Extended: Contest to Rename the Ridge Deli for a delicious prize

Great news fans, we’re extending the contest for a few days until Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. PST. Think outside the box, get the creative juices flowing because you can still come up with an ingenious name to describe the fresh, simple, natural food that Ridge Tahoe has to offer.

The Ridge Tahoe is looking to revamp their deli with a new name. However, they aren’t going to do it alone.

They would like to reach out to the community and any other clever minds to help rename the delicious Ridge Deli. Sharing an idea will have its benefits, too.

The Ridge Tahoe is launching a renaming contest that will last from July 8 at 12 p.m. to July 22 at 12 p.m. It is easy to enter: simply click on the below link, enter a brilliant suggestion, and you will automatically be in the running for a prize!

After the entering period is over, the best three ideas that suit the Ridge Deli’s divine cuisine will be selected, and the rest will be left to voters in the community and beyond. On July 30, the winner will be announced.

The person who submitted the new name with the most votes will receive three nights of accommodation in a 2-bedroom suite. The two runners up will get $50 to the Deli to enjoy the wonderful food it has to offer.

The prizes are so close you can almost taste them! Get creative, and go.

Enter you name, email, and an idea to rename the Ridge Deli!


The Ridge Deli has a variety of fresh-made items, such as custom omelettes made in front of your eyes at the omelette bar.

The Ridge Deli has a variety of fresh-made items, such as custom omelettes made in front of your eyes at the omelette bar.
This divine deli has a menu to satisfy anybody, including a list of gourmet sandwiches.
This divine deli has a menu to satisfy anybody, including a list of gourmet sandwiches and wraps. 

 The cuisine options don't pertain to your everyday deli. Delicious custom made stir fry is always on the menu.

The cuisine options don’t pertain to your everyday deli. Delicious made to order stir fry can be found on the menu once a week.


Live at Lakeview: Where the locals go on Thursday nights

One of the most-asked questions The Ridge Tahoe concierges get from guests is where locals go for live entertainment.

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

For A-list concert superstars, there’s the Harveys Summer Concert Series, which will bring blockbuster acts this summer such as Aerosmith with Slash, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars and the Eagles.

The venue is popular with locals if they can get tickets (sells out fast – sometimes within hours of going on sale) and brings in fans from across the country.

Another popular option, where you will find Tahoe South locals enjoying the lake, the sun, live music and scenery is Thursday evenings at Lakeview Commons. Live at Lakeview is a free summer music series that features live 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 28 at Lakeview Commons.

Food, beverage and music lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy this free live smoke-free music event that features unique local 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, the event has turned into “the place” where locals meet 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.

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

Do your Ridge Tahoe plans include a Thursday night visit to Live at Lakeview?

American Century Championship returns to Tahoe South July 15-20

In less than two weeks, Tahoe South hosts one of the greatest celebrity golf tournaments, the American Century Championship, July 15-20. Throughout the years, The Ridge Tahoe has become a favorite place to check-in during the week long event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Will you be on the course or on the beach during the 25th Annual American Century Championship?

Will you be on the course or on the beach during the 25th Annual American Century Championship?

Accommodations are still available for the week, though they are going fast. Why not check in to The Ridge Tahoe for this star-studded week and check out the No. 1 celebrity sports event in the USA?

Fans and autograph seekers will see competitors like LPGA All-Time Great Annika Sorenstam, NBA legend Charles Barkley, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway and Steve Young, World Champion Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL greats.

More than 80 sports legends and entertainment personalities will usher in the American Century Championship’s silver anniversary at Edgewood Tahoe with the winner claiming $125,000 of the $600,000 purse.

Star athletes competing include Kansas City Chiefs and former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith; former major league All-Star Chipper Jones; actor-comedian Kevin Nealon; NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Michael Waltrip; and Bush Center Wounded Warrior Champion Chad Pfeifer.

