January – February 2015

Issue Cover January – February 2015

What’s Inside

New Year, New Vegas

New Year, New Vegas Exciting changes reenergize the north Strip. BY JOANNA HAUGEN Almost everyone has a story about Las Vegas’ iconic Sahara Hotel. Abbott and Costello appeared together for the very last time on Sahara’s lounge stage in 1956, and The Beatles stayed at the hotel in 1964 when they first performed in Las Vegas. Over the year ... read more

Sloan Canyon

SLOAN CANYON Petroglyphs paint a glimpse of ancestral southern Nevadans. STORY & PHOTOS BY GREG MCFARLANE It’s hardly a secret that Las Vegas is the definitive destination for gambling and entertainment; not to mention cuisine and nightlife. But…prehistoric rock art? Sloan Canyon—a mere 13 miles south of the Las Vegas Strip—cont ... read more

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: First-Timer’s Guide Tips to help you get your cowboy on, correctly. BY MEGG MUELLER For 31 years, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (NCPG) in Elko has drawn cowpokes and urban cowboys alike to its lyrical blend of the Wild West, the spoken word, music, and more. Evolved from the earliest storytelling of t ... read more

Silver State, Gold Records

Nevada's musical legacy stretches back more than a century. BY NELLIE DAY Nevada leaves a lasting impression on people for many reasons. Case in point: Nevada has been a keen source of musical inspiration for more than a century. Just ask Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons—an American indie rock band from Las Vegas—who has admitte ... read more

Tonopah Brewing Co.

Barbecue and brews serve as a tasty toast to the town’s mining heritage. BY MEGG MUELLER Driving between Reno and Las Vegas can be a long, dry trip. The Nevada desert stretches for miles in between major (and even minor) cities along U.S. Route 95, and after a while, even the sight of ghost towns can set your mind to thoughts of sumptuous mea ... read more

Whitney Peak Hotel

Whitney Peak Hotel Reno’s latest property scales new heights in lodging, dining, and adventure. BY ERIC CACHINERO Smoke-filled casino floors; been there. The familiar chiming of slot machines; done that. Downtown Reno is ready for new life. The Biggest Little City needs a breath of fresh air, and Whitney Peak Hotel is answering that call. A ... read more

Front and Center

A hearty dose of central Nevada is good for the soul BY MEGG MUELLER & ERIC CACHINERO A series of unexpected and delightful moments. This is the appeal of a ridiculously long roadtrip. For our latest adventure, Associate Editor Eric Cachinero and I chose another ambitious trip. Last September, we wrote about our trip to Nevada’s remote ... read more

Tour Around Nevada: Ely

Outpouring of votes shoots diverse eastern town to No. 1 spot. BY MEGG MUELLER When the votes were counted and Ely was revealed as the first winner of the Tour Around Nevada 2015, no one in the Nevada Magazine office was surprised. Not only did Ely take honors in our 2010 Tour Around Nevada campaign, but in April 2014, Ely played host to the an ... read more

Snow Much Fun: 2015 Winter Guide

The time has come to put away bathing suits and snorkels, grab your snowshoes and skis and jump into the powdery pleasure that is winter in Nevada. Whether you long for the fast downhills, the serene backcountry hikes, or need to get the kids out of doors for a while, from every corner of the state, we have you covered. Diamond Peak Ski Res ... read more

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