, you'll definitely want the entourage to stay here at the Carson Valley Inn rather than at your home . . . ya know what I mean!!? Why this year? Because Jet Blue is starting nonstop service between Reno and New York in May. This plus some of the other new service recently added by the Reno-Tahoe International Airport could be a big help in getting our far-flung relatives and friends to finally come for a visit. RNO's webpage has an interactive map that allows you to see all the routes between the various cities around the country and Reno. Hey, check it out (imagine east coast accent)!

Tumble Weed, Jackass, Silver Spur, The Noose . . . Quick, without peeking below, guess if these terms are 1) characters or locations in a series of Spaghetti Westerns being shown by the Carson Valley Historical Society, 2) slang heard in our Poker Room for certain hands or situations, 3)  drink names, or 4) monikers for special areas of Sharkey's after it is remodeled?  We won't ask you which one you picked, and we have no idea if 1), 2) or 4) are partially or completely true, but these are definitely names for four of the many special martinis available in CV Steak. Check out the full list!

Tailgating, Drinking a Beer, Using Your Cell Phone, Loud Music . . . sound like a list of "don'ts" while driving? Well, it is - but all of these are allowed and encouraged in TJ's Corral on Saturday, January 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at our Super Weekend Tailgate Party! We'll have cheeseburgers, hamburgers and chili bowls for sale plus beer plus soda, waters and hot chocolate, too. You can crank it up with FREE live music by The Blues Monsters and use your cell phone all you want and take selfies with former NFL players to post online. We'll also be passing out drawing tickets for merchandise prizes and the chance to win up to $2,500 post-party in the casino!

Event Reminders:
  • BLM Thursday Night:  Reminder that the Bureau of Land Management is holding a meeting in our Valley Ballroom Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. to solicit comments for their Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Click here for more information and stop by to hear hundreds of government acronyms! 
  • Savor the Flavor Saturday: A few more tickets are available for this fun evening of wine, micro brews and food . . . call Jeri at 775-771-6432.
  • Ski the Weekend After Super Bowl: Our  special ski weekend package for arrival on Friday, February 6 includes two nights in the hotel, a day of skiing each at Kirkwood and Heavenly, dining credits for CV Steak or Katie's, and a warm CVI Logo sweatshirt for après ski lounging! Click here for more.
  • Clay Shooting in February: Our 2015 Clay Shooting Weekend  February 19 – 21 includes a Thursday reception, Friday sporting clays at Walker River Resort, Saturday sporting clays at Carson Valley Clays, and a Saturday Awards Dinner.
  • Don't Get Your Wings Clipped: The Eagles and Agriculture event on February 20 – 22 is filling fast. We checked with the Chamber yesterday and they told us there is still room on the Ranch & Eagle Tour for both Saturday and Sunday and for the Falconers’ Dinner Friday night (here at the CVI), but just about all of the smaller tours and photo workshop are full. Get all the information by clicking here or call the Chamber at 775-782-8144. 
As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Pro PK'em - $5,000 Guaranteed Payout on Super Bowl: No winner again last week so we rounded the pot to $5,000 and, as promised, it must be given away on Super Sunday. Play as many $5 parlay cards as you want and whoever gets the most of the 15 propositions correct wins the $5,000 (ties split)! Check at the Sportsbook at the CVI or Bodines Casino for the details.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Dale Poune tonight, Vegas Road Show Thursday – Saturday night, George Pickard Sunday through Wednesday nights.
  • Grilled Duck Breast Friday in CV Steak: Maple Leaf Farms 9 oz. duck breast marinated with fresh herbs, grilled to medium rare-medium doneness with natural duck jus. 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.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: Tonight and next Wednesday we are giving away a collectible mug to the first 150 ladies who sign up. We also have ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament, hot seat prizes and more.
  • Winter Weekend Winner: Congratulations to Yvette M. who won a deluxe room for two for Friday and Saturday nights, February 4 and 5 plus $100 in Dining Credit for use during her stay in any of our restaurants. Thanks to all who entered and watch for more giveaways in future blog postings.
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? Use the comments section below, shoot us an email or just pick up the phone and call us @ 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator who can get you to the correct person or department.  We have a lot more coming up at the Carson Valley Inn so check our Blog posting every Wednesday morning!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hoppertunity Wins, Snow Dance Needed, BLM Wants Your Opinion, Savor the Flavor, More

Hoppertunity Wins San Pasqual Stakes!   Mike's horse Hoppertunity, ridden by Martin Garcia, gave Hall of Fame trainer and Mike's good friend Bob Baffert his fifth crown in last Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita. Bob is one of the three finalists for the Trainer of the Year at this Saturday's Eclipse Awards ceremonies at Gulfstream Park in Florida. You may remember that Hoppertunity was scratched from the Kentucky Derby just days before the race last May with a small hoof crack. The colt has now won half of his eight career starts with two seconds.

