Experience Nevada with Our Summer Must-Dos

With Summer in full effect, there’s more daylight hours, more time to play – and in a location like ours there are many opportunities to get out there and accomplish all things on that summer to-do list! With Tahoe straddling two states, Nevada and California, we will push our focus to the beautiful and cultured state of Nevada. Check out this list of Summer Must-Dos all in great vicinity to your stay at the Ridge Tahoe!

Our first item on the list is the Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation in middle of the Nevada desert. The large thirty to thirty-five foot boulders are painted with beautiful, bright colors, attracting the eyes of thousands every year. This spot is perfect to add a pop of color to your Instagram, while also getting a glimpse of one of the most unique art projects in the country.

If you’re looking to surround yourself in pine trees while taking a step back in time, make sure you head over to Sand Harbor where you can watch The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This festival brings one-of-a-kind entertainment with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Enjoy some of Shakespeare’s greatest work and a beautiful sunset on the lake.

Nevada is home of a variety of ghost towns, giving character and mystery to the desert landscape. These historic landmarks were former mining boomtowns from the late 1800s to early 1900s. During the longer summer days, make sure to come check out these abandoned towns that offer a unique history and tour the structures that remain. The ghost town of Berlin gives visitors a tour through abandoned mines, as well as fossils of dinosaurs that once roamed the area.

If you’re looking to hang out in an old-style saloon and walk down creaky, wooden sidewalks, make sure to check out Virginia City. One of the more popular mining towns back-in-the-the-day, Virginia City has a great history offering small-town shenanigans for individuals of all ages.

With all these ghost towns and long, lonely roads, it’s apparent that Nevada has some of the clearest skies. Grab a blanket, some friends, and good times and find a cozy spot in the Lake Tahoe area to enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the stars. There is also the option to attend the astronomy festival hosted by the Great Basin National Park. The festival includes amateur and expert astronomers to show crowds distance planets and galaxies with their own eyes.

Special thanks to Travel Nevada for providing an easy reference guide to all things Nevada. Make sure to visit their website here for more information on traveling excursions, and more fun ideas to add on your summer list of to dos.

See the Stars Shine at the American Century Championship

Lake Tahoe is approaching its most talked about event of the year, the American Century Championship. Held every year at Edgewood Golf Course, the best sports players and entertainment stars bring their A-game to compete for a grand prize of $125,000. The action-packed week begins July 11 through July 16 with several activities and events for attendees of all ages.


Edgewood Tahoe is home to the American Century Championship, which returns to the lake July 11-16. Credit: Brian Williams/Media West Group

The tournament has raised approximately $4.6 million since its inception in 1990 and all funds support a range of non-profits. For this year’s ACC, the funds will support  Stowers Institute for Medical Research. The institute is home to 550 dedicated researchers working to treat, diagnose and prevent diseases.

This year, the ACC is hosting some of the greatest celebrities in the entertainment and sports industries. Former NFL Player Tony Romo will be joined by Pro-Bowl Defensive End Jared Allen, as well as Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. NBA MVP and 2017 NBA Finals Championship winner Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will also make an appearance. Two-time MLB All-Star and two-time ACC champion Mark Mulder will return to compete for a third championship among five MLB Hall of Famers. Other major celebrities consist of ten-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake, actor/comedian Larry the Cable Guy, actor Ray Romano and newcomer, social media activist and professional golfer Paige Spiranac. To check out more celebrities who will be participating in the 27th Annual American Century Championship, click here.

Mark Mulder will return to grab a third championship this year. Credit: Jeff Bayer

The tournament hosts a variety of events, but one of the most popular highlights of the week is the Celebrity Spray-Off Challenge, sponsored by Korbel Champagne. During this challenge, celebrities compete to see who can get the furthest distance by popping off the cork to a champagne bottle. The challenge is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Another crowd favorite is the Hole-in-One/Closest to the Pin Challenge that occurs on Edgewood Golf Course’s famous Hole No. 17. Spectators gather to watch celebrities make their best attempt at a hole-in-one, while the lake sits as the backdrop creating the most beautiful and entertaining scenes. Plan for this event on Friday, July 14 at 3:45 p.m.

Justin Timberlake, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Steph Curry will entertain the masses yet again. Credit: Jeff Bayer

For a more intimate glimpse of the stars, head to Edgewood before official tournament rounds begin and watch celebrities get their heads into the game with practice rounds on July 11 and 12. For more information about the tournament and its philanthropic cause, visit americancenturychampionship.com.

