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.

Foodies Rejoice in Tahoe South

The requirements for a great vacation includes sightseeing, relaxing and experiencing the local lifestyle. Undoubtedly what’s on anyone’s list is trying some delicious new food and discovering local cuisine! Fortunately for those visiting Tahoe South, the local dining scene is evolving and offers endless tasty options, including the Ridge Tahoe.

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Your home away from home – complete with the delicious food!

With two restaurants on property, you can stay on site for all of your dining needs. The Hungry Bear and Ridge Club Bistro, which can accommodate your dining needs from special occasions and family meals to quick bites, provide superior dining options available on site. Expect elevated experiences at The Hungry Bear with fine dining on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Reservations are required for this restaurant; dial 3150 to make a reservation.

The Ridge Club Bistro prepares you for a full day of adventures and exploration with waffles, breakfast burritos and skillets. The omelet bar on Saturday and Sunday mornings will bring a smile to the face of even the grouchiest person. Other meal items include garlic shrimp, steak frites and mushroom ravioli for delectable dinners. A taco bar on Saturdays offers a flavor of the South. Ole!

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In addition to on-site restaurants, the Ridge hosts culinary events throughout the week including complimentary cooking demonstrations on Thursdays in the Castle Rock View Room. The demo is followed by wine tasting at 4 p.m. in the Bear Trap Lounge.

The Ridge Tahoe isn’t the only place growing its gastronomic prowess: Tahoe South is gaining quite the reputation for great food, delicious wine and farm-to-fork flavors. You can experience this ongoing culinary revolution during the 7th annual Sample the Sierra, which features farm-to-fork food and wine during a one-day festival in Tahoe South. With more than 20 Tahoe South restaurants, the event celebrates bountiful regional resources with local specialties and flavorful menus. The participating restaurants will pair fresh fare with local wineries, distilleries and breweries making for an all-encompassing dining experience.

In conjunction with Sample the Sierra, Tahoe South will also host Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-23. The event will feature favorite South Shore restaurants, offering pre-fixe dinner specials and discounts.

Regardless of the dining experience you prefer, you have seemingly endless options when you visit The Ridge Tahoe for vacation.

 

Fall for Fun this September

The last warm weeks of summer are fading away and the crisp autumn air is nipping at our ankles, but there are still plenty of celebrations and festivities to be had in Tahoe South. Experience Labor Day weekend and beyond with enticing September events.

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Emerald Bay: perfect in any season. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Labor Day Weekend
The nationally renowned Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza returns Sept. 4 at 8:30 p.m. Take in the captivating display that lights up the lake with various patterns and designs. The 20-minute show is choreographed and synchronized to a music broadcast on local radio stations 93.9 FM-KRLT and 1490 AM KOWL. The fireworks are visible throughout Tahoe South, but some front row vantage points include the M.S. Dixie II, Nevada Beach, Round Hill Pines, Edgewood Tahoe and Lakeview Commons.

Labor Day is also one of the last times you can take advantage of the lingering summer days with a beach day. If you’re looking to avoid the holiday weekend crowds, check out some recommended secluded beaches worth visiting.

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Tour de Tahoe: 72 miles around the most beautiful lake.

Fall Festivals
Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue is back for its 13th year, Sunday, Sept 11 with hundreds of bikers visiting Big Blue for a chance to ride the entirety of its shores. The Ride to Cure Diabetes offers an adventure for avid bicyclists to circumnavigate 72 miles around Lake Tahoe. The scenic bike tour will also include activities such as a robotic bomb squad and search and rescue demonstrations

After a summer of spectacular music, the Harveys Outdoor Concert Series concludes its season with Stevie Wonder, Friday, Sept. 2.

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Sample the Sierra offers tastes of the best restaurants in Tahoe. Credit: Matt Morning

Dining Experiences
The diverse and growing Lake Tahoe culinary scene will be celebrated during September with three major events featuring locally sourced food, wine, beer and spirits exploring the regional palate.

The 7th annual Sample the Sierra, the farm-to-fork food and wine festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 17. Featuring more than 20 Tahoe South restaurants, the event celebrates the bountiful regional resources by showcasing local specialties and flavorful menus. The participating restaurants will help pair delectable dishes with fare from local wineries, distilleries and breweries making for an all-encompassing dining experience.

In conjunction with Sample the Sierra, Tahoe South will also host Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-23. The event will feature favorite South Shore restaurants, offering pre-fixe dinner specials and discounts.

Guests of the Ridge may also experience unique culinary opportunities year-round with complimentary cooking demonstrations held every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Castle Rock View Room. Additional Thursday evening activities include wine tasting in the Bear Trap Lounge, 4 p.m.

The Ridge Tahoe also provides a plethora of activities for those that would prefer a quiet Labor Day in the comfort of the resort. For a list of weekly activities, visit our Organized Activities page.

The Ridge Takes Center Stage as Spotlight Award Winner

Perched atop the Sierra Nevada mountains, The Ridge has remarkably set itself apart as the picturesque resort when visiting Lake Tahoe. It has always been considered a local gem, but now it has been recognized by Douglas County with the Spotlight Award in Tourism & Hospitality.

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The picturesque Ridge Tahoe as seen from our Prism Cam

For the last three years, Douglas County has awarded Spotlight Awards to businesses that have gone above and beyond to take care of their customers. There are seven categories in which businesses are awarded, including retail, restaurant, manufacturing and production, sports and recreation, entrepreneur, business and professional service, and tourism and hospitality.

It is not surprising that the Ridge has been recognized for its Tourism and Hospitality. When planning your vacation to Lake Tahoe, the Ridge has all your needs covered – and more!

