Five Reasons to Visit Lake Tahoe

Owner Bill Wright is back with his top reasons why you should visit Lake Tahoe and stay at the Ridge Tahoe. For Bill’s previous article, click here.

Bill Wright has been an owner at the Ridge Tahoe for 32 years. And while he could give us more than 32 reasons why he continues to come back year after year, he distilled down his favorite reasons why Tahoe is his second home.

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Sunrise at Eagle Falls. Photo credit: Brad Scott

1: The natural geological beauty of Lake Tahoe combined with the Ridge Tahoe Resort’s one of a kind Sierra Nevada scenic mountain ridge setting. Overlooking Carson Valley on the east and Lake Tahoe on the west, the resort offers year-round panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters, majestic pines, and giant granite boulders make up a landscape apart from anywhere else in the world.

2: The wonderful ski resorts. With seven wonderful ski resorts to choose from, there is no shortage of fresh powder and new views. The two largest and best known, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and Squaw Valley, are easily accessible from the Ridge.

Views of the Face at Heavenly Mountain Resort

These views, only minutes from your accommodations. Photo credit: Brad Scott

3: Easy and fast access from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to the Ridge and ski resorts. It’s almost four hours from the Boulder, Colorado airport to Aspen and three hours from the Albuquerque airport to the Taos ski resort. Even during snow storms – which normally come in from California in the west – Wright found access to the Ridge Tahoe easy and a joy to drive compared to other ski resort.

“Locals call us ‘Lucky Charms’ because we’ve never needed snow chains on all our trips up the mountain to Lake Tahoe,” Wright said. “I don’t even know how to put chains on tires.”

The access is especially beneficial for individuals who only want to ski Heavenly and want to avoid driving in snowy conditions. Individuals can also forego the cost of a rental car with the South Tahoe Airporter, which transports individuals from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe. This combined with the Ridge Tahoe transportation to and from the South Lake Tahoe casinos provides guests with exceptional car-free experiences.

Mount Tallac reflects in Taylor Creek at Kiva Beach in the summer near South Lake Tahoe, California.

Mount Tallac reflects in Taylor Creek at Kiva Beach in the summer. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun

4: Lake Tahoe is a year-round vacation destination. Summer water sports, hiking and biking, and winter skiing. Toss in year-round entertainment and you have a non-stop entertainment destination that is ideal for a second home or timeshare at the Ridge Tahoe.

“Even in our youth, we knew the time would come when we wouldn’t be as dedicated winter skiers as we were [at the time],” Wright said. “We wanted to select a location that we could enjoy year-round without skiing.”

5: Lake Tahoe’s bluebird days.  On average, there are 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe, California. The July high is around 80 degrees. The January low is 19.  Having learned to ski in frigid night conditions in the Midwest, as well as skiing in freezing Quebec Mont Saint Anne, Canada, Wright and his family fell in love with Lake Tahoe’s mild spring skiing sunshine temperatures.

If this list has convinced you, book your reservation at the Ridge Tahoe to experiences these perks and more.

 

 

Hop to It at the Ridge Tahoe

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Are you feeling a little harebrained coming into the holiday weekend? We don’t blame you! Holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to planning family events and even more so when you’re traveling. However, if you’ve planned a trip to the Ridge Tahoe and Lake Tahoe this weekend to celebrate, then you can rest at ease knowing that all your holiday plans are taken care of – including an Easter egg hunt!

You’ll be hopping for joy when you arrive at the Ridge Tahoe this weekend. Not only is spring skiing still in effect at Heavenly Mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain (the last week for the latter), but the weekend is also jam packed with great holiday events on-site and in town.

Fuel up for a day of fun and family with our Easter Day brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This brunch caters to children and adults with two full menus to choose from:

  • For children 12 years old and under, brunch includes choice of beverage (orange juice, milk or soda); a first course of Easter cross buns with fresh fruits; a second course of either a Belgian waffle with scrambled egg and bacon, country egg platter with bacon and potatoes, chicken tenders with fries, or a cheese burger with fries.
  • Adults start off the brunch with Easter cross buns and fresh fruit, followed by a second course with a choice of crab cake avocado benedict with cottage potatoes, Belgian waffles with eggs, bacon and berry compote, herb crusted prime rib, garlic-olive crusted rack of lamb, poached Verlasso salmon, or Ridge shrimp rancheros with corn tortillas, eggs, black and pinto refried beans and grilled shrimp.

