Summer Lovin’ at The Ridge Tahoe

There are few things more romantic than a wedding… Except for a summer wedding in Lake Tahoe. Regardless if you’re looking to say “I do” on the beach, on a mountain or in a beautifully decorated event space, the Ridge Tahoe has summer lovin’ on lockdown.

wedding-gardenWedded bliss on top of the world.

Planning a summer wedding in Tahoe can be overwhelming: there are countless options for venues, accommodations and group preferences in addition to a slew of coordinators available to plan your special day. Forgo the confusion and endless questions by working with one of the Ridge’s trusted wedding coordinators. You’re guaranteed to find your wedded bliss in Tahoe South with exclusive packages and stress-free options at a top twenty mountain venue.

“Planning a wedding from the East Coast, I needed something that was a ‘one stop shop’. They made my planning easy, stress free, and they were very efficient. Absolutely great experience.” -Karly Hile, married 10/9/15

Nestled on what feels like the top of the world, you’ll experience a similar feeling during your nuptials at the Ridge. Couples can choose from a comfortable indoor ceremony or an outdoor ceremony set against a breathtaking backdrop at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Your options aren’t limited to on-property; lakefront and beach ceremony sites are also available if you’d like to feel the sand between your toes. Very fitting for a summer wedding, wouldn’t you say?

In addition to a variety of sites, the Ridge has catering and wedding packages that fit anyone’s budget. Basic ceremonies include an officiate, bridal bouquet, groom boutonniere, one hour of professional edited photos, cake cutting with fresh flowers and a celebratory bottle of champagne. For the discerning bride or groom, you can include wedding coordination, a cupcake display, hair and makeup for the bride, dessert station and much other features that will only serve to make your day more memorable.


8 The Ridge Tahoe Dessert BarInclude a dessert bar for your wedding.

The best of planning your summer wedding at the Ridge Tahoe? You’re steps away from your hotel room after the ceremony. Accommodations are available for groups in our fully equipped suites and deluxe hotel rooms.

Ready to say “I do” to the Ridge for your wedding? Contact us today!

GOLF SEASON IS ABOUT TO BE IN FULL SWING

The Tahoe Reno area may be known for its winters, but spring and early summer offer a wide array of activities at the mountain, the lake and everywhere in between. There are unbelievable waterfall hikes during spring and it’s the opportune time to get out on the water with glassy mornings and warm afternoons. It’s also the season when golf courses reveal their groomed greens to the eagerly awaiting masses.

The region has an abundance of beautiful, but equally as challenging, golf courses. Check out our short list of renowned regional golf courses that are also conveniently located to The Ridge Tahoe.

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Edgewood Hole No. 18 – Credit: Rod Hanna

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline, NV
Home to the American Century Championship on July 19-24, Edgewood Tahoe is regularly ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 golf courses. Experience manicured fairways as you wind your way through pine forests and open meadows. There is water on 14 holes and lightning fast greens may present a fun challenge. To sweeten the deal, the golf course is set on the shores of Lake Tahoe with breathtaking scenic views of the surrounding mountain range.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Set in a natural mountain meadow in the Lake Valley State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe Golf Course is a hidden gem that many say is some of the best golf in Tahoe South. Its spectacular championship layout with extensive amenities and attentive service make it one of Tahoe South’s best public golf facilities.

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Genoa Lakes – Lakes Course, Hole No. 18 – Credit: Rod Hanna

Genoa Lakes – Lakes Course, Genoa, NV
A close option for Ridge guests, this links style course was rated number four in Golf Digest’s Best New Public Course in North America and number three in Golf Digest’s Best Course in the State. Be careful, though, you may get wet with 14 of its holes on water and the course’s border with the Carson River! More info.

Resort at Squaw Creek, Truckee, CA
Take the ride to the North Shore to experience this magnificent, links-style course that features natural wetlands and wildlife native to Squaw Valley. Squaw Creek intentionally preserved the natural habitat around it so it perfectly blends the beauty of Tahoe with the majesty of an expertly designed course.

golfnetssummerPractice your swing at The Ridge Tahoe.

Before you hit any of the abovementioned courses, practice away at The Ridge Tahoe. With a putting green and a golf driving net, you can perfect your putt and swing only moments away from your accommodations.  (And for the kids – or just the kid at heart – we offer mini golf, too!)

 

April Showers Bring A-MAY-Zing Entertainment

April brings warmer temperatures, winsome wildflowers and rolling waterfalls, as well as refreshing entertainment in Tahoe South. Take a look at what April has to offer below.

