Summer has officially begun! And what better way to spend your summer getaway than in Tahoe South. From high-end dining to summer concerts surrounded by happy spirits, Lake Tahoe features some of the best activities from sun-up to sun-down.
Celebrate red, white and blue – sans the snow! – at the Ridge Tahoe this Fourth of July.
Check into the Ridge Tahoe, where the list of amenities and breathtaking panoramic views of the sparkling lake never disappoint. With three tennis courts, a variety of on-site fitness classes, outdoor areas for barbecuing and family gatherings, the list of comforts offered are endless. Plus, the central location makes for easy access to the Tahoe entertainment and nightlife. With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday, there are several events to attend before the holiday hits.
Set the sounds of summer at the Live at Lakeview Summer concert series. Starting Thursday, June 22 through Aug. 31, this series features some of the best talents in rock, pop, and soul. With a concert every Thursday, Live at Lakeview features a variety of local merchants and delicious food options in addition to amphitheater-style seating and sunset scenes from the beer garden.
Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South – there is nothing better.
Photo: Lauren Lindley
The Beach Retreat and Lodge is throwing their 4th of July BBQ and Beach Party which is perfect for people of all ages. The beach party begins at 11 a.m. and will serve tropical and freedom influenced spirits throughout the day. Families are invited to a day of patriotic vibes and sunshine on a sandy Tahoe beach, offering cabanas, umbrella and lounge chair rentals.
After enjoying a day in the sun, grab your beach towel and find a spot on the lake to view the greatest firework display in Tahoe. “Lights on the Lake” ignites the skies with glorious colors of red, white and blue, leaving viewers dazzled by the sight. The show is scheduled to begin around 9:45 p.m.and is visible in Tahoe South. Check out Tahoe South’s website for more information on where to find the best view of the show.
The fireworks in Tahoe South are a must see Fourth of July activity.
Photo: Steve Dunleavy
An array of performances and activities will take place throughout the weekend in Tahoe South. The California Reggae inspired group, Rebelution, will be performing at Harveys Outdoor Arena Friday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a free concert featuring the singer/songwriter Red Rose at the Valhalla Art, Music, and Theater Festival.
To view more events throughout the 4th of July weekend, make sure you check out TahoeSouth.com for everything to do in Tahoe.
It’s Dad’s big day this weekend! It’s time to celebrate Pops with father-friendly events and activities in Tahoe and at the Ridge. Look at some of our favorite to-dos for Dad throughout this coming weekend.
Bike at night: The 2017 Tahoe Games Bike Night returns on June 16 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course with family friendly activities that include an illuminated, x-country course. Dad can try his hand at this fun and an exhilarating course that will take him over bunkers and over fairways, all while lit up with glow sticks on a non-motorized bike.
Pick up a game: If Dad’s a golfer, he can enjoy easy and quick access to a number of nearby golf courses including Genoa Lakes Golf Course and Carson Valley Golf Course. Additional options include the exclusive Edgewood Tahoe and the beautiful Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Dad can even practice his short game at the Ridge Tahoe putting greens!
Practice for the real deal at the Ridge Tahoe.
Rock it out: The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday and Saturday to showcase the talent of regional and national musicians. As the largest free concert series in Lake Tahoe, this is a great way to watch Dad kick back and groove out! Each show begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Heavenly Village.
If he’s craving a throwback, the Spazmatics will play at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 17. This band recaptures the music of the 1980s, complete with the bad style. This show is for 21 years and older, so leave the kids at home for this one.
A lil’ competition: The Ridge Tahoe has everything you need for a fun-filled day! Challenge Dad to a game of mini golfing, tennis at one of our three outdoor tennis courts or a competitive game of ping pong or billiards. There are so many activities and services available for guests’ complimentary use at the Ridge Tahoe that you may never have to leave!
Take up a friendly game of tennis at an outdoor court at the Ridge.
Fill ‘em up: Regardless of the activity Dad decides to do this Father’s Day weekend, he should end it with a refreshing beer at the Bear Trap Lounge and a juicy prime rib dinner at the Bistro. The Father’s Day Special includes an eight-ounce prime rib served with creamy horseradish, potato cake, and grilled asparagus. The special is $25 per person and served from 5-8 p.m.
Happy Father’s Day from the Ridge Tahoe!
Summer has arrived! Tahoe’s national treasure – the lake – is filled to capacity after a record-breaking winter, and ready to provide visitors heart-pounding athletic competitions, blockbuster concerts, cultural outings, and craft brewery events all on-tap.
