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 temperature is dipping, and snow is in the forecast. Though autumn won’t officially end until December 21, it sure feels like winter is here with the arrival of November. Help send off fall and welcome what we hope is a wonderful winter with these November events!
Opening Ski Resorts
Nothing signals the beginning of the winter season like the openings of our favorite local mountains! Heavenly Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley and Northstar California are projected to open on Nov. 17 with Kirkwood Mountain Resort not far behind on Nov. 22. Sugar Bowl is projected for a Nov. 24 opening and Sierra-at-Tahoe is scheduled for a Nov. 25 opening.
Catch some air starting this November at local Tahoe ski resorts. Credit: Lauren Lindley / Ski Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Donner, Homewood and other ski resorts in the area are projected to open in December.
Tahoe has a lively music scene and November is no exception with the Black Dahlia Murder on Nov. 3, the world’s premier country all-vocal band Home Free on Nov. 4, The New Mastersounds with Kung Fu on Nov. 5, Noam Pikelny on Nov. 18, and Abbacadabra – The Ultimate ABBA Tribute Concert on Nov. 24.
Put on your dancing shoes for Abbacadabra this November. Courtesy: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe / Abbacadabra
Beyond concerts, Tahoe also has several other events scheduled for the month of November. These include the UFC 217 Viewing Party on Nov. 4, the 47th annual Evening of Food, Wine and Beer Tasting and Competition on Nov. 10, the 12th annual Reel Rock Film Tour on Nov. 15, the Transworld Snowboarding: Arcadia Premiere on Nov. 17, and the Ron Stubbs Rock N’ Roll Hypnosis Show Nov. 24-25.
The Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire is Nov. 17-19 and the perfect opportunity to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. 30 local vendors will sell their crafts and artisanal goods while families can enjoy Christmas decorations in the historic Valhalla Tahoe.
Get in the holiday spirit and get your shopping done early at the Valhalla Holiday Faire. Courtesy: Valhalla Tahoe
Starting on Nov. 30, Barton Health’s 9th annual Festival of Trees & Lights begins at MontBleu Resort & Casino. Local businesses and individuals create their own decorated Christmas trees and wreaths while attendees enjoy entertainment including visits with Santa Claus, silent auctions and raffle prizes. The event features holiday fun through Dec. 3 with all proceeds going back into the community.
Check out the Ridge Guide for the latest on-site events and specials.
Halloween is next Tuesday, but the festivities kick into high gear this weekend. The streets of Taoe will be full of ghouls, goblins and more with Halloween events starting this Friday and continuing through Tuesday. Plan your attack with our quick guide to Halloween happening below.
By far one of the largest and most popular Halloween events is the Freakers Ball at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. This event invites attendees to get a little wicked on Oct. 28 with the 39th annual party that includes not one, but three parties in one location. This event includes go-go dancers, DJs, live music and drink specials that start at 8 p.m. and continue until the early morning hours. If you’re going all out on your Halloween costume this year, we recommend checking out this party for your chance at a share of $10,000 in cash and prizes.
The Loft, one of the coolest spots in South Lake Tahoe for a drink and a magic show, is hosting its second annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 28. Festivities include scary movies in the Loft’s theatre and Live Deep House DJ spinning house music until 2:00 am. The Loft will give away $1,000 in prizes for the best costumes of the night and attendees will also enjoy dinner and cocktails.
Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash
The 3rd annual Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will feature a DJ and a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs on Oct. 27. Those who are 21 and older are encouraged to wear their scariest costumes for a chance to win these prizes and swag for various categories including most realistic costume, most original costume and more. Bash entry is $10 per person.
Peek a Boo Masquerade Ball at Peek Nightclub
Don your spookiest outfit and attend the Masquerade Ball at Peek Nightclub inside of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. This Halloween celebration goes from 10:30 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. so make sure that you have your dancing shoes on for an all-night extravaganza! $10 for women and $20 for men.
The Peek a Boo Masquerade is preceded by the South Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival, Oct. 27 through Oct. 29.
Treat Street is a safe environment in which trick-or-treaters and their families can visit local businesses and non-profits for candy and gifts. This year’s Treat Street is held at the Lake Tahoe Community College from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. This free event will include hot cocoa, popcorn, s’mores and pizza, as well as a mad scientist laboratory, a fortune teller and a haunted house.
Keep an eye on our Ridge Guide for Kids Club Halloween activities and more spooky fun on property.
There is no bad season in Tahoe. No, really! Winter brings epic snowfall and some of the best powder conditions in the country. In spring, you can ski, bike and paddle board all in one day. Summer brings consistent sunny weather and plenty of beach time.
Then there’s fall. Tahoe during fall is magical. It includes your season staples like turning leaves and cooler temps, but it also provides some much-needed respite from a busy summer season. With many people returning to school, autumn is an ideal time to visit the Ridge Tahoe and the Tahoe region. Discover more of the reasons why Tahoe should be on your must-visit list this fall.
