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Experience the Flavors of the Sierra

One of our favorite parts of vacation is the food and wine (we know we’re not alone). When you come to a place like Tahoe, you can rest assured that you will experience some of the tastiest and most unique dishes and drinks in the region.

It’s time to eat and drink your way through Tahoe! Photo credit: Sample the Sierra

The Ridge Tahoe is a one-stop shop for all your vacation needs and includes two restaurants on-site for when tummies start rumbling. Chef Stephen Moise takes extreme care in creating dishes that you can only find at the Ridge Resort. Experience the Hungry Bear for elegant dining (ideal for when parents need a romantic night out) and grub out at Ridge Club Bistro for quick and convenient breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Check out the Ridge Guide for current menus and hours.

Dig in! The Bistro at the Ridge Tahoe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Of course, if you are a true foodie or wine lover, you’ll want to explore beyond the Ridge Tahoe for your next fix. Fortunately, Tahoe has an abundance of delicious offerings for both!

For those searching for a unique wine tasting experience, try the Tahoe Tastings tour. This one-of-a-kind tour occurs on the Golden Rose, a beautiful wooden boat that will transport you to the age of the Rat Pack. While on board, guests travel around the lake and sip on some of Northern California’s best wines. Book your reservation today, as this is a fan favorite of all Tahoe visitors!

Taste all the things! Sample the Sierra returns to Tahoe on Sept. 16. Credit: Sample the Sierra / Matt Morning

The best place to get the best of both local food and wine is Sample the Sierra . This is the region’s only farm-to-fork fair celebrating homegrown food, wines, spirits and brews, and the opportunity for businesses to participate in the growing foodie culture in South Lake Tahoe. At this year’s event, there will be approximately 20 booths each featuring a different winery, distillery or brewery, paired with a restaurant and farm. You’ll walk away from this one stuffed! The festival takes places only a short drive away from the Ridge on Sept. 16.

For those looking for traditional wine tasting, Bella Fiore Wines is a hidden treasure located in the center of Carson City. Enjoy an elaborate list of wines, a full bar and gourmet appetizers in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of Italy. You’ll be saying salute in no time!

Cheers to a brew tour of the South Shore! Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Lauren Lindley

The South Shore Brew Tour is a must for brew-heads vacationing in Tahoe South. This tour takes you to three popular breweries: Cold Water Brewery and Grill, Sidellis Brewery and Restaurant and South Lake Brewery Co. This five-hour event gets you behind the scenes of the brewery process and the methods required to make the perfect ale, complete with three sample flights of beer and complimentary appetizers.

Bon appetit!

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

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

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

Celebrate Mom at the Ridge Tahoe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hop to It at the Ridge Tahoe

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Are you feeling a little harebrained coming into the holiday weekend? We don’t blame you! Holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to planning family events and even more so when you’re traveling. However, if you’ve planned a trip to the Ridge Tahoe and Lake Tahoe this weekend to celebrate, then you can rest at ease knowing that all your holiday plans are taken care of – including an Easter egg hunt!

You’ll be hopping for joy when you arrive at the Ridge Tahoe this weekend. Not only is spring skiing still in effect at Heavenly Mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain (the last week for the latter), but the weekend is also jam packed with great holiday events on-site and in town.

Fuel up for a day of fun and family with our Easter Day brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This brunch caters to children and adults with two full menus to choose from:

  • For children 12 years old and under, brunch includes choice of beverage (orange juice, milk or soda); a first course of Easter cross buns with fresh fruits; a second course of either a Belgian waffle with scrambled egg and bacon, country egg platter with bacon and potatoes, chicken tenders with fries, or a cheese burger with fries.
  • Adults start off the brunch with Easter cross buns and fresh fruit, followed by a second course with a choice of crab cake avocado benedict with cottage potatoes, Belgian waffles with eggs, bacon and berry compote, herb crusted prime rib, garlic-olive crusted rack of lamb, poached Verlasso salmon, or Ridge shrimp rancheros with corn tortillas, eggs, black and pinto refried beans and grilled shrimp.

