Wednesday, February 26, 2014

5 Million Point Giveaway and Did Elvis Really Leave the Building?

In this week's blog: How to win a free T.G. Sheppard Concert Weekend Package, what happens when you valet park a horse at the CVI, our 5 Million Point Giveaway in March, Cowboy Mardi Gras, a space shuttle developer speaking at the CVI and more!

Win a free T.G. Sheppard Concert Weekend Package: This is a free-to-enter contest on our Facebook page. We don't ask for any personal info – just check out contest posting on our Facebook page and Like, Comment or Share to enter. We are taking reservations now for the T.G. Sheppard Concert Weekend Package: Two nights in the hotel, two concert tickets, $50 in food credits and admission to a private pre-concert Meet & Greet. Check our web site for the details. Oh, if you win the Facebook contest, and you already made reservations for this package, we'll make the appropriate adjustment!

5 Million Point Giveaway: Yes, it's a lot of free player club points to just give away . . . but that's our guarantee between the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino during March! The March Promotions start this Saturday and we'll remind you of pertinent days in each week's blog posting.

What Really Happened When Elvis Was Here? Remember Elvis Week last January? Our friends at the Carson Valley Visitor's Authority roped him into a short video for their Rugged, Relaxed, Reachable campaign and   . . . well take a look for yourself at this video and some of the horsin' around! 

This Friday's Game Dinner Special: Our Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Roasted Stuffed Quail with prosciutto, wild rice and plum port glaze.  As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato – all for $27.00.

Interesting Happenings in our Valley Ballroom:      
  • Cowboy Mardi Gras at CVI this Friday: Austin's House 2nd Annual "Cowboy Mardi Gras" is this Friday night in our Valley Ballroom. This is a fun and very casual event to benefit the kids of Austin's House- wear your favorite western wear and/or Mardi Gras clothes and colors - and join others in our community who care deeply about the welfare of children! A great western BBQ buffet, music, dancing, games, raffles, and a Silent Auction! Tickets are available by calling 775-267-6711. 
  •  "Dream Chaser" Shuttle Developers at CVI: The Sports Aviation Foundation Annual Membership Dinner on Saturday, March 8 will feature Greg Stanley from the Sierra Nevada Corporation, a privately owned aerospace company in Sparks. They are developing the "Dream Chaser" the next generation shuttle to the space station. For tickets, call 775-782-9871.
  • What's Next at CVI? How about you! Quite a few fundraisers, meetings, reunions, conventions and banquets happen at the CVI each year and there are many positive comments on our web site. To find out about holding an event for your group, business or association at the Carson Valley Inn, contact Carrie at 775-783-6673. 
Ladies Night Tonight! The hot seat winners at tonight's Ladies' Night festivities from 6 to 9 p.m. will receive a Gift Basket. Deanna and Julie will be handing out a compact mirror to the first 150 ladies who show up - and 20 of these will also have Free Play as a bonus!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Freeplay and the last game paying $100 Cash. 

Keeping You Posted:
·         New Bar in the Convention Center:  Progressing rapidly with framing this week. We hope to be completed by March 10.
·         Super Sunday Parlay Card $2,500 Winner: hard to believe, but someone took the time, and paid the $5, to play a ticket – and still has not claimed the second $2,500 prize.  Must have really been distracted by the Super Bowl commercials!

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

Have questions or comments about the Carson Valley Inn? Send us an email using info at carsonvalleyinn dot com or leave a comment on this posting.  Please also feel free to call us at 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bring Men to a Bridal Fair?? Also, a Special Ski Weekend Package, More on Our Concerts

In this week's blog: More on our upcoming concerts, a special ski weekend package, our Clay Shooting Outing and Eagles & Ag this weekend, our Bridal Fair Sunday and more! PLUS – feel free to post your comments to this week's blog - but let us know who your are.