Make a plan to have Ridge Tahoe home base this month in order to catch one of these experiences – and of course, the views!
|Wake up to a sunrise at Ridge Tahoe before attending Tahoe’s array of exhilarating events this June. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
The inaugural Lake Tahoe Brewfest hosted by Cold Water Brewery and Grill and FNCTN (a production/promotional group; pronounced “Function,”) is coming to South Shore June 10 to feature craft brew tastings from all over Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. The event also includes a home brewers competition, live music, arts and craft vendors and food.
The 53rd annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay is considered to be the oldest relay race in the country as runners converge to run counter-clockwise around Lake Tahoe, June 10. Teams of seven individuals each tackle approximately 8-12 mile sections along the 72-mile scenic route.
Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers seven acres of entertainment on four stages at Camp Richardson’s campgrounds, June 3-4 and June 10-11. The two weekends include various activities: jousting, sword fighting, educational demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, children’s games, merchants, actors, food and beverages.
|Inspiring athletes and recreational enthusiasts push their limits this month either on foot or via bike. Courtesy: Rick Gunn
Long distance milers will lace up their running shoes and hit the road with the third annual Rock Tahoe Half Marathon, June 17. Presented by Epic Tahoe Adventures, the 13.1 mile course starts at Spooner Summit and drops over 1,000 feet as it winds down U.S. Highway 50 along the stunning east shore of Lake Tahoe to a finish line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Other weekend activities include an expo, post-race party for runners and their guests and awards for the top male and female age group finishers.
The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival honors Tahoe’s heritage with a season filled with performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. The season kicks off with Dirty Cello June 21.
|Jam out to some incredible artists at Valhalla this season including Dirty Cello, June 21 (pictured above). Courtesy: Valhalla Tahoe
The Loft Theatre located in the Heavenly Village is home to Magic Fusion and offers guests of all ages year-round entertainment with award-winner illusionists, sleight of hand, pallor-theatre magicians. The Kinsey Sicks stars in Dragapella is an Award-winning Off-Broadway Comedy-Musical and will perform at the Loft Theatre, June 19-23.
After a historic snowfall, Lake Tahoe has (mostly) thawed out to reveal rushing waterfalls and cautious wildflower buds. Unsurprisingly, it has also encouraged a mass exodus to Lake Tahoe’s beaches to soak in the Sierra sun.
If you’re visiting Tahoe in May and June, you’re in for a treat with some of the best of summer and winter activities at your fingertips. Check out a few of our favorite spring pastimes below.
With spring melt comes waterfalls. The warm months are ideal times to view Tahoe waterfalls and with so many to see, you may have to make two trips to fit them all in! Some of our absolute must-sees include Glen Alpine Falls, Eagle Falls (with a bonus view of Emerald Bay!), and Horsetail Falls.
Of course, you can always fit in a hike during your waterfall trek. Check out a few our favorite springtime hikes – and always check if the trail is accessible before heading out! There’s a strong possibility of snow still leftover on some trails in the Sierra.
The weather is warmer, which means there are ample opportunities to get out on the biggest draw of the area – the lake! Bear in mind that the water is still cold (it won’t be warm until mid-summer), but there are plenty of ways that you can mostly avoid the water by kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Ridge Tahoe guests receive special discounts with Zephyr Cove Resort.
You can also discover the different ways to explore Tahoe by water on our blog.
Explore the Village
The Heavenly Village is always teeming with special events, live music, delicious food and lively bars. Only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe, you can spend a full day exploring the various shops and people watching.
That’s right! While most of the region’s ski resorts are closed, Squaw Valley will remain open through June and the 4th of July. Of course, you can always try your hand at backcountry, too!
No matter which spring activity you choose, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect home base
Blue skies and warm days are here with more on the way as we hurtle through spring and into the summer season. For those itching to explore the great outdoors now that the snow has (mostly) melted and the trails are clearing up, there are numerous options available in the Tahoe South area from hiking to kayaking and more. For those that are looking for entertainment, well, there’s no shortage of that either!
Clear skies await you in Tahoe this spring. Photo credit: Kristen Rust
April wraps up with some favorites including the Genoa Cowboy Festival April 27-29. Just over Kingsbury Grade in Genoa, this festival celebrates all things cowboy and cowgirl with special events scheduled throughout the weekend. Back up the hill, musicians Dweezil Zappa plays Harrah’s on April 28 and Rebel Soul takes the stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 29.
