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?

Light up the Dark in Tahoe South with Fireworks and Concerts

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, you have more opportunities to celebrate America’s independence. Ridge guests can take advantage of The Ridge’s many amenities such as the fully equipped health club, play tennis, sit poolside, get a massage at Elevation Spa and enjoy dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Then prepare for a weekend of nonstop action including concerts, fireworks and shows.

Lights on the Lake,” the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the west, continues the tradition at the “Best Lake in America,” (USA Today) with enough dazzle to fill South Shore’s night sky for 25 minutes.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don't miss it. Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don’t miss it.
Photo: Kurtis Rix.

The arrangement of color, light and sound over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada backdrop has mesmerized millions of viewers for more than three decades. Now in its 34th year, the holiday tradition will soar and burst with sky rockets timed and synchronized to a soundtrack of familiar songs by pop legends and today’s biggest stars of rock ’n roll and country music.

Holiday visitors can expect fireworks bursts of unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces. The best viewing spots for the 9:45 p.m. show around South Shore’s beaches include: Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Tahoe South offers more than fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, here are a few other events you won’t want to miss:

— Legendary rock n’ roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith perform Friday, July 3, at Harveys Outdoor Arena.

— The Rolling Chrome and Tahoe Thunder Car and MC Show at Heavenly Village, July 3-5. Trophies, poker run, sidewalk sales, 50’s music, $40 entry. Open to all.

Heavenly Village’s Free Summer Concert Series features jazz-rock fusion with The Bumptet on Friday, July 3, and Brass Band favorites Tuba Lupa on Saturday, July 4.

— The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. July 1-7 features Artist in Residence John Holland.

— Outdoor art and craft sale and show at South Tahoe Middle School, July 2-5.

What are your favorite holiday activities while staying at The Ridge Tahoe?

Get Your Nightlife Groove Going Tahoe South Style This Summer

“When the daylight ends, the nightlife begins” is a theme that runs deep through Tahoe South among folks who come here to play. Sure there’s quiet time and family time. But there’s also foot stomping, hard rocking, get your groove on time.

Where do you begin? First you book your stay at The Ridge Tahoe. Enjoy our complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, tennis, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis and a full service spa. Spend a day at the lake, and return for happy hour at the Bear Trap Bar and dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. After that, let The Ridge shuttle bus whisk you down the hill to the casino area for nightlife adventure.

Nightclubs, live music, concerts and comedy - Tahoe South has whatever you're looking for in your nightlife scene.

Nightclubs, live music, concerts and comedy – Tahoe South has whatever you’re looking for in your nightlife scene. Photo: Opal Ultra Lounge

Home to world-class casinos, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on. You may feel slightly virtuous after spending the day in the great outdoors: time to undo that feeling. If ever there was a place to rally, Lake Tahoe South Shore is it.

Stateline casinos attract big-name entertainment, so you could catch a headline show and follow the performance by checking out the after-hours nightclubs and bars both on and off the casino corridor.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is the latest rock ’n roll themed resort to open, offering live music nightly and an outdoor concert series featuring reggae and bluegrass festivals this summer.

Music and nightlife is at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Catch any number of chart topping this summer on stage in the MontBleu Theater (can you say Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, comedian Carlos Mencia and legendary Three Dog Night?)  Or take in Opal Ultra Lounge, where fantasy meets reality as regional and national deejays get the blood pumping and the dance floor jumping.

Famous not only for its top-tier acts at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is the place to party seven nights. There’s Casino Center Stage featuring DJ and keyboard player Arthur Hervey. After all, there’s no party without Arty, who covers everyone from Van Morrison to Shaggy. Then hit the dance floor at the always fresh, always lively PEEK Nightclub, which features 6,700-square-feet of optimal nightlife, live entertainment and VIP amenities. Then tune in. PEEK host some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment.

Then there’s Harveys Lake Tahoe. What can we say other than we are grateful Harveys has owned the summer live music venue with its famed summer concert series. Among this summer’s shows are Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, Elton John and Imagine Dragons. The music continues over at Cabo Wabo Cantina, with bands nightly.

And when you feeling like switching it up, head on over to the Improv at Harveys featuring today’s hottest A-list and rising star comedians with emcee Howie Nave. This summer features headliners acts like Bobby Slayton, Nick Griffin, John Caponera, Rocky LaPorte, Graham Elwood and Bobby Collins. Shows are Wednesday-Sundays, 9 p.m. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For entertainment outside the casino corridor we recommend the Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson featuring live music on the deck, Himmel Haus featuring German and Belgian beers, area-sourced Bavarian dishes and live music. There’s McP’s Tap House Grill for if you’re looking to get your Irish on, catch a game on 20 big screen TVs or take in live music. Also worth checking out is Cold Water Brewery and Grill, a South Shore gathering spot where locals and visitors can unwind, connect and refuel featuring handcrafted beer and California comfort food.

Where’s your favorite Lake Tahoe nightspot?

Give Dad a Father’s Day to Remember with a Weekend at The Ridge Tahoe

You’ve made it a family tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day at The Ridge Tahoe. Have you considered the same for Dad?

Pick his favorite accommodations, either 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.

Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father's Day.

Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father’s Day.

Is Dad one for high-flying outdoor adventure? He can swing through the trees and fly through the air via zip lines and ropes courses at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. There’s the four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. At the Gondola you can take him hiking and sightseeing.

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 26th Annual American Century Championship July 14-19; 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 Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes, and the Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.

Does dad like to fish? If so, he’s in luck. You can charter a boat for dad and take him deep lake fishing for mackinaw lake trout. 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.

How about taking Dad for a bike ride? The South Lake Tahoe area has 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. If your Dad is one to have his feet firmly to the ground, take him hiking instead.

Nightlife over Father’s Day weekend includes gaming at any of South Shore’s famed casinos, a free Saturday concert at Heavenly Village, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam Saturday night, June 20 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?

On and Off the Water: Summer Adventure at Tahoe South

A vacation or weekend stay packed full of Sierra sun, sandy beaches, high mountain adventure, entertainment, memories (and selfies) await this summer at Tahoe South. Check into The Ridge Tahoe, and check out the surroundings, where there is there is never a shortage of things to see and do.

Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach - whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!  Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach – whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!
Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

Heavenly Mountain Resort is now open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations with Gondola rides and the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on Friday, June 26.

Nearby Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 3 through Sept. 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well as the 14th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off on Sept. 5.

There’s no shortage 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. Tahoe’s a big lake known for big water adventure. You can skim the waves on a boat or Wave Runner, take a dinner cruise on a Paddlewheeler, canoe, kayak or paddleboard.

Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons. Every Thursday, June 25-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, a complimentary bike valet service is available. Biking and carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series features free music events every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend at Heavenly Village. Acts include the soul/rock sounds of Groove session, June 19; funk/rock with Idea Team, June 26; jazz/rock over Independence Day weekend with The Bumptet and Tuba Luba Brass Band, July 3-4.

In its fourth season, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 31 to Aug. 16, presents inspired orchestra and classical musical performances. The event features renowned national and international soloists from the world’s stages and exceptional musicians who comprise the SummerFest 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.

Tahoe South has become home to the nation’s premier high-elevation lake adventure sport — Stand Up Paddle boarding. The world’s best SUPers will be at El Dorado Beach on June 27-28, for Race the Lake of the Sky. Races feature short course, long distance, team relay, grom (young racers) and SUP cross sprint course. The event includes vendors, food booths and music throughout the weekend.

The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic features dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California July 24-25. This year’s theme, “50s & Fins” will recognize those boats built between 1950 and 1959 including the Chris Craft Cobra, Silver Arrow, and Arena Craft Barracuda.

Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars at the iconic Sand Harbor beach this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival expands onto two stages with live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – Aug. 23. The Bard’s 43rd season is headlined by the romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” with the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks” featured on the other stage.

What are your favorite Tahoe South summer activities?

Concerts, Festivals and Fireworks at Tahoe South this Summer

Summer brings long days and Tahoe South is using every extra minute with concerts, firework shows, food festivals and celebrity golf action to fill Sierra days and nights. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation or a weekend getaway, make plans now and book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

The 23rd Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and again June 5-7, will exhibit the pleasures and pageantry of the Elizabethan era. Costumed players perform at Camp Richardson Resort in the shady lanes and byways, and sell their wares from market stalls filled with fine handmade crafts.

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7.  Photo: Reno Tahoe USA

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7. Photo: Reno Tahoe USA.

When it comes to fireworks, Tahoe South is where you want to be July 4. Lights on the Lake packs the shoreline in what NBC’s Today Show has called one of the best displays in the country. Choice viewing spots are South Shore’s sandy beaches and aboard boats including the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers or private vessels. The display features simultaneous music on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Celebrating 26 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf tournament in the U.S., the American Century Championship returns to Tahoe South July 14-19 with a star-studded line-up of sports and entertainment celebrities including the likes of Charles Barkley, Aaron Rogers, John Elway, Larry the Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL Hall of Famers.

Rock ’n roll and country music headliners will make their way to South Shore this summer for the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena. The mega-star-lineup includes: Brad Paisley, June 11; Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, The Fray & Matt Nathanson, July 21; Kenny Chesney, July 22; Jackson Browne, Aug. 7; Elton John, Aug. 8; Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads & Stick Figure, Aug. 13; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 23; Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Sept. 5, and Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 9.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, which opened late-January, launches the inaugural BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series with Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, June 27. The event will be held at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena. Headliners include: The Expendables, The Green, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth, Vokab Kompany and Squarefield Massive.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival will be July 11. The initial lineup includes: Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Bluegrass album, The David Grisman Sextet and New Monsoon and The Dead Winter Carpenters.

Hard Rock’s reggae concert series continues July 30 when Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter Ziggy Marley returns to Tahoe, along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop band, for a co-headlining performance.

Meanwhile, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa showroom summer entertainment features Foreigner, June 6; Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, July 14; Carlos Mencia, July 18; and Three Dog Night, Aug. 1.

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. The Grand Lawn is the site of the annual Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival a cultural gathering that features traditional American Indian dancers and drummers, basket weaving displays, art and food.

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.

Which entertainment venue do you plan to visit during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe?