Give Thanks with Us

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.

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?

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?

Celebrate Summer’s Last Holiday Splash with Labor Day Lake Tahoe

Sure the kids are back in school and the calendar reads September, but there’s good news. Summer isn’t over. Celebrate Labor Day weekend the Lake Tahoe way with festivals, music, delicious homegrown food, local wines and fireworks.

Get ready for a weekend packed with activities that will test abilities, challenge the senses and celebrate summer’s last big holiday.

Try the Great Sternwheeler Race this Labor Day weekend.

Try the Great Sternwheeler Race this Labor Day weekend.

Rock and roll will get the holiday weekend party started with Skid Row, Friday, Sept. 4, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, and Sammy Hagar, Saturday, Sept. 5, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

The Shops at Heavenly Village will be the place to find classic cars, trucks and motorcycles beginning Friday, Sept. 4 through the holiday weekend. Events also include poker runs, demonstrations, sidewalk sales from merchants, food and live music.

Feel like getting a running start to the weekend? Heavenly Resort Mountain Run is a 5.8 mile trek that begins at California Base Lodge, climbs to the top of Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resort, and finishes at the Tamarack Lodge at 9,150-feet on Sunday, Sept 6.  Runners can take the scenic ride down the Heavenly Gondola back to the base or descend on their own.

Meanwhile, skiers and riders will have the chance to save big on gear and equipment for next season Sept. 5-7, as Heavenly Mountain Resort hosts the 29th Annual Heavenly Sports Tent Sale at the California Main Lodge.

The Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, a lake tradition for 23 years, is set for Saturday, Sept. 5. The “battle of the paddle” pits Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II against California’s Tahoe Queen in a four-mile contest to determine overall bragging rights and the chance to win the coveted Tahoe Cup. Guests are welcome to join on board and cheer on either boat at 11 a.m. Both rides include brunch and a champagne toast.

The 6th annual Sample the Sierra will kick off Labor Day weekend with a four-course gourmet Pop-Up Dinner prepared by the talented newcomers Whitney and Josh Deri of Blend Catering. Located in Reno, Nev., Blend Catering specializes in gourmet food created with sustainable and fresh ingredients. They will create a special menu of garden-fresh ingredients from regional farms with each course paired with a local wine or spirit. Tickets are $75 and available online.

Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival culinary adventure is infused with live music, entertainment and vendors, Sunday, Sept. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Cuisine selections range from regional restaurants, mom & pop establishments, food producers, wineries, distilleries and breweries. The Sierra Chef Challenge features local chefs battling one another in a rapid-fire cook-off. This year’s participating chefs are returning champion Chef Peter Brinckerhoff of Riva Grill on the Lake, Chef Salvador Delgado of Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Glenn Simpson of Blue Angel Café and Justin Kaplan of Cold Water Brewery and Grill. Tickets for full tastings are $40 and available online.

The Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority presents the annual Labor Day Lake Tahoe Fireworks Extravaganza, Sunday Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. As colors fill the sky and illuminate the lake the show is simultaneously broadcasted to music on local radio: 93.9 FM-KRLT, 1490 AM KOWL.

How will you celebrate Labor Day in Tahoe South?

Tahoe’s Own Farm to Fork Festival Returns for Its 6th Year

Come hungry. Leave happy.

So you’re coming to Tahoe South for Labor Day. There’s certainly no shortage of activities for what most consider the last weekend of summer, and one in particular you won’t want to miss. Sample the Sierra. This event highlights the talent of the Sierra Nevada through food, wine, beer, spirits and arts.

Sunday, Sept. 6 head over to Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. and treat your taste buds to local goodness. We recommend getting there early so you can try everything. Twice.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

Here are a few names you might recognize that are participating in the 2015 Sample the Sierra: Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: Boeger Winery, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Great Basin Brewing Co., Lava Cap Winery, Madrona Vineyrds, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka and Tahoe Moonshine Distillery. Restaurants & Chefs: Beach Hut Deli, Blue Angel Café, Boathouse on the Pier, Coldwater Brewery & Grill, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Kalani’s, MacDuffs Pub, Primo’s Italian Bistro, Riva Grill, Sierra Pizza and The Getaway Café.

There will be no shortage of deliciousness. But we know it’s not all about the food. Sample the Sierra brings some of the best local entertainment to the party. In addition to live music throughout the event, Joanne Neft, starter of the first PlacerGROWN Farmers Market over 25 years ago, will be putting on cooking demonstrations at the Sierra Chef Stage.

Speaking of the Sierra Chef Stage, make sure you find your way back there for the 4th Annual Sierra Chef Challenge. Four competing chefs will be given mystery boxes filled with local ingredients. They’ll have 45 minutes to come up with a delicious, creative and confident dish where presentation matters. This year’s contenders include: Chef Peter Brinckerhoff, Riva Grill; Chef Salvador Delgado, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel; Chef Glenn Simpson, Blue Angel Café; and Chef Justin Kaplan, Cold Water Brewery & Grill.

The festival marketplace includes locally made goods such as jam, soap, honey and olive oil along with specialty products.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the event and are $40 or $30 if someone is under 21. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted at the event and by the majority of the vendors.

Lake Tahoe Summer To-Do List

Tahoe, where the lake sparkles sapphire blue against the Sierra and the sweet-scented pine trees whisper through the summer’s gentle breeze. Lake Tahoe is where the sun up to sun down adventurous spirit takes hold and never disappoints.

But what if it’s your first time visiting and you’re not sure what to do? Our summer to-do list will inspire. While you may not be able to do it all in one trip, you can certainly plan a return to The Ridge Tahoe and finish what you started.

  1. See Justin Timberlake get his groove going on the golf links during the American Century Championship.
The American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe is an event you won't want to miss. Photo: Amazing Imagery.

The American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe is an event you won’t want to miss.
Photo: Amazing Imagery.

  1. Enjoy Old Tahoe from the historic lakefront Heller Estate during the 36th annual Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival.
  1. Party with South Tahoe locals at Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons.
Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South - there is nothing better. Photo: Lauren Lindley

Beach, beers and live music in Tahoe South – there is nothing better.
Photo: Lauren Lindley

  1. Meet up with the Bard at iconic Sand Harbor State Park during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival July 10 – Aug. 23.
  1. Hit the beach, soak in the rays and take in the panoramic views at any number of hidden coves and public parks around Lake Tahoe.
Don't forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!

Don’t forget to hop in the lake while you visit The Ridge!

  1. Get a passport to a world of classical music at Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s in Incline Village.
  1. Paddle a kayak or skim the waves behind a ski boat or Jet ski.
  1. Improve the odds and kiss the dice in one of the Stateline casinos.
Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.

Take in a little gambling action during your trip to The Ridge Tahoe.

  1. Reel in a monster Mackinaw on a fishing boat charter or find your secret spot off the shelf to catch some nice size trout.
  1. Tee it up and get 10 extra yards on your drive (higher altitude does that) at any number of Lake Tahoe area golf courses.
  1. Grab an energy bar, pack a water bottle or three and head out to a network of back-country hiking trails that will lead you to a happy place.
  1. Have a World Famous Rum Runner on the beach at the Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson.
  1. Find your balance and earn zen points on a standup paddle board.
  1. The adventure doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Dance the night away at one of Tahoe South’s nightclubs.
Dance the night away at a Tahoe South nightclub.

Dance the night away at a Tahoe South nightclub.

  1. Saddle up on two wheels and take a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or peddle your way across a network of biking trails that zig-zag through South Shore.
  1. Soar through the trees along a network of ropes courses and ziplines at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
  1. Enter or catch the parade at the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic featuring dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California.
  1. See the West’s best sculpted bodies vie for cash prizes at the Tahoe Show.
  1. Pick a race and enter the Lake Tahoe Marathon, which offers a 5K or 10k, half marathon, 18-milers, 144 milers around the lake, or a four-day, 288 mile run.
  1. Put the pedals to pavement at the 13th Annual Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue, a Ride to Cure Diabetes.
  1. Rock out or put on your hat and boots with a summer full of A-list concerts at Harveys Outdoor Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
  1. Roar like a flapper in the 1920s at the annual Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site.
  1. Speaking of flappers, see where the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe on a tour of the Pope House at the Tallac Historic Site.
  1. Sample the Sierra at the 6th annual farm-to-fork festival with pairings of Sierra Nevada wine makers, brewers and restaurants, regionally grown fresh produce, entertainment, storytellers and acoustic music.
The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra. Photo: Tiara Wasner.

The best in wine and food the area has to offer will be featured at the Fifth Annual Sample the Sierra.
Photo: Tiara Wasner.

  1. Miss the July 4 fireworks display? No worries. Book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe and catch the Labor Day Lake Tahoe fireworks show.
  1. Make the big throws and take the long putts at Lake Tahoe’s most challenging disc golf courses.
  1. Work up an appetite and satisfy your thirst at any number of South Shore restaurants and pubs.
  1. Show the folks at work how you spent your summer vacation by bringing a piece of Tahoe home with you with the perfect souvenir.
  1. Catch the boldest, bawdiest and hottest names in comedy every week at The Improv at Harveys.
  1. After a full day of adventure, work those muscles out at Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe.

How many of these can you check off your to-do list?

Light up the Dark in Tahoe South with Fireworks and Concerts

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday, you have more opportunities to celebrate America’s independence. Ridge guests can take advantage of The Ridge’s many amenities such as the fully equipped health club, play tennis, sit poolside, get a massage at Elevation Spa and enjoy dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Then prepare for a weekend of nonstop action including concerts, fireworks and shows.

Lights on the Lake,” the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the west, continues the tradition at the “Best Lake in America,” (USA Today) with enough dazzle to fill South Shore’s night sky for 25 minutes.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don't miss it. Photo: Kurtis Rix.

Tahoe South has one of the best fireworks display in the country. Don’t miss it.
Photo: Kurtis Rix.

The arrangement of color, light and sound over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada backdrop has mesmerized millions of viewers for more than three decades. Now in its 34th year, the holiday tradition will soar and burst with sky rockets timed and synchronized to a soundtrack of familiar songs by pop legends and today’s biggest stars of rock ’n roll and country music.

Holiday visitors can expect fireworks bursts of unusual and whimsical shapes such as jellyfish, stars, butterflies, and smiley faces. The best viewing spots for the 9:45 p.m. show around South Shore’s beaches include: Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach area, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, Edgewood Tahoe, and on the lake aboard M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen Paddlewheelers or private boat rentals. The program is simulcast on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Tahoe South offers more than fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, here are a few other events you won’t want to miss:

— Legendary rock n’ roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith perform Friday, July 3, at Harveys Outdoor Arena.

— The Rolling Chrome and Tahoe Thunder Car and MC Show at Heavenly Village, July 3-5. Trophies, poker run, sidewalk sales, 50’s music, $40 entry. Open to all.

Heavenly Village’s Free Summer Concert Series features jazz-rock fusion with The Bumptet on Friday, July 3, and Brass Band favorites Tuba Lupa on Saturday, July 4.

— The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival celebrates summer in old Tahoe fashion with a season long series of performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. July 1-7 features Artist in Residence John Holland.

— Outdoor art and craft sale and show at South Tahoe Middle School, July 2-5.

What are your favorite holiday activities while staying at The Ridge Tahoe?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.