Sizzling End of Summer Events

Many are beginning to wind down and out of summer mode to get ready for the upcoming school year, but that’s not the case with Tahoe South! With a full menu of events and recreation, we’re not saying goodbye to the warm summer months just yet. Fortunately, these events are close to the Ridge Tahoe and most are just an easy ride away on our complimentary shuttle. Let the fun begin!

Starting this weekend, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will perform for the first time since 2014 at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena. He is famous for his soothing, island jams like “Banana Pancakes” and “Upside Down.”

Live at Lakeview brings the beats with the summer heat every Thursday. Credit: Lauren Lindley/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Continuing with the summer jams, this week also presents two of the South Shore’s favorite summer concert series at Lakeview Commons and Heavenly Village. On Thursday, July 27, Live at Lakeview hosts their free concert on the beach, where locals and visitors gather to listen to an array of music while watching the sun set on picturesque Lake Tahoe.

The Heavenly Village Concert Series begins at 5 p.m. July 28-29. This concert is conveniently located in the middle of the Heavenly Village. This family-friendly event is free.

Get your fitness in and get a taste of some of Lake Tahoe’s best breweries at Kirkwood Bikes & Brews. This event at Kirkwood Resort offers mountain bike riding for people of all ages, as well music and brew tasting. There will be a shuttle available with pickups and drop offs at MontBleu Resort. The event supports the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association.

Cheers! Drink Tahoe Brew is clearly the memo here at Basecamp Pizza Co. Credit: Lauren Lindley/Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

On Aug. 7, a full moon kayak tour is offered to individuals of all ages to kayak along the shores of Sugar Pine Point State Park. The tour will take place between the highest elevation operational lighthouse in the U.S. to the park’s southern boundary overlooking Meeks Bay. State Park staff will provide insight into the region’s cultural and natural history under the light of a full moon.

Throughout the month of August, there are several events taking place during the Valhalla Art, Music & Theater Festival, including performances by Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore (Aug. 2), Heartbreak On The Dance Floor (Aug. 9), Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankenfurter (Aug. 23), and Laura Love (Aug. 30).

With all these events and activities, it’s hard to be bored in Tahoe. There are more events to come in the next few weeks. Don’t miss out by booking your room at the Ridge Tahoe now.

11 Surprising (and True) Facts About Tahoe

Have you ever wanted a quick-reference guide to fun facts about Lake Tahoe? Look no further! These facts may answer some of the questions you have about the lake and they may surprise you, as well.

  1. Crystal clear: Lake Tahoe is gifted with a unique appearance: clarity up to 70 feet below Lake Tahoe’s surface. Nearly 70% of annual rainfall hits directly on the surface of the lake, and the rest of the water flows through the meadows and marshes, which creates a beneficial filtration system. Another factor of Tahoe’s clarity is its high elevation and consistent snowfall throughout the year. With snowmelt running through creeks and falls which feed into the lake, the lake receives the purest form of water.

People docked their boats on the calm lake during the early hours of the morning. Photo Credit: Aramark / Rachid Dahnoun

  1. One of a kind: Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Stretching 191.9 square miles and holding 39.75 trillion gallons of water, Tahoe beats Crater Lake in Oregon with three times as much in length and ten times in capacity.
  2. You said how much? Tahoe has a capacity of 39.75 trillion gallons of water. Yes, you read that correctly! That is enough water to fill 60.2 million Olympic pools. With this amount, Tahoe could also supply 314 million people with 69 gallons of fresh water a day for 5 years. Now that’s a lot of water!
  3. Explore the great outdoors: With over 200 trails for biking, hiking, and running, you can get your fitness on in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Every trail offers a unique experience with different levels of difficulty, extraordinary views, and wildlife.

Heavenly Mountain Resort Skier gets some action on this year’s Heavenly slopes. Photo Credit: Heavenly Mountain Resort

  1. Just keep swimming: At a maximum depth of 1,645 feet at Crystal Bay, Tahoe is ranked the second deepest lake in the United States. If you were to put the Empire State Building (1,454 ft.) under the surface of Lake Tahoe, we wouldn’t be able to see the very top point of the building.
  2. Break the ice: Tahoe is unable to completely freeze due to the amount of water compared to its relative surface area. This prevents the lake from reaching freezing temperatures. Looks like ice skating won’t be an option on this lake!
  3. Stargazing at its finest: Tahoe’s South Shore is home to 1,307 campsites, so pitch a tent, make some smores, and look up to the great night sky. Many spots in the Basin have great views of the “Triple Conjunction,” which includes the triangle formation of Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury.
  4. Dare to climb: Lake Tahoe is surrounded by six peaks. The tallest is Freel Peak, which reaches an astonishing 10,881 feet. If you were to stack 7.5 Empire State Building’s on top of one another, they would reach the top of Freel Peak!
  5. And many more: Tahoe has existed for over 2 million years. Formed by the movement of glaciers, the valley eventually sunk in creating the Tahoe Basin.

