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Autumn in Tahoe: What’s Not to Fall For?

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.

The wildlife
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.

The colors
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

The recreation
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

The events
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.

Push Yourself with These Challenging Tahoe Hikes

Hiking can be a leisurely activity spent with friends or it can be a challenging adventure that can take you to the very top of the world. For those in either category, Tahoe provides many trails that travel to hidden waterfalls, crystal clear alpine lakes and the highest peaks in the Basin. Individuals looking for a real test of their endurance and strength need look no further than the following hikes rated hard in the Tahoe Basin.

 

The summit of Mt. Tallac offers stunning views of Tahoe. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Mt. Tallac
9.6 miles | 3,323 elevation gain
Mt. Tallac is the towering peak that marks the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Its iconic cross, which typically bears the final remnants of an epic winter, can be seen throughout the southern community. In addition to its staggering height and beauty, Tallac offers an extremely difficult, but very rewarding hike that takes you through troves of wildflowers to its summit where you can peer into Desolation Wilderness and view the many alpine lakes dotting the region.

Tips: Leave early to beat the heat and the crowds. We recommend leaving by first light.

Freel Peak
6.2 miles | 3,228 elevation gain
Freel Peak sits at 10,892 ft. (just over 1,000 feet higher than Mt. Tallac) and claims the title for tallest peak in Tahoe. With this status, it’s easy to imagine that a hike to its summit would be, well, staggering! By many accounts, Freel is much more difficult than Tallac with sand accounting for much of its final ascent. Like Tallac, Freel provides very gratifying views of not only Lake Tahoe and its surroundings, but also of Carson Valley. If you want to claim that you’ve hiked the highest peak in Tahoe, then Freel is for you!

Tips: Take it slow when approaching the summit as it’s mostly sand and your footing may stumble.

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Ralston Peak
6.4 miles | 3,018 elevation gain
For wildflowers and impressive mountain overlooks, hikers will find a stimulating, albeit thigh burning, hike in Ralston Peak. Much of the hike is uphill and steep, so be prepared for a long climb to the top. However, this hike is much less populated than Freel and Tallac, which means you’ll have the gorgeous summit mostly to yourself

Tips: Check the weather before you head out as weather can change quickly towards the top.

Take in multiple lakes and views of Emerald Bay from Maggies Peaks. Credit: Robbie Graves

Maggies Peaks
3.7 miles | 1,774 elevation gain
The more moderate option of the aforementioned hikes, Maggies Peak is a fairly steep, mostly uphill hike that provides generous views of Emerald Bay and Desolation Wilderness. Choose between the north peak to see more of the bay and the south peak for more of Desolation. Butterflies abound at the top, making it the perfect picnic spot.

Tips: If you’re new to more difficult trails, try Maggies before attempting any of the first three hikes.

See you out on the trails!

Fall in Love with Autumn and Winter Weddings

Summer is fading, but we can’t help but fall for the romantic allure of autumn and winter. When it comes to weddings, these two seasons offer a magical quality unmatched in the warmer months, which is why the Ridge Tahoe is offering a wedding special for couples that book by Oct. 31, 2017.

Ever wanted to make snowballs at your wedding? You can during our wedding special! Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

Couples that celebrate their nuptials at the Ridge Tahoe between October and May 15, 2018, will take advantage of the Ridge Tahoe Simplistic Lifestyle Ceremony and Cocktail Party Package.

Those brides and grooms that book this time-limited deal will gather up to 25 of their closest friends and family at the indoor ceremony site and say, “I do” under the Ridge Tahoe’s new indoor ceremony arbor. The package also includes 25 white ceremony chairs, an event attendant for those last-minute details and an officiate to, well, make it official!

Get as festive as you’d like during your fall or winter wedding at the Ridge. Courtesy: Ridge Tahoe Resort

iPod amplification will set the soundtrack for cocktails from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Couples will choose from a choice of three appetizers in addition to imported cheese platters, a hot beverage station with tea, coffee and Belgium hot chocolate to warm up! The reception will also include an unlimited selection of sodas and juices, as well a one hour hosted bar of beer and wine. Finish off the evening with a six-inch cutting cake topped with fresh flowers and paired with your choice of three mini desserts.

Couples will remember the day forever with a one-hour photo session with 75 images. Smile, pose and be merry as you celebrate the best day of your lives at the Ridge Tahoe!

Are you drooling yet? Your wedding will include delicious appetizers and desserts. Courtesy: Ridge Tahoe Resort

Additional benefits of this package include hair and makeup for the bride, a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere, four vases for decoration, Chiavari reception chairs, linens, banquet staff, china, and glassware.

