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.
Spring is fast approaching and with it comes Easter Sunday, as well as a slew of events that herald the change of seasons. Hop into this holiday weekend with all of the great happenings in Tahoe South.
Easter Day Festivities
Spend Easter morning in Meyers for a classic Easter egg hunt. Hosted by Lake Valley Fire Protection District, this quest will take you throughout Tahoe Paradise Park and around Lake Baron. Children will be delighted by the special appearance of a fire truck and the big man himself, the Easter Bunny! The Easter egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. and be on the lookout for golden eggs for an extraordinary prize.
Eggstravaganza at Sierra-at-Tahoe (via Sierra-at-Tahoe)
Another option for springtime fun is at Sierra-at-Tahoe where they’ll host the Easter Eggstravaganza on the new solstice Plaza. Bring your basket to discover “egg-cellent” treasures left behind by the Easter Bunny. Sierra-at-Tahoe isn’t leaving out the adults: an on-mountain Easter egg hunt will follow for the kids at heart.
You’ll surely work up an appetite after rummaging for Easter eggs all morning and you’re in luck – several restaurants in town will host Easter brunch for famished adults and children alike.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour invites you to “ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel” when it returns to Tahoe. One of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival features beautiful and stimulating films from around the world. Discover some of the best mountain film makers on the big screen at MontBleu on March 28.
Following the Banff Festival, the 11th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to MontBleu on March 31. While visually breathtaking, this film festival’s goal is to inspire activism to care for our environment with proceeds benefitting Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.
Live music from Ike and Martin at Riva Grill and Richie Ballerini at 19 Kitchen cap off March 31.
Views of The Ridge from the Tahoe Rim Trail (via Tahoe Heals)
Enjoy the Sunlight
Daylight savings has blessed Tahoe South with even more sunshine, so forgo dark theatres and restaurants for some unadulterated time with nature! There are a number of accessible trails from The Ridge Tahoe, including the famous Tahoe Rim Trail.
Hoppy Easter weekend!
While summer is considered the traditional season for weddings, trends show many couples are choosing to tie the knot at places in seasons that reflect their lifestyles. Lake Tahoe is a world renowned wedding destination for couples who embrace the outdoors, with its vast all-seasons playground and breathtaking backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.
A stroll down the aisle is a walk built for a lifetime. Why not take it to the highest heights? The Ridge Tahoe is the place for those who are ready to take those giant leaps and monumental steps.
A winter wedding at The Ridge Tahoe is magical and affordable.
Planning a wedding involves plenty of incentive to get an early start. That’s why The Ridge Tahoe has developed several wedding packages suited for parties of all sizes with plenty of options. The Ridge Tahoe provides staff to arrange the wedding ceremony, reception and lodging for your guests — all in one location.
In time for winter, The Ridge Tahoe has announced wedding plans for future brides and grooms. Intimate wedding packages start at $3,195 for up to 30 guests. Book your wedding from November 2015 through April 2016 and receive a two night complimentary stay at The Ridge Tahoe and two complimentary 60-minute massages at Elevation Spa.
Prefer a spring wedding? Book your wedding during April or May 2015 and receive a complimentary bridal bouquet and a three night complimentary stay at The Ridge Tahoe. Packages start at $7,795. This offer is designed for parties of up to 50 people.
The Ridge Tahoe offers indoor ceremonies and receptions, spectacular beachfront and outdoor sites plus indoor receptions for up to 100 people in winter. The Grand View Garden offers spectacular views of the Sierra and Carson Valley from an elevation of 7,500 feet.
Does your wedding party need a place to stay? The Ridge handles that too with several lodging options. When it comes to planning, receptions and rehearsals, The Ridge Tahoe will take care of everything with an event coordinator and access to vendors.
What about the rehearsal dinner and reception? The Ridge Tahoe provides banquet services with food and beverage choices that range from casual barbecue buffet dinners to formal, sit-down plated meals fulfilling for any appetite.
If you’re planning a first anniversary stay in Lake Tahoe, The Ridge offers a variety of lodging and spa packages to suit your needs.
If you would like more information call (775) 588-3553, ext. 3160 or go online and fill out the form.
To see for yourself what a Ridge Tahoe wedding looks like, check out our photo gallery.
Do your winter and spring wedding plans include The Ridge Tahoe?
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.
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?
Sightseeing adventures await once you step outside The Ridge Tahoe. Whether you’re looking to hike, peddle up trails, or travel by motorcycle, vehicle or tour bus, we’ve narrowed down some of the best landmarks and views to see during your stay.
Ladies and gentlemen, Emerald Bay.
Photo: Rod Hanna.
- Emerald Bay: When people unfamiliar with Lake Tahoe see pictures in travel magazines, Emerald Bay is usually the most prominently featured. Combined into a State Park, Emerald Bay features include Fannette Island, Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The architect was Leonard Palme, who was hired by his aunt Laura Knight to design and build Vikingsholm. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations. In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state. It is the resting place for many boats, launches and barges used in the lake before the turn of the century, during the heyday of Emerald Bay Resort and used in the construction of Vikingsholm. Visitors to Emerald Bay State Park enjoy hiking, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, boating, sightseeing and touring Vikingsholm in the summer months.
- Heavenly Gondola: A 2.4 mile ride up the Heavenly Mountain Gondola will leave you breathless as you take in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. On your way up, stop at The Observation Deck – a 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform, located at 9,123 feet. Take in views of the Carson Valley, Desolation Wilderness and shore-to-shore of Lake Tahoe. 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.
- Cave Rock: Highway 50 goes right through Cave Rock, a huge rock formation that is the neck of an old volcano. The name comes from the small caves on the west side, cut by waves when the lake was 140 feet higher during the ice age. Cave Rock is also a spiritual site of the regions earliest residents, the Washoe Indian Tribe. A small day-use area is tucked beneath the rugged volcanic face of Cave Rock. Facilities include a boat launch ramp and dock, comfort station, picnic sites, and a small sandy beach. Hike to the top for the best overview, it is short but steep with amazing views.
- Logan Shoals: A popular place for weddings with its sweeping backdrop of Lake Tahoe, Logan Shoals Vista Trail is a hidden gem on the Nevada shoreline, just north of Cave Rock on Highway 50. The site provides a panoramic vista across the lake, where you can see the broad u-shaped valleys carved out of glaciers. The main path is paved with informative placards about Tahoe‘s geography and history along the way. The best views, however, are found on the unpaved paths that go just beyond where the paving stops. In particular, there is a gorgeous panoramic view of the whole lake if you walk just behind the large rock formation in Logan Shoals.
- Sand Harbor: With 55 acres of long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shady forested areas and panoramic lake views, Sand Harbor offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to enjoy Lake Tahoe. It is arguably one of the most beautiful and easily accessible of the south shore beaches. The sand is soft and the waters are crystal clear. There are multiple little beaches and coves you can explore and set up your towels on the sand. The water is calm for kayak and standup paddle boards, and there are rentals available on site. There’s also a visitor center, parking, bathrooms, and a restaurant/cafe with a shady deck on site.
Do your summer vacation plans include a visit to these five Tahoe spots?
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.
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?