Celebrate the 4th of July From Sun-Up to Sun-Down

Summer has officially begun! And what better way to spend your summer getaway than in Tahoe South. From high-end dining to summer concerts surrounded by happy spirits, Lake Tahoe features some of the best activities from sun-up to sun-down.

Celebrate red, white and blue – sans the snow! – at the Ridge Tahoe this Fourth of July.

Check into the Ridge Tahoe, where the list of amenities and breathtaking panoramic views of the sparkling lake never disappoint. With three tennis courts, a variety of on-site fitness classes, outdoor areas for barbecuing and family gatherings, the list of comforts offered are endless. Plus, the central location makes for easy access to the Tahoe entertainment and nightlife. With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday, there are several events to attend before the holiday hits.

Set the sounds of summer at the Live at Lakeview Summer concert series. Starting Thursday, June 22 through Aug. 31, this series features some of the best talents in rock, pop, and soul. With a concert every Thursday, Live at Lakeview features a variety of local merchants and delicious food options in addition to amphitheater-style seating and sunset scenes from the beer garden.

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

The Beach Retreat and Lodge is throwing their 4th of July BBQ and Beach Party which is perfect for people of all ages. The beach party begins at 11 a.m. and will serve tropical and freedom influenced spirits throughout the day. Families are invited to a day of patriotic vibes and sunshine on a sandy Tahoe beach, offering cabanas, umbrella and lounge chair rentals.

After enjoying a day in the sun, grab your beach towel and find a spot on the lake to view the greatest firework display in Tahoe. “Lights on the Lake” ignites the skies with glorious colors of red, white and blue, leaving viewers dazzled by the sight. The show is scheduled to begin around 9:45 p.m.and is visible in Tahoe South. Check out Tahoe South’s website for more information on where to find the best view of the show.

The fireworks in Tahoe South are a must see Fourth of July activity.
Photo: Steve Dunleavy

An array of performances and activities will take place throughout the weekend in Tahoe South. The California Reggae inspired group, Rebelution, will be performing at Harveys Outdoor Arena Friday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a free concert featuring the singer/songwriter Red Rose at the Valhalla Art, Music, and Theater Festival.

To view more events throughout the 4th of July weekend, make sure you check out TahoeSouth.com for everything to do in Tahoe.

Details Make the Difference at Your Tahoe Wedding

Make your “I do” an event to remember at the Ridge Tahoe.

At the Ridge Tahoe, we know that the journey to the altar can sometimes be long and stressful, but we also know that it can be loads of fun. With an experienced Ridge Tahoe wedding coordinator’s help, we’ll focus on the big picture stuff and you can go wild with the details, which will make your day as delightful as possible for you and your guests!

Here are some of our recommendations for details that will make each moment even more memorable.

Functional favors. While the day is all about your love, it’s also about creating a good time for your guests. Think about what you would want as a favor if you were a guest. Our recommendation is to hand out a favor that is fun and functional. If you’re getting married in the summer as part of our garden ceremony, consider handing out hand fans that include your initials and wedding anniversary. Not only will they keep you cool, but they’ll also make for some great photo opportunities!

Other favors that put the fun in functional include cozies for beers for when you want a frosty beverage, but not a frozen hand, and snack packs for later in the evening when dancing works up an appetite.

Your guests will remember the little touches during your wedding.

Amp up your guestbook. A guestbook is an essential for a wedding so that you’ll remember the guests that spent your special day with you. If you are interested in making your guestbook more interactive, we suggest including more interactive elements to it, such as asking for their best advice for the couple, what their favorite part of the wedding was or to describe their favorite memory of the couple.

Another great idea includes handing out Polaroid cameras to guests and asking them to take a selfie to pop into your guestbook. And, of course, they can snap a selfie to keep for themselves to remember the night!

Make your day uniquely you with small touches.

Keep it intimate. Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you should have a huge blowout for your nuptials. At the Ridge Tahoe, we have numerous options available to brides and grooms that’ll accommodate smaller parties to larger groups. Our latest promotional package includes a ceremony, photography, buffet reception with beer and wine for 30 of your closest friends and family if you book your wedding before September 30. You can keep it intimate and under budget for $6,495, which includes all the above, as well as all taxes and service fees.

