Summer has arrived! Tahoe’s national treasure – the lake – is filled to capacity after a record-breaking winter, and ready to provide visitors heart-pounding athletic competitions, blockbuster concerts, cultural outings, and craft brewery events all on-tap.
Make a plan to have Ridge Tahoe home base this month in order to catch one of these experiences – and of course, the views!
|Wake up to a sunrise at Ridge Tahoe before attending Tahoe’s array of exhilarating events this June. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
The inaugural Lake Tahoe Brewfest hosted by Cold Water Brewery and Grill and FNCTN (a production/promotional group; pronounced “Function,”) is coming to South Shore June 10 to feature craft brew tastings from all over Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. The event also includes a home brewers competition, live music, arts and craft vendors and food.
The 53rd annual DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay is considered to be the oldest relay race in the country as runners converge to run counter-clockwise around Lake Tahoe, June 10. Teams of seven individuals each tackle approximately 8-12 mile sections along the 72-mile scenic route.
Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers seven acres of entertainment on four stages at Camp Richardson’s campgrounds, June 3-4 and June 10-11. The two weekends include various activities: jousting, sword fighting, educational demonstrations, jugglers, magicians, children’s games, merchants, actors, food and beverages.
|Inspiring athletes and recreational enthusiasts push their limits this month either on foot or via bike. Courtesy: Rick Gunn
Long distance milers will lace up their running shoes and hit the road with the third annual Rock Tahoe Half Marathon, June 17. Presented by Epic Tahoe Adventures, the 13.1 mile course starts at Spooner Summit and drops over 1,000 feet as it winds down U.S. Highway 50 along the stunning east shore of Lake Tahoe to a finish line at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Other weekend activities include an expo, post-race party for runners and their guests and awards for the top male and female age group finishers.
The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival honors Tahoe’s heritage with a season filled with performances and comedy at the Boathouse Theater, outdoor concerts, festivals, and cultural events. The season kicks off with Dirty Cello June 21.
|Jam out to some incredible artists at Valhalla this season including Dirty Cello, June 21 (pictured above). Courtesy: Valhalla Tahoe
The Loft Theatre located in the Heavenly Village is home to Magic Fusion and offers guests of all ages year-round entertainment with award-winner illusionists, sleight of hand, pallor-theatre magicians. The Kinsey Sicks stars in Dragapella is an Award-winning Off-Broadway Comedy-Musical and will perform at the Loft Theatre, June 19-23.
The weather is warm, the sun is shining and it’s been a long winter, which means we are eager to get outside! If you need some vitamin D and you’re also staying at the Ridge Tahoe, then check out a few of our recommendations for (almost) summer fun.
- Hit the beach: This past season’s historic precipitation filled the lake to its brim, which means now is the time to spend a day (or two) on its shores, lounging in its sands. Check out one of the nearby beaches for a wonderful day near the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe – or venture out to a secluded beach!
- Rock out: Rock climbing is one of Tahoe’s most exhilarating and challenging activities. Ease into it with a rock climbing class at the Ridge Tahoe. You’ll practice on natural rock so you’ll be prepared for the real thing in no time.
- See the sights: Hop aboard the S. Dixie II paddle wheeler for a cruise to the iconic Emerald Bay. Discount activity tickets are sold at the Ridge Market Place. Call 800-23-TAHOE to make your reservations.
- Learn something new: Did you know that the Ridge Tahoe offers an array of classes for guests? That’s right! This summer you can take up a new hobby like tennis or learn how to make cards, as well as using essential oils. Activities are regularly updated in the Ridge Guide.
- Map your skin: Summer means you’ll be showing more skin. Sign up for one of our Dermalogica skin care classes through the Elevation Spa to make sure it’s in the best shape. MicroZone skin mapping is now available so you know your skin’s specific needs.
- Watch a master chef: Our complimentary cooking demo with Chef Stephen happens every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Castle Rock View Room. Watch Chef create a fabulous dish right before your eyes.
- Work up a sweat: Regardless if it’s outside or indoors, now is the time to get in fighting shape for the summer season! Our fitness center is equipped with everything you need to stay buff.
- Take a hike: The Tahoe Rim Trail is only moments from the Ridge Tahoe and you can easily access other trails in the basin. Some of our favorites include the Glen Alpine Trail and nearby Van Sickle Bi-State Park among others.
- Try a new food: With in-room kitchens, a vacation at the Ridge Tahoe is the ideal time to try out a new recipe. The Sierra Nevada is rich with fresh produce and a quick trip to the farms of El Dorado County or Carson Valley will yield a bounty of fruits and veggies!
- Relax a little: Dip your toes or go ahead and cannonball into one of our outdoor pools! This is the perfect time to take advantage of warm afternoons in the Sierra sun. Or if you’re in a mood for rejuvenation, we recommend heading to the Elevation Spa for a massage.
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
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!
A wedding is unique to each person. Even with similar tastes and preferences, one person’s wedding will be vastly different from another’s. For those looking for a distinct experience, Lake Tahoe offers opportunities to make a wedding distinctive and memorable. One of the best places to ensure a wedding is true to the brides and/or grooms is The Ridge Tahoe.
Your wedding, your way at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media
An experienced Ridge Tahoe wedding coordinator can inform couples about the various options available for wedding planning. A number of packages are available for weddings and offers customization so each wedding stands alone.
Available options included in packages are:
- Location of ceremony
- Floral decorations
- Food selections, including appetizers
- Custom wedding cake
- Cupcake display
- Wedding coordinators
- Types of chairs
- Hair and makeup
Some options are only available with certain packages.
Location is Everything
A wedding at The Ridge Tahoe offers more than all-inclusive packages, it also offers picture perfect locations for nuptials – which is crucial when a photographer and a videographer will be capturing every moment.
Several locations are available:
- Grand View Garden is perfect for the nature-loving bride that prefers sweeping views and just the right amount of nature. The Grand View Garden is situated at 7,500 views, looks over the Carson Valley and surrounding mountains, and offers granite pathway for an easy trip down the aisle.
A Grand View Garden wedding has the best spots for photos opps! Credit: Divided Line Media
- Stagecoach View Room is ideal for a winter ceremony and accommodates up to 120 guests. Keep out of the cold while still enjoying views of Stagecoach Lodge and chairlift at Heavenly Mountain.
- Elevation Deck 7500 also overlooks the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can be used during the winter months. Intimate daytime ceremonies are also recommended for this space.
- Beach front weddings are available for Ridge Tahoe brides. Choose to say “I do” at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach for a ceremony that will have guests gaping not only at the bride’s dress but also the scenery.
Everyone prefers a certain season over the others and this also extends to the desired season for a wedding. The Ridge Tahoe offers weddings in all seasons and each offers different attributes that contribute to a wedding that feels all one’s own.
Winter is a great time to be married at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media
Winter, for example, offers breathtaking views bathed in white and opportunities for stunning photography of falling snow. Summer, on the other hand, almost guarantees perfect, sunny weather with 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe. Summer also provides the most options for venues, while winter is more limited.
For additional information about weddings at The Ridge Tahoe, contact Blair Varela at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.