November 17th, 2014
“Music, Brews and Mountains” is the theme for the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival, establishing its first year at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, California March 20-22, 2015. WinterWonderGrass is a boutique winter music and craft beer festival featuring more than 15 bands and 12 California breweries over three days.
Headliners this year include acclaimed bluegrass bands, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival as well as bluegrass legend Sam Bush. California favorites Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Dead Winter Carpenters, The California Honey Drops and Brothers Comatose will also be performing, adding to the stellar line up. Additional artists include Fruition, Scott Law, Head for the Hills, Front Country, T-Sisters and The Dustbowl Revival.
First Chair tickets will go on sale November 4th for $119 at www.winterwondergrass.com for a limited time. All three-day festival tickets also include a commemorative festival beer mug, three hours of beer tastings and live music from 3-10pm on three stages. Children under the age of 12 are free.
November 13th, 2014
The Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe is a lakeside gem. Boasting long sandy beaches, stunning views, cozy fire pits and resort + casino amenities, the property is a perfect North Shore oasis. Even better, they are supporting some important causes this month, giving visitors and locals alike plenty of reasons to visit.
While you’re there, try a specialty cocktail in Cutthroat’s Saloon and Sierra Café. Or if you are an NFL fan, visit Cutthroat’s Saloon during Thursday, Sunday or Monday games for $15 pitchers of either Blue Moon or Coors Light.
Be sure to check out these fun events throughout the month of November:
November 13: Alpenglow Winter Film Series – Dave Nettle
November 15: Tahoe XC Ski Swap
November 21: Opening Day at Northstar
November 23: LESS movie premier at Homewood’s South Lodge
November 26: Opening Day at Squaw Valley I Alpine Meadows
November 29: Light Up The Night at Tahoe Donner (don’t forget canned food items for Project MANA!)
November 29: Tahoe City Holiday Hop
Meet a Local
Heather Segale is the UC Davis Education and Outreach Director, she works out of a satellite office located on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Over the course of her almost 10-year career with UC Davis, she has brought in more than $6 million in grant funding to the Tahoe region. She is an incredible resource to our community and educates all ages about the many facets of Lake Tahoe. Let’s get to know Heather!
How Many Years In North Lake Tahoe: 20
Best word to describe North Lake Tahoe: inspiring… Inspiring beautiful places and inspiring healthy people
Favorite place to spend a Saturday: outdoors in the forest or on top of a mountain
Describe what inspired you to move to the North Shore: One magical hike in the fall of 1994 in Desolation Wilderness with my Uncle David… I immediately fell in love with these mountains, forests and lakes and moved out shortly after my first visit.
Favorite month in North Lake Tahoe: October
Favorite trail: Tahoe Rim Trail
Favorite locally made product: snow
Skier or Rider: skier (downhill, Nordic and backcountry)
Dish & Drink of the Month
Happy Thanksgiving from North Lake Tahoe! What better way to spend the holiday than in the mountains? At one of our signature restaurants, of course. Let someone else do the cooking and relax with the ones you’re most thankful for. Here are some top picks from around the lake:
Lone Eagle Grill – Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe: 1-8pm
Manzanita – The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe: 11am-9:30pm
Ballroom @ The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe: 11am-5:30pm
Six Peaks Grille – Resort at Squaw Creek: 5-10pm
Cascades Restaurant – Resort at Squaw Creek: 2pm; 4:30pm; 6:30pm
River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant: 1:30pm-close
The Lodge Restaurant & Pub – Tahoe Donner: 2-7:30pm
High Camp – Squaw Valley: 12:30pm and 3:30pm
Rather stay home? Or in your vacation rental? You can still let someone else do the cooking thanks to West Shore Café at Homewood Mountain Resort. Debuting this year is Turkey Day Takeout, allowing guests to pre-order pies, sides and birds, which can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
October 27th, 2014
Summer months are some of the busiest – packed with BBQ’s, activities and not much down time. As temperatures cool, treat yourself to a little R&R! There’s really no better place to re-group and enjoy the quietness of the season than in North Lake Tahoe. Holidays are just around the corner so before your calendar fills up again, indulge in good food, cozy up to a fireplace, and book that spa treatment you’ve been coveting. Our third reason to visit Tahoe this fall? Take a vacation from your summer vacation!
Fill Your Belly
Regardless of the season, there’s no shortage of fine dining in North Lake Tahoe. In Incline Village, the Grille at the Chateau on the Championship Golf Course treats guests to a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m., with $4 drink specials and $3 beers. Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique on the North Shore offers a combo teaser appetizer that includes locally caught smoked trout. The River Ranch offers an affordable happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m., seven days a week. Stopping by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe? Be sure to visit their resident Marshmologist who just created a seasonal pumpkin treat!
