Regardless if you are traveling for business or for pleasure, it can be hard to be away from home during the holidays. If you find yourself in Tahoe this Thanksgiving, gobble up these tips to make Turkey Day even better than being at home!
Leave the Cooking to the Pros
The Ridge Tahoe’s on-site restaurant the Hungry Bear Restaurant will host Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The dinner begins with the first course of roasted butternut squash soup served in a festive baby pumpkin with crab and celery root salad. This is followed by a choice of the classic honey maple glazed roast turkey served with cornbread sausage stuffing, gravy, whipped potatoes, Brussel sprouts and citrus cranberry relish; pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with shrimp, yam hash, and a saffron tomato sauce; or a slow roasted prime rib served with grilled asparagus, twice baked sweet potato cake, au jus and creamy horseradish. The meal is perfectly ended with a homemade pumpkin pie topped with caramel sauce, vanilla whipped cream, and seasonal berries.
Dinner is $45 for adults and $17.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.
Catch some pow this Thanksgiving at Kirkwood. Photo credit: Lauren Lindley/Ski Lake Tahoe
Hit the Slopes
This may not be a holiday tradition back home, but here in Tahoe, it is customary to take a few laps before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Several Lake Tahoe ski resorts will be open for the holiday, including Heavenly and Kirkwood, the latter which will open the day before Thanksgiving.
Forgot your gear? The Ridge Tahoe Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop has rentals available, as well as tune-ups and items available for purchase.
Relax in one of our many hot tubs – weather permitting!
Soak Up Family Time
If you’re traveling with your family, the Ridge Tahoe is an ideal place to be for the holiday. Not only is our resort situated only minutes away from the bustling Stateline area and Heavenly Village, it is also set in the mountains where you can easily take a hike or snowshoe (weather permitting), relax at one of our rooftop hot tubs, get competitive at the family game room in the Naegle building, or spend time in your spacious suite, complete with amazing views of the Carson Valley.
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Guests visiting The Ridge Tahoe for the first time will likely have a lot of questions, such as:
“Where can I get a great meal?”
“How can I get to the ski resort?”
And our personal favorite: “How is this place so awesome?!”
Fortunately, The Ridge Tahoe has these and more questions answered below.
The Ridge Tahoe is situated at 7,500′ and privy to sweeping views.
Where are you located?
The Ridge Tahoe is located in Stateline, Nev., part of the Tahoe South area that spans from Zephyr Cove in Nevada to Emerald Bay in California. The resort is situated at 7,500’ and privy to sweeping views of Lake Tahoe, as well as Carson Valley. It’s conveniently located to ensure easy travel to Carson Valley and to the Stateline/Tahoe South area where gaming and activities abound.
What are my transportation options?
Guests traveling into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport can easily rent a car or hop on the South Tahoe Airporter for affordable transportation to Tahoe South. Round trip rides with South Tahoe Airporter run approximately $55 per person.
Once guests arrive in Tahoe South at the Stateline area, they can either call the complimentary Ridge Tahoe shuttle or hop onboard the BlueGo Casino Shuttle that departs the Stateline Transit Center every hour from 7:20 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Ridge Club Bistro is one of three dining options at The Ridge Tahoe. Photo credit: Bill Wright
My stomach is growling. Where can I eat?
A day of traveling can work up an appetite. The Ridge Tahoe offers three options for the hungry guest: Hungry Bear Restaurant, Bear Trap Lounge and the Ridge Club Bistro.
The Hungry Bear offers a more formal, sit-down dining experience with steaks, surf and turf, and daily fish specials. The Ridge Club Bistro has a less formal approach but is no less delicious with options like pasta, hot sandwiches, and options for kids. The Bear Trap Lounge is the place to be for happy hour specials for drinks and appetizers. It’s also the best place to catch a football game!
How close is the resort to skiing?
The Ridge Tahoe is located within a short ride to Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The lodge can be easily accessed via the Hilltrac Skier Express for the ultimate in convenience. Guests that want to explore all the different resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin are recommended to rent a car to experience resorts like Northstar, Homewood, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley and others. Shuttles are available to Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Check individual resort websites for availability and schedules.
Before heading to one of the many mountains, suit up at the Resort Sports Ski & Snowboard Shop. With professional services like tuning and waxing, plus options to purchase ski accessories and rent equipment, the shop will have guests looking like pros.
Hit the slopes at a number of nearby resorts. Courtesy: Heavenly Mountain Resort
What about gaming?
Four casinos are located within ten minutes of the resort: Harveys, Harrah’s, MontBleu and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Guests can try their hand at craps, blackjack, and poker while also enjoying a complimentary shuttle to and from the casino corridor.
Pro tip: Before hitting the casinos, consider enrolling in a complimentary class with a Lakeside Inn dealer. Check the Ridge Guide for a current schedule.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treat Mom this weekend to treatments at Elevation Spa.
Finish Off Strong
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!