Savor Fine Dining and Wine at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

August 27th, 2013

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, California/Nevada — With 30 chefs and over 30 wineries participating in the upcoming 28th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival at the Village at Northstar, foodies, wine, craft brew and spirits fans are sure to feel like they’ve reached nirvana.

 

The Autumn Food & Wine week kicks off Saturday August 31st in Tahoe City with a Farm to Table dinner at the Gate Keepers Cabin, followed by a week of new, inspired food and wine celebrations and events leading up to the final three days of the festival itself at Northstar.

 

“The festival focuses and highlights the amazing diversity of dining options and culinary talent in our region,” said Judy Laverty, special event programs manager for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “It’s a great way to discover new restaurants, breweries, lakefront to ski resort dining.  There’s some pretty cool stuff going on up here.”

 

Highlights of Festival Week include a grape stomp at Cobblestone Mall in Tahoe City, and an outdoor Farm to Tahoe dinner at Big Springs Lodge at Northstar on Friday, September 6th.  Saturday the festival gets into full swing with a day filled with cooking demos with Celebrity Chefs Nathan Lyon and Jason Gronlund, Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off ©, beer and cheese pairing seminar, mixology and martini classes, Pride Mountain Vineyards winemaker luncheon at Petra, hands-on cheesemaking, a gourmet marketplace, a wine and brew walk; and ending with the Charbay Artisan Distillery Annual Release Party and Joe Craven concert at Tavern 6220’ in the Village at Northstar.

 

Three new, unique events have been added this year focusing on “living the life” at Tahoe:  Pedal & Pinot Tasting Room Tour, Bike to the Beach Bash & BBQ, and Trailside Hike and Tastings.

 

“This year, we’re focusing on some of the attributes that Tahoe is really famous for and our outdoor active lifestyle is certainly at the top,” Laverty said.

 

The Grand Finale of the Festival culminates with the not-to-be-missed Sunday Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting featuring a formally judged competition of 30 of the region’s top chefs in a food and wine pairing competition.

 

 Ticketholders have the opportunity to taste each of the pairings and then cast their vote in the popular People’s Choice Awards.  Sunday also features the Gourmet Marketplace, live entertainment and a silent auction.

 

For more information on the 28th Autumn Food and Wine Festival, visit TahoeFoodandWine.com

 

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Ta-Hoe Nalu Hits the Water This Weekend in North Lake Tahoe

August 5th, 2013

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival, presented by Nature’s Bakery and funded by North Lake Tahoe’s event grant effort, hits the crystalline waters of North Lake Tahoe Aug. 9-11 in Kings Beach, Calif. As the nation’s oldest paddle festival located in North Lake Tahoe, this family friendly event features distance and beginner races, a live concert from Mama’s Cookin’, sand castle building contests, and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as an attempt to set the world record for the most people doing yoga on a stand up paddleboard (SUP). As the fastest growing water sport in the world, thousands are expected to attend the annual event – and have a chance to win an amazing event giveaway package that includes a semi-custom designed “Wet Woody” paddleboard ($2,200 Value) from Lakeshore Paddleboard Company, Quiksilver Waterman Collection Gear package ($600 Value), and a Nature’s Bakery snack/swag pack.

In addition to an amazing event giveaway, Nevada-based presenting sponsor, Nature’s Bakery, adds to the festivities with an on-site Instagram photo booth and will be handing out delicious samples of their All-Natural, Kosher, Non-GMO, Cholesterol-free, Dairy-Free Fig Bars to participants and spectators during the event.

 

With help from local company Aviso, the renowned Lakeshore Paddleboard Company designed, built and donated the “Wet Woody,” a SUP named after the iconic Wet Woody, a famous drink at North Lake Tahoe restaurant, Gar Woods, which acts as a shine of sorts to the famed Gar Wood boat featuring a stunning wooden exterior and massive engine that powered speed boats across Lake Tahoe from the 1920s through the 1940s. The board is uniquely constructed with a hollow core, which makes it only 22 lbs. Gar Woods are now among the most coveted classic boats in the world and can still be seen along the shores of the Alpine Lake, inspiring the sleek, cutting design of Lakeshore’s SUP.

“Being locals to the Reno-Tahoe area, we have innovated and created specific designs for the flat-water lifestyle,” said Sean Adlao, president and CEO of Lakeshore Paddleboard Company. “We are very proud to support the local Ta-hoe Nalu event and help spread the enjoyment of the fastest growing water sport in the world.”

 

Attendees can visit Nature’s Bakery at the Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival for a chance to win the “Wet Woody,” enjoy some free fig bars and capture some memories at the Instagram photo booth. Festival goers can also take advantage of plenty of local food fare, including The Souper Wagon and Mamasake food truck.

 

The 2013 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival presented by Nature’s Bakery takes place at Kings Beach State Park in Kings Beach, Calif., Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11. For a full event schedule and more information, visit www.tahoenalu.com.

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Furry Friends Are Welcome at These North Lake Beaches

July 23rd, 2013

If your dog loves going to the beach as much as we do, there’s no need to leave him at home! North Lake Tahoe has some great beaches that welcome your pets.

  1. Chimney Beach: On Highway 28, south of Incline Village. Just a short hike down to the water.
  2. Coon Street Beach: Located at Kings Beach, the specified dog beach is south of the boat launch area.
  3. East Shore: There are several private beaches along Highway 28 on the east side of the lake. Take your dog for a hike down to the water where you can enjoy beautiful views with your pal.
  4. Elizabeth Williams (Pebble Beach): On the west shore, just north of Kaspian.
  5. Patton Beach/Watermans Landing: Grab a bite to eat and bring your dog down to the beach in Carnelian Bay. Kayak and paddle board rentals are also available.
  6. Skylandia Park: Off of Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City.

