Getting into the Autumn Spirit at Lake Tahoe

Do you feel that? It’s the crisp Autumn breeze swirling around the Lake Tahoe basin indicating Fall has arrived with shorter days and colder nights. With a plethora of deciduous pine trees, it’s quite special to explore the locations where colorful autumn foliage is on display. Grab your cameras to capture the changing leaves and don’t miss the perfect opportunity for some great social media posts!

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Fall in Tahoe offers a different perspective on the Jewel of the Sierra. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Hope Valley
With a name like that, you know this location will renew your spirit and senses with a rolling landscape of lush colors. Aspen groves and the flowing Carson River cutting through the valley makes for a prime photography location, as well as a great fishing spot. A recommended time to visit this area is during the Alpine Alpen Festival, Oct. 8-9.  Tip: Stop into Sorensen’s for a bite to eat before returning to Lake Tahoe.

Directions: Drive on Highway 50 west and turn left at Highway 89 south. Continue over Luther Pass to Pickett’s Junction approximately 10 miles.

Fallen Leaf Lake/Fredrick’s Meadow
Fallen Leaf Lake is a Sierra dream – especially during the autumn when the water is sparkling, the crowds have dissipated and the leaves have gone golden. Not only is the Lake a treat, but the walk to Fallen Leaf is plentiful of seasonal colors in Frederick’s Meadow. Aspens and conifers surround this open meadow whose tall grasses also turn a golden hue when the weather changes.

Directions: Take Highway 89 south and turn left on Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Continue past the campground entrance approximately 1 ½ miles.

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Mt. Tallac as viewed from Fallen Leaf Lake. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Lam Watah Trail/Rabe Meadow
Fall colors abound while strolling through the Rabe Meadow on the Lam Watah Trail. The trail rambles through the meadow before landing at Nevada Beach, which makes for a great setting for an autumnal sunset.

Directions: Take Highway 50 towards Stateline and turn left on Kahle drive. Park in the lot on the right.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center
Home to the Kokanee Salmon Festival the first week of October, Taylor Creek offers an easy, enjoyable stroll in a variety of landscapes including forest, meadow and swamp. Aspens engulf the trail at times when then opens up to Taylor Creek where legions of Kokanee salmon spawn during the autumn. Taylor Creek offers seating areas to take in the flora and fauna, as well as a visitors center for those eager to learn more about the visiting fish.

Directions: Drive on Highway 89 south and go past the Tallac Historic Site to turn right at the Visitor Center.

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Kokanee salmon as they spawn at Taylor Creek. Credit: Brad Scott

Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden
Located on College Drive, there is a large display of Aspen trees in the Demonstration Garden.  The Demonstration Garden offers tranquility in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Centrally located, it’s perfect for a quick connection to nature!

 

Foodies Rejoice in Tahoe South

The requirements for a great vacation includes sightseeing, relaxing and experiencing the local lifestyle. Undoubtedly what’s on anyone’s list is trying some delicious new food and discovering local cuisine! Fortunately for those visiting Tahoe South, the local dining scene is evolving and offers endless tasty options, including the Ridge Tahoe.

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Your home away from home – complete with the delicious food!

With two restaurants on property, you can stay on site for all of your dining needs. The Hungry Bear and Ridge Club Bistro, which can accommodate your dining needs from special occasions and family meals to quick bites, provide superior dining options available on site. Expect elevated experiences at The Hungry Bear with fine dining on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Reservations are required for this restaurant; dial 3150 to make a reservation.

The Ridge Club Bistro prepares you for a full day of adventures and exploration with waffles, breakfast burritos and skillets. The omelet bar on Saturday and Sunday mornings will bring a smile to the face of even the grouchiest person. Other meal items include garlic shrimp, steak frites and mushroom ravioli for delectable dinners. A taco bar on Saturdays offers a flavor of the South. Ole!

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In addition to on-site restaurants, the Ridge hosts culinary events throughout the week including complimentary cooking demonstrations on Thursdays in the Castle Rock View Room. The demo is followed by wine tasting at 4 p.m. in the Bear Trap Lounge.

