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Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Fest Expands, Set for Sept. 1-9

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

The 27th Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, long considered one of the region’s premier gourmet events, has increased the number of its programs – now offering nine days of festivities.

 

Travelers have a healthy appetite for culinary tourism. They are eager to experience the food and wine of a particular region as part of their vacation. With this in mind, we expanded what was already an exceptional event and made it even better, offering nine days instead of three of tastings and classes.

 

Another noticeable change to this year’s Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is the expansion of the event to every corner of North Lake Tahoe. Visitors can literally pick and choose when and where to partake from the lake’s West Shore to sandy Kings Beach and even Truckee Saturday, September 1 through Sunday, September 9.

 

New events are many and include a Labor Day Weekend Barbecue and Music at West Shore Café and Inn in Homewood (September 1), the Alpen Wine Fest at the Village at Squaw Valley (September 2) and educational classes at Uncorked Wine Bar in the Village at Squaw Valley and at their Tahoe City location (September 3 and 6).

 

Attendees also have an opportunity to shop, cook, learn and dine with Chef and Owner Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique in Tahoe City at his Farmer’s Market/Hands-On Cooking Class (September 6). Participants will shop locally with Douglas, cook together and enjoy a four-course luncheon complete with wine pairings.

 

This year’s event will also feature a first-time ever winemaker dinner at the famed Soule Domain in Crystal Bay (September 6). The cozy cabin setting is home to the exquisite pairings of Chef and Owner Charlie Soule with the award-winning wines of Mt. Vernon Winery, a previous winner at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival.

 

Many of the festival’s most popular programs are back, but enhanced.

 

The Grape Stomp has changed location and will now be hosted at Tahoe City’s Commons Beach and sponsored by Uncorked Tahoe City (September 7). Teams of stompers will crush grapes the old world way with bare feet in wacky costumes with the country’s largest alpine lake as a backdrop.

 

Although the focus has traditionally been wine, this year’s event will diverge featuring a unique beer class as part of its educational seminars on Saturday (September 8) at the Village at Northstar. The “Belgian Brews and Cheese Pairing” has renowned cheese expert Laura Werlin pairing Belgian-style and IPA-style beer with a variety of domestic cheeses.

 

Another new class that may pique the interest of festivalgoers is the “2012 Pacific Oyster Wine Pairing Winners” (September 8), which will also be held at the Village at Northstar. As vino aficionados know, there aren’t many wines that work well with oysters but when one does, it’s a beautiful thing. During the month-long 18th Annual Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, 25 top food and wine experts blind tasted each wine with at least one oyster and then rated the “bliss factor.” Ten West Coast wines were selected for the prestigious “Oyster Awards.” Attendees will taste the winning wines along with succulent oysters.

 

Many of the festival’s free programs are also return for September 8 at the Village at Northstar, including outdoor grilling and cooking seminars, gourmet marketplace, hands-on cooking and butchering demonstrations, as well as the ticketed Wine and Brew Walk and Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cookoff and Charbay Artisan Winery and Distillery Release Party.

 

The pinnacle of the event, the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting, returns (September 9) at the Village at Northstar with more than 30 restaurants, caterers and chefs developing bite-sized dishes that pair perfectly with a single varietal or vintage wine, beer or spirits.

North Lake Tahoe Celebrates July Fourth with a Lots and Lots of Fireworks!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

 

Source: http://www.travelenvogue.com/specials-and-reviews/view/160/Fourth-of-July-in-Lake-Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe is celebrating Independence Day with not one, but with multiple fireworks displays.

 

We’re unique in that we have a series of fireworks events held throughout the region so visitors to the area can take their pick in terms of when and where. Where else can you enjoy more than one show during your stay?

 

Kings Beach hosts their annual fireworks display July 3 with a free show just off the sandy shores at 9:30 p.m., as well as a deck party celebration at the North Tahoe Event Center beginning at 6 p.m. The deck party, which runs $15/person at the door, includes live music, food vendors and a no host bar.