Ski Weekend: We have a specially priced Ski Package for the weekend of February 28 - March 2 with accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, two days of skiing (Heavenly Tahoe and Kirkwood, a $50 per person food credit for use in CV Steak or Katie's and a CVI Logo Sweatshirt for apr├Ęs ski lounging. Get the details here or call our Reservations folks at 775-783-6629. Can't make it that weekend? Check out all of our "anytime" ski packages at this link.

Eagles and Ag: Congratulations to the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce for selling out most of the activities for this weekend's annual Eagles and Agriculture! Eagles & Ag is the Carson Valley's annual celebration of the interaction between our habitat that our cattle ranches provide and the eagles that come here during the calving season…it's 4 days of tours, workshops and events for any wildlife lover, admirer of the ranching life or history buff. If you missed it this year, put it on your radar to sign up in January 2015! Call the Chamber at 775-782-8144. Oh, thanks John Humphrey for the picture taken earlier this week.

Clay Shooting Weekend: Our Annual Clay Shoot is this weekend with a Thursday reception, sporting clays on Friday at Walker River Resort and Saturday at Carson Valley Clays, and a Saturday banquet.  As with over 100 golf groups each year, we are also headquarters for a number of different clay shooting events – let us know if you are interested in a trip our way for your group. Check this link for more information or call Bill at 775-783-6624.

Bridal Fair This Sunday - Bring the Men?: The Carson Valley Inn Bridal Fair is this Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Valley Ballroom and admission is free! Produced in conjunction with "The Entertainer," the event features a variety of wedding vendors, free wedding related seminars, free refreshments and prize drawings and tours of our rooms and suites. The guys? Bring them! We have a special "VIP Room" for the grooms and fathers to hang out and enjoy a cocktail while watching an NBA game and perhaps planning a bachelor party. Plus, they are nearby if you need them to help make a decision . . . or enthusiastically support a decision you've already made!  Here's a link to all the details or  call Carrie at 775-783-6673.

This Friday's Game Dinner Special: Our Game-On Fridays special in CV Steak this Friday is Braised Buffalo Short Ribs – one pound of American Bison short ribs braised and slow cooked, finished with natural pan sauce. As with all CV Steak entrees, the Game-On Friday special also includes tableside-tossed salad, vegetable and your choice of potato - au gratin, baked, or a one-pound, twice-baked potato – all for $28.00.

Concert Update: As a follow-up to last week's announcement on some of our upcoming 2014 concerts in the Valley Sky Theatre, we now have links to the full schedule and an information page for each event. More information will be added to each page as it is available: Michael Martin Murphy (May 1), Oak Ridge Boys (May 15), Eddie Money (June 21) and The Charlie Daniels Band (August 29). 

What's in the Bag? The hot seat winners at tonight's Ladies' Night festivities from 6 to 9 p.m. will receive a scarf, beanie and glove set – that's what's in the bag (see it now?). Deanna and Julie will be handing out a candle holder with votive to the first 150 ladies who show up - and 20 of these will also have Free play as a bonus!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Freeplay and the last game paying $100 Cash. 

Keeping You Posted:
·        New Bar in the Convention Center:  We did get started this week and will have updates in the next few weeks.
·        Dollar Video Poker Progressive: It's now up and running on the front slots at CV Steak Bar. Jackpot was approaching $5,000 yesterday.
·        5 Million Point Giveaway: It's coming up in March all the details are in our March player mailer - plus we'll have more in next week's Wednesday blog.
·        Super Sunday Parlay Card $2,500 Winner: we are still waiting for the second $2,500 winner to claim his or her prize.

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

Have questions or comments about the Carson Valley Inn? Send us an email using info at carsonvalleyinn dot com.  Please also feel free to call us at 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Eddie Money, More Valley Sky Theatre Concerts Plus More New Slots, $2,500 STILL Unclaimed

In this week's blog: One $2,500 Super Sunday Parlay Prize still unclaimed; The Oak Ridge Boys, Eddie Money and Charlie Daniels Band coming this summer; enhancements in our Valley Ballroom and more!