The Ridge Tahoe isn’t the only place growing its gastronomic prowess: Tahoe South is gaining quite the reputation for great food, delicious wine and farm-to-fork flavors. You can experience this ongoing culinary revolution during the 7th annual Sample the Sierra, which features farm-to-fork food and wine during a one-day festival in Tahoe South. With more than 20 Tahoe South restaurants, the event celebrates bountiful regional resources with local specialties and flavorful menus. The participating restaurants will pair fresh fare with local wineries, distilleries and breweries making for an all-encompassing dining experience.

In conjunction with Sample the Sierra, Tahoe South will also host Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-23. The event will feature favorite South Shore restaurants, offering pre-fixe dinner specials and discounts.

Regardless of the dining experience you prefer, you have seemingly endless options when you visit The Ridge Tahoe for vacation.

 

All Ages, All Ranges: The Ridge is Your Bet for Fun in Tahoe South

The Ridge elevates the average family vacation with endless on-property amenities and close proximity to Tahoe South activities. Gather the kiddos for a trip that you won’t soon forget with activities at the Ridge Tahoe and throughout Tahoe South.

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Home base for family fun.

On-Site Amenities
Put on your game face and challenge the family to a friendly competition in the Ridge’s indoor and outdoor sports complex. Courts are available for tennis, basketball and racquetball where a true family champion can be crowned. Days can be gleefully wasted in the indoor and outdoor pools while nights are spent watching family flicks in the on-site 30-seat movie theater, which shows films twice a day.

The fun never stops with the Ridge arcade and the Kid’s Club, a complimentary day camp filled with adventures, arts and crafts and snacks. With the kids away, parents can enjoy adult time during a rejuvenating session at the Elevation Spa.

Take a Hike
The Ridge is steps away from the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin. With many trailheads and different paths, hikers can personalize the hike to desired duration and difficulty meaning it can be as kid-friendly as you’d like.

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All smiles all the time in Tahoe. Photo credit:Jamie Kingham

Score a Hole-in-One
For a guaranteed good time, try one of the two popular miniature golf courses in Tahoe South.  Magic Carpet Mini Golf takes players on an enchanted journey through fairytales and fantasy worlds with three courses of varying difficulty. Fantastical creatures like dragons, dinosaurs and even pirates are featured at each hole. At the end of the round, the golf balls can be dropped in a lot machine for a chance to win one free round or play. Another great mini golf location is Heavenly Village Mini Golf centrally located and accented with hanging lights and dazzling music.

Take On a Challenge
Through September, the family can experience Heavenly Epic Discovery Center, which provides great outdoor adventures that are customizable to each family’s interests and abilities. Activities such as ropes courses, zip lining and an alpine coaster are available on top of Heavenly Mountain.

Be Amazed by Magic
The Magic Fusion show at the Loft Theatre & Lounge brings live entertainment in the form of comedy and illusions with options for dinner and drinks. On Sundays, the Loft host a “Kids Free” matinee where children attend the show for free, with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Go Fish
Tahoe Trout Farm teaches children of all ages how to fish while also educating them about Tahoe’s ecosystem. Visitors can try their hand at one of the two ponds stocked with rainbow trout. Fishing licenses are not required and guests can bring their own bait and tackle or borrow from the farm.

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Good times on the water. Photo credit: Birkholm’s Water Ski School

Learn to Glide on the Water
A trip to Tahoe is incomplete without time spent on the water. One of the more active water options is learning how to water ski at Birkholm’s Water Ski School, which specializes in children and family lessons. Available to pick visitors up from various locations, Birkholm’s hosts lessons that provide quick progressions and successful water ski attempts. A full-package deal includes boats, drivers, instructors, wetsuits, life jackets, skis and fuel.

See Things from a Different Perspective
For the thrill of a lifetime, soar over Lake Tahoe with Reno-Tahoe Helicopter Tours. The helicopters are based at the Lake Tahoe Airport and offer spectacular tours year-round, weather permitting. Take in the views of the crystal blue lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Having the opportunity to get a clear view of the region really creates memorable experiences for all ages.

Whatever you choose, the Ridge Tahoe has family friendly accommodations that provide the right amount of togetherness.

Fall for Fun this September

The last warm weeks of summer are fading away and the crisp autumn air is nipping at our ankles, but there are still plenty of celebrations and festivities to be had in Tahoe South. Experience Labor Day weekend and beyond with enticing September events.

