Celebrate Summer’s Last Holiday Splash with Labor Day Lake Tahoe

Sure the kids are back in school and the calendar reads September, but there’s good news. Summer isn’t over. Celebrate Labor Day weekend the Lake Tahoe way with festivals, music, delicious homegrown food, local wines and fireworks.

Get ready for a weekend packed with activities that will test abilities, challenge the senses and celebrate summer’s last big holiday.

Try the Great Sternwheeler Race this Labor Day weekend.

Try the Great Sternwheeler Race this Labor Day weekend.

Rock and roll will get the holiday weekend party started with Skid Row, Friday, Sept. 4, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, and Sammy Hagar, Saturday, Sept. 5, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

The Shops at Heavenly Village will be the place to find classic cars, trucks and motorcycles beginning Friday, Sept. 4 through the holiday weekend. Events also include poker runs, demonstrations, sidewalk sales from merchants, food and live music.

Feel like getting a running start to the weekend? Heavenly Resort Mountain Run is a 5.8 mile trek that begins at California Base Lodge, climbs to the top of Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resort, and finishes at the Tamarack Lodge at 9,150-feet on Sunday, Sept 6.  Runners can take the scenic ride down the Heavenly Gondola back to the base or descend on their own.

Meanwhile, skiers and riders will have the chance to save big on gear and equipment for next season Sept. 5-7, as Heavenly Mountain Resort hosts the 29th Annual Heavenly Sports Tent Sale at the California Main Lodge.

The Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, a lake tradition for 23 years, is set for Saturday, Sept. 5. The “battle of the paddle” pits Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II against California’s Tahoe Queen in a four-mile contest to determine overall bragging rights and the chance to win the coveted Tahoe Cup. Guests are welcome to join on board and cheer on either boat at 11 a.m. Both rides include brunch and a champagne toast.

The 6th annual Sample the Sierra will kick off Labor Day weekend with a four-course gourmet Pop-Up Dinner prepared by the talented newcomers Whitney and Josh Deri of Blend Catering. Located in Reno, Nev., Blend Catering specializes in gourmet food created with sustainable and fresh ingredients. They will create a special menu of garden-fresh ingredients from regional farms with each course paired with a local wine or spirit. Tickets are $75 and available online.

Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival culinary adventure is infused with live music, entertainment and vendors, Sunday, Sept. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Cuisine selections range from regional restaurants, mom & pop establishments, food producers, wineries, distilleries and breweries. The Sierra Chef Challenge features local chefs battling one another in a rapid-fire cook-off. This year’s participating chefs are returning champion Chef Peter Brinckerhoff of Riva Grill on the Lake, Chef Salvador Delgado of Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Glenn Simpson of Blue Angel Café and Justin Kaplan of Cold Water Brewery and Grill. Tickets for full tastings are $40 and available online.

The Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority presents the annual Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza, Sunday Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. As colors fill the sky and illuminate the lake the show is simultaneously broadcasted to music on local radio: 93.9 FM-KRLT, 1490 AM KOWL.

How will you celebrate Labor Day in Tahoe South?

Tahoe’s Own Farm to Fork Festival Returns for Its 6th Year

Come hungry. Leave happy.

So you’re coming to Tahoe South for Labor Day. There’s certainly no shortage of activities for what most consider the last weekend of summer, and one in particular you won’t want to miss. Sample the Sierra. This event highlights the talent of the Sierra Nevada through food, wine, beer, spirits and arts.

Sunday, Sept. 6 head over to Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. and treat your taste buds to local goodness. We recommend getting there early so you can try everything. Twice.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Here are a few names you might recognize that are participating in the 2015 Sample the Sierra: Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: Boeger Winery, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Great Basin Brewing Co., Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyrds, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka and Tahoe Moonshine Distillery. Restaurants & Chefs: Beach Hut Deli, Blue Angel Café, Boathouse on the Pier, Coldwater Brewery & Grill, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Kalani’s, MacDuffs Pub, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Riva Grill, Sierra Pizza and The Getaway Café.

