Helpful Travel Apps Make a Lake Tahoe Trip Even Easier

Helpful Travel Apps Make a Lake Tahoe Trip Even Easier

When travelling to Lake Tahoe, the trip is made simpler and more fun with resourceful tools that help plan the perfect outing. The Ridge Tahoe has a mobile friendly site that makes reserving a room faster, alleviating some of the stress involved with coordinating a vacation. Luckily, there are also a number of free mobile apps ideal for a Tahoe stay!

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Take a relaxing trip to Tahoe Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

Tahoe Beaches

The Tahoe Beaches app helps guests find nearby beaches and driving directions, utilizing the phone’s GPS ability. Personalize searches for features such as barbecues, boat rentals, campsites, public bathrooms and shade availability. Each beach has a profile with useful information including hours and directions.

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A map of Lake Tahoe beaches Courtesy: Tahoe Beaches App

Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide

The Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide is an interactive app that provides daily itineraries allowing users to learn more about Tahoe history and ecology. Interested in discovering fun facts about the lake or local plant species? Use the app while at a specific location for this information and more.

AllTrails

A visit to Tahoe is incomplete without a nature walk, hike or bike. AllTrails is a great app for finding detailed information on all of the hiking, biking and running trails in the region. Users can filter results to cater accommodations such as pet and kid friendly or handicap accessible.

Utrip

Utrip’s app allows users to create personalized itineraries for every budget and type of vacation. Choose one of the popular itineraries crafted by locals or build one from scratch with what appeals specifically to you.

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Plan a personalized itinerary Courtesy: Utrip

Lake Tahoe Official

The Lake Tahoe Official app is driven as a social media connector, helping users share photos and content on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a means of checking in with Foursquare. Information provided includes weather reports, live music venues and local business deals and discounts.

Leave a Lake Tahoe vacation with a breadth of new knowledge and personalized memories.

 

Secluded Tahoe Beaches That are Worth The Trip

When visiting a new destination, there is always a list of must-see locations which highlight the best features. Yet, sometimes it is worth venturing off the beaten path and exploring more atypical locales. Here are some beaches that will allow for memorable and unique experiences during your stay in Lake Tahoe.

Eagle Point

Probably the quietest area of Lake Tahoe, this southwest shore is a peaceful corner.  A steep trail leads down to the water’s edge, just off of Highway 89. Another great way to reach this small beach is kayaking or paddleboarding from South Shore.

Chimney Beach

Chimney Beach is a hidden East Shore gem. Tucked behind a slope, the cove can be reached through trails leading down. A derelict chimney and hearth left from a destructed beachfront cabin distinguishes the stretch of sand. Large, flat boulders populate the beach, making for perfect picnic tables or tanning platforms. Pack some dinner and wine, because as soon as night blankets the sky, Chimney Beach becomes a gorgeous spot for star gazing.

The historic chimney at Chimney Beach. Courtesy: TripAdvisor.

The historic chimney at Chimney Beach. Courtesy: TripAdvisor.

Skunk Harbor

A mile off of the nearest highway, Skunk Harbor can be found by a hike or bike ride down the old fire road. With one main cove and several smaller ones, it is easy to find the picturesque nook that best appeals to each visitor.

Kiva Beach

Kiva Beach is the quieter and smaller beach that is off of Camp Richardson. If wanting to avoid the crowds, Kiva Beach is the ultimate choice. It is one of the few dog friendly beaches in Tahoe, so bring that furry companion along on a leash. This shore is a bit rocky so water shoes are recommended.

The quiet cove at Kiva Beach. Courtesy: Kiva Beach.

The quiet cove at Kiva Beach. Courtesy: Kiva Beach.

 

Vikingsholm Beach

Located in Emerald Bay State Park, Vikingsholm Beach is worth the trek for a brief lesson in Tahoe history. A short hike down to the beach leads past Eagle Falls and to the Vikingsholm Castle, one of the greatest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Kayaks can be rented to reach Fannette Island and to visit the tea house. Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed locations in Lake Tahoe and a must-see for all visitors.

View of Fannette Island from Vikingsholm Beach. Courtesy: Image found on the Tahoe South Blog.

View of Fannette Island from Vikingsholm Beach. Courtesy: Image found on the  Tahoe South Blog.

 

Don’t forget that the concierge services at The Ridge will help you plan a fantastic day!

Exploring Beyond the Lake Tahoe Basin: Day Trip Ideas

Exploring Beyond the Lake Tahoe Basin: Day Trip Ideas

With all that Lake Tahoe has to offer, it’s easy to get swept up in the local fun – yet there is so much left to discover in the surrounding region. When staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you are in the perfect location to access new opportunities at your fingertips. Here are some ideas for quick day trips to nearby cities and towns.