 

Tahoe City celebrates 66 years of fireworks at Commons Beach at 9:30 p.m. July 4. This event is free and is also well attended by families, many of whom bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs to make an evening of the festivities. Tahoe City’s lakeside restaurants are also popular with those watching the fireworks, with many offering special menus for the night, but book out early. Reservations are recommended.

 

Incline Village really takes things to the next level with their traditional Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities scheduled for June 30 through July 7 which includes patriotic chalk drawing contest, opening ceremonies with a tribute to veterans, Tahoe Firecracker Trail Trek, flag raising, USAF California Air National Guard Static Display and fireworks July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach.

 

In Truckee, the free Truckee 4th of July Parade, a fun, kid-friendly hometown event, takes place July 4, 10 a.m., along Donner Pass Road ending in historic downtown. Before the festivities, visitors can take part in the Truckee Firecracker Mile, perfect for all ages and starting at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The 4th of July Fireworks is scheduled for July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk.

 

So put on your red, white and blue and we will see you at the lake!

 

Kick Off Summer with North Tahoe’s Opening Day at the Lake

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?

 

Egg-citing Happenings in North Lake Tahoe

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Photo Credit - Alena Grace Photography

 

Spring has sprung and Easter is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already bought your ham and invited the in-laws over, here’s a list of happenings in the North Lake Tahoe area.  Weather is looking like highs in the mid 50’s and partly cloudy skies… in other words, a perfect spring day.

 

Egg Hunts

Easter EGG HUNT at the Hyatt Regency
11:30 a.m. – Join us for Tahoe’s best lakeside Easter Egg Hunt! At 11:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 5 years old will have their very own Easter egg hunt and at 1:30 p.m. kids 6 and up will hunt for eggs including the GOLDEN EGG! Also making an appearance on Easter Sunday is the Easter Bunny! It’s going to be a ton of fun for all ages!

 

Easter Egg Hunt – Resort at Squaw Creek

Photo Credit - Squaw.com

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Resort at Squaw Creek will offer three different Easter Egg Hunts for kids of all ages. At 9:30am in the Alpine Ballroom, children ages 2-6 years are invited to join in some traditional Easter fun followed by a Junior Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30am for kids ages 7-13. Families are welcome to our first ever Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at the Resort Pool from 2:00pm-2:30pm.

 

Easter and Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley
An all day event – Squaw’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open on Sunday. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain. This year, one lucky winner will find a GOLDEN EGG. Within the golden egg lies a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. Clues will be provided throughout the day via twitter, the Squaw smartphone app and Facebook.

 

Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch at River Ranch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Affordable brunch menu at the River Ranch including traditional brunch items and some lunch favorites from $12.95-$18.95. Enjoy a table overlooking the river. Reservations highly suggested and can be made by calling (530) 583-4264.

 

Easter Brunch at Resort at Squaw Creek
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Resort at Squaw Creek will offer an interactive “open kitchen” brunch. A special kid’s menu will be offered for the young ones. For reservations call (530) 581-6615.

 

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Jake’s, Tahoe City
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Head to Jake’s for a Easter Brunch Buffet featuring mouth watering items such as fresh ceviche, veggie & goat cheese frittatas, chicken apple sausage, made-to-order omelets and much more. $24/adult, $12/child. Kids may even find a few Easter eggs. Reservations recommended. Please call (530) 583-0188 or visit www.jakestahoe.com.

 

Easter Brunch at Lone Eagle Grille
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Lone Eagle Grille has Easter all planned out. Join them for an amazing lakeside Easter Sunday brunch buffet. See the full menu here. Peep peep.

 

Other Happenings

Community Appreciation Day – Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
An all day event – anyone who lives within a 50 mile radius of Diamond Peak can purchase an adult lift ticket for only $20. Must show proof of residency. For more information call (775) 832-1177.

 

Spring Music Series featuring Mojo Green – Alpine Meadows Sun Deck, Tahoe City
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Join Alpine on the Sun Deck for a rockin’ good time with Mojo Green.

 

 

Luck O’ The Irish in North Lake Tahoe

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Photo Credit Northstar California Resort

 

It happened.

 

A tiny leprechaun swooped down from his rainbow and brought us a gift: SNOW.