Easter isn’t complete without a trip to the dessert buffet. Each menu includes dessert. Bruch is $14 for children and $40 for adults.

The celebration doesn’t stop with brunch! The Ridge Tahoe Elevation Spa and Recreation hosts an Easter egg hunt for children inside the Clubhouse. Kids will hunt for 1,000 total eggs filled with prizes, as well as have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and snap photos with him between egg hunting sessions. Kids are advised to keep an eye out for golden eggs. If they nab one of these gilded beauties, they’ll win a special surprise Easter basket! The Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 9 a.m. for children three to six years old and 10:30 a.m. for children seven to 11 years old.

For more information about other events happening in Lake Tahoe this weekend, visit Tahoe South. Hoppy Easter from the Ridge Tahoe!

Go for Green This St. Patrick’s Day

 

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It’s that time of the year again when everyone’s a little Irish and also a little full from too much corned beef and cabbage! If you’re spending time in Tahoe for this wonderful holiday, then you will find there are plenty of ways for you to don your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

First on your must-do St. Patrick’s Day list should be a hearty helping of corned beef and cabbage. A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is incomplete without it! Luckily for guests of the Ridge Tahoe, the Bistro will be hosting a very festive meal on Friday, March 18, with a corned beef and cabbage special. The Bistro is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Cheers! (1)Say “cheers!” to St. Patrick’s Day. Credit: Lauren Lindley

From dinner, continue the merriments with live music and drink specials with no cover at McP’s Taphouse. McP’s will offer over 40 beers, giveaways to patrons and the Guinness and Bud Light girls. For another festive option, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the Sham Rockin’ Celebration with drink specials, live music at Vinyl, DJs, and March basketball viewing. You can also catch all of the basketball action at MontBleu’s March Hoops on St. Patrick’s Day with HD televisions and all-you-can-eat food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The house will be rockin’ with the likes of Lake Street Dive with special guest Joey Dosik at MontBleu, March 17. These crooners will celebrate the holiday with their infectious pop music that blends genres and will certainly make for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day.

For a change of pace, try out Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge St. Patrick’s Day Bingo. The bingo will be free and St. Patrick’s Day themed with plenty of prizes up for grabs, as well as drink specials starting at 4 p.m.

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races come to Tahoe on March 18. Credit: Camp Richardson / Chris Talbot

The fun continues into the weekend with Lake Tahoe Golf Course’s Super Sloppy Reubens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 18. Accompanied by live music, the happy hour and dinner includes delicious reubens, Irish coffee and green beers on special. Additionally, Camp Richardson’s last Snowshoe Cocktail Races of the season kicks up the snow, March 18.

If you imbibe too much, be aware that the BlueGo Casino Shuttle is available to get you back safely to the Ridge Tahoe. Our Ridge shuttle is also available and on-call!

Enjoy the holiday and have a safe weekend!

A Very Presidential Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Tahoe is gearing up for an eventful holiday weekend with a plethora of entertainment, recreation, and new food. For those staying at The Ridge Tahoe, these President’s Day Weekend events and activities are only minutes from your room.

Get outdoors during Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Feb. 17. This hour-long ski-venture with a US Forest Service Ranger aims to educate the public about the role Forest Service plays in ski area management, as well as to improve individuals’ understanding of natural resources and stewardship. All participants must be intermediate skiers/boarders and provide their own lift ticket.

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Get ready for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races by practicing with friends! Photo credit: Lauren McMillin Photography/Adventurette

Another outdoor adventure option is located at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill on Feb. 18 with Snowshoe Cocktail Races. This race tests participants’ hand-eye coordination and balance as they meander through a snowy obstacle course while wearing snowshoes and carrying cocktails. Prizes are awarded for the fastest and cleanest at the finish line.

For a good cause – and a good time – the Head 2 Head Ski Challenge at Kirkwood Mountain hosts a race and dinner auction on Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All abilities and ages of skiers and boarders are welcome to compete in before an auction and dinner in the evening. Proceeds will benefit junior ski race programs.

