If there’s one place to celebrate the Fourth of July right, it’s Tahoe South. Recognized as the home of one of the best fireworks displays in the country, Tahoe South hosts “Lights on the Lake” on Monday, July 4. Be prepared to listen to the latest rock and pop hits while your eyes dazzle with visions of red, white and blue during the 9:45 p.m. show. The best viewing spots for the display include South Shore beaches like Lakeview Commons, Timber Cove and Nevada Beach among others.
Lights on the Lake | Courtesy: First Tracks Productions
The Fourth of July isn’t the only day to celebrate the birth of America; due to the Monday holiday, there is a whole weekend of festivities before the rockets even reach the air. Check out a few of the options below.
Live at Lakeview returns Thursday, June 23. This eclectic gathering of locals with fresh beats, a beer garden and resident vendors offers a great taste of the South Shore culture and spirit. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. at Lakeview Commons.
Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival | Courtesy: Sean Riley Photography
For an even bigger slice of the South Shore culture pie, the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival hosts performances at the historic Boathouse Theatre, outdoor concerts on the lawn and various events through the Fourth of July weekend. The Heifer Belles plays July 3 as part of the Music on the Lawn series and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” plays July 1-3.
Get in the Independence Day spirit with the Fourth of July Parade that honors our country’s veterans and features the UC Berkeley Marching Band. The best place to catch the parade is along Hwy 50 from the “Y” area at Hwy 50 and 89 through Bijou Community Park.
Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena | Courtesy: Harveys
A bevy of performers descend upon Tahoe South during the holiday weekend with the likes of Nick Swardson at MontBleu, July 1; Mark Mackay at MontBleu, July 2; Slighty Stoopid with special guests at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, July 2; Heather McDonald, July 3; Decadence – Come Away to the Cabaret at MontBleu, July 3.
The Beach Retreat & Lodge will also celebrate the Fourth with music, DJs and a very special appearance/performance by Alex Ramon, a famed magician. This beach party is open to the public.
Of course any Independence Day celebration should end with “Lights on the Lake” becuase it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks!
We know Dad’s not fussy, but just because he doesn’t “expect anything” doesn’t mean he should be left on the couch this Father’s Day! Keep reading to find out a few of our recommendations for a great Father’s Day weekend.
Edgewood Tahoe is a golfer’s dream | Courtesy: Brian Williams / Media West Group
A Day of Golf
What dad wouldn’t enjoy a round of 18, especially when it’s at a famous golf course like Edgewood Tahoe? Or at the mountain oasis that is Lake Tahoe Golf Course? The Ridge Tahoe is in close proximity to four courses in the South Shore, including the aforementioned, as well as Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. Additional courses in Carson Valley await you: Genoa Lakes offers two courses through the Lakes Course and the Resort Course and the Carson Valley Golf Course is only a short drive away in Gardnerville.
Adventure Aboard the V&T
Imagine meandering down the rails through the historic Carson Valley before snaking through the hillside to reach the Comstock-era boomtown of Virginia City. It’s a reality on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad with special Father’s Day Weekend rides for the entire family. The train departs from Carson City for a round trip and three-hour stopover in Virginia City. Tickets are currently only available for Sunday, June 19 so buy fast! This ride will sell out.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park | Courtesy: Rod Hanna
Take a Hike
Take in the fresh mountain air on one of any day hikes through the Sierra Nevada. A fairly easy and centrally located area is the Van Sickle Bi-State Park, which includes land in both California and Nevada. With picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and hikes for any experience level, Van Sickle is also located within walking distance to the Shops at Heavenly Village where you can treat dad to a tasty morsel after your trek.
Other recommended hikes include the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is easily accessible by Ridge Tahoe guests from their accommodations.
Cruise the Lake
The M.S. Dixie II offers a memorable experience for the whole family aboard its giant paddlewheel boat and departs daily from the Zephyr Cove Resort. The kids will be awestruck while on the sightseeing boat during the day, but you’ll want to leave ‘em at home for the Captain’s Dinner Cruise, a magnificent sunset ride through the inimitable Emerald Bay. While cutting through the waters you’ll experience delicious cuisine, delectable cocktails and dancing. Discounted tickets for the M.S. Dixie II are available in the Ridge Market Place.
Take a dip at the Ridge Tahoe
Relax at The Ridge Tahoe
So if Dad really wants to take it easy, there’s no better place to hang out than the Ridge Tahoe! Hot tubs, heated swimming pools, a driving range, basketball courts, and of course great rooms with even more spectacular views await you this Father’s Day.
