North Lake Tahoe visitors and residents alike are constantly on the hunt for those picture-perfect panoramic views of the lake that often land our mountain paradise in national print and online lists of vacation-worthy spots. Hunting for these locations reaches an all time high pre-Independence Day.
Here’s a breakdown – the elite group of beaches, pools, patios, and decks that are sure to leave anyone breathless whether soaking up the fourth of July sun or viewing an award-winning fireworks show.
Start the Fourth of July weekend early with a July third Fireworks Show and Beach Party at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. King’s Beach is one of the lake’s longest beaches, but fills up in summer, so make sure to get there early to score the best spot. If you are looking to watch the fireworks from the comfort of a restaurant deck check out Jason’s Beachside Grille in King’s Beach with killer views and great food.
Another great location just up the hill is Mellow Fellow Gastropub in Crystal Bay. Beer-tenders are constantly rotating the selection of 40 draught craft beers to sip while playing one of their outdoor patio party games (think giant Jenga® and cornhole among others). The food menu is outstanding – complete with warm soft pretzels and gourmet local sausages.
For activities on July fourth, Tahoe City and Incline Village offer up everything from an ice cream eating contest to a family fun zone. On the evening of July fourth, both Commons Beach in Tahoe City and the Village Green in Incline Village will light the sky with fireworks.
The Tahoe City Street Fair and Fireworks will set up a July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot, complete with a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and more. For a more relaxing experience, try Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. Home to the largest deck on Lake Tahoe, Sunnyside is accessible by boat, foot or car.
Sitting only 100 feet above the shoreline, Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro in Tahoe City is a romantic, fine dining restaurant with spectacular lake views, perfect for dinner pre-fireworks.
The party continues Saturday, July 5 as Billy Ray Cyrus heats up the Village Green with a live outdoor concert to benefit and tribute fallen American Hero, Michael Landsberry. This concert is 1 of 25 events held across the three-day weekend by the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival.
If relaxing further away from the beach is your style, from mountainside to lakeside and up to the 8,000’ Summit, there are plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside.
The High Camp Pool and Hot Tub sits at a whopping 8,200 feet at the top of Squaw Valley Resort’s Aerial Tram. Easily one of the most breathtaking options in the world to take a dip, its elevation treats guests to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain range.
The Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool, two oversized jet spas and a wading pool perfect for the kiddos. Head over to the resort’s beach where cabana’s and lounge chairs are in abundance or get on the lake with one of Action Watersports many paddle boards or kayaks.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe features two outdoor pools for lap swimming or relaxing mountainside, both of which overlook peaks of the ski resort. Pool-goers also have direct access to the brand new outdoor Backyard Bar & BBQ.
The Resort at Squaw Creek features a large recreation pool, plunge pool, 120-foot waterslide, children’s pool, and three outdoor all-season whirlpools. All pools offer a sprawling view of Olympic Valley.
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday weekend, many locals and visitors will look for the perfect deck to sit lakeside and enjoy the view. Here are a few of our favorites:
Homewood’s West Shore Café deck is host to numerous activities from fine dining at night to scheduled yoga classes by day, as well as fire pits for s’more making and a farm to table dinner series throughout the summer.
Garwoods Grill & Pier is a hub of activity in Carnelian Bay and one of few places with a boat valet service. Definitely order one of their famous Wet Woody’s.
Plumpjack is located in Olympic Village and offers an upper patio deck perfect for catching a view of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Spindleshanks American Bistro & Wine Bar represents the best of both old and new Tahoe, with views of both the pine-lined golf course and gorgeous lake. This North Lake Tahoe staple recently moved locations and now sits at the base of HWY 267 upon entrance to Kings Beach. Guests can also enjoy Bocce Ball at one of two courts.
Big Water Grille sits just below Diamond Peak Ski Resort and is known for spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Try one of their famous martini’s while you’re there!