Taste a different side of The Ridge Tahoe with two new menus at the Ridge Club Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The Hungry Bear Restaurant now includes delicious pastas such as tortellini carbonara, wild mushroom ravioli, and shrimp Provencal, Asian pressed chicken thighs with pineapple ginger chile glaze, classics like beef tenderloin medallion and surf and turf, and new favorites like grilled Idaho River Trout and pan-seared Chilean Verlasso Salmon. View the full menu here.

For a less formal dining experience, the Ridge Club Bistro offers all of your favorites: seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos, and a children’s menu. Bonus: both the Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Ridge Club Bistro are located on-site at The Ridge Tahoe!

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Get your party on with entertainment options this President’s Day Weekend. Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe

If it’s entertainment you crave, Tahoe South offers several options during President’s Day Weekend. After riding, stay on the mountain a little bit longer to experience the Unbuckle Après Party with the Heavenly Angels, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Unbuckle your boots, sip on some half-priced drinks and leave the kids at home for this new type of après ski.

Once you’re down from the mountain, choose from a number of late night options: Rock On! Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 17; Disco night at the Loft Theater, Feb. 17; free Mark Mackay concert in Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 18; Dark Star Orchestra at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Feb. 19; Sunday Night Music Session with the Heidi Incident!, Feb. 19; and Howie Nave and guest Joshua Mann at the Improv at Harveys through Feb. 19.

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Turn Up the Romance at The Ridge Tahoe

Things are about to get romantic at The Ridge Tahoe. Couples won’t even have to leave the resort to have a memorable and intimate Valentine’s Day. The Ridge also offers several ways for those individuals who are unattached to relax, unwind and make Valentine’s Day all their own.

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The Ridge Tahoe has gone pink and purple for the holiday!

Spa-Tacular Deals
For some, V-Day is all about pampering and relaxing, regardless if one’s in a relationship or single. The Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe offers a prime opportunity for some bonding time between couples or well-deserved R&R from the dating scene.

Several packages offer just the right amount of relaxation. Choose from:

  • Tahoe Refresher Petite Package is ideal for the indecisive and includes both a massage and a facial. A 30-minute back, neck and shoulders massage precedes a 30-minute Pick-Me-Up Petite Facial.
  • Tahoe Refresher Deluxe Package is a step above the Petite Package with a 60-minute Swedish massage and a 60-minute Elevation Spa European Facial.
  • Elevation Spa Super Spoiler guarantees to rejuvenate from top to toe! This package involves the Elevation Spa European Facial, along with a one-hour full body massage combined with your choice of body treatment (scrub of wrap).

Work out the kinks of a successful weekend at The Ridge Tahoe's Elevation Spa.

Nothing says “I love you” like a deep tissue massage at the Elevation Spa.

Special just for Valentine’s Day, guests that book a spa treatment (60 minutes or longer) or a spa gift certificate by Feb. 14, 2017 will receive a complimentary skin care gift. Now that’s a gift that says “I love you.” Dial (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000 or email spa@ridge-resorts.com to make a reservation.

Delish Dinners
An unforgettable Valentine’s Day has to include an equally memorable meal – and the Ridge Tahoe has two options for fantastic fare.pexels-photo-11140

Amp up the romance with a three-course meal at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

The Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a journey through love with their Valentine’s Day dinner consisting of three courses:

  • The First Impression includes an organic beet and goat cheese napoleon with chive crème fraiche, beet oil, candied pecans and watercress.
  • The Longing, a duet, follows with the choice of two: grilled filet medallion with smoked bacon and cipollini onion demi-glace, half Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon, pan seared diver sea scallops with caramelized pear vinaigrette, and grilled lamp chops with mint pesto. Each Longing is accompanied by marble au gratin and seasonal field vegetables.
  • The Forever Remembering is aptly named with white chocolate mousse in a Belgian dark chocolate cup with raspberry curd.

The Valentine’s Day menu is $60 per person and reservations are recommended.