Super Sunday $5 Parlay Card – Still Waiting on a $2,500 Winner: We are still waiting for one of the two $2,500 winners to claim his or her Super Sunday Parlay Card prize. One happy camper came forward for half the $5,000 payout and the other – the card was played at the Bodines Race and Sports Book – still has the winning card somewhere and can pocket $2,500 by showing up!

Rumblings about a New Bar in the Convention Center?  It's true – here's what's happening. This coming Monday we'll start tearing out the small and seldom-used stage in the "Sierra" room of our Valley Ballroom. Also going away is the adjacent cramped service bar area and its unsightly "garage door" front. Coming in the next few weeks is an attractive and larger bar area that will enhance service and definitely improve the appearance and functionality of the Valley Ballroom. There will be minimal interruption during the short construction process and we'll keep you posted on the progress.

More New Slots at the Inn
Plants vs. ZombiesSeriously?: We have some new slots coming in next week . . . here's an advance peek . . . Plants vs. Zombies features a Graveyard Bonus (of course!) where players pick tombstones, collecting suns to win one of three progressives and avoiding the brain-craving zombies (a good thing to avoid)!  Zuma features the familiar Zuma frog shooting at an innovative moving ball track. There are incremental progressives and unique Power Frogs – as one might expect! (this all has to be true – we really don't have the creativity to make this up). We will also soon be introducing two new 3-level progressive jackpots at CV Steak Bar and you'll be able to play dollars or quarters while enjoying your favorite cocktail and enjoying basketball, golf or a number of other sports (no, football is over for now) on the flatscreens.

Our Cupid's Cash and Freeplay Promotion is in full swing and the first of two Grand Prize Giveaways is this Friday with drawings at 6 and 8 p.m. During February INN Club members also earn 4X Points on video reels and 2X Points on video slots all day Tuesdays and Triple Points from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Tastefully Simple Gift Basket
Ladies' Night: Hot seat winners at tonight's Ladies' Night festivities from 6 to 9 p.m. will receive a gift basket from Tastefully Simple and with a gourmet food item and handy kitchen utensil. Deanna and Julie will be handing out Valentine coffee mugs to the first 150 ladies who show up - and 20 of these will also have a Free play!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Freeplay and the last game paying $100 Cash.

Monthly Blackjack Tournament Winners: Last night's monthly Blackjack Tournament paid a total of $1,475.00 as all the entry fees went out in prize money. John S. finished first for $740, Richard L. came in 2nd for $440 and 3rd place and $295 went to David B. Our next Monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, March 11.

Eddie Money
Charlie Daniels Band, OakRidge Boys and Eddie Money Coming this Year: Last week we mentioned that Michael Martin Murphy and his band will be performing in the Valley Sky Theatre on Thursday night, May 1. The 2014 schedule is starting to line up and here are three more concerts you can mark on your calendar: The Oak Ridge Boys will perform on Thursday, May 15, Eddie Money will be here on Saturday, June 21 as part of a fund-raising concert for the Boys and Girls Club of Carson Valley and The Charlie Daniels Band will appear on Friday, August 29. Watch this Blog and our web site for information on ticket availability and prices.

Mike's Horses: Midnight Hawk finished third in last Saturday's Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.

Valentine's Day Sold Out in CV Steak, but . . . CV Steak  is "booked solid" for this Friday night so come on "inn"and enjoy our Valentine's Day Specials and regular menu in Katie's. Or, do as many other thoughtful procrastinators and enjoy dinner with your beau in CV Steak on Saturday or Sunday of this 3-day President's Weekend. Reservations are easily made by calling 775-783-6650. 

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

Have questions or comments about the Carson Valley Inn? Send us an email using info at carsonvalleyinn dot com.  Please also feel free to call us at 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Two $2,500 Winners

In this week's blog we have information about two people who have yet to claim the $5,000 in Super Sunday Parlay Prize Money, more on Mike's horses, Tuesday's Blackjack Tournament, Ladies' Night and more!

