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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Sometime about the 200th run down the mountain, it hits you: I think I need a break. Luckily, you are in North Lake Tahoe, with many ways to spend your “day-off.”
Eat. North Lake Tahoe has roughly 36 miles of shoreline stretching from Incline Village in Nevada to Tahoma on the West Shore, with more than 100 restaurants in between. Every imaginable cuisine? Check. Romantic lake views? Check. Hipster hangouts? Got ‘em.
Do. Try kayaking across the “glass” on a calm winter day. Go snowshoeing at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Or try cross-country skiing at Tahoe X-Country or North Tahoe Regional Park.
Stroll. Then there is the shopping. Yes, you could use that charming walking stick. Lakeside art galleries, home furnishing and clothing stores abound.
Check out a full list of things to do in North Lake Tahoe:
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Sledding
Sugar Pine Point State Park and Meeks Bay, Explore 18.7 kilometers of groomed Nature Trails through the forest and along the lake. This is a great way to take in views of the lake and experience historic trails of the 1960’s Olympics.
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Snow Play
Tahoe XC has 5 open trails and 15 groomed kilometers and some dog friendly trails as well.
Granlibakken has 2 trails and 3 groomed kilometers, and is an amazing place to bring small children to sled and play in the snow.
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park has Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a small sled hill and snow-play area.
Commons Beach is Tahoe City’s lakefront park. A great place to frolic in the snow or build a snowman while taking in amazing views of Lake Tahoe.
Sightseeing & Adventure
Get out on the lake at the Tahoe City Marina with year round boat rentals.
Swing from the trees at Granlibakken’s Tree Top Adventure Park. A blast is to be had with a series of courses linking tree to tree platforms with a variety of bridges and zip lines!
Paddle the lake… An amazing time of year to get out on the lake at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay. They rent out paddleboards year round, but don’t worry, there is a wonderful café to warm your bones upon your return!
Go play in the snow at North Tahoe Regional Park – off National Ave in Tahoe Vista. With captivating views and groomed hills, this facility has been a favorite of snow play lovers for decades. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.
Take in a View of the Lake
Soak up the view at Kings Beach State Park. This is a lakefront park with a playground, picnic areas and room to play all day.
Sand Harbor has some of the most wonderful Lake Tahoe Views. Sand Harbor can’t be missed!
Here’s a list of things to see in North Lake Tahoe:
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin is home of the North Lake Tahoe Historic Society museum and located adjacent to the Truckee River outlet dam in Tahoe City. Go check out the Ursus Among Us, The American Black Bear in the Tahoe Basin exhibit.
Fanny Bridge, just south of the intersection of Highways 89 & 28, at the traffic light in Tahoe City. In summer people bending over the rail of the bridge to watch trout frolic below Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, the Truckee River, gives the bridge its name.
Tahoe Maritime Museum, This museum gives insight into Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. Step back to the time when grand steam-ships and gleaming wood boats plied the waters of the lake.
Head over to UC Davis Education Center in Incline and discover what makes Lake Tahoe so unique. Guided tours include a virtual research vessel, virtual laboratory and green building tour. See the new 3-D movie “Lake Tahoe in Depth”.
Cal-Neva Lodge Take a tour on this historic property from 1936 thru the early 1960’s at which time Frank Sinatra owned the lodge and hosted his Rat Pack buddies, Marilyn Monroe and other infamous characters.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Spirits of our past are summoned to haunt the streets of historic Truckee during the adults-only Historical Haunted Tour this Thursday and Friday. The walking tour attracts more than 300 attendees and 60 volunteers and features tales of yore with a memorable and entertaining twist at Truckee’s historic gems and watering holes. Tickets are $35/person.
In Incline Village, Sierra Nevada College presents their Writers in the Woods series and hosts writer Amy Franklin-Willis this Friday and Saturday. Franklin-Willis’s first novel, “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” has garnered wide critical acclaim. The free reading is Friday, 7-9 p.m., at the Tahoe Center of Environmental Sciences. On Saturday, there is a writing workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, via registration. Cost is $50/person.
River Ranch Lodge, just outside Tahoe City along the Truckee River, hosts the 5th Annual Fall Colors Moto Tour Friday through Sunday. Vintage car owners take to Tahoe’s roads to enjoying the changing fall foliage, winding roads and beautiful mountain scenery. The historic cars are available for public viewing Saturday, 4-6 p.m., at River Ranch.