Easter isn’t complete without a trip to the dessert buffet. Each menu includes dessert. Bruch is $14 for children and $40 for adults.

The celebration doesn’t stop with brunch! The Ridge Tahoe Elevation Spa and Recreation hosts an Easter egg hunt for children inside the Clubhouse. Kids will hunt for 1,000 total eggs filled with prizes, as well as have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and snap photos with him between egg hunting sessions. Kids are advised to keep an eye out for golden eggs. If they nab one of these gilded beauties, they’ll win a special surprise Easter basket! The Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 9 a.m. for children three to six years old and 10:30 a.m. for children seven to 11 years old.

For more information about other events happening in Lake Tahoe this weekend, visit Tahoe South. Hoppy Easter from the Ridge Tahoe!

Warm Weather Weddings: 3 Ways to Beat the Heat

With the promise of a cloudless day, sun kissing your skin and just the slightest breeze, a warm weather wedding sounds like an absolute dream. At Lake Tahoe, warmer months are ideal times to get married with temperatures ranging from the 60s to 80s with little humidity. While there are tons of benefits to get married during the spring or summer in the Sierra Nevada, there are a few details to keep in mind to ensure your wedding is as flawless as possible.

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Take in the views and the sunset at a Ridge wedding. Credit: Divided Line Media 

#1 Protect Yourself!
Getting married in the Sierra means you’re just that much closer to the sun. At 7,600 elevation, the Ridge Tahoe is perfectly positioned above Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. However, with that elevation comes a greater chance of a sunburn. While temperatures may feel cool with a breeze at times, the sun is much hotter at elevation and you may find yourself a bit red at the end of the day. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: sunscreen! Apply a sunscreen that does not provide a white cast in photos.

If you’d like to stay out of the sun altogether, the Ridge Tahoe also has an indoor ceremony site available. The Stagecoach View Room still affords you amazing views without the worry of a burn.

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The Grand Garden View is an ideal setting for a summer wedding. Credit: Tracy Lynn Photography

#2 Stay Refreshed
Consider creating a signature cocktail for a spring or summer wedding. Not only will this be refreshing if the wedding is held outside, but it will also show off the couple’s personalities. Fresh lemonade or even popsicles are a welcome sight during a warm weather wedding. Additionally, altitude can dehydrate individuals who are unaccustomed to the elevation so be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic fluids on hand! Some Ridge Tahoe wedding packages include unlimited coffee, tea, and soda or lemonade and punch stations.

Of course, if you opt to have your wedding at our beachfront ceremony site at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach, you can always refresh yourself with a dip in the lake!

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A beachfront wedding is another way to keep your venue refreshing. Credit: Divided Line Media

#3 Create Functional Favors
If your wedding is set outside, such as in the Grand View Garden or the Elevation Deck 7500 at the Ridge, it tends to get warm in the sun. Make your wedding favors functional and fun by handing out sunglasses or fans branded with your wedding hashtag. Not only will these help your guests stay cool, they’ll also look cool and provide plenty of great photo opportunities.

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Ahh. Wedded bliss. Credit: Divided Line Media

Bonus Tip: Hiring a professional planner like the wedding coordinators at the Ridge Tahoe will ensure that every possible detail is considered for your day. Contact us now to start planning!

 

 

9 Things to Do When You’re Under 21 in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe isn’t all casinos and late nights – there are many activities available for families and underage guests to experience the best active, outdoors and social opportunities in the area. Find some of our top recommendations below.

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You don’t have to be over 21 to enjoy all that Tahoe has to offer. Credit: Tahoe South

GET ACTIVE

Tennis, racquetball, and badminton: Take a whack on one of the many courts available on-site at the Ridge Tahoe. These activities will surely drive a few friendly competitions among family members and friends.

Mini golf at Heavenly Village: Bask in the sun as you work your way through the 18 hole mini golf course in the center of the Heavenly Village, which is only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe. The mini golf course turns into an ice rink during the winter months.

