All-Star Athletes, Celebrities Tee It Up In Tahoe July 14-19 at American Century Championship

There’s one place where NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB rivalries meet annually to settle old scores. The venue: Lake Tahoe. The event: The American Century Championship. At stake: a share in the $625,000 prize purse. The scene: Six days of fist bumps, high fives, autograph signing, photos with fans, laughs, and some great golf.

A blockbuster lineup of sports legends, all-stars, Olympians and hall of famers plus Hollywood celebrities of film and television will go tee to green in two weeks, July 14-19 at the 26th American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club.

The No. 1 celebrity golf tournament in America brings plenty of high-stakes competition, thrills and a fair share of wild swings, long putts and errant golf shots to the famed Edgewood course as a field of more than 80 players tee it up before galleries totaling some 40,000 who line fairways, beaches and watch aboard speed boats, sailboats and chartered yachts along the shoreline.

The American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe is an event you won't want to miss. Photo: Amazing Imagery.

The American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe is an event you won’t want to miss.
Photo: Amazing Imagery.

Among this year’s celebrity lineup, multi-talented music artist and actor Justin Timberlake will join superstar athletes and entertainers for the first time. The much-decorated performer is an avid golfer who plays to a six handicap and is renowned in the sport for his philanthropic endeavors.

He will join an already-impressive list of sports and entertainment celebrities, including TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley, NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, TV personality Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty and a host of current pro athletes and retired Hall of Famers. The 26th annual tournament raises money for multiple charities and offers free admission to military personnel and guests.

Defending 2014 champion Mark Rypien, the Washington Redskins’ former Super Bowl XXVI MVP (1992), who won the very first American Century Championship in 1990, returns this year as well as past winners, three-time champion Billy Joe Tolliver, and eight-time champion Rick Rhoden and two-time winner actor/singer Jack Wagner.

The American Century Championship annually brings in a bevy of new superstars to keep the player list fresh and packed with new faces among the pro sports and entertainment fields. First timers in 2015 are former fashion model and actress Kim Alexis; former MLB All-Star pitcher David Cone; country musician, rapper and southern rock anthem songwriter Colt Ford; Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly; actor comedian Rob Riggle of the “Daily Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and “22 Jump Street;” Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera; and Brandon Weeden of the Dallas Cowboys.

Three recently elected Hall of Famers are Jerome Bettis, “The Bus” of Pittsburgh Steelers fame; Tim Brown, Oakland Raiders; and John Smoltz, of the Atlanta Braves. Smoltz will join his former pitching rotation mates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

NFL stars also include Hall-of-Famers John Elway, Marcus Allen, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Steve Young. Current stars include five-time Pro Bowl and All Pro defensive end Jared Allen, Pro-Bowlers Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals and Wes Welker, Denver Broncos, plus Kansas City QB Alex Smith. Recently retired superstars include Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Rodney Harrison of the New England Patriots.

In addition to Rivera and Kelly, coaches in the field include South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and former Jets and Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards.

The American Century Championship has an impressive lineup of former Major League Baseball players including two-time All-Star and six-time stolen base champion Vince Coleman; All-Star pitchers Roger Clemens, Trevor Hoffman, Derek Lowe, Mark Mulder, Bret Saberhagen, Tim Wakefield, and David Wells; World Series champion first baseman Kevin Millar and All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez and outfielders David Justice and Kenny Lofton.

National Hockey League stars include: Hall-of-Famers Mike Modano and Joe Sakic; All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur, and famed center Jeremy Roenick; and U.S. Hockey team captain Mike Eruzione, best known for scoring the winning goal in the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” game against the Soviet Union.

Other notable Olympians include U.S. Ski Team alpine ski racer and gold medalist Bode Miller; Tennis Olympic silver medalist Mardy Fish; and Olympic gold medalist speed skater Dan Jansen.

