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?

Give Dad a Father’s Day to Remember with a Weekend at The Ridge Tahoe

You’ve made it a family tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day at The Ridge Tahoe. Have you considered the same for Dad?

Pick his favorite accommodations, either a one or two bedroom condominium suite or a deluxe hotel room for the weekend. Onsite, Dad can sit poolside, get in a good workout at The Ridge clubhouse, hit the tennis courts or take in a massage and spa.

Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father's Day.

Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father’s Day.

Is Dad one for high-flying outdoor adventure? He can swing through the trees and fly through the air via zip lines and ropes courses at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. There’s the four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. At the Gondola you can take him hiking and sightseeing.

Off the hill, you can treat Dad to a round of golf at any number of golf courses between Tahoe and Carson Valley. Golfer’s looking for the ultimate Lake Tahoe backdrops, have four courses to choose from at South Shore: the famed Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, home to the 26th Annual American Century Championship July 14-19; Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a spectacular mountain meadow course with plenty of challenge and superb views; Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, an executive course in nearby Meyers known for its towering pine trees and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. On the Carson Valley side there’s the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes; The Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes, and the Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.

Does dad like to fish? If so, he’s in luck. You can charter a boat for dad and take him deep lake fishing for mackinaw lake trout. These deep lake fish can weigh more than 30 pounds and are quite a thrill to catch. There’s a number of charter outfits around Tahoe South that offer mackinaw fishing packages. Guides are known for taking their passengers out to the sweetest spots, best known for catching the big ones.

How about taking Dad for a bike ride? The South Lake Tahoe area has an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay. If your Dad is one to have his feet firmly to the ground, take him hiking instead.

Nightlife over Father’s Day weekend includes gaming at any of South Shore’s famed casinos, a free Saturday concert at Heavenly Village, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam Saturday night, June 20 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room and comedy at The Improv inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.

What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend?

Concerts, Festivals and Fireworks at Tahoe South this Summer

Summer brings long days and Tahoe South is using every extra minute with concerts, firework shows, food festivals and celebrity golf action to fill Sierra days and nights. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation or a weekend getaway, make plans now and book a stay at The Ridge Tahoe.

The 23rd Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and again June 5-7, will exhibit the pleasures and pageantry of the Elizabethan era. Costumed players perform at Camp Richardson Resort in the shady lanes and byways, and sell their wares from market stalls filled with fine handmade crafts.

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7.  Photo: Reno Tahoe USA

Travel back to the Medieval times at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire, May 30-31 and June 5-7. Photo: Reno Tahoe USA.

When it comes to fireworks, Tahoe South is where you want to be July 4. Lights on the Lake packs the shoreline in what NBC’s Today Show has called one of the best displays in the country. Choice viewing spots are South Shore’s sandy beaches and aboard boats including the M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen paddlewheelers or private vessels. The display features simultaneous music on local radio stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

Celebrating 26 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf tournament in the U.S., the American Century Championship returns to Tahoe South July 14-19 with a star-studded line-up of sports and entertainment celebrities including the likes of Charles Barkley, Aaron Rogers, John Elway, Larry the Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL Hall of Famers.

Rock ’n roll and country music headliners will make their way to South Shore this summer for the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena. The mega-star-lineup includes: Brad Paisley, June 11; Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, The Fray & Matt Nathanson, July 21; Kenny Chesney, July 22; Jackson Browne, Aug. 7; Elton John, Aug. 8; Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads & Stick Figure, Aug. 13; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 23; Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Sept. 5, and Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 9.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, which opened late-January, launches the inaugural BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series with Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival, June 27. The event will be held at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena. Headliners include: The Expendables, The Green, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth, Vokab Kompany and Squarefield Massive.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival will be July 11. The initial lineup includes: Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Bluegrass album, The David Grisman Sextet and New Monsoon and The Dead Winter Carpenters.

Hard Rock’s reggae concert series continues July 30 when Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter Ziggy Marley returns to Tahoe, along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop band, for a co-headlining performance.

Meanwhile, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa showroom summer entertainment features Foreigner, June 6; Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, July 14; Carlos Mencia, July 18; and Three Dog Night, Aug. 1.