Workout: Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t work out. The Ridge Tahoe includes a full fitness facility that is available to individuals 13 years and older. After working out, head to one of our many hot tubs to soothe your sore muscles.

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Reach new heights with a snowshoe or hike. Courtesy: Tahoe South

GET OUTSIDE

Hiking and snowshoeing: Available directly from the Ridge Tahoe, hiking and snowshoeing is an immensely popular activity in Tahoe. With so many trails available, it’s hard not to strap on your snowshoes or hiking boots to explore the Sierra Nevada.

Kayak and paddleboard: When visiting Lake Tahoe, you must get on the lake at some point! Whether it’s on a cruise or on a kayak or paddleboard, it’s always a good idea to go out on the water. There are plenty of rentals available around the shores, including nearby Zephyr Cove Marina and Round Hill Pines.

Heavenly Epic Discovery: Winter isn’t the only time Heavenly Mountain is a source of endless fun – summer also provides adventure and beautiful sights with Epic Discovery. Activities include a scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain, the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, tubing, multiple ropes courses, and a climbing wall.

Take the ride of your life at Heavenly Epic Discovery. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Heavenly Mountain Resort

GET SOCIAL

Family Fun Arcade: Located at the Ridge Tahoe, the Family Fun Arcade allows you to let loose and play classic games. Challenge friends to a friendly game before heading to the billiards room also located in the arcade.

Wallyball Mixer: Try your hand at Wallyball, a fast-paced sport that includes playing volleyball in a racquetball court. These mixers are sure to work up a sweat and provide amble opportunities to make new friends.

Trapped in Tahoe: Trapped in Tahoe is an exhilarating test of your teamwork skills and ability to stay calm and collected in the face of danger. Work with friends and family to solve a puzzle that will lead you through a dangerous path to safety from zombies, vampires, killer clowns or a dangerous mine.

You won’t be underwhelmed with the abundance of under-21 activities available at the Ridge Tahoe and in Tahoe South. Which activities are on your must-do list?

Memories of The Ridge Tahoe with Owner Bill Wright

Skiing to Stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain one day in 1983, Bill Wright saw construction on the ridge above. Curious, he decided to check out what was happening above the slopes and what he discovered was the building of the Ridge Resort, of which he became a multi-unit owner within a year. Now a bluebird day skier, Wright has spent the past 32 years visiting the Ridge Tahoe as an owner with his family and enjoying the various amenities available on-site, including the clubhouse and exercise facility.

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Bill Wright poses with The Ridge Tahoe sign, 1987

Wright was first drawn to Lake Tahoe when he was exploring the country’s various ski resorts as part of the Columbus Ohio Ski Club. Along with Diane, his wife, they traveled to Taos, New Mexico, Aspen, Colorado, and eventually made their way to the Tahoe region where they discovered the Ridge Tahoe.

“I was an avid skier for 25 years, but I knew the day would come when the daily sunshine report would be of more interest to me than the snow report,” said Wright. His ownership at the Ridge was a natural choice due to his love for spring visits to Tahoe with its incredible skiing conditions and the opportunity to explore the mountain with clear views of the lake.

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Diane Wright takes in the sights at The Ridge Tower

The resort, which the Wrights consider to be a second home and also share with their children, Austin and Alyssa, drew them in with its location, conveniences and breathtaking views beyond the skiing conditions outside their front door. Over the decades, the Wright family has spent time at their units with other families and most recently celebrated their daughter’s graduation from college by purchasing bonus time for a family trip touring the Lake Tahoe area.

When they were younger, Bill and Diane enjoyed the exercise facility and racquetball courts, as well as steamy saunas after a day of chilly skiing. However, thirty years later, Wright claims the Clubhouse is truly his favorite place at the Ridge.

“Mostly we just enjoy a cozy place to sit and talk,” said Wright.

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Diane and Alyssa Wright enjoy the warmth of a Ridge fire

As an owner for the past 32 years, Wright has seen the Ridge go through some major changes, including the new Bistro for casual dining and the addition of another fireplace sitting area with computer workstations.