 

The National Weather Service is predicting that some areas of North Lake Tahoe could receive up to 7 feet or more of snow by Sunday. So head to your favorite NLT resort lodge, enjoy an Irish Coffee and hit the slopes… or maybe that’s the other way around.

 

Check out all of NLT’s St. Patty’s Events taking place this Saturday:

 

St. Patty’s Twilight Ski, Homewood Mountain Resort
Guests are invited to hit the slopes from 4-7 p.m. (after the resort typically closes) via the Quail triple chair in addition to daytime skiing and riding. The Resort is also offering commemorative St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts, green beer, corned beef and cabbage and a hidden pot o’ gold this St. Patty’s Day.

 

Ski Green, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe
The resort is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a party including food and beverage specials, as well as the resort’s Pot O’ Gold Poker Run from 10-11:30 a.m.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt and Apres Party – Northstar California
1:30 – 3 pm – Join Northstar California and EpicMix for the first ever St. Patrick’s Day EpicMix Scavenger Hunt. Join fellow EpicMixers in an on-mountain scavenger hunt, compete in challenges, earn EpicMix pins, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Solve riddles to unlock special EpicMix virtual pins in various locations throughout Northstar.

3:30 – 4:30 pm – After the big “hunt” head to the Lodge at Big Springs at mid-mountain for an Epic après party where each scavenger hunt participant will receive a free slice of pizza and 14 oz. beer or soda. We will also hold a raffle and celebrate green the color of St. Patrick’s Day and EpicMix in true style. Prizes will be given to most visible green outfit and best Irish-themed outfit.

 

BARmuda Triangle St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Lakeside Tahoe City
4:30 pm – 2 am – Lakeside joins Jake’s on the Lake & Hacienda del Lago for a blow-out event. The fun starts at Jake’s with traditional Irish food all day (also Lunch/Café/Dinner), Happy Hour discounts 4:30-6:30 pm and live music with Mark Wilson at 6 pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago (upstairs) with live funk “Terraplane” 9:30 pm-2 am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside (next door) 10 pm-2 am. Bar hop to enjoy Bush-Mills Girls, music and drink specials all night at all three venues!

Jake’s On The Lake 530-583-018, Hacienda 530-581-3700, Lakeside 530-583-2000

 

St. Patricks Day Celebration – Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City
9 am – 5 pm – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine! Ski the green slopes, dress in green, and search for the hidden pot of gold! They will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party to remember – complete with Irish food, drink specials and live music by the Nibblers.

 

St Patrick’s Snowshoe Search for the Pot O’ Gold
10 am – Tahoe Mountain Sports and the TRTA are teaming up for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. There is hidden treasure buried in the snow and it’s up to you to locate each pot o’gold. This is a fun family event where everyone is a winner. Strap on your snowshoes this St. Patrick’s Day and stretch your sleuth skills. Call 775-298-0231 for more information. The event is free but registration is required.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Blowout Hot Buttered Rum and Cornmeal at the Crystal Bay Club

9pm – Tickets available now. After party in the Crown Room. The Last Bluegrass co-bill was so great, the club decided to do it again with the same format. Each band will do a set and then an encore jam together. Do not miss this St. Paddy’s day throw-down.

 

St. Patrick’s Day- Lenny the Leprechaun on the Slopes at Squaw Valley
Celebrate the holiday at Squaw Valley with all of your favorite Irish traditions! Ski the green ski slopes, dance to Irish music on the KT Base Bar, and enjoy festive drink specials including GREEN beer! Catch Lenny the Leprechaun on the slopes with his pot of gold!

 

The Village at Squaw Valley Apres Ski Music Series ~ The Blarney Band, Squaw Valley USA
3 -5 pm – Finish your day off right with free live après ski music in The Village. Music will be centrally located in The Village Events Plaza.

 

 

Pot O’ Gold Hunt, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
The annual Pot O’ Gold hunt is on. Find clues scattered around the mountain which will lead you to the famous gold pot containing a Summit Sunday pass for 2012/2013!