There will be no shortage of deliciousness. But we know it’s not all about the food. Sample the Sierra brings some of the best local entertainment to the party. In addition to live music throughout the event, Joanne Neft, starter of the first PlacerGROWN Farmers Market over 25 years ago, will be putting on cooking demonstrations at the Sierra Chef Stage.

Speaking of the Sierra Chef Stage, make sure you find your way back there for the 4th Annual Sierra Chef Challenge. Four competing chefs will be given mystery boxes filled with local ingredients. They’ll have 45 minutes to come up with a delicious, creative and confident dish where presentation matters. This year’s contenders include: Chef Peter Brinckerhoff, Riva Grill; Chef Salvador Delgado, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; Chef Glenn Simpson, Blue Angel Café; and Chef Justin Kaplan, Cold Water Brewery & Grill.

The festival marketplace includes locally made goods such as jam, soap, honey and olive oil along with specialty products.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the event and are $40 or $30 if someone is under 21. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted at the event and by the majority of the vendors.

Hit the Beach in Tahoe South

Summer isn’t quite over and you’re on vacation. No doubt, you want to relax, explore and of course spend some time visiting Big Blue. Check into The Ridge Tahoe then grab your suit, sunscreen, beach towels and chairs, and get ready to soak up the sun.

Forget your sunscreen? No problem, swing by The Ridge Tahoe Marketplace to stock up on your beach needs as well as snacks and drinks to fill your cooler.

If you haven’t visited Tahoe South we’ve compiled a list of beaches where you can lounge, rent a kayak or a Jet Ski, play volleyball or grab a bite to eat and an adult beverage by the water. Even if you have visited the area before you won’t want to miss the beaches on this list.

This looks like an ideal beach day set up to us.

This looks like an ideal beach day set up to us.

Here’s our list in order of proximity to The Ridge Tahoe. Go out and explore!

  1. Nevada Beach: One of the most popular beaches among locals, this beach offers barbecue grills onsite and a long stretch of beach that showcases the crystal clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. This family-friendly beach will allow for the perfect day of relaxation, swimming and summer fun desired by every vacationer. Looking for exercise? Rabe Meadows has paved and dirt bike/running trails for the athletic adventurer. Shoreline Adventure Center at Kahle Drive and US Hwy 50 can outfit your entire family with bike rentals and gear for the day.
  2. Roundhill Pines: Can you say Tiki Bar? Indulge in a Pain Killer or a Rum Runner and you’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean, hold the humidity. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, peddle boats and Jet Skis will allow you to explore Lake Tahoe. Try your hand at beach volleyball if you’re feeling sporty. Roundhill Pines has trampolines to keep your kids entertained so you can focus on you. Food options are located onsite or you can pack the necessities for a beach-side barbecue to keep your stomachs full.
  3. Zephyr Cove: Buckle up. If you want a party, Zephyr Cove is the place to be. Challenge your beach volleyball skills against the locals any day of the week. Rent a kayak or Jet Ski. Get high with a parasailing adventure. Charter a boat to really explore the lake. Go for a swim. Grab a bite and a beer at Sunset Bar & Grill. Book a trip on one of Tahoe South’s two paddlewheelers for a visit to Emerald Bay, one of America’s most photographed destinations. Zephyr Cove brings the action, will you be there?
  4. Timber Cove: This beach boasts one of the longest piers in the Tahoe basin. Action Watersports offers boat charters, Jet Ski rentals and parasailing from the marina. If you’re hungry, The Boathouse restaurant on the pier is open for lunch and dinner and has some of the best lakefront dining views you will find in Tahoe South. The beach isn’t as big as some of the others but with the onsite amenities you can’t go wrong. Parking is limited so come early and stay for the day.
  5. Sand Harbor: This is a little bit of a drive to the east shore, but totally worth it. You’ll find some of the clearest water on the lake and want to dive right in. Walk, doggie paddle or swim out to the rocks to get a better view into the blue or across the water. Tall pines and sandy beaches provide perfect scenery and a great backdrop for family photos, or let’s be honest – selfies. If you really want to make a day of it, buy tickets for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, which runs through August, and take in an open air play before heading back to the South Shore. This summer’s show is Romeo and Juliet.