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Emerald Bay: perfect in any season. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Labor Day Weekend
The nationally renowned Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza returns Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. Take in the captivating display that lights up the lake with various patterns and designs. The 20-minute show is choreographed and synchronized to a music broadcast on local radio stations 93.9 FM-KRLT and 1490 AM KOWL. The fireworks are visible throughout Tahoe South, but some front row vantage points include the M.S. Dixie II, Nevada Beach, Round Hill Pines, Edgewood Tahoe and Lakeview Commons.

Labor Day is also one of the last times you can take advantage of the lingering summer days with a beach day. If you’re looking to avoid the holiday weekend crowds, check out some recommended secluded beaches worth visiting.

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Tour de Tahoe: 72 miles around the most beautiful lake.

Fall Festivals
Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue is back for its 13th year, Sunday, Sept 11 with hundreds of bikers visiting Big Blue for a chance to ride the entirety of its shores. The Ride to Cure Diabetes offers an adventure for avid bicyclists to circumnavigate 72 miles around Lake Tahoe. The scenic bike tour will also include activities such as a robotic bomb squad and search and rescue demonstrations

After a summer of spectacular music, the Harveys Outdoor Concert Series concludes its season with Stevie Wonder, Friday, Sept. 2.

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Sample the Sierra offers tastes of the best restaurants in Tahoe. Credit: Matt Morning

Dining Experiences
The diverse and growing Lake Tahoe culinary scene will be celebrated during September with three major events featuring locally sourced food, wine, beer and spirits exploring the regional palate.

The 7th annual Sample the Sierra, the farm-to-fork food and wine festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 17. Featuring more than 20 Tahoe South restaurants, the event celebrates the bountiful regional resources by showcasing local specialties and flavorful menus. The participating restaurants will help pair delectable dishes with fare from local wineries, distilleries and breweries making for an all-encompassing dining experience.

In conjunction with Sample the Sierra, Tahoe South will also host Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-23. The event will feature favorite South Shore restaurants, offering pre-fixe dinner specials and discounts.

Guests of the Ridge may also experience unique culinary opportunities year-round with complimentary cooking demonstrations held every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Castle Rock View Room. Additional Thursday evening activities include wine tasting in the Bear Trap Lounge, 4 p.m.

The Ridge Tahoe also provides a plethora of activities for those that would prefer a quiet Labor Day in the comfort of the resort. For a list of weekly activities, visit our Organized Activities page.

Say “I Do” at 7,500 Ft

Those wedding bells are ringing and they’re echoing even louder from the Ridge Tahoe.  With premier indoor and outdoor ceremony options in Tahoe South and exceptional services, the Ridge will ensure that saying “I Do” at this resort will make for the perfect wedding day.

Planning for the big day can be overwhelming, so relieve some of the pressure by trusting one of the professional wedding coordinators on hand. The ceremony, reception and guest lodging all happen in one location creating a seamless flow throughout the duration of the event.

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A Ridge wedding offers spectacular views and an intimate setting. Photo credit: Tracy Lynn Photography

With spectacular mountain views from 7,500 feet, both the indoor and outdoor spaces are great options. If looking to venture off property, there are lakefront and beach ceremony sites available. The Ridge takes care of planning every detail, with packages accommodating various party sizes and budgets.  Some entities featured in basic ceremony specials include an officiate, one-hour professional photography, bridal bouquet, groom boutonniere, cake cutting and champagne. Find information on packages and specials.

 

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An updated event space naturally blends the outdoors with the indoors. 

The Ridge offers first-class banquet menus and service, providing the flavor and tone essential for each reception from casual dinners to formally plated meals. Parties can also have Rehearsal Dinners or Champagne Brunches to accompany the festive nuptials.

Getting married at the Ridge also means that accommodations for the wedding party and guests are just footsteps away. After a day full of joy, love and celebration enjoy settling into condominium and deluxe suites with available group rates during non-holiday stays.

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Relax after you say “I do” at one of the nearby beaches. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Since a wedding at the Ridge is so romantic, continue that feeling by staying a little longer after the guests head home. A Lake Tahoe honeymoon is the perfect finish to the beautiful wedding, allowing for the couple to savor the new union. With endless on-site amenities, couples can relax at the spa, participate in recreational activities or venture out into the Tahoe South playground.

Request more information and book the dream wedding now!

Your Vessel Awaits You: Ways to Explore the Open Waters of Lake Tahoe

Feel the cool alpine breeze and the warm sun kissing the lake’s surface while gliding on the freshest blue waters in a kayak, boat or on top of a paddleboard. With an abundance of rentals available in the Lake Tahoe area, you’ll be on the water and exploring the Lake of the Sky in no time.

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A sunset cruise on the lake is a true Tahoe experience. Photo credit: Brad Scott

‘Yaks & SUPs

Kayak Tahoe provides kayak and paddleboard rentals from five different locations in Tahoe South, so you’re never too far from a pick up or drop off location for ultimate convenience. Make your own path or opt for a guided tour, such as the Emerald Bay Tour that takes you around the famed Fannette Island.

For more experienced explorers, the Lake Tahoe Water Trail is the perfect resource for self-guided tours. The trail outlines 72 miles of sandy beaches and rocky inlets, with 30 public launch/landing sites for kayaks and paddleboards. Bring personal watercrafts that meet cleanliness standards or rent from local shops.

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Get a little competitive on your SUP and race! Photo credit: South Tahoe Standup Paddle

South Tahoe Standup Paddle offers a selection of paddleboards available for rent, with boards available for every age and skill level. Lessons are available for any ability, from covering the basics to improving paddle technique and building confidence on the water. Guests have the option of attending a guided paddleboarding tour that includes history and trivia about the Tahoe Basin.

Another great location for kayaking is Fallen Leaf Lake. Hourly and daily rentals are available for this hidden gem near the Camp Richardson area.

Boats

A useful starting point for boating beginners is Lake Tahoe Boating. This website is a helpful tool in discovering the marinas, boat rentals and launching points around the lake to ensure the most enjoyable experience for all experience levels.

Accessible at ten locations, Tahoe Sports is a family-owned business that provides boat and watercraft rentals. A day of sightseeing on the water with fully fueled power boat rentals, equipped with VHF radio and Coast Guard approved safety equipment, ensure proper safety and loads of fun. Tour guides are also available.

Round Hill Pines Beach Resort hosts a marina with several boating services and rentals. The resort offers guests the opportunity to moor personal boats or rent 10-12 passenger vessels.

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Feel the need for speed on the water. Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Boat Rides

An intriguing learning experience for the is available from Lake Tahoe Boat Rides with guided boat tours and cruises accompanied by knowledgeable captains. The powerboats, sailboats and yacht options will stop at several locations along the way, allowing for passengers to sightsee, swim and even take a leap off of a cliff.

For a Lake Tahoe tour on an iconic and historic vessel, visit Zephyr Cove Beach and Resort. Day, evening and dinner cruises are offered on the award-winning fleet that includes the MS Dixie II and the Tahoe Paradise yacht.

The Ridge’s concierge services are always prepared to help with more information and to create memorable Tahoe vacations. Visit Organized Activities for opportunities that may arise for deals for your next adventure on the water.

 

Feel the Call of the Wild in Tahoe South for Your Bachelorette Party

Do you have a wedding coming up and need ideas for your bachelor or bachelorette party? The Ridge Tahoe is a great hub to settle in to when you are celebrating your pending nuptials. With all of the amenities you could possibly need, you may not have to leave, but you’ll want to when you learn you are only steps away from the South Shore playground. Gather the stags and hens and let the festivities begin!

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Your home base for your bachelor or bachelorette party.

Hunker down at home base
If your idea of a successful bachelor or bachelorette party is hunkering down at a hotel with your best friends, then the Ridge is your best option. With plentiful on-site activities, your celebrations will be hassle-free.

Start the weekend early with wine tastings every Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Bear Trap Lounge. Sample regional wines for only $15 a person. You can even prepare for domestic life during our cooking demonstrations by the Ridge’s celebrated chefs in the Castle Rock View Room.

Work out the kinks of a successful weekend at The Ridge Tahoe's Elevation Spa.

The Elevation Spa will leave you refreshed for wedding duties.

Women and men alike (even if guys don’t want to admit it) who crave pampering can spend the day at the Ridge’s full-service spa. Relax with your wedding party with massages, facials and other treatments, as well as access to the Eucalyptus steam room. Ask about current spa packages and specials when you book for the best deals.

Work on that tan and soak up the vitamin D by lounging at the indoor and outdoor pools and cap it off with a family-style barbecue on one of the Ridge’s many grills before challenging the wedding party to a friendly game of tennis, basketball or racquetball at one of the on-site courts.