Families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts head to North Lake Tahoe for the area’s best selection of 4th of July festivities. Celebrate the all-American holiday in the fresh mountain air alongside crystal clear waters under a sky booming with fireworks. North Lake Tahoe is home to multiple award-winning Independence Day events July 3-5.
See below for a complete listing of events:
July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party
The North Tahoe Event Center hosts the July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party at Kings Beach State Recreation Area from 4-10 p.m. The event includes food vendors, free watermelon eating, sand castle building, games, patriotic costume contests, music and live entertainment, glow toys, souvenirs and more. A drink garden with beer, wine and mixed drinks is also available for those 21 and older.
The sky lights up at 9:30 as fireworks take over the Sierra sky. Fireworks can be seen from all parts of the beach, however preferred seating tickets are available for $12. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to pre-order here.
Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival
Incline Village is proud to host the eighth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival July 3-5 featuring live performances by Billy Ray Cyrus and the Reno Philharmonic. A full calendar of 25 events spans the three days making this an Independence Day spectacular for the whole family.
Bring the kids out for the Children’s Patriotic Chalk Drawing, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Kids’ Bike Parade and more. For the adults, head over to the Wine and Dine dinner or Beer and Brats event. Live music heats up the beach July 3 and 4, but moves to Village Green on July 5 for Billy Ray Cyrus.
MSN ranks the Red, White and Tahoe Blue fireworks show as one of the best in the country so get a good seat for the 9:30 show on July 4. Check out www.redwhitetahoeblue.org for a full schedule of events, tickets and more.
Tahoe City Street Fair and Fireworks
The Tahoe City Downtown Association announces a full afternoon of family activities leading up to the fireworks show off Commons Beach. A July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot at 315 North Lake Boulevard, will include a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and more. Penney the Clown will also be on site with face painters and live music performed by Kip Yager from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the first time nationally, IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® race on the same day in North Lake Tahoe. Today IRONMAN announces that IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will pilot this dual program in North America. This format is well received by athletes in Asia-Pacific.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is the 25th race in the U.S. Series. IRONMAN Lake Tahoe returns for the second time after selling out registration last year. The two races are scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 2014.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with IRONMAN with the introduction of IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe,” said Andy Chapman, chief marketing officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “The opportunity to showcase our region as a world-class endurance venue to athletes from around the globe fits perfectly with our human powered sports initiative.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe leads athletes through a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run on the same terrain as IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The race will start with a single loop 1.2-mile swim in the pristine waters of North Lake Tahoe at King’s Beach. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a one-loop 56-mile bike course that will travel through Tahoe City before following the Truckee River past Squaw Valley and into the town of Truckee. From there, the course turns south past Northstar and climbs to Brockway Summit. Athletes will complete the bike course at Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. Runners will proceed back up the Truckee River bike path and be treated to a relatively flat course before finishing along the cobbled corridors of the Village at Squaw Valley.
“As IRONMAN expands globally, there is an increased desire for athletes from all regions to have similar opportunities,” said Steve Meckfessel, managing director of Global Race Operations for IRONMAN. “Lake Tahoe is a perfect venue for this program as it allows athletes with different fitness levels and goals to experience everything Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region has to offer.”
This news is in addition to the announcement that North Lake Tahoe will host the 2015-2016 USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships. The national championships draw more than 1,000 participants, and thousands of spectators, family members and friends. USA Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in the U.S. and represents more than 2,500 clubs and teams and 70,800 members. The organization hosts a series of road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike and BMX national championships across the nation.
Each of these races represents the region’s growing popularity as a location for national and international endurance events.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Tahoe is now open at www.ironman.com/laketahoe70.3 . For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For more information on North Lake Tahoe visit www.gotahoenorth.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to email@example.com. Media may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Lake Tahoe is offering Easter fun from the slopes to the shores this April. Holiday festivities are spread across multiple weekends and locations. Whether enjoying time on the mountain, on the beach or even poolside, North Lake Tahoe has you covered.