For a relaxing experience, Lighthouse Spa in Tahoe City treats guests to a variety of specials and deals throughout the fall, from facials to skin care to waxes. Aloha Skin Spa in Incline Village has everything from psychic readings to massage with custom aromatherapy add-ons and nail treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers signature spa treatments through Nov. 21, including manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Another relaxing spa location is the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, which offers couples’ massages and an express facial or massage.
With fewer tourists during the fall season, lodging options are many, from small, quaint places like the Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista and the West Shore Cafe on the west shore, to larger hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe or the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Cedar Glen Lodge has cozy cottages with stylish Tahoe-charm, while the Resort at Squaw Creek and other Squaw Valley lodging options have nearby hiking trails, shops and spas. The Hyatt is pet-friendly and also offers gaming.
It’s safe to say that the fall season in North Lake Tahoe offers something for everyone. Join us!
October 23rd, 2014
Visiting North Lake Tahoe in fall means lighter traffic, beautiful weather and fireworks of fall color. Event calendars are the only thing that remain jam-packed, and that’s why our reason number two for visiting North Lake Tahoe this fall is BE ENTERTAINED!
North Lake Tahoe always has a wide range of entertainment options. And the fall season is no exception. Musical acts of all genres swing through venues such as the Crystal Bay Club and The Fat Cat Bar and Grill, Bridgetender, and more. At the end of a busy October filled with live shows, the Crystal Bay Club caps the month with perhaps the party of the year, the Creeper’s Ball on Halloween, featuring 1980s cover band Tainted Love and a crowd full of costume-wearing revelers.
Other events highlighting the fall season include the Chocolate Wine & Roses Festival at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village (Nov. 8); the Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken Resort (Nov. 8-9); the Passport to Dining Food & Wine Tasting in Kings Beach (Nov. 13); and the Elegant Affair Wine Tasting at the Boatworks Mall (Nov. 22).
Check out our Event Calendar for a full listing and be sure to check out the Cool Deals tab for discounted lodging packages.
October 22nd, 2014
North Lake Tahoe may be renowned for its world-class skiing and summer recreation, but when the summer crowds subside and the days begin to shorten, the region comes to life with fall colors and adventures. This “secret season” offers a respite from the traditionally busy times of year, when Lake Tahoe’s outdoor splendor shines and its entertainment options abound.
Over the next three days, we’re going to give you five reasons to visit Lake Tahoe this fall, starting with our number one reason, and that’s to GET OUTSIDE!
Fall is the most serene season in North Tahoe. It’s the perfect time to get outdoors. The days are sunny and pleasant, the aspen leaves quake with a golden glow, and the lakes are glassy and calm. The area offers countless miles of hiking and biking trails from which to take it all in, from the historic Emigrant Trail north of Truckee to the famed Flume Trail overlooking the clear blue water of Tahoe’s east shore.
For those who want to get on the water, many local sports stores rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks well into the fall. And while wetsuits are recommended, smooth-surfaced lakes — from Tahoe to Donner Lake to Boca Reservoir — make for ideal waterskiing and wakeboarding. Trout also grow more active with the cooling water temperatures, and area lakes and rivers offer some of the finest fishing in the West.
The North Lake Tahoe area teems with un-crowded golf courses in the fall, from classic nine-hole courses like Old Brockway to modern, 18-hole courses the likes of Coyote Moon, Old Greenwood, the Incline Village Championship Course and the Mountain Course.
September 9th, 2014
From December through August Lake Tahoe is dominated by greens, blues and white — evergreen pine trees, the deep blue hues of Lake Tahoe, and the white of the region’s famously deep snowpack. But for a brief moment in September, October and November, Tahoe puts on a display of orange, yellow and red. Aspen groves around the lake light up in a fiery show of fall foliage.
The season is a perfect time to hike the trails of Tahoe and see it in an entirely different light with multi-colored aspen leaves quaking in the fall wind. Here are three hikes that show North Lake Tahoe in all its fall glory.
Just southwest of Tahoe City, the plateau of Page Meadows is speckled with aspens and criss-crossed by trails. The area puts on perhaps the best fall color display in Tahoe, and the wealth of trails allows hikers to choose a hike of nearly any length. Convenient access from the bus station parking lot (known as 64 acres) just south of Tahoe City or off of Ward Creek Boulevard make for an easy day hike in a majestic fall setting. Bring the camera and wind through meadows, aspen groves and pine and fir forest.