Devil You Know, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, April 16
Not for the faint of heart, Devil You Know brings heavy metal to the Basin with ferocious melodies and primal sounds. More info.

Taking Root, Lakeside Inn & Casino, April 16
This beloved local reggae/ska/rock band will be covering classics and modern songs during their jam session at Stateline. More info.

Wine Wednesdays, The Loft in the Heavenly Village
Combining San Francisco cool with Tahoe charm via indoor fires and table side s’mores, the Loft offers a variety of events that’ll spice up your visit. Every Wednesday evening the Loft hosts free wine tasting from different featured wineries. Guests can enjoy discounted wines during this tasting, as well. More info.

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Wine Wednesday is a winner. Courtesy: Loft Tahoe

Space Oddity – David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 16
The recent passing of rock god David Bowie makes Brighton’s tribute even more poignant. Sing along to iconic Bowie songs like “Rebel, Rebel,” “Changes,” and others as Brighton retells Bowie’s musical journey through the decades. More info.

 “An Elegant Evening” Soroptomist International of Tahoe Sierra’s Annual Fundraiser, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 23
Ready to taste the best wine in the Sierra Nevada? If you’re a wine connoisseur or just a big fan, “An Elegant Evening” promises to excite your palate with award winning reds and whites. Plated dinner service is accompanied by a silent and live auction, music and dancing by Trey Stone. More info.

Dennis DeYoung – the Music of Styx, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 23
Founding member of Styx, Dennis DeYoung brings his vocal harmonies to Lake Tahoe. DeYoung has written more Styx songs than any other members. More info.

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Dennis DeYoung graces the Harrah’s stage.

Genoa Cowboy Festival, Genoa, NV, April 28 – May 1
Head off the hill to experience the Wild West at the Genoa Cowboy Festival. Blending Western heritage and culture with the beautiful setting of Carson Valley, the festival includes historical reenactments, shopping, art exhibits and tons of delicious foods. More info.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 30
A must-see for any Pink Floyd fan. The event coordinators describe the experience best: “Surrounded by 50,000 watts of concert quality sound, Pink Floyd’s musical legacy continues as the band’s concept music captures the imagination, and carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects.” More info.

Prefer to stay on property? The Ridge Tahoe has a huge variety of family friendly events.

Change Your Altitude and Attitude at Your Next Meeting

Is your office life stale? Is your team arguing and no longer working cohesively? If you’re finding it harder to concentrate and create quality projects, it may be time to change your attitude by changing your altitude and plan your next meeting at The Ridge Tahoe.

Forgo the cubicle in favor of breathtaking views at 7,500 elevation in the Ridge Tahoe Conference Center. There are a number of meeting spaces available to meet your needs whether you’re planning a retreat or a getaway for your employees. A meeting package can be arranged if you’re traveling from out of town.

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The change in altitude will be the first step to changing team disarray into group harmony; the next step is team building. Promoting teamwork and building camaraderie is the goal when planning a meeting and team building event. Not only will you improve communication and relationships among team members, but you’ll also create lasting fun memories that will carry you through difficult times.

Just like everything else in Tahoe South, the kind of team building offered may be a bit atypical from what you are used to…

For example, if you are team building in winter, you can go skiing with easy ski in/out access via our Skier Express. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing (with trails accessible at the resort), snowmobiling and horse drawn sleigh rides are a few other options for the adventurous.

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Winter isn’t the only season that offers a number of active options for the group: go on a scavenger hunt around the resort (our tip is to pair up people who don’t know each other very well); bring out your competitive side with a game of ping pong or air hockey; mix up energy and improve the flow of a meeting with yoga and stretching.  Other activities include cruises on Lake Tahoe, golfing, ATV tours, tennis, basketball, mini golf, guided hikes, mountain biking and much more.

Regardless of the activities you choose, your team will be recharged and ready to head back to work to get down to business.

Your Conference Coordinator will determine the perfect tasks for your unique team. Contact Marlena Freitas at (775) 588-3553, extension 4622 or  mfreitas@ridge-resorts.com for more information.

Put a Spring in Your Step – Take a Hike!

There is no bad time of year in Tahoe and each season provides a new way to explore the Lake of the Sky. Spring offers flowing waterfalls and abundant wildflowers that are sometimes only accessible by hiking… So pull out your Keens and hit the trails this Spring!

Horsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls is a popular moderate trail that takes you 3.3 miles through Desolation Wilderness and back. Named for the waterfall that spills from the mountains and unsurprisingly resembles a horsetail, this hike offers beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This trail is ideal for beginners and moderate hikers, but it does have some tricky footwork so watch your step. In the summer you can take the dip in the alpine waters at the base of the falls.

Fallen Leaf Lake/Glen Alpine Falls
A hidden gem only a mile south of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake provides a quick and easy hike for individuals of all experience levels. Towering trees and the serene silence of the forest will guide you to the crisp cold waters of Fallen Leaf. Snag a spot of secluded beachfront property for an impromptu picnic or continue on to Upper Glen Alpine Falls, the home of one of Tahoe’s earliest resorts.

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Views of Mt. Tallac at Fallen Leaf Lake. Credit: Squatch Photography

Big Meadow
If you seek wildflowers, then Big Meadow is your hike. This appropriately named meadow is one of the best places to take in the ephemeral appearance of Tahoe’s beautiful wildflowers. Feast your eyes on flora after a mile and a half hike up steep terrain to the meadow.

Tahoe Rim Trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is an iconic trail that extends 165 miles around the entirety of Lake Tahoe. And luckily for Ridge guests, the TRT is accessible from your hotel.

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Views from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Photo credit: Travel Heals

Bloggers Bailey and Mark of Travel Heals explored the TRT from Ridge. If you need more convincing beyond the above picture, just read a snapshot of their experience:

“Since the trail elevation ranges from 6,240 to 10,338 feet, we were able to see amazing views whenever the trees would open up. On one side was the mountains and the valley, and on the other was the magnificent view of Lake Tahoe from so high up. All along that part of the trail were pockets of cleared trees just waiting for us to sit and soak up the view. And we obliged each time.”

The Ridge Tahoe provides guided hikes and you can always venture on your own – as long as you are prepared! For hiking tips and guides in Tahoe South, click here.

This Week’s HOPpenings in Tahoe South

Spring is fast approaching and with it comes Easter Sunday, as well as a slew of events that herald the change of seasons. Hop into this holiday weekend with all of the great happenings in Tahoe South.

Easter Day Festivities
Spend Easter morning in Meyers for a classic Easter egg hunt. Hosted by Lake Valley Fire Protection District, this quest will take you throughout Tahoe Paradise Park and around Lake Baron. Children will be delighted by the special appearance of a fire truck and the big man himself, the Easter Bunny! The Easter egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. and be on the lookout for golden eggs for an extraordinary prize.

Egg-stravaganza at Sierra-at-Tahoe (via Sierra-at-Tahoe)

Eggstravaganza at Sierra-at-Tahoe (via Sierra-at-Tahoe)

Another option for springtime fun is at Sierra-at-Tahoe where they’ll host the Easter Eggstravaganza on the new solstice Plaza. Bring your basket to discover “egg-cellent” treasures left behind by the Easter Bunny. Sierra-at-Tahoe isn’t leaving out the adults: an on-mountain Easter egg hunt will follow for the kids at heart.

You’ll surely work up an appetite after rummaging for Easter eggs all morning and you’re in luck – several restaurants in town will host Easter brunch for famished adults and children alike.

Entertainment Galore
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour invites you to “ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel” when it returns to Tahoe. One of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival features beautiful and stimulating films from around the world. Discover some of the best mountain film makers on the big screen at MontBleu on March 28.

Following the Banff Festival, the 11th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to MontBleu on March 31. While visually breathtaking, this film festival’s goal is to inspire activism to care for our environment with proceeds benefitting Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

Live music from Ike and Martin at Riva Grill and Richie Ballerini at 19 Kitchen cap off March 31.

Views of The Ridge from the Tahoe Rim Trail (via Tahoe Heals)

Views of The Ridge from the Tahoe Rim Trail (via Tahoe Heals)

Enjoy the Sunlight
Daylight savings has blessed Tahoe South with even more sunshine, so forgo dark theatres and restaurants for some unadulterated time with nature! There are a number of accessible trails from The Ridge Tahoe, including the famous Tahoe Rim Trail.

Hoppy Easter weekend!

Go Green This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Whether you like to imbibe in a green beer, indulge in corned beef and cabbage, don your finest emerald apparel or partake in all of three and more, Tahoe South has a bevy of festive activities for St. Patrick’s Day and the following weekend.

Take the party to Tahoe South
Lucky for you a slew of celebrations will punctuate the evening of March 17 and you get to choose from a list of impressive venues and parties!

The Fresh Ketch will have food and drink specials 3 p.m. to close, plus live music 7 – 10 p.m.