Below, the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau breaks down Easter festivities in the region:
The pool at the Recreation Center will be filled with weighted and floating eggs. The Big Bunny will make an early appearance for pictures and encouragement. For more information, call (775) 832-1310. Price: Recreation Center members $2; non-members $4.
Get a head start on the festivities during Easter Weekend at Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg hunt. Events include an egg hunt for the kids, a golden egg hunt for parents, face painting, games and more. Activities start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19th at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Price: Free.
The community Egg Hunt at Incline Beach also begins on Saturday, April 19 with the Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt. Grab your basket and join in the fun, starting at 11 a.m. The hunt is open to children up to 11 years old. Come early to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and check out the new North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine.
On Easter Sunday, join the Hyatt Regency for two waves of egg hunts. The first begins at 11:30 a.m., the second starts at 1:30 p.m. by the Lone Eagle Grille Fire Pit.
Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay will continue with their annual Easter Egg celebration. The hunt for a golden egg and other great prizes begins at 11 a.m. with four age categories: 0-3 years, 4-7 years and 8-12 years. Adults will not be left out, as Gar Woods will offer a unique bottle hunt for those 21 and older.
Squaw Valley’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open Easter Sunday. Remember to bring your Easter basket and hunt for the candy filled colored eggs hidden across the mountain from Gold Coast to High Camp, along Shirley Lake and all the way down Mountain Run.
Join the kids for an Easter egg hunt on the morning of April 20th in America’s only snowbound Village, located at Sugar Bowl Resort. Then head out on the mountain to find the Golden Egg, which contains a free 2014/15 Midweek season pass.
Enjoy a special plated brunch menu while dining by the river this Easter at the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant. The River Ranch is located between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley. Call 530-583-4264 for reservations; available 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The lakeside Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency will offer an Easter Buffet fit for anyone with a big appetite. There will be a plethora of breakfast options including an omelet station and pancake station. Lunch plates continue with a carving station, Caesar salad station and entrees such as roasted lamb, blackened salmon, King Alaskan King Crab legs, and more.
The storm system that promised several feet of snow in the North Lake Tahoe region this week delivered. While the calendar says it is spring, North Lake Tahoe is covered with an abundance of fresh powder.
In the past 24 hours, seven major downhill resorts in North Lake Tahoe are reporting over a foot of snow and the six-day storm totals are nearing or exceeding five feet at most resorts.
Snow Totals (24 hour/72 hour)
Resorts are ecstatic about the new snow as it is improving the already fantastic spring skiing conditions. Spring-breakers take note – it’s a perfect time to ski and ride in North Lake Tahoe.
“We’re still looking forward to a nice long stretch of spring skiing ahead of us here at Sugar Bowl,” said John Monson, marketing director at the historic Sugar Bowl Resort atop Donner Summit. “Temps have been low enough overnight that we’re enjoying a melt-freeze corn cycle and the skiing has been great.”
Image: Sugar Bowl Resort
Thousands of skiers and boarders flock to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe this week to take part in the 33rd annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 27, day-glo glasses, spandex ski pants and Polar Bear plungers take to the streets (and hillsides) of the Sierra Nevada to take part in parades, races, parties, concerts and other performances, not to mention great food specials and lodging deals, through Sunday, March 9.
SnowFest! kicks off with a fundraising event at famed lakeside restaurant, Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay,Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. A $25 donation at the door gets attendees beer, wine, Wet Woody’s, heavy appetizers and live entertainment. Friday gets started with music from the Space Cowboys & Unimog from 1 – 5 p.m. at Squaw Valley before the crowning the SnowFest! Queen at 6 p.m. A 7:30 p.m. fireworks display presented by Coors Light is the kick-off to the opening night after party which takes place at the Plaza Bar. At 9 p.m., celebrated 80’s cover band Tainted Love takes the stage at the Crystal Bay Club.