This special also includes exclusive room rates as low as $79, and better yet: the happily wedded couple will enjoy a complimentary 2-night stay in a one-bedroom suite.

If you’re searching for the perfect venue for your fall or winter wedding, the Ridge Tahoe is happy to host you and your loved ones for a day you won’t soon forget. This wedding special is $5395.00* ( Inclusive of tax and service fees).

For more information, call Blair Butler at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160 or bbutler@ridge-resorts.com.

It’s a Spooktacular Time to Celebrate Halloween in Tahoe

The time of year has come for ghouls, witches and vampires to reveal themselves, celebrating the holiday of tricks, treats and scares. Halloween brings a week filled with spooktacular festivities to Tahoe South, with events suited for all ages.

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It’s time to get spooky with fun activities at The Ridge Tahoe!

The Ridge is the perfect place for families who enjoy spending Halloween in the cozy indoors watching scary movies with plenty of seating for everyone. Get into the spirit of the season and carve Jack-O-Lanterns or bake scrumptious Halloween treats in fully-equipped kitchens. The Ridge will be celebrating All Hallows Eve with a special screening of “Hotel Transylvania” and a Halloween extravaganza at the Kids Club. Festivities kick off with a costume party from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. followed by spooky crafts at 11 a.m. and finally games from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

If you’d prefer to venture out onto the spooky streets, trick-or-treat in a fun (and safe) environment at the 14th annual Treat Street at Lake Tahoe Community College, on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Local businesses and non-profits hand out candy, while children enjoy games, spooky stories, a haunted house, a mad scientist laboratory and more surprises.

Put on your thinking hats and get those creative juices flowing as you determine your Halloween costume for the annual Freaker's Ball at MontBleu. Photo: Brian Walker.

Tahoe South is the place to go all out on your costume. Courtesy: MontBleu / Photo credit: Brian Walker

Kahle Community Center is hosting their annual Halloween Carnival Celebration, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe, this event allows children to show off their costumes while play carnival games to win treats and wonderful prizes.

The Beach Retreat and Lodge is hosting a Halloween Party, where families can trick-or-treat throughout the property, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. The evening includes a bounce house, live entertainment, music, s’mores and costume contests.

Grab a group of friends for a scary and challenging puzzle adventure with Trapped in Tahoe. The locally owned entertainment business is designed to take guests through various themed rooms, where groups have to work together to for a way out. Current storylines include avoiding being a vampire’s victim in Dracula’s Castle; an escape from an evil girl and a burning house in Funny Faces; and a terrifying zombie apocalypse in Sector 11.

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Let your freak flag fly at MontBleu’s Halloween bash. Courtesy: MontBleu

Adults can indulge their inner ghoul with a few of Tahoe South’s hottest parties of the year. The Rockin’ Dead Halloween Bash at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino features DJ Chris Payne mixing beats, Oct. 28 starting at 9 p.m. The bash culminates with a costume contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

The 38th annual Freaker’s Ball spans throughout three MontBleu venues and guests bring their best costume game, Oct 29 starting at 8 p.m. The oldest and most extravagant Halloween party in Tahoe features hit DJs and dancers, as well as a costume contest with $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Stay safe this weekend and Halloween with the Ridge’s free shuttle service to the casinos.

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.

Fall into October with Tahoe South Festivals

The leaves are turning, falling and breezing all over Tahoe South signaling the coming of October. It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly done with the year, but there is still so much to experience when you visit Lake Tahoe. This month brings events and festivals to the area that celebrates the Autumn season. It’s a great time to get outside, spend time with the family and drink apple cider – or a giant stein of beer if you’re so inclined!

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Cheers to Oktoberfest, Oct. 1-2! Courtesy: Camp Richardson Resort & Marina

Does Fall really start until you’ve relished some authentic German fare and giant mugs of brew? For many, the season kicks into gear with the annual Oktoberfest hosted by Camp Richardson, Oct. 1-2. The two-day festival packs in fun and fare with something for everyone, including craft booths, a pumpkin patch, face painting, balloon art, a climbing wall, a bouncy house and live music. Guests can enter contests such as beer stein holding, yodeling and owner and dog dress up. A popular element of the fest is the beer and wine garden.

