The New Year is a time to think about the things we could do better. Now is the time to make resolutions that’ll stick through 2018 and beyond to make each year better and better. If you’re stuck for resolutions, consider our top resolutions for the New Year below.
Soak it all in during 2018. Photo credit: le_milady
More Relaxation: Sometimes it can be hard to unwind after a busy day at work or with family. Luckily this becomes a little bit easier when the time is scheduled to relax, such as on a vacation. Our top tip for more relaxation time in 2018 is taking advantage of the many roof top and indoor hot tubs available on our property. Nothing says relaxation like bubbles and a gorgeous sunset.
Expand your food palate at the Bistro or Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Try New Foods: Shed the label of “picky eater” by trying new foods at two on-site restaurants, the Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Chef Stephen creates elegant dining experiences that include steak, seafood, pastas and many other favorites. Never had lamb? This is your time to try it with mint pesto and a pomegranate Syrah reduction!
Try your hand – or rather, your feet – at snowshoeing this year.
Try New Hobbies: The New Year is the ideal time to try something new. Whether it’s skiing or refining your palate with a wine tasting seminar, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect gateway for new diversions. Our property offers cooking demonstrations, skin care classes, tennis clinics, card making and so much more. Guests will be sure to find their favorite pastime while visiting the Ridge Tahoe. Check our Ridge Guide for current classes.
Work it out this 2018 at the Ridge Tahoe gym.
Take Care of Your Body: The most popular resolution by far is to work out and eat right. For those that have resolved to just that, the Ridge Tahoe can help with a full gym and classes for aerobics.
Time for a glow up at the Elevation Spa.
Take Care of Your Skin: The largest organ in the body needs extra TLC and now is the time to get on a skincare regimen that’ll work for your specific needs. Facial treatments at Elevation Spa will help to rebalance, rehydrate and improve skin with European facials that use high-quality skincare lines like Dermalogica. You’ll glow in no time!
Explore the great outdoors, including the Carson Valley, and Lake Tahoe.
Go Outside More: John Muir said, “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” We agree with his sentiment and if you do too, then a commitment to more exploration should be a no-brainer. Lake Tahoe is ripe with adventure including snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, hiking, rock climbing… the list goes on! Many of these activities are accessible from your room at the Ridge Tahoe, which makes this resolution even easier to fulfill.
Number one resolution: more family time, more fun.
Make Time for Family and Friends: People are important and if your relationships slacked in 2017, time to plan a getaway with friends and family at the Ridge Tahoe. Our suites are large enough to accommodate groups and there is no shortage of activities on site. Book now and mark this resolution off your list.
Tahoe is the ideal place to ring in the New Year, as there are plenty of opportunities to say goodbye to the old and hello to 2018! From music festivals to gourmet dinners and mountain sunsets, you’ll enjoy 2017 until the very last second. Check out a few of our recommendations for New Year’s Eve fun below.
Hit the slopes at Kirkwood, one of three local resorts in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Ski at One of Three Resorts
Begin your day with fresh air and fresh snow by hitting the slopes at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe, all within a half hour from the Ridge Tahoe. You can also ski in and ski out of the resort with the Hilltrac Skier Express, an eight-person passenger car that transports resort guests to the Stagecoach Lodge of Heavenly. You can read more about the ways to access the mountain here.
Close out the year with a beautiful Tahoe sunset. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Watch the Sunset
The Ridge Tahoe has numerous vantage points for sunsets. Embrace the après ski lifestyle and soak in a hot tub while soaking in the sunset. With several rooftop hot tubs on-property, you’ll have the ability to relax and prepare for the festivities ahead. Another option is to head down to nearby Nevada Beach, a public area that faces the West Shore of the Lake and immensely popular for sunset viewing.
Dance through the end of 2017 at the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival. Photo credit: Andrew Jorgensen / SnowGlobe
Dance at SnowGlobe
SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to South Lake Tahoe Dec. 29 through New Year’s Eve. Music lovers will enjoy this electronica and dance music festival set in the idyllic mountains of Lake Tahoe. Artists like Dillon Francis, Khalid, Zedd, and others will grace the stage during the 3-day festival.
SnowGlobe does sell out every year so it’s imperative to buy tickets as soon as possible.
Make your plans to dine at the Hungry Bear Restaurant before the clock strikes midnight. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Dine at the Ridge
Say goodbye to 2017 with a delicious dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant on site at the Ridge Tahoe. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., we will host musical entertainment, dinner and an East Coast ball drop celebration.
Dinner includes a first course of golden herb consommé with crab wonton, followed by a duet of half butter poached live Maine lobster with drawn butter and lemon; a deconstructed beef wellington with spinach, wild mushroom, pastry and béarnaise sauce; or dry pack diver sea scallops with preserved lemon vinaigrette. Each entrée includes yam au gratin potatoes and braised broccoli. Dessert will be a sacher torte with eggnog crème anglaise.
Dinner and entertainment are $75 per person and includes party favors, as well as a complimentary glass of champagne. The children’s menu is $19.95. Make a reservation by calling the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.
2017 has flown by, so it should come as no surprise that the holidays are already upon us in Tahoe South. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this season, there are several festive activities occurring near the Ridge Tahoe that will surely have you feeling spirited!
Zoomin’ through the New Year in Lake Tahoe. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Rachid Dahnoun
Heavenly Holidays at the Heavenly Village
Running Dec. 18 through Dec. 31, Heavenly Holidays at the Heavenly Village includes many of the season’s classics: ice skating under twinkling lights, ice sculptures and a giant 16-foot snow globe with plenty of photo opportunities with Santa Claus himself. This two-week festival also includes holiday-themed happy hours for those 21 and older, DJs, live music and magicians.