 

Go on an outdoor adventure
The Ridge is near the Tahoe Rim trailhead, a hike that loops around the lake but has multiple alternate entryways. Other popular hikes include Van Sickle Park, Eagle Falls, Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Lakes. For information on these hikes and others visit http://tahoesouth.com/explore/hiking/. If you’d like an expert guide you through hikes and make recommendations based on your group’s ability level, contact Adventurette for an alternative bachelorette party.

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Become an “adventurette” during your bachelorette party. Courtesy: Adventurette

The beach is always a great option for groups: Zephyr Cove Resort, Round Hill Pines and Camp Richardson are close to the Ridge and offer rentals. Explore the hidden and secluded gems that make for worthwhile trips or rent kayaks that can be retrieved from and returned to one of five convenient locations.

Hit the town
Just minutes away from the Stateline casinos, Tahoe South awaits wedding parties with enchanting nightlife. Don’t worry about driving – the casino corridor is easily accessed by the resort’s complimentary shuttle service.

Tahoe South hosts an array of entertainment, gaming and live music options. Boogie with friends at one of the award-winning nightclubs and experience DJs and live music at venues like Opal Ultra Lounge, Peek, Vinyl and Cabo Wabo Cantina. Feeling lucky? Place some bets at one of the casinos and see what fortune arises. View one of the headliner artists at Harvey’s Outdoor Concert Series or MontBleu.

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Our upgraded space will accommodate your dream wedding.

Now Say I Do!
The Ridge has been recognized as one of the top mountain wedding venues in the country. With exceptional attention to detail, our resort will make for an unforgettable location to exchange vows. Plan a beautiful ceremony in any season with perfect indoor and outdoor options, including recently renovated spaces, all showcasing spectacular mountain and sunset views. Several packages are available suited for any budget and party size. The accommodating planners and staff will ensure every element is accounted for and executed to the vision of the bride, groom and families.

 

August is Alive with Entertainment in Tahoe South

August is jam-packed with great music, entertainment and food. Make a plan to visit the Ridge Tahoe this month in order to catch one of these experiences – and of course, the views!

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Lake Tahoe is home to a number of exhilarating events in August. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

Live Entertainment
The Loft Theatre & Lounge hosts Magic Fusion, a family friendly magic and comedy show. Both adults and children are welcome to the daily show at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Located in Heavenly Village, enjoy the entertaining production alongside dinner for a great night out. Sundays have a “Kids Free” matinee where children attend the show for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Heavenly Village also hosts Summer Concerts on Fridays and Saturdays 5 – 9 p.m.

Another opportunity for live music is the Harveys Outdoor Concert Series. The big-name artists this August are Lionel Richie, Aug. 13; Steve Miller Band, Aug. 18; Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Aug. 26; and 20th Anniversary Lake Tahoe Summit Feat. The Killers, Aug. 31.

The Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival returns for the fourth year in a row on Aug. 20. Celebrate good vibes with a day full of music and entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

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Jam out to some of the biggest musicians. Courtesy: Harvey’s Outdoor Concert Series

Festivals
The Artists in Residence at Valhalla Tahoe celebrates arts, music and theatre in a vibrant festival, Aug. 12-28. The event is free and open to the public 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily with an opportunity to watch the artists at work, as well as view and purchase original pieces.

The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) hosts the 4th Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival, Aug. 13-14. The festival features bike rides, demonstrations, live music BBQ, beer garden, a variety of vendors and a KidZone.

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Gain perspective and altitude on your mountain bike. Courtesy: 4th Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival

 

Outdoor Experiences
Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ South Shore Car Show is hosted by Heavenly Village, Aug. 1-7. Check out collectable cars and motorcycles on display. There will also be live music, a poker run and sidewalk sales at select Heavenly Village shops.

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Look at that fresh produce! Courtesy: Ski Run Farmer’s Market

Explore the Ski Run Farmer’s Market for locally sourced produce, handmade crafts and live music every Friday, 3 – 8 p.m.

Bring a flashlight to the pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park for the free Milky Way and Dark Skies Guided View. Experts will help guests locate constellations, stars and planets with complimentary star charts. Learn how to tell time by the location of the stars and how to spot the Zodiac symbols.

Clear your schedule for August and ensure that a Ridge Tahoe visit replaces other plans. Book your trip at RidgeTahoeResort.com.

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.

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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!