Tahoe may seem like all sunshine, clean air and an abundance of nature, but there’s hundreds of years of history as deeply rooted as its towering trees. Take a journey through history by visiting the following sites located in the Tahoe Basin.
Tallac Historic Site: Containing the Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate and Valhalla, Tallac Historic Site is a haven of beautiful and original architecture from the the golden age of the 1920s. These impressive structures were owned by some of the most powerful families in Tahoe and have been restored to their former glory for the public’s enjoyment. Sites include the Tallac Resort, formerly known as the “Greatest Casino in America,” the Baldwin Estate Washoe Exhibit and the impressive Valhalla Estate, built in 1924 to entertain guests of the Heller family. Tallac is also home to the Gatsby Festival, which celebrates the height of 1920s decadence with fashion shows, tea parties and more.
“Tahoe’s Hidden Castle” – Courtesy: Curtis Simmons
Vikingsholm: Any trip through Emerald Bay is incomplete without a moment to appreciate the beauty of Vikingsholm and Fannette Island. Vikingsholm, also known as “Tahoe’s Hidden Castle,” was built by Lora Josephine Knight in 1929. The unique Scandinavian building hosted Knight and her many guests during Tahoe summers until Knight’s death in 1945. The property was acquired by the State of California in 1953 and can be seen either by boat or up close after a hike from the Vikingsholm parking lot. Its counterpart, Fannette Island, includes a tiny home that was previously used by Knight and her guests for afternoon tea. It is accessible by boat.
Fleur du Lac Estates: Many know of Fleur du Lac because of its prominent role in “The Godfather II.” Its role in cinematic history notwithstanding, the estate was originally built for Henry J. Kaiser as a venue to celebrate the completion of the Hoover Dam. Heads of powerful companies including the Pacific Bridge Company, J.F. Shea Co., which built the Golden Gate Bridge, and Utah Construction were among the many gatherings that would occur at Fleur du Lac. Fleur du Lac can be seen by boat.
Thunderbird Lodge – Courtesy: Thunderbird Lake Tahoe
Thunderbird Lodge: Another gorgeous estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the Thunderbird Lodge was constructed by George Whittell, Jr., an heir to a wealthy San Francisco family. In addition to the Lodge, Whittell owned 95% of the Nevada shoreline on Lake Tahoe. After Whittell’s death in 1969, Jack Dreyfus of Dreyfus of Dreyfus bought the property and the adjacent 10,000 acres, subsequently selling the majority of land to the U.S. Forest Service. Currently the Lodge hosts dinners, weddings and other special events. Tours are available.
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!
There are few things more romantic than a wedding… Except for a summer wedding in Lake Tahoe. Regardless if you’re looking to say “I do” on the beach, on a mountain or in a beautifully decorated event space, the Ridge Tahoe has summer lovin’ on lockdown.
Wedded bliss on top of the world.
Planning a summer wedding in Tahoe can be overwhelming: there are countless options for venues, accommodations and group preferences in addition to a slew of coordinators available to plan your special day. Forgo the confusion and endless questions by working with one of the Ridge’s trusted wedding coordinators. You’re guaranteed to find your wedded bliss in Tahoe South with exclusive packages and stress-free options at a top twenty mountain venue.
“Planning a wedding from the East Coast, I needed something that was a ‘one stop shop’. They made my planning easy, stress free, and they were very efficient. Absolutely great experience.” -Karly Hile, married 10/9/15
Nestled on what feels like the top of the world, you’ll experience a similar feeling during your nuptials at the Ridge. Couples can choose from a comfortable indoor ceremony or an outdoor ceremony set against a breathtaking backdrop at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Your options aren’t limited to on-property; lakefront and beach ceremony sites are also available if you’d like to feel the sand between your toes. Very fitting for a summer wedding, wouldn’t you say?
In addition to a variety of sites, the Ridge has catering and wedding packages that fit anyone’s budget. Basic ceremonies include an officiate, bridal bouquet, groom boutonniere, one hour of professional edited photos, cake cutting with fresh flowers and a celebratory bottle of champagne. For the discerning bride or groom, you can include wedding coordination, a cupcake display, hair and makeup for the bride, dessert station and much other features that will only serve to make your day more memorable.
Include a dessert bar for your wedding.
The best of planning your summer wedding at the Ridge Tahoe? You’re steps away from your hotel room after the ceremony. Accommodations are available for groups in our fully equipped suites and deluxe hotel rooms.
Ready to say “I do” to the Ridge for your wedding? Contact us today!
The Tahoe Reno area may be known for its winters, but spring and early summer offer a wide array of activities at the mountain, the lake and everywhere in between. There are unbelievable waterfall hikes during spring and it’s the opportune time to get out on the water with glassy mornings and warm afternoons. It’s also the season when golf courses reveal their groomed greens to the eagerly awaiting masses.
The region has an abundance of beautiful, but equally as challenging, golf courses. Check out our short list of renowned regional golf courses that are also conveniently located to The Ridge Tahoe.
Edgewood Hole No. 18 – Credit: Rod Hanna
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline, NV
Home to the American Century Championship on July 19-24, Edgewood Tahoe is regularly ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 golf courses. Experience manicured fairways as you wind your way through pine forests and open meadows. There is water on 14 holes and lightning fast greens may present a fun challenge. To sweeten the deal, the golf course is set on the shores of Lake Tahoe with breathtaking scenic views of the surrounding mountain range.
Lake Tahoe Golf Course, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Set in a natural mountain meadow in the Lake Valley State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe Golf Course is a hidden gem that many say is some of the best golf in Tahoe South. Its spectacular championship layout with extensive amenities and attentive service make it one of Tahoe South’s best public golf facilities.