Heavenly Holidays on the ice at the Heavenly Village. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Sierra Cinemas Movie Night
One Saturday each month, Sierra Cinemas comes to life at Lake Tahoe AleWorx, a family-friendly restaurant, and bar located at The Crossings. This outdoor movie screening will feature numerous films on Saturday, Dec. 23 including Passenger Ski film, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and Dr. Seuss’s “The Grinch.” This evening’s event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe. Dress warmly, as this event is held outside among firepits.
Christmas Dinner at the Ridge
The Hungry Bear Restaurant, conveniently located on property at the Ridge Tahoe, will host Christmas dinner for those spending the holiday at the resort. From 3 to 7 p.m., dinner will be available $45 per person and $16.95 for children ages 3-11.
The first course will include a crab salad profiterole with micro greens and a pomegranate vinaigrette, then a second course that includes your choice of the following: roasted Chilean sea bass with warm leek and lentil salad, artichoke hearts, parsnips and roasted winter vegetable sauce; honey maple glazed roast turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; or slow roasted prime rib served with pancetta white bean ragout, asparagus and cauliflower with au jus and creamy horseradish. Dinner is capped with a yuletide log with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.
Get in the Christmas spirit with decorated halls and Christmas dinner at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Reservations are encouraged. Contact the concierge at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150 to make reservations.
Happy Holidays from the Ridge Tahoe!
Another Thanksgiving is upon us and this time of year offers the opportunity for all of us to reflect on what we are grateful for, such as friends, family, and good health. We wanted to take a moment to detail a few of the things that we are grateful for this year. Check them out below!
Summer was even better with a full lake! Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The great outdoors
Last winter’s record-breaking snowfall gave us months of glorious weather that filled the lake for an unforgettable summer. Not only did the heavy snowfall immensely improve the snowpack, but it also led to gushing waterfalls, lush landscapes and plenty of water to play in!
Start drooling now… Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Even greater food
We’re lucky at the Ridge Tahoe because we have the best head chef in the region, Chef Stephen Moise! Chef Stephen brings his passion and talent to every meal he makes. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Stephen can be found in the Castle Rock Room for complimentary cooking demonstrations Wednesdays at 3 p.m. We’re also thankful for the variety of food options at the Ridge with the introduction of daily chef specials.
Snow, rain or sunshine – every view is amazing at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Views for days!
Sunrise or sunset and every time in between offers the most incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. We love heading to one of our many rooftop hot tubs to soak in the warm water and the great landscapes surrounding the resort. Experiencing a little bit of FOMO? You can see what we see at the Ridge Tahoe any time you’d like on our web cam.
Ridge staff help make incredible moments, like this one, happen! Credit: CJ Varela/Divided Line Media
Our resort wouldn’t run without the highly effective, passionate and kind people that make up our staff. From our wedding coordinators to our housekeepers, reservation specialists to front desk personnel, the Ridge Tahoe has the best employees!
These views would be wasted without our wonderful guests and owners. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
Our owners and guests! That’s right – the number one thing we are grateful for this year is YOU! Without our owners and guests, we wouldn’t be able to share unique experiences and the beauty of Lake Tahoe. We appreciate all the support we receive from our valued guests and owners.
Join us in giving thanks for a wonderful year on Thanksgiving Day at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. We will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
A Taste of the Sierra at the Ridge Tahoe
Famished. Starving. Hungry enough to eat a horse. We’ve all been there: you’ve traveled a long way and you’re in need of a quality meal that’ll fill you and your family. Nothing is more disappointing than getting to your hotel and finding no viable food options, meaning you’ll have to venture out into a new place in search of sustenance or – we shudder to even think of this – go to bed hungry!
Searching for food? Look no further than the Ridge Tahoe!
Fortunately, the Ridge Tahoe has several dining options that will fit your various needs, whether it’s a picky eater, a pescatarian or just a very hungry group. Learn about these various options below.
Ridge Club Bistro
Open 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. most days (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)
Dig in at the Bistro! Options include salads, soups, sandwiches, and more.
For a quick bite or a sit-down meal, the Ridge Club Bistro located in the clubhouse is a sure bet to turn hangry into happy! The Bistro offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days with menus that include salads, sandwiches, soups, and house specials. Some of our favorite meals include the fish tacos and you can never go wrong with a classic cheeseburger.
Delicious fish tacos served at the Bistro.
The Bistro also hosts an omelet bar Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 – 11 a.m., as well as a taco bar on Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m.
Hungry Bear Restaurant
Open for dinner 5 – 8 p.m. (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)
A more formal dining option on-site, the Hungry Bear Restaurant features seafood, steaks and other delicious dishes that will enhance any special event, including date night and holidays. Chef Stephen Moise carefully curates a menu that allows you to experience the full array of Sierra flavors.
“Hungry as a bear” takes on a new meaning at the Ridge Tahoe.
Bear Trap Lounge
Open 3 – 9 p.m. (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)
Our bar will keep our over 21 guests beary happy (we couldn’t help it)! Happy Hour is every day from 3 – 6 p.m. with specials throughout the week: Tropical Tuesdays will transport you to the Caribbean while Wednesdays go margarita crazy with raffle prizes at 5:30 p.m. The Bear Trap Lounge also has a bar food menu from 4 – 8 p.m. and a Bloody Mary bar on Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We can never say no to a pastry.
Complimentary Cooking Demo
Castle Rock Room, Thursdays at 3 p.m.
If you’d like to learn how to cook like our own Chef Stephen, a complimentary cooking demo will provide a glimpse into the mind of a culinary genius.
Discover the secret to a perfectly cooked dish from our resident chef!
No reservations required, but space is limited!
Wine Tasting Seminar
Conference Room, Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Find the perfect wine pairing for your next meal following the cooking demo! No reservation is required to taste regionally cultivated wines. This class is $20 per person.
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.