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.
Are you feeling a little harebrained coming into the holiday weekend? We don’t blame you! Holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to planning family events and even more so when you’re traveling. However, if you’ve planned a trip to the Ridge Tahoe and Lake Tahoe this weekend to celebrate, then you can rest at ease knowing that all your holiday plans are taken care of – including an Easter egg hunt!
You’ll be hopping for joy when you arrive at the Ridge Tahoe this weekend. Not only is spring skiing still in effect at Heavenly Mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain (the last week for the latter), but the weekend is also jam packed with great holiday events on-site and in town.
Fuel up for a day of fun and family with our Easter Day brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This brunch caters to children and adults with two full menus to choose from:
- For children 12 years old and under, brunch includes choice of beverage (orange juice, milk or soda); a first course of Easter cross buns with fresh fruits; a second course of either a Belgian waffle with scrambled egg and bacon, country egg platter with bacon and potatoes, chicken tenders with fries, or a cheese burger with fries.
- Adults start off the brunch with Easter cross buns and fresh fruit, followed by a second course with a choice of crab cake avocado benedict with cottage potatoes, Belgian waffles with eggs, bacon and berry compote, herb crusted prime rib, garlic-olive crusted rack of lamb, poached Verlasso salmon, or Ridge shrimp rancheros with corn tortillas, eggs, black and pinto refried beans and grilled shrimp.
Easter isn’t complete without a trip to the dessert buffet. Each menu includes dessert. Bruch is $14 for children and $40 for adults.
The celebration doesn’t stop with brunch! The Ridge Tahoe Elevation Spa and Recreation hosts an Easter egg hunt for children inside the Clubhouse. Kids will hunt for 1,000 total eggs filled with prizes, as well as have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and snap photos with him between egg hunting sessions. Kids are advised to keep an eye out for golden eggs. If they nab one of these gilded beauties, they’ll win a special surprise Easter basket! The Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 9 a.m. for children three to six years old and 10:30 a.m. for children seven to 11 years old.
For more information about other events happening in Lake Tahoe this weekend, visit Tahoe South. Hoppy Easter from the Ridge Tahoe!
Lake Tahoe isn’t all casinos and late nights – there are many activities available for families and underage guests to experience the best active, outdoors and social opportunities in the area. Find some of our top recommendations below.
You don’t have to be over 21 to enjoy all that Tahoe has to offer. Credit: Tahoe South
Tennis, racquetball, and badminton: Take a whack on one of the many courts available on-site at the Ridge Tahoe. These activities will surely drive a few friendly competitions among family members and friends.
Mini golf at Heavenly Village: Bask in the sun as you work your way through the 18 hole mini golf course in the center of the Heavenly Village, which is only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe. The mini golf course turns into an ice rink during the winter months.
Workout: Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t work out. The Ridge Tahoe includes a full fitness facility that is available to individuals 13 years and older. After working out, head to one of our many hot tubs to soothe your sore muscles.
Reach new heights with a snowshoe or hike. Courtesy: Tahoe South
Hiking and snowshoeing: Available directly from the Ridge Tahoe, hiking and snowshoeing is an immensely popular activity in Tahoe. With so many trails available, it’s hard not to strap on your snowshoes or hiking boots to explore the Sierra Nevada.
Kayak and paddleboard: When visiting Lake Tahoe, you must get on the lake at some point! Whether it’s on a cruise or on a kayak or paddleboard, it’s always a good idea to go out on the water. There are plenty of rentals available around the shores, including nearby Zephyr Cove Marina and Round Hill Pines.
Heavenly Epic Discovery: Winter isn’t the only time Heavenly Mountain is a source of endless fun – summer also provides adventure and beautiful sights with Epic Discovery. Activities include a scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain, the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, tubing, multiple ropes courses, and a climbing wall.
Take the ride of your life at Heavenly Epic Discovery. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Heavenly Mountain Resort
Family Fun Arcade: Located at the Ridge Tahoe, the Family Fun Arcade allows you to let loose and play classic games. Challenge friends to a friendly game before heading to the billiards room also located in the arcade.
Wallyball Mixer: Try your hand at Wallyball, a fast-paced sport that includes playing volleyball in a racquetball court. These mixers are sure to work up a sweat and provide amble opportunities to make new friends.
Trapped in Tahoe: Trapped in Tahoe is an exhilarating test of your teamwork skills and ability to stay calm and collected in the face of danger. Work with friends and family to solve a puzzle that will lead you through a dangerous path to safety from zombies, vampires, killer clowns or a dangerous mine.
You won’t be underwhelmed with the abundance of under-21 activities available at the Ridge Tahoe and in Tahoe South. Which activities are on your must-do list?