For an alternative V-Day meal, the Bear Trap Lounge recently launched a new bar menu that includes classic bar fare like fish and chips and cheeseburgers, as well as delicious appetizers like the Ridge cheese board that includes a selection of cheeses, meats and spreads, and calamari steak strips. The Portobello burger is a bold choice – and a tasty favorite – that is also more calorie conscious than the average burger.

 

5 Ways The Ridge Can Help You Maintain Your Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to maintain – and even more so when vacationing. While on holiday, it’s easy to say yes to dessert, yes to sleeping in and yes to that extra cocktail while forgoing any previous commitments to eat healthy or workout among other goals.

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A new year begins at Lake Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Fortunately, when visitors choose to stay at The Ridge Tahoe they can focus on their resolutions with amenities and features that allow them to pursue their accomplishments. Read on to find out how the Ridge Tahoe helps guests maintain and meet their resolutions.

#1. Work Out More: Exercising more is a popular resolution for many – and for many, this resolution falls to the side in only a couple of weeks, especially if a vacation occurs during this time. The Ridge Tahoe offers work out facilities and much more, including swimming pools, an indoor sports complex with tennis and basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, water aerobics and indoor racquetball. There’s no excuse not to work out with the variety and convenience of the facilities offered at the resort.

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Swim laps or just splash – your choice at The Ridge Tahoe!

#2. Eat Better: Eating healthier goes hand-in-hand with exercising more and also presents a challenge to the food lovers that can’t wait to experience new cuisines while traveling. One and two bedroom condominiums on property include a fully equipped kitchen for the home chef that wants to maintain a healthful diet while on the road. Guests are encouraged to bring their own groceries to cook up in their private kitchens. The Hungry Bear also offers tasty healthier options like the Portobello burger and artisan salad among others.

#3. Explore the Great Outdoors: Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to fulfill this New Year’s resolution: with miles and miles of trails, as well as a large, wide lake to explore, the Basin has enough outdoor adventure to last a lifetime. The Ridge Tahoe is located within walking distance to the Tahoe Rim Trail. On this trail, visitors can hike or mountain bike. The resort is also close enough to the lake that visitors can easily access the water for kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming.

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The Tahoe Rim Trail is easily accessed from The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Tahoe Rim Trail

#4. Experience New Things: There is no shortage of activities at The Ridge Tahoe and the adventurous will certainly find a new hobby or two from our various options:

  • Evening with the Chef Cooking Series hosted by Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise
  • Casino Gaming Classes
  • Craft Classes
  • Group Snow Shoe and Trail Hikes
  • Tennis Clinics and Private Lessons
  • Dermalogica Skin Care Classes
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Wine Tasting Classes
  • Rock Climbing Class (On Natural Rock)
  • Bingo Nights
  • WallyBall Mixer

#5. Make More Time for Yourself: A vacation isn’t truly a vacation without rest and relaxation. If a New Year’s resolution involves making more time to take care of one’s self, The Ridge Tahoe has an on-site full service spa with an indoor/outdoor year-round heated pool, eucalyptus steam room and a Roman soaking tub. Treatments include massage therapy, facials, body treatments and waxing. Call (775) 588-3553, ext. 6000.

Good luck to all that have taken on New Year’s resolutions! Reserve a room now to work on these at The Ridge Tahoe.

Your Home for the Holidays

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful and all around unappealing with crowds, delays and general grumpiness – but this is not the case for visitors of The Ridge Tahoe! The resort offers a celebratory and comfortable environment that will make visitors feel like they’re home for the holidays. Guests are invited to sit back and settle in because Santa is on his way and with him comes a snow forecast that will fill skiers and snowboarders with glee.

 

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Holiday cheer is all around you at The Ridge Tahoe.

Lighten Up
Nothing says the holidays are here like twinkling lights. Guests of The Ridge Tahoe can take a tour through the property to experience the many decorations, including Christmas trees and glowing reindeer, reminiscent of their own neighborhoods. Children’s eyes will be full of delight when they see the sparkling illuminations throughout the lobby and outdoors.