You can feel it in the air – summer, that sweet, sunny time in the Sierra Nevada that brings warm, cloudless days full of new adventures. The official kick start to summer in Tahoe South is this Memorial Day Weekend, which promises to get the summertime party going with tons of sensational events.
Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car and Bike Show at the Heavenly Village
Starting on Friday, May 27 and continuing through the weekend, the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car & Bike Show will showcase vintage rides and impressive hogs. Sidewalk sales and a poker run is free courtesy of the Good Samaritans Safe Ride.
Pasta Buffet at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course
Want a different dining experience? Lake Tahoe Golf Course will host interactive pasta buffet on Friday, May 27. Pick your pasta, your sauce and all of the add-ins you’d like before their chefs whip it up in front of you. Dinner includes salad bar, breadsticks and dessert bar.
Tahoe Games in 2015 – Courtesy: Dave Clock
Tahoe Games Bike Nights at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course
The 2016 Tahoe Games Bike Night Series begins May 27 with additional events on June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, and Sept. 30. The 2nd Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series returns to the Lake Tahoe Golf Course and offers family-friendly x-country bike races on an illuminated course.
Arty the Party at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Find Arty every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9:00 p.m. in Harrah’s. Groove along to disco, dance, R&B and soul while mingling with locals and visitors.
Killer Dueling Pianos at Blu Nightclub inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Every Friday and Saturday night you can find the Killer Dueling Pianos at MontBleu. This special brand of entertainment will get you on your feet and singing along to their vast catalog of music, including songs by Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga. This free event begins at 9 p.m. and continues until 12 a.m.
ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience – Courtesy: Drew Stawin Photography
ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Did you miss seeing Led Zeppelin in concert? Relive the glory of and talent of Led Zeppelin on Saturday, May 28 at Harrah’s. You’ll have to look twice to make sure you’re not experiencing the real deal. The show starts at 7:30 pm.
Thompson Square at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Coming to MontBleu on May 28, Thompson Square is a husband-wife country music duo that has been climbing the charts since they signed to a major record law in 2010. Listen to hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You” live when they take the stage in Tahoe South.
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion Tours
Explore the decadence of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion during tours beginning Saturday, May 28. Built by I.W. Hellman in 1903, a San Francisco financier, the home was a popular summer retreat for his friends and family. The property is now owned by the State of California.
The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion – Courtesy: Tim Hauserman
Historic Vikingsholm Castle Tour
One of the most breathtaking architectural wonders in Lake Tahoe, Vikingsholm is a Scandanian mansion located in Emerald Bay. Tours are offered on a daily basis and include knowledgeable guides that will offer fun Tahoe trivia.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
Mothers, where would we be without them? Mothers do so much, they put up with a lot and they’re officially recognized only one day a year. Remedy this injustice by treating mom to a weekend’s worth of celebrations to honor her endless patience and grace. Special Tahoe South events are scheduled with moms in mind.
Give the Gift of Song
Begin the weekend with a performance by the Tahoe Choir and Lake Tahoe Community College chorus when they present “A Special Mother’s Day Gift of Song” on Friday, May 6 at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available prior to the performance.
Matriarchs that prefer more rock in their music can head to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa for the Marshall Tucker Band on Saturday, May 7. Blending rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel, the band is sure to liven up your Mother’s Day celebrations.
All aboard with smiles for Mother’s Day! Courtesy: V&T Railroad
Visit the Old West
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad is offering a pre-season special just for mothers and their families during Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8. Hop aboard the diesel train in Carson City for a wild west ride to the Comstock-era boomtown of Virginia City. With tons of historic landmarks, sights and shopping, Virginia City is a great place to spend the afternoon. Every Mom receives a long stem rose as part of her journey. Buy tickets.
Celebrate with Bubbly at The Hungry Bear Restaurant
The Ridge Tahoe is popping bottles for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch features several courses of delicious foods as sweet as mom.
The first course includes sweet ricotta and mascarpone stuffed creeps with spring berry compote followed by a second course of your choice: herb crusted Alaskan halibut, sweet potato and wild mushroom hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs benedict with cottage potatoes and Old Bay hollandaise; New York steak and eggs with cottage potatoes; or huevos rancheros with shrimp, refried beans and corn tortillas.
Heather’s Heavenly Dessert Buffet will cap off an eventful brunch.
Brunch is $40 per person and served 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Treat Mom this weekend to treatments at Elevation Spa.
Finish Off Strong
Regardless of what you choose for Mother’s Day, the Ridge Tahoe can take care of mom with spa packages, facial treatments and massage options. They’re great as a surprise and the perfect ending to a weekend just for mom.
Happy Mother’s Day from the Ridge Tahoe!