Additional items included in this package:

  • Ceremony for up to 30 Guests
  • Garden Ceremony
  • Quaking Aspen Reception
  • Classic White Wedding Chairs
  • Wedding Arbor with Floral Decorations
  • Event Coordinator
  • Officiate
  • One Hour Photography
  • Hair and Makeup for the Bride
  • IPOD Amplification
  • Custom Floral Bridal Bouquet and Groom Boutonniere
  • 4 Custom Centerpieces
  • Tuscan Buffet
  • Unlimited Coffee, Tea, and Sodas
  • Custom Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers
  • One Hour Hosted House Beer and Wine
  • Chiavari Reception Chairs
  • White Table Linens and White Napkins
  • China and Glassware

You don’t have to wait to set your date. Contact us now to start planning your wedding.

We Have Your Father’s Day Plans

It’s Dad’s big day this weekend! It’s time to celebrate Pops with father-friendly events and activities in Tahoe and at the Ridge. Look at some of our favorite to-dos for Dad throughout this coming weekend.

Bike at night: The 2017 Tahoe Games Bike Night returns on June 16 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course with family friendly activities that include an illuminated, x-country course. Dad can try his hand at this fun and an exhilarating course that will take him over bunkers and over fairways, all while lit up with glow sticks on a non-motorized bike.

Pick up a game: If Dad’s a golfer, he can enjoy easy and quick access to a number of nearby golf courses including Genoa Lakes Golf Course and Carson Valley Golf Course. Additional options include the exclusive Edgewood Tahoe and the beautiful Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Dad can even practice his short game at the Ridge Tahoe putting greens!

Practice for the real deal at the Ridge Tahoe.

Rock it out: The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday and Saturday to showcase the talent of regional and national musicians. As the largest free concert series in Lake Tahoe, this is a great way to watch Dad kick back and groove out! Each show begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Heavenly Village.

If he’s craving a throwback, the Spazmatics will play at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 17. This band recaptures the music of the 1980s, complete with the bad style. This show is for 21 years and older, so leave the kids at home for this one.

A lil’ competition: The Ridge Tahoe has everything you need for a fun-filled day! Challenge Dad to a game of mini golfing, tennis at one of our three outdoor tennis courts or a competitive game of ping pong or billiards. There are so many activities and services available for guests’ complimentary use at the Ridge Tahoe that you may never have to leave!

Take up a friendly game of tennis at an outdoor court at the Ridge.

Fill ‘em up: Regardless of the activity Dad decides to do this Father’s Day weekend, he should end it with a refreshing beer at the Bear Trap Lounge and a juicy prime rib dinner at the Bistro. The Father’s Day Special includes an eight-ounce prime rib served with creamy horseradish, potato cake, and grilled asparagus. The special is $25 per person and served from 5-8 p.m.

Happy Father’s Day from the Ridge Tahoe!

Three Reasons Why You Should Own in Tahoe

Bill Wright is back again with his final installment about being a Ridge owner. This time around he discusses the reasons why he chose to make the Ridge Tahoe a second home and why you should consider becoming an owner.

Bill Wright has already explained why you should visit Tahoe, which naturally leads him into his next topic: becoming an owner at the Ridge Tahoe.

Though Bill has owned a unit at the Ridge Tahoe for 30 years, his career and family situation has changed, which has led to new reasons why he enjoys spending his free time at the resort.

Follow the rainbow to your new home at the Ridge Tahoe.

The convenience of the owner rental program: The owner rental program offers multi-week owners like Bill and his family flexibility with their unit. The Wrights’ situation has dramatically changed and they can unfortunately no longer use their unit’s time as much as they’d like.

Instead of letting the unit sit empty, they now rent out their unit to other guests. The Resorts West Vacation Club enables the Wrights to keep their property by renting it out to other individuals that want to visit Lake Tahoe. This allows Bill and his family to cover annual resort costs while giving new families a chance to experience the Ridge Tahoe. It’s a win-win!

Owners can use the various amenities and services at the Ridge Tahoe.

Bonus time: The Resorts West program not only allows its owners to rent out their units, but they also reward loyalty with various membership advantages like the option to purchase bonus time at other resorts! This bonus time is often at significant discounts during slower seasons, such as fall and spring. This works to the benefit of all owners by helping to cover resort fixed costs on what would otherwise be unoccupied non-revenue generating unit time.

Stability and management: As owners for over three decades, Bill has seen the difficulties and struggles of the hospitality industry. However, he says that through this time he has always admired Resort West’s stable financial condition and their quality management.

Are you interested in becoming an owner? Learn more about the Resorts West Vacation Club.