Film, television, comedy stars include Brian Baumgartner, best known for his role as Kevin Malone in “The Office;” Actor Dennis Haysbert, Oliver Hudson of the ABC hit drama series “Nashville” and CBS Comedy “Rules of Engagement”; longtime American Century player and fan favorite, actor/comedian Kevin Nealon of “Saturday Night Live” and “Weeds;” “Seinfeld” actor and National Dog Show host John O’Hurley; Alan Thicke, best known for “Growing Pains” Alfonso Riberio, best known for his role as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Retired U.S. Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, an Iraqi War Veteran and amputee whose golf-centered rehabilitation turned him into a top-tier tournament player, joined the field in 2014. Pfeifer returns this year along with retired Army Sgt. Maj. Rodney Gorman who won the Bush Center’s fourth annual Warrior Open at Las Colinas Country Club in October, 2014.

Will you be at the 26th Annual American Century Championship?

Light up the Dark in Tahoe South with Fireworks and Concerts

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, you have more opportunities to celebrate America’s independence. Ridge guests can take advantage of The Ridge’s many amenities such as the fully equipped health club, play tennis, sit poolside, get a massage at Elevation Spa and enjoy dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Then prepare for a weekend of nonstop action including concerts, fireworks and shows.

Lights on the Lake,” the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the west, continues the tradition at the “Best Lake in America,” (USA Today) with enough dazzle to fill South Shore’s night sky for 25 minutes.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don't miss it. Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don’t miss it.
Photo: Kurtis Rix.

The arrangement of color, light and sound over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada backdrop has mesmerized millions of viewers for more than three decades. Now in its 34th year, the holiday tradition will soar and burst with sky rockets timed and synchronized to a soundtrack of familiar songs by pop legends and today’s biggest stars of rock ’n roll and country music.

Holiday visitors can expect fireworks bursts of unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces. The best viewing spots for the 9:45 p.m. show around South Shore’s beaches include: Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Tahoe South offers more than fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, here are a few other events you won’t want to miss:

— Legendary rock n’ roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith perform Friday, July 3, at Harveys Outdoor Arena.

— The Rolling Chrome and Tahoe Thunder Car and MC Show at Heavenly Village, July 3-5. Trophies, poker run, sidewalk sales, 50’s music, $40 entry. Open to all.

Heavenly Village’s Free Summer Concert Series features jazz-rock fusion with The Bumptet on Friday, July 3, and Brass Band favorites Tuba Lupa on Saturday, July 4.

— The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. July 1-7 features Artist in Residence John Holland.

— Outdoor art and craft sale and show at South Tahoe Middle School, July 2-5.

What are your favorite holiday activities while staying at The Ridge Tahoe?

Get Your Nightlife Groove Going Tahoe South Style This Summer

“When the daylight ends, the nightlife begins” is a theme that runs deep through Tahoe South among folks who come here to play. Sure there’s quiet time and family time. But there’s also foot stomping, hard rocking, get your groove on time.

Where do you begin? First you book your stay at The Ridge Tahoe. Enjoy our complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, tennis, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis and a full service spa. Spend a day at the lake, and return for happy hour at the Bear Trap Bar and dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. After that, let The Ridge shuttle bus whisk you down the hill to the casino area for nightlife adventure.

Nightclubs, live music, concerts and comedy - Tahoe South has whatever you're looking for in your nightlife scene.

Nightclubs, live music, concerts and comedy – Tahoe South has whatever you’re looking for in your nightlife scene. Photo: Opal Ultra Lounge

Home to world-class casinos, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on. You may feel slightly virtuous after spending the day in the great outdoors: time to undo that feeling. If ever there was a place to rally, Lake Tahoe South Shore is it.

Stateline casinos attract big-name entertainment, so you could catch a headline show and follow the performance by checking out the after-hours nightclubs and bars both on and off the casino corridor.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is the latest rock ’n roll themed resort to open, offering live music nightly and an outdoor concert series featuring reggae and bluegrass festivals this summer.

Music and nightlife is at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Catch any number of chart topping this summer on stage in the MontBleu Theater (can you say Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, comedian Carlos Mencia and legendary Three Dog Night?)  Or take in Opal Ultra Lounge, where fantasy meets reality as regional and national deejays get the blood pumping and the dance floor jumping.