First-timers include Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show host Holly Sonders; actor-comedian Rob Riggle of The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live, Alan Thicke of Unusually Thicke and Growing Pains fame; NCAA Champion University of Connecticut basketball coach Geno Auriemma; and NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle.

Elway, John Wagner, Mike Eruzione and Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon return as the four who’ve played all 25 years.

Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with 10 points for a double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double-bogey or higher. The 54-hole tournament has been played at Edgewood Tahoe’s 6,707-yard lakeside course since its inception in 1990.

Season Passes and daily tickets are currently available online at www.TahoeSouth.com and www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com. Season passes are $60. Tickets are $15 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 16; practice round on Wednesday, July 17; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 18; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids 10 and under receive free admission – limit two — when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounted Daily Tickets are also available at 127 Raley’s, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Tickets are $12 (regularly $15) for access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $22 (regularly $25) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament action or $18 with a grocery purchase of $50 or more for up to four tickets.

The tournament is also offering complimentary tickets for all military. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets, including one for a guest  each day of the tournament. All service men and women who would like to attend must apply online to redeem the special offer. At the events, participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s).

For the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets and fan contests go to @ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.

Do your Ridge Tahoe vacation plans include attending the American Century Championship?

Red, white and blue celebrated July 4th weekend at The Ridge Tahoe

With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, you’ve still got time to plan for a long holiday weekend stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

Check out the beach, rent a kayak, Jet Ski or ski boat, or explore the vast network of dozens of hiking and biking trails nearby. When the sun goes down, spirits go up for a weekend of nonstop action including concerts, fireworks and shows.

Don't miss the fireworks in Lake Tahoe this Fourth of July. Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Don’t miss the fireworks in Lake Tahoe this Fourth of July.
Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Here’s what’s on tap:

Get your red, white and Tahoe blue colors going and spread some patriotic cheer Friday morning with a Fourth of July parade in South Lake Tahoe. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. The parade route starts at Les Schwab Tires and runs to the American Legion Post #795. There is a barbecue at the American Legion following the parade.

Head over to the Heavenly Village from 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, July 4 for a free concert featuring Tahoe’s favorite jam rock band Deep Fryed Mojo. Don’t forget your boogie shoes as you dance into the sunset.

Ready for fireworks? If you’re staying at The Ridge Tahoe you can avoid the traffic by taking a shuttle bus down to Stateline to enjoy the nationally acclaimed annual ”Lights on the Lake,” Fourth of July fireworks display.

The show begins at 9:45 p.m. The best viewing spots around South Shore’s sandy beaches include: Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe or on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers.

Holiday visitors can expect the fireworks show to burst into fantastic and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies and smiley faces. “Lights on the Lake” is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Saturday night action at Tahoe South features comedy by the legendary Sinbad at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and Abbacadabra, billed as the “Ultimate ABBA Concert” at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. If that’s not enough, there’s an all-night pool party Sunday at MontBleu’s Onsen Beach & Nightclub.

Do your July 4th holiday plans include staying at The Ridge Tahoe?

10 reasons to get married at The Ridge Tahoe

Summer is meant for taking giant leaps. A walk down the aisle and the promise of lifelong commitment is one of them. Elevate your wedding and surround yourself with towering alpine mountain vistas, soaring peaks and spectacular sunsets?

This could be just the setting your seeking for your big day.

This could be just the setting your seeking for your big day.

Looking to take the leap? Try a wedding at The Ridge Tahoe. Here are 10 reasons why you should.

1. Planning: The Ridge Tahoe has developed several wedding packages suited for parties of all sizes with plenty of options — all with magnificent backdrops from its Grand View Garden at 7,500 feet.

2. Coordinating: For a small fee, The Ridge Tahoe provides a rehearsal and day-of event coordination. It includes pre-event meeting with a coordinator to discuss details of the rehearsal, reception and ceremony plus any event day trouble-shooting to ensure that your wedding is smooth and special for you and your guests.

