The Ridge Tahoe Proudly Presents the Mountain Side Eatery

The wait is over and a new name for the former Ridge Club Deli has picked, thanks to an online poll this summer.

Names were created by Ridge Tahoe guests, the community and beyond that best describe the restaurant and its fresh, natural and simple food selections. The names were narrowed to three and the public was asked to pick again. Now The Ridge Tahoe proudly presents the Mountain Side Eatery.

What will you put in your Mountain Side Eatery omelet?

What will you put in your Mountain Side Eatery omelet?

“We love it because it says exactly what we are: a place to enjoy delicious, savory, wholesome food atop a high Sierra resort,” said The Ridge Tahoe Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise.

Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and a lighter dinner, the Mountain Side Eatery offers a casual and innovative menu that you can eat-in or take back to your room.

Breakfast features bacon and eggs, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and other goodies to help start your day off deliciously and a full-menu of coffee drinks are available throughout the day.

Deli salads and sandwiches can be packed to take on the go as you tour Lake Tahoe or enjoyed in the comfortable dining setting at the Mountain Side Eatery. Lunch menu features traditional sandwiches (think turkey and cranberry) but also includes tasty specials like a Cobb Salad loaded with bacon and blue cheese, or a Shrimp Louis Wrap of beautiful fresh vegetables and plenty of tine shrimp.

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. Fresh baked goods from the pastry chef are the perfect sweet accompaniment to a meal or a delight on their own.

The Mountain Side Eatery also features an omelet bar Saturday and Sunday mornings, a stir fry dinner on select nights, and a taco bar on Saturdays from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

What’s your favorite dish at the new Mountain Side Eatery?

Get your Halloween freak on in Tahoe South

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, there’s no place like Tahoe South, which goes out of its way annually to make sure there’s plenty of revelry.

Check into The Ridge Tahoe and check out some of the Halloween inspired activities. If you need a ride, The Ridge Tahoe Shuttle and BlueGo, will take you to and from the resort into South Shore.

Dress up and dance the night away at the 36th Annual Freaker's Ball.

Dress up and dance the night away at the 36th Annual Freaker’s Ball. Photo: Brian Walker.

The celebration begins early with the 36th annual Freaker’s Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and bawdiest Halloween party, Saturday, Oct. 25.

The holiday costume soiree has become legendary thanks to imaginative partygoers who take mind-bending creativity to the limit. In recent years the popularity has grown to where MontBleu has spread it over four venues: Opal, Blu, the Theater (showroom) and the Haunted Zone Party Pit.

This year’s theme is “Freaky Horror Picture Show” and entails a Time Warp Dance, décor from over 80 years of horror films, a congo parade and high energy dance music. Zany attire in the past has featured human jigsaw puzzles, Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna, legendary superheroes, Ninja Turtles, rappers, reality show actors, and rock stars like KISS and the Grateful Dead.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the week of the event and are available through or by calling the MontBleu Box Office at (888) 829-7630. Historically tickets sell out the week of the event.

The MontBleu Theater will feature nonstop ghostly performances with aerialists, ladder girls, go-go dancers, bizarre characters, close circuit TV, laser lights and a special live performance from Pop Fiction, a popular Bay area dance cover band. A $10,000 cash and prize costume contest is part of the mix.

This year, Halloween falls on a Friday. If you miss Freaker’s Ball, you’ll want to check out Opal’s Exotic Halloween Bash at MontBleu, Halloween night. The sexy thrills and sultry chills begin at 10 p.m. with dancing, drink specials and $5,000 in prizes.

Family-friendly events are also lined up Halloween night. Close to The Ridge Tahoe is the Halloween Carnival Celebration at Kahle Community Center in Stateline. This event runs from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of make believe, a sense of community and “spooktacular” happenings, all under one roof. The festivities will include carnival games, lots of treats.

Treat Street, an annual South Lake Tahoe event, runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Airport. Trick or Treat in a safe, enjoyable environment at the 12th annual event or check out the haunted house. The event brings hundreds of children decked out as superheroes, princesses, magicians and monsters. Volunteers will pass out candy, serve hot cocoa, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn and s’mores.