Famous not only for its top-tier acts at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is the place to party seven nights. There’s Casino Center Stage featuring DJ and keyboard player Arthur Hervey. After all, there’s no party without Arty, who covers everyone from Van Morrison to Shaggy. Then hit the dance floor at the always fresh, always lively PEEK Nightclub, which features 6,700-square-feet of optimal nightlife, live entertainment and VIP amenities. Then tune in. PEEK host some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment.

Then there’s Harveys Lake Tahoe. What can we say other than we are grateful Harveys has owned the summer live music venue with its famed summer concert series. Among this summer’s shows are Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, Elton John and Imagine Dragons. The music continues over at Cabo Wabo Cantina, with bands nightly.

And when you feeling like switching it up, head on over to the Improv at Harveys featuring today’s hottest A-list and rising star comedians with emcee Howie Nave. This summer features headliners acts like Bobby Slayton, Nick Griffin, John Caponera, Rocky LaPorte, Graham Elwood and Bobby Collins. Shows are Wednesday-Sundays, 9 p.m. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For entertainment outside the casino corridor we recommend the Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson featuring live music on the deck, Himmel Haus featuring German and Belgian beers, area-sourced Bavarian dishes and live music. There’s McP’s Tap House Grill for if you’re looking to get your Irish on, catch a game on 20 big screen TVs or take in live music. Also worth checking out is Cold Water Brewery and Grill, a South Shore gathering spot where locals and visitors can unwind, connect and refuel featuring handcrafted beer and California comfort food.

Where’s your favorite Lake Tahoe nightspot?

Give Dad a Father’s Day to Remember with a Weekend at The Ridge Tahoe

You’ve made it a family tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day at The Ridge Tahoe. Have you considered the same for Dad?

Pick his favorite accommodations, either a one or two bedroom condominium suite or a deluxe hotel room for the weekend. Onsite, Dad can sit poolside, get in a good workout at The Ridge clubhouse, hit the tennis courts or take in a massage and spa.

Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father's Day.

Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father’s Day.

Is Dad one for high-flying outdoor adventure? He can swing through the trees and fly through the air via zip lines and ropes courses at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. There’s the four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. At the Gondola you can take him hiking and sightseeing.

Off the hill, you can treat Dad to a round of golf at any number of golf courses between Tahoe and Carson Valley. Golfer’s looking for the ultimate Lake Tahoe backdrops, have four courses to choose from at South Shore: the famed Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, home to the 26th Annual American Century Championship July 14-19; Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a spectacular mountain meadow course with plenty of challenge and superb views; Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, an executive course in nearby Meyers known for its towering pine trees and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. On the Carson Valley side there’s the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes; The Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes, and the Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.

Does dad like to fish? If so, he’s in luck. You can charter a boat for dad and take him deep lake fishing for mackinaw lake trout. These deep lake fish can weigh more than 30 pounds and are quite a thrill to catch. There’s a number of charter outfits around Tahoe South that offer mackinaw fishing packages. Guides are known for taking their passengers out to the sweetest spots, best known for catching the big ones.

How about taking Dad for a bike ride? The South Lake Tahoe area has an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay. If your Dad is one to have his feet firmly to the ground, take him hiking instead.

Nightlife over Father’s Day weekend includes gaming at any of South Shore’s famed casinos, a free Saturday concert at Heavenly Village, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam Saturday night, June 20 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room and comedy at The Improv inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.

What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend?

On and Off the Water: Summer Adventure at Tahoe South

A vacation or weekend stay packed full of Sierra sun, sandy beaches, high mountain adventure, entertainment, memories (and selfies) await this summer at Tahoe South. Check into The Ridge Tahoe, and check out the surroundings, where there is there is never a shortage of things to see and do.

Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach - whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!  Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach – whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!
Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

Heavenly Mountain Resort is now open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations with Gondola rides and the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on Friday, June 26.

Nearby Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 3 through Sept. 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well as the 14th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off on Sept. 5.

