Tahoe may seem like all sunshine, clean air and an abundance of nature, but there’s hundreds of years of history as deeply rooted as its towering trees. Take a journey through history by visiting the following sites located in the Tahoe Basin.

South Shore
Tallac Historic Site:
Containing the Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate and Valhalla, Tallac Historic Site is a haven of beautiful and original architecture from the the golden age of the 1920s. These impressive structures were owned by some of the most powerful families in Tahoe and have been restored to their former glory for the public’s enjoyment. Sites include the Tallac Resort, formerly known as the “Greatest Casino in America,” the Baldwin Estate Washoe Exhibit and the impressive Valhalla Estate, built in 1924 to entertain guests of the Heller family. Tallac is also home to the Gatsby Festival, which celebrates the height of 1920s decadence with fashion shows, tea parties and more.

Vikingsholm

“Tahoe’s Hidden Castle” – Courtesy: Curtis Simmons

Vikingsholm: Any trip through Emerald Bay is incomplete without a moment to appreciate the beauty of Vikingsholm and Fannette Island. Vikingsholm, also known as “Tahoe’s Hidden Castle,” was built by Lora Josephine Knight in 1929. The unique Scandinavian building hosted Knight and her many guests during Tahoe summers until Knight’s death in 1945. The property was acquired by the State of California in 1953 and can be seen either by boat or up close after a hike from the Vikingsholm parking lot. Its counterpart, Fannette Island, includes a tiny home that was previously used by Knight and her guests for afternoon tea. It is accessible by boat.

West Shore
Fleur du Lac Estates:
Many know of Fleur du Lac because of its prominent role in “The Godfather II.” Its role in cinematic history notwithstanding, the estate was originally built for Henry J. Kaiser as a venue to celebrate the completion of the Hoover Dam. Heads of powerful companies including the Pacific Bridge Company, J.F. Shea Co., which built the Golden Gate Bridge, and Utah Construction were among the many gatherings that would occur at Fleur du Lac. Fleur du Lac can be seen by boat.

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Thunderbird Lodge – Courtesy: Thunderbird Lake Tahoe

East Shore
Thunderbird Lodge:
Another gorgeous estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the Thunderbird Lodge was constructed by George Whittell, Jr., an heir to a wealthy San Francisco family. In addition to the Lodge, Whittell owned 95% of the Nevada shoreline on Lake Tahoe. After Whittell’s death in 1969, Jack Dreyfus of Dreyfus of Dreyfus bought the property and the adjacent 10,000 acres, subsequently selling the majority of land to the U.S. Forest Service. Currently the Lodge hosts dinners, weddings and other special events. Tours are available.

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.