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!
After a historic snowfall, Lake Tahoe has (mostly) thawed out to reveal rushing waterfalls and cautious wildflower buds. Unsurprisingly, it has also encouraged a mass exodus to Lake Tahoe’s beaches to soak in the Sierra sun.
If you’re visiting Tahoe in May and June, you’re in for a treat with some of the best of summer and winter activities at your fingertips. Check out a few of our favorite spring pastimes below.
With spring melt comes waterfalls. The warm months are ideal times to view Tahoe waterfalls and with so many to see, you may have to make two trips to fit them all in! Some of our absolute must-sees include Glen Alpine Falls, Eagle Falls (with a bonus view of Emerald Bay!), and Horsetail Falls.
Of course, you can always fit in a hike during your waterfall trek. Check out a few our favorite springtime hikes – and always check if the trail is accessible before heading out! There’s a strong possibility of snow still leftover on some trails in the Sierra.
The weather is warmer, which means there are ample opportunities to get out on the biggest draw of the area – the lake! Bear in mind that the water is still cold (it won’t be warm until mid-summer), but there are plenty of ways that you can mostly avoid the water by kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Ridge Tahoe guests receive special discounts with Zephyr Cove Resort.
You can also discover the different ways to explore Tahoe by water on our blog.
Explore the Village
The Heavenly Village is always teeming with special events, live music, delicious food and lively bars. Only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe, you can spend a full day exploring the various shops and people watching.
That’s right! While most of the region’s ski resorts are closed, Squaw Valley will remain open through June and the 4th of July. Of course, you can always try your hand at backcountry, too!
No matter which spring activity you choose, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect home base
Blue skies and warm days are here with more on the way as we hurtle through spring and into the summer season. For those itching to explore the great outdoors now that the snow has (mostly) melted and the trails are clearing up, there are numerous options available in the Tahoe South area from hiking to kayaking and more. For those that are looking for entertainment, well, there’s no shortage of that either!
Clear skies await you in Tahoe this spring. Photo credit: Kristen Rust
April wraps up with some favorites including the Genoa Cowboy Festival April 27-29. Just over Kingsbury Grade in Genoa, this festival celebrates all things cowboy and cowgirl with special events scheduled throughout the weekend. Back up the hill, musicians Dweezil Zappa plays Harrah’s on April 28 and Rebel Soul takes the stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 29.
Beginning in May, Pints & Paddles Cruise with Ike & Martin takes off aboard the M.S. Dixie II on May 3. Combining a scenic cruise on the lake with live music from local favorites, this is great after hours event that will leave you humming some familiar tunes. Similarly, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show May 6 brings classic rock to Harrah’s with cult favorites synced to incredible lighting effects.
The Amgen Tour of California: racing near you soon! Photo credit: Boyd Dangtongdee
Also on May 6, the WFC 71 – World Fighting Championships take place at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. While these fighters certainly have the strength, the men and women of the Amgen Tour of California would certainly beat them in endurance and speed contests when they descend upon the Lake Tahoe area May 11-12. We recommend spectators stake out a spot on Highway 50 for a glimpse of these world-class athletes.
Returning to MontBleu, Nick Swardson will get the masses laughing when he performs May 13. Todrick Hall will keep the yuks coming when he performs on May 15. MontBleu also welcomes the Eli Young Band on May 25 while Harrah’s hosts Robin Trower of Procol Harum and Robin Trower Band fame on May 27.
The hits keep coming with The Yardbirds at Harrah’s on June 3. These classic English crooners will play fan favorites like “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” (Did you know that this band kicked off the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page?!)
Retrace the steps of the Old West during the Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train. Photo credit: Brian Williams/Media West
The Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train rolls into the South Shore during the only bi-state historic event that retraces the route taken during the Gold Rush. Traveling at only three miles per hour, this week-long event includes campfires and family-friendly storytelling. During the same week, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will speed through the area on June 4, as will the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay on June 10. Get a taste of olden times the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is slated for June 10-11 or try out libations from 10 local breweries at Lake Tahoe Brewfest at Cold Water Brewery & Grill June 10.
Whatever you decide to do during your spring visit, set up home base at the Ridge Tahoe.
