Imagine having a whole extra day to explore the South Shore of Lake Tahoe… It’s possible this weekend as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day arrives on Monday, Jan. 18. We are firm believers that nothing’s better than a three-day weekend – except when it’s a three-day weekend in Tahoe South.

What should you do with your extra time? We have a few ideas for you.

Go snowshoeing

While you could hit the slopes for another day, consider trying out a different snow sport like snowshoeing. This family-friendly activity is for truly fun for all ages and only requires a pair of snowshoes to begin. Several trails in Tahoe South are easily accessible and offer breathtaking views, but we suggest checking out Camp Richardson’s trail at their on-site Mountain Sports Center. Located on the shores of the lake, Camp Richardson has some of the best snowshoeing in the area, and if you’re there on Saturday, Jan. 16, you can watch individuals participate in the Snowshoe Cocktail Race at Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar and Grill. You could even participate if you feel so inclined – just make sure you have a steady hand!

Get it on the fun at the Snowshoe Cocktail Races this weekend. Credit: Jonah Kessel

Get it on the fun at the Snowshoe Cocktail Races this weekend. Credit: Jonah Kessel

The Ridge Tahoe also offers the Valley View Snowshoe adventure that offers amazing panoramas of the Carson Valley. This moderate hike covers approximately 2.5 miles and gains nearly 500 feet in elevation. Check the Ridge Guide for the most up-to-date information and times.

Get to shopping

The holiday weekend brings sales, which creates the perfect situation to if you’re itching to find that perfect souvenir, Tahoe South has a number of places to not only purchase name brands like Patagonia and North Face, but also discover unique gifts from local talent. The Shops at Heavenly Village houses the aforementioned brands, as well as a Quiksilver, several ski shops and boutiques. Sprinkled throughout the South Shore are locally owned stores that offer a variety of handmade products that are uniquely Tahoe. Wildwood DIY Boutique and Gaia-Licious are two local favorites that stock local goods ranging from soap and homewares to jewelry and clothing. You can do some serious damage to your credit cards. You’ll find the perfect gift for a friend or family member (or several gifts for yourself).

Work out the kinks of a successful weekend at The Ridge Tahoe's Elevation Spa.

Work out the kinks of a successful weekend at The Ridge Tahoe’s Elevation Spa.

Relax at the Ridge

Nothing says rest and relaxation like a couples’ massage. Send the kids to one of several indoor areas, including the indoor pool, the ping pong and billiards room and video arcade, then enjoy up to 90 minutes of absolute indulgence. Elevation Spa at The Ridge Tahoe offers $10 off any 90-minute treatments on Sundays and $10 off one-hour or longer treatment on Mondays. You don’t even have to leave your room if you so desire – Elevation Spa will come to you for an in-room treatment.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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.