Saturday’s activities start with a pancake breakfast followed by the annual Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade, which can be viewed from parties at venues throughout the town. Kids are invited to Paint the Bear at the North Tahoe Arts Center from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and the Stohlgren Bros. Ice Cream Eating Contest challenges dessert lovers at the Tahoe City Fire Station at 1 p.m. The infamous Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim invites visitors out for a swim in the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe starting at 2:30 p.m. (swimmer check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.) and Diego’s Umbrella entertains audiences at the Crystal Bay Club at 9 p.m. In addition, the second annual Mardi Squaw Party takes place at the Olympic House at 10 p.m.
Sunday invites kids take part in Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race. The Tahoe Mountain Man Contest challenges participants to eight different obstacles, all while wearing ski boots, including putting on chains, scaring away bears and shoveling snow, at Homewood Mountain Resort starting at 3 p.m. Sunnyside’s annual Luau warms up the remainder of the day with Hawaiian-inspired food and cocktails.
Week days invite locals and visitors alike to enjoy activities including the Margarita Races and 80’s Onsie DJ Party, a meet and greet with the Squaw Valley rescue dogs, Pete ‘N Peter’s Bar Game Olympics, a girls night out Bunco Bash, Bingo night, and the sixth annual Bridgetender Rib Fest.
Saturday, March 8 brings the Diamond Peak Uphill Downhill Dash at 7 a.m. followed by a Pancake Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the Rahlves Banzai Tour – Alpine Meadows “Face Banzai” full-mountain race beginning at 9 a.m. Dress up the family dog for a chance at prizes including free entry into the Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade at 11:30 a.m.Parties take place throughout the day and the Snow What? Snow Building Contest takes place at the Kings Beach Library at 1 p.m. Try to defy the tempting tortilla during the Hacienda Tortilla Toss at 2 p.m. or head over to the LUNAFEST Film, Food and Wine event at 6 p.m. at Squaw Valley, benefitting Girls on the Run-Sierra and the Breast Cancer Fund. Lakeside Pizza’s Pink Party also benefits a great cause, Relay for Life, starting at 9 p.m.
SnowFest! wraps things up Sunday, March 9 with a second go-round for the “Face Banzai” at Alpine Meadows and the Arctic Paddle Race at 9 a.m. at Waterman’s Landing. River Ranch hosts a snow sculpture contest at noon and the Tahoe Donner Ididarun begins at 1 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society. SnowFest! concludes at 8 p.m. with a fashion show from Fine ‘n Funky at Hacienda del Lago in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.
With so many options, the 33rd annual SnowFest! is sure to entertain all members of the family. From sports enthusiasts to artistic types, there is truly something for everyone.
For the most updated schedule of events visit www.TahoeSnowFest.com.
If there’s one thing North Lake Tahoe knows how to do, it’s throw festivals. The north shore hosts a multitude of winter festivals from Jan. to March, celebrating all that Mother Nature has to offer. These events range in style from dances and costume contests to ski races and the legendary Polar Bear Swim. Below is a round up of highly anticipated festival dates and activities:
Alpenglow Mountain Festival Presented By Nature’s Bakery
North Lake Tahoe invites beginners and winter sports enthusiasts alike to hit the slopes for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. The National SnowSports Industry Association puts on the event to ignite and rekindle passions for skiing and snowboarding.
Resorts offer cool deals found on the GoTahoeNorth website all month long to make it even easier to get on the mountain.
Homewood Mountain Resort takes learn to ski and ride month to a whole new level by encouraging beginners all season long. Get a lift ticket, rentals and lesson for $49 online the day before hitting the slopes. This package is a $40 savings, available Sunday-Friday. Homewood also offers free intermediate and advanced lessons at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.
Sugar Bowl offers a Learn to Ski and Ride Development program for $89-$99. This is a full day event that operates on both sides of the mountain, even on holidays. With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, beginners are sure to conquer their goals.