 

 

 

Presidential Snow and Events in North Lake Tahoe

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Jeff McKittrick in the Red Dog area. February 13, 2012. Photo: Hank deVre at Squaw Valley.

 

North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to two feet of new snow which is perfect conditions leading up to President’s Day Weekend. So check out these updates for the weekend and head on up to visit us.

 

Resorts and Towns’ Update: North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are offering great ski deals. Check out Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow’s Tahoe Super 2, which offers two unrestricted days of skiing and riding at either resort for just $49 per day. This is a limited time offer, available through Friday, February 17.

 

The Rat Pack is coming home! The Cal Neva Resort & Spa in Crystal Bay, a historic playground for legendary singer and business operator Frank Sinatra and friends, is hosting “The Rat Pack: A Tribute Live from Vegas” Friday, February 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $27/person the day of the show.

 

Northstar California is offering its popular First Tracks program Saturday, February 18. Guests meet at 7:30 a.m. with guides accompanying them to the Tahoe Zephyr Express to the top of Backside and Lookout Mountain with runs to themselves before the lifts open to the public. Cost is $80/person and includes a full breakfast. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.

 

The 4th Annual Black Tie & Tails Gala, a benefit for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, takes place Saturday, February 18, 5:30-11 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. More than 300 guests are expected and will be greeted with a Hollywood-style red carpet entry. Tickets are $150/person.

 

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley continues its Winter Winemaker Series Thursday, February 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m., with Bardessono Vineyards. Guests can mingle with the winemaker and enjoy sips by the glass, flight or paired with PlumpJack’s special Chef’s Tasting Menu.

 

Head to the events calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

 

 

12 Ways to Ring in 2012 in North Lake Tahoe

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Well 2011… it’s been great, but 2012 is sure looking tempting.

Check out 12 ways you can party it up this weekend in North Lake Tahoe, of course in no particular order. They are all fabulous.

1. Cal Neva’s Black and White Ball
9:00 pm

There will be three rooms of sound and spectacle for Saturday’s New Year’s Eve revelers at the fifth annual Black and White Super Ball in the Cal Neva Resort at Crystal Bay.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Music begins at 9 p.m. and ends on New Year’s Day morning. 21+

 

2. Northstar California’s “Fire & Ice” Spectacular
1pm – 9pm

Celebrate all that was in 2011, while ringing in all that will be in 2012 at The Village At Northstar this New Year’s Eve. From 1-9pm, The Village at Northstar will be alive with DJs, ice-skating, food & drink specials, a 2-hour live performance by “Led Zeppelin 2″, and much more. And then… The Big Show: Fireworks Spectacular at 9pm! A great night out for family and friends.

 

3. Squaw Valley’s Fireworks Extravaganza
9:30pm

Ring in the New Year at Squaw Valley with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Extravaganza. The show starts at 9:30pm and is viewable from the Base Area. Grab a hot cocoa and find a seat as you take in the New Year with an amazing firework display at the bottom of the mountain. The show is plenty early accommodate the families that will be ringing in the New Year at High Camp to give them time to get down and celebrate in the base area.

 

4. Squaw Valley’s Party at the Olympic House
9pm to 1:30am

Those looking to bring in the New Year with style can head to the huge party in the Olympic House. Check out the biggest party on the North Shore and party like it’s 2012. Rock out to the 8 piece funk band Mojo Green in the Plaza Bar before heading over to check out DJ Zeb Early in Bar One.

Entry is $10 at the door (cash only) and guests must be 21 & older with a valid ID.  Doors open at 9pm. Drink service until 1:30am.

 

5. Jackie Gree with Jabe Beyer + After Party with The Whitney Myer Band  at the Crystal Bay Club Casino
9pm

Jackie Greene began performing at the age of 20. He has performing and making records for nearly a decade. He lives in Northern California and is gracing North Lake Tahoe with his musical talent this New Year’s Eve at Crystal Bay Club: the Red Room at the Crystal Bay Club. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $23 day of show.

 

6. Celebration at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Manzanita
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM

Ring in the New Year on this magical night with a four-course prix fixe tasting menu with a champagne toast, music, dancing, and party favors.

Call for pricing and reservations. (530) 562-3000

 

7. Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party at Alpine Meadows
2pm-5pm

Plan your new beginning at the Alpine Bar this New Year’s Eve! The Pre-New Year’s Eve Cocktail party is the perfect way to jump-start the countdown to midnight. Featuring festive cocktails, delicious appetizers and live music by Peter Joseph Burtt, skiers and riders can celebrate a resolution, bid 2011 farewell, and ring in 2012.

 

8. New Year’s Eve Bash at Hyatt Lake Tahoe
9:00pm

Ring in the New Year with a top 40 DJ, drinks, and dancing all night long in Cutthroat’s Saloon.

Call 775-832-1234 for more details.

 

9. Live Music at Tahoe Biltmore Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
10:00 am – 1:00 am

Live on the Tahoe Biltmore, “The Robeys,” Dane Rinehart and Paul Covarelli Trio are offering a variety music – a mixture of everyone’s favorite classic rock, oldies, top 40, blues, jazz, reggae and country songs, from the 1930′s to the present.

 

10. New Year’s Eve Celebration at Jake’s, Tahoe City
5:30pm

Come early with family for an Ala Carte Menu (also served in Bar), or come later for a 3-course Prix Fixe menu, and ring in the New Year with party hats, a champagne toast, & dancing. Guaranteed reservations required. For more information and reservations please call (530) 583-0188.

 

11. Lone Eagle Grille New Year Celebration with DJ at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, NV
5:30-12:30am

Have a classy blast listening to the DJ in the lounge then Dine on the regular dinner menu from 5:30-7:00pm or opt to enjoy a 5-course meal from 8:00-10:30. Either way you choose, this New Year is going to be fashionably stylish and a lot of fun in the Lone Eagle Grille.

Call 775-886-6899 for more details and reservations.

 

12. CHILLLLLL

Kick your shoes off, make yourself a hot toddy and chill at home by the fireplace to prep yourself for an epic 2012. Hit the slopes the next day, and the next day and the next day…

Tahoe’s July 4th = Skiing + Fireworks

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

tahoefireworksThis year’s 4th of July at Tahoe is set to be unique, that’s for sure. With a series of fireworks events scattered around the lake at various dates and times you can catch multiple shows throughout the weekend. Or hit the slopes. Yep, late season snowfalls have opened up skiing and boarding opportunities at several area resorts.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this 4th of July weekend:


July 1 – 4: Incline Village takes things to the next level with their traditional Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities which include patriotic chalk drawing contest, opening ceremonies with a tribute to veterans, doggie dress-up contest, beer tasting and brats, brunch with Shakespeare, firecracker trail trek and free fireworks Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach

June 2 – 4: Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA reopen for skiing and riding with discounted lift tickets

July 3: Squaw Valley’s famed 21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing, a favorite pond-skimming event, and a free afternoon concert with Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the KT Sundeck

July 3: Squaw Valley’s free fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

July 3: Kings Beach hosts their annual fireworks display with a free show as well as a deck party celebration at the North Tahoe Event Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

July 4: Sugar Bowl Ski Resort reopens for skiing and riding, but for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 season pass holders only

July 4: Tahoe City celebrates 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach with free show at 9:30 p.m., a popular show for families

July 4: Truckee 4th of July Fireworks at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk. Tickets are $6/person (in advance only) and are available through the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District

For more information about North Lake Tahoe’s July 4 celebrations as well as the best bargains, including lodging, check out the website’s Cool Deals, which is updated daily.

North Tahoe’s Opening Day at the Lake May 27 – 30

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Summer officially kicks off in North Lake Tahoe Memorial Day Weekend with the 5th Annual Opening Day at the Lake. This four-day special event is Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30, and includes celebrations and festivities along the West Shore and in downtown Tahoe City.

The weekend is your chance to “launch” into the boating and summer season, whether you’re a part- or full-time resident or a Tahoe visitor. Here’s a quick look at some of the events. Check the GoTahoeNorth.com event calendar for complete details.