Carson City
Being the capital city of Nevada, Carson City is rich in culture and history. Just a 20-minute drive from the Ridge, visitors can tour the many government buildings and museums. One favorite for children and families alike is the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Take a short train ride on one of the locomotives and learn the stories behind the Nevada railroads.

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All aboard! Courtesy: Nevada State Railroad Museum

If you want to spend a day relaxing while still taking a dip into the past, try the Carson Hot Springs. Since 1849, the Carson Hot Springs has provided water therapy and spa treatments using water enriched with over nine healthful minerals. You have the choice of using the outdoor pool or one of the private pools for the ultimate in relaxation.

Virginia City
Once a thriving heart of the Gold and Silver Rushes, Virginia City still has that spirit resonating through the streets. Just an hour away from the Ridge, you can travel back in time while experiencing a taste of the mining culture. Regardless if it’s panning for gold, touring a real mine or walking through the quaint boutiques, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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Find some gold in Virginia City

Truckee
If you are looking for a thrilling adventure, check out Truckee River Whitewater Rafting. Offering half-day trips, the 7-mile courses take you through pine tree forests and around cottonwood bends. Whether you have been whitewater rafting before or it’s your first time, you will feel at ease with the experienced instructors.

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Feel the rush with Truckee River Whitewater Rafting

After your days of exploration in the surrounding region, you will be delighted to return to the Ridge for a good night’s sleep.

The Ridge Takes Center Stage as Spotlight Award Winner

Perched atop the Sierra Nevada mountains, The Ridge has remarkably set itself apart as the picturesque resort when visiting Lake Tahoe. It has always been considered a local gem, but now it has been recognized by Douglas County with the Spotlight Award in Tourism & Hospitality.

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The picturesque Ridge Tahoe as seen from our Prism Cam

For the last three years, Douglas County has awarded Spotlight Awards to businesses that have gone above and beyond to take care of their customers. There are seven categories in which businesses are awarded, including retail, restaurant, manufacturing and production, sports and recreation, entrepreneur, business and professional service, and tourism and hospitality.

It is not surprising that the Ridge has been recognized for its Tourism and Hospitality. When planning your vacation to Lake Tahoe, the Ridge has all your needs covered – and more!

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Relax in our pool at 7,600 feet.

The Douglas County Spotlight Awards are chosen by staff knowledge and business community organizations. The businesses that are awarded embody inspiring characteristics such as community involvement, uniqueness, employment growth opportunities and more. The Ridge sets an example for others in the South Lake Tahoe region because it always makes sure that visitors have an exceptional stay.

If you are looking for a resort vacation, the in-house amenities will offer something for everyone, regardless if you are on a family trip or a romantic getaway. Get some much need R&R at the indoor and outdoor pools or the full service spa. Play an exhilarating game of racquetball or basketball with the kids at the indoor sports complex. Feel like learning something new? Take one of the enriching classes offered, such as wine tasting or glass painting. You truly have everything you could ask for at your fingertips and that’s without leaving the premises.

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Jump in! The water’s just right in Lake Tahoe.

The Ridge is also an excellent starting point when exploring all Lake Tahoe has in store. Nearby you can access the Tahoe Rim Trail for an adventurous hike. Down the mountain, you can explore the many beaches, trails and watersports that are readily available. The Ridge even provides a free shuttle service to the Stateline Casinos at your convenience. The wonderful concierge services will help you plan fulfilling itineraries, ensuring that you take advantage of every opportunity.

 

 

The Ridge Reveals New Additions to Event Space

It’s hard to believe it’s possible, but the Ridge Tahoe is now even better with $2 million of investments to improve its event space.

The Ridge recently upgraded the event and conference areas by 2,300 feet for a total of 3,700 square feet on site for weddings, corporate events and retreats. Already a top venue for weddings and other special events in one of the leading destinations for both, the Ridge’s new Castle Rock Event Space stands apart from other venues in Tahoe South.New event space - wedding

The new space for weddings allows for more guests and more fun.

Careful planning went into the renovations of the event space with design and functionality in mind. With the latest additions, the event space can accommodate an additional 100 guests for your wedding and also includes two more rooms for meetings. Meetings and retreat spaces can now host 120 people. You’ll never have to worry about cramped event spaces when you book your special event in the Castle Rock Event Space.