Owner Bill Wright is back with his top reasons why you should visit Lake Tahoe and stay at the Ridge Tahoe. For Bill’s previous article, click here.
Bill Wright has been an owner at the Ridge Tahoe for 32 years. And while he could give us more than 32 reasons why he continues to come back year after year, he distilled down his favorite reasons why Tahoe is his second home.
Sunrise at Eagle Falls. Photo credit: Brad Scott
1: The natural geological beauty of Lake Tahoe combined with the Ridge Tahoe Resort’s one of a kind Sierra Nevada scenic mountain ridge setting. Overlooking Carson Valley on the east and Lake Tahoe on the west, the resort offers year-round panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Lake Tahoe’s deep blue waters, majestic pines, and giant granite boulders make up a landscape apart from anywhere else in the world.
2: The wonderful ski resorts. With seven wonderful ski resorts to choose from, there is no shortage of fresh powder and new views. The two largest and best known, Heavenly Mountain Resort, and Squaw Valley, are easily accessible from the Ridge.
These views, only minutes from your accommodations. Photo credit: Brad Scott
3: Easy and fast access from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to the Ridge and ski resorts. It’s almost four hours from the Boulder, Colorado airport to Aspen and three hours from the Albuquerque airport to the Taos ski resort. Even during snow storms – which normally come in from California in the west – Wright found access to the Ridge Tahoe easy and a joy to drive compared to other ski resort.
“Locals call us ‘Lucky Charms’ because we’ve never needed snow chains on all our trips up the mountain to Lake Tahoe,” Wright said. “I don’t even know how to put chains on tires.”
The access is especially beneficial for individuals who only want to ski Heavenly and want to avoid driving in snowy conditions. Individuals can also forego the cost of a rental car with the South Tahoe Airporter, which transports individuals from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe. This combined with the Ridge Tahoe transportation to and from the South Lake Tahoe casinos provides guests with exceptional car-free experiences.
Mount Tallac reflects in Taylor Creek at Kiva Beach in the summer. Photo credit: Rachid Dahnoun
4: Lake Tahoe is a year-round vacation destination. Summer water sports, hiking and biking, and winter skiing. Toss in year-round entertainment and you have a non-stop entertainment destination that is ideal for a second home or timeshare at the Ridge Tahoe.
“Even in our youth, we knew the time would come when we wouldn’t be as dedicated winter skiers as we were [at the time],” Wright said. “We wanted to select a location that we could enjoy year-round without skiing.”
5: Lake Tahoe’s bluebird days. On average, there are 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe, California. The July high is around 80 degrees. The January low is 19. Having learned to ski in frigid night conditions in the Midwest, as well as skiing in freezing Quebec Mont Saint Anne, Canada, Wright and his family fell in love with Lake Tahoe’s mild spring skiing sunshine temperatures.
If this list has convinced you, book your reservation at the Ridge Tahoe to experiences these perks and more.
With the promise of a cloudless day, sun kissing your skin and just the slightest breeze, a warm weather wedding sounds like an absolute dream. At Lake Tahoe, warmer months are ideal times to get married with temperatures ranging from the 60s to 80s with little humidity. While there are tons of benefits to get married during the spring or summer in the Sierra Nevada, there are a few details to keep in mind to ensure your wedding is as flawless as possible.
Take in the views and the sunset at a Ridge wedding. Credit: Divided Line Media
#1 Protect Yourself!
Getting married in the Sierra means you’re just that much closer to the sun. At 7,600 elevation, the Ridge Tahoe is perfectly positioned above Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. However, with that elevation comes a greater chance of a sunburn. While temperatures may feel cool with a breeze at times, the sun is much hotter at elevation and you may find yourself a bit red at the end of the day. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: sunscreen! Apply a sunscreen that does not provide a white cast in photos.
If you’d like to stay out of the sun altogether, the Ridge Tahoe also has an indoor ceremony site available. The Stagecoach View Room still affords you amazing views without the worry of a burn.