“Tahoe now has some wonderful and much more expensive resorts, but none of them can duplicate the feeling of this mountain top location,” said Wright. “We like that the resort maintains a cozy traditional Tahoe decorative décor style in every remodeling project. “

Wright has also gathered a few tips over the years that are applicable to those looking to make the most of their time at the Ridge Tahoe. He recommends visitors and owners alike research Tahoe and the Ridge Tahoe before visiting to find the best activities and sights for them.DSC00351Custom

Bill Wright discovers the perfect selfie spot at The Ridge Tahoe

“You don’t want to waste time once you get to the Ridge Tahoe learning and debating about where, when and what you should do,” said Wright. He recommends throwing out the calendar in lieu of a flexible schedule that allows guests to experience their vast interests by checking the Ridge Tahoe website, the Tahoe South website and even venturing to Tahoe North if so inclined.

Wright had one final recommendation for all visitors to the area: “Take the time to take some great family photos. Twenty years later you’re never going to say, ‘I wish I’d taken fewer family photos in Tahoe.’”

Go for Green This St. Patrick’s Day

 

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It’s that time of the year again when everyone’s a little Irish and also a little full from too much corned beef and cabbage! If you’re spending time in Tahoe for this wonderful holiday, then you will find there are plenty of ways for you to don your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

First on your must-do St. Patrick’s Day list should be a hearty helping of corned beef and cabbage. A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is incomplete without it! Luckily for guests of the Ridge Tahoe, the Bistro will be hosting a very festive meal on Friday, March 18, with a corned beef and cabbage special. The Bistro is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Cheers! (1)Say “cheers!” to St. Patrick’s Day. Credit: Lauren Lindley

From dinner, continue the merriments with live music and drink specials with no cover at McP’s Taphouse. McP’s will offer over 40 beers, giveaways to patrons and the Guinness and Bud Light girls. For another festive option, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the Sham Rockin’ Celebration with drink specials, live music at Vinyl, DJs, and March basketball viewing. You can also catch all of the basketball action at MontBleu’s March Hoops on St. Patrick’s Day with HD televisions and all-you-can-eat food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The house will be rockin’ with the likes of Lake Street Dive with special guest Joey Dosik at MontBleu, March 17. These crooners will celebrate the holiday with their infectious pop music that blends genres and will certainly make for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day.

For a change of pace, try out Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge St. Patrick’s Day Bingo. The bingo will be free and St. Patrick’s Day themed with plenty of prizes up for grabs, as well as drink specials starting at 4 p.m.

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races come to Tahoe on March 18. Credit: Camp Richardson / Chris Talbot

The fun continues into the weekend with Lake Tahoe Golf Course’s Super Sloppy Reubens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 18. Accompanied by live music, the happy hour and dinner includes delicious reubens, Irish coffee and green beers on special. Additionally, Camp Richardson’s last Snowshoe Cocktail Races of the season kicks up the snow, March 18.

If you imbibe too much, be aware that the BlueGo Casino Shuttle is available to get you back safely to the Ridge Tahoe. Our Ridge shuttle is also available and on-call!

Enjoy the holiday and have a safe weekend!

Spring Skiing in the Sierra Nevada

For most of the country, spring is signaled by budding flowers and warmer temperatures, but for Lake Tahoe, it is heralded by some of the year’s best skiing. With over 500+ inches of snow this season alone, springtime is one of the best times to book your next trip to The Ridge Tahoe, then hit the slopes!

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Get pumped for amazing spring skiing! Credit: Ski Lake Tahoe / Lauren Lindley

This winter has been marked by several atmospheric rivers delivering more snow than in the region’s recent history and the ski resorts are truly swimming in powder. Due to the amount of snow that’s fallen in the 2016/2017 season, many resorts are opting to stay open until mid-April and later, which gives you more time to visit the area and experience the historic conditions. South and North Shore ski resorts are prepared to welcome skiers and snowboarders with all lifts fully operational and plenty of terrains open and accessible to explore. In addition to endless terrain options, the weather will also warm up a bit in the spring. Bask in the sun and enjoy bluebird days that don’t leave you freezing after a few runs.

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Views for days at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Credit: Ski Lake Tahoe / Kyle McCoy

As well as warmer days and great conditions, spring also does not include any holidays, except for St. Patrick’s Day. No major holidays mean fewer crowds to contend with for all the best lines. All your other favorite winter activities and sports are available during springtime, including ice skating at Heavenly Village, snowmobiling at Zephyr Cove Resort and snowshoeing on the various trails.