Marlette Lake’s thick aspen groves wrap the high-altitude lake above Tahoe’s East Shore in orange splendor each fall. Starting at Spooner Lake, a five-mile hike takes you through intermittent fall foliage to Marlette Lake where hikers pass through large clumps of aspen to reach the shores of Marlette Lake. The lake shore is ringed in yellows, oranges and reds each fall making for a spectacular setting for lunch before hiking back downhill to Spooner Lake. Marlette Lake was dammed in the 1800s to send water and timber to the booming silver mines in Virginia City, and remnants of the old flume now exist as the picturesque Flume Trail that starts at Marlette Lake and traverses back north toward Incline Village.
Bring your fishing pole and a Nevada fishing license for a change to catch and release the lake’s plentiful cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout.
Spooner Lake is a miniature version of Marlette that requires little hiking. At the intersection of Highway 28 and Highway 50 at the Northeast corner of Lake Tahoe, Spooner Lake offers convenient parking and flat hiking trails that ring the lake. Plentiful aspens dot the shoreline and the meadows adjacent to Spooner Lake. A flat, two-mile trail leaves from the parking lot, and more ambitious hikers can hike a short distance to the Tahoe Rim Trail and climb eastward to “the bench,” a remarkable viewpoint high above Lake Tahoe between Spooner Summit and Kingsbury Grade, or take the trail back toward Mt. Rose Meadow. Spooner Lake is also open for fishing and numerous picnic areas make for relaxing lakeside eating.
September 9th, 2014
Like yoga and looking to really spice up your summer sporting activity calendar? Enter: SUP yoga classes in Tahoe City. Mountain Lotus Yoga & Massage have fused stand-up-paddleboarding and yoga, and the hybridization is sweeping through Lake Tahoe. Instead of rolling out the yoga mat in an indoor studio, yogis are taking their practice to the waters, finding that balancing on paddleboards makes yoga more challenging and more rewarding.
Beginning SUP yogis even find it easy to turn it into a dual sport activity, where a difficult yoga pose one minute effortlessly transitions into an unplanned swim in the waters of North Lake Tahoe the next. In other words, falling means you’re just taking a dip!
Other human-powered sports opportunities include mountain biking, road biking, paddleboarding, rafting and hiking. Summer is the high season for human-powered sports, whether it is flying through the mountain air on a silk strand, finding inner and physical balance on a paddleboard or simply hiking one of North Tahoe’s beautiful trails. Visit the “Outdoors” section of North Lake Tahoe’s website to connect to more information regarding all summer sporting opportunities.
Photo Credit: Chris Bartkowski
August 27th, 2014
The Village at Northstar Serves Up Three Days of Epicurean Activities
Top chefs from around the region head to the high Sierra for the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 5 – 7. The 29th annual installment of this classic Tahoe event includes three days of culinary competition, demonstrations, tastings, art exhibitions and more, in and around The Village at Northstar. Partake in the Plein Air Artists Reception & Wine Tasting, check out Saturday’s Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off or take part in the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting Sunday afternoon – whichever you choose, be sure to bring an appetite for both fun and food.
The Festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 5 with the annual Plein Air Artists Reception & Wine Tasting at Petra, where attendees can enjoy a juried art competition, awards, silent auction and light refreshments. Adding to Friday night’s line up, a Farm to Tahoe Dinner featuring fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced produce is prepared by Northstar California’s Chef Steve Anderson. The gondola sweeps guests skyward to the Zephyr Lodge where the multi-course, plated dinner is complemented by live music, beer and wine.
Saturday morning marks the opening of the Gourmet Marketplace, where visitors can peruse exquisite handmade jewelry, fine art, photography, food and more through Sunday afternoon. Guests may also cast votes for the “People’s Choice” Award in the Marketplace while sampling some of the finest local and regional gourmet goodies.
Among Saturday’s main events are the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook Off from 4:30 – 6 p.m. and the
Charbay 16th Annual Party – Spirits Tasting and Caviar 101 at 6:15 p.m. Blazing Pans 2013 Champion Chef Mark Estee of Campo Reno faces off with Chef Wyatt Dufresne of PlumpJack Cafe. These two fearless competitors prepare four restaurant-worthy dishes during the hour-long battle featuring a secret ingredient that is revealed at the very last second. The event features a classic handcrafted Charbay Cocktail shaken by Marko Karakasevic, 13th generation Master Distiller at Charbay Artisan Winery & Distillery in St. Helena, Calif., and costumes, noisemakers, and air horns are encouraged. Tickets are $15 and include a Charbay cocktail.
