Friday, April 2, 2010

Goodbye Cal Neva, a tribute to your legacy

It's a sad week in Tahoe as the famed casino once owned by Frank Sinatra and always the Rat Pack's favorite hangout has closed its doors.  Hopefully temporarily...

The owner does hope to reopen one day but word on the street is that it is not likely.
Competition with Vegas has gotten too high and for this tourist spot, all bets are off.

Not only was Cal Neva famous because of its regulars, but it was built right on top of the California/Nevada state line - hence the name "Cal Neva."

The pool!  One summer, my dad and I snuck into the pool area so I could go swimming.  What a thrill it was to swim from California to Nevada and back again!  Probably one of the coolest things I did as a kid!

Marilyn spent her last weekend here before her death.  The cabin that she stayed in is still there and is part of the resort tour. 

I remember daydreaming about her lounging by the pool, wearing dark sunglasses, sipping on a cocktail and having the time of her life.  I wanted to be her.  

R.I.P. dear, beautiful Marilyn.  

I have a lot of great memories with my Dad at this casino; it is by far my favorite that I have ever been to and that is a lot!  While he would go place his sports bets I would hang out in the lodge, in awe of the ginormous stuffed bear and being in two states at once.  I was extremely fascinated by the glamour of this lodge in the mountains that was loved by the coolest people of its time and wished I could go back in time to when it was hot.  

Will miss ya, Cal Neva!

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