There’s no shortage of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe. Soak in the rays as you take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe. Tahoe’s a big lake known for big water adventure. You can skim the waves on a boat or Wave Runner, take a dinner cruise on a Paddlewheeler, canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons. Every Thursday, June 25-Aug. 27, there’s live music and art, along with a variety of booths featuring local merchants, a beer garden and food options. Parking is limited, however, a complimentary bike valet service is available. Biking and carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series features free music events every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend at Heavenly Village. Acts include the soul/rock sounds of Groove session, June 19; funk/rock with Idea Team, June 26; jazz/rock over Independence Day weekend with The Bumptet and Tuba Luba Brass Band, July 3-4.

In its fourth season, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 31 to Aug. 16, presents inspired orchestra and classical musical performances. The event features renowned national and international soloists from the world’s stages and exceptional musicians who comprise the SummerFest Orchestra led by Maestro Joel Revzen. The 40-member orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

Tahoe South has become home to the nation’s premier high-elevation lake adventure sport — Stand Up Paddle boarding. The world’s best SUPers will be at El Dorado Beach on June 27-28, for Race the Lake of the Sky. Races feature short course, long distance, team relay, grom (young racers) and SUP cross sprint course. The event includes vendors, food booths and music throughout the weekend.

The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic features dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California July 24-25. This year’s theme, “50s & Fins” will recognize those boats built between 1950 and 1959 including the Chris Craft Cobra, Silver Arrow, and Arena Craft Barracuda.

Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars at the iconic Sand Harbor beach this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival expands onto two stages with live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – Aug. 23. The Bard’s 43rd season is headlined by the romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” with the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks” featured on the other stage.

What are your favorite Tahoe South summer activities?

Concerts, Festivals and Fireworks at Tahoe South this Summer

Summer brings long days and Tahoe South is using every extra minute with concerts, firework shows, food festivals and celebrity golf action to fill Sierra days and nights. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation or a weekend getaway, make plans now and book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

The 23rd Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and again June 5-7, will exhibit the pleasures and pageantry of the Elizabethan era. Costumed players perform at Camp Richardson Resort in the shady lanes and byways, and sell their wares from market stalls filled with fine handmade crafts.

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7.  Photo: Reno Tahoe USA

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7. Photo: Reno Tahoe USA.

When it comes to fireworks, Tahoe South is where you want to be July 4. Lights on the Lake packs the shoreline in what NBC’s Today Show has called one of the best displays in the country. Choice viewing spots are South Shore’s sandy beaches and aboard boats including the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers or private vessels. The display features simultaneous music on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Celebrating 26 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf tournament in the U.S., the American Century Championship returns to Tahoe South July 14-19 with a star-studded line-up of sports and entertainment celebrities including the likes of Charles Barkley, Aaron Rogers, John Elway, Larry the Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL Hall of Famers.

Rock ’n roll and country music headliners will make their way to South Shore this summer for the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena. The mega-star-lineup includes: Brad Paisley, June 11; Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, The Fray & Matt Nathanson, July 21; Kenny Chesney, July 22; Jackson Browne, Aug. 7; Elton John, Aug. 8; Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads & Stick Figure, Aug. 13; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 23; Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Sept. 5, and Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 9.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, which opened late-January, launches the inaugural BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series with Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, June 27. The event will be held at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena. Headliners include: The Expendables, The Green, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth, Vokab Kompany and Squarefield Massive.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival will be July 11. The initial lineup includes: Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Bluegrass album, The David Grisman Sextet and New Monsoon and The Dead Winter Carpenters.

Hard Rock’s reggae concert series continues July 30 when Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter Ziggy Marley returns to Tahoe, along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop band, for a co-headlining performance.

Meanwhile, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa showroom summer entertainment features Foreigner, June 6; Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, July 14; Carlos Mencia, July 18; and Three Dog Night, Aug. 1.

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. The Grand Lawn is the site of the annual Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival a cultural gathering that features traditional American Indian dancers and drummers, basket weaving displays, art and food.

Roaring ’20s era costumes, live music, interactive historic house tours, vintage auto rides, classic kid’s games, and food are the centerpiece of the annual Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Aug. 8-9.