Do your Halloween plans include a weekend at The Ridge Tahoe?

Make your winter and spring wedding plans at The Ridge Tahoe

While summer is considered the traditional season for weddings, trends show many couples are choosing to tie the knot at places in seasons that reflect their lifestyles. Lake Tahoe is a world renowned wedding destination for couples who embrace the outdoors, with its vast all-seasons playground and breathtaking backdrops of the Sierra Nevada.

A stroll down the aisle is a walk built for a lifetime. Why not take it to the highest heights? The Ridge Tahoe is the place for those who are ready to take those giant leaps and monumental steps.

Planning a wedding involves plenty of incentive to get an early start. That’s why The Ridge Tahoe has developed several wedding packages suited for parties of all sizes with plenty of options. The Ridge Tahoe provides staff to arrange the wedding ceremony, reception and lodging for your guests — all in one location.

A winter wedding at The Ridge Tahoe is magical and affordable.

A winter wedding at The Ridge Tahoe is magical and affordable.

In time for winter, The Ridge Tahoe has announced wedding plans for future brides and grooms. Intimate wedding packages start at $3,195 for up to 30 guests. Book your wedding from November 2014 through April 2015 and receive a two night complimentary stay at The Ridge Tahoe and two complimentary 60-minute massages at Elevation Spa.

Prefer a spring wedding? Book your wedding during April or May 2015 and receive a complimentary bridal bouquet and a three night complimentary stay at The Ridge Tahoe. Packages start at $7,795. This offer is designed for parties of up to 50 people.

The Ridge Tahoe offers indoor ceremonies and receptions, spectacular beachfront and outdoor sites plus indoor receptions for up to 100 people in winter. The Grand View Garden offers spectacular views of the Sierra and Carson Valley from an elevation of 7,500 feet.

Does your wedding party need a place to stay? The Ridge handles that too with several lodging options. When it comes to planning, receptions and rehearsals, The Ridge Tahoe will take care of everything with an event coordinator and access to vendors.

What about the rehearsal dinner and reception? The Ridge Tahoe provides banquet services with food and beverage choices that range from casual barbecue buffet dinners to formal, sit-down plated meals fulfilling for any appetite.

If you’re planning a first anniversary stay in Lake Tahoe, The Ridge offers a variety of lodging and spa packages to suit your needs.

If you would like more information email Blair Varela or call (775) 588-3553, ext. 3160 or go online and fill out the form.

To see for yourself what a Ridge Tahoe wedding looks like, check out our photo gallery.

Do your winter and spring wedding plans include The Ridge Tahoe?

Book a Ridge Tahoe visit and check out Lake Tahoe ski areas

With ski season less than two months away and many resorts already having their first dusting of snow before October, it’s time to plan that ski vacation at The Ridge Tahoe.

Nearby resorts partner with The Ridge Tahoe to offer specials. Hurry and get yours and prepare for the 2014-15 winter ski season.

The Ridge Tahoe is offering ski getaway packages that include choices of either a deluxe king room, or a one or two bedroom condominium suit. Ski packages include two interchangeable lift tickets to Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Squaw Valley Resorts, two hot breakfasts, and full access to clubhouse amenities at the resort.

We're getting ready for winter. How about you?

We’re getting ready for winter. How about you?

Here’s what nearby resorts are offering:

At Heavenly Mountain Resort, skiers and boarders have a choice of the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass, the Tahoe Local pass or the Tahoe Value pass. Each have their own prices, and offerings. The premium pass allows for unlimited access to not only Heavenly but all Vail-owned ski resorts. While the value pass offers access to Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with some restrictions. See which one best fits your needs.

Sierra-at-Tahoe offers its Unlimited Pass, for adults, young adults, college students, children, children under four and Super Seniors, and its Value Pass. The Unlimited premium ticket is valid any day and there are no restrictions or blackouts. It also includes skiing/snowboarding privileges on select days at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, as well as membership to the Powder Alliance, a collective of 12 ski areas across the West.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers its premium Epic Pass that allows Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin. Other season pass specials are designed at all levels and price ranges, including the Tahoe Value Pass and Cross County Season Passes.

