Imagine having a whole extra day to explore the South Shore of Lake Tahoe… It’s possible this weekend as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day arrives on Monday, Jan. 18. We are firm believers that nothing’s better than a three-day weekend – except when it’s a three-day weekend in Tahoe South.
What should you do with your extra time? We have a few ideas for you.
While you could hit the slopes for another day, consider trying out a different snow sport like snowshoeing. This family-friendly activity is for truly fun for all ages and only requires a pair of snowshoes to begin. Several trails in Tahoe South are easily accessible and offer breathtaking views, but we suggest checking out Camp Richardson’s trail at their on-site Mountain Sports Center. Located on the shores of the lake, Camp Richardson has some of the best snowshoeing in the area, and if you’re there on Saturday, Jan. 16, you can watch individuals participate in the Snowshoe Cocktail Race at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar and Grill. You could even participate if you feel so inclined – just make sure you have a steady hand!
Get it on the fun at the Snowshoe Cocktail Races this weekend. Credit: Jonah Kessel
The Ridge Tahoe also offers the Valley View Snowshoe adventure that offers amazing panoramas of the Carson Valley. This moderate hike covers approximately 2.5 miles and gains nearly 500 feet in elevation. Check the Ridge Guide for the most up-to-date information and times.
Get to shopping
The holiday weekend brings sales, which creates the perfect situation to if you’re itching to find that perfect souvenir, Tahoe South has a number of places to not only purchase name brands like Patagonia and North Face, but also discover unique gifts from local talent. The Shops at Heavenly Village houses the aforementioned brands, as well as a Quiksilver, several ski shops and boutiques. Sprinkled throughout the South Shore are locally owned stores that offer a variety of handmade products that are uniquely Tahoe. Wildwood DIY Boutique and Gaia-Licious are two local favorites that stock local goods ranging from soap and homewares to jewelry and clothing. You can do some serious damage to your credit cards. You’ll find the perfect gift for a friend or family member (or several gifts for yourself).
Work out the kinks of a successful weekend at The Ridge Tahoe’s Elevation Spa.
Relax at the Ridge
Nothing says rest and relaxation like a couples’ massage. Send the kids to one of several indoor areas, including the indoor pool, the ping pong and billiards room and video arcade, then enjoy up to 90 minutes of absolute indulgence. Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe offers $10 off any 90-minute treatments on Sundays and $10 off one-hour or longer treatment on Mondays. You don’t even have to leave your room if you so desire – Elevation Spa will come to you for an in-room treatment.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!
The scene’s set for a wondrous welcome to 2016 with a slew of activities in Tahoe South, including a gourmet dinner and musical entertainment at The Ridge Tahoe.
The champagne will be flowing this New Year’s Eve.
Join us for the festivities on Dec. 31 to bid a fond farewell to 2015. Starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, The Hungry Bear Restaurant will host a three-course meal accompanied by live music. Come hungry to enjoy a mouthwatering three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Stephen Moise. Chef Stephen’s unique pairings and marvelous flavors will surely leave you in high spirits for the night ahead of you.
An organic baby green salad topped with poached pears, candied pecans, brie cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette acts as a precursor to a fantastic duet of herb crusted filet of beef and butter poached Maine lobster tail. Chef Stephen concludes this symphony of flavors with a chocolate pavlova and champagne pastry cream.
After dinner, raise your complimentary glass of champagne as we celebrate the East Coast Ball Drop Celebration at 9 p.m.
Dinner is $70 per person. A children’s menu is available. Contact the Concierge at (775) 588-3553, extension 3105 for reservations and more information.
The night doesn’t have to end there: keep the party going at one of several celebrations, including an exclusive VIP celebration at The Loft that includes drinks, party favors and music from San Diego-based DJ Abe Lemus until 2 a.m. Experience the latest in electronica with the Sierra as your backdrop during the finale of SnowGlobe at Lake Tahoe Community College. Among SnowGlobe’s headliners are favorites Jack Ü, Kaskade, Chet Faker and Dillon Francis. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, head to the casinos for parties at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Peek Nightclub and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Regardless of how you end the night, start yours at The Ridge Tahoe and The Hungry Bear Restaurant.
