Archive for the ‘entertainment’ Category
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
May 27, Memorial Day, is Opening Day at the Lake! That means the first days of summer are here with deck opening parties, open bike trails, boat launching and more. Gather the family and ride your bike, carpool or kayak your way around North Lake Tahoe this weekend.
Looking for some guidance and possibly some free swag? Download a printer friendly passport which includes a complete calendar of events. Get it stamped at the locations to be entered to win one of dozens of prizes.
10 stamps gets you instant prizes at participating businesses
15 stamps gets you into the raffle for your chance at great prizes including gift certificates, lodging, dining, free kayak & paddleboard rentals, spa treatments and a whole lot more
Easy and fun, right? It’s your weekend to discover and explore Lake Tahoe. So, come up and enjoy, and see what you can win!
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City, Ca is proud to host the 20th annual Fishing Derby, Brunch and Raffle Sunday, June 2 on Lake Tahoe! Fishing will commence one hour before sunrise and lasts ’til noon.
$50 entry donation includes:
Buffet Brunch (11:30 to 1pm)
Think you have what it takes to win? Here’s a breakdown of the prize money:
Largest Mackinaw – $1000
Largest Brown – $500
Largest Rainbow – $250
Contestants may register at Jake’s On The Lake or Pete ‘N Peter’s by 5pm, June 1
Don’t fish? Well Jake’s has you covered, too! Head over for just brunch. $22 per adult, $12 per child
All proceeds benefit Mike Kise Medical Relief and Tahoe Safe Alliance
Check out Jake’s on the Lake online for additional info
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Wine aficionados take note.
The 8th Annual Tahoe City Wine Walk returns to historic North Lake Tahoe Saturday, June 22. The event last year hosted more than 800 attendees and 30 regional wineries.
This summer’s alfresco event, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., will again focus on varietals from regional California wine producers and will also feature gourmet bites from North Lake Tahoe’s top restaurants and catering companies.
What has stayed the same is the ideal event location. The Tahoe City Wine Walk runs along scenic North Lake Tahoe Boulevard and provides some of the best views of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country. Many take the opportunity to sip while shopping at Tahoe City’s unique establishments for signature wares and wrap up the day with dinner at one of Tahoe City’s many restaurants – all within walking distance of the event.
Tickets are now on sale and run $35/person in advance and $45/person at the event (cash only). Ticket price includes admittance, wine tasting, commemorative wine glass, delicious bite-sized offerings, live music and free on-site parking. Attendees must be 21 years or older and show valid ID when purchasing tickets and registering the day of the event.
The Tahoe City Wine Walk is a fundraiser for the Tahoe City Downtown Association. This non-profit organization consists of local merchants, property owners, community associations, residents, professionals and contributors whose goal it is to enhance and promote a vibrant and prosperous commercial and social center for the residents and visitors to Tahoe City.
For more information about the event, lodging specials, public transportation options, parking map and to purchase tickets online, click to the official website. The site is also home to social media channels, volunteer opportunities, as well as subscription to the Tahoe City Wine Walk mailing list. Day-of-event registration booths will be located at Boatworks Mall, Heritage Plaza and the North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City. Event sponsorship opportunities are available.
Photo credits: Tahoe City Wine Walk
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day carnival and one of the region’s most popular annual family celebrations. SnowFest is scheduled for March 1-10 and is held at a variety of venues throughout North Lake Tahoe.
Here’s a list a just a few of festivities taking place:
- Opening Ceremonies at Squaw
- Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade
- The 23rd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim
- The 37th Annual Great Ski Race
- Wacky Winter Bowling
- Jake’s Mardi Gras on the Lake Party
- Rahlves’ Banzai Tour Squaw Valley
- Hacienda Unofficial Thursdays Grand Prize Night
- Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade
- River Ranch Annual Snow Sculpting Contest
For more information about SnowFest and a complete list of events, visit the online
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center presents
“Meet our Four-Legged Heroes of Winter”
The Squaw/Alpine Rescue Dogs
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
Location: North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, 100 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City CA 96145
Cost: FREE EVENT
Who: Craig Noble and Furry Friends
TheNorthLake TahoeVisitorInformationCenteris looking forward to a woofing and tail-wagging good time as the Squaw/Alpine Rescue dogs come to the center for a visit. From their handlers, we will learn how they train these snuggly life savers and how we can support their efforts. “A Day in Your Life” photographer, Donna Reid, will be here to take portraits of you and the cute canines (a portion of the photo proceeds will be donated to the Search and Rescue foundation). Beer will be provided by Mellow Fellow GastroPub and cookies for furry friends will be provided by Scrap’s Dog Bakery. The featured artist for this event is Keoki Gallery with his famous Dog Rescue Pictures.
Sponsored By: A Day in Your Life Photography, Scrap’s Dog Bakery and Mellow Fellow GastroPub
Contact Information: Kym Fabel, NLT Visitor Center Manager
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
The first weekend in March marks the beginning of SnowFest, North Lake Tahoe’s most anticipated celebration, as well as the return of the Rahlves’ Banzai to Squaw Valley. The 32nd annual SnowFest will kick off March 1 with a torchlight parade and fireworks at the base of Squaw Valley. Then, March 2-3, guests can join amazing athletes and great company while participating in or watching the third leg of Rahlves’ Banzai Tour: the KT-22 Banzai.
Banzai Tour showcases racing in its purest form, with four racers at a time going head-to-head over natural terrain in ski and border-cross style action. The winners of each respective tour stop will have the opportunity to compete in the “Super Final” on March 9-10 against former World Champion, 12-time World Cup winner, X-Games Gold Medalist and four-time Olympic skier and Sugar Bowl Resort Ambassador Daron Rahlves. The Sugar Bowl Silver Belt Banzai and Super Final race takes place during closing weekend of SnowFest!, so don’t miss the festive Banzai and SnowFest culminating events hosted by Sugar Bowl.
“The KT-22 Banzai is always one of the most exciting parts of the tour because of the great view of the course from the base of the mountain,” said Daron Rahlves. “Spectators get to watch athletes give it their all down the face of KT-22, which embodies everything the Banzai Tour is really about; the competition, athleticism, and most importantly, the enjoyment and camaraderie of the ski and snowboard community.”
Friday night before the tour stop, competing athletes, sponsors, media and special guests are invited to the event kick-off, “Rahlves’ Banzai Welcome Party” from 4-6 p.m. at Sandy’s Pub at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The welcome party ends right in time for athletes to participate in the annual opening ceremony torchlight parade. On Saturday after the solo qualifying timed runs to seed Sunday’s Finals and heats of four, all competing athletes, sponsors, media and fans are invited to celebrate all things Banzai from 3-6 p.m. at Le Chamois for the “Rahlves’ Banzai Après Party” thrown by High Fives Foundation. One dollar from each Sierra Nevada beer and Red Bull drink purchased throughout the après party will be donated to High Fives.
For those who are curious about the tour’s name, Banzai is a Japanese term expressed as an exuberant cheer meaning, “Long Life!” or “Hurray!” An apt name for a high-spirited downhill ski and snowboard competition, the Silver Belt Race first took place in the 1940s at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and was re-introduced with the head-to-head action by Daron Rahlves and Sugar Bowl in 2009. The race continued with one event for another year, and then Rahlves decided to take the show on the road, officially launching Rahlves’ Banzai Tour and expanding to stops at four of Lake Tahoe’s premier resorts.
The Rahlves Banzai tour is presented by Bank of The West. The Rahlves Banzai Tour is also supported by sponsors such as Red Bull, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Contour, CEP “intelligent sportswear”, North Lake Tahoe Chamber/VCB/Resort Association, Spyder, Atomic, Start Haus Ski Shop, Wend Wax, COAL, SVE/BOSE, The Bar Effect, World Cup Supply, Jagermeister, Snow Fest, Sports Insurance, Technical Equipment Cleaners, Resort at Squaw Creek, ZINKA, 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio, Tahoe TV, POWDER Mag, High Fives Foundation, World Cup Supply, and CRUX Events, thereby creating an alluring $80,000 prize purse.
For more information, to check out previous race results, videos and to register, visit online. For up-to-the-minute news, “Like” The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour on Facebook and follow @RahlvesBanzai on Twitter.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Steve with PhotoFly Travel Club recently visited us in North Lake Tahoe and shared his take on the adventure with us. Check out the post below or the original post here.
“I’m not a huge skier. In fact, I never understood why so many people wait eagerly for the frigid winter to spend thousands of dollars only to drive 5 hours back and forth every weekend. On top of that, they have to deal with the whole process of skiing or snowboarding (it’s really a lot of work: getting rentals or stuffing the equipment in and out of the car, putting it on (not as easy as you think), walking a ton in uncomfortable ski boots, getting muscle cramps and inevitable minor injuries). I should also say I’m from New England which has some good mountains but nothing like the type of snow and quality trails out west. THEN I was invited by the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Board to spend a weekend exploring the area and skiing at their top resorts. To sum the weekend up I have to say they proved me wrong; Skiing at North Lake Tahoe is awesome and now I totally get why millions of people go through all the effort and money to ski or snowboard as much as possible each winter.
The weekend started off typical for Tahoe enthusiasts by leaving early on Friday and driving 5.5 hours in traffic for a drive that should only take 3. But once we arrived we were graciously welcomed at the Ritz-Carleton with food and drinks to go over the adventure. This place is brand new and it does the Ritz brand justice with an awesome restaurant and huge lounge area full of warm fires and comfortable couches and chairs. The view of North Star Resort is pretty stunning too. We had the pleasure of staying at the Resort at Squaw Creek. This place was perfect for a ski weekend with an awesome lobby view of Squaw Valley and very comfortable rooms with huge flat screen TVs. The view from our room was absolutely beautiful with a huge mountain and the steaming outdoor swimming pool below it.
The fun began on Saturday morning with my first ride to the top of the mountain at Squaw Valley. Staying at the resort is perfect because they have a designated chair lift right in front of the hotel. No need to lug everything to the crowded ski entrance 2 miles away. From the first run down to the bottom I realized what I’d been missing the past 2 years since I had last skied. These mountains and the quality of snow and skiing are awesome. We skied two full days and were pretty sore but it was so fun I didn’t care. Squaw has some excellent trails for average and expert skiers with some of the most vertical runs in all of North Lake Tahoe. On Saturday night we ate at Rocker Bar and Restaurant which had some amazing mac n cheese & beef brisket skillets. Excellent comfort food that really hit the spot after a good workout skiing all day.
Overall, we can’t thank Lake Tahoe North enough for having our travel club up for the weekend. They have rejuvenated our love and interest in skiing and we’ll be looking at planning a group trip to Lake Tahoe for next year! ”
CHECK OUT MORE FROM STEVE’S TRAVELS HERE.
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, 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!