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association hosts the last workday of the year Saturday, on the Rim-to-Reno Project located on the Mt. Rose Summit, which is off Highway 431. Volunteers will work on a new trail system, including a connector trail to Reno. All participants will receive a complimentary lunch.
The historic Thunderbird Lodge, just outside of Incline Village, now offers Cooking at the Castle classes where participants can learn to cook like a professional. On Monday, October 22, Chef de Cuisine Anne Wiles will explore the Tahoe Harvest and feature locally grown products and meats. Cost is $250/person. Pricing includes instruction, wine, beverages, supplies and dinner. Cooking classes are limited to 10.
The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation will host the 8th Annual Pink Party, called Fifty Shades of Pink, Friday, October 26, 8 p.m., at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Eats in Truckee. The event, which benefits local cancer patients, offers two different ticket options: one for $50/person and another for $35/person.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
The Resort at Squaw Creek is hosting its 2nd Annual Harvest Festival now through Sunday in Olympic Valley. The event features bluegrass music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, pie-eating contest, pumpkin bowling, glow ball golf, autumn-themed spa treatments, a beer garden, live music and a fall artisan craft faire. The property’s Six Peaks Grille keeps with the season by providing a bounty of fall harvest cuisine that includes pumpkin pie and caramel apple martinis along with scallops with pumpkin ravioli.
The Tahoe City Downtown Association is hosting the 8th Annual Tahoe City Harvest Festival now through Saturday, October 20 with a Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll with its 5K and 10K runs October 13, Zombie Pub Craw October 13, Gatekeeper’s Ghost Walk October 18 and the Felt-A-Pumpkin Workshop for arts and crafts lovers October 20.
The 3rd Annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week is taking place now through Sunday. The event offers 3-course prix-fixe menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person that incorporate organic, seasonal and local ingredients – all served up at Lake Tahoe’s charming and historic eateries and bistros.
Arts for the Schools presents “DALA” Friday, at the Church Street Theater in Truckee. The duo group features vocal harmonies and talents on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. Tickets are $15/adult and $5/children, military and adults over 65 years.
Squaw Valley Institute brings Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson, to the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m. Morgenson will discuss insights regarding the recent financial crisis gathered from her book “Reckless Endangerment, How Outsized Ambition, Greed and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.” Tickets are $25/person for members and $35/person for the general public.
The guided Donner Party Hike, this weekend, is steeped in foliage and history. Hikers walk the trails of early pioneers and learn about the success of the Stephens Party, the tragic events of the Donner Party and the importance of the transcontinental railroad.
In Crystal Bay, Zepparella (an all-female Zeppelin tribute band) plays for free Saturday, October 13, 10 p.m., in the Crown Room at the historic Crystal Bay Club Casino. This popular band is a favorite of Tahoe locals.
In Incline Village, the Oktoberfest and Community Fair, Saturday, is a perfect occasion for families to get into the fall spirit. Attendees indulge in grilled brats, peruse arts and craft vendor booths and rock out to live music – all at the Village Center.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Sunny, sunny and absolutely sunny in North Lake Tahoe this week, with highs topping out at a perfect 79 degrees.
Resorts and Towns’ Update
Woodward Tahoe, a world-class action sports training center and youth camp, which originally opened June 9 for its inaugural programming, is now open for full public access and daily drop-in sessions. Located at Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, this 33,000-square-foot facility offers multi-level Olympic trampolines, a Super Tramp, a concrete skate park for skateboarding and BMX biking, a pump track and skatelite ramps to foam pits for aerial ski, snowboard, BMX and skateboard training.
Lake Tahoe continues to boast environmentally friendly transportation (and a family fun attraction) with the launch of the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle in early August. The vessel carries 12 passengers, crew and up to eight bikes and is ideal for those taking public transit from one side of the region to the other. The program employs a paperless reservation system, with tickets booked ahead of time. Participating docks are West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, Gar Woods Grill & Pier and Captain Jon’s Restaurant in Tahoe Vista. One-way rates start at $10/adult and $7/child 10 years and younger.
High Notes: Summerlong Music Series
North Lake Tahoe takes its music outdoors with a variety of live concerts, festivals and headliner events at High Notes: North Lake Tahoe Summerlong Music Series. Check out High Notes online for a listing of all the free events and ticketed performances.
The 6th Annual Music on the Beach continues with Downbeat Friday, August 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The group features gritty, funk and soul music that will have you up and dancing.
