Friday, September 24, 2010

Oktoberfest at the Carson Valley Country Club Restaurant & Bar

It's time for


Saturday September 25th


You won't want to miss Norbert's famous German Cuisine, tons of Beer, & of course a full bar!

Live Music by:

"Foothill Road & the Hitchhikers"

(a not so German band!)

23rd Annual Rhymers Rodeer


Cowboy poetry, lively music, tales of the trail, stretch-the-truth yarns and good old-fashioned cowboy fun are all part of the 23rd Annual Rhymers Rodeer in the Carson Valley Inn's Valley Ballroom on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, 2010. This year's artists include cowboy poets Jim King and Jerry Bell, cowboy musician Ron Scofield and the always-clever, and sometimes irreverent western humorist, McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain.

The Rhymers Rodeer weekend includes a cocktail show on Friday, an open mic session for "all comers" Saturday morning and a dinner show on Saturday night. The Friday evening show is $30 with no-host cocktails at 7:00 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening's dinner show is $55 with no-host cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and show time at 7:30 p.m. An open mic session will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. All performances are non-smoking.

Jerry Bell has been working cow camps & guiding for over 30 years and he performs throughout the west including Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Montana & California. Jerry is a member of the Wind River Poets, Idaho Poets & Poets of Utah Associations. Ron Scofield is well known for his dedication and commitment to keeping alive the old American West. He expresses all facets of the old west through his wagon and carriage building, art work, architecture, and of course his music.

Jim King has entertained throughout the United States and Canada. His performances are exemplified by his statement "Cowboy Poetry, first of all, is the real life of a Cowboy and a Rancher. There is nothing Hollywood or Drugstore Cowboy about it.” For 20 years, in over two thousand performances from Leningrad University in Russia to C-Span, McAvoy Layne has preserved the wit and wisdom of "The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope" -- Mark Twain.

Rhymers Rodeer information is available on line at including an easy-to-use form for ordering tickets and making hotel reservations at special Rhymers Rodeer rates. Information is also available through the Carson Valley Inn Sales Department at 775-783-6679. Advance ticket purchases are a must. The event is produced by Kay Fanning and Jim King.

The Carson Valley Inn ( is located on US Highway 395 in Minden, NV near the start of State Highway 88, twenty minutes from Lake Tahoe's south shore and 45 minutes south of Reno.

Candy Dance Weekend

It's that time of year, the 90th Annual Candy Dance in Genoa, Nevada will take place this weekend, September 25th and 26th, 2010 with an expected turn out of 30,000+ in attendance for the festival. Tradition continues as candy is made from scratch, first class crafters of unique products and many varieties of food are available. It is a great event to take the entire family too and the best way to start working on your holiday shopping.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Things Around Town - August 20 - 22

Kick the weekend off in the Carson Valley with the Main Street Classic Car Event located in Downtown Minden beginning Friday evening and all day on Saturday. If you missed Hot August Nights, this weekend is your chance to see beautiful classic cars without the crowds. Friday Night is also Movies in the Park Night at Heritage Park off of Gilman Road in Gardnerville, bring a picnic and the family for a starfilled evening under a cloudless Nevada Sky. For additional events this weekend and more upcoming event dates you can visit the Carson Valley Visitors Authority website where a calendar of events is updated daily.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dates set for Eagles & Agriculture 2011

Dates for the 9th Annual Eagles & Agriculture gathering have been announced by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority. The 2011 event will take place from Friday, February 25, 2011 through Sunday, February 27, 2011.

The annual event, which draws hundreds to the Northern Nevada destination to view and learn about eagles, raptors and ranching, promises to continue to provide one of the finest birding events anywhere. Friday night’s reception starts the fun, and the ‘Eagle & Ranch Tour’ on Saturday morning continues as the centerpiece of the event. Additional offerings are expected to include the always popular ‘Owl Prowl’, a second year of the ‘Highways & Byways Raptors Tours’, the ‘Carson River Rafting Tour’ and the two day ‘Photo Workshop’.

The event is made possible by the cooperation of agencies including the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Western Nevada Resource Conservation & Development Office of the USDA, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Washoe Tribe, Carson Valley Conservation District, Nevada State Parks, Douglas County and a long list of private sector partners; including ranch owners, agricultural suppliers, hoteliers, birders and tour operators.