Another beautiful sunset casts its rays over Emerald Bay. Photo Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

  1. Origins of time: The name “Tahoe” originates from the Washoe Native Americans. It was a mispronunciation of one of their native words: “da ow a ga,” which means the edge of the lake. Ancestral Native Americans first inhabited the lake 10,000 years ago. The Washoe Tribe occupied the Tahoe Basin for 1,300 years up to the 20th
  2. Small town, big city feel: There are around 23,000 year-round locals in Tahoe South, but on peak days in the summer and winter, the population can reach nearly 300,000. A total of 3 million people visits Lake Tahoe every year.

What was your favorite fact? Let us know when you visit the Ridge Tahoe for your Tahoe vacation!

Reference: Tahoe South and Tahoe Fund

Experience Nevada with Our Summer Must-Dos

With Summer in full effect, there’s more daylight hours, more time to play – and in a location like ours there are many opportunities to get out there and accomplish all things on that summer to-do list! With Tahoe straddling two states, Nevada and California, we will push our focus to the beautiful and cultured state of Nevada. Check out this list of Summer Must-Dos all in great vicinity to your stay at the Ridge Tahoe!

Our first item on the list is the Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation in middle of the Nevada desert. The large thirty to thirty-five foot boulders are painted with beautiful, bright colors, attracting the eyes of thousands every year. This spot is perfect to add a pop of color to your Instagram, while also getting a glimpse of one of the most unique art projects in the country.

If you’re looking to surround yourself in pine trees while taking a step back in time, make sure you head over to Sand Harbor where you can watch The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This festival brings one-of-a-kind entertainment with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Enjoy some of Shakespeare’s greatest work and a beautiful sunset on the lake.

Nevada is home of a variety of ghost towns, giving character and mystery to the desert landscape. These historic landmarks were former mining boomtowns from the late 1800s to early 1900s. During the longer summer days, make sure to come check out these abandoned towns that offer a unique history and tour the structures that remain. The ghost town of Berlin gives visitors a tour through abandoned mines, as well as fossils of dinosaurs that once roamed the area.

If you’re looking to hang out in an old-style saloon and walk down creaky, wooden sidewalks, make sure to check out Virginia City. One of the more popular mining towns back-in-the-the-day, Virginia City has a great history offering small-town shenanigans for individuals of all ages.

With all these ghost towns and long, lonely roads, it’s apparent that Nevada has some of the clearest skies. Grab a blanket, some friends, and good times and find a cozy spot in the Lake Tahoe area to enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the stars. There is also the option to attend the astronomy festival hosted by the Great Basin National Park. The festival includes amateur and expert astronomers to show crowds distance planets and galaxies with their own eyes.

Special thanks to Travel Nevada for providing an easy reference guide to all things Nevada. Make sure to visit their website here for more information on traveling excursions, and more fun ideas to add on your summer list of to dos.

See the Stars Shine at the American Century Championship

Lake Tahoe is approaching its most talked about event of the year, the American Century Championship. Held every year at Edgewood Golf Course, the best sports players and entertainment stars bring their A-game to compete for a grand prize of $125,000. The action-packed week begins July 11 through July 16 with several activities and events for attendees of all ages.

Edgewood Tahoe is home to the American Century Championship, which returns to the lake July 11-16. Credit: Brian Williams/Media West Group

The tournament has raised approximately $4.6 million since its inception in 1990 and all funds support a range of non-profits. For this year’s ACC, the funds will support  Stowers Institute for Medical Research. The institute is home to 550 dedicated researchers working to treat, diagnose and prevent diseases.

This year, the ACC is hosting some of the greatest celebrities in the entertainment and sports industries. Former NFL Player Tony Romo will be joined by Pro-Bowl Defensive End Jared Allen, as well as Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. NBA MVP and 2017 NBA Finals Championship winner Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will also make an appearance. Two-time MLB All-Star and two-time ACC champion Mark Mulder will return to compete for a third championship among five MLB Hall of Famers. Other major celebrities consist of ten-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake, actor/comedian Larry the Cable Guy, actor Ray Romano and newcomer, social media activist and professional golfer Paige Spiranac. To check out more celebrities who will be participating in the 27th Annual American Century Championship, click here.

Mark Mulder will return to grab a third championship this year. Credit: Jeff Bayer

The tournament hosts a variety of events, but one of the most popular highlights of the week is the Celebrity Spray-Off Challenge, sponsored by Korbel Champagne. During this challenge, celebrities compete to see who can get the furthest distance by popping off the cork to a champagne bottle. The challenge is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Another crowd favorite is the Hole-in-One/Closest to the Pin Challenge that occurs on Edgewood Golf Course’s famous Hole No. 17. Spectators gather to watch celebrities make their best attempt at a hole-in-one, while the lake sits as the backdrop creating the most beautiful and entertaining scenes. Plan for this event on Friday, July 14 at 3:45 p.m.

