Feel the cool alpine breeze and the warm sun kissing the lake’s surface while gliding on the freshest blue waters in a kayak, boat or on top of a paddleboard. With an abundance of rentals available in the Lake Tahoe area, you’ll be on the water and exploring the Lake of the Sky in no time.
A sunset cruise on the lake is a true Tahoe experience. Photo credit: Brad Scott
‘Yaks & SUPs
Kayak Tahoe provides kayak and paddleboard rentals from five different locations in Tahoe South, so you’re never too far from a pick up or drop off location for ultimate convenience. Make your own path or opt for a guided tour, such as the Emerald Bay Tour that takes you around the famed Fannette Island.
For more experienced explorers, the Lake Tahoe Water Trail is the perfect resource for self-guided tours. The trail outlines 72 miles of sandy beaches and rocky inlets, with 30 public launch/landing sites for kayaks and paddleboards. Bring personal watercrafts that meet cleanliness standards or rent from local shops.
Get a little competitive on your SUP and race! Photo credit: South Tahoe Standup Paddle
South Tahoe Standup Paddle offers a selection of paddleboards available for rent, with boards available for every age and skill level. Lessons are available for any ability, from covering the basics to improving paddle technique and building confidence on the water. Guests have the option of attending a guided paddleboarding tour that includes history and trivia about the Tahoe Basin.
Another great location for kayaking is Fallen Leaf Lake. Hourly and daily rentals are available for this hidden gem near the Camp Richardson area.
A useful starting point for boating beginners is Lake Tahoe Boating. This website is a helpful tool in discovering the marinas, boat rentals and launching points around the lake to ensure the most enjoyable experience for all experience levels.
Accessible at ten locations, Tahoe Sports is a family-owned business that provides boat and watercraft rentals. A day of sightseeing on the water with fully fueled power boat rentals, equipped with VHF radio and Coast Guard approved safety equipment, ensure proper safety and loads of fun. Tour guides are also available.
Round Hill Pines Beach Resort hosts a marina with several boating services and rentals. The resort offers guests the opportunity to moor personal boats or rent 10-12 passenger vessels.
Feel the need for speed on the water. Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Boat Rides
An intriguing learning experience for the is available from Lake Tahoe Boat Rides with guided boat tours and cruises accompanied by knowledgeable captains. The powerboats, sailboats and yacht options will stop at several locations along the way, allowing for passengers to sightsee, swim and even take a leap off of a cliff.
For a Lake Tahoe tour on an iconic and historic vessel, visit Zephyr Cove Beach and Resort. Day, evening and dinner cruises are offered on the award-winning fleet that includes the MS Dixie II and the Tahoe Paradise yacht.
The Ridge’s concierge services are always prepared to help with more information and to create memorable Tahoe vacations. Visit Organized Activities for opportunities that may arise for deals for your next adventure on the water.
August is jam-packed with great music, entertainment and food. Make a plan to visit the Ridge Tahoe this month in order to catch one of these experiences – and of course, the views!
Lake Tahoe is home to a number of exhilarating events in August. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
The Loft Theatre & Lounge hosts Magic Fusion, a family friendly magic and comedy show. Both adults and children are welcome to the daily show at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Located in Heavenly Village, enjoy the entertaining production alongside dinner for a great night out. Sundays have a “Kids Free” matinee where children attend the show for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Heavenly Village also hosts Summer Concerts on Fridays and Saturdays 5 – 9 p.m.
Another opportunity for live music is the Harveys Outdoor Concert Series. The big-name artists this August are Lionel Richie, Aug. 13; Steve Miller Band, Aug. 18; Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Aug. 26; and 20th Anniversary Lake Tahoe Summit Feat. The Killers, Aug. 31.
The Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival returns for the fourth year in a row on Aug. 20. Celebrate good vibes with a day full of music and entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Jam out to some of the biggest musicians. Courtesy: Harvey’s Outdoor Concert Series
The Artists in Residence at Valhalla Tahoe celebrates arts, music and theatre in a vibrant festival, Aug. 12-28. The event is free and open to the public 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily with an opportunity to watch the artists at work, as well as view and purchase original pieces.
The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) hosts the 4th Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival, Aug. 13-14. The festival features bike rides, demonstrations, live music BBQ, beer garden, a variety of vendors and a KidZone.
Gain perspective and altitude on your mountain bike. Courtesy: 4th Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival
Hot Tahoe Cruisin’ South Shore Car Show is hosted by Heavenly Village, Aug. 1-7. Check out collectable cars and motorcycles on display. There will also be live music, a poker run and sidewalk sales at select Heavenly Village shops.
Look at that fresh produce! Courtesy: Ski Run Farmer’s Market
Explore the Ski Run Farmer’s Market for locally sourced produce, handmade crafts and live music every Friday, 3 – 8 p.m.
Bring a flashlight to the pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park for the free Milky Way and Dark Skies Guided View. Experts will help guests locate constellations, stars and planets with complimentary star charts. Learn how to tell time by the location of the stars and how to spot the Zodiac symbols.
Clear your schedule for August and ensure that a Ridge Tahoe visit replaces other plans. Book your trip at RidgeTahoeResort.com.
Helpful Travel Apps Make a Lake Tahoe Trip Even Easier
When travelling to Lake Tahoe, the trip is made simpler and more fun with resourceful tools that help plan the perfect outing. The Ridge Tahoe has a mobile friendly site that makes reserving a room faster, alleviating some of the stress involved with coordinating a vacation. Luckily, there are also a number of free mobile apps ideal for a Tahoe stay!
Take a relaxing trip to Tahoe Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe
The Tahoe Beaches app helps guests find nearby beaches and driving directions, utilizing the phone’s GPS ability. Personalize searches for features such as barbecues, boat rentals, campsites, public bathrooms and shade availability. Each beach has a profile with useful information including hours and directions.
A map of Lake Tahoe beaches Courtesy: Tahoe Beaches App
Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide
The Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide is an interactive app that provides daily itineraries allowing users to learn more about Tahoe history and ecology. Interested in discovering fun facts about the lake or local plant species? Use the app while at a specific location for this information and more.
A visit to Tahoe is incomplete without a nature walk, hike or bike. AllTrails is a great app for finding detailed information on all of the hiking, biking and running trails in the region. Users can filter results to cater accommodations such as pet and kid friendly or handicap accessible.
Utrip’s app allows users to create personalized itineraries for every budget and type of vacation. Choose one of the popular itineraries crafted by locals or build one from scratch with what appeals specifically to you.
Plan a personalized itinerary Courtesy: Utrip
Lake Tahoe Official
The Lake Tahoe Official app is driven as a social media connector, helping users share photos and content on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a means of checking in with Foursquare. Information provided includes weather reports, live music venues and local business deals and discounts.
Leave a Lake Tahoe vacation with a breadth of new knowledge and personalized memories.
When visiting a new destination, there is always a list of must-see locations which highlight the best features. Yet, sometimes it is worth venturing off the beaten path and exploring more atypical locales. Here are some beaches that will allow for memorable and unique experiences during your stay in Lake Tahoe.
Probably the quietest area of Lake Tahoe, this southwest shore is a peaceful corner. A steep trail leads down to the water’s edge, just off of Highway 89. Another great way to reach this small beach is kayaking or paddleboarding from South Shore.
Chimney Beach is a hidden East Shore gem. Tucked behind a slope, the cove can be reached through trails leading down. A derelict chimney and hearth left from a destructed beachfront cabin distinguishes the stretch of sand. Large, flat boulders populate the beach, making for perfect picnic tables or tanning platforms. Pack some dinner and wine, because as soon as night blankets the sky, Chimney Beach becomes a gorgeous spot for star gazing.
The historic chimney at Chimney Beach. Courtesy: TripAdvisor.
A mile off of the nearest highway, Skunk Harbor can be found by a hike or bike ride down the old fire road. With one main cove and several smaller ones, it is easy to find the picturesque nook that best appeals to each visitor.
Kiva Beach is the quieter and smaller beach that is off of Camp Richardson. If wanting to avoid the crowds, Kiva Beach is the ultimate choice. It is one of the few dog friendly beaches in Tahoe, so bring that furry companion along on a leash. This shore is a bit rocky so water shoes are recommended.
The quiet cove at Kiva Beach. Courtesy: Kiva Beach.