The Grand Garden View is an ideal setting for a summer wedding. Credit: Tracy Lynn Photography
#2 Stay Refreshed
Consider creating a signature cocktail for a spring or summer wedding. Not only will this be refreshing if the wedding is held outside, but it will also show off the couple’s personalities. Fresh lemonade or even popsicles are a welcome sight during a warm weather wedding. Additionally, altitude can dehydrate individuals who are unaccustomed to the elevation so be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic fluids on hand! Some Ridge Tahoe wedding packages include unlimited coffee, tea, and soda or lemonade and punch stations.
Of course, if you opt to have your wedding at our beachfront ceremony site at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach, you can always refresh yourself with a dip in the lake!
A beachfront wedding is another way to keep your venue refreshing. Credit: Divided Line Media
#3 Create Functional Favors
If your wedding is set outside, such as in the Grand View Garden or the Elevation Deck 7500 at the Ridge, it tends to get warm in the sun. Make your wedding favors functional and fun by handing out sunglasses or fans branded with your wedding hashtag. Not only will these help your guests stay cool, they’ll also look cool and provide plenty of great photo opportunities.
Ahh. Wedded bliss. Credit: Divided Line Media
Bonus Tip: Hiring a professional planner like the wedding coordinators at the Ridge Tahoe will ensure that every possible detail is considered for your day. Contact us now to start planning!
Skiing to Stagecoach lift at Heavenly Mountain one day in 1983, Bill Wright saw construction on the ridge above. Curious, he decided to check out what was happening above the slopes and what he discovered was the building of the Ridge Resort, of which he became a multi-unit owner within a year. Now a bluebird day skier, Wright has spent the past 32 years visiting the Ridge Tahoe as an owner with his family and enjoying the various amenities available on-site, including the clubhouse and exercise facility.
Bill Wright poses with The Ridge Tahoe sign, 1987
Wright was first drawn to Lake Tahoe when he was exploring the country’s various ski resorts as part of the Columbus Ohio Ski Club. Along with Diane, his wife, they traveled to Taos, New Mexico, Aspen, Colorado, and eventually made their way to the Tahoe region where they discovered the Ridge Tahoe.
“I was an avid skier for 25 years, but I knew the day would come when the daily sunshine report would be of more interest to me than the snow report,” said Wright. His ownership at the Ridge was a natural choice due to his love for spring visits to Tahoe with its incredible skiing conditions and the opportunity to explore the mountain with clear views of the lake.
Diane Wright takes in the sights at The Ridge Tower
The resort, which the Wrights consider to be a second home and also share with their children, Austin and Alyssa, drew them in with its location, conveniences and breathtaking views beyond the skiing conditions outside their front door. Over the decades, the Wright family has spent time at their units with other families and most recently celebrated their daughter’s graduation from college by purchasing bonus time for a family trip touring the Lake Tahoe area.
When they were younger, Bill and Diane enjoyed the exercise facility and racquetball courts, as well as steamy saunas after a day of chilly skiing. However, thirty years later, Wright claims the Clubhouse is truly his favorite place at the Ridge.
“Mostly we just enjoy a cozy place to sit and talk,” said Wright.
Diane and Alyssa Wright enjoy the warmth of a Ridge fire
As an owner for the past 32 years, Wright has seen the Ridge go through some major changes, including the new Bistro for casual dining and the addition of another fireplace sitting area with computer workstations.
“Tahoe now has some wonderful and much more expensive resorts, but none of them can duplicate the feeling of this mountain top location,” said Wright. “We like that the resort maintains a cozy traditional Tahoe decorative décor style in every remodeling project. “
Wright has also gathered a few tips over the years that are applicable to those looking to make the most of their time at the Ridge Tahoe. He recommends visitors and owners alike research Tahoe and the Ridge Tahoe before visiting to find the best activities and sights for them.
Bill Wright discovers the perfect selfie spot at The Ridge Tahoe
“You don’t want to waste time once you get to the Ridge Tahoe learning and debating about where, when and what you should do,” said Wright. He recommends throwing out the calendar in lieu of a flexible schedule that allows guests to experience their vast interests by checking the Ridge Tahoe website, the Tahoe South website and even venturing to Tahoe North if so inclined.
Wright had one final recommendation for all visitors to the area: “Take the time to take some great family photos. Twenty years later you’re never going to say, ‘I wish I’d taken fewer family photos in Tahoe.’”