Like Kirkwood and Heavenly, Northstar California offers its premium Epic Pass, and its Tahoe Local passes, which pays for itself in just four days. This pass is the best way to access Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood.

Finally Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts have partnered on passes, offering Gold, Silver, Bronze and College ski and snowboard season pass rates. Deals range from discounted friends and family tickets accessing Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, plus Sierra at Tahoe and Sugar Bowl, locally. There’s a speciality price for 50 percent off skiing at Mountain Collective resorts, and there’s even an option to access Whistler Blackcomb.

Do your winter plans include a stay and ski vacation at The Ridge Tahoe?

Three championship Carson Valley golf courses are a short drive from The Ridge Tahoe

Want to get some golf in during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe? Tee it up at three distinct golf courses in nearby Carson Valley this fall.

Ho. 18 at Genoa Lakes Lakes Course. Photo: Rod Hanna.

Ho. 18 at Genoa Lakes Lakes Course.
Photo: Rod Hanna.

There are 36 holes waiting to be played at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club Lakes Course or the Genoa Ranch Course just 20 minutes from The Ridge Tahoe.

Rated third-best course in the state and annually rated one of the top courses on the West Coast, the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes has 18 championship holes in a magnificent natural setting framed by the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada.

Performance is the name of the game on the Lakes Course. Co-designed by PGA Champion Peter Jacobsen and John Harbottle III, this links-style course is where rolling fairways meets head-on with the eastern slopes of the Sierra. Fall colors are prime this time of year. Lush wetlands and the winding Carson River bring water into play on 14 holes, making long, straight drives the order of the day.

Built for power and distance, the Ranch Course cuts into the rugged Sierra Nevada foothills. The course offers wide open spaces, spectacular high desert views, more than 300 feet of elevation changes, more than 100 bunkers, unpredictable mountain terrain and afternoon breezes that will stir those leaves on the ground.

With more trees than any other nearby course, every hole could be considered a signature one. The cool rush of the Carson River, the natural shade of its century-plus century old cottonwood trees and the longest golfing season in the area gives the Carson Valley Golf Course a unique character unlike anywhere in Northern Nevada.

The 18-hole par 71 course features a 111-slope rating and is 6,020 yards from the blue tees. Tight fairways, water hazards on nine holes and small greens call for careful strategy that rewards the smart player with a strong risk-reward factor for the longer hitter.

Looking for a family fun outing that isn’t a traditional game of golf? Carson Valley Golf Course is Northern Nevada’s first FootGolf course. It’s fun. It’s different. It could be the perfect afternoon activity for your visit to The Ridge Tahoe.

The Ridge Tahoe is offering fall golf trips to Genoa Lakes. Check your Resort Guide to sign up!

Recharge your company’s batteries with a Ridge Tahoe executive retreat

Landing fresh ideas and developing ways to implement them doesn’t have to be a struggle, especially with the winning team you have. Sometimes you have to step away to realize your company is a network of competitive men and women who want to be inspired.

Why not give your team a fresh perspective atop the 7,400-feet Ridge Tahoe resort playground? A company retreat in the Sierra invigorates and provides fresh perspectives to brain-storming and business-building sessions.

Get your brains working inside before stretching your legs and expanding your minds outside.

Get your brains working inside before stretching your legs and expanding your minds outside.

From groups as small as 10 to as large as 100, The Ridge Tahoe is the place where your company or team can move mountains by literally being in the mountains. Dedicated onsite staff will help with the arrangements to provide your employees a plethora of sports tournaments, golf outings, yoga, ping pong competitions, nature hikes, and new this year, zip lines and ropes courses at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Winter options include skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. There is a new winter meeting package that starts at $269 per person, per night and includes: skiing, food, lodging, apres ski party, rental discounts and spa discounts. Spring, summer and fall offers golf outings, boat tours, mountain bike rides, horseback riding, ATV tours, scavenger hunts, and guided hikes. Staff will customize an outing to your group’s interests, abilities and agenda.

The Ridge’s Executive Retreat Meeting package starts at $89 a person and includes Deluxe Hotel Room with King bed, complimentary meeting fee, Wi-Fi, one complimentary guest room per 25 booked guest rooms, group hikes, free parking and full use of the resort’s many indoor and outdoor sports, fitness and recreation amenities, plus 10 percent off discounts on audio visual needs and spa services. Ask The Ridge Tahoe staff about special winter executive retreat packages.

The Ridge Tahoe Conference Center provides plenty of space including intimate classrooms, a theater, U-shaped speaking areas, reception and banquet rooms and offers a dedicated coordinator who will work to assist in the overall planning of your group or corporate meeting.

The Ridge Tahoe offers audio and visual equipment and rentals, including an LCD Projector, large and small screens, Flip Charts with Pad and Markers, cordless microphones, Table Top Lecturn, TV, VCR and DVD, Podiums with microphone and speakers.

Don’t forget about the food. The Ridge Tahoe will take care of your catering needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet menus feature hot and continental breakfast buffets, A la carte breakfast choices, box breakfast and lunches to go as well as full-service brunch, lunch and dinner buffets or sit-down plated dinners.

Request a proposal for group meetings or events and fill out the form. Once your request is received, a Ridge Tahoe team representative will contact you immediately to discuss all of your meeting planning needs. To learn more contact The Ridge Tahoe Group Sales and Catering Office at (775) 588-3553, Ext. 4605, by FAX (775) 588-5242, or E-mail

How do you plan to invigorate your business team in 2015?

10 reasons to visit Tahoe this fall

With the kids in school and football season underway, you may think there’s fewer vacation or weekend getaway options because of the change in seasons. Sure, the days are getting shorter and the air is a little cooler, but that’s what we love about Lake Tahoe in fall.

Fall trips to Tahoe South include ample activities and fun.

Fall trips to Tahoe South include ample activities and fun.

Here are our top 10 reasons for you to book a getaway to The Ridge Tahoe.

10: It wouldn’t be fall without the bountiful aspens changing color. You can see some of the colors outside the doorsteps at The Ridge Tahoe or you can head over to Hope Valley to spot bright bursts of sunshine yellow.

9: Getting in 18 holes at the golf courses near The Ridge Tahoe is guaranteed fall fun. Tee-times are available, rates are lower, and you’ll enjoy having the course to yourself. On the lake side there’s Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. Or head down the valley to check out the rolling fairways, water holes and challenging dog legs. Choose from the Lakes Course or the Resort Course at Genoa Lakes or Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.

8: Brush up on your tennis game and grab a few lessons while you’re at it. The Ridge Tahoe has two outdoor and an indoor court for guests to use. Need a lift in your game? Ask Adam Matzkin, The Ridge Tahoe’s full time tennis pro. Either through free clinics for guests or during a private lesson, Adam will help you take your tennis game to the next level.

7. Sure the water temperature is cooler, but the thrill remains the same. Whether you prefer finding that tranquil peace while paddling a kayak in a secret cove or if you enjoy zipping behind a ski boat or Jet ski, there are several marinas around Tahoe South to find your ideal water craft for adventure on the water.

6: Nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort continues to add more recreation options at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. Guests now have tree swinging and soaring to add to their experience with three new ropes courses and two new zip lines. The ropes courses are designed for families with routes for all ability levels, while the zip lines are ideal draws for adrenaline junkie looking to take in Heavenly’s sweeping views while flying along at speeds up to 55 miles per hour.

5: Get out and explore Lake Tahoe with some of the best hiking around. If what you want a nearby hike with a view, then Heavenly is where it’s at. 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. Then there’s Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe, 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. If you’re ready for a strenuous challenge, there’s Mt. Tallac, which provides a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Desolation Wilderness. A wilderness permit is required.

4: Whether you like cruise along wide paths with other cyclists or soar down the side of a mountain on a single-track, Tahoe South is crossed with an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay. For starters, you can download the Lake Tahoe Bike Trail Map. Produced by the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, this easy to use trail map is an excellent way to plan your Tahoe cycling adventure – whether it be on the road or on a single-track.

3: Minutes away from The Ridge Tahoe is the casino core that amounts to a full-deck of high-rolling, dice-kissing, slot pulling adventure. Home to world-class casinos that are refreshingly free of Vegas-style glitz, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on. There are five casinos at South Shore to check out with one more on the way, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is set to open in winter. In the meantime check out MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Lakeside Inn and Casino and Dotty’s Casino.

2: Sure, the water may be chilly, but who says you have to swim? 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.

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When the sun goes down Tahoe’s fall entertainment scene fires up

There may be less hours of daylight as we transition into fall, but that only means more room for night-time entertainment around Tahoe South.

Before you begin to make the rounds, you’ll want to stop in for a beverage at the Bear Trap Bar inside The Ridge Tahoe. The lounge is set in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Daily drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Make your plans and take in dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before heading out.

The Ridge Tahoe shuttle will take you into the heart of Tahoe South or you can grab a ride on BlueGo. Ask your concierge about the shuttle pick up and drop off times and go here for the BlueGo bus schedule to assure quick, easy transportation.

Put on your thinking hats and get those creative juices flowing as you determine your Halloween costume for the annual Freaker's Ball at MontBleu. Photo: Brian Walker.

Put on your thinking hats and get those creative juices flowing as you determine your Halloween costume for the annual Freaker’s Ball at MontBleu.
Photo: Brian Walker.

Here’s a list of entertainment events we recommend through fall.

The Improv at Harveys presents the best names in comedy every week in the Cabaret Theater at Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows are 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30 pm on Saturdays. Hosted by emcee Howie Nave, The Improv is the spot at Lake Tahoe for world-class standup comedy.

Following the release of their latest album, Overboard, the Verve Pipe arrives at the South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Saturday, Sept. 6. The alternative rock group’s hits include the number-one single “Freshmen.”

The San Francisco Comedy Competition, now in its 39th year, returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Saturday, Sept. 13, with an outstanding group of future standup comedy stars. Tahoe’s elimination competition will feature 16 contestants from throughout the country and Canada who have made it through a demanding application process. They will have 5-7 minute to woo the audience and judges.

If magic is more up your alley and you’ve got the family in tow, check out Masters of Illusions, Sept, 13 at Harrah’s. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers; everything you could possibly imagine and a performance you never dreamed possible.

Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career and the works that launched his successful solo career. He will perform Oct. 4 in the South Shore Room of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Iconic ’70s and ’80s heavyweight and power ballad rockers Styx, known for their hard driving anthems like “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Renegade,” and “Best of Times” will appear in concert Saturday, Oct. 18 at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and bawdiest Halloween party, the 36th Annual Freaker’s Ball brings the wild into a four-ring costume circus Saturday, Oct. 25 at MontBleu with $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Spanning more than three decades, the costume soiree at Lake Tahoe has become legendary thanks to imaginative costumed partygoers who take mind-bending gaudiness to the limit.

Alt Rock pioneers The Psychedelic Furs will bring their angst, lyrics and guitar-driven sound to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Oct. 25. The band scored major hits in the 1980s with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat.”

Electronic Dance Music icon Bassnectar will bring his driving signature dubstep sound, hypnotic light show and all the bass Nov. 6 to MontBleu for a one-night-only show as part of the coast to coast Noise Vs. Beauty 2014 Tour.

What shows will you check out during your visit to The Ridge Tahoe?

Ridge Tahoe names Adam Matzkin its new tennis pro

The Ridge Tahoe has a new head tennis professional. Adam Matzkin, 46, is a highly accomplished multiple sport athlete with a primary emphasis on tennis.

The Ridge Tahoe is pleased to welcome our new tennis pro, Adam.