Any beach in Tahoe South will not disappoint. Where will you choose to spend your last days of summer?

Wind Down Your Daytime Outdoor Adventure with Happy Hour Food and Drink Specials

You’ve spent the morning hiking or biking Tahoe‘s famed switchbacks and found that one vista with the backdrop that made for the picture-perfect selfie that says: I climbed a mountain at Lake Tahoe.

Cap off the day, quench your thirst and figure out itinerary options for the next day over an ice cold pint of beer or tangy cocktail at the Bear Trap Bar, The Ridge Tahoe‘s Happy Hour spot open late afternoons and evenings. Daily happy hour and drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting, cool off, order a plate of nachos delivered to the bar via Mountain Side Eatery, and enjoy your favorite libation from 4 – 8 p.m.

Chances are you can find Happy Hour every hour in Tahoe South.

Chances are you can find Happy Hour every hour in Tahoe South. {via}

If you’re off the hill, here are some of our favorite South Shore happy hour places:

  • Azul Latin Kitchen: Who doesn’t love a good margarita? Azul fresh squeezes their juices and infuses tequila. No sweet and sour here. Just fresh juice and booze. Oh, and they have tacos. If you can stand the heat try the Thai Chicken Curry taco. Happy hour just got happier.
  • Base Camp Pizza Co.: Everyone loves pizza. Everyone loves Base Camp Pizza. They offer Happy Hour from 2 – 6 p.m. daily. Beer specials, food specials – and how about a personal pizza and draft beer for $12. There’s dinner. Enjoy daily live music by their fire pit or make friends with the bartender inside. Where ever you choose to post up you will be comfortable and receive friendly service. You really can’t go wrong.
  • Blue Angel Café: This relaxed, cozy hotspot features comfy couches by a fireplace, bar seating, Wi-Fi and dog-friendly outdoor summer seating. Happy Hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring daily specials, house wine by the glass, dollar off draft beer and food specials.
  • Chart House Lake Tahoe: Drink specials, food specials and amazing views. Welcome to Happy Hour at the Chart House. Just down the street from The Ridge Tahoe you can indulge in Happy Hour after a long hike or a relaxing day at The Ridge. Happy Hour runs from 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, so go ahead, get happy.
  • Cold Water Brewery and Grill: Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. South Lake Tahoe’s all-grain brewery featuring hand-crafted beer brewed on site, California comfort food and a great selection of seasonal guest handles. Cold Water has a full service bar, 5 huge TVs and late night dining options on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour favorites are Shishito Peppers, bacon wrapped dates, speciality fries, Pigs N Blanket, mussels or the chicken wings. Beer lovers will dig the Tahoe Cross IPA or the Preacher’s Pale Ale.
  • Jimmy’s at The Landing: Probably the best glass of Happy Hour chardonnay you will find in town. Happy Hour runs from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. daily and features cocktails, wines, beers and select appetizers. Enjoy live music on the weekends. Sit out in the sun on their patio and gaze at Lakeside beach. If it’s cold, they have fire pits to keep you warm. Whatever you do, just don’t miss their Happy Hour.
  • Lakeside Inn & Casino, Casino Bar and The Tavern Bar: Happy Hour 4 p.m. – midnight. Considered by locals as one of the best happy hours at Lake Tahoe because their bars have daily drink specials. Say “Buck Off” at any of the bars between the hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, and 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily, Lakeside takes $1 off any drink (excluding Pabst Blue Ribbon as it’s only $2 as it is). If you’re hungry, place an order of hot wings, deviled eggs, nachos, tacos and fries for a perfect sip and eat combo.
  • Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger: The Lucky Beaver is a 24 hours sports bar in the casino corridor that also offers video poker and a large menu full of great – no, AMAZING – burgers, sandwiches, salads and an appetizer menu with chicken wings and the famous Tower of Onion Rings. Its happy hour 24/7 at the bar. All of the Lucky Beaver’s 1/2 lb. burgers are made with a combination of short ribs and chuck roast and are tall and juicy. The large screen TVs will help out of towners find the game they’re looking for.
  • Off the Hook Sushi: Happy Hour celebrated Monday through Friday, 4:30 – 6 p.m. The well-stocked happy hour menu features 20 different discounted sushi rolls (crunchy granola, crunchy granola) and several small plates. The drink specials are even better with $3 draft beers and $2.50 Small Carafe Hot Saki. Far from a traditional sushi bar, Off the Hook celebrates happy hour with upbeat reggae, classic rock and bluegrass in the background. If you like discounted sushi, this is the place for you.
  • Steamers Bar & Grill: A local’s joint with happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Sunday and features beer and cocktail specials, delicious tacos, nachos and fish taco Fridays. Steamers offers outdoor dining, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

Where is your favorite Happy Hour spot in Tahoe South?

Summer Sizzles through Labor Day with Music and Festivals around Tahoe South

August at Lake Tahoe is filled with festivals, music, shows, food and fireworks. Book your stay at The Ridge Tahoe now through end of summer and ride the hot August wave through Labor Day weekend. Here’s what’s coming up:

The Harvey’s Outdoor Concert Series continues Aug. 6-7 with back-to-back singer-songwriter legends Jackson Browne on Friday night and Elton John, Saturday. Other upcoming concerts include: Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads and Stick Figure, Aug. 13; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 23; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson, Sept. 5; and the Dave Mathews Band, Sept 9. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

Tahoe South summer entertainment does not disappoint with Elton John performs at Harveys Outdoor Concert Series Saturday, Aug. 8.

Tahoe South summer entertainment does not disappoint with Elton John performs at Harveys Outdoor Concert Series Saturday, Aug. 8. Photo: Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe Craft Beer Fest at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa is Saturday, Aug. 8, from 2-7 p.m. at their Outside Events Center. Over 60 craft handles will be available for your taste buds. Tickets are $35 and include live music by Drinking with Clowns, food trucks and backyard games. Come for the brews and stay for the music. Admission includes a signature MontBleu drinking glass and unlimited beer tasting. Tickets are available at the MontBleu Box Office or TicketMaster.com.

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.

World-class musicians and comedic plays continue at the Lake Tahoe’s 36th annual Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival at the historic lakefront Heller Estate on the South Shore. Exclusive performances deliver a high caliber lineup of music and dance on site and in Valhalla’s celebrated Boathouse Theater located adjacent to Camp Richardson Resort. Upcoming shows feature a Great Gatsby Murder Myster Dinner, Aug. 8; a one-night music performance by Acclaimed American roots, folk artist Jimmy LaFave and the Night Tribe, Aug. 12; Classical music by the chamber ensemble Citywater, Aug. 19; and James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash, Aug. 26.

Entertainment, food, family and friends converge under the stars at the iconic Sand Harbor State Park as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival expands with live entertainment seven nights a week through Aug. 23. The festival’s 43rd season is headlined by the romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet,” with the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks” alternating shows Tuesdays – Sundays. The Monday Night Showcase will augment the festival’s productions and feature an array of live music and entertainment, such as Sierra Nevada Ballet, the Ballet Reno Philharmonic Orchestra: Broadway on the Beach and Young Shakespeare.

In its fourth season, Lake Tahoe SummerFest offers a “Passport to a World of Music,” with Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Shows continue the weekends of Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 14-16. The series of concerts takes attendees through masterpieces translated by renowned artists and a nationally acclaimed 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. Featured guest artists during the following weekends include international guitarist Ana Vidovic on Aug. 7-9, and cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet and music director of the English Chamber Orchestra (UK) for the festival’s finale on Aug. 14-16.

Party like a local at Live at Lakeview a free weekly concert series with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons. Every Thursday, through 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, there is a complimentary bike valet service available and encouraged.