June launches full swing of summer events in Tahoe South

Summer has arrived! Tahoe’s national treasure – the lake – is filled to capacity after a record-breaking winter, and ready to provide visitors heart-pounding athletic competitions, blockbuster concerts, cultural outings, and craft brewery events all on-tap.

Make a plan to have Ridge Tahoe home base this month in order to catch one of these experiences – and of course, the views!

Wake up to a sunrise at Ridge Tahoe before attending Tahoe’s array of exhilarating events this June. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Brewfest hosted by Cold Water Brewery and Grill and FNCTN (a production/promotional group; pronounced “Function,”) is coming to South Shore June 10 to feature craft brew tastings from all over Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. The event also includes a home brewers competition, live music, arts and craft vendors and food.

The 53rd annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay is considered to be the oldest relay race in the country as runners converge to run counter-clockwise around Lake Tahoe, June 10. Teams of seven individuals each tackle approximately 8-12 mile sections along the 72-mile scenic route.

Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers seven acres of entertainment on four stages at Camp Richardson’s campgrounds, June 3-4 and June 10-11. The two weekends include various activities: jousting, sword fighting, educational demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, children’s games, merchants, actors, food and beverages.

Inspiring athletes and recreational enthusiasts push their limits this month either on foot or via bike. Courtesy: Rick Gunn

Long distance milers will lace up their running shoes and hit the road with the third annual Rock Tahoe Half Marathon, June 17. Presented by Epic Tahoe Adventures, the 13.1 mile course starts at Spooner Summit and drops over 1,000 feet as it winds down U.S. Highway 50 along the stunning east shore of Lake Tahoe to a finish line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Other weekend activities include an expo, post-race party for runners and their guests and awards for the top male and female age group finishers.

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival honors Tahoe’s heritage with a season filled with performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. The season kicks off with Dirty Cello June 21.

Jam out to some incredible artists at Valhalla this season including Dirty Cello, June 21 (pictured above). Courtesy: Valhalla Tahoe

The Loft Theatre located in the Heavenly Village is home to Magic Fusion and offers guests of all ages year-round entertainment with award-winner illusionists, sleight of hand, pallor-theatre magicians. The Kinsey Sicks stars in Dragapella is an Award-winning Off-Broadway Comedy-Musical and will perform at the Loft Theatre, June 19-23.

Summer is Right Around the Corner – Top 10 Things to Do RIGHT NOW

The weather is warm, the sun is shining and it’s been a long winter, which means we are eager to get outside! If you need some vitamin D and you’re also staying at the Ridge Tahoe, then check out a few of our recommendations for (almost) summer fun.

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  1. Hit the beach: This past season’s historic precipitation filled the lake to its brim, which means now is the time to spend a day (or two) on its shores, lounging in its sands. Check out one of the nearby beaches for a wonderful day near the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe – or venture out to a secluded beach!
  2. Rock out: Rock climbing is one of Tahoe’s most exhilarating and challenging activities. Ease into it with a rock climbing class at the Ridge Tahoe. You’ll practice on natural rock so you’ll be prepared for the real thing in no time.
  3. See the sights: Hop aboard the S. Dixie II paddle wheeler for a cruise to the iconic Emerald Bay. Discount activity tickets are sold at the Ridge Market Place. Call 800-23-TAHOE to make your reservations.
  4. Learn something new: Did you know that the Ridge Tahoe offers an array of classes for guests? That’s right! This summer you can take up a new hobby like tennis or learn how to make cards, as well as using essential oils. Activities are regularly updated in the Ridge Guide.
  5. Map your skin: Summer means you’ll be showing more skin. Sign up for one of our Dermalogica skin care classes through the Elevation Spa to make sure it’s in the best shape. MicroZone skin mapping is now available so you know your skin’s specific needs.
  6. Watch a master chef: Our complimentary cooking demo with Chef Stephen happens every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Castle Rock View Room. Watch Chef create a fabulous dish right before your eyes.
  7. Work up a sweat: Regardless if it’s outside or indoors, now is the time to get in fighting shape for the summer season! Our fitness center is equipped with everything you need to stay buff.
  8. Take a hike: The Tahoe Rim Trail is only moments from the Ridge Tahoe and you can easily access other trails in the basin. Some of our favorites include the Glen Alpine Trail and nearby Van Sickle Bi-State Park among others.
  9. Try a new food: With in-room kitchens, a vacation at the Ridge Tahoe is the ideal time to try out a new recipe. The Sierra Nevada is rich with fresh produce and a quick trip to the farms of El Dorado County or Carson Valley will yield a bounty of fruits and veggies!
  10. Relax a little: Dip your toes or go ahead and cannonball into one of our outdoor pools! This is the perfect time to take advantage of warm afternoons in the Sierra sun. Or if you’re in a mood for rejuvenation, we recommend heading to the Elevation Spa for a massage.