Justin Timberlake, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Steph Curry will entertain the masses yet again. Credit: Jeff Bayer

For a more intimate glimpse of the stars, head to Edgewood before official tournament rounds begin and watch celebrities get their heads into the game with practice rounds on July 11 and 12. For more information about the tournament and its philanthropic cause, visit

Celebrate the 4th of July From Sun-Up to Sun-Down

Summer has officially begun! And what better way to spend your summer getaway than in Tahoe South. From high-end dining to summer concerts surrounded by happy spirits, Lake Tahoe features some of the best activities from sun-up to sun-down.

Celebrate red, white and blue – sans the snow! – at the Ridge Tahoe this Fourth of July.

Check into the Ridge Tahoe, where the list of amenities and breathtaking panoramic views of the sparkling lake never disappoint. With three tennis courts, a variety of on-site fitness classes, outdoor areas for barbecuing and family gatherings, the list of comforts offered are endless. Plus, the central location makes for easy access to the Tahoe entertainment and nightlife. With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday, there are several events to attend before the holiday hits.

Set the sounds of summer at the Live at Lakeview Summer concert series. Starting Thursday, June 22 through Aug. 31, this series features some of the best talents in rock, pop, and soul. With a concert every Thursday, Live at Lakeview features a variety of local merchants and delicious food options in addition to amphitheater-style seating and sunset scenes from the beer garden.

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

The Beach Retreat and Lodge is throwing their 4th of July BBQ and Beach Party which is perfect for people of all ages. The beach party begins at 11 a.m. and will serve tropical and freedom influenced spirits throughout the day. Families are invited to a day of patriotic vibes and sunshine on a sandy Tahoe beach, offering cabanas, umbrella and lounge chair rentals.

After enjoying a day in the sun, grab your beach towel and find a spot on the lake to view the greatest firework display in Tahoe. “Lights on the Lake” ignites the skies with glorious colors of red, white and blue, leaving viewers dazzled by the sight. The show is scheduled to begin around 9:45 p.m.and is visible in Tahoe South. Check out Tahoe South’s website for more information on where to find the best view of the show.

The fireworks in Tahoe South are a must see Fourth of July activity.
Photo: Steve Dunleavy

An array of performances and activities will take place throughout the weekend in Tahoe South. The California Reggae inspired group, Rebelution, will be performing at Harveys Outdoor Arena Friday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a free concert featuring the singer/songwriter Red Rose at the Valhalla Art, Music, and Theater Festival.

To view more events throughout the 4th of July weekend, make sure you check out for everything to do in Tahoe.

We Have Your Father’s Day Plans

It’s Dad’s big day this weekend! It’s time to celebrate Pops with father-friendly events and activities in Tahoe and at the Ridge. Look at some of our favorite to-dos for Dad throughout this coming weekend.

Bike at night: The 2017 Tahoe Games Bike Night returns on June 16 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course with family friendly activities that include an illuminated, x-country course. Dad can try his hand at this fun and an exhilarating course that will take him over bunkers and over fairways, all while lit up with glow sticks on a non-motorized bike.

Pick up a game: If Dad’s a golfer, he can enjoy easy and quick access to a number of nearby golf courses including Genoa Lakes Golf Course and Carson Valley Golf Course. Additional options include the exclusive Edgewood Tahoe and the beautiful Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Dad can even practice his short game at the Ridge Tahoe putting greens!

Practice for the real deal at the Ridge Tahoe.

Rock it out: The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday and Saturday to showcase the talent of regional and national musicians. As the largest free concert series in Lake Tahoe, this is a great way to watch Dad kick back and groove out! Each show begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Heavenly Village.

If he’s craving a throwback, the Spazmatics will play at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 17. This band recaptures the music of the 1980s, complete with the bad style. This show is for 21 years and older, so leave the kids at home for this one.

A lil’ competition: The Ridge Tahoe has everything you need for a fun-filled day! Challenge Dad to a game of mini golfing, tennis at one of our three outdoor tennis courts or a competitive game of ping pong or billiards. There are so many activities and services available for guests’ complimentary use at the Ridge Tahoe that you may never have to leave!

Take up a friendly game of tennis at an outdoor court at the Ridge.

Fill ‘em up: Regardless of the activity Dad decides to do this Father’s Day weekend, he should end it with a refreshing beer at the Bear Trap Lounge and a juicy prime rib dinner at the Bistro. The Father’s Day Special includes an eight-ounce prime rib served with creamy horseradish, potato cake, and grilled asparagus. The special is $25 per person and served from 5-8 p.m.

Happy Father’s Day from 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.