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.
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.
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!
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.
If it were up to us, every day would be Mother’s Day, complete with leisurely brunches, fresh flowers and sunshiny days with family and friends. Unfortunately, every day can’t be Mother’s Day so when the day rolls around every year, we always work extra hard to ensure the holiday is a very special and memorable time for all mothers! This year will be no different at the Ridge Tahoe with a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
The brunch on Mother’s Day, May 14, will include a feast for the eyes and the taste buds with multiple indulgent dishes. A saccharine first course starts the meal with sweet ricotta and mascarpone stuffed crepes served with spring berry compote. The second course includes a choice of one of the following: herb crusted Alaskan halibut with sweet potato and wild mushroom hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs benedict with cottage potatoes and Old Bay spiced hollandaise; eight-ounce New York steak and eggs with cottage potatoes; huevos rancheros with refried beans, eggs, shrimp, roasted peppers and corn tortillas. Finish the same way you started with some sweet treats at Heather’s heavenly dessert buffet.
The brunch is $40 per person, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
There are also several other special Mother’s Day activities occurring throughout the weekend. If you are staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll have quick and easy access to these events.
Take the family for a ride this Mother’s Day weekend. Courtesy: V&T Railroad
Mother’s Day weekend rides on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad take off from Carson City, May 13-14. This 16-mile round trip ride on diesel train engines will transport riders to the historic town of Virginia City where shopping, dining, and sights abound. Mothers will delight in this unhurried ride through the rolling hills of the storied Comstock Lode right-of-way with the possibility of wild mustang sightings. The Carson City depot is about a 45-minute ride from the Ridge Tahoe.
Other options in town include the Mother’s Day Dinner Show at the Loft Theatre that includes a meal and magic on May 14. Magic Fusion starts at 7:30 p.m. and moms are free with the purchase of one adult ticket. If mom prefers a laugh, Nick Swardson is back at MontBleu on May 13 and Todrick Hall at Harrah’s on May 15.
Magicians take the stage at the Loft Tahoe for Mother’s Day. Courtesy: The Loft Tahoe
If the kids forgot to make something for mom, they have a last-minute opportunity at the History Club at the History Museum Complex in South Lake Tahoe. The Saturday before Mother’s Day, kids will be able to play games from the past and even create a Mother’s Day gift. Entry is $20 per child and more information is available online.
Regardless of your preferred Mother’s Day plans, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
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!