Some of the West Coast’s most sculpted bodies will compete at the fifth annual Tahoe Show competition Aug. 21-22 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. The event, featured on two giant onstage screens, attracts dozens of the region’s fittest to compete for cash prizes in a judged competition featuring IFBB Pro Figure, NPC Bodybuilding, men’s and women’s figure and physique, fitness and bikini. The Tahoe Show is a national qualifier.

Returning for its sixth year, Sample the Sierra showcases the exquisite talents of regional chefs, as well as locally grown and prepared wines, spirits and brews, during a series of farm-to-fork events on Labor Day weekend in South Lake Tahoe. The 2015 festivities begin with a special pop-up dinner, Friday, Sept. 4 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course and culminate in the 6th Annual Sample the Sierra festival on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Bijou Community Park. Festival goers can expect to taste perfectly paired samples of food and drink while listening to live music and enjoying special entertainment.

What would Labor Day weekend at Lake Tahoe be without fireworks? The annual Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza pyrotechnic celebration explodes in all the colors of summer Sept. 6 at South Shore Lake Tahoe.

What are your entertainment plans for the rest of the summer when visiting Lake Tahoe?

Make Delicious Dining Part of Your Ridge Tahoe Experience

Gourmet burgers, mouthwatering steaks, pastas, specialty salads and decadent desserts are on the menu daily menu at The Ridge Tahoe.

Dining is an important component to The Ridge Tahoe experience. On site there is the Hungry Bear Restaurant, the recently renamed Mountain Side Eatery and the Bear Trap Lounge.

Dining onsite at The Ridge Tahoe and offsite in Tahoe South won't disappoint.

Dining onsite at The Ridge Tahoe and offsite in Tahoe South won’t disappoint.

Cap off the day, quench your thirst and figure out itinerary options for the next day over an ice cold pint of beer or tangy cocktail at the Bear Trap Bar, The Ridge Tahoe’s Happy Hour spot open late afternoons and evenings. Daily happy hour and drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting, cool off with your favorite libation from 4 – 8 p.m.

If you’re hungry for some nachos or a burger as you sip your favorite beverage, you can place an order directly from the Bear Trap Bear to the Mountain Side Eatery where they will deliver the food right to you.

The Mountain Side Eatery is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the lighter side. The Mountain Side Eatery offers a casual and innovative menu that you can eat-in or take back to your room. Dinners vary daily and include favorites like salmon with wild rice, prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, fried chicken with roasted vegetables, giant chicken burritos, and other tempting dishes. Pizzas, burgers, and homemade soups are available throughout the day.

The Hungry Bear offers seasonal menus with true Sierra cuisine – simple food prepared perfectly with locally-fresh ingredients to complement the resort’s peaceful and homey vibe. Open some evenings for dinner, the restaurant, led by Executive Chef Stephen Moise, serves steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and a variety of appetizers and beverage choices. For the bear cubs there’s a children’s menu, too, plus a full array of desserts, coffees, and after dinner port wines and cognacs.

While you don’t have to leave The Ridge Tahoe, we understand you might want to explore Tahoe South. Within walking distance to The Ridge Tahoe is the Fox & Hound, known for their outdoor summer dining with a menu of hearty burgers, award-winning ribs and pizzas. Further down Kingsbury Grade is Mott Canyon Tavern and Grill, a local’s pub grub, craft beers, and indoor and outdoor dining.

Off the hill there are dozens of restaurants — from casual to fine dining — with their own specialties and hot-off-the-menu items.

Among some of our favorites listed here alphabetically are:

Artemis Lakefront Café, Azul Latin Kitchen, Base Camp Pizza Co.,  Blue Angel Café, Chart House, Ciera Steak + Chophouse, Cold Water Brewery, Edgewood Tahoe, Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Getaway Café, Jimmy’s at The Landing, Kalani’s, Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger, MacDuff’s Pub, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Riva Grill, The Naked Fish, The Timbers at Lakeside Inn & Casino and Toast Tahoe.

What are your favorite dining spots in Tahoe South?

