NevadaGram #28 – The Governor’s Conference on Tourism

The 20th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism ran its brief course at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, easily the best of them all, if only for the wonderful Caesars Palace food. The pools at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Twenty years ago I was one of the half-dozen Tourism staffers scurrying around the Riviera Hotel in … Read moreNevadaGram #28 – The Governor’s Conference on Tourism

NevadaGram #27 – The MaryJane Sisters, a Reno Hotel with a Heart and Doing Lunch in Carson City

The Hobrauhaus Las Vegas, opening any day now. . . . The only disappointment of my recent visit to Las Vegas was that Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas was not yet open. The $12 million, enclosed beer garden, a replica of the famous one in Munich, Germany, was supposed to have opened across Harmon Avenue from the … Read moreNevadaGram #27 – The MaryJane Sisters, a Reno Hotel with a Heart and Doing Lunch in Carson City

NevadaGram #26 Female Bank Robbers, Winnemucca Wants Your Vote and The Family E Discovers Nevada

Mom, Connor and Davis visited the preserved town of Berlin at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.

There is a gang of female bank robbers headquartered in Austin and making raids as far away as Goldfield. They don’t actually rob banks, but they play the part to the hilt, in full Victorian regalia and sometimes with horse pistols tucked into their reticules. They give Austin’s ghostly Main Street a resonance it has … Read moreNevadaGram #26 Female Bank Robbers, Winnemucca Wants Your Vote and The Family E Discovers Nevada

Trip Report #25 – More Battle Mountain, Is Tonopah The Next Ghost?

1948 Tucker

This world championship speed event held in Battle Mountain each year features fully enclosed bikes and riders from around the world. No sooner did Battle Mountain bring off its hugely successful “Old Spice Festival in the Pit” than its citizens took a deep breath and began setting up for the 2003 World Human Powered Speed … Read moreTrip Report #25 – More Battle Mountain, Is Tonopah The Next Ghost?

NevadaGram #24 – Too Much Fun at the Armpit Festival, Historic Hotel Auctioned, and the Slowest Race on Earth

This 1926 Model T is one of the antique cars displayed at the old Goldfield fire house.

The First Annual Festival in the Pit was a huge success, and Battle Mountain is still experiencing the bliss. This flamboyant and flourishing offspring of the Ultimate Insult and the Old Spice deodorant company, drew several thousand visitors over its three-day run. Visitors ienjoyed a varied schedule of activities and events at Elquist and Lions … Read moreNevadaGram #24 – Too Much Fun at the Armpit Festival, Historic Hotel Auctioned, and the Slowest Race on Earth

NevadaGram #23 – Canada, Goldfield Hotel for sale, Two Elys, Fallon’s famous Cantaloupe Fest

Victoria B.C.

In last month’s Travelgram I mentioned Canadians and tipping, which inspired a sharp rebuke from Winnemucca: “For your information not all of us Canadians are lousy tippers!” No, it’s not the Sparks Marina it’s the beautiful city of Victoria BC Canada, home of good tippers. Naturally I was appalled at the idea I’d somehow contributed … Read moreNevadaGram #23 – Canada, Goldfield Hotel for sale, Two Elys, Fallon’s famous Cantaloupe Fest

Trip Report #22 – Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, The MaryJane Sisters, Ash Meadows, Battle Mountain, Elko, Valley of Fire, Hawthorne and the Loneliest Road

Furnace Creek Resort

How Canadians got their reputation as lousy tippers I don’t know, but McAvoy Layne who portrays Mark Twain during the Tahoe Queen’s afternoon cruise to Emerald Bay, tells me that the other day a pair of Canadiennes rode the shuttle bus from the free parking lot on Ski Run Blvd., and as they descended from … Read moreTrip Report #22 – Lake Tahoe, Death Valley, The MaryJane Sisters, Ash Meadows, Battle Mountain, Elko, Valley of Fire, Hawthorne and the Loneliest Road

Trip Report #21 – Denio, Carson Valley and Carson City, Death Valley, Sparks, Las Vegas, Elko

Peace and quiet reigns in Denio.

I made a little trip out I-80 and took the opportunity to visit Denio, the little remnant of a town on the Oregon border via US 95 and Nevada Routes 140 and 292. It’s about a hundred miles northwest of Winnemucca, and a hundred years back in time. Peace and quiet reigns in Denio. The … Read moreTrip Report #21 – Denio, Carson Valley and Carson City, Death Valley, Sparks, Las Vegas, Elko

Trip Report #20 April 2003 Mizpah Hotel, Wooly Worms and Memorial Day around Nevada

Mickey Jones comes to Winnemucca after filming the movie ?The Fighting Temptations? (also with Cuba Gooding Jr.), due out in August

The sternwheeler Tahoe Queen presents, “Mark Twain’s Tales of Tahoe,” a daily two hour and 15 minute Emerald Bay cruise departing at 2:30 pm daily and starring McAvoy Layne as the Ghost of Twain. Our item last time on Tonopah’s Mizpah Hotel prompted this note from Realtor Trish Rippie: “I think if someone wanted to … Read moreTrip Report #20 April 2003 Mizpah Hotel, Wooly Worms and Memorial Day around Nevada

Trip Report #19 – Pyramid Lake, Beatty, Historic Hotel for sale

A Fisherman wades at Pyramid Lake

Toward sundown with wooly worms at Pyramid Lake. Fishing is hot at Pyramid Lake right now. Go to the south end of the nets (near Sutcliffe), or the area around the Block House at the south end of the lake, or the very south end of the lake below Popcorn Rock. You’ll need a sinking … Read moreTrip Report #19 – Pyramid Lake, Beatty, Historic Hotel for sale

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