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. The Grand Lawn is the site of the annual Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Arts Festival a cultural gathering that features traditional American Indian dancers and drummers, basket weaving displays, art and food.

Roaring ’20s era costumes, live music, interactive historic house tours, vintage auto rides, classic kid’s games, and food are the centerpiece of the annual Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site, Aug. 8-9.

Which entertainment venue do you plan to visit during your stay at The Ridge Tahoe?

Gondola rides, concerts, art and car shows this Memorial Day weekend at Tahoe South

Memorial Day weekend adventure takes hold at Tahoe, with the unofficial beginning of summer. Check into a room of your choice for the long weekend and then check out the happenings around the lake.

Whether you plan to hike or bike, hit the beach, play a round of golf, rent a jet ski, boat or take a sightseeing tour of Lake Tahoe, you’ll find the weekend action-packed with options.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

The Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will operate during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heavenly will offer sightseeing via the scenic Gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue and Heavenly Donuts.

Heavenly will open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations beginning Friday, June 12, with the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line as well as the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course, which opened in summer 2014. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on June 26, 2015.

Stick around Heavenly Village Friday through Monday for the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car & Bike Show. The event features trophies, poker run and sidewalk sales.

Looking for the ideal pottery or painting for your home? The Artist to You Outdoor Summer Art shows begin over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, with the first show of the season at the American Legion Parking Lot.

Holiday weekend entertainment at South Shore includes a Friday night party at Opal Ultra Lounge inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; live music at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harveys; rock bands at the new the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe; Live Music at Jimmy’s Inside The Landing; Comedy at The Improv at Harveys featuring comedians Tommy Savitt and Francis Dolorenzo, and the Lake Tahoe Club Crawl Saturday, May 23.

Concerts include Boz Scaggs, Saturday May 23, at MontBleu and The Relationship, Saturday, May 23 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Art and car shows, golf, concerts, gondola rides can all be rolled into one long weekend. What are your holiday plans?

Easter at The Ridge Tahoe Means Family Time and a Delicious Brunch

Easter weekend at Tahoe is when families come up to make their last turns at the ski slopes, explore the Sierra ridges for a hike or bike ride, get in an Easter egg hunt and enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch.

Easter at The Ridge Tahoe with your family is the perfect weekend getaway.

Easter at The Ridge Tahoe with your family is the perfect weekend getaway.

The Ridge Tahoe offers deluxe hotel rooms, junior suites, one and two bedroom condominium suites. Amenities feature complimentary use of the onsite health club, indoor sports complex, indoor/outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzis, restaurant, deli, market and full service spa. Shuttle service whisks guests six miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

It wouldn’t be Easter weekend without Easter Brunch at The Ridge Tahoe. Executive Chef Stephen Moise has prepared a delicious menu for Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Brunch will start off with a first course, Easter Cross Buns served with fresh fruit. This is followed by a second course choice of:

  • Crab cake avocado benedict, poached eggs served on crab cakes and an English muffin, with avocado, chive scented Hollandaise and cottage potatoes.
  • Or try the Belgian waffles and eggs your way, which comes with apple smoked bacon, mix berry compote, maple syrup or house made orange syrup.
  • Other choices: herb crusted prime rib with organic mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus and au jus.
  • Garlic-olive crusted rack of lamb with organic mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus and pan jus.
  • Poached verlasso salmon with organic mushroom polenta, grilled asparagus, and basil beurre blanc.
  • Ridge shrimp rancheros served with corn tortillas, eggs, house black and pinto refried beans, cheese and grilled shrimp.

Finish up with your choice of dessert: lemon tart, chocolate cream puff, or crème brûlée. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-588-3553 ext. 3150.

Here are some activities going on around Tahoe South for the holiday weekend:

Friday, April 3 is the Tot Egg Hunt at Kahle Community Park in Stateline. Hosted by the Tahoe Douglas Firefighter’s Association, this annual event features an Easter Bunny who hides eggs, a bounce house, indoor playground, fire truck tours and refreshments. Bring a basket to collect eggs and a camera for the photo-friendly day. The hunt begins at 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 4 Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Equinox Music Series continues with music by The Family Crest, 3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

At Heavenly Mountain Resort, Saturday features the annual Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser and community celebration, 4-8 p.m. at the top of Heavenly Village parking garage. Enjoy live music, drinks, silent auction, hanging with the patrollers and the avalanche rescue dogs. All proceeds benefit community non-profits.

