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Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Offers the Ultimate Getaway for Winter Travelers

Reno-Tahoe’s premier resort-casino features spectacular holiday décor, an ice rink,
a winter pool deck, live entertainment, holiday dining specials
and more to celebrate the season
RENO, Nev. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Reno-Tahoe’s premier resort-casino destination, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR), offers the ultimate getaway for winter travelers. As everyone’s home for the holidays, GSR is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with festive holiday décor, an ice rink, a winter pool deck, holiday dining specials, live entertainment, and more, bringing merriment to guests from near and far. In addition, located in the heart of the Sierras, GSR offers travelers looking to hit the slopes by day and hit the club by night, a one-of-a-kind après ski experience. After a cool day on the mountain, winter revelers can return to GSR to warm up with some hot action on the casino floor before heading to LEX Nightclub, the region’s premier nightlife experience that rivals venues found in the country’s top nightlife destinations.
GSR’s Home for the Holidays
The halls of GSR have been officially decked with festive décor around the property, including more than 80 trees, indoor and outdoor holiday lights and more. Upon entry, guests will discover a gingerbread village, as well as a holiday toy train that travels through GSR’s winter wonderland complete with grandiose ornaments, festive garland and other seasonal décor, all while enjoying holiday tunes.
The Ice Rink and The Pool.
The Ice Rink at GSR is an 8,000 square-foot outdoor rink provides breathtaking views of the Sierra Mountains while giving guests plenty of room to skate to their heart’s content. In addition to the magnificent outdoor ice rink, guests can enjoy the year-round heated resort pool, hot tubs, fire pits and a full-service bar serving up seasonal delights and traditional favorites. The Ice Rink and The Pool at GSR will be open daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. through March.
Photos with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Fun for the whole family, kids and kids-at-heart can take photos with Santa outside GSR’s Kids Club.
Top-Notch Skiing
Snow bunnies rejoice! GSR is just minutes away from nearly two dozen resorts providing some of the best skiing in the country.
Loosen those belt buckles because GSR’s acclaimed restaurants are serving up a variety of seasonal surprises and festive treats to warm the soul during the cold winter months, including:
2nd Street Café Express
Through Tuesday, Dec. 25
Holiday treats including Christmas cookies, holiday cake pops, peppermint bark, pies, and pumpkin or eggnog cheesecake will be available.
Pop-Up Festive Holiday Bar
Through Tuesday, Dec. 25
Seasonal delights will be available near the guest elevator lobby from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Holiday menus can also be found at Charlie Palmer Steak, Grand Café, Reserve Wine Bar and Cantina. For more information or to make a reservation, visit
Bells will be ringing throughout the Grand Theatre, as it welcomes a variety of holiday shows to surprise and delight audiences. Among the featured performances are:
Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque
December 20-22; December 24-28, and December 30 at 8 p.m.
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a high-energy show for the whole family. Combining music, decorations and the spirit of Christmas with computer animation and projection mapping, Holiday Dreams includes awesome holographic techniques, world-class artists, acrobats and performers, and an exciting modern soundtrack.
Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live!
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.
Join the legendary Brian Wilson and special guests Al Jardin and Blondie Chapman as they perform hits from the seminal 1964 holiday classic, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album through Wilson’s acclaimed 2005 album, What I Really Want for Christmas. A founding member of The Beach Boys, Wilson has been spreading cheer for more than five decades. Fans can expect to hear classics including, “Little Saint Nick,” “The Man with all The Toys,” and a selection of Wilson’s favorite Yuletide songs, including “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” interspersed with songs from his solo holiday album for a night of musical entertainment.
12 Days of X-Mas Multiplier
Friday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 25
The holiday cheer will spread to the casino floor for the 12 Days of X-Mas Multiplier event, taking place Friday, Dec. 14 through Tuesday, Dec. 25. To activate, Club Grand members must earn 10 points and then visit the kiosk between 4 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. for the chance to win up to a 20X multiplier. Each day players earn 10 points and swipe, they will receive an additional 1X multiplier. Club Grand members must swipe and earn on consecutive days to receive the highest multiplier.
LEX Nightclub Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive
Friday, Dec. 21 at 10 p.m.
Get ugly for a good cause! Reno’s premier nightlife experience, LEX Nightclub, is celebrating the spirit of the season with a holiday Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots. Whether sporting snowflake patterns or winter fauna, guests are encouraged to don their best ugly sweaters and do the jingle bell rock. Patrons who donate a new, unwrapped toy at the door will receive complimentary admission. Cover is $10. Guests can now book their VIP tables online by visiting or by contacting the LEX reservations team at
For the latest information about GSR seasonal and holiday specials, visit or follow GSR on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Reno-Tahoe region, Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) is an all-encompassing resort with nearly 2,000 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites and 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. The destination’s premier property offers visitors a wide variety of amenities including the 2,500+ capacity, critically-acclaimed Grand Theatre, home to Reno-Tahoe’s finest entertainment experience, exhilarating nightlife at the spectacular LEX Nightclub, a spa, branded retail shopping, famed entertainment, 11 delectable restaurant and dining choices including Charlie Palmer Steak and Lounge, a remarkable year-round outdoor pool and fire pit experience, Reno’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, a two-screen cinema, a 50-lane bowling center, adrenaline-pumping rides and an aqua golf driving range. For more information, please visit or to make reservations call 1-800-648-5080. For the latest and greatest news on GSR, find us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Essential Packing Tips For Cold Weather Vacations