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Deck opening celebrations at Sunnyside Resort, West Shore Café, Chambers Landing Bar & Restaurant and Bridgetender

West Shore Clean Up Day

Granlibakken Resort’s Contractors Home Improvement/Repair Fair

Spirit of the West Shore Cocktail Competition at West Shore Café

Opening of Meeks Bay Resort & Marina

Opening of Tahoe City’s Tahoe Gal (Mississippi paddlewheeler), as well as Tahoe Sailing Charters

McBride’s Nursery (Tahoe Tree Company) annual Truck Load Sale of perennials and shrubs

Openings and tours of the historical Vikingsholm Castle and Ehrman Mansion

Guided museum tours, with admission, of the Tahoe Maritime Museum

Preview Center Open House at Homewood Mountain Resort

Open house at the Rideout Community Center

Historic walking tour at Tahoe City’s Gatekeeper’s Museum

Mike Brown Seaplane Splash-In and BBQ at Obexer’s General Store

 

Cyclists can hit the trails as well; North Lake Tahoe’s paved bike trails are open, accessible and cleared of snow.

Be sure to check out the Cool Deals for great specials throughout the Opening Day festivities as well.

Tahoe Toasts the Season

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

If you’re heading to Tahoe or considering a last-minute trip for the holidays you’ll find plenty to do thanks to a laundry list of festivities and events. Here’s a quick rundown of some highlights, but be sure to check North Lake Tahoe’s event calendar for a complete listing.

Christmas Celebrations

5_thumb_skiing-santaTahoe City has been celebrating the season since December 1 and continues through January 2 with the Holly-Days Jubilee. Day and night visitors will find festive experiences throughout town.

Santa will be sitting for free photos and cookies at Hyatt Regency Incline Village December 18 from 2 – 5 p.m. and the resort’s chef will have his renowned gingerbread houses for sale.

Olympic Valley, home of Squaw Valley USA and Resort at Squaw Creek, hosts Santa and carolers in the village daily December 18-24. On Christmas Eve, December 24 head over to watch the traditional torchlight parade down Squaw’s slopes, visible anywhere in the valley. The parade kicks off at dusk, about 6 p.m. Santa also hits the slopes (to work off his cookies) at Squaw December 22 – 25 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and we hear he carves a mean turn. Squaw also hosts snowtubing parties, moonlit snowshoe tours, hot cocoa and s’mores in the Village and more. Get complete details.

Santa’s making the rounds to Diamond Peak as well December 23 – 25 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily. He’s also skiing at Alpine Meadows December 23 – 24. Alpine’s Last Chair also has live music and a festive atmosphere both of those days as well.

Northstar-At-Tahoe has a host of holiday festivities December 18 – 24 including s’mores in the Village, live music, daily appearances by Santa handing out goodie bags, Santa letter-writing stations, ice skating, and even non-denominational Sunday and Christmas Eve worship services. Get the complete schedule online. And, if you’re looking for a blowout Christmas dinner check out the extravagant buffet at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

 

New Year’s Eve Parties

The Last Chair at Alpine Meadows offers a pre-New Year’s Eve cocktail party from 3 – 6 p.m. with a champagne toast and festivities.

Tahoe Donner Downhill hosts a New Year’s Eve torchlight parade at 6 p.m. Skiers that want to participate, and can ski the course in the dark, can arrive a t 4:30 p.m. to sign up.

Crystal Bay gets hoppin’ with Jackie Greene performing at the Crystal Bay Club Casino and Tahoe Biltmore offers a variety of specials and parties as well including live music and a champagne toast.

Resort at Squaw Creek’s Magical Memories New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Grand Celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. and includes a DJ and dancing, magician, Comedy Central comedian Rick D’Elia, dinner and late-night munchies and a midnight balloon drop and toast.

snofst6Squaw Valley USA hosts several New Year’s Eve parties including a family celebration at High Camp and the West Coast Party at the Olympic House.  They’ll also have fireworks at the base of the mountain at 9:30 p.m.

There are a handful of parties at Northstar-At-Tahoe including the Fire & Ice Party in the Village with dinner, dancing, ice skating, fire dancers, fireworks and more. There are also shindigs at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe in Manzanita and in the ballroom.

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