Eighteen ski resorts and more than 50 golf courses are less than a 90-minute drive from Reno-Tahoe Airport.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is in the midst of a 17-month, $26 million renovation known as the Gateway Project. The makeover extends a Lake Tahoe theme throughout the first floor of the terminal building and will create a single security checkpoint. Also on tap is an upgrade of all of the facility's restaurants and stores. Already finished are the first phase of what will be a completely remodeled baggage claim area and the construction of a new diner. The project is scheduled to wrap up by April 2013.
The 800-room Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno partnered with Waste Management to launch what they're calling the first casino-based organics recycling program in Northern Nevada. Food-and-beverage staff are separating food and other organic waste material, which is then used to produce compost. This initiative complements the recycling programs already in place at the resort, including for cardboard, paper, plastic, steel and aluminum.
Also in Reno, the 1,630-room Peppermill Resort Spa Casino officially completed its two-year, $9.7 million geothermal-well project last September. Geothermal energy from a heated water source 4,400 feet underground now heats all 2.1 million square feet of the property, as well as all of the Peppermill's water -- including in the 43,000-square-foot Spa Toscana and two outdoor swimming pools. The project will significantly reduce the resort's carbon footprint and save millions of dollars in heating costs. Property officials claim it's the only resort in the U.S. that's heated entirely by geothermal energy produced on-site.
The new owners at Reno's 1,993-room Grand Sierra Resort have initiated a renovation to the tune of approximately $20 million. The main lobby already has undergone a chic upgrade, and now it's the guest rooms' turn. A new lounge, Wet, and a small-plate Mexican restaurant, Cantina, have both recently debuted. The resort has more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space, which soon will be renovated as well.
The long-discussed Boulder Bay project in North Lake Tahoe has been approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Plans call for a four-story, 275-room hotel with a 10,000-square-foot casino, to be built over three years. On the site of the former Tahoe Biltmore, Boulder Bay will be designed as a "cultural village" in an environmentally sustainable manner. Construction could begin this year.
Reno's new "urban adventure" venue, CommRow, sports a climbing wall,
indoor bouldering and two entertainment venues available for events.
Shown is Cargo, a concert venue that can hold 706 standing or 300
Properties in Reno include the 1,993-room Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, 1,710-room Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 1,635-room Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 1,572-room Circus Circus Reno, 928-room Harrah's Reno, 833-room Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 820-room Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 817-room Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno, 318-room Boomtown Hotel & Casino and 214-room Siena Reno Hotel Spa Casino.
Hotels in nearby Sparks include the 1,600-room John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort and 220-room Holiday Inn Reno-Sparks.
Among properties in the Lake Tahoe area are the 742-room Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort; 539-room Horizon Casino Resort; 525-room Harrah's Lake Tahoe; 437-room MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; 422-room Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa; 405-room Resort at Squaw Creek; 396-room Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort and 302-room Ridge Tahoe.
Reno-Sparks Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 381,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 53; (775) 827-7260
Reno, Sparks, northeast side of Lake Tahoe: room tax, 13% to 13.5%; sales tax, 7.725%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13% to 13.5% (a $2 room tax is added to downtown Reno hotels with unrestricted gaming licenses)
Southeast side of Lake Tahoe (Douglas County, Nev.): room tax, 13%; sales tax, 7.1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%
California side of South Lake Tahoe: city room tax (non-redevelopment area), 10%; city room tax (redevelopment areas only), 12.02%; city tourism assessment, $3 per occupied hotel room, $4.50 per occupied condo/timeshare unit; sales tax, 7.75%
Campo, which means "gathering spot" or "meeting place" in Italian, is a downtown Reno restaurant that debuted last November. The place revels in the use of organic, local and seasonal ingredients in an ever-changing menu. Specialties of the house include handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizzas and house-cured salumi. The airy interior affords views of the kitchen, the curing case and a wood-burning pizza oven imported from Naples. The room opens onto a large riverside patio. A semi-private room seats 30; buyouts can accommodate up to 120 diners, or 220 with the patio open. (775) 737-9555
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, (775) 827-7600 or (800) 367-7366
North Lake Tahoe Visitors & Convention Bureau, (530) 581-8703, (530) 581-8701 or (800) 462-5196