Which entertainment venue do you plan to visit during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Five Must-See Lake Tahoe Landmarks and Vistas in Tahoe South

Sightseeing adventures await once you step outside The Ridge Tahoe. Whether you’re looking to hike, peddle up trails, or travel by motorcycle, vehicle or tour bus, we’ve narrowed down some of the best landmarks and views to see during your stay.

Ladies and gentlemen, Emerald Bay. Photo: Rod Hanna.

Ladies and gentlemen, Emerald Bay.
Photo: Rod Hanna.

  1. Emerald Bay: When people unfamiliar with Lake Tahoe see pictures in travel magazines, Emerald Bay is usually the most prominently featured. Combined into a State Park, Emerald Bay features include Fannette Island, Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations. In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state. It is the resting place for many boats, launches and barges used in the lake before the turn of the century, during the heyday of Emerald Bay Resort and used in the construction of Vikingsholm. Visitors to Emerald Bay State Park enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, boating, sightseeing and touring Vikingsholm in the summer months.
  1. Heavenly Gondola: A 2.4 mile ride up the Heavenly Mountain Gondola will leave you breathless as you take in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. On your way up, stop at The Observation Deck – a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform, located at 9,123 feet. Take in views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore of Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will operate during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heavenly will offer sightseeing via the scenic Gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue and Heavenly Donuts. Heavenly will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations beginning Friday, June 12, with the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line as well as the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course, which opened in summer 2014. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on June 26, 2015.
  1. Cave Rock: Highway 50 goes right through Cave Rock, a huge rock formation that is the neck of an old volcano. The name comes from the small caves on the west side, cut by waves when the lake was 140 feet higher during the ice age. Cave Rock is also a spiritual site of the regions earliest residents, the Washoe Indian Tribe. A small day-use area is tucked beneath the rugged volcanic face of Cave Rock. Facilities include a boat launch ramp and dock, comfort station, picnic sites, and a small sandy beach. Hike to the top for the best overview, it is short but steep with amazing views.
  1. Logan Shoals: A popular place for weddings with its sweeping backdrop of Lake Tahoe, Logan Shoals Vista Trail is a hidden gem on the Nevada shoreline, just north of Cave Rock on Highway 50. The site provides a panoramic vista across the lake, where you can see the broad u-shaped valleys carved out of glaciers. The main path is paved with informative placards about Tahoe‘s geography and history along the way. The best views, however, are found on the unpaved paths that go just beyond where the paving stops. In particular, there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the whole lake if you walk just behind the large rock formation in Logan Shoals.
  1. Sand Harbor: With 55 acres of long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shady forested areas and panoramic lake views, Sand Harbor offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to enjoy Lake Tahoe. It is arguably one of the most beautiful and easily accessible of the south shore beaches. The sand is soft and the waters are crystal clear. There are multiple little beaches and coves you can explore and set up your towels on the sand. The water is calm for kayak and standup paddle boards, and there are rentals available on site. There’s also a visitor center, parking, bathrooms, and a restaurant/cafe with a shady deck on site.

Do your summer vacation plans include a visit to these five Tahoe spots?

Gondola rides, concerts, art and car shows this Memorial Day weekend at Tahoe South

Memorial Day weekend adventure takes hold at Tahoe, with the unofficial beginning of summer. Check into a room of your choice for the long weekend and then check out the happenings around the lake.

Whether you plan to hike or bike, hit the beach, play a round of golf, rent a jet ski, boat or take a sightseeing tour of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find the weekend action-packed with options.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

The Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will operate during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heavenly will offer sightseeing via the scenic Gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue and Heavenly Donuts.

Heavenly will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations beginning Friday, June 12, with the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line as well as the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course, which opened in summer 2014. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on June 26, 2015.

Stick around Heavenly Village Friday through Monday for the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car & Bike Show. The event features trophies, poker run and sidewalk sales.

Looking for the ideal pottery or painting for your home? The Artist to You Outdoor Summer Art shows begin over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, with the first show of the season at the American Legion Parking Lot.