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Relax in our pool at 7,600 feet.

The Douglas County Spotlight Awards are chosen by staff knowledge and business community organizations. The businesses that are awarded embody inspiring characteristics such as community involvement, uniqueness, employment growth opportunities and more. The Ridge sets an example for others in the South Lake Tahoe region because it always makes sure that visitors have an exceptional stay.

If you are looking for a resort vacation, the in-house amenities will offer something for everyone, regardless if you are on a family trip or a romantic getaway. Get some much need R&R at the indoor and outdoor pools or the full service spa. Play an exhilarating game of racquetball or basketball with the kids at the indoor sports complex. Feel like learning something new? Take one of the enriching classes offered, such as wine tasting or glass painting. You truly have everything you could ask for at your fingertips and that’s without leaving the premises.

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Jump in! The water’s just right in Lake Tahoe.

The Ridge is also an excellent starting point when exploring all Lake Tahoe has in store. Nearby you can access the Tahoe Rim Trail for an adventurous hike. Down the mountain, you can explore the many beaches, trails and watersports that are readily available. The Ridge even provides a free shuttle service to the Stateline Casinos at your convenience. The wonderful concierge services will help you plan fulfilling itineraries, ensuring that you take advantage of every opportunity.

 

 

The Mother of All Weekends in Tahoe South

Mothers, where would we be without them? Mothers do so much, they put up with a lot and they’re officially recognized only one day a year. Remedy this injustice by treating mom to a weekend’s worth of celebrations to honor her endless patience and grace. Special Tahoe South events are scheduled with moms in mind.

Give the Gift of Song
Begin the weekend with a performance by the Tahoe Choir and Lake Tahoe Community College chorus when they present “A Special Mother’s Day Gift of Song” on Friday, May 6 at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available prior to the performance.

Matriarchs that prefer more rock in their music can head to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa for the Marshall Tucker Band on Saturday, May 7. Blending rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel, the band is sure to liven up your Mother’s Day celebrations.

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All aboard with smiles for Mother’s Day! Courtesy: V&T Railroad

Visit the Old West
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad is offering a pre-season special just for mothers and their families during Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8. Hop aboard the diesel train in Carson City for a wild west ride to the Comstock-era boomtown of Virginia City. With tons of historic landmarks, sights and shopping, Virginia City is a great place to spend the afternoon. Every Mom receives a long stem rose as part of her journey. Buy tickets.

Celebrate with Bubbly at The Hungry Bear Restaurant
The Ridge Tahoe is popping bottles for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch features several courses of delicious foods as sweet as mom.

The first course includes sweet ricotta and mascarpone stuffed creeps with spring berry compote followed by a second course of your choice: herb crusted Alaskan halibut, sweet potato and wild mushroom hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs benedict with cottage potatoes and Old Bay hollandaise; New York steak and eggs with cottage potatoes; or huevos rancheros with shrimp, refried beans and corn tortillas.

Heather’s Heavenly Dessert Buffet will cap off an eventful brunch.

Brunch is $40 per person and served 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Treat Mom this weekend to treatments at Elevation Spa.

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Regardless of what you choose for Mother’s Day, the Ridge Tahoe can take care of mom with spa packages, facial treatments and massage options. They’re great as a surprise and the perfect ending to a weekend just for mom.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Ridge Tahoe!

Ski Season is Winding Down – Here’s How to Live It Up

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of snow bunnies and shredders mourning the end of a truly incredible winter season.

It’s hard to believe the ski season is coming to a close when Tahoe South has been pelted with new snow this past weekend, but it’s true – you only have a little over a month left to make your mark on the mountain of your choice (and there are so many in the Tahoe region). Heavenly and Northstar close April 17, Kirkwood April 10 and others will be announcing closing dates as time goes on.

While we may be sad that our days will soon be filled with sand instead of soft snow (we know we can’t really complain), there’s still time to make the most of winter. Here are our recommendations for giving winter the proper farewell.

Don your fanciest mountain gear

We’ve all seen them – the riders dressed in tutus, gorilla suits and capes cutting down the groomers. Many riders partake in a Gaper Day where they dress in their most outrageous clothing to ride, so why not join them? Riding is all about having fun, so don’t take yourself too seriously with this one and just go for it!

Take the express lane

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Take the express lane via the Hilltrac Skier Express.

Ski in and ski out of Heavenly’s Stagecoach Chairlift with the Hilltrac Skier Express, located only steps from your room at The Ridge Tahoe. This chairlift will deliver you, your friends and your gear right to the trails.

Eat your way through après

Celebrate a successful day on the mountain with great après at places like Base Camp Pizza and Azul Latin Kitchen among others. Himmel Haus offers German fare and huge beers to satiate any hungry rider, plus they host events like Blackout Bingo and Open Mic night to help you kick back after an adventurous day. The Divided Sky is another great option, as it is a locals’ favorite with a relaxed vibe and great sandwiches to refuel your stoke levels.

A Hot Toddy by the fire at Base Camp Pizza. Courtesy: Base Camp Pizza

A Hot Toddy by the fire at Base Camp Pizza. Courtesy: Base Camp Pizza

Consider enjoying your après at The Ridge with happy hour from 4 – 8 p.m. every day at the Tahoe Lounge.

Unbuckle and party

Nothing culminates an ending like a party and no one throws a party like Heavenly. Unbuckle at Tamarack is an adults-only party that combines thumping bass with adult beverages, tasty Tamarack-only treats and the Heavenly Angels. If you’ve never partied at 9,150 feet this is your time to do it.

Good luck with your last month of riding in Tahoe South!

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.