Located in Emerald Bay State Park, Vikingsholm Beach is worth the trek for a brief lesson in Tahoe history. A short hike down to the beach leads past Eagle Falls and to the Vikingsholm Castle, one of the greatest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Kayaks can be rented to reach Fannette Island and to visit the tea house. Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed locations in Lake Tahoe and a must-see for all visitors.
View of Fannette Island from Vikingsholm Beach. Courtesy: Image found on the Tahoe South Blog.
Don’t forget that the concierge services at The Ridge will help you plan a fantastic day!
Exploring Beyond the Lake Tahoe Basin: Day Trip Ideas
With all that Lake Tahoe has to offer, it’s easy to get swept up in the local fun – yet there is so much left to discover in the surrounding region. When staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you are in the perfect location to access new opportunities at your fingertips. Here are some ideas for quick day trips to nearby cities and towns.
Being the capital city of Nevada, Carson City is rich in culture and history. Just a 20-minute drive from the Ridge, visitors can tour the many government buildings and museums. One favorite for children and families alike is the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Take a short train ride on one of the locomotives and learn the stories behind the Nevada railroads.
All aboard! Courtesy: Nevada State Railroad Museum
If you want to spend a day relaxing while still taking a dip into the past, try the Carson Hot Springs. Since 1849, the Carson Hot Springs has provided water therapy and spa treatments using water enriched with over nine healthful minerals. You have the choice of using the outdoor pool or one of the private pools for the ultimate in relaxation.
Once a thriving heart of the Gold and Silver Rushes, Virginia City still has that spirit resonating through the streets. Just an hour away from the Ridge, you can travel back in time while experiencing a taste of the mining culture. Regardless if it’s panning for gold, touring a real mine or walking through the quaint boutiques, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Find some gold in Virginia City
If you are looking for a thrilling adventure, check out Truckee River Whitewater Rafting. Offering half-day trips, the 7-mile courses take you through pine tree forests and around cottonwood bends. Whether you have been whitewater rafting before or it’s your first time, you will feel at ease with the experienced instructors.
Feel the rush with Truckee River Whitewater Rafting
After your days of exploration in the surrounding region, you will be delighted to return to the Ridge for a good night’s sleep.
Perched atop the Sierra Nevada mountains, The Ridge has remarkably set itself apart as the picturesque resort when visiting Lake Tahoe. It has always been considered a local gem, but now it has been recognized by Douglas County with the Spotlight Award in Tourism & Hospitality.
The picturesque Ridge Tahoe as seen from our Prism Cam
For the last three years, Douglas County has awarded Spotlight Awards to businesses that have gone above and beyond to take care of their customers. There are seven categories in which businesses are awarded, including retail, restaurant, manufacturing and production, sports and recreation, entrepreneur, business and professional service, and tourism and hospitality.
It is not surprising that the Ridge has been recognized for its Tourism and Hospitality. When planning your vacation to Lake Tahoe, the Ridge has all your needs covered – and more!
Relax in our pool at 7,600 feet.
The Douglas County Spotlight Awards are chosen by staff knowledge and business community organizations. The businesses that are awarded embody inspiring characteristics such as community involvement, uniqueness, employment growth opportunities and more. The Ridge sets an example for others in the South Lake Tahoe region because it always makes sure that visitors have an exceptional stay.
If you are looking for a resort vacation, the in-house amenities will offer something for everyone, regardless if you are on a family trip or a romantic getaway. Get some much need R&R at the indoor and outdoor pools or the full service spa. Play an exhilarating game of racquetball or basketball with the kids at the indoor sports complex. Feel like learning something new? Take one of the enriching classes offered, such as wine tasting or glass painting. You truly have everything you could ask for at your fingertips and that’s without leaving the premises.
Jump in! The water’s just right in Lake Tahoe.
The Ridge is also an excellent starting point when exploring all Lake Tahoe has in store. Nearby you can access the Tahoe Rim Trail for an adventurous hike. Down the mountain, you can explore the many beaches, trails and watersports that are readily available. The Ridge even provides a free shuttle service to the Stateline Casinos at your convenience. The wonderful concierge services will help you plan fulfilling itineraries, ensuring that you take advantage of every opportunity.