The partners work together in support of the main goals of Eagles & Ag, which are to encourage the conservation and prosperity of ranching in Western Nevada, promote the benefits agriculture provides wildlife and the community, teach participants about eagle habits, habitat, and life cycle and the history of agriculture in Carson Valley and demonstrate an example of agri-tourism that will potentially enhance profitability for local agriculture operations and businesses.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hot August Nights visits Minden Park

On the beautiful sun filled day of August 5th, 2010 Minden Park was the Official Lunch Stop for the Hot August Nights Poker Run. With over 900 registered vintage cars scheduled to visit the Carson Valley this provided visitors and residents the chance to see the vintage cars of Hot August Nights without the crowds. It was a step back in time as the vintage cars lined the streets around Minden Park and along Esmeralda Avenue. With 50's, 60's and 70's music provided by McClain's Mobile Music and DJ Service and variety of food provided by our local restaurants and service clubs the day was complete for both visitors and participants of Hot August Nights. See you in 2011!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hot August Nights Poker Run

More than 850 cars are expected to participate in the Hot August Nights Poker Run on Thursday August 5th. The classic cars will make their way to Carson Valley representing some of the 5,500 entrants in this year’s nationally recognized 24th Annual Hot August Nights, one of Northern Nevada’s premier annual events.

The cars will participate in a 110-mile seven stop poker run which begins at Baldini’s in Reno, continues through Carson City to Minden Park and then parades over Kingsbury Grade to South Lake Tahoe, finishing up at Legends at Sparks Marina. For the seventh year, the Minden Park stop will be the official lunch stop featuring an up close and personal way to view these beautiful vehicles and have an opportunity to speak with the owners!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tour Around Nevada: Lets Bring 'em Here!

Nevada Magazine will visit one Nevada community per issue and
present the town with a Tour Around Nevada plaque and framed story. So lets tell our story! If we get enough votes for our beautiful Carson Valley, we will be featured in Nevada Magazine. This will be a great opportunity for the Carson Valley to be showcased. And lets be honest we all know that this is the best place in Nevada ;) So please Click Here to vote for your community, and we will show 'em what we got!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer is in the Valley

It is that time of year again. It is FINALLY warming up, the trees are in full bloom, and there is sooo much to do here in the  Carson Valley. With the passing of our signature summer kick off event, Carson Valley Days, we are offically in the thick of it. Every Tuesday and Wendsday there are wonderful farmers markets going on, where you can get the freshest fruits, veggies and meats from our local growers. In addition to these every weekend seems to be chalk full of great goings on. There are concerts and movies in the parks, wine tastings, bike rides, BBQ's and everything in between. So now that summer is truly in swing make sure to give the Carson Valley a visit, and to help plan your day trip or weekend getaway check out our Calendar of Events.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Local Conection to the Preakness Winner.

Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casinos  are holding a birthday celebration for recent Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky and the public is invited to meet the trainer, owner and jockey on Friday, May 28!

Lookin at Lucky is back home in southern California after his recent $1 Million win at the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland.  While the colt won't be present for his party, horse and racing fans and enthusiasts will have an opportunity to meet the top talent and personalities in thoroughbred horse racing today including Mike Pegram (owner of the Carson Valley Inn, Bodines and Lookin at Lucky), Hall-of-Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the jockey who rode Lucky to his Preakness victory, Martin Garcia!

This trio will be greeting the public, signing autographs and telling a few stories on Friday, May 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Cabaret Lounge at the Carson Valley Inn Casino (Minden, NV) and then again from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Racebook in Bodines Casino (Carson City, NV). Bring your camera and ham it up with these racing industry leaders . . . and feel free to bring any racing memorabilia for autographs.

Nevada Motocross Park is up and running!

Summertime means time to bring out the motorcycles and ride. It is the start of another action packed season over at the Nevada Motocross Park in Gardnerville, NV. The course for this year has been re-worked and is better than ever. Official practice has opened and is from 3-7p on May 20, 25 & 27 as well as June 1, 3 & 10. The first event, the SMRA Spring Series, will kick off on June 5 at 8a & 6 at 8:30a. This is a fun event for the entire family, so come out and join us this season at the Nevada Motocross Park.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tour of the Carson Valley – Barbecue & Ice Cream Social

Tour of the Carson Valley – Barbecue & Ice Cream Social is a fun historic bicycle tour for all abilities in the Beautiful Carson Valley. Pedal back in time on optional mileage routes taking recreational bicyclists along the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on former Pioneer, Pony Express, Stagecoach & Emigrant Wagon roadways.

After the ride, enjoy a relaxing afternoon socializing with other bicyclists at Mormon Station State Park and a Barbecued Chicken Lunch served from 11:30 am till 2:00 pm. Cool down with Ice Cream and enjoy Live Entertainment. This is all included in your registration fees.

For more information and to register on-line Click Here

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Photo Contest Winners Anounced!

In a blind judging conducted by the members of the Organizing Committee of the 8th Annual Eagles & Agriculture event, the photos of Mariusz Blach of Reno and Steve Brown of Incline were selected as the winners in the “Best Birding” And “Best Wildlife/Agriculture” categories.  Over twenty seven photographs were entered in this year’s contest and the level of photography was outstanding.