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This way to spring skiing heaven! Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Check out the following ski resorts for a calendar of events and current lift statuses:

South Shore
Heavenly: 775-586-7000
Sierra-at-Tahoe: 530-659-7475
Kirkwood: 209-258-3000

North Shore
Diamond Peak: 775-832-1177
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: 775-849-0704
Northstar California: 530-562-2267
Squaw Valley I Alpine Meadows: 800-403-0206
Homewood Mountain Resort: 530-584-6800
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort: 530-426-9000
Boreal Mountain Resort: 530-426-3666
Tahoe Donner: 530-587-9400

What are you waiting for? It’s time to visit Tahoe and experience the snow the whole country’s been talking about!

Where to Find Living Tahoe History

Large, all-encompassing, and beautiful – it’s what visitors usually think when they look at Lake Tahoe. But there are hidden depths – both literally and figuratively – to the Lake of the Sky with centuries of history that stretch back to the 1860s and beyond. While the great outdoors and numerous ski resorts are two of the most popular destinations in Tahoe for the adventurous and outdoorsman, the rich past of the Sierra Nevada will draw in the history buff and nostalgic visitor among them.

Below are just a few of the historic sites you can visit while staying at The Ridge Tahoe.

The Flames of Olympic Glory

Where to find it: Squaw Valley

Technically outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin, Squaw Valley is what spurred the area’s massive growth and expansion. The cause? The 1960 Winter Olympics took place in Squaw Valley, requiring speedy land development to accommodate the athletes, organizers and crowds from around the world. The 1960 Olympics were not only the first and only Olympics to be held in the area, but they were also the first to be nationally televised, as well as the first to house participating athletes in an Olympic Village.

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Go for glory at the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Courtesy: Squaw Valley

While turning into Squaw Valley, be sure to look to the statues and the Olympic torch that remains lit. Peruse the artifacts of Olympic glory at the Olympic Museum in the Village.

The Great Gatsby-esque Extravagance

Where to find it: Tallac Historic Site

On the South Shore of Lake Tahoe resides magnificent estates collectively known as the Tallac Historic Site. The Tallac Historic Site includes Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate and Valhalla and, among other things, was once home to Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin’s “Greatest Casino in America” (the foundation of the casino remains on site). On the beaches of the lake, the Pope Estate was the most luxurious and the oldest in South Lake Tahoe while the Valhalla Estate was home to many gatherings and social functions in the early half of the 20th century.

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Imagine a leisurely afternoon spent on this lawn. Courtesy: Valhalla / Tahoe South

The Tallac Historic Site is open to for public tours in the summer months. Every August the site hosts The Great Gatsby Festival that harkens back to the days of the 1920s with classic cars, vintage children’s games, period shopping and the Gatsby Tea and Fashion Show complete with bootleg champagne.

Scandinavian Architecture, Classic Tahoe

Where to find it: Vikingsholm Castle

As any visitor of Emerald Bay can attest, the Vikingsholm Castle on the shores of the bay is a sight to behold from afar and even more breathtaking up close. Situated in the forest and the only estate for miles, Vikingsholm was constructed as a Scandinavian architectural masterpiece in the 1860s and was the summer home of Lora Josephine Knight from 1928 until her death in 1945. Knight built the famous tea house that resides on Fannette Island, the only island in the lake and accessible via boat, kayak and paddle board, where she hosted afternoon tea for friends.

VikingsholmGet a taste of life in the bay with a visit to Vikingsholm. Photo credit: Curtis Simmons

Experience the exquisite furnishings and details up close with tours of Vikingsholm during the summer.

For a full history of the Lake Tahoe area, we recommend visiting any of the Lake Tahoe museums.

Do Not Miss These Tahoe Vistas

As the largest alpine lake in North America and the second-deepest lake in the United States (Crater Lake is the deepest), Lake Tahoe has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. The lake is 22 miles across and 72 miles around, which provides endless opportunities to explore its four shores, all of which have their own unique characteristics featured in spectacular views.