The square footage isn’t the only thing that will impress you about the Castle Rock Event Space: the details in the architecture display acute care and vision for tying the indoors to the resort’s natural surroundings with wood décor, 16-foot high ceilings and large windows that flood the space with ambient light. Many of the materials used in the Castle Rock Event Space were recycled and repurposed, another important element of the Tahoe lifestyle and attitude where eco-consciousness and sustainability prevail. Lori Amus, a local designer, planned the new area with the outside in mind. The rustic elements complement the surrounding trees and offers a seamless transition from outside to in, perfect for setting the tone at your wedding.

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Have your wedding at the Garden View Wedding before heading into the new event space for your reception.

Recognized as one of the top 20 mountain wedding venues in the country (Wedding Wire Magazine) and hosting approximately 130 weddings per year, the Ridge Tahoe is a popular choice for the betrothed. And it’s easy to understand why: every wedding includes a wedding coordination team that takes the pressure off the couple’s shoulders to ensure a seamless event including dining, dancing and more. The Castle Rock Event Space now accommodate up to 175 wedding guests. Create memories with the Ridge’s help. Packages are available.

Come see the additions for yourself.

You’ll Be Seeing Fireworks This Fourth of July

If there’s one place to celebrate the Fourth of July right, it’s Tahoe South. Recognized as the home of one of the best fireworks displays in the country, Tahoe South hosts “Lights on the Lake” on Monday, July 4. Be prepared to listen to the latest rock and pop hits while your eyes dazzle with visions of red, white and blue during the 9:45 p.m. show. The best viewing spots for the display include South Shore beaches like Lakeview Commons, Timber Cove and Nevada Beach among others.

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Lights on the Lake | Courtesy: First Tracks Productions

The Fourth of July isn’t the only day to celebrate the birth of America; due to the Monday holiday, there is a whole weekend of festivities before the rockets even reach the air. Check out a few of the options below.

Live at Lakeview returns Thursday, June 23. This eclectic gathering of locals with fresh beats, a beer garden and resident vendors offers a great taste of the South Shore culture and spirit. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. at Lakeview Commons.

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Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival | Courtesy: Sean Riley Photography

For an even bigger slice of the South Shore culture pie, the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival hosts performances at the historic Boathouse Theatre, outdoor concerts on the lawn and various events through the Fourth of July weekend. The Heifer Belles plays July 3 as part of the Music on the Lawn series and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” plays July 1-3.

Get in the Independence Day spirit with the Fourth of July Parade that honors our country’s veterans and features the UC Berkeley Marching Band. The best place to catch the parade is along Hwy 50 from the “Y” area at Hwy 50 and 89 through Bijou Community Park.

Summer Concert Venue

Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena | Courtesy: Harveys

A bevy of performers descend upon Tahoe South during the holiday weekend with the likes of Nick Swardson at MontBleu, July 1; Mark Mackay at MontBleu, July 2; Slighty Stoopid with special guests at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, July 2; Heather McDonald, July 3; Decadence – Come Away to the Cabaret at MontBleu, July 3.

The Beach Retreat & Lodge will also celebrate the Fourth with music, DJs and a very special appearance/performance by Alex Ramon, a famed magician. This beach party is open to the public.

Of course any Independence Day celebration should end with “Lights on the Lake” becuase it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks!

 

Pops is Tops! 5 Ways to Celebrate Dad This Weekend

We know Dad’s not fussy, but just because he doesn’t “expect anything” doesn’t mean he should be left on the couch this Father’s Day! Keep reading to find out a few of our recommendations for a great Father’s Day weekend.

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Edgewood Tahoe is a golfer’s dream | Courtesy: Brian Williams / Media West Group

A Day of Golf
What dad wouldn’t enjoy a round of 18, especially when it’s at a famous golf course like Edgewood Tahoe? Or at the mountain oasis that is Lake Tahoe Golf Course? The Ridge Tahoe is in close proximity to four courses in the South Shore, including the aforementioned, as well as Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. Additional courses in Carson Valley await you: Genoa Lakes offers two courses through the Lakes Course and the Resort Course and the Carson Valley Golf Course is only a short drive away in Gardnerville.

Adventure Aboard the V&T
Imagine meandering down the rails through the historic Carson Valley before snaking through the hillside to reach the Comstock-era boomtown of Virginia City. It’s a reality on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad with special Father’s Day Weekend rides for the entire family. The train departs from Carson City for a round trip and three-hour stopover in Virginia City. Tickets are currently only available for Sunday, June 19 so buy fast! This ride will sell out.