Boreal Mountain Resort is offering a Take 3, Ride FREE program that’s hard to pass up. Take three lessons between Jan. 6 and Feb. 14 and receive a free season pass. The $129 online only package provides rental equipment for each 90-minute lesson with a professional instructor.
During the week of Jan. 13-17, Diamond Peak encourages snow play with First Time Beginner and Beginner Group Lesson Packages. Purchase a $39 package that includes a lesson, rental equipment and an all day beginner lift ticket. These one-hour 45-minute lessons are great for everyone age four and up who have had two or fewer snowsport experiences.
Beginners at the Tahoe-Donner Downhill Ski Area are sure to excel at the uncrowded resort. First timers receive an all day lift ticket, rentals and two-hour group lesson for $39 Jan. 6-10 and 13-16. The Cross Country Ski Center will also feature Learn to Ski packages for those looking to try cross-countryskiing instead of downhill.
Learn to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from January 14-30. For $49 beginners receive a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lessons for adults and kids age 3+.
Granlibakken ski hill has the perfect balance between learning slopes and downhill thrills. There is a ski school for first-timers and people looking to fine-tune skills. With rentals and both full and half-day tickets, snowsport enthusiasts of all levels will enjoy themselves.
Aspiring skiers and boarders looking for deals all season long should head to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The mountain offers an $89 First Timer Package that includes a two-hour lesson, beginner lift ticket and rental equipment. This is a great opportunity for beginners, ages 11+, to get a feel for the mountain throughout the winter.
For those looking to stay on more level ground, Tahoe XC provides free introductory and intermediate skate skiing lessons and introductory cross-country lessons. Pick up a free child trail pass or buy an adult trail pass, $24, and rentals, $20, to receive free lessons spread throughout the week.
The Fourth Annual Olympic Heritage Celebration kicks off at Sugar Pine Point Saturday, January 11 starting a weeklong celebration of the Olympic heritage in North Lake Tahoe. Events include meet-and-greets with Olympians, walking tours, races and biathlon training. Among the many events is a tradition started by Walt Disney before the 1960 Olympics. The tribal dance tradition that helped bring snow to the Sierras before the 1960 Winter Olympic Games will be recreated at the Opening Ceremonies.
Worried about the lack of snow in 1960, Walt Disney, who orchestrated the ceremonies, brought in tribal dancers to coach the snow to fall. The Olympic Heritage Celebration committee followed Disney’s lead in 2012 when the same weather pattern emerged as the long-planned festivities were about to begin.
“We have invited the Eagle Wing Dancers back to our opening ceremonies at Sugar Pine Point State Park on January 11th to perform, among other ceremonial dances, a snow dance in front of the iconic Tower of Nations at the park entrance”, said Heidi Doyle Executive Director of the Sierra State Parks Foundation, one of the program sponsors. “We encourage the community to join us as we honor our Olympic Heritage and dance for snow”, she continued.
In addition to the tribal dancers, former Winter Olympic athletes and dignitaries will be on hand to light the caldron and take a guided tour of the Olympic Trails at the state park where the Olympic Nordic events took place 64 years ago.
“We will make sure everyone has a great time experiencing our local Olympic Heritage, ” said Rob Weston, a park volunteer whose business, West Shore Sports, is a partner for the events. “This entire week of events will be an opportunity to meet with former winter Olympians and to try out something new. We have a full state of events and invite the public to join us,” said Weston.
Olympic Heritage Week consists of a series of programs designed to highlight the North Tahoe Olympic cultural history as well as recreational events to promote the spirit of fair play and fitness. In addition, a fundraiser is planned at Granlibakken Resort January 17 to benefit the grooming of snow trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Squaw Valley Day will conclude the week with races, music and closing ceremonies. The full schedule of events can be found on: www.gotahoenorth.com/events/olympic-heritage-celebration or by calling the Sierra State Parks Foundation office at 530-583-9911.