McP’s Taphouse Grill has drink specials all day, live music with the Lost Mountain Band and loads of giveaways, as well as Guinness and Bud Light Girls as special guests.

Steamer’s Bar & Grill will host the St. Funkin Patrick’s Day Party with music starting at 9 p.m. Steamer’s will serve the traditional corned beef and cabbage along with their infamous corned beef tacos and drink specials all day long. You may even get some free schwag!

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe invites you to get “sham rocked” with food and drink specials in the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar and Park Prime Steakhouse.

Beach Retreat & Lodge hosts their St. Patrick’s Day Party in The Tavern, 6 – 10 p.m. Food and drink specials will be available and if you’re feeling the luck of the Irish, try your hand at their St. Patty’s Day Bingo and Beer Pong!

(And if you find that you’ve celebrated too much, we recommend taking BlueGo to get home safely or schedule a pickup with a ridesharing service.)

Via FitsNews.com

Via FitsNews.com

Celebrate close to your home away from home
The Ridge Tahoe will host St. Patrick’s Day festivities with meal and drink specials. The Ridge will be serving corned beef and cabbage 5:30-8:30 p.m. and a happy hour in the Tahoe Lounge, 4 – 8 p.m. on March 17.

While happy hour is adults only, the kids have an opportunity to join in the revelry at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Kids Club. Children are invited to make crafts, play games and try to find the pot of gold from 9 – 10:30 a.m. then create a special treat in honor of St. Patrick from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Feel the luck all weekend long
If you don’t get your fill on Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day continues into the weekend with various entertainment.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course kicks off the weekend with the Super Sloppy Reubens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 18. Happy hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner with live music starts at 6 p.m. Chase their delicious reubens with Irish coffee or green beers on special.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa invites you to come sail away with the legendary Styx when they play on March 18.

Racers are wanted for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races March 19 at The Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson. Strap on snowshoes and try not to spill any drinks as you zig and zag through an obstacle course to win prizes from The Landing Resort & Spa, Deschutes Brewing Company and Cold Water Brewery and Grill among others.

No matter how you decide to celebrate, The Ridge Tahoe wishes you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Ski Season is Winding Down – Here’s How to Live It Up

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of snow bunnies and shredders mourning the end of a truly incredible winter season.

It’s hard to believe the ski season is coming to a close when Tahoe South has been pelted with new snow this past weekend, but it’s true – you only have a little over a month left to make your mark on the mountain of your choice (and there are so many in the Tahoe region). Heavenly and Northstar close April 17, Kirkwood April 10 and others will be announcing closing dates as time goes on.

While we may be sad that our days will soon be filled with sand instead of soft snow (we know we can’t really complain), there’s still time to make the most of winter. Here are our recommendations for giving winter the proper farewell.

Don your fanciest mountain gear

We’ve all seen them – the riders dressed in tutus, gorilla suits and capes cutting down the groomers. Many riders partake in a Gaper Day where they dress in their most outrageous clothing to ride, so why not join them? Riding is all about having fun, so don’t take yourself too seriously with this one and just go for it!

Take the express lane

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Ski in and ski out of Heavenly’s Stagecoach Chairlift with the Hilltrac Skier Express, located only steps from your room at The Ridge Tahoe. This chairlift will deliver you, your friends and your gear right to the trails.

Eat your way through après

Celebrate a successful day on the mountain with great après at places like Base Camp Pizza and Azul Latin Kitchen among others. Himmel Haus offers German fare and huge beers to satiate any hungry rider, plus they host events like Blackout Bingo and Open Mic night to help you kick back after an adventurous day. The Divided Sky is another great option, as it is a locals’ favorite with a relaxed vibe and great sandwiches to refuel your stoke levels.

A Hot Toddy by the fire at Base Camp Pizza. Courtesy: Base Camp Pizza

A Hot Toddy by the fire at Base Camp Pizza. Courtesy: Base Camp Pizza

Consider enjoying your après at The Ridge with happy hour from 4 – 8 p.m. every day at the Tahoe Lounge.

Unbuckle and party

Nothing culminates an ending like a party and no one throws a party like Heavenly. Unbuckle at Tamarack is an adults-only party that combines thumping bass with adult beverages, tasty Tamarack-only treats and the Heavenly Angels. If you’ve never partied at 9,150 feet this is your time to do it.

Good luck with your last month of riding in Tahoe South!

Homewood is Where Your Heart Is

They say the best journey takes you home. We say the best journey takes you to Homewood Mountain Resort.