For more fun with Fido, you can find a full list of dog-friendly properties here.

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New Summer Marketing Campaign for North Lake Tahoe

July 16th, 2013

Ever been to San Francisco in the summer? Oh wait, there is no summer in fog-ridden San Francisco. A new marketing campaign for North Lake Tahoe targets San Franciscans who are looking for a real summer getaway. It emphasizes how conveniently close beautiful North Lake Tahoe is with the tagline “Real summer. Real close.” With temperatures up to 20 degrees warmer in the mountains and sunny days, North Lake Tahoe has the perfect summer weather to enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities.

Agency School Of Thought is behind the idea that focuses on what San Francisco lacks in a true summer season. Ads show fog rolling in over a summer kid’s party, children at the beach in parkas and foggy golf courses. An outdoor board featuring fog over the Golden Gate Bridge boasts the headline “Don’t call it Frisco. Or summer.” That speaks directly to San Franciscans.

The campaign includes TV, radio, print, outdoor, transit and online advertising and solely targets San Francisco, which is the market with the highest draw to North Lake Tahoe.

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Opening Day at the Lake This Weekend

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!

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Wanderlust and Squaw Valley Join Forces on New Yoga Studio at Birthplace of Iconic Festival

May 21st, 2013

Squaw Valley and Wanderlust recently announced the planned opening of the resort’s new yoga studio, Wanderlust Yoga Squaw Valley. The new studio is an extension of the longstanding partnership between Wanderlust and Squaw Valley. Squaw was the original birthplace of the Wanderlust Festival, which has now expanded to seven locations around the world. The new studio, which will be the only full-time yoga studio in the valley, is slated to open on First Street in The Village at Squaw Valley in late June 2013.

The studio plans to open six days a week with a variety of classes including Hatha, Vinyasa and Iyengar – ranging from beginner through high-level instructor training. Unique to Squaw, some classes will incorporate its extraordinary landscape, taking the practice outside on the mountain as well as classes that will start in the studio and wrap-up with a hike, bike ride, run, swim in Lake Tahoe or, come winter, skiing and riding on the mountain.

Squaw Valley’s breathtaking mountain scenery and positive energy makes for a truly unique and inspiring place to practice yoga. Wanderlust Yoga Squaw Valley’s ability to do what no other studio can do with the outdoor landscape makes the different from every other yoga studio both locally and nationally.

Through, Squaw’s partnership with Wanderlust, the studio will be able to offer classes taught by some of the most recognized yoga instructors both regionally and nationally. Wanderlust and Squaw Valley will also be working together to host several two to three day retreats incorporating yoga, activities and accommodations.

Wanderlust’s core mission is to create community around yoga & mindful living. The opportunity to do this on a 365-day basis in Wanderlust’s birthplace is beyond exciting. The integration of a first-class yoga program with all of the outdoor activities and natural beauty of Squaw Valley will create a totally unique experience for local residents and guests.

In the style of the Wanderlust Festival’s vibrant fusion of yoga and music, Squaw’s new Wanderlust yoga studio will feature a full sound system to be used for some yoga sessions as well as for monthly live music in the studio. Wanderlust Yoga Squaw Valley will host its grand opening party during this summer’s Wanderlust Festival, coming to Squaw Valley July 18-21.

The Wanderlust Yoga Squaw Valley studio is the third of three Wanderlust yoga studios. The first opened in Austin in spring 2012, followed by a studio in Montreal in early 2013.

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This Week in North Lake Tahoe

May 17th, 2013

Jake’s 20th Annual Charity Fishing Derby  Competition is on Lake Tahoe from one hour before sunrise to “High Noon”  June 2nd. Prize money is awarded to anglers who reel in the largest Mackinaw $1000, $500 German Brown, and $250 Rainbow Trout. $50 fee includes Derby Entry, T-shirt, Raffle, and a Buffet Brunch. Proceeds to go to Mike Kise Medical Relief, and Tahoe Safe Alliance. Contestants must pre-register in Tahoe City California at Jake’s On The Lake or Pete ‘N Peters Tavern by 5pm June 1st.  For more information, Rules and Regulations visit online.

 

 

Big Blue Adventure’s Adventure Sports Week

This June Big Blue Adventure is proud to present Adventure Sports Week – 10 days of competition, clinics, learn to ride-run-swim, festivities-film-music, and activities for all ages.

 

Tahoe Sailing Charters

Now until June 21, Tahoe Sailing Charters offers ½ OFF SPRING SPECIAL discounts on all cruises except for Memorial weekend & Saturdays and 20% OFF Private Charters. The “Tahoe Cruz” sails daily from the Tahoe City Marina located at 700 North Lake Blvd. on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. For reservations and more information, visit the office at the Tahoe City Marina or visit online.

 

Tahoe Tree Top Adventure Company

Get 10% off your online reservation for Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park. Go to online and enter “gotahoenorth” as the discount code on the payment page for 10% off the entire reservation.

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20th Annual Charity Fishing Derby at Jake’s on the Lake

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)
Derby T-shirt
Raffle Tickets

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

 

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Countdown to Adventure Sports Week in Tahoe

May 14th, 2013

Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is back! Take note those who appreciate clean air, clean water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate.

Challenge yourself June 21-30 in one of many competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, triathlon, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. Then relax in the evening while exploring North Lake Tahoe’s communities and mountain village. Catch a live concert by the lake, or bring the whole family out for a movie on the beach.

We’ll see you at Adventure Sports Week Tahoe!

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Tahoe City Wine Walk Set for June 22

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

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