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Whether for visiting relatives, hitting the slopes or just for a quick getaway during the holidays, Reno remains a popular vacation destination even after the snow has started to fall. For locals and out-of-towners alike, the resorts and casinos in the area have prepped for the holidays with special room rates, ski packages and spa amenities that can help brush off the stress of the season. This holiday, give the gift of a memorable experience – so much more exciting than that regifted fruitcake! – at some of the best hotels and resorts Reno has to offer.

Atlantis

Room packages at the Atlantis allow for total customization: dining, golf, spa and show packages all include special room rates and tickets or reservations to special events and five-star dining. Car lovers will appreciate the National Auto Museum package (luxury tower accommodations plus two tickets to the museum), and art enthusiasts will enjoy the Explore Art Package, with two tickets to the Nevada Museum of Art. The star of the season is the Ski Package, with rates starting as low at $75 a person for accommodations and a choice of activities at one of the 18 ski and snowboard resorts within an hour of the resort. For more information, call 877-348-0003.

Eldorado

Two special room packages make the season bright this winter at the Eldorado. The Winter Suite Special starts at $59.99 a night and features one of the hotel’s Euro-contemporary studio suites, and can be upgraded to the Spa Tower Suites with jetted spa tubs and panoramic views of the city. The resort is also home to the stage production "Ebenezer," a musical retelling of the Dickens classic. A show-plus-room package is also available. "Ebenezer" runs throughout December, and guests enjoy a restaurant discount with ticket purchase. Call 800-648-5966 for more.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

The experts in relaxation at the GSR’s spa can give those suffering from a little holiday planning overload some much needed respite with their December Spa Special menu. A Holiday Spice Aroma Massage can alleviate stress using the most festive scents of the season, and the Warm Gingerbread Pedicure is 50 minutes of cookie-scented heaven for overworked feet. Call 775-789-2186 for more info and reservations. Room package deals are also in full swing at the resort, which also offers an RV park with 164 pads with complete hookups. Waited until the last minute to shop? Drop the kids off at FunQuest and peruse the resort’s many retail shops to find the perfect gifts.

Peppermill

Winter packages are just the beginning of the fun at the Peppermill. The resort also has family, golf, and wine-and-dine options. Those looking for a romantic getaway might opt for the All You Need is Love Package, offering rooms in the Deluxe Peppermill Tower, $50 dining credits and two 50-minute massages. Call 866-821-9996 for more. The Peppermill is also making good on its reputation as one of the locals’ favorite dining spots, offering special holiday dining at many of its eateries. Biscotti’s brings to the table a Christmas Buffet Extravaganza, and the favorite Island Buffet will have both special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet events.

Silver Legacy

As the official hotel of the Reno Santa Pub Crawl, the Silver Legacy has an early bird room special for aspiring Santas, which comes with $100 of discounts and coupons for dining, drinks and entertainment at the resort. Ticket-holders planning to see "Ebenezer" can book rooms at the hotel at a 20 percent discount, and the hotel is also offering a $59 winter special (with two free drinks) and $100 in bonus resort offers. Two ski packages are also available, which include discounted lift tickets to either Mt. Rose or Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. For bookings and information, call 800-687-8733.

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