Occurring on the same Saturday and Sunday, the Fall Fish Fest at Taylor Creek Visitor Center is an annual celebration of the fall migration of the Kokanee salmon. This weekend is one of the most educational wildlife viewing events in Northern California with plenty of great activities for the whole family. Kokanee salmon come to spawn in Taylor Creek after a long journey. Bears are often spotted in the area Avid runners can also join the Kokanee Trail Run during this action packed weekend. Sign up for a half marathon, 5k and 10k runs.

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Push your boundaries during the Lake Tahoe Marathon. Credit: Dan Thrift

If you crave more physical activity, sign up for the Lake Tahoe Marathon. The marathon has become a premier, 3-day festival of running, swimming and kayaking, Oct. 6-9. There are events available for any age group beginning with toddlers.

The colors are popping off in Tahoe region and the Alpine Aspen Festival honors the beauty of the season Oct. 8-9. It also celebrates the vital role of aspen groves in providing water to millions of residents in California and Nevada. Located in the picturesque Hope Valley, Alpine County hosts the headwaters of five major rivers: American River, Stanislaus River, Mokelumne River, Truckee River and Carson River. This area not only hosts great opportunities for fly fishing, but also horseback riding, hikes, disc golf and star gazing. Try out a new hobby during the festival or simply appreciate the splendor of your surroundings.

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Amazing fall colors await you in Hope Valley. Credit: Merick Rickman

As always, the Ridge is packed with endless opportunities and adventures for all ages. Catch one of two Blockbuster movies shown every day in the cozy theater. Try one of the Valley View Hikes with incredible mountain scenery or take tennis lessons with the family to improve that swing. The complimentary Kids Club offers hands-on activities and fun learning experiences, while parents get treated to a relaxing spa treatment at Elevation Spa. The Ridge offers incredible amenities in any season so grab that Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy!

Getting into the Autumn Spirit at Lake Tahoe

Do you feel that? It’s the crisp Autumn breeze swirling around the Lake Tahoe basin indicating Fall has arrived with shorter days and colder nights. With a plethora of deciduous pine trees, it’s quite special to explore the locations where colorful autumn foliage is on display. Grab your cameras to capture the changing leaves and don’t miss the perfect opportunity for some great social media posts!

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Fall in Tahoe offers a different perspective on the Jewel of the Sierra. Courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Hope Valley
With a name like that, you know this location will renew your spirit and senses with a rolling landscape of lush colors. Aspen groves and the flowing Carson River cutting through the valley makes for a prime photography location, as well as a great fishing spot. A recommended time to visit this area is during the Alpine Alpen Festival, Oct. 8-9.  Tip: Stop into Sorensen’s for a bite to eat before returning to Lake Tahoe.

Directions: Drive on Highway 50 west and turn left at Highway 89 south. Continue over Luther Pass to Pickett’s Junction approximately 10 miles.

Fallen Leaf Lake/Fredrick’s Meadow
Fallen Leaf Lake is a Sierra dream – especially during the autumn when the water is sparkling, the crowds have dissipated and the leaves have gone golden. Not only is the Lake a treat, but the walk to Fallen Leaf is plentiful of seasonal colors in Frederick’s Meadow. Aspens and conifers surround this open meadow whose tall grasses also turn a golden hue when the weather changes.

Directions: Take Highway 89 south and turn left on Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Continue past the campground entrance approximately 1 ½ miles.

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Mt. Tallac as viewed from Fallen Leaf Lake. Credit: Rachid Dahnoun

Lam Watah Trail/Rabe Meadow
Fall colors abound while strolling through the Rabe Meadow on the Lam Watah Trail. The trail rambles through the meadow before landing at Nevada Beach, which makes for a great setting for an autumnal sunset.

Directions: Take Highway 50 towards Stateline and turn left on Kahle drive. Park in the lot on the right.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center
Home to the Kokanee Salmon Festival the first week of October, Taylor Creek offers an easy, enjoyable stroll in a variety of landscapes including forest, meadow and swamp. Aspens engulf the trail at times when then opens up to Taylor Creek where legions of Kokanee salmon spawn during the autumn. Taylor Creek offers seating areas to take in the flora and fauna, as well as a visitors center for those eager to learn more about the visiting fish.

Directions: Drive on Highway 89 south and go past the Tallac Historic Site to turn right at the Visitor Center.

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Kokanee salmon as they spawn at Taylor Creek. Credit: Brad Scott

Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden
Located on College Drive, there is a large display of Aspen trees in the Demonstration Garden.  The Demonstration Garden offers tranquility in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. Centrally located, it’s perfect for a quick connection to nature!

 

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.