Concerts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City is free and presents Samba Da (North Tahoe Jazz Week), 4:30-7 p.m., Sunday, August 26. This is a fantastic event for the entire family. Bring a picnic basket, beach blanket and low-back chair or plan to dine afterwards at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Squaw Valley continues its free concert series, Bluesday, with The Blues Monsters & Friends Tuesday, August 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The group plays tribute to fallen legends, such as Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Etta James.
In Truckee, the Cedar House Sport Hotel hosts a free talk with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Wednesday, August 22, 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a virtual tour with images and stories of the peaks, valleys, meadows and lakes that make up this 165-mile loop trail, one of the largest volunteer projects in the country.
The Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley hosts their popular 4th Annual BBQ Weekend Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26 with cooking demonstrations, culinary and beverage tastings, and an elaborate gourmet barbeque that includes a spit-roasted pig. BBQ Weekend packages for two adults start at $279 per Deluxe Guestroom, per night, based on a two-night minimum. Children 12-and-under can be added to the BBQ for $20/night.
Northstar California hosts “Tahoe Star Tours – Shooting Stars and Comets” Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25. Guests join star guide and poet Tony Berendsen for a unique and educational night under the stars. Tours take place from 8-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30/adult and $15/children 12 years and younger.
Human-powered athletes unite (and choose from four different races) Saturday, August 25. Incline Village is Grand Central for the popular off-road triathlon XTERRA Lake Tahoe, as well as the XTERRA Lake Tahoe Sprint, Big Blue 5 and 10K Trail Run, as well as the XTERRA Lake Tahoe Duathlon Flume Trail. This is a great spectator event with good viewing at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
The Village at Squaw Valley hosts the popular 3rd Annual Peaks and Paws Festival, that gives a special nod to man’s best friend, the weekend of August 25-26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy 16 wineries, beer and 12 hours of continuous live bluegrass, as well as pet-themed art and activities, including guided hikes and the 2nd Annual Fetch Fest at Cushing Pond.
McAvoy Layne performs as America’s most beloved writer and humorist, Mark Twain, Monday, August 27, 7 p.m., at the back lawn of the Incline Village Recreation Center in Incline Village. This is a great family, end-of-summer performance of Twain’s “Roughing It, Tales of Tahoe,” Tickets are $25/adult and $15/8-20 years old.
Sierra State Parks Foundation and California State Parks announce a rare opportunity to experience “behind the scenes” at Pine Lodge, the Ehrman Mansion, at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore, Friday, August 31 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50/person with proceeds designated for maintenance and repairs of the mansion.
The cobblestone streets of the Village at Northstar will become canvases for critically acclaimed artists Labor Day weekend for the first-ever Chalk Talk. This event is free and open to the public and runs Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. There is also a children’s “chalk” area for creative expression.
Tahoe Adventure Company, based in Truckee and Tahoe Vista, will host a Full Moon Kayak Adventure Friday, August 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The tour is led by professional, knowledgeable guides who will discuss local natural history and fascinating facts about the moon. The trip includes all gear and runs $60/person.
As part of the 27th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, the West Shore Café & Inn is hosting Bacon, Beer & Bluegrass Saturday, September 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests sample five varieties of inventive bacon recipes prepared by classically trained, professional chefs paired with five varieties of microbrews. Tickets are $20/person and include live music, as well as lawn games for kids.
The popular 23rd Annual Foam Fest is taking place Saturday, September 1, 2-6 p.m., at the KT Base Bar Sundeck at Squaw Valley. Participants taste craft brews from more than 40 breweries. This event benefits Disabled Sports USA Far West and includes live music. Tickets are $25/person.
Whew! We’ll see you in North Lake Tahoe!
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Confirmed Wineries: Keenan, Four Graces, Educated Guess, Laird, Opolo, Spotlight (Arrieta, Row 7 & 8), Shultz, Kobrand (Domaine Carneros & Cakebread), Kendall Jackson, Trefethen, Crimson Wine Group (Chamisal & Forefront), Orin Swift, Rombauer, Mi Sueno, Cliff Lede, Twisted Oak, Anthem, BNA, Whispering Vine Wine, Hidden Ridge, Gloria Ferrer and more to be added!