Homewood is a home run. Courtesy: Homewood Mountain Resort

Homewood is a home run. Courtesy: Homewood Mountain Resort

When staying at The Ridge Tahoe, you have plenty of options for skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. You can go big at Heavenly, go country at Kirkwood or rub elbows with Olympians at Sierra-at-Tahoe; or you can visit Homewood, a small yet brilliant hidden gem on the west side of the lake.

With a total of 2,010 acres, Homewood is minute compared to the abovementioned resorts, but it is known to have some of the best terrain in the Basin. Its base elevation of 6,230’ and summit elevation of 8,740’ allows for 2,510 vertical feet of elevation gain with a variety of terrain, as well as groomed boulevards and hidden powder stashes that are Homewood’s trademark. Homewood stacks up to the larger resorts with 450 inches of snow per season and days upon days of sunshine, but that’s not all – it was also named one of the Top 10 Resorts in California and Nevada by SKI Magazine in 2012, so you know it’s got to be good!

Views for days. Courtesy: Homewood Mountain Resort

Views for days. Courtesy: Homewood Mountain Resort

It’s not just the powder and great terrain that makes Homewood a home run. Check out a few of the other reasons why Homewood should be on your list of ski resorts to visit in Tahoe.

Snow Cat Adventures: Prepare to be amazed when you experience backcountry terrain like never before. Snow Cat Adventures at Homewood provide access to 750+ acres of terrain beyond the ski area’s boundaries. Groups of 10 experienced skiers and riders can take advantage of this package that brings you to the top of Ellis Peak and then provides 1,828 vertical feet to lap. You’ll be astounded by the panoramic views of the lake and of Desolation Wilderness as you traverse steeps, powder bowls and tree runs.

More Fun in the Summer: The excitement doesn’t end once the snow melts. Summertime at Homewood is just as exhilarating as winter with hiking and biking trails that provide breathtaking vistas and special events like Drive in movies. Past summers at Homewood have included the Farm to Peak Dinner Series, a mountaintop outdoor dining experience that overlooks Lake Tahoe. It’s a feast for your stomach and eyes with beautiful views of the lake and seasonal, local ingredients in five courses.

Eclectic Events: Homewood sets itself apart from other resorts with its special events that include the upcoming Winter Wonder Film Festival, March 12, and St. Patty’s Day Party with The Risky Biscuits, March 17. Both events celebrate local talent and, of course, incorporate the fun that one is accustomed to in a mountain town!

If your next journey takes you to Homewood, we hope it ends at The Ridge Tahoe.

Alpine Meadows: Off the Radar and Full of Thrills

Similar to its sister resort Squaw Valley,  Alpine Meadows is another treasure north of the lake and a thrill seeker’s paradise comprised of 2,400 acres with over 100 trails. Alpine offers 1,802 vertical feet of terrain to those looking for an off the radar adventure conveniently located between Truckee and Tahoe City. With views of Lake Tahoe stretching as far as your goggled eyes can see, you’ll cruise through the wide open groomers of Alpine in complete awe.

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Take a dive at Alpine. Courtesy: Alpine Meadows

One of the best ways to experience this resort is with Alpine’s North Face Mountain Guides that strive to make each riding and skiing experience true to the resort’s roots. Join your personal mountain tour guide as you ride through the area’s most coveted terrain while enjoying less lines and more lines down the mountain with priority life line access.

However, if you’re looking for the very best terrain and most authentic experience at the resort, the Pacific Crest Bowls is where you want to ski. Named for its location to the Pacific Crest ridgeline, Pacific Crest Bowls guarantees fresh tracks in all possible terrains for riders determined to find them. Discover open bowls, chutes and cliffs in almost complete solitude.

Family-Friendly Alpine Meadows

Family-friendly selection of terrain. Courtesy: Alpine Meadows

Once you’ve tackled the Bowls, head to the Ice Bar or Sun Deck depending on your disposition that day. Ice Bar is on the backside of Alpine while Sun Deck has a full view of riders and skiers making their way down the mountain.

The adventure doesn’t end once you take off your skis. A truly unique dining experience awaits you at Alpine Meadows. Reserve a spot for one of their incredible Snowshoe Dinner Tours. You’ll work for your meal as you tour through the moonlit Alpine Meadows before arriving at the mid-mountain Chalet for an intimate seated dinner of Alps-inspired dishes. To make reservations, book online or call 800-403-0206.

Alpine’s close proximity to Truckee and Tahoe City allow you to experience nightlife in both areas, as well as dining, but you can may find yourself in the Squaw Valley Village due to a variety of weekly events, like Après Ski Music and the Alpenglow Film Series among others.