3. Catering: The Ridge Tahoe’s banquet and reception services are the best in Tahoe with food and beverage choices that range from casual barbecue buffet to formal, sit-down meals. And of course, there’s the wedding cake. The Ridge Tahoe will take care of that too.

4) Ceremony sites: The Ridge Tahoe offers cozy indoor and spacious outdoor areas for your wedding, reception or both. The Grand View Garden offers spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada and Carson Valley from an elevation of 7,500 feet, plus there are deck ceremonies that provide breathtaking views overlooking the Sierra. The Ridge also hosts off-property beachfront lake view weddings.

5) Lodging: Whether you’re planning for an intimate gathering of family and close friends or throwing a wedding day bash for up to 200 people, chances are they will need a place to stay overnight. The Ridge Tahoe will take care of them with several lodging options for any size group.

6) Affordable: At the Ridge Tahoe there are affordable wedding packages to meet any budget and with the breathtaking splendor of a traditional ceremony in the pines.

7) Pictures: They speak volumes. The Ridge Tahoe has plenty of wedding photos of some of its most recent gatherings.

8) Stories: Weddings and receptions provide for plenty of stories to go along with those memorable wedding day photos. A few of our favorites are posted to the Ridge Tahoe wedding blog.

9) Anniversaries: Make your return plans. After the big day, you can start planning for your first anniversary at The Ridge Tahoe by choosing any number of romance packages that offer lodging and spa options to suit your needs.

10) It’s easy: If you would like more information call Blair Varela at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160, email bvarela@ridge-resorts.com or go online and fill out the form.

Relaxation and adventure designed for Dad over Father’s Day weekend at The Ridge

Moms are the greatest, but dads are too. That’s why both have their very own days designated for them. For Dad, why not treat him this Father’s Day weekend with a trip to Sierra and a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

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

Is a round of golf at Edgewood Tahoe is on your dads Father's Day plans? Photo: Rod Hanna.

Is a round of golf at Edgewood Tahoe is on your dads Father’s Day plans?
Photo: Rod Hanna.

Outdoor adventure begins this Father’s Day weekend at Heavenly Mountain Resort, adjacent to The Ridge Tahoe, with the launch of a new series of high flying zip lines.

Dad can swing through the trees and fly through the air via zip lines and ropes courses such as Boulder Cove and Black Bear Challenge, the Discovery Forest Canopy Course and the 3,300 foot-long Blue Streak zip line. The three new ropes courses and Blue Streak zip line will add to the current summer activities at the top of the Gondola including hiking, sightseeing, Spider Climber, climbing wall, and dining at Tamarack Lodge.

The adventure begins Friday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The courses will be open Fridays through Sundays through summer.

Off the hill, you can treat Dad to a round of golf at any number of golf courses between Tahoe and Carson Valley. Golfer’s looking for the ultimate Lake Tahoe backdrops, have four courses to choose from at South Shore: the famed Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, home to the 25th Annual American Century Championship July 15-20; Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a spectacular mountain meadow course with plenty of challenge and superb views; Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, an executive course in nearby Meyers known for its towering pine trees and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. On the Carson Valley side there’s the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes; The Resort Course at Genoa Lakes, and the Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.

If Dad likes to fish, he’s in luck. Lake Tahoe is abundant with lake trout, also known as mackinaw. These deep lake fish can weigh more than 30 pounds and are quite a thrill to catch.

There’s a number of charter outfits around Tahoe South that offer mackinaw fishing packages. Guides are known for taking their passengers out to the sweetest spots, best known for catching the big ones.

Looking for some close by outdoor recreation adventure on two wheels? The South Lake Tahoe region is crossed with an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay.

Nightlife over Father’s Day weekend includes gaming at any of South Shore’s famed casinos, a free Saturday concert at Heavenly Village, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legend Eric Burdon Saturday night, June 14 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room and comedy at The Improv inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.

What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend in Tahoe South?