It’s that time of the year again when everyone’s a little Irish and also a little full from too much corned beef and cabbage! If you’re spending time in Tahoe for this wonderful holiday, then you will find there are plenty of ways for you to don your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
First on your must-do St. Patrick’s Day list should be a hearty helping of corned beef and cabbage. A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is incomplete without it! Luckily for guests of the Ridge Tahoe, the Bistro will be hosting a very festive meal on Friday, March 18, with a corned beef and cabbage special. The Bistro is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Say “cheers!” to St. Patrick’s Day. Credit: Lauren Lindley
From dinner, continue the merriments with live music and drink specials with no cover at McP’s Taphouse. McP’s will offer over 40 beers, giveaways to patrons and the Guinness and Bud Light girls. For another festive option, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the Sham Rockin’ Celebration with drink specials, live music at Vinyl, DJs, and March basketball viewing. You can also catch all of the basketball action at MontBleu’s March Hoops on St. Patrick’s Day with HD televisions and all-you-can-eat food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The house will be rockin’ with the likes of Lake Street Dive with special guest Joey Dosik at MontBleu, March 17. These crooners will celebrate the holiday with their infectious pop music that blends genres and will certainly make for a memorable St. Patrick’s Day.
For a change of pace, try out Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge St. Patrick’s Day Bingo. The bingo will be free and St. Patrick’s Day themed with plenty of prizes up for grabs, as well as drink specials starting at 4 p.m.
Snowshoe Cocktail Races come to Tahoe on March 18. Credit: Camp Richardson / Chris Talbot
The fun continues into the weekend with Lake Tahoe Golf Course’s Super Sloppy Reubens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 18. Accompanied by live music, the happy hour and dinner includes delicious reubens, Irish coffee and green beers on special. Additionally, Camp Richardson’s last Snowshoe Cocktail Races of the season kicks up the snow, March 18.
If you imbibe too much, be aware that the BlueGo Casino Shuttle is available to get you back safely to the Ridge Tahoe. Our Ridge shuttle is also available and on-call!
Enjoy the holiday and have a safe weekend!
Tahoe is gearing up for an eventful holiday weekend with a plethora of entertainment, recreation, and new food. For those staying at The Ridge Tahoe, these President’s Day Weekend events and activities are only minutes from your room.
Get outdoors during Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Feb. 17. This hour-long ski-venture with a US Forest Service Ranger aims to educate the public about the role Forest Service plays in ski area management, as well as to improve individuals’ understanding of natural resources and stewardship. All participants must be intermediate skiers/boarders and provide their own lift ticket.
Get ready for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races by practicing with friends! Photo credit: Lauren McMillin Photography/Adventurette
Another outdoor adventure option is located at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill on Feb. 18 with Snowshoe Cocktail Races. This race tests participants’ hand-eye coordination and balance as they meander through a snowy obstacle course while wearing snowshoes and carrying cocktails. Prizes are awarded for the fastest and cleanest at the finish line.
For a good cause – and a good time – the Head 2 Head Ski Challenge at Kirkwood Mountain hosts a race and dinner auction on Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All abilities and ages of skiers and boarders are welcome to compete in before an auction and dinner in the evening. Proceeds will benefit junior ski race programs.
Taste a different side of The Ridge Tahoe with two new menus at the Ridge Club Bistro and the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The Hungry Bear Restaurant now includes delicious pastas such as tortellini carbonara, wild mushroom ravioli, and shrimp Provencal, Asian pressed chicken thighs with pineapple ginger chile glaze, classics like beef tenderloin medallion and surf and turf, and new favorites like grilled Idaho River Trout and pan-seared Chilean Verlasso Salmon. View the full menu here.
For a less formal dining experience, the Ridge Club Bistro offers all of your favorites: seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches, nachos, and a children’s menu. Bonus: both the Hungry Bear Restaurant and the Ridge Club Bistro are located on-site at The Ridge Tahoe!
Get your party on with entertainment options this President’s Day Weekend. Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe
If it’s entertainment you crave, Tahoe South offers several options during President’s Day Weekend. After riding, stay on the mountain a little bit longer to experience the Unbuckle Après Party with the Heavenly Angels, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Unbuckle your boots, sip on some half-priced drinks and leave the kids at home for this new type of après ski.
Once you’re down from the mountain, choose from a number of late night options: Rock On! Live Band Karaoke at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 17; Disco night at the Loft Theater, Feb. 17; free Mark Mackay concert in Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Feb. 18; Dark Star Orchestra at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Feb. 19; Sunday Night Music Session with the Heidi Incident!, Feb. 19; and Howie Nave and guest Joshua Mann at the Improv at Harveys through Feb. 19.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!