Casino Mystery Trip are among our most popular tours!

Last spring on a scouting mission I developed one of the most unique tours, the Rich Man Poor Man Casino Mystery, March 21-25.

I’m not real good at keeping secrets and this has been a tough one as the posh Rich Man portion of the tour stays 2 nights at an incredible hotel set in magical scenery. The property boasts marvelous one of a kind shopping, a spa, and of course a casino. The Poor Man’s accommodations are not as fancy but there is endless entertainment, shopping, gaming and even golf courses close by. We will be motor coaching between the two destinations (it takes an airplane to get there), stopping at places of interest during our travels.

If you have never taken a mystery tour before but you enjoy testing Lady Luck or browsing the shops, take a chance on this one, you won’t be disappointed. Happy trails, Scott

You can checkout Rich Man, Poor Man by clicking here!

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NEW!!!  The Osmond Brothers at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks * 2 Days – April 1st–2nd

The Osmond Brothers started their careers 50 years ago and have sold over 77 million records.  Don’t miss this rare appearance outside of The Osmond Theater in Branson, MO.  Your accommodations will be at the Nugget.  You will receive dinner before the show as well as a $5 cash bonus and a $3 food credit if including the show in your package.  There are no bonuses or dinner for those not including the show.  Before returning home the following day there will be a three hour stop at the Silver Legacy in Reno where you will receive a $5 cash bonus.  200 Gold Passport Points  $179 p.p./dbl.occ., $199 single

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NEW!!!  Lily Tomlin at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel/Casino * 2 Days – May 7th–8th

In 1969, Lily Tomlin joined the sketch comedy show Laugh-In.  Some characters from the show have been associated with her throughout her career, including the wisecracking, snorting telephone operator, Ernestine and the bratty five-year-old Edith Ann.  She has also starred in many movies and continues to entertain audiences with the stories of her life.  Lily performs in the Nugget’s Celebrity Showroom.  Your accommodations will also be at the Nugget where you will receive a $5 cash bonus as well as a $3 food credit. Before returning home the following day there will be a three hour stop at the Silver Legacy in Reno where you will receive a $5 cash bonus.  225/250 Gold Passport Points  $219 p.p./dbl.occ., $249 single

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The “Keys” to Island Life

This travel gig isn’t so bad, as it turns out.  After 30 years on the road (31 in June), I hit the jackpot this month.  On New Year’s Eve, I headed for a true vacation in Hawaii with my best friend.

People often ask me, do you ever take vacations of your own?  Real vacations, like kicking back and relaxing and all?  No, not usually.  A man who takes people on vacation for a living, at least this writer, is never quite at ease on vacation.  More like “parade rest.”  I confess I’m always on the lookout for that special culinary experience, the off-the-beaten-track attraction or the special person who can bring a destination to life.  Indeed, while I was in Hawaii, I met with several hotels on Oahu and Kauai, along with a couple of new restaurants we will be including in this fall’s Hawaii tour (more about that in a future post).

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Regarding the Earthquake in Haiti

An incredible human tragedy is unfolding in Haiti. Like many, we are horrified by the pictures we see, and wondering how we can help. Our staff is exploring how we could best direct our personal and business resources.

In the meantime, there are several ways you can help the situation in Haiti, one such option is by donating to the American Red Cross efforts in Haiti. You can do so by visiting them online at and clicking “Donate Now” or by calling them at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Alternatively, you can donate $10.00 automatically by texting “Haiti” to 90999. Doing so should add your donation to your phone bill this month. More information can be found here.

Our prayers are with the people of Haiti, their friends and family.

Mark Hoffmann, Owner/Founder

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The Traveler for Jan/Feb and Open House Registration

Just a quick note to let you all know that our Jan/Feb newsletter is now available online. This issue features new vacations, day trips, customer letters and more.  You can check it out by clicking here or heading to and clicking on it from the homepage.

We’re also pleased to announce that for the first time ever, you are free to register for this year’s Sports Leisure Open House online.  To register, simply head to and click on the post-it note in the top-left hand corner.  You will then be free to select your session and reserve your spot.  You can also register by giving us a call at (916) 361-2051 after Friday.  Remember, online reservations are available now, phone reservations cannot be made until Friday.  This event is open to all Sports Leisure Travel Club members and their friends.

The Great Comment Giveaway

We hope you all had a fantastic holiday season, and would like to welcome you to the new year with a contest here at!  We’re offering a $50.00 gift card to a local restaurant OF YOUR CHOICE to one lucky winner at the end of January.  All you need to do to enter your name in the contest is post a comment on any blog post we release this month.  Not sure how to do that? Don’t worry, we’ll explain it further below.

The rules are simple:  We’ll be posting various articles, travel discount opportunities, announcements and random musings here on our blog at various times throughout the month. To enter, all you need to do is:

  1. Read the entire post
  2. Think of a great comment
  3. Write it into the comments section below the article on our site.

For those of you reading via email, you’ll first need to click on the title of the post to write your comment.  Replying to the email won’t work, to qualify for the contest you’ll need to post your comment on the actual site. Your name can only be entered into the drawing once per blog post, but you are free to comment on all the posts to increase your chances!

So there you have it, our first ever online contest here at Sports Leisure Vacations.  Remember, you can’t play if you don’t comment, so be sure to sign up for email announcements whenever a new blog post is released. Click here to sign up for email updates now. Let us know what you think in the comments 😉