Summer means beach time at Lake Tahoe

There are plenty of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe. Soak in the rays as you take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe. Here are 10 of our favorite Tahoe South beach hot-spots listed alphabetically because we can’t pick a favorite!

The Tahoe South beaches are great even after the sun goes down.

The Tahoe South beaches are great even after the sun goes down.

  1. Camp Richardson: Miles of sandy beaches await Camp Rich beachcombers, where everything from Jet Ski and power boat, to paddle boat and kayaks are available for rent. Everyone will enjoy relaxing on the long stretch of Lake Tahoe beach, and enjoy the swimming area. Want to soar on or above the water? There’s a waterski school and parasailing. Want to relax with a burger and cold beverage beachside? There’s the Beacon Bar & Grill, home of the famous Rum Runner.
  2. El Dorado Beach: Home of Thursday night’s Live at Lakeview, El Dorado Beach is the largest beach area in South Lake Tahoe. It is the place to go for large picnics and barbecues, launching your boat, renting a paddleboard, viewing the lake, or simply to relax. There’s a nice bike trail that runs alongside, with a picnic area that includes tables and grills, restrooms, and two parking lots.
  3. Kiva Beach: Known as South Tahoe’s “hidden jewel” Kiva is a secluded beach in a wide crescent with a meadow just behind it and sits across am incredible Sierra Nevada back drop. Kiva Beach is accessible by trail that winds through the national forest between the shoreline and Highway 89/Emerald Bay Road. Dogs are ok on a leash. Restrooms, picnic facilities, fire pits/barbecue grills are available onsite.
  4. Lakeside Beach: One of the finest sand beaches on the entire Lake on the South/East Shore is privately owned by Lakeside Park Association. Lakeside Beach provides a lifeguard in summer season to overlook a protected swim area. Paddle boats and kayak are the order of the day, but so is stand up paddle boarding and people watching.
  5. Nevada Beach: Minutes away from The Ridge Tahoe, Nevada Beach provides sunbathing and swimming. Nearby, the 2.6-mile Lam Wa Tah Trail traverses the perimeter of the lake, providing scenic views and opportunities for exploration.
  6. Pope Beach: Nestled in the pines, Pope Beach has good protection from the wind and parking that runs the length of the beach, making it a great place for families. There is a $5 parking fee. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and standing barbecues.
  7. Regan Beach: A little more secluded than nearby El Dorado Beach, Regan Beach is a couple of blocks down Lakeview Avenue at Sacramento Avenue and has restrooms, handicapped restrooms, picnic facilities, a snack bar, volleyball, and playground. Regan is the place to go to have a quiet picnic, launch your kayak, or just relax and take in the views. This beautiful setting, the grassy knoll, overlooking Lake Tahoe is available for rent and is ideal for weddings.
  8. Round Hill Pines Beach Resort: Also near The Ridge is Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina where you can climb aboard a Sports Sea Doo Jet Ski, soar above the water on a parasail or kick back, have a barbecue, swim, play volleyball and work on your tan. Day parking is $8 but that buys you enough beach activities to pack in a day. Don’t forget the ice chest and sunscreen.
  9. Timber Cove: This smaller public beach is adjacent to water sport rentals and a restaurant with one of the best views on the lake, The Boathouse. Bring your family, beach gear and enjoy a great meal on the lake without driving to another location.
  10. Zephyr Cove: The sandy beach and pine tree-covered shores along Zephyr Cove are world-famous for its activities both on and off the water. Directly from its sandy, pine-tree covered shores, you can take the flight of a lifetime on a parasailing adventure, test your water skiing and wakeboarding skills behind a speedboat – or just relax and let the gentle breezes and endless sunshine on a mile-long private beach.

What’s your favorite Tahoe South beach?

Summertime sizzles with top-notch entertainment at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has a blockbuster entertainment schedule on tap for summer with a lineup of star-studded concerts, fireworks, festivals and the 25th anniversary of the celebrity-packed American Century Championship.