 

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Sand Harbor
East Shore
Home to the Shakespeare Festival and countless breathtaking sunsets, Sand Harbor is an iconic beach situated on the east shore of the lake. Its shores are dotted with boulders that are ideal for sunbathing, jumping off and paddling through to reach the open waters of the lake.

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Bonsai Rock
South/East Shore
Bonsai Rock earned its name due to the miniature trees that reside on the top of the boulder and this colossus has been captured in hundreds of photographers’ and videographers’ work. The hike to the rock may require a steep hike depending on where you start from – but the trouble is worth it for a glimpse of this beauty.

Tip: If you reach Sand Harbor, you’ve gone too far! Bonsai Rock is just south of the park.

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Emerald Bay
South Shore
Perhaps the most recognizable landmark at Lake Tahoe is Emerald Bay. This picturesque bay features Fannette Island and its tea house, as well as Vikingsholm Castle, which was the home of millionaire Lora J. Knight. Vikingsholm tours are available to the public through the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Those looking for a day on the beach or a challenging, yet rewarding kayak or paddle, will find both at Emerald Bay, in addition to incredible sunrises and sunsets.

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Lupines in Tahoe City
West Shore
Every spring and summer, something magical happens in Tahoe City: vibrant purple lupine flowers blanket an entire meadow for what may be the best photo opportunity of the year. Lake Forest Beach is home to these purple beauties. Grab your selfie stick, because this is a must-see iconic spot for visitors and locals alike.

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Monkey Rock
North Shore
This boulder’s name was derived from the fact that, well, it looks like a monkey! This fun and easy hike can take as little as 30 minutes to arrive at the ape-shaped boulder, or as long as two hours depending on the trail you take. Take in the views from Monkey Rock – and oh, what views they are!

Which vista will you visit?

A Very Presidential Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Tahoe is gearing up for an eventful holiday weekend with a plethora of entertainment, recreation, and new food. For those staying at The Ridge Tahoe, these President’s Day Weekend events and activities are only minutes from your room.

Get outdoors during Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Feb. 17. This hour-long ski-venture with a US Forest Service Ranger aims to educate the public about the role Forest Service plays in ski area management, as well as to improve individuals’ understanding of natural resources and stewardship. All participants must be intermediate skiers/boarders and provide their own lift ticket.

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Get ready for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races by practicing with friends! Photo credit: Lauren McMillin Photography/Adventurette

Another outdoor adventure option is located at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill on Feb. 18 with Snowshoe Cocktail Races. This race tests participants’ hand-eye coordination and balance as they meander through a snowy obstacle course while wearing snowshoes and carrying cocktails. Prizes are awarded for the fastest and cleanest at the finish line.

For a good cause – and a good time – the Head 2 Head Ski Challenge at Kirkwood Mountain hosts a race and dinner auction on Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All abilities and ages of skiers and boarders are welcome to compete in before an auction and dinner in the evening. Proceeds will benefit junior ski race programs.

Taste a different side of The Ridge Tahoe with two new menus at the Ridge Club Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The Hungry Bear Restaurant now includes delicious pastas such as tortellini carbonara, wild mushroom ravioli, and shrimp Provencal, Asian pressed chicken thighs with pineapple ginger chile glaze, classics like beef tenderloin medallion and surf and turf, and new favorites like grilled Idaho River Trout and pan-seared Chilean Verlasso Salmon. View the full menu here.

For a less formal dining experience, the Ridge Club Bistro offers all of your favorites: seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos, and a children’s menu. Bonus: both the Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Ridge Club Bistro are located on-site at The Ridge Tahoe!

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Get your party on with entertainment options this President’s Day Weekend. Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe

If it’s entertainment you crave, Tahoe South offers several options during President’s Day Weekend. After riding, stay on the mountain a little bit longer to experience the Unbuckle Après Party with the Heavenly Angels, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Unbuckle your boots, sip on some half-priced drinks and leave the kids at home for this new type of après ski.

Once you’re down from the mountain, choose from a number of late night options: Rock On! Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 17; Disco night at the Loft Theater, Feb. 17; free Mark Mackay concert in Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 18; Dark Star Orchestra at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Feb. 19; Sunday Night Music Session with the Heidi Incident!, Feb. 19; and Howie Nave and guest Joshua Mann at the Improv at Harveys through Feb. 19.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!