Holiday weekend entertainment at South Shore includes a Friday night party at Opal Ultra Lounge inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; live music at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harveys; rock bands at the new the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe; Live Music at Jimmy’s Inside The Landing; Comedy at The Improv at Harveys featuring comedians Tommy Savitt and Francis Dolorenzo, and the Lake Tahoe Club Crawl Saturday, May 23.

Concerts include Boz Scaggs, Saturday May 23, at MontBleu and The Relationship, Saturday, May 23 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Art and car shows, golf, concerts, gondola rides can all be rolled into one long weekend. What are your holiday plans?

Mother’s Day Weekend Lake Tahoe Style: Outdoor Adventure, Shows and Champagne Brunch

Given a choice of staying home or venturing to the Sierra for a weekend of recreation and relaxation, we’re betting Mom will choose The Ridge Tahoe.

Start by choosing accommodations – either a deluxe hotel room or one or two bedroom condominium suite. Then get outside and explore Tahoe South. Take in a day of hiking, biking, golfing or boating and then let her enjoy some relaxation time at The Ridge Tahoe’s Elevation Spa where she can pamper herself and unwind through the journey of body work. Elevation Spa offers treatments and services for health, beauty and total well-being.

Pamper Mom with a stay at The Ridge Tahoe this Mother's Day.

Pamper Mom with a stay at The Ridge Tahoe this Mother’s Day.

Catch a show or a comedy act at a nearby Lake Tahoe casino. The original Red Rocker Sammy Hagar at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or comedians Todd Glass and Daniel Kinno at the Improv at Harveys.

A unique adventure this Mother’s Day weekend is less than an hour’s drive from The Ridge Tahoe. The historic V&T Railroad celebrates Mother’s Day weekend with train rides to Virginia City. These special edition train rides depart from Nevada’s capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City. Mom will receive a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery. The special diesel train will run Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 10.

On Mother’s Day the Ridge’s own Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please make reservations at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.

For Mother’s Day brunch the Hungry Bear offers a first course of sweet ricotta and Mascarpone stuffed crepes with spring berry compote. The second course is a choice of herb crusted Alaskan halibut with sweet potato and grilled shrimp hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs Benedict, served with cottage potatoes and Old Bay spiced Hollandaise; New York steak and eggs, featuring an 8-ounce choice steak, grilled, with eggs served your way and cottage potatoes; or you can try the house made sour dough pancakes served with Applewood smoked bacon, spring berries and orange or maple syrup.

A Heavenly trio is up for dessert: chocolate Florentine, lemon curd-filled bombolini and strawberry rhubarb tart. Is your mouth watering yet?

The kids menu for children 12 and under features a first course coffee cake, and their choice of a second course: Belgian waffles, two eggs your way, with bacon or house syrup; traditional eggs Benedict, featuring poached egg, smoked ham on an English muffin; or French Toast, served with bacon or sausage link and maple or house syrup. For dessert, a homemade ice cream sandwich. They’ll be as happy as you.

Is a weekend at The Ridge Tahoe part of your Mother’s Day plans?

10 Places to Hike around Lake Tahoe

Whether you prefer to traverse with a walking stick, power hike with ski poles or enjoy the company of your dog on a leash, there are ample hikes around The Ridge Tahoe.

Tahoe South is crossed with an extensive network of backcountry trails that is sure to lead you to a place of discovery when you let your feet do the driving. So lace up your hiking boots and prepare to breathe in that clean mountain air, it’s hiking time at Lake Tahoe. (These are in alphabetical order because we can’t possibly pick a favorite!)

Echo Lakes is a beautiful, mellow hike in South Lake Tahoe. Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick.

Echo Lakes is a beautiful, mellow hike in South Lake Tahoe.
Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick.