The Ridge Tahoe Offers a Mountain of Onsite Recreation Activities

A summertime getaway to Lake Tahoe usually means hitting the beach, taking on several networks of hiking and biking trails and seeing live music and shows at any number of venues between Stateline and South Lake Tahoe.

A summer stay at The Ridge Tahoe promises its own mountain of onsite recreation activities waiting for you from check in to check out.

During your stay you’ll want to visit the 45,000 square-foot clubhouse with an indoor sports complex, full spa, heated swimming pool, hot tubs, indoor basketball courts and athletic instructors. If you prefer racquet sports, there’s indoor tennis and racquetball courts inside and three outside tennis courts. You can even sign up for onsite tennis lessons to add some spin to your game.

The netted driving range is just one of many on-site activities to enjoy at The Ridge Tahoe.

The netted driving range is just one of many on-site activities to enjoy at The Ridge Tahoe.

Don’t want to adventure alone? The resort offers many organized activities designed to give something to do for everyone.

Looking for some relaxation? Check out Elevation Spa for a full range of facial treatments, body treatments and massage treatments offered by experienced and professional onsite therapists.

The Ridge Tahoe is known as a family-friendly resort where kids, parents and grandparents will find plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities. Kids who grew up on vacation at The Ridge are now bringing their own children every year to enjoy the resort, its 30-seat movie theater, kids’ arts and crafts center, games, arcades and in summer months miniature golf, a putting green and a playground.

For golfers looking to get in some warm up time ahead hitting the links around the lake, The Ridge Tahoe offers its own outdoor driving range. Woods and irons are encouraged here with meshed nets that give golfers the chance to hone their technique and find that precious sweet spot.

Once the muscles are loosened, golfers can head over to the on-site miniature golf course putting greens. Gentle sloped greens give way to numerous breaks, giving putters ample opportunities to give their short game the finishing touches they need before heading out.

Dining is a major component during a stay and while most units include kitchens, for a convenient night out at the resort there’s the Hungry Bear Restaurant, The Mountain Side Eatery and the Bear Trap Lounge. The Hungry Bear offers seasonal menus with true Sierra cuisine – simple food prepared perfectly with locally-fresh ingredients to complement the resort’s peaceful and homey vibe.

Many chef’s keep their cooking traditions a secret. The Ridge Tahoe Chef Stephen Moise does not. Part demonstration, part cooking lesson, guests are invited to sit in with him and the staff every Tuesday from 4 – 9 p.m. for an evening with the chef to learn how to prepare a three-course meal Sierra-style.

Other activities and offerings onsite include:

  • Wine tasting classes
  • Arts, crafts and glass painting
  • Group trail hikes in and around The Ridge Tahoe
  • Free movie showings inside The Ridge Tahoe movie theater
  • Water Aerobics
  • Video arcade
  • Ping pong and billiards
  • Skin Care Classes
  • Teenager Skin Care Classes
  • Group Rock Climbing
  • Bingo Nights
  • Kids Club
  • Private Shuttle Service within Property
  • Nightly bar specials

What’s your favorite activity at The Ridge Tahoe?

Kick Off the Weekend Early with Live at Lakeview Thursdays through Summer

Arriving to The Ridge Tahoe early for the weekend? Go where the locals go every Thursday evening through summer in South Lake Tahoe. Live at Lakeview is a free summer music series at Lakeview Commons that features music from top local, regional and national touring music acts.

The series takes place every Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through August 27 at Lakeview Commons located at the intersection of Highway 50 and Lakeview Avenue.

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

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

Music lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy this free live smoke-free music event that features delicious local food, beverages and unique vendors along the shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe at El Dorado Beach. With stunning views, stand up paddle board rentals, a beautiful sandy beach, amphitheater seating and beer garden, the event has turned into “the place” where locals meet up for live outdoor music on Thursdays.

Parking is limited and many locals bike or hike in. Check with The Ridge Tahoe concierge about shuttle buses that will take you from The Ridge Tahoe to Live at Lakeview.