Get Spooked in Tahoe South This Halloween

Ghosts, goblins, witches, monsters and mummies run amuck in Tahoe South this Halloween.  Get in the spooky spirit a week early this year and keep it going through the holiday. Here are a some parties and celebrations you won’t want to miss.

Costumes, parties and candy - oh my!  Photo: Brian Walker.

Costumes, parties and candy – oh my!
Photo: Brian Walker.

  • Tahoe Tot Spot is hosting its first Monster’s Ball for children four and younger. Bring your youngin for face painting, carnival-style games, a fun house tunnel, balloon maze, bobbing for apples, and Halloween treats. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and each child will receive a special trick or treat bag to take home.
  • The 37th Annual Freaker’s Ball at MontBleu – This is the oldest, largest and most extravagant Halloween party. The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. The costumes are worth it on their own, but there’s also $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs in the costume contest. Pop-Fiction will be performing in the Theater, music will be at Blu and the Haunted Zone Party Pit, and Opal’s resident DJ will be spinning all night. This is one of the biggest Halloween celebrations on the West Coast. It’s worth it.
  • Halloween Dance with the Tahoe Dance Band – This 17 piece band will be playing at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30. The party is open to all ages and includes appetizers, wine and desserts. Prizes will be given out for funniest, most original, sexiest and scariest costume.
  • Tahoe Best Friends is hosting a Howl’oween Party for dogs, kids and adults. Dress your whole family up (your pooch too) and come eat, drink and be scary at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be contests and prizes and the best part is, it’s free!
  • Trick or Treat at the 13th Annual Treat Street, Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Lake Tahoe Community College and local businesses team up to provide a safe environment. There will be candy, hot cocoa, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn and s’mores for the whole family. An added bonus? A haunted house.
  • If you’ve recovered from Freaker’s Ball and are ready for more Halloween fun, Opal Ultra Lounge inside MontBleu brings round two with their Exotic Halloween Bash. The exotic costume contest is offering $5,000 in prizes. As if that wasn’t reason enough to go, ladies drink free until midnight.
  • New to the Tahoe South Halloween scene, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is getting in on the fun with The Rocking Dead Halloween Bash & Costume Contest. The party starts at 9 p.m. and is in Vinyl. Cover Me Badd will be providing live music and there’s no cover if you come in a costume.
  • Closing out the Halloween Celebrations is the Circus of Sin party at Peek Nightclub in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. DJs Eric Dlux and Rick Gee will make sure everyone is in the spooky spirit.

What kind of scary fun will you get into this Halloween?

Where to be for a Tahoe Sunset

The Tahoe South sunsets have been so good lately they inspired us to write a blog on the best spots to check them out. We know we’ve given you scenic viewpoints and gorgeous hikes in the past, but we’ve collected a list of our top 5 locations to watch the sun go down.

  1. Cave Rock – This is a popular spot for locals and visitors. It’s a short hike followed by some average bouldering to get to the top. From the top you can enjoy panoramic views of the lake. The trailhead sits off Cave Rock Drive. If you don’t have a lot of time, this is the hike for you as it only takes about 15 minutes to get to the top once you’ve parked.

    A Cave Rock sunset is always a good view.  Photo: Britt Hobart

    A Cave Rock sunset is always a good view.
    Photo: Britt Hobart

  2. Logan Shoals – This popular viewing point is right off Highway 50 after Cave Rock. It’s a short walk, but if you’re not afraid of bush whacking it a little, there’s a path below where you can get an even better look at the lake. The path extends to two miles on each side and stops at private property on both sides.
  3. Van Sickle Bi-State Park – How often can you tell people you’ve been in two places at once? You can do that multiple times on this hike. There are several different paths so it’s kind of like a choose your own adventure hike. Hike up to Heavenly Mountain and The Ridge Tahoe or make it a short hike to scenic viewpoints. Or start at The Ridge Tahoe and hike down to this trail.

    Get some elevation for better views. Photo: Spencer Spellman.

    Get some elevation for better views.
    Photo: Spencer Spellman

  4. Zephyr Cove – Known for being one of the better beaches in town, it also offers incredible views. Relax by the water, bring a blanket and a cuddle buddy. There’s just something about the way the sun sets behind those rocks.

    Tahoe South sunsets are magic. Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

    Tahoe South sunsets are magic.
    Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick

  5. From a boat – The lake always looks better when you’re on the water. Take a cruise on the MS Dixie II to enjoy the sunset from the best location. The cruise includes dinner and a lap around Emerald Bay.

Where is your favorite place to watch the sun go down?