Mike's Horses: Two of Mike's horses ran last week . . . Hoppertunity won the 6th race at Santa Anita on Thursday and Secret Circle finished a close 2nd in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes when long shot Wild Dude rallied late to win by a neck, Coming up this week, Midnight Hawk is scheduled to run in Saturday's Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. This race is an important prep for the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

Ladies' Night Tonight: The hot seat winners at tonight's Ladies' Night festivities from 6 to 9 p.m. will receive a special vase with flowers, chocolate kisses and a scented candle – specially wrapped by Julia.  Deanna and Julie will be handing out a cute tin of CVI/Bodines mints for the first 150 ladies who show up - and 20 of these will also have Free play as a bonus!  Ladies Night Bingo games are at 6:45, 7:30 & 8:15 p.m. with the first 2 games "paying" $50 in Freeplay and the last game paying $100 Cash.

Our Monthly Blackjack Tournament is Tuesday, February 11. These tournaments are a low-risk opportunity to grab a decent cash prize and have some fun and laughs in the process! The premise is pretty simple: It's just $25 to get in, you're playing with tournament chips, all the entry fees are paid back in prize money and the top three finishers are usually sharing around $1,500! First place gets half the pot, 2nd receives 30% and the 3rd place finisher takes the remaining 20%. We figure that's a pretty good haul for just a $25 lay down. To enter, just stop by the pit on Tuesday, February 11 when we take sign ups between 5 and 6 p.m.

$5,000 Waiting on Two Winners of Super Sunday $5 Parlay Card: Super Bowl was a joy to some and a disappointment to many – seems we had lots of Broncos fans in house over the past weekend. There was a flurry of betting activity with many folks participating in the Super Sunday $5 Parlay Card.  As promised, the $5,000 was a guaranteed payout and it took most of Monday to figure out who won. We had two people who picked 12 of the 15 propositions correctly so they each have $2,500 coming. Like the lottery, we don't know who has those two winning cards. So, if you played a card and got 12 correct, stop by the Sports Book at either Carson Valley Inn or Bodines Casino and present your card to claim your winnings!

When Will Football Return!?!?!: Now that football is on its "never-short-enough" break, our Race and Sports Book is busy taking action on the many horse races leading up to the Triple Crown events, NBA and NCAA Basketball (March Madness starts March 18), NASCAR (the Daytona 500 kicks off the season on February 23), PGA Golf (The Masters starts April 10), NHL Hockey and more.  And if you really just can't wait for football, stop in and place a bet on who will win the 2015 College Football Playoff (formerly known as BCS) and who will win the 2015 Super Bowl!

Valentine's Day Dining Booking Fast: We took a look at the CV Steak Reservations book last night to check on Valentine's Day progress. As we speculated last week, many time slots are almost full so if you are planning dinner in CV Steak on Valentine's Day (why would you go anywhere else!) make your reservations NOW (like before you even finish reading this blog posting) by calling 775-783-6650.  As a reminder, both CV Steak and Katie's are offering their regular menu plus specials on Valentine's Day.  Our Valentine's Weekend Hotel Package (it's also President's Day weekend) offers accommodations for two nights with arrival on Friday or Saturday, a dining credit and more.

Birds of Chicago in Concert: The Carson Valley Arts Council's Winter Concert Series includes Birds of Chicago in concert on Friday, February 28 at the CVIC Hall, just a 5 minute walk from the Carson Valley Inn. We have a very attractive two-night hotel package for this concert and you can arrive on Thursday or Friday, February 27 or 28.

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

Have questions or comments about the Carson Valley Inn? Send us an email using info at carsonvalleyinn dot com.  Please also feel free to call us at 775-782-9711. Hit "0" when the automated voice comes on and you'll go right to the hotel operator. He or she will get you to the correct person or department!