This week’s lineup features Fish Out of Water and Taking Root, performing reggae, funk and rock music. The reggae continues July 23 with Rian Basilio and The Roosters plus Weapon and the July 30 show brings Dad’s LPs with rock and pop favorites and string-grass-folk music with Worn Out Welcome.

Follow Live at Lakeview on Facebook for the latest concert, food and venue lineup or you can check out this video spot.

What are your early evening Thursday plans?

Lake Tahoe Summer To-Do List

Tahoe, where the lake sparkles sapphire blue against the Sierra and the sweet-scented pine trees whisper through the summer’s gentle breeze. Lake Tahoe is where the sun up to sun down adventurous spirit takes hold and never disappoints.

But what if it’s your first time visiting and you’re not sure what to do? Our summer to-do list will inspire. While you may not be able to do it all in one trip, you can certainly plan a return to The Ridge Tahoe and finish what you started.

  1. See Justin Timberlake get his groove going on the golf links during the American Century Championship.
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.

  1. Enjoy Old Tahoe from the historic lakefront Heller Estate during the 36th annual Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival.
  1. Party with South Tahoe locals at Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons.
Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South - there is nothing better. Photo: Lauren Lindley

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

  1. Meet up with the Bard at iconic Sand Harbor State Park during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 10 – Aug. 23.
  1. Hit the beach, soak in the rays and take in the panoramic views at any number of hidden coves and public parks around Lake Tahoe.
Don't forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!

Don’t forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!

  1. Get a passport to a world of classical music at Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s in Incline Village.
  1. Paddle a kayak or skim the waves behind a ski boat or Jet ski.
  1. Improve the odds and kiss the dice in one of the Stateline casinos.
Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.

Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.

  1. Reel in a monster Mackinaw on a fishing boat charter or find your secret spot off the shelf to catch some nice size trout.
  1. Tee it up and get 10 extra yards on your drive (higher altitude does that) at any number of Lake Tahoe area golf courses.
  1. Grab an energy bar, pack a water bottle or three and head out to a network of back-country hiking trails that will lead you to a happy place.
  1. Have a World Famous Rum Runner on the beach at the Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson.
  1. Find your balance and earn zen points on a standup paddle board.
  1. The adventure doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Dance the night away at one of Tahoe South’s nightclubs.
Dance the night away at a Tahoe South nightclub.

Dance the night away at a Tahoe South nightclub.

  1. Saddle up on two wheels and take a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or peddle your way across a network of biking trails that zig-zag through South Shore.
  1. Soar through the trees along a network of ropes courses and ziplines at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
  1. Enter or catch the parade at the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic featuring dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California.
  1. See the West’s best sculpted bodies vie for cash prizes at the Tahoe Show.
  1. Pick a race and enter the Lake Tahoe Marathon, which offers a 5K or 10k, half marathon, 18-milers, 144 milers around the lake, or a four-day, 288 mile run.
  1. Put the pedals to pavement at the 13th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, a Ride to Cure Diabetes.
  1. Rock out or put on your hat and boots with a summer full of A-list concerts at Harveys Outdoor Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
  1. Roar like a flapper in the 1920s at the annual Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site.
  1. Speaking of flappers, see where the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe on a tour of the Pope House at the Tallac Historic Site.
  1. Sample the Sierra at the 6th annual farm-to-fork festival with pairings of Sierra Nevada wine makers, brewers and restaurants, regionally grown fresh produce, entertainment, storytellers and acoustic music.
The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

  1. Miss the July 4 fireworks display? No worries. Book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe and catch the Labor Day Lake Tahoe fireworks show.
  1. Make the big throws and take the long putts at Lake Tahoe’s most challenging disc golf courses.
  1. Work up an appetite and satisfy your thirst at any number of South Shore restaurants and pubs.
  1. Show the folks at work how you spent your summer vacation by bringing a piece of Tahoe home with you with the perfect souvenir.
  1. Catch the boldest, bawdiest and hottest names in comedy every week at The Improv at Harveys.
  1. After a full day of adventure, work those muscles out at Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe.

How many of these can you check off your to-do list?

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?