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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, May 9, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!


Greetings Getaway Lover,

Here's the perfect gift for Mothers' Day!!!!

A weekend getaway to beautiful Lake Tahoe....

Stunning cobalt-blue Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake 
in North America, famous for its clarity, deep blue water, 
and surrounding snowcapped peaks. Straddling the state line 
between California and Nevada, it lies 6,225 feet above sea 
level in the Sierra Nevada. The border gives this popular 
resort region a split personality. About half its visitors 
are intent on low-key sightseeing, hiking, fishing, camping, 
and boating. The rest head directly for the Nevada side, 
where bargain dining, big-name entertainment, and the lure 
of a jackpot draw them into the glittering casinos. 

Happy Trails,
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--DESTINATION: Lake Tahoe

Though Lake Tahoe possesses abundant natural beauty and 
accessible wilderness, nearby towns are highly developed, 
and roads around the lake are often congested with traffic. 
Those who prefer solitude can escape to the many state 
parks, national forests, and protected tracts of wilderness
that ring the 22-mi-long, 12-mi-wide lake. At a vantage 
point overlooking Emerald Bay, on a trail in the national 
forests that ring the basin, or on a sunset cruise on the 
lake itself, you can forget the hordes and the commercial 
development. You can even pretend that you're Mark Twain,
who found "not fifteen other human beings throughout its 
wide circumference" when he visited the lake in 1861 and 
wrote that "the eye never tired of gazing, night or day, 
calm or storm." 

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Circus Circus 
Casino, Reno 
 
Circus Circus, marked by a neon clown sucking a lollipop, 
is the best stop for families with children. A midway 
above the casino floor has clowns, games, fun-house mirrors, 
and circus acts. www.circusreno.com. 

Address: 500 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV, USA
Phone: 775/329-0711 or 800/648-5010
 

Downtown River Walk 
Park, Reno 
 
The Downtown River Walk often holds special events fea-
turing street performers, musicians, dancers, food, art 
exhibits, and games. At one end, the 2,600-foot-long 
Truckee River white-water kayaking course runs right 
through downtown and has become a major attraction for 
water-sports enthusiasts. www.renoriver.org. 

Address: S. Virginia St. and the Truckee River, Reno, 
NV, USA
 

Fleischmann Planetarium 
Observatory/Planetarium, Reno 
 
On the University of Nevada campus, the sleekly designed 
Fleischmann Planetarium has films and astronomy shows. 
www.planetarium.unr.nevada.edu. COST: Exhibits free, films 
and star shows $5. OPEN: Weekdays 8-8, weekends 11-8. 

Address: 1600 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV, USA
Phone: 775/784-4811 
  
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Other Places of Interest:

Heavenly Gondola 
 
Viewpoint, South Lake Tahoe 
 
Whether you ski or not, you'll appreciate the impressive 
view of Lake Tahoe from the Heavenly Gondola. Its 138 
eight-passenger cars travel from the middle of town 2½ mi 
up the mountain in 13 minutes. When the weather's fine, 
you can take one of three hikes around the mountaintop 
and then have lunch at Adventure Peak Grill. Heavenly also 
offers day care for children. www.skiheavenly.com. COST:
$24. OPEN: Hours vary; summer, daily 10-7; winter, daily 
9-4. 

Address: Downtown, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
Phone: 775/586-7000 or 800/432-8365
 

Gatekeeper's Cabin Museum 
Museum/Gallery, Tahoe City 
 
The Gatekeeper's Cabin Museum preserves a little-known 
part of the region's history. Between 1910 and 1968 the 
gatekeeper who lived on this site was responsible for 
monitoring the level of the lake, using a hand-turned 
winch system to keep the water at the correct level. 
That winch system is still used today. A Native American 
basket museum is in an adjacent wing.
www.northtahoemuseums.org. COST: $3. OPEN: May-mid-June 
and Sept., Wed.-Sun. 11-5; mid-June-Aug., daily 11-5; 
Oct. weekends 11-3. 

Address: 130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
Phone: 530/583-1762
 

National Automobile Museum 
Museum/Gallery, Reno 
 
More than 220 antique and classic automobiles, including 
an Elvis Presley Cadillac, are on display at the National 
Automobile Museum. www.automuseum.org. COST: $8. OPEN: 
Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5:30, Sun. 10-4. 