Genoa Lakes – Lakes Course, Hole No. 18 – Credit: Rod Hanna
Genoa Lakes – Lakes Course, Genoa, NV
A close option for Ridge guests, this links style course was rated number four in Golf Digest’s Best New Public Course in North America and number three in Golf Digest’s Best Course in the State. Be careful, though, you may get wet with 14 of its holes on water and the course’s border with the Carson River! More info.
Resort at Squaw Creek, Truckee, CA
Take the ride to the North Shore to experience this magnificent, links-style course that features natural wetlands and wildlife native to Squaw Valley. Squaw Creek intentionally preserved the natural habitat around it so it perfectly blends the beauty of Tahoe with the majesty of an expertly designed course.
Practice your swing at The Ridge Tahoe.
Before you hit any of the abovementioned courses, practice away at The Ridge Tahoe. With a putting green and a golf driving net, you can perfect your putt and swing only moments away from your accommodations. (And for the kids – or just the kid at heart – we offer mini golf, too!)
April brings warmer temperatures, winsome wildflowers and rolling waterfalls, as well as refreshing entertainment in Tahoe South. Take a look at what April has to offer below.
Devil You Know, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, April 16
Not for the faint of heart, Devil You Know brings heavy metal to the Basin with ferocious melodies and primal sounds. More info.
Taking Root, Lakeside Inn & Casino, April 16
This beloved local reggae/ska/rock band will be covering classics and modern songs during their jam session at Stateline. More info.
Wine Wednesdays, The Loft in the Heavenly Village
Combining San Francisco cool with Tahoe charm via indoor fires and table side s’mores, the Loft offers a variety of events that’ll spice up your visit. Every Wednesday evening the Loft hosts free wine tasting from different featured wineries. Guests can enjoy discounted wines during this tasting, as well. More info.
Wine Wednesday is a winner. Courtesy: Loft Tahoe
Space Oddity – David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 16
The recent passing of rock god David Bowie makes Brighton’s tribute even more poignant. Sing along to iconic Bowie songs like “Rebel, Rebel,” “Changes,” and others as Brighton retells Bowie’s musical journey through the decades. More info.
“An Elegant Evening” Soroptomist International of Tahoe Sierra’s Annual Fundraiser, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 23
Ready to taste the best wine in the Sierra Nevada? If you’re a wine connoisseur or just a big fan, “An Elegant Evening” promises to excite your palate with award winning reds and whites. Plated dinner service is accompanied by a silent and live auction, music and dancing by Trey Stone. More info.
Dennis DeYoung – the Music of Styx, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 23
Founding member of Styx, Dennis DeYoung brings his vocal harmonies to Lake Tahoe. DeYoung has written more Styx songs than any other members. More info.
Dennis DeYoung graces the Harrah’s stage.
Genoa Cowboy Festival, Genoa, NV, April 28 – May 1
Head off the hill to experience the Wild West at the Genoa Cowboy Festival. Blending Western heritage and culture with the beautiful setting of Carson Valley, the festival includes historical reenactments, shopping, art exhibits and tons of delicious foods. More info.
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, April 30
A must-see for any Pink Floyd fan. The event coordinators describe the experience best: “Surrounded by 50,000 watts of concert quality sound, Pink Floyd’s musical legacy continues as the band’s concept music captures the imagination, and carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects.” More info.
Prefer to stay on property? The Ridge Tahoe has a huge variety of family friendly events.
There is no bad time of year in Tahoe and each season provides a new way to explore the Lake of the Sky. Spring offers flowing waterfalls and abundant wildflowers that are sometimes only accessible by hiking… So pull out your Keens and hit the trails this Spring!
Horsetail Falls is a popular moderate trail that takes you 3.3 miles through Desolation Wilderness and back. Named for the waterfall that spills from the mountains and unsurprisingly resembles a horsetail, this hike offers beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This trail is ideal for beginners and moderate hikers, but it does have some tricky footwork so watch your step. In the summer you can take the dip in the alpine waters at the base of the falls.
Fallen Leaf Lake/Glen Alpine Falls
A hidden gem only a mile south of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake provides a quick and easy hike for individuals of all experience levels. Towering trees and the serene silence of the forest will guide you to the crisp cold waters of Fallen Leaf. Snag a spot of secluded beachfront property for an impromptu picnic or continue on to Upper Glen Alpine Falls, the home of one of Tahoe’s earliest resorts.
Views of Mt. Tallac at Fallen Leaf Lake. Credit: Squatch Photography
If you seek wildflowers, then Big Meadow is your hike. This appropriately named meadow is one of the best places to take in the ephemeral appearance of Tahoe’s beautiful wildflowers. Feast your eyes on flora after a mile and a half hike up steep terrain to the meadow.
Tahoe Rim Trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is an iconic trail that extends 165 miles around the entirety of Lake Tahoe. And luckily for Ridge guests, the TRT is accessible from your hotel.
Views from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Photo credit: Travel Heals
Bloggers Bailey and Mark of Travel Heals explored the TRT from Ridge. If you need more convincing beyond the above picture, just read a snapshot of their experience:
“Since the trail elevation ranges from 6,240 to 10,338 feet, we were able to see amazing views whenever the trees would open up. On one side was the mountains and the valley, and on the other was the magnificent view of Lake Tahoe from so high up. All along that part of the trail were pockets of cleared trees just waiting for us to sit and soak up the view. And we obliged each time.”
The Ridge Tahoe provides guided hikes and you can always venture on your own – as long as you are prepared! For hiking tips and guides in Tahoe South, click here.