The Ridge Tahoe is pleased to welcome our new tennis pro, Adam Matzkin.

He joins The Ridge Tahoe team with quite the background as a student and teacher of the game. Adam has been playing since the age of three where he got his start at Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield, Calif. under the schooling of Master Level tennis professional, Jeff Cook.

Adam also played at The Episcopal Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious prep schools in the United States. He participated in the Gold Cup tennis program.

Later, he went on to be taught by Pancho Segura at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., before playing tennis at The University Of Colorado. Adam has competed in tournaments in the U.S., Italy, France, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.

Adam employs the teaching methods of “The Quiet Eye,” a sports physiology method first developed by Dr. Joan Vickers of the University of Calgary. This method has been shown to improve hand-eye coordination at an exponential level.

Either through free clinics for guests at The Ridge Tahoe or during a private lesson, Adam will help you take your tennis game to the next level. Free clinics are held Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all ages and levels. He advises Ridge guests to call ahead for the clinics, (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000, because they typically fill up. Adam is also available for private lessons that range from $45 to $60 an hour.

Speaking of the next level, Adam speaks highly of The Ridge Tahoe tennis facilities, noting The Ridge has the only indoor court in the entire Lake Tahoe basin, making it perfect for those winter guests looking to brush up on their game in between ski runs at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Ridge also has two outdoor courts for year-round tennis enjoyment.

Summer or winter it is an all-inclusive resort. Once you are at The Ridge, you don’t have to go anywhere else,” he said. “In winter you can ski in the morning and play tennis in the bubble, then go for a swim and hit the hot tub. It’s a trifecta in one day.”

In 2015 Adam hopes to launch the inaugural Top of Tahoe mixed doubles tournament. If you’re a Ridge Tahoe guest, stop by the clubhouse or give him a call at (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000.

Tahoe’s best outdoor recreation options continue through fall

As summer gently winds down, activities around Lake Tahoe align with seasonal changes that makes for an ideal time to visit The Ridge Tahoe.

Whether you’re looking to create some waves on the water or do some hiking or biking on Lake Tahoe’s extensive network of trails — you’ll find yourself blazing with the day’s setting sun without the bustle of summer crowds.

Don't miss the Kokanee swimming upstream this fall at Taylor Creek.

Don’t miss the Kokanee swimming upstream this fall at Taylor Creek.

Looking for a hike nearby?You can take the Gondola up to Heavenly Mountain Resort where you can access some of Tahoe’s most scenic hiking trails. Heavenly offers trail options from beginner to expert, so you can’t go wrong.

Also close by is Van Sickle Bi-State Park, located minutes from The Ridge Tahoe down Kingsbury Grade, and offers 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.

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 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.

When you’re done, trade in your hiking shoes for two wheels and check out the on and off-road bike trails around South Shore. The staff of The Ridge Tahoe can arrange bike rentals and organized rides for you.

It wouldn’t be fall without the bountiful quaking aspen changing color in the Sierra. You can see some of the colors outside the doorsteps at The Ridge Tahoe or you can head over to Hope Valley where the colors will soon be changing into bright bursts of sunshine yellow.

And when it comes to colors, even some of Tahoe’s fish are known to change. Check them out Oct. 5 at the Fall Fish Festival (formerly the Kokanee Salmon Festival) at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  This year’s festival, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on the variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers.

In addition to the Kokanee, these species include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-know smaller fish, such as speckled dace. The visitor center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Join the fun and participate in this free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California.

Late summer and early fall stays at The Ridge Tahoe wouldn’t be complete without a trip on the big blue.  Let someone else do the driving by chartering a sailboat or yacht such as the Woodwind II, the Safari Rose, the Tahoe or the Tahoe Bleu Wave.

Tahoe paddlewheelers are terrific ways to cruise the lake where you can take in lunch or sunset dinner cruises. The Ridge Tahoe offers discounted tickets for sightseeing and dinner tours aboard the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II.

Do your plans this fall include a stay at The Ridge Tahoe?