Following the Blazing Pans event, Charbay presents its 16th annual party – Spirits Tasting and Caviar 101 – featuring Chef Jason Gronlund, vice president of culinary for Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill restaurants based in Orlando, Fla. and Jeffrey Senna of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in San Francisco. Karakasevic again makes an appearance to sample his hand crafted Charbay Vodkas (California) and Tequila Tapatio (Mexico), alongside the finest luxe caviars and natural flavored roes from Tsar Nicoulai and small bites and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Gronlund. The evening also features a demonstration on how to “prime your palate” for tasting clear vodka and caviar. Tickets are $75.
Other entertaining and interactive events taking place Saturday, Sept. 6 include a Hands-On Mozzarella Cheese Making workshop at Northstar’s Overlook Pavillion with Chef Lara Ritchie from Reno’s Nothing To It! Culinary Center, and a free Sustainable Farming Seminar with northern Nevada-based Girl Farm. Take A Hike! takes trail food to a new level with a gourmet trailside tasting and guided hike while Tim Hanni MW presents “Why You Like What You Like,” a myth-busting, wine and food tasting seminar and book signing at Petra. In addition, Pedals & Pinots invites guests to grab a road bike and head out on a heart-healthy adventure that combines a tasting room tour with a scenic ride through the Martis Valley.
Sunday presents the weekend’s most anticipated event, the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting beginning at 1 p.m. This culinary throw-down features a formally judged competition between 25 of the region’s top chefs, each of whom pair a specialty dish with a varietal and vintage from the winery or brewery of choice. Entries are judged by a panel of food and wine industry experts who award “Best Marriage of Food and Wine/Beverage” and “Best Food” prizes while attendees name the “People’s Choice” award winner. Tickets to the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting are $75 in advance and $95 at the door and include sampling from all additional wineries pouring at the event.
To purchase tickets or for more information on Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival events, visit GoTahoeNorth.com/Events.
August 20th, 2014
North Lake Tahoe is commonly known as the Best Lake in America, and one of the best ways to experience it up close is gliding across crystal clear waters in a kayak.
Kayaking, one of the older, more traditional human-powered sports in the region is a favorite and there is no shortage of rental locations. It’s a perfect way to discover hidden beaches and rocky coves, not to mention a great core and upper-body workout.
Tahoe Paddle & Oar is located in Kings Beach and specializes in top-end canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards for the astute paddler. Kayaking is easy to learn and is as tough as you want to make it.
For the adventurer at heart, Tahoe Paddle & Oar offers two guided tours, either to the Jewel of the East Shore, Sand Harbor, or to Crystal Bay, which features natural hot springs and giant boulder fields.
Visitors and locals alike can find a variety of kayaking tours and experiences around the lake available most months of the year – even winter! Our recommendation? Head out at sunset or for an early morning row. There really is no view more breathtaking than from the middle of North Lake Tahoe.
Photo: Chris Bartkowski
August 18th, 2014
The outdoor sports choices in North Lake Tahoe can be overwhelming. Take mountain biking for example. For a newbie in North Tahoe on vacation, the process of getting on the trail can seem prohibitive. Bike rentals, trail locations and gear are all questions marks that can keep a visitor from experiencing the splendor of North Tahoe singletrack.
North Lake Tahoe has solved that problem with a full marketing campaign that simplifies the process of participating in a human-powered sport in North Lake Tahoe. The campaign covers mountain biking, paddleboarding, SUP Yoga, disc golf, hiking, aerial fabrics and road biking. Visitors who download the eBook will discover useful tips, trail lists and a little humor to help aspiring human-powered sports stars enjoy the best that North Tahoe has to offer. The short instructional videos shot on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore give tips on kayaking, mountain biking, paddleboarding and aerial fabrics.
The eBook and videos will be paired with social media content promoting and educating visitors on human-powered sports opportunities from Sand Harbor to Tahoe’s West Shore.
The marketing campaign is part of an overarching focus on human-powered sports in North Lake Tahoe. Marquee endurance sports events like IRONMAN, Tough Mudder, the Lake Tahoe Marathon and USA Cycling’s upcoming Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships have put North Tahoe on the map as one of the nation’s most spectacular locations for human-powered sports.
Now visitors have access to the information they need to pedal, paddle or twirl their way through some of the most exhilarating ways to experience North Tahoe’s outdoor beauty.
Photo Credit: Chris Bartkowski