Address: Mill and Lake Sts., Reno, NV, USA
Phone: 775/333-9300 
 
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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Cal-Neva Lodge 
$121 to $250, Crystal Bay 
 
All the rooms in this hotel-casino have views of Lake 
Tahoe and the mountains. The hotel also rents seven two-
bedroom chalets and 12 cabins with living rooms. There 
is an arcade for children and cabaret entertainment for 
grown-ups. Though some of the public areas look a bit 
shabby, the rooms are generally well maintained. There 
are some fun peculiarities about the place such as the 
state line running right through the swimming pool and 
the secret tunnel that Frank Sinatra built so that he 
could steal away unnoticed to Marilyn Monroe's cabin. 
Tours of the latter leave Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 
at 7, 8, and 9 PM. www.calnevaresort.com. 220 rooms, 20 
suites, 12 cabins. Restaurant, coffee shop, room service, 
cable TV with movies, in-room VCRs, Wi-Fi, tennis court, 
pool, gym, hot tub, massage, sauna, spa, bar, cabaret, 
casino, video game room, dry cleaning, concierge, airport 
shuttle, some pets allowed. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 2 Stateline Rd., Box 368, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, USA
Phone: 775/832-4000 or 800/225-6382
Fax: 775/831-9007

 
Ferrari's Crown Resort 
Under $90 to $175, Kings Beach 
 
One of the few remaining family-owned and -operated 
motels in Kings Beach, Ferrari's has straightforward 
motel rooms in a resort setting, great for families 
with kids. It sits right on the lake, and some rooms 
have awesome views. Kids love the pool; adults enjoy 
the hot tub. There's also kayak rental on-site. 
www.tahoecrown.com. 45 rooms. Some kitchenettes, some 
refrigerators, cable TV, some in-room broadband, pool, 
lake, hot tub, beach, Ping-Pong; no a/c in some rooms, 
no smoking. AE, D, MC, V. 

Address: 8200 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA 96143, USA
Phone: 530/546-3388 or 800/645-2260
Fax: 530/546-3851

 
Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino 
$121 to Over $250, Stateline 
 
This resort, which started as a cabin in 1944, is now 
Tahoe's largest. Premium rooms have custom furnishings, 
oversize marble baths, and minibars. Although it was 
acquired by Harrah's and has lost some of its cachet, 
Harveys remains a fine property. The Emerald Theater is 
Harveys' showroom. At Cabo Wabo ($-$$), an always-hopping 
Baja-style cantina owned by Sammy Hagar, sip Agave-style 
Tequila while munching on Mexican and shouting across the 
table at your date. www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/hlt. 705 
rooms, 38 suites. 8 restaurants, room service, minibars, 
cable TV with movies, in-room data ports, pool, health 
club, hair salon, hot tub, spa, casino, showroom, 
concierge, meeting rooms, car rental. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: U.S. 50 at Stateline Ave., Stateline, NV, USA
Phone: 775/588-2411 or 800/648-3361
Fax: 775/782-4889
 
--WHERE TO DINE:

Beaujolais Bistro 
French, $16 to $30, Reno 
 
Everything here is French -- waiters, wine, and even the
music -- and the service is warm and friendly. The 
comfortable, airy dining room has exposed brick walls, a 
parquet floor, and an inviting, casual vibe. On the menu, 
expect modern adaptations of classics such as beef 
bourguignon, roast duck, coq au vin, seafood sausage, and 
steak frites, all lovingly prepared by the chef-owner. 
Reservations essential. AE, D, MC, V. Closed Mon. No lunch
weekends. 

Address: 130 West St., Reno, NV, USA
Phone: 775/323-2227

 
Bangkok Cuisine 
Thai, Under $10 to $15, Reno 
 
If you want to eat well in a pretty dining room but 
don't want to break the bank, come to this charming 
Thai restaurant, where delicious soups, salads, stir-
fries, and curries are prepared by a Thai national. 
AE, D, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. 

Address: 55 Mt. Rose St., Reno, NV, USA
Phone: 775/322-0299
 

EJ's Jazz Café 
Cajun, $10 to $22, Reno 
 
The joint is always jumpin' at EJ's, where you can hear 
live jazz every night (except Sunday and Monday) while 
dining on flavorful, spicy Cajun cooking in a small, 
stylish dining room. Reservations essential. AE, D, MC, 
V. 

Address: 15 S. Virginia St. (one door in from the street, 
along the River Walk), Reno, NV, USA
Phone: 775/324-9900 


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