Beginning in May, Pints & Paddles Cruise with Ike & Martin takes off aboard the M.S. Dixie II on May 3. Combining a scenic cruise on the lake with live music from local favorites, this is great after hours event that will leave you humming some familiar tunes. Similarly, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show May 6 brings classic rock to Harrah’s with cult favorites synced to incredible lighting effects.
The Amgen Tour of California: racing near you soon! Photo credit: Boyd Dangtongdee
Also on May 6, the WFC 71 – World Fighting Championships take place at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. While these fighters certainly have the strength, the men and women of the Amgen Tour of California would certainly beat them in endurance and speed contests when they descend upon the Lake Tahoe area May 11-12. We recommend spectators stake out a spot on Highway 50 for a glimpse of these world-class athletes.
Returning to MontBleu, Nick Swardson will get the masses laughing when he performs May 13. Todrick Hall will keep the yuks coming when he performs on May 15. MontBleu also welcomes the Eli Young Band on May 25 while Harrah’s hosts Robin Trower of Procol Harum and Robin Trower Band fame on May 27.
The hits keep coming with The Yardbirds at Harrah’s on June 3. These classic English crooners will play fan favorites like “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” (Did you know that this band kicked off the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page?!)
Retrace the steps of the Old West during the Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train. Photo credit: Brian Williams/Media West
The Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train rolls into the South Shore during the only bi-state historic event that retraces the route taken during the Gold Rush. Traveling at only three miles per hour, this week-long event includes campfires and family-friendly storytelling. During the same week, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will speed through the area on June 4, as will the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay on June 10. Get a taste of olden times the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is slated for June 10-11 or try out libations from 10 local breweries at Lake Tahoe Brewfest at Cold Water Brewery & Grill June 10.
Whatever you decide to do during your spring visit, set up home base at the Ridge Tahoe.
Owner Bill Wright is back with his top reasons why you should visit Lake Tahoe and stay at the Ridge Tahoe. For Bill’s previous article, click here.
Bill Wright has been an owner at the Ridge Tahoe for 32 years. And while he could give us more than 32 reasons why he continues to come back year after year, he distilled down his favorite reasons why Tahoe is his second home.
Sunrise at Eagle Falls. Photo credit: Brad Scott
1: The natural geological beauty of Lake Tahoe combined with the Ridge Tahoe Resort’s one of a kind Sierra Nevada scenic mountain ridge setting. Overlooking Carson Valley on the east and Lake Tahoe on the west, the resort offers year-round panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters, majestic pines, and giant granite boulders make up a landscape apart from anywhere else in the world.
2: The wonderful ski resorts. With seven wonderful ski resorts to choose from, there is no shortage of fresh powder and new views. The two largest and best known, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and Squaw Valley, are easily accessible from the Ridge.
These views, only minutes from your accommodations. Photo credit: Brad Scott
3: Easy and fast access from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to the Ridge and ski resorts. It’s almost four hours from the Boulder, Colorado airport to Aspen and three hours from the Albuquerque airport to the Taos ski resort. Even during snow storms – which normally come in from California in the west – Wright found access to the Ridge Tahoe easy and a joy to drive compared to other ski resort.
“Locals call us ‘Lucky Charms’ because we’ve never needed snow chains on all our trips up the mountain to Lake Tahoe,” Wright said. “I don’t even know how to put chains on tires.”
The access is especially beneficial for individuals who only want to ski Heavenly and want to avoid driving in snowy conditions. Individuals can also forego the cost of a rental car with the South Tahoe Airporter, which transports individuals from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe. This combined with the Ridge Tahoe transportation to and from the South Lake Tahoe casinos provides guests with exceptional car-free experiences.
Mount Tallac reflects in Taylor Creek at Kiva Beach in the summer. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun
4: Lake Tahoe is a year-round vacation destination. Summer water sports, hiking and biking, and winter skiing. Toss in year-round entertainment and you have a non-stop entertainment destination that is ideal for a second home or timeshare at the Ridge Tahoe.
“Even in our youth, we knew the time would come when we wouldn’t be as dedicated winter skiers as we were [at the time],” Wright said. “We wanted to select a location that we could enjoy year-round without skiing.”
5: Lake Tahoe’s bluebird days. On average, there are 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe, California. The July high is around 80 degrees. The January low is 19. Having learned to ski in frigid night conditions in the Midwest, as well as skiing in freezing Quebec Mont Saint Anne, Canada, Wright and his family fell in love with Lake Tahoe’s mild spring skiing sunshine temperatures.
If this list has convinced you, book your reservation at the Ridge Tahoe to experiences these perks and more.