Anyone Know a Good Snow Dance?  Actually, it really doesn't have to be "good" or even entertaining – just effective! The nearby Sierra skiing is good now, but the slopes will need a refreshed white coating in the next couple of weeks . . . Thus the request for a snow dance! And of course we have an ulterior motive: We have a specially priced ski weekend package for arrival on Friday, February 6! There's two nights in the hotel, two days of skiing (one each at Kirkwood and Heavenly), dining credits for CV Steak or Katie's, and a warm CVI Logo sweatshirt for après ski lounging! How does it all work? What is the cost? Click here and check it out!

A Hawk and an Eagle Decide to Race - Who Wins?  Different birds fly and dive at different speeds. You'll learn about all about it - and much more - at the annual Eagles and Agriculture event on February 20 – 22 with most of the indoor events right here at the Carson Valley Inn. There are also ranch tours, owl prowls, photography seminars, and, if everything goes like it usually does, plenty of opportunity to see and photograph the eagles and other raptors that visit the Carson Valley every February during the calving season. Get all the information from the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce by clicking here or calling them at 775-782-8144. And please don't wait too long . . . The most popular Eagles and Agriculture events usually sell out in advance.

BLM Wants Your Opinion – Here at the CVI: The Bureau of Land Management is asking for comments about its Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The plan addresses areas of critical environmental concern, lands and realty, utility corridors, wind energy, travel management, recreation, fish and wildlife, minerals, wild and scenic rivers, public health and safety, and visual resource management. Three public meetings to review comments are coming up including one here in our Valley Ballroom from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 22. Copies of the documents are available in the Carson City District Office or at this link. How big is the Carson City District?  Try approximately 4.8 million acres (bigger than the size of New Jersey) of public land in 11 counties within two states!

Soroptimist Savor the Flavor: We mentioned this event in last week's blog and a few people asked us what it's all about. Pretty simple . . . It's an evening of fine wines, microbrews and spirits! Enjoy all you want of food samplings from almost a dozen area restaurants and wash it down with a variety of wines and microbrews – it's all included in the $50 ticket price! The 19th Annual Savor the Flavor is here in our Valley Ballroom on Saturday, January 24 and it's produced proudly by Soroptimist International of Carson Valley to raise funds for the many community organizations they support. More information is available by calling Jeri at 775-771-6432.

Winter Weekend for Two Still Up for Grabs: Great response so far to the note we had in last week's blog about this giveaway!! As a reminder, you can win a Deluxe room for two for Friday and Saturday nights, February 4 and 5 plus $100 in Dining Credit for use during your stay in any of our restaurants.  To enter to win this complimentary weekend visit, simply click here and send us an email with your name. We'll choose a winner this coming Tuesday and announce the winner in our blog on Wednesday, January 20. One entry per email address, please.

As Always, Interesting, Helpful and Even Useful Tidbits and News
  • Monthly Blackjack Tournament WinnersDavid Myers captured first place and won $590 in our first monthly blackjack tournament of 2015 last night. The remainder of the pot went $350for second to Teresa Sexton and  $235 for third to Diana Plavala. The next tournament is Tuesday, February 10 and the entry is just $25.
  • Free Entertainment in the Cabaret: Greg Austin tonight, Decades Thursday – Saturday night, NFL Divisional Championship Games daytime Sunday, Dale Poune Sunday through Wednesday nights. Decades presents a vibrant and diverse act from Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" to Katy Perry’s “California Girls."  The energetic young group's harmonies and energized rhythm section truly shine when playing hits from the 1950's to today.
  • Roasted Stuffed Quail Friday in CV Steak: with prosciutto, wild rice and plum port glaze, served with tableside-tossed salad, vegetable all for $28.00.
  • Wednesday Ladies' Night 5:30 to 8:30 PM: Tonight and every Wednesday in January we're giving away a different collectible mug to the first 150 ladies who sign up. We also have ladies-only drink specials, a ladies-only slot tournament, hot seat prizes and more.
  • Pro PK'em Progressive Jackpot Update: Another week without a winner so the pot goes up to $4684 and we try again with this weekend's two NFL Conference Championship. It's just $5 per parlay card - pick all 15 propositions and you win progressive jackpot.
  • Super Weekend Kickoff: We're working on the final details for a Tailgate Party on Saturday, January 31 from 1 to 4 PM in TJ's Corral with entertainment by The Blues Monsters, food and drinks for sale, former NFL players on hand and more . . . watch for details in next week's blog.
Comments? Have questions or comments about the CVI? 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!