  1. Angora Lakes: An easy half-mile hike leads to two small lakes. Picturesque Upper Angora Lake is framed by cliffs and due to its shallowness it makes for a great swimming spot. Stop at the Angora Lookout on the drive up for a 360 degree view of the basin. To get there take Highway 89 north approximately three miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road (just past Camp Richardson) and turn left. Turn left at the first paved road. Continue half a mile to Forest Service Road 12N14 and turn right.
  2. Castle Rock Trail: Wonderful views of Lake Tahoe require a short hike through the trees and a little bit of rock climbing. The reward is magnificent if you’re versed in technical climbing skills which are necessary to scale the fourth-class rock and to reach the 7,904 foot summit. For those not so technical, there a lower pinnacle nearby offers similar views with a little scrambling required. To get there, take Highway 207/Kingsbury Grade to North Benjamin Drive and continues into Andria Drive. Follow it until the US Forest Service gate.
  3. Echo Lakes: Many different hikes can be taken from this trailhead. For a short walk, hike to the far end of Upper Echo Lake. Many longer hike options await you farther down the trail. For a nominal fee, a boat taxi operated in the summer by Echo Lakes Resort cuts three miles off your trip. Day hikers can pick up permits at the self-serve area at the trailhead.
  4. Fallen Leaf Lake: Hiking to Fallen Leaf Lake is best found just past the Fallen Leaf Campground. There are a number of well-maintained trails which all lead to the lake’s north shore with awesome views of Mt. Tallac. Being almost flat and from 3/4 to 2 miles round trip, it is a perfect hike for small children or older adults. The trail is wide and easily navigated with virtually no chance of getting lost. After reaching Fallen Leaf Lake, it is possible to extend the hike by taking a trail that leads first to the dam and then along a scenic stretch of Taylor Creek.
  5. Fourth of July Lake: Backpackers who don’t mind regaining lost elevation will appreciate the Fourth of July Lake semi-loop trip through the northeast section of Mokelumne Wilderness, which includes several ponds and lakes, wildflower-covered slopes, sweeping vistas and a deep canyon. There are four bright lakes along the way set into granite bowls, each with fabulous vistas, and nature’s finest flower gardens combine in this not-to-be-missed excursion. Pick up this trail at Carson Pass. Campsite permits must be obtained from the Carson Pass Information Station before starting the hike.
  6. Grass Lake: With numerous waterfalls and creeks all over the place, the Grass Lake hiking trail is full of liquid scenery that makes for great photos. This trek along this mellow hike is suitable for all ages, as it doesn’t require much energy, only the desire to experience nature at its finest. Grass Lake sits among granite slopes at 7,000 feet in the Desolation Wilderness. The hike to Grass Lake passes Lily Lake, crosses Glen Alpine Creek and includes several waterfalls and a swimming hole. To access the trailhead to Grass Lake, take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left.
  7. Mt. Tallac: If you’re ready for a strenuous challenge, there’s Mt. Tallac, which provides a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Desolation Wilderness. A wilderness permit is required. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Sierra; bring a jacket, carry lots of water and allow plenty of time for your trip. Day hikers, pick up your permit at the self-serve area at the trail head. Overnight hikers will need an overnight permit for Desolation Wilderness. This permit must be purchased before you get to the Mt. Tallac trail head.
  8. Round Top Lake Trail: A beautiful hike in subalpine forest with stretches of trail above the tree line. Watch for incredible wildflowers in late spring. Round Top offers views south towards Ebbets and Sonora Pass, east toward Hope Valley and the Carson River, west overlooking Caples Lake and the Kirkwood Ski area and north to Lake Tahoe. From Highway 88, take the Woods Lake Campground road.
  9. The Tahoe Rim Trail: A 165-miles of hiking trails which form a loop around Lake Tahoe. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles of trail above the lake’s west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail. Bring your camera, download some maps, and prepare to spend the day viewing some of Tahoe’s hidden gems.
  10. Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe, the park, which straddles the Nevada and California state line, allows for hiking with some great sightseeing views. The lower level is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings but then it builds and becomes steeper, ideal for a strenuous leg of your workout. You will see views of Mt. Tallac, the South Lake Tahoe casinos, Edgewood Tahoe golf course on up to the Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.

Which hike will you take on your next stay at The Ridge Tahoe?