Reno-Tahoe shines year ‘round
By Refugio Garcia
Visiting the Reno-Tahoe area is a trip that immediately evokes a sense of adventure—and it’s hard for travelers to avoid being filled with excitement considering what the region is so well-known for. And no, it’s not the old TV show Reno 911! That was filmed in LA. Where the evergreen meets the Biggest Little City, Reno-Tahoe is so much more.
Inviting attendees to the Reno-Tahoe area creates a unique opportunity for planners seeking a diverse selection of activities and venues. Guests can stay at a luxury gaming casino in Reno one night and hit the South Tahoe slopes the next day. And getting there is a sinch with Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) located just four miles from the downtown area.
“Northern Nevada is a very special place, not to mention Lake Tahoe, the mountains and the climate and then throw in the fact that what you have here is an operational masterpiece. What we’re known for is our operations and creating incredible food and incredible experiences.”
– Ken Ostempowski, senior vice president and general manager at Caesars Entertainment
5 Reasons Meeting Profs Love Reno-Tahoe
- Activities for every level. Event planners can take advantage of the Reno-Tahoe region and the bounty of diverse activities it has to offer. Attendees can bomb some black diamond slopes in the winter or take a relaxing boat tour while tasting wines produced by local wineries during warmer months on Lake Tahoe.
- An extensive culinary scene. Throughout the Reno-Tahoe region, elevated dining experiences are offered. When a break from the ballroom is in order, attendees will find themselves surrounded by gastropubs, breweries and elegant spaces such as the Novi Room, led by Executive Chef Ivano Centemeri, serving up a rich tradition of Italian cuisine.
- Arts and culture. Attendees can take a jaunt with Art Spot Reno around the community surrounding downtown Reno to view art installations including massive murals and large statues created to decorate the grounds of the Burning Man Festival.
- Team building. Groups can enjoy a round of golf at any one of Reno or Tahoe’s several golf courses. Other activities include horseback riding, hikes through the beautiful surroundings, perusing any one of Reno’s many museums or venturing out to a live show or concert.
- Getting around is easy peasy. Lake Link offers free on-demand and allows attendees to easily get from point A to point B while taking the stress off the shoulders of planners and allowing attendees to move about freely. Maneuvering Reno is a breeze, as every point of interest in the downtown area is within walking distance with scenic routes including the Reno River Walk along the Truckee River.
5 Majestic Meeting Spaces
Tahoe Blue Center in South Lake Tahoe is slated to open in July 2023. The venue will feature a 27,000-square-foot main event space, 10,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space and eight additional meeting rooms spanning 13,492 sq. ft. The massive main arena can be configured to accommodate various formations using a grid along the entire space.
The Row by Caesars Entertainment is a meeting gem located in the heart of Reno. Three resorts—Circus Circus, Silver Legacy and Eldorado—add up to 4,000 guest rooms and 180,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The Row is also home to numerous fine dining establishments and endless entertainment.
Harveys Lake Tahoe can help planners add a tremendous amount of incentive to their next event any time of year. With easy access to the scenic gondola leading up to the slopes of Heavenly Lake Tahoe during ski season or just a quick shuttle ride to the gorgeous shore of Lake Tahoe, it’s incredibly easy to entice attendees with a good time. Harveys features 17 distinct meeting rooms spanning 25,000 sq. ft.
Reno Events Center offers planners 118,000 sq. ft. of space in Downtown Reno and includes versatile spaces such as a 56,000-square-foot column-free exhibit space and a 14,000-square-foot pre-function concourse. In addition, the events center is surrounded by 15,000 hotel rooms, Reno’s profound food and beverage scene and plenty of entertainment and opportunities for team building.
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has been ushering in luxury among Tahoe’s rugged terrain since 1955. Harrah’s offers planners access to 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space at the 18-story oasis, including over 11,000 sq. ft. of contiguous ballroom space, four smaller meeting rooms and several committee rooms spanning almost 2,000 sq. ft. Harrah’s is also home American River Café and Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill.
This article appears in the March 2023 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.