100% of All Proceeds from Lakeside Food & Wine Event to Benefit Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
Lone Eagle Grille and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino announce the third annual Wine on the Water charity event; a food and wine festival on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Featuring over 25 celebrated wineries and more than a dozen local restaurants, the annual event will include exclusive tastings of some of the region’s best food and wine, live music, and a noteworthy silent auction. Set against a spectacular backdrop on the Cottage Green beside Hyatt’s private beach, 100% of all proceeds generated from ticket sales and silent auction sales at the event on Sunday, August 19, will be donated directly to the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
From 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., guests will have a chance to sample the finest labels and vintages from acclaimed Northern California wineries. Recently recognized by Wine Spectator magazine with the 2011 Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine program, Hyatt’s own Lone Eagle Grille will feature a flavorful sampling from of High Sierra Cuisine that has made it one of the area’s most popular restaurants. Other top local and regional chefs from favorite restaurants will provide signature bites. In addition to great wine and food, Wine on the Water will also feature an extensive silent auction with items including special wines, exotic resort retreats, dinners, and gift certificates. Live music will be provided as guests mix and mingle.
Tickets to the event will be $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door. All proceeds generated as a result of Wine on the Water will be donated directly to the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
For tickets or more information regarding Wine on the Water, visit Tahoe.ActivityTickets.com
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Summer officially kicks off in North Lake Tahoe Memorial Day Weekend with the 6th Annual Opening Day at the Lake. This four-day special event is Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28, and will be a slew of celebrations and festivities along the West Shore and the North Tahoe region.
It’s the official launch into the North Tahoe boating and summer season. The first days of summer bring a buzz of excitement and festivities will be sure to capture that. People are eager to get outside and enjoy themselves. Whether it’s on the water, on the beaches or taking part in other seasonal events, it’s a great time of year to explore North Lake Tahoe.
Opening Day at the Lake events include deck opening celebrations at Sunnyside Resort (celebrating its 25th anniversary), West Shore Café & Inn, Chambers Landing Bar & Restaurant and Bridgetender (celebrating its 35th anniversary); the opening of Meeks Bay Resort & Marina; openings and tours of historical Vikingsholm Castle, Sugar Pine Point Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, the Gatekeeper’s Museum and the Tahoe Maritime Museum with its new “Tahoe Twenties” exhibit; as well as the popular Mike Brown Seaplane Splash-In and BBQ at Obexer’s General Store.
Another noteworthy anniversary is Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet, which celebrates 35 years this summer. The restaurant will donate complimentary continental breakfasts for early risers assisting in the West Shore Clean Up Day Friday, May 25 at 8 a.m. Also opening for the season is Swiss Lakewood Restaurant in Homewood, which has graced the West Shore for more than 50 years.
New for Opening Day at the Lake this year are special lake-wide shopping and dining offerings Thursday, May 24 through Thursday, May 31, coordinated by area business associations, including the Incline Village Business Association, North Tahoe Business Association, the West Shore Association, the Tahoe City Downtown Association and the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association.
Memorial Day weekend is also a fantastic time to pedal to and from Opening Day events as North Lake Tahoe’s paved bike trails are open, accessible and cleared of snow.
Where will you be celebrating?
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Back for a second year, Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week October 2 – 9 is a chance to dine out with abandon and sample the best from area restaurants in easy-to-order 3-course prix-fixe menus tailored for lunch or dinner. And, they’re all just $20, $30 or $40 per person…no passes, tickets or coupons required (although we’d recommend making reservations).
So just what can you try throughout the week? Here’s a look at the participating North Lake Tahoe restaurants along with links to their Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week menus (where available):
Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, offering a flexible menu with specials like seafood stew and butternut squash enchilladas
Crystal Bay Club Steak & Lobster House
Dragonfly, serving a sizzling stone flank steak
Jake’s On the Lake, featuring a lobster lunch
Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, offering up three entrée options
Mamasake Sushi, (top right) with choices for starters, 2nds and entrees, plus dessert and sake
Manzanita Lake Tahoe at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, choose from pork tenderloin or king salmon
Mountain Burrito Company, what else but a giant mountain-sized burrito
PlumpJack Café, (center right) add a wine pairing for each course just $25 more
River Grill, plenty of options for $30 or $40 menus
River Ranch Lodge, (bottom right) cioppino, pork loin or tri tip all served riverside
Six Peaks Grille at the Resort at Squaw Creek, ‘tis the season for their “Pumpkin Pie Martini Shooter”
Soule Domain, a mix of flavors from pan roasted grouper to bleu cheese and fig-topped filet mignon
Sunnyside Resort, multiple entrée options all followed by Kimo’s hula pie
Wild Goose Tahoe, Moroccan spiced prawns and braised duck tortellini
Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique
If you’re planning to visit during Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week be sure to check featured resorts with 25% off lodging for attendees.
