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.
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 TahoeSouth.com for everything to do in Tahoe.
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!
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
Blue skies and warm days are here with more on the way as we hurtle through spring and into the summer season. For those itching to explore the great outdoors now that the snow has (mostly) melted and the trails are clearing up, there are numerous options available in the Tahoe South area from hiking to kayaking and more. For those that are looking for entertainment, well, there’s no shortage of that either!
Clear skies await you in Tahoe this spring. Photo credit: Kristen Rust
April wraps up with some favorites including the Genoa Cowboy Festival April 27-29. Just over Kingsbury Grade in Genoa, this festival celebrates all things cowboy and cowgirl with special events scheduled throughout the weekend. Back up the hill, musicians Dweezil Zappa plays Harrah’s on April 28 and Rebel Soul takes the stage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 29.
Beginning in May, Pints & Paddles Cruise with Ike & Martin takes off aboard the M.S. Dixie II on May 3. Combining a scenic cruise on the lake with live music from local favorites, this is great after hours event that will leave you humming some familiar tunes. Similarly, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Show May 6 brings classic rock to Harrah’s with cult favorites synced to incredible lighting effects.
The Amgen Tour of California: racing near you soon! Photo credit: Boyd Dangtongdee
Also on May 6, the WFC 71 – World Fighting Championships take place at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. While these fighters certainly have the strength, the men and women of the Amgen Tour of California would certainly beat them in endurance and speed contests when they descend upon the Lake Tahoe area May 11-12. We recommend spectators stake out a spot on Highway 50 for a glimpse of these world-class athletes.
Returning to MontBleu, Nick Swardson will get the masses laughing when he performs May 13. Todrick Hall will keep the yuks coming when he performs on May 15. MontBleu also welcomes the Eli Young Band on May 25 while Harrah’s hosts Robin Trower of Procol Harum and Robin Trower Band fame on May 27.
The hits keep coming with The Yardbirds at Harrah’s on June 3. These classic English crooners will play fan favorites like “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” (Did you know that this band kicked off the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page?!)
Retrace the steps of the Old West during the Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train. Photo credit: Brian Williams/Media West
The Annual Highway 50 Wagon Train rolls into the South Shore during the only bi-state historic event that retraces the route taken during the Gold Rush. Traveling at only three miles per hour, this week-long event includes campfires and family-friendly storytelling. During the same week, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will speed through the area on June 4, as will the DeCelle Memorial Lake Tahoe Relay on June 10. Get a taste of olden times the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is slated for June 10-11 or try out libations from 10 local breweries at Lake Tahoe Brewfest at Cold Water Brewery & Grill June 10.
Whatever you decide to do during your spring visit, set up home base at the Ridge Tahoe.