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!
Bill Wright is back again with his final installment about being a Ridge owner. This time around he discusses the reasons why he chose to make the Ridge Tahoe a second home and why you should consider becoming an owner.
Bill Wright has already explained why you should visit Tahoe, which naturally leads him into his next topic: becoming an owner at the Ridge Tahoe.
Though Bill has owned a unit at the Ridge Tahoe for 30 years, his career and family situation has changed, which has led to new reasons why he enjoys spending his free time at the resort.
Follow the rainbow to your new home at the Ridge Tahoe.
The convenience of the owner rental program: The owner rental program offers multi-week owners like Bill and his family flexibility with their unit. The Wrights’ situation has dramatically changed and they can unfortunately no longer use their unit’s time as much as they’d like.
Instead of letting the unit sit empty, they now rent out their unit to other guests. The Resorts West Vacation Club enables the Wrights to keep their property by renting it out to other individuals that want to visit Lake Tahoe. This allows Bill and his family to cover annual resort costs while giving new families a chance to experience the Ridge Tahoe. It’s a win-win!
Owners can use the various amenities and services at the Ridge Tahoe.
Bonus time: The Resorts West program not only allows its owners to rent out their units, but they also reward loyalty with various membership advantages like the option to purchase bonus time at other resorts! This bonus time is often at significant discounts during slower seasons, such as fall and spring. This works to the benefit of all owners by helping to cover resort fixed costs on what would otherwise be unoccupied non-revenue generating unit time.
Stability and management: As owners for over three decades, Bill has seen the difficulties and struggles of the hospitality industry. However, he says that through this time he has always admired Resort West’s stable financial condition and their quality management.
Are you interested in becoming an owner? Learn more about the Resorts West Vacation Club.
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.
If it were up to us, every day would be Mother’s Day, complete with leisurely brunches, fresh flowers and sunshiny days with family and friends. Unfortunately, every day can’t be Mother’s Day so when the day rolls around every year, we always work extra hard to ensure the holiday is a very special and memorable time for all mothers! This year will be no different at the Ridge Tahoe with a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
The brunch on Mother’s Day, May 14, will include a feast for the eyes and the taste buds with multiple indulgent dishes. A saccharine first course starts the meal with sweet ricotta and mascarpone stuffed crepes served with spring berry compote. The second course includes a choice of one of the following: herb crusted Alaskan halibut with sweet potato and wild mushroom hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs benedict with cottage potatoes and Old Bay spiced hollandaise; eight-ounce New York steak and eggs with cottage potatoes; huevos rancheros with refried beans, eggs, shrimp, roasted peppers and corn tortillas. Finish the same way you started with some sweet treats at Heather’s heavenly dessert buffet.
The brunch is $40 per person, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
There are also several other special Mother’s Day activities occurring throughout the weekend. If you are staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll have quick and easy access to these events.
Take the family for a ride this Mother’s Day weekend. Courtesy: V&T Railroad
Mother’s Day weekend rides on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad take off from Carson City, May 13-14. This 16-mile round trip ride on diesel train engines will transport riders to the historic town of Virginia City where shopping, dining, and sights abound. Mothers will delight in this unhurried ride through the rolling hills of the storied Comstock Lode right-of-way with the possibility of wild mustang sightings. The Carson City depot is about a 45-minute ride from the Ridge Tahoe.
Other options in town include the Mother’s Day Dinner Show at the Loft Theatre that includes a meal and magic on May 14. Magic Fusion starts at 7:30 p.m. and moms are free with the purchase of one adult ticket. If mom prefers a laugh, Nick Swardson is back at MontBleu on May 13 and Todrick Hall at Harrah’s on May 15.
Magicians take the stage at the Loft Tahoe for Mother’s Day. Courtesy: The Loft Tahoe
If the kids forgot to make something for mom, they have a last-minute opportunity at the History Club at the History Museum Complex in South Lake Tahoe. The Saturday before Mother’s Day, kids will be able to play games from the past and even create a Mother’s Day gift. Entry is $20 per child and more information is available online.
Regardless of your preferred Mother’s Day plans, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
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.
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.
Are you feeling a little harebrained coming into the holiday weekend? We don’t blame you! Holidays can be stressful, especially when it comes to planning family events and even more so when you’re traveling. However, if you’ve planned a trip to the Ridge Tahoe and Lake Tahoe this weekend to celebrate, then you can rest at ease knowing that all your holiday plans are taken care of – including an Easter egg hunt!
You’ll be hopping for joy when you arrive at the Ridge Tahoe this weekend. Not only is spring skiing still in effect at Heavenly Mountain, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain (the last week for the latter), but the weekend is also jam packed with great holiday events on-site and in town.
Fuel up for a day of fun and family with our Easter Day brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This brunch caters to children and adults with two full menus to choose from:
- For children 12 years old and under, brunch includes choice of beverage (orange juice, milk or soda); a first course of Easter cross buns with fresh fruits; a second course of either a Belgian waffle with scrambled egg and bacon, country egg platter with bacon and potatoes, chicken tenders with fries, or a cheese burger with fries.
- Adults start off the brunch with Easter cross buns and fresh fruit, followed by a second course with a choice of crab cake avocado benedict with cottage potatoes, Belgian waffles with eggs, bacon and berry compote, herb crusted prime rib, garlic-olive crusted rack of lamb, poached Verlasso salmon, or Ridge shrimp rancheros with corn tortillas, eggs, black and pinto refried beans and grilled shrimp.
Easter isn’t complete without a trip to the dessert buffet. Each menu includes dessert. Bruch is $14 for children and $40 for adults.
The celebration doesn’t stop with brunch! The Ridge Tahoe Elevation Spa and Recreation hosts an Easter egg hunt for children inside the Clubhouse. Kids will hunt for 1,000 total eggs filled with prizes, as well as have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and snap photos with him between egg hunting sessions. Kids are advised to keep an eye out for golden eggs. If they nab one of these gilded beauties, they’ll win a special surprise Easter basket! The Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 9 a.m. for children three to six years old and 10:30 a.m. for children seven to 11 years old.
For more information about other events happening in Lake Tahoe this weekend, visit Tahoe South. Hoppy Easter from the Ridge Tahoe!
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!