Hiking in South Lake Tahoe

Van Sickle Bi-State Park | Courtesy: Rod Hanna

Take a Hike
Take in the fresh mountain air on one of any day hikes through the Sierra Nevada. A fairly easy and centrally located area is the Van Sickle Bi-State Park, which includes land in both California and Nevada. With picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and hikes for any experience level, Van Sickle is also located within walking distance to the Shops at Heavenly Village where you can treat dad to a tasty morsel after your trek.

Other recommended hikes include the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is easily accessible by Ridge Tahoe guests from their accommodations.

Cruise the Lake
The M.S. Dixie II offers a memorable experience for the whole family aboard its giant paddlewheel boat and departs daily from the Zephyr Cove Resort. The kids will be awestruck while on the sightseeing boat during the day, but you’ll want to leave ‘em at home for the Captain’s Dinner Cruise, a magnificent sunset ride through the inimitable Emerald Bay. While cutting through the waters you’ll experience delicious cuisine, delectable cocktails and dancing. Discounted tickets for the M.S. Dixie II are available in the Ridge Market Place.

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Take a dip at the Ridge Tahoe

Relax at The Ridge Tahoe
So if Dad really wants to take it easy, there’s no better place to hang out than the Ridge Tahoe! Hot tubs, heated swimming pools, a driving range, basketball courts, and of course great rooms with even more spectacular views await you this Father’s Day.

 

Exploring Lake Tahoe by Water

With 72 miles of shoreline, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of exploring the beaches of Lake Tahoe, but fortunately a multitude of accessible and fairly easy day trips aboard a kayak or stand up paddle board will have you paddling without the pressure. Tahoe South offers multiple access points to get out on its blue waters to discover diverse shores scattered with bulging boulders and pristine sands. Learn about our favorite day trips via kayak and SUP below.

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Emerald Bay and Fannette Island | Courtesy: Rachid Dahnoun

Baldwin Beach to Emerald Bay
Best views of:
Mt. Tallac, Fannette Island
Located west of historic sites like Camp Richardson and Valhalla Tahoe, Baldwin Beach is a great launching pad for your journey to the illustrious Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed landmarks in the country. As the closest put-in to Emerald Bay, this tour is best for intermediate paddlers due to the high number of boats that will be within close proximity to your water vessel during your journey. As this bay is one of the most frequented areas of the lake, exercise caution as you maneuver into the mouth and stay close to the shores as a general rule of thumb. This tour is four to six miles round trip.

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Kayaking Lake Tahoe | Courtesy: Dan Thrift

Sand Harbor
Best views of:
The East Shores and its famous beaches and coves
For a glimpse of some of the most beautiful coves on the lake, head to Sand Harbor on the northeast shore. This immensely popular beach offers Caribbean-like waters and the perfect location for a long, lazy day on white sands – or an invigorating tour of the Eastern shores, including Skunk Harbor, Chimney Beach and Secret Cove. It’s a choose your own adventure put-in that you’ll visit time and time again for the endless possibilities.

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Round Hill Pines
Best views of:
Waterfront mansions and Edgewood Tahoe
For a relaxed tour, head to Round Hill Pines. Its close proximity to the Stateline area allows you to paddle in to other beaches while admiring the waterfront mansions, as well as the impressive Edgewood Tahoe course. Plan to launch from Round Hill Pines during the American Century Championship for a glimpse of celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Charles Barkley, July 19-24. Pull up your kayak on the dunes of the 17th hole of Edgewood for a front row seat to all of the action. For greater convenience, rent your paddle board or kayak directly at Round Hill Pines.

More launching points for your adventure: Nevada Beach, Cave Rock, Timber Cove, Kiva Beach, Lakeview Commons, Regan Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort, D.L. Bliss State Park, Meeks Bay

 

Sizzling Events During the Sierra Summer

The heat is rising in Tahoe South and it might be due to the building anticipation for a sizzling summer in the Sierra! Mark your calendars and make a plan to experience a few of these amazing summer events.

Harveys Summer Concert Series
Feel like rocking out this? This summer it’s easy with a slew of acts coming to the Harveys Outdoor Arena. This year’s lineup includes Slightly Stoopid, July 2; Widespread Panic, July 6; Evening with James Taylor, July 13; String and Peter Gabriel, July 15; Tim McGraw, July 23; Don Henley, July 24; Keith Urban, July 27 and July 29; Steve Miller Band, Aug. 18; Sammy Hagar and The Circle ft. Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, Aug. 26; Stevie Wonder, Sept. 2.