Families can venture to the Shops at Heavenly Village to experience Heavenly Holidays for additional light-peeping and to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! Other activities at the Shops at Heavenly Village include ice skating and magic shows at The Loft.

Go Traditional
Some holiday traditions include sitting around the fire and watching old movies. Other traditions include zipping down a mountain of white, but regardless Ridge guests can celebrate old traditions – and even make a few more while they’re at it!

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One new holiday tradition guests can adopt is riding the Hilltrac Skier Express to the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. With over a foot of snow forecasted for Christmas weekend, ski in/ski out access allows visitors to make the most of their time on the mountain sans the hassle of getting to the resort.

Guests can also create a new holiday tradition by embracing the hot tub and hot cocoa combo that will certainly take the chill from the bones after a day of skiing.

Christmas Day Cheer
Guests don’t have to be at home to eat food that tastes like a warm hug from a favorite relative. The Hungry Bear will serve up a festive fete of delicious dishes Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

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Sit around the cozy fire for a Christmas you won’t soon forget. Photo credit: Bill Wright

Families are invited to experience three courses of cuisine inspired by the season. The first course includes a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and pomegranate vinaigrette. The second course has three choices to choose from that include honey maple glazed turkey paired with stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and cranberry relish; Chilean sea bass with leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and a winter vegetable sauce; or prime rib complete with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower, and au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is bookended with the most festive of desserts – a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.

A morning of opening presents and general holiday cheer will certainly work up an appetite. Dial 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make a reservation. View the full menu here.

Apple Pies, Pumpkin Patches and Wine Tasting – All In a Day at Apple Hill!

Fall is a festive time of year when nature undergoes beautiful transformations and the harvest season yields delicious produce ideal for seasonal feasting. When staying at the Ridge, guests are just an hour’s drive away from a treasure trove of farms, orchards and wineries at Apple Hill. Apple Hill Growers Association, located between Pollock Pines and Placerville, is comprised of more than 50 ranches that include apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms and wineries. This is the perfect way to squeeze in some traditional Autumn activities and fixings – and so conveniently close to your destination, too!

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Rows of farm fresh produce available in Apple Hill.

 

In order to experience all of Apple Hill’s offerings, visitors are recommended to follow the looped road where all the farms and orchards reside in the area. Grab a map available at any stop and decide which activities sound most appealing as each farmer has something unique to offer.

One of the most popular sites is High Hill Ranch. Overlooking incredible valley views, this spot has High Hill’s popular apple cider, apple pies and homemade fudge. The grassy areas near the pond make for a great picnic and children’s play area, so buy some goodies and enjoy a scenic lunch.

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Nothing says “Fall” like tons of pumpkins!

Another must-see is Rainbow Orchards. Here visitors can fill up bags with apples and gourds to take home, as well as buying ready-made pies to bake back at the Ridge in the full kitchens of our one and two-bedroom condominium suites. Don’t be alarmed by the line of people; they are waiting for Rainbow Orchards’ famous warm, fluffy Apple Cider Donuts that are definitely worth the wait!

Despite its name, Kids Inc. is a great choice both for kids and adults. Visitors can watch the apple pies being made moments before they’re eaten, pick pumpkins from the patch to turn into Jack-O-Lanterns or yummy treats, interact with farm animals in the petting area, explore the corn maze, and sample the craft-brewed hard apple cider. This popular ranch also has a gorgeous nature trail that leads guests on a winding path through the orchard and down to a picturesque creek.

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Apple Hill is an easy day trip from The Ridge Tahoe – and so relaxing!

 

Apple Hill is also proud to host award-winning wineries that are available for guests to tour and taste the seasonal fare. Offering wine tasting menus under $10 a person, each winery has a unique atmosphere and breathtaking views of vineyards.

After a day packed with traditional fall adventures, it’s comforting to return to a warm and cozy room at the Ridge. Open up a bottle of the favorite wine sampled at Apple Hill and bake an apple pie to enjoy.