The Kokanee salmon come to town for the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8 at Taylor Creek.
Tahoe is home to a variety of wildlife including coyotes and Ospreys. Salmon spawn annually in Taylor Creek during the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8. This is a great time to visit the Taylor Creek Visitors Center as you will not only see the hooked faces of brilliant red Kokanee salmon, but you may even spy a mama bear and her cubs trying to snag dinner. But, be careful – we recommend that you never approach a bear in the wild!
Hawley Grade begins showing the signs of the season.
It wouldn’t be fall without a helping of colorful foliage and fortunately, there is no shortage of that in the Tahoe area! A popular destination for golds, greens and all colors in between is Hope Valley. Located about 45 minutes from the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll find a rushing river and picture perfect cabins framed by colorful Quaking Aspens.
Autumn is a wonderful time for mountain biking on the Flume Trail. Credit: Ben Fish
Just because the temps aren’t high doesn’t mean it’s time to pack it in for the season! Fall offers more moderate weather for your favorite activities, including hiking, mountain biking and cruising on the lake. The only thing we would advise against is swimming – unless you find yourself on a particularly warm day at the beach and the urge is too strong to resist!
Take a break from leaf peeping for a few fall favorite events. Credit: Tahoe South
Of course, there are also plenty of events to attend during the early fall season:
Tahoe Games Bike Nights, Sept. 29
SciFi-Fantasy Con, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1
Dave Mason, Oct. 1
Los Lobos, Oct. 6
Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8
Eric Burdon and the Animals, Oct. 7
Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13
Los Lonely Boys, Oct. 14
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Oct. 14
Grand Funk Railroad, Oct. 21
Chris Botti, Oct. 28
Whichever reason you are drawn to Tahoe in autumn set up base camp at the Ridge Tahoe.
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.
Summer may be ending, but there’s no reason to be sad! End your summer on a high note during this upcoming Labor Day weekend and beyond with live music, food and wine, and plenty of activities to make you summer but a distant dream.
Enjoy the last days of summer at the beach or a number of fun events. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
New this year, the Heavenly Village Carnival, Art & Music Festival will bring family-friendly entertainment to the Heavenly Village, only a 10-minute drive from the Ridge Tahoe. Starting on Friday, Sept. 1, the festival will include carnival themed rides, foods, and games, as well as live music from Hit Parade and Holidae House among others. The carnival will also feature a car show and specialty acts from stilt walkers, plein air artists, and jugglers.
Send off summer with a carnival at Heavenly Village.
Also on Sept. 1, Beach Retreat & Lodge will host their Summer Luau on the Lake. Eat and drink Island favorites while watching traditional Hawaiian performances and music.
Harvey’s Outdoor Arena will celebrate their last outdoor arena concert of the summer with country music sensation Eric Church. The two-day performance will take place on Sep. 2-3, giving everyone a chance to sing and dance along this Labor Day Weekend to hits like “Record Year,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Drink in My Hand.” Church has been featured on the “Billboard Hot 100” 10 times in the last eight years. Joining Eric Church will be country singer Margo Price.
Fresh squeezed local foods and flavors at Sample the Sierra, Sept. 16. Photo credit: Matt Morning / Tahoe Chamber
The diverse and growing Lake Tahoe culinary scene will be celebrated during September with the 8th annual Sample the Sierra, Sept. 16, featuring locally sourced food, wine, beer, and spirits exploring the regional palate. This major event is the basin’s largest farm-to-fork food and wine festival featuring 20 of South Shore’s restaurants and local chefs with neighboring growers and producers to create delicious samples appropriately paired with a wine, spirit or brew. There will also be fun local goods and crafts in the marketplace for people to pick up some souvenirs!
Locals and visitors alike will rejoice at the return of Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8. The festival features traditional German foods and desserts complemented by authentic German beers and wines. Attractions include craft booths, pumpkin patch, climbing wall and live music.
See salmon spawn at the Fall Fish Fest, Oct. 7-8. Photo credit: Brad Scott / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Right next door to Oktoberfest is the Fall Fish Fest, which celebrates the annual migration of Kokanee salmon at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Oct. 7-8. Children and families will learn about the Lake Tahoe ecosystem while participating in activities such as treasure hunts, crafts and visits from Smokey Bear and Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.
Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival is wrapping up their summer events with an array of musical performances. The Songwriter Celebration series will feature songwriters with unique musical sounds on Sep. 6 and SambaDa will be performing their Brazilian masterpieces on Sep. 20.
The Lake Tahoe Marathon offers amazing views around the Lake, Oct. 13-15. Photo credit: Dan Thrift / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
The 22nd annual 3-day Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13-15, includes multiple options: 5k, 10k, half marathon, 18-miler, 144-miler, or a four-day 288-mile run. The kids will have the option to kayak or swim in the beautiful lake!
It’s been a wonderful summer at Lake Tahoe and we look forward to sharing the end of it with you at the Ridge Tahoe!