Get complete details and make reservations for your week online.
Monday, September 12th, 2011
The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival is a fun weekend to explore the world of wines and beer, sample tasty treats and learn tips and techniques from the pros. But it’s also a chance for chefs and wineries to compete for top honors. Here’s a list of the 2011 winners.
Best Food & Wine Pairings:
Gold: Six Peaks Grille, Smoked Duck Breast with Camembert Crostini and Caramelized Fig paired with 2008 Villa Maria Pinot Noir
Silver: Hawks Restaurant (pictured right), House Cured Salame paired with Scott Harvey Napa Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir Blanc
Bronze: Chocolate Bar, Veal Cheeks, Carrots and Sweet Peas paired with 2008 Santa Barbara Collection Pinot Noir
Best Pairing Food and Beverages:
Gold: Hard Rock Café, Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich, paired with Charbay Artisan Distillery, Green Tea Lemonade
Best White Wine:
Gold: Scott Harvey Napa Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir Blanc
Silver: 2009 ZD California Chardonnay
Bronze: Dr. Loosen German Sparkling Riesling
Best Red Wine:
Gold: 2008 Santa Barbara Collection Pinot Noir
Silver: 2008 Pride Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze: 2008 Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel
Gold: Hawks Restaurant, House Cured Salame
Silver: River Ranch Lodge, Wild Game Meatloaf with Mushroom Jus
Bronze: Wild Goose, Braised Pork Belly with Chipotle Guava Glaze
Blazing Pans Champion:
Longboards Bar & Grill beat out Evergreen Restaurant, secret ingredient rabbit
And the People’s Choice Awards…
Best Food & Wine Pairings:
PlumpJack Café at Squaw Valley Inn (pictured right), Plum & Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Rib with Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Orin Swift Cellars, 2008 Papillon Red Blend
PlumpJack Café at Squaw Valley Inn, Plum & Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Rib with Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Best Red Wine:
Orin Swift Cellars, 2008 Papillon Red Blend
Best White Wine:
Frank Family Vineyards, 2009 Chardonnay
Charbay Artisan Distillery, Green Tea Lemonade
Best Table Presentation:
Northstar-at-Tahoe and Stags Leap Clos du Val Winery
Friday, September 9th, 2011
The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival kicks off today. To help you navigate the festival and ensure you catch all the seminars and tastings you’d like, we’ve loaded a printable schedule of events. Just click and print. Enjoy!
2011 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival Schedule
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Credit Jeff Lamppert. Chef Lars Kronmark's grilling demo from 2010. He's back in 2011 for the "Some Like It Hot" seminar.
The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival is practically a culinary rite of passage at Tahoe, where guests can learn from some of the region’s top chefs and taste the Tahoe difference. This year’s festival is another phenomenal experience with a lineup of tastings, seminars and hands-on classes we’re already salivating over. Here’s this blogger’s quick pick list for Saturday’s events. Be sure to check the full schedule to see what delicious opportunities we couldn’t include here.
- Outdoor Grilling with Chef Mark Estee, 11 a.m. Not only is Mark something of a local legend, the food in his Tahoe-area restaurants keeps us wanting more.
- The Chocolate Bar, 12:30 p.m. They’ll have a chocolate-based cocktail and food seminar. We’d love to learn how to pair chocolate with as much as we possibly can.
- Cuisine Unique Cooking Demo with Douglas Dale, 2:45 p.m. Chef Dale’s “fresh food, simply prepared” has made Wolfdale’s a Tahoe institution. We’re anticipating some great new tips on ingredients, techniques and unconventional food combos to keep our own home cooking vibrant.
- Charbay Artisan Winery & Distillery, 5:45 p.m. Marko and Jenni Karakasevic showcase a tasting of whiskey in all its stages, from the beer they distill to the un-aged whiskey, then to the final barrel aged version. So cool to learn (and taste!) the process.
The festival also includes the 8th annual Grape Stomp and Vineyard Luncheon Friday, September 9 and the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting Sunday, September 11. Saturday’s events also include the Gourmet Marketplace Wine and Brew Walk and Trade Fair.
Review the full schedule, including ticketed event pricing and registration.
Some accommodations also offer lodging packages for the event. Check out North Lake Tahoe’s Cool Deals to book.
Want to win a trip to this year’s Autumn Food & Wine Festival? Enter our contest on Facebook for a chance to win a stay at Ferrari’s Crown Resort, two tickets to “Some Like It Hot” and two tickets to the Grand Tasting.