Celebrate Mom at the Ridge Tahoe

If it were up to us, every day would be Mother’s Day, complete with leisurely brunches, fresh flowers and sunshiny days with family and friends. Unfortunately, every day can’t be Mother’s Day so when the day rolls around every year, we always work extra hard to ensure the holiday is a very special and memorable time for all mothers! This year will be no different at the Ridge Tahoe with a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

The brunch on Mother’s Day, May 14, will include a feast for the eyes and the taste buds with multiple indulgent dishes. A saccharine first course starts the meal with sweet ricotta and mascarpone stuffed crepes served with spring berry compote. The second course includes a choice of one of the following: herb crusted Alaskan halibut with sweet potato and wild mushroom hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs benedict with cottage potatoes and Old Bay spiced hollandaise; eight-ounce New York steak and eggs with cottage potatoes; huevos rancheros with refried beans, eggs, shrimp, roasted peppers and corn tortillas. Finish the same way you started with some sweet treats at Heather’s heavenly dessert buffet.

The brunch is $40 per person, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day.

There are also several other special Mother’s Day activities occurring throughout the weekend. If you are staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll have quick and easy access to these events.

Take the family for a ride this Mother’s Day weekend. Courtesy: V&T Railroad

Mother’s Day weekend rides on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad take off from Carson City, May 13-14. This 16-mile round trip ride on diesel train engines will transport riders to the historic town of Virginia City where shopping, dining, and sights abound. Mothers will delight in this unhurried ride through the rolling hills of the storied Comstock Lode right-of-way with the possibility of wild mustang sightings. The Carson City depot is about a 45-minute ride from the Ridge Tahoe.

Other options in town include the Mother’s Day Dinner Show at the Loft Theatre that includes a meal and magic on May 14. Magic Fusion starts at 7:30 p.m. and moms are free with the purchase of one adult ticket. If mom prefers a laugh, Nick Swardson is back at MontBleu on May 13 and Todrick Hall at Harrah’s on May 15.

Magicians take the stage at the Loft Tahoe for Mother’s Day. Courtesy: The Loft Tahoe

If the kids forgot to make something for mom, they have a last-minute opportunity at the History Club at the History Museum Complex in South Lake Tahoe. The Saturday before Mother’s Day, kids will be able to play games from the past and even create a Mother’s Day gift. Entry is $20 per child and more information is available online.

Regardless of your preferred Mother’s Day plans, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

The Best Activities in the Sierra Springtime

After a historic snowfall, Lake Tahoe has (mostly) thawed out to reveal rushing waterfalls and cautious wildflower buds. Unsurprisingly, it has also encouraged a mass exodus to Lake Tahoe’s beaches to soak in the Sierra sun.

If you’re visiting Tahoe in May and June, you’re in for a treat with some of the best of summer and winter activities at your fingertips. Check out a few of our favorite spring pastimes below.

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Chasin’ Waterfalls

With spring melt comes waterfalls. The warm months are ideal times to view Tahoe waterfalls and with so many to see, you may have to make two trips to fit them all in! Some of our absolute must-sees include Glen Alpine Falls, Eagle Falls (with a bonus view of Emerald Bay!), and Horsetail Falls.

Of course, you can always fit in a hike during your waterfall trek. Check out a few our favorite springtime hikes – and always check if the trail is accessible before heading out! There’s a strong possibility of snow still leftover on some trails in the Sierra.

Water Fun

The weather is warmer, which means there are ample opportunities to get out on the biggest draw of the area – the lake! Bear in mind that the water is still cold (it won’t be warm until mid-summer), but there are plenty of ways that you can mostly avoid the water by kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Ridge Tahoe guests receive special discounts with Zephyr Cove Resort.

You can also discover the different ways to explore Tahoe by water on our blog.

Explore the Village

The Heavenly Village is always teeming with special events, live music, delicious food and lively bars. Only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe, you can spend a full day exploring the various shops and people watching.

Spring Skiing

That’s right! While most of the region’s ski resorts are closed, Squaw Valley will remain open through June and the 4th of July. Of course, you can always try your hand at backcountry, too!

No matter which spring activity you choose, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect home base