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nick might soon be there. We’re in the Christmas spirit at The Ridge Tahoe. Our decorations are out and our Christmas dinner is planned.
The Ridge Tahoe is ready for the holidays. How about you?
Spend the day on the slopes or exploring Tahoe South and finish with a homemade holiday dinner where you don’t even have to lift a finger.
Here’s what we’re serving that is sure to get you drooling.
Our Christmas dinner is Friday, Dec. 25 from 3 – 7 p.m.
Start with our first course of crab salad profiterole with micro greens and a pomegranate vinaigrette.
Our second course is your choice of honey maple glazed roast turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts and a citrus cranberry relish; pan roasted Chilean sea bass with tarragon parsnip puree, sauteed wild mushrooms and artichoke hearts, and charred tomato fennel fondant; or slow roasted prime rib with a twice baked potato, asparagus and cauliflower with au jus and creamy horseradish.
Don’t forget about dessert! Give in to your sweet tooth with our yuletide log served with eggnog pastry cream and peppermint bark.
Call the concierge at ext. 3150 to make your reservation.
Thank you for spending your holidays with us!
Winter is here!
The Ridge Tahoe is blanketed in snow; the Hilltrac Skier Express is taking skiers right down to the Stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain Resort and the resort is decked out in Christmas decorations. It always amazes me how quickly it changes, not only the weather but the feel of the resort. It is like a different resort in the snow, almost a step back in time.
The Ridge Tahoe is ready for the holidays. How about you?
This is a sample of or holiday offerings at The Ridge, dinner or Christmas party, come and check it out!
Roasted Pear Salad: dried cherries, pistachios brie cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette
Enjoy something off of our holiday menu during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe.
The Mountain Side Eatery is set for those cold days with pumpkin spiced coffee specials and the best house made chili on the hill. Daily lunch specials, hose made comfort soups and great dinner specials.
Tapas are offered in the bar on select nights, please call to find the times.
The Bear Trap Lounge is open 7 days a week at 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, great after finishing on the slopes for hot toddies, relaxing, watching a football game or unwinding.
The Ski shop has open, hours- 7 days a week, 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Come in and see Bert for rentals of skis, boards, poles even pants and jackets.
Check out our Hilltrac Skier Express that will take you from the resort to the Stagecoach lift. Ski in and ski out. We want your Tahoe ski time to be as easy as possible.
Elevation Spa has winter specials all winter long. You can even have the massage in your own guest room. There are daily specials on treatments and a special on Dermalogica Gift bags.
Come spend your holidays at The Ridge Tahoe and enjoy a worry free stay in a winter wonderland.
There’s a lot to be thankful for. Let’s start with the early snow allowing the mountains to open early. Then there’s the beautiful place where we’re located. If you’re visiting us, you’re probably pretty thankful for that too.
Thanksgiving at The Ridge Tahoe is definitely a to do this holiday season. Make your reservation now and join us for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in The Hungry Bear Restaurant. Dinner will be served from 3 – 7 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
Enjoy pumpkin pie and other Thanksgiving favorites at The Hungry Bear Restaurant this year.
Start with a first course of roasted butternut squash soup with a toasted walnut cream served in a baby pumpkin. It’s every bit as cute as it is delicious.
The second course features your choice of honey maple glazed roast turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, mushroom gravy, creamy whipped potatoes, Brussel sprouts and a citrus cranberry relish; pan seared Alaskan halibut with grilled shrimp, root vegetables, asparagus, and a wild mushroom jus; or slow roasted prime rib with grilled asparagus, twice baked potato cake, au jus and creamy horseradish.
Save a little room for dessert of homemade pumpkin pie with caramel sauce, vanilla scented whipped cream and seasonal berries.
After you’ve got your fill, cozy up next to one of our fireplaces or go explore Tahoe South. The mountains are open and waiting for you to visit them.
We’re thankful for all of our guests year round. What are you thankful for?
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.
- 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?