The South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe features the legendary reggae band The Wailers, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

You can cruise the Lake Tahoe Easter weekend aboard the Tahoe Paradise. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tours from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

What are your plans for Easter weekend?

St. Patrick’s Day revelry starts early at Tahoe South

It will be ‘top of the week’ Lake Tahoe style leading up to Tuesday, March 17, a day set aside for the Irish in everyone. Parties, live music, plenty of corned beef, cabbage and suds are in store Friday through St. Patrick’s Day.

You can book a room for an extended weekend stay or arrive Monday or Tuesday for daytime skiing and boarding and night time revelry. The Ridge Tahoe offers several lodging options and ski packages for your holiday getaway.

Food and drink specials will be a part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including specialty corned beef and cabbage at the Mountain Side Eatery, and Happy Hour at The Bear Trap Bar.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Ridge Tahoe, because everyone's Irish on St. Paddy's Day.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Ridge Tahoe, because everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day.

If you’re looking to venture out to celebrate your Irish side, you can climb aboard public transit that will take you into the casino core and South Lake Tahoe.

Here are some other places and events around Stateline and South Lake Tahoe worth checking out:

— The party starts early with the The 47th annual Tahoe Douglas Rotary’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 6 -10 p.m. Friday, March 13.

During the evening the Rotary Club will be highlighting special auction items that cannot be purchased anywhere. Two front section VIP tickets to every concert at the Harveys Outdoor Concert Arena this summer will be one of the “big ticket” items attendees can bid on.

Also on the auction block is celebrity treatment at the 2015 American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe which will include receiving the same gifts the celebrities receive. Trips, dinners and other special items will be available for bids during the silent auction. Tickets are $75. Entry includes a full Irish buffet dinner, wine bar and dancing.

— The early St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans continues Saturday, March 14, with a Steam Punk Party & Running of the Leprechauns at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Opal Ultra Lounge. Doors open at 10 p.m. This event is a masquerade ball, with entertainment provided by Champagne Productions, a costume contest, a photo booth, drink specials and $1,000 in cash and prizes for the Steam Punk Costume Contest. Admission is free with costume.

— Music venues Saturday feature the unique stylings of Dirty Cello from San Francisco at Park 968‘s CoffeePub on March 14, 7 p.m. Expect Irish songs, along with high energy mix of soulful blues, swingin’ gypsy jazz and wild Euro-gypsy dance music all on Cello’s. You gotta see it and hear it to believe it.

Abbacadabra, The Ultimate ABBA Concert, is featured at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Saturday, March 14, 2015. Abbacadabra promises to continue the momentum by performing 20 of the group’s greatest hits in full ABBA fashion and flair. You won’t be able to sit still in your seats as songs like “S.O.S.,” “Super Trooper” and “Dancing Queen” are re-created with such precision you’ll swear you were listening to the originals themselves. The melodies of Fernando and Chiquitita will rekindle those feelings of first loves. “Take a Chance on Me” and “Voulez Vous” will lift you out of your seats to dance.

Tuesday, it’s time to celebrate. While most every bar and restaurant will be into the Irish theme, there are a few in South Lake Tahoe that carry the tradition year-round.

Music, Irish food and drink specials are a sure bet at McP’s Taphouse Grill. Irish favorites such as fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, Irish meatballs and bangers and mash will we served at the restaurant, along with your favorite Irish cocktails and beers.  Live music by Felix and the Soul Cats and a snowboard raffle will also be a part of the fun.

MacDuffs Public House is South Lake Tahoe’s favorite Irish-themed pub. Feast on traditional Irish favorites and soak in the atmosphere. Along with corned beef and cabbage, there’s the menu features a steak and Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash.

Do your St. Patrick’s Day plans include a stay 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.