Spring is fast approaching and with it comes Easter Sunday, as well as a slew of events that herald the change of seasons. Hop into this holiday weekend with all of the great happenings in Tahoe South.
Easter Day Festivities
Spend Easter morning in Meyers for a classic Easter egg hunt. Hosted by Lake Valley Fire Protection District, this quest will take you throughout Tahoe Paradise Park and around Lake Baron. Children will be delighted by the special appearance of a fire truck and the big man himself, the Easter Bunny! The Easter egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. and be on the lookout for golden eggs for an extraordinary prize.
Eggstravaganza at Sierra-at-Tahoe (via Sierra-at-Tahoe)
Another option for springtime fun is at Sierra-at-Tahoe where they’ll host the Easter Eggstravaganza on the new solstice Plaza. Bring your basket to discover “egg-cellent” treasures left behind by the Easter Bunny. Sierra-at-Tahoe isn’t leaving out the adults: an on-mountain Easter egg hunt will follow for the kids at heart.
You’ll surely work up an appetite after rummaging for Easter eggs all morning and you’re in luck – several restaurants in town will host Easter brunch for famished adults and children alike.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour invites you to “ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel” when it returns to Tahoe. One of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival features beautiful and stimulating films from around the world. Discover some of the best mountain film makers on the big screen at MontBleu on March 28.
Following the Banff Festival, the 11th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to MontBleu on March 31. While visually breathtaking, this film festival’s goal is to inspire activism to care for our environment with proceeds benefitting Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.
Live music from Ike and Martin at Riva Grill and Richie Ballerini at 19 Kitchen cap off March 31.
Views of The Ridge from the Tahoe Rim Trail (via Tahoe Heals)
Enjoy the Sunlight
Daylight savings has blessed Tahoe South with even more sunshine, so forgo dark theatres and restaurants for some unadulterated time with nature! There are a number of accessible trails from The Ridge Tahoe, including the famous Tahoe Rim Trail.
Hoppy Easter weekend!
Whether you like to imbibe in a green beer, indulge in corned beef and cabbage, don your finest emerald apparel or partake in all of three and more, Tahoe South has a bevy of festive activities for St. Patrick’s Day and the following weekend.
Take the party to Tahoe South
Lucky for you a slew of celebrations will punctuate the evening of March 17 and you get to choose from a list of impressive venues and parties!
The Fresh Ketch will have food and drink specials 3 p.m. to close, plus live music 7 – 10 p.m.
McP’s Taphouse Grill has drink specials all day, live music with the Lost Mountain Band and loads of giveaways, as well as Guinness and Bud Light Girls as special guests.
Steamer’s Bar & Grill will host the St. Funkin Patrick’s Day Party with music starting at 9 p.m. Steamer’s will serve the traditional corned beef and cabbage along with their infamous corned beef tacos and drink specials all day long. You may even get some free schwag!
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe invites you to get “sham rocked” with food and drink specials in the Fire Break Kitchen & Bar and Park Prime Steakhouse.
Beach Retreat & Lodge hosts their St. Patrick’s Day Party in The Tavern, 6 – 10 p.m. Food and drink specials will be available and if you’re feeling the luck of the Irish, try your hand at their St. Patty’s Day Bingo and Beer Pong!
(And if you find that you’ve celebrated too much, we recommend taking BlueGo to get home safely or schedule a pickup with a ridesharing service.)
Celebrate close to your home away from home
The Ridge Tahoe will host St. Patrick’s Day festivities with meal and drink specials. The Ridge will be serving corned beef and cabbage 5:30-8:30 p.m. and a happy hour in the Tahoe Lounge, 4 – 8 p.m. on March 17.
While happy hour is adults only, the kids have an opportunity to join in the revelry at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Kids Club. Children are invited to make crafts, play games and try to find the pot of gold from 9 – 10:30 a.m. then create a special treat in honor of St. Patrick from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Feel the luck all weekend long
If you don’t get your fill on Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day continues into the weekend with various entertainment.
Lake Tahoe Golf Course kicks off the weekend with the Super Sloppy Reubens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 18. Happy hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner with live music starts at 6 p.m. Chase their delicious reubens with Irish coffee or green beers on special.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa invites you to come sail away with the legendary Styx when they play on March 18.
Racers are wanted for the Snowshoe Cocktail Races March 19 at The Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson. Strap on snowshoes and try not to spill any drinks as you zig and zag through an obstacle course to win prizes from The Landing Resort & Spa, Deschutes Brewing Company and Cold Water Brewery and Grill among others.
No matter how you decide to celebrate, The Ridge Tahoe wishes you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!