Blach’s “Two Eagles on A Branch” captures two mature bald eagles perched in nearly mirror image of each other and Brown’s “Eagle in Front of Cows” did the best job of depicting the interplay between wildlife and cattle. Each of the winners will receive a cash award of $125 from the Eagles & Agriculture organization. Anyone is also welcome to view all of the photos entered as well as the winners at under the set “Eagles & Ag 2010 Photo Contest.”

One of the West’s most unique events, the Eagles and Agriculture gathering in Northern Nevada’s Carson Valley takes place in February each year. The three day event combines the year’s best opportunity to view and photograph bald eagles and other birds of prey, observing live falconing field demonstrations, a two-day wildlife photography workshop, as well as a rare chance to access some of Carson Valley’s working ranches and historic barns. There’s even an opportunity to paddle the Carson River for an even more unusual viewing and photography experience.

Dates are set for the 2011 Eagles & AG in Carson Valley, NV. The 2011 event will be held Friday, February 25th through Sunday February 27th. Registration and schedule information will be available this Summer. Check for information on this and other Carson Valley events.

Winning Photo: 2 Eagles On A BranchPhoto by: Mariusz Blach
Winning Photo: Eagle in Front Of CowsPhoto By: Steve Brown

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The 1st Ever Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival 2010

This year will mark the first year of the Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. There will be a myriad of activities to participate in over the weekend of April 29 to May 2. The Carson Valley Arts Council and the Town of Genoa will be hosting this anticipated event. We are excited to see all of these nationally known Cowboy poets and musicians including Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards, Paul Zarzyski, Lacy J. Dalton, David John and the Comstock Cowboys. In addition to all of the great performances slated for this event there will be Cowboy dinners, Trail Rides and a tours of a working ranch. in fact there will be over 80 non-ticketed events, workshops and demonstrations going on all around you. All that you need is a day pass and you are in!

So come join us when the Cowboys come home to the birthplace of Nevada!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A New Place to Dine and Meet your Friends!

CV Steak has opened at the Carson Valley Inn providing guests with a Nevada-style steakhouse experience in a comfortable setting with a touch of formality and a heavy dose of value! 

The CV Steak menu features a selection of appetizers and a generous range of entrees including pasta dishes, seafood, chicken and, of course, a number of featured steaks and chops. Most entrees are in the $16 to $24 price range and each entree comes with salad and, except for the hearty pasta dishes, vegetable and your choice of potato - baked, au gratin or a one pound, twice-baked potato. 

With rustic dark-wood floors, ambient lighting for a feeling of intimacy and a large panoramic painting of a Sierra sheepherder, CV Steak's eye-catching centerpiece is a wine rack that graces the center back wall. Recessed areas above each booth showcase black and white photos that recount the history of Minden and Gardnerville and were hand-selected for their historic significance by architect and designer Larry Henry.  The entire setting is a perfect complement to the Arts and Crafts motif that ties all elements of the new Carson Valley Inn together.

CV Steak offers 25 different wines plus four reds and four whites by-the-glass. The perfect finish is one of six desserts offered nightly. CV Steak is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. and the CV Steak Bar opens daily at noon. For reservations, call 775-783-6650.  

Thursday, March 25, 2010

And The Winners Are...

The annual Business after hours slot tournament at the Carson Valley Inn was a hoot and a holla last night. We had a good turn out, and had some good laughs. Thanks agian to all of the participants. We will see you next year.

New Ownership and a $10 Million Remodeling at Carson Valley Inn

I'm proud to live and work in Carson Valley and I’d like to share my enthusiasm for what’s happening at my property, the Carson Valley Inn on Highway 395 in Minden. Our new owner Mike Pegram and his partners took over January 4 of this year and started a $10 million remodeling project the same day. In two short months of 24-hour activity our casino was totally refurbished!

We have new air-handling equipment producing cleaner casino air, over 200 new slots and technological upgrades to 120 more, new high-comfort seating throughout the casino and a new table games area. Our Cabaret Bar area was totally rebuilt with a new state-of-the-art Sports Book, an island sports bar, a more visible and enjoyable entertainment stage with dance floor, nightly live entertainment and 28 HD televisions. The casino has new carpeting, new lighting, new wall treatments, a new Guest Services area and more. Everything has been remodeled, replaced, refurbished or refreshed!

Our new restaurant, CV Steak, brings back the Nevada-style steakhouse experience with hearty portions, exceptional service and great values.

I feel so fortunate to work for an owner and property that is moving forward with improvements during these otherwise sluggish times – come on up and check us out!

Bill Henderson, Director of Sales

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Business Showcase 2010

The showcase is a month away remember to mark your calenders for April 22. We expect this year to be big. There will be lots of vendors, lots of freebies, and of course lots of FUN!

See you there!!
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Slot tournament Tonight!

Tonight! Our annual Bussiness After Hours Slot tournament is tonight be sure to be there.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Visit Carson Valley!

We are happy to announce the launch of the brand new Here you can get all of the information that you need for your next visit to the Magical Carson Valley. Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010