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

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

Here’s a look at what’s happening this summer.

Lights on the Lake fireworks show returns July 4. NBC’s Today show recognizes Tahoe South‘s Lights on the Lake Fireworks display as one of the country’s top Fourth of July weekend celebrations. The American Pyrotechnics Association rates South Shore’s spectacular Fourth of July fireworks celebration one of the top five displays in the nation. The show is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m.

The American Century Championship, celebrating 25 years as the No. 1 celebrity sports event in the USA, returns to Tahoe South, July 15-20, 2014, with a star-studded line-up of sports and entertainment celebrities. Fans will see Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, World Champion Miami Heat guard Ray Allen,  Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL Hall of Famers.

Concerts and Comedy:

Entertainment will elevate with this year’s Harveys Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series. This year’s lineup features Sarah McLachlan, June 24; Carrie Underwood, July 18; Zac Brown Band: The Great American Road Trip Tour, July 20; Train, July 25; Journey and Steve Miller Band, July 30; Lady Gaga‘s Artrave, Aug. 2; Boston and The Doobie Brothers, Aug. 3; Aerosmith with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Aug. 8; Bruno Mars, Aug. 14; Sammy Hagar and Friends, Aug. 16; Rascal Flats and Sheryl Crow, Aug. 24; and two nights with The Eagles, Friday Aug. 29 and Saturday, Aug. 30.

Friday and Saturday nights through summer is Boogie Nights at the Blu featuring the ultimate 1970s and 1980s themed dance party around at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. You’ll want to brush off those retro clothes, practice your dance moves, and prepare to jump back in time on a lighted dance floor while shaking your groove thing to the largest collections of disco balls ever collected.

Summer concerts and comedy at the MontBleu Theater include Three Dog Night, June 21; Comedians Sinbad, July 5 and Frank Caliendo, July 19; and Trombone Shorty, Aug. 21.

The South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has a lineup of great shows this summer, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, May 31; Neil Sedaka, June 6; Eric Burdon and the Animals, June 14; The Yardbirds, June 20; Abbacadabra, the Ultimate ABBA Concert, July 5; and Spyro Gyra, July 12.

Laughter is the best medicine and Harveys Lake Tahoe has got the prescription with comedy every week at The Improv. Shows start at 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sundays, and 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. The host is Tahoe’s favorite prince of comedy Howie Nave.

Thursdays through summer brings the return of the Live at Lakeview Music Series at Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach. This free event runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and features music on the beach, food vendors, a beer garden, free bike valet and great summertime vibes.

Festivals, Fairs and Standup Paddle:

Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers two weekends of continuous entertainment on seven acres and four stages, May 31 to June 1 and June 7-8 at Camp Richardson. This year’s faire promises more than 1,000 actors, scores of merchants, lance splitting, jousting, live sword fighting, children’s games, demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, minstrels and plenty of food and beverages.

The premiere flatwater standup paddleboard (SUP) race in the country is the Race the Lake of the Sky Paddle Board Festival at El Dorado Beach, Saturday, June 28, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Various race’s include short course, long distance, team relay, grom races and the SUP Cross Sprint course!

The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic returns July 25-26 See more than 65 wooden antique and classic boats in the water and 8 race boats on their trailers from the early 1900′s to the fiberglass boats of the 1960′s.

Roar back in time Aug. 9-10 at The Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Pope and Baldwin Estates. The festival features vintage car shows, food, tours, wandering musicians and jugglers, a raffle, special sales of period appropriate items and the sale of the annual Gatsby poster.

Tahoe’s second annual Crawfish Music Festival, the Boil ‘n Fry Day is set for Saturday, August 23 at MontBleu Resort. The festival features crawfish caught fresh from Lake Tahoe just hours before the event plus music, craft beers, hot wings, a barbecue, lawn games and Miss Crawfish Pageant.

How will you spend summer at The Ridge Tahoe?