Taking a vacation doesn’t always involve sunbathing and hitting the beach. Cold weather holidays are a chance to explore the outdoors and try some adrenaline-pumping activities. If you’re planning a winter break, here are some packing tips to help you prepare.

Adventure holidays

Have you booked a climbing trip or are you planning to go cycling, hiking or fishing on your travels? If you’re visiting a cold country, and you plan to spend most of your time outdoors, you’ll need warm clothing. In countries like Switzerland, Canada, and Iceland, temperatures can fall well below freezing. Make sure you have plenty of thermals and warm layers. Protect your extremities with gloves, thick socks, and hats. Choose sturdy footwear, and cover vests, jumpers, and fleeces with a waterproof coat. Keep your neck warm with a scarf. Look out for brands and products that are designed for the outdoors.  You’ll need something more high-tech than your average puffer jacket. Search for reviews and compare prices online. You can often save money on popular brands by making use of offers like Journey coupons.


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Skiing holidays

Are you preparing to whizz down the pristine white slopes of Whistler, St Anton or Val d’Isere? If so, you’ll need to pack carefully. Your winter dog walking outfit is not geared up for the snow-capped peaks. Make sure you have specialist ski gear that will keep you warm and dry. You can hire equipment like skis and goggles out there. But make sure you have appropriate clothing with you. If you’re keen to enjoy the apres-ski, don’t forget to pack some more formal attire. Faux fur is a great addition to any winter wardrobe. It will keep you toasty and ensure you look glam.

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Winter cruises

Are you embarking on an adventure in the Norwegian Fjords, or going whale watching in Alaska? If you’re cruising in the winter, you’ll need a mixture of outfits. On the boat, it’ll be nice and warm. But when you venture out into the wilds, it’s a totally different story. Pack some comfortable clothes to relax on your journey, as well as some smart casual outfits for dinner and drinks. Tracksuits are excellent for lounging around. Go for long-sleeved dresses or jeans, jackets and blouses for more formal occasions. For outdoor pursuits, you’ll need a thick coat, walking shoes or fur-lined boots, and thermals. Wrap up warm with a hat, a scarf, and gloves. If you’re trying out activities like snowmobiling, it’s also wise to take a balaclava.

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Usually, when you think of packing for a vacation, you start digging out bikinis, sandals, and shorts. If you’re going a winter holiday, your formula will probably be very different. Your main aim should be to keep warm and stay comfortable. If you’re going hiking or cycling, you don’t need to look your best. Focus on layering and wrapping up. Invest in outerwear and fleeces, but don’t neglect your fingers and toes. Go for thick socks and thermals, and don’t forget hats, scarves, and gloves.


Protect Your Skin During Your Warm Holiday Vacation

Gearing up for that warm weather vacation?  Whether your travels take you to Miami or the Maldives, the Bahamas or St. Barth’s there’s one item that is an absolute must-have ­ sunscreen! Rather than fuss with messy travel bottles, fun in the sun favorites NO-AD and Bullfrog offer an easy and portable solution in the form of solid, stick format sunscreens.  You’ll definitely want to pack these TSA friendly sticks right along with your bikini and swim trunks!
NO-AD Sport Body & Face Stick
Super convenient for on-the-go active lifestyle.  Wide-format stick applies smoothly and quickly. Keeps hands clean and ready for any sport or outdoor activity. Ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. Water-resistant (80 minutes), broad-spectrum SPF 50 sun protection. Great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Same quantity as national brands for a value price.
 NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 1.5 oz. MSRP $6.99. Available at
Top Pick: BullFrog Water Armor Sport Quik Stick
If your vacation pursuits tend more towards the active than sipping tropical drinks by the pool, you¹re going to want BullFrog Quik Stik in your arsenal!
Lightweight, non-greasy, clear zinc formula is fast absorbing and leaves no white residue. Sweat- and water-resistant (80 minutes), broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection is great for sun, surf, and snow. Convenient, no-mess application allows for portable on-the-go coverage for face, nose, lips, ears or scalp. No PABA, Paraben, Avobenzone or Oxybenzone.Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Non-irritating, good for sensitive skin. Light on the skin to move with you, not weigh you down.  With BullFrog Quik Stik in your pack, you’re ready for adventure faster ­ whether you hit the beach, slopes or the hiking trail!
BullFrog Water Armor Sport Quik Stik SPF 50 .65 oz. MSRP $ 7.49. Available at
BullFrog Water Armor Sport Instacool Lip Balm
Don’t forget about your lips in the sun!
Moisturizes, cools, and protects your lips through any climate. Powerful water-resistant (80 minutes), broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection is strong enough to keep up with rugged, outdoor lifestyles. Packed with powerful ingredients. Aloe vera reduces inflammation. Avocado oil and jojoba oil, rich in antioxidants, moisturize lips. Cocoa butter offers deep hydration. Vitamin E aids in moisture retention. Grapefruit flavor with cooling menthol sensation.
BullFrog Water Armor Sport Lip Balm with InstaCool SPF 50 .15 oz.  MSRP $1.99. Available at
Ocean Potion Moisturizing Lip Potion SPF 45
This all-season Moisturizing Lip Sunscreen SPF 45 offers the most effective protection for lips and other sensitive areas. Made with rich conditioners to help keep the lips soft and smooth. Contains Aloe Vera to reduce inflammation. Water resistant and great for year round use. Has a yummy orange/vanilla flavor!
Ocean Potion Moisturizing Lip Potion SPF 45 .15 oz. MSRP $1.99. Available at

New Fancy Flip @FlopZuk

Beautiful Aqua flip flops with Turquoise straps

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What makes flopZ so unique is the massaging flopZgel which covers the insole. This clear textured layer treats your feet to a delicious massaging sensation whilst you walk, and the hardwearing clear gel keeps its shape whilst remaining fresh and new in appearance all year round.

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Compact and cleverly packaged with their own bag protector flopZ are perfect for the jetsetter, girl about town and spa lover alike.
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Made from: High quality pure eva outsole, flopZgel pvc compound upper layer which is hand finished for a smooth comfortable edging – simply wash clean with water.

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Curvy Swimwear by @BareNecessities

Finding the perfect bathing suit is not easy task. Whether you are petite, curvy or pear shape – unless you are ‘sample size’ and a ‘fit model’  you have to try before you buy.  The swim wear and lingerie line I recently came across specializes in curvy girls and has beautiful bright swimwear in their collection.   Vacation time anyone?

Check out the Costa Rica bikini by Fantasie – they support K Cup & Swim Up to HH Cup.

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