The 25th Annual American Century Championship returns to Edgewood Tahoe July 15-20.  Photo: tahoecelebritygolf.com

American Century Championship | Courtesy: Brian Williams / Media West

American Century Championship
Star-studded and heart-pounding are just some of the adjectives we’d use to describe the weeklong action at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. American Century Championship features over 90 celebrities duking it out on the greens. With the likes of Charles Barkley and Justin Timberlake, you know you’re in for some entertainment. American Century Championship comes to Edgewood Tahoe July 19-24.

Live at Lakeview
One of the locals’ favorite hangouts on Thursday evenings starts June 30 and continues through Aug. 25. Live at Lakeview offers free music, local vendors, a beer garden and a great place to watch the sunset on the steps of Lakeview Commons. Try out fare from a homegrown restaurant or find unique wares, clothing and jewelry from the talented artisans.

Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South - there is nothing better. Photo: Lauren Lindley

Live at Lakeview | Courtesy: Lauren Lindley Photography

“Lights on the Lake” Fireworks
The 4th of July means fireworks. And we’re serious about out 4th of July fireworks in Tahoe South (it was on NBC’s Today Show as one of the country’s best displays). Snag a spot on a beach like Zephyr Cove’s for a stellar display that will have you seeing stars. The soundtrack will be broadcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series
Offering free concerts throughout the summer, the Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series offers family friendly tunes with the likes of Decoy, Gotcha Covered, Mr. Wonderful, Take Out, Hit Parade, Audiobox and many others. Make a night out of it by visiting one of the many restaurants in the Village before the music starts.

Other events that you can’t miss this summer: The Temptations, MontBleu, June 11; Alex Ramon’s IMPOSSIBLE, June 14-Sept. 10; Annual Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail, June 16; The Bacon Brothers, MontBleu, June 17; Rock Tahoe Half Marathon, June 18; Music on the Lawn at Valhalla, July 3; Heather McDonald at the Loft, July 3; Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July 8-Aug. 21; Annual South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic, July 29-30; Great Gatsby Living History Festival, Aug. 13-14. Find more events on Tahoe South.

Kick Off Summer This Memorial Day Weekend

You can feel it in the air – summer, that sweet, sunny time in the Sierra Nevada that brings warm, cloudless days full of new adventures. The official kick start to summer in Tahoe South is this Memorial Day Weekend, which promises to get the summertime party going with tons of sensational events.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car and Bike Show at the Heavenly Village
Starting on Friday, May 27 and continuing through the weekend, the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car & Bike Show will showcase vintage rides and impressive hogs.  Sidewalk sales and a poker run is free courtesy of the Good Samaritans Safe Ride.

Pasta Buffet at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course
Want a different dining experience? Lake Tahoe Golf Course will host interactive pasta buffet on Friday, May 27. Pick your pasta, your sauce and all of the add-ins you’d like before their chefs whip it up in front of you. Dinner includes salad bar, breadsticks and dessert bar.

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Tahoe Games in 2015 – Courtesy: Dave Clock

Tahoe Games Bike Nights at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course
The 2016 Tahoe Games Bike Night Series begins May 27 with additional events on June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, and Sept. 30. The 2nd Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series returns to the Lake Tahoe Golf Course and offers family-friendly x-country bike races on an illuminated course.

 

MUSIC
Arty the Party at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Find Arty every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9:00 p.m. in Harrah’s. Groove along to disco, dance, R&B and soul while mingling with locals and visitors.

Killer Dueling Pianos at Blu Nightclub inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Every Friday and Saturday night you can find the Killer Dueling Pianos at MontBleu. This special brand of entertainment will get you on your feet and singing along to their vast catalog of music, including songs by Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga. This free event begins at 9 p.m. and continues until 12 a.m.

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ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience – Courtesy: Drew Stawin Photography

ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Did you miss seeing Led Zeppelin in concert? Relive the glory of and talent of Led Zeppelin on Saturday, May 28 at Harrah’s. You’ll have to look twice to make sure you’re not experiencing the real deal. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Thompson Square at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Coming to MontBleu on May 28, Thompson Square is a husband-wife country music duo that has been climbing the charts since they signed to a major record law in 2010. Listen to hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You” live when they take the stage in Tahoe South.


EXPLORE
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion Tours
Explore the decadence of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion during tours beginning Saturday, May 28. Built by I.W. Hellman in 1903, a San Francisco financier, the home was a popular summer retreat for his friends and family. The property is now owned by the State of California.

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The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion – Courtesy: Tim Hauserman

Historic Vikingsholm Castle Tour
One of the most breathtaking architectural wonders in Lake Tahoe, Vikingsholm is a Scandanian mansion located in Emerald Bay. Tours are offered on a daily basis and include knowledgeable guides that will offer fun Tahoe trivia.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!