Memorial Day weekend packed with activities at Tahoe South

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

Whether you plan to hike, bike, hit the beach, play a round of golf, rent a boat or take a sightseeing tour of Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen, there’s plenty to do and see during your stay.

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

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

The Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will be open for sightseeing May 24-26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Memorial Day weekend and will open for full seven-day-a-week operations for summer on June 13. Check in with The Ridge Tahoe front desk staff regarding shuttle service to and from the gondola.

The gondola transports guests 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe to the Mid-Station Observation Deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness, and Carson Valley. At the top of the gondola, challenge yourself on the 25-foot climbing wall, designed for beginner to advanced climbers. Kids can play in a safe environment on the Spider Zone climbing tower. Tamarack Lodge will be open for dining and drinks. Or you could enjoy varied hiking trails of green and blue levels.

As above so below: the party continues at Heavenly Village with free concerts, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday’s live jam session features electronic music from NVO, and on Saturday it’s funk/jam music with Liquid Kactus.

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

Like shopping for art? The Tahoe Art League Outdoor Summer Art Shows begin over Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, with the first show of the season at corner of Hwy 50 and Emerald Bay Road.

Holiday weekend entertainment at South Shore includes the Bearfoot Pub Crawl and the Saturday night Club Crawl to all of the local hot spots. Dance all night at Peek Nightclub inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or test the waters at the Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party 10 p.m. to dawn Sunday, May 25 at Onsen Beach & Nightclub inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Concerts include the classic rock band America, Saturday at MontBleu. Blues guitar legend Elvin Bishop and his band are also on Saturday at the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room.

Looking for laughs? Comedians John Melendez and Don Barnhart will be the headlining acts at The Improv inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Art and car shows, golf, concerts, boat trips, gondola rides can all be rolled into one long weekend. How will you celebrate Memorial Day in Tahoe South?

Hoof it in the hills: Where to hike around the Ridge Tahoe

Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to cleanse your lungs with clean mountain air, it’s hiking time at Lake Tahoe.

Heavenly Mountain Resort provides amazing scenic views throughout the year as many of their ski trails serve as hiking trails in the summer.

Heavenly Mountain Resort provides amazing scenic views throughout the year as many of their ski trails serve as hiking trails in the summer.

Make plans this spring and summer to stay The Ridge Tahoe and then spend a few days hiking into the back country along dozens of Lake Tahoe area trail systems. The South Lake Tahoe region is crossed with an extensive network of back country trails that are sure to lead you to your happy place. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe to see if there are any organized hikes planned during your stay.

Here are our top three nearby hikes:

  1. Heavenly Mountain Resort: You can take the Gondola and Tamarack Express chair up 9,800 feet to access some of Tahoe’s most scenic and highest hiking trails. Heavenly offers trail options from beginner to expert, so you can’t go wrong.
  2. Van Sickle Bi-State Park: Located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, the park allows for nearby hiking with some great views. You can take this easy to moderate hike up to a small waterfall in about 20 to 30 minutes at a moderate pace. The lower level of the trail is easy as it winds through some boulder outcroppings. The park is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. There is parking for horse trailers at the day use/parking lot area. This is the only park that crosses into two states, 575 acres of the park is within Nevada and 150 acres in California. The California-side area has accessible wheel chair parking, restrooms, trailhead and picnic tables. The hike gets a steeper and becomes more of a moderate hike about 10 minutes in. You will see views of Mt. Tallac, the South Lake Tahoe casinos, Edgewood Tahoe golf course, to the Tahoe’s north shore off in the distance.
  3. If you are ready for a longer hike then continue beyond the waterfall from the Van Sickle trail and head up to catch the intersecting The Tahoe Rim Trail. This is an extension of the 165-mile long-distance hiking trail which forms a loop around Lake Tahoe. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles of trail above the lake’s west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail. Bring your camera, download some maps, and prepare to spend the day taking in one of Tahoe’s hidden gems.

Where will you hike during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe?