Tahoe’s Annual Farm to Fork Festival Returns in September

Come hungry. Leave happy.

So you’re coming to Tahoe South this fall. There’s certainly no shortage of activities for what most locals consider the best time of the year, and one in particular you won’t want to miss. Sample the Sierra. This event highlights the talent of the Sierra Nevada through food, wine, beer, spirits and arts.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at The Ridge

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 12, will include a feast for the eyes and the taste buds with multiple indulgent dishes. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you start with the first course of Orange Scented Mascarpone & Ricotta Crepes w/ 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 Avocado Benedict with cottage potatoes and chive hollandaise; eight-ounce New York Steak and Eggs with cottage potatoes; or Shrimp Huevos Rancheros with refried beans, eggs, queso fresco, corn tortillas, and ranchero sauce. Finish the same way you started with a Spring Trio of sweet desserts.

The brunch is $40 per person, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Reservations are recommended; call the Concierge at extension 3150 to reserve your table.

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 11-12. 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. There will be free mimosas, pastries, and long stemmed rose to make mom’s day special. 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 celebrated nightly Magic Fusion show starring Chipper Lowell at the Loft Theatre. If mom prefers live music, check out Musicole at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on May 11.

Magicians take the stage at the Loft Tahoe for Mother’s Day. Courtesy: The Loft Tahoe

Regardless of your preferred Mother’s Day plans, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Meet our Executive Chef, Stephen Moise

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Our Executive Chef, Stephen Moise, applies his passion for regionally sourced, healthy cuisine to create thoughtful, delicious menus for our guests and catering events. His wealth of experience as an executive chef, corporate chef and teaching chef for clients such as Tavern On The Green, Tommy Hilfiger and Marriott provides an invaluable resource for your dining and catering needs.

“Food is my connection with people, my signature, a part of who I am.  It comes from love, hard work and sacrifice.  This is what I observed as a little boy, this is what I am as a man.  My family taught me this and I in return give this to my family.  Food brings people together, the meal nurtures and refreshes.  Meal time gives my family as well as my guests a space to share about what’s going on in their life and connect.”

Watch clips from Taste Tahoe — Chef’s cooking show on Lake Tahoe TV!

 

Apple Pies, Pumpkin Patches and Wine Tasting – All In a Day at Apple Hill!

Fall is a festive time of year when nature undergoes beautiful transformations and the harvest season yields delicious produce ideal for seasonal feasting. When staying at the Ridge, guests are just an hour’s drive away from a treasure trove of farms, orchards and wineries at Apple Hill. Apple Hill Growers Association, located between Pollock Pines and Placerville, is comprised of more than 50 ranches that include apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms and wineries. This is the perfect way to squeeze in some traditional Autumn activities and fixings – and so conveniently close to your destination, too!

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Rows of farm fresh produce available in Apple Hill.

 

In order to experience all of Apple Hill’s offerings, visitors are recommended to follow the looped road where all the farms and orchards reside in the area. Grab a map available at any stop and decide which activities sound most appealing as each farmer has something unique to offer.

One of the most popular sites is High Hill Ranch. Overlooking incredible valley views, this spot has High Hill’s popular apple cider, apple pies and homemade fudge. The grassy areas near the pond make for a great picnic and children’s play area, so buy some goodies and enjoy a scenic lunch.

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Nothing says “Fall” like tons of pumpkins!

Another must-see is Rainbow Orchards. Here visitors can fill up bags with apples and gourds to take home, as well as buying ready-made pies to bake back at the Ridge in the full kitchens of our one and two-bedroom condominium suites. Don’t be alarmed by the line of people; they are waiting for Rainbow Orchards’ famous warm, fluffy Apple Cider Donuts that are definitely worth the wait!

Delfino Farms, formerly Kids Inc., is a great choice both for kids and adults. Visitors can watch the apple pies being made moments before they’re eaten, pick pumpkins from the patch to turn into Jack-O-Lanterns or yummy treats, interact with farm animals in the petting area, explore the corn maze, and sample the craft-brewed hard apple cider. This popular ranch also has a gorgeous nature trail that leads guests on a winding path through the orchard and down to a picturesque creek.

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Apple Hill is an easy day trip from The Ridge Tahoe – and so relaxing!

 

Apple Hill is also proud to host award-winning wineries that are available for guests to tour and taste the seasonal fare. Offering wine tasting menus under $10 a person, each winery has a unique atmosphere and breathtaking views of vineyards.

After a day packed with traditional fall adventures, it’s comforting to return to a warm and cozy room at the Ridge. Open up a bottle of the favorite wine sampled at Apple Hill and bake an apple pie to enjoy.

Favorite Ways to Warm Up and Chill Out

Lake Tahoe is about dualities: the largest alpine lake in the country among mountain peaks reaching over 10,000 feet in elevation; world-class skiing and stunning sandy beaches in California and Nevada. The Ridge Tahoe is also about celebrating the best of both worlds, especially when on vacation. We’ve compiled a list of ways that guests can both chill out and warm up at the resort.

Lake Tahoe: the ideal place to chill out and warm up. Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Chill: Skiing at Heavenly Mountain, which is right next door to the Ridge Tahoe. Resort guests have access to the Hilltrac Skier Express, which transports skiers and snowboarders from the property to Stagecoach Lodge for quick mountain access.

Warm: Can we get a hot tub? With ten hot tubs and Jacuzzis on property, guests can soothe muscles after a day of skiing, a romantic dip with a partner or a fitting ending to a relaxing Elevation Spa day.

Chill: Speaking of a spa day, there is no easier way to destress on property than at Elevation Spa. Among many options for facials and massages, the spa includes body treatments like the body glow exfoliating scrub that will smooth, polish and energize the skin.

Another option to chill out with is the Nurture-Me body wrap, which is customizable and selected for what will work best for the guest’s skin type. Every wrap begins with a light body brushing then a body masque of his or her choice, the warm up with a heated wrap over hydrating cream.

Warm: Things will heat up in the kitchen with Chef Stephen Moise provides a complimentary cooking demonstration Thursdays at 3 p.m. Located upstairs in the Club House, guests are able to watch a master at work as he demonstrates the various cooking techniques that make him such a Rockstar chef. No reservations are required, but space is limited for this event.

Chill:  What beats a good glass of wine at the end of the day? A wine tasting seminar with multiple amazing wines! The Ridge Tahoe hosts a wine tasting seminar Thursdays at 4 p.m. For $20 per person, come enjoy a selection of fine whites and reds to complement a perfect day. No reservations are required for this event.

Warm: For those that prefer a hotter experience at the spa, the warming hot stone massage includes polished Basalt lava stones that are heated up and used in a traditional Swedish massage. Muscles relax, and tension is released.

Chill: For the chillier spa crew, the Pamper-Me-Peppermint massage brings attention to legs and feet with a warmed Basalt Lava stone massage followed by cooling peppermint oil. Minty fresh!

Warm: Every good day begins with a hot cup of coffee or tea. For others, it’s a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs or waffles. Regardless of what gets the engine going, the Bistro is open seven days a week for meals on the lighter side.

Hot or cold, the Ridge Tahoe has everything visitors to Tahoe need to experience everything this unique region has to offer. Book a room now.

Things We’re Thankful for This Year

Another Thanksgiving is upon us and this time of year offers the opportunity for all of us to reflect on what we are grateful for, such as friends, family, and good health. We wanted to take a moment to detail a few of the things that we are grateful for this year. Check them out below!

Summer was even better with a full lake! Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

The great outdoors
Last winter’s record-breaking snowfall gave us months of glorious weather that filled the lake for an unforgettable summer. Not only did the heavy snowfall immensely improve the snowpack, but it also led to gushing waterfalls, lush landscapes and plenty of water to play in!

Start drooling now… Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

Even greater food
We’re lucky at the Ridge Tahoe because we have the best head chef in the region, Chef Stephen Moise! Chef Stephen brings his passion and talent to every meal he makes. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Stephen can be found in the Castle Rock Room for complimentary cooking demonstrations Wednesdays at 3 p.m. We’re also thankful for the variety of food options at the Ridge with the introduction of daily chef specials.

Snow, rain or sunshine – every view is amazing at the Ridge. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

Views for days!
Sunrise or sunset and every time in between offers the most incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. We love heading to one of our many rooftop hot tubs to soak in the warm water and the great landscapes surrounding the resort. Experiencing a little bit of FOMO? You can see what we see at the Ridge Tahoe any time you’d like on our web cam.

Ridge staff help make incredible moments, like this one, happen! Credit: CJ Varela/Divided Line Media

Amazing staff
Our resort wouldn’t run without the highly effective, passionate and kind people that make up our staff. From our wedding coordinators to our housekeepers, reservation specialists to front desk personnel, the Ridge Tahoe has the best employees!

These views would be wasted without our wonderful guests and owners. Courtesy: The Ridge Tahoe

Our owners and guests! That’s right – the number one thing we are grateful for this year is YOU! Without our owners and guests, we wouldn’t be able to share unique experiences and the beauty of Lake Tahoe. We appreciate all the support we receive from our valued guests and owners.

Join us in giving thanks for a wonderful year on Thanksgiving Day at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. We will host a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is $45 for adults and $16.95 for children. A children’s menu is available. Call the concierge at extension 3150 for reservations.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

A Taste of the Sierra at the Ridge Tahoe

A Taste of the Sierra at the Ridge Tahoe

Famished. Starving. Hungry enough to eat a horse. We’ve all been there: you’ve traveled a long way and you’re in need of a quality meal that’ll fill you and your family. Nothing is more disappointing than getting to your hotel and finding no viable food options, meaning you’ll have to venture out into a new place in search of sustenance or – we shudder to even think of this – go to bed hungry!

Searching for food? Look no further than the Ridge Tahoe!

Fortunately, the Ridge Tahoe has several dining options that will fit your various needs, whether it’s a picky eater, a pescatarian or just a very hungry group. Learn about these various options below.

Ridge Club Bistro
Open 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. most days (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)

Dig in at the Bistro! Options include salads, soups, sandwiches, and more.

For a quick bite or a sit-down meal, the Ridge Club Bistro located in the clubhouse is a sure bet to turn hangry into happy! The Bistro offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days with menus that include salads, sandwiches, soups, and house specials. Some of our favorite meals include the fish tacos and you can never go wrong with a classic cheeseburger.

Delicious fish tacos served at the Bistro.

The Bistro also hosts an omelet bar Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 – 11 a.m., as well as a taco bar on Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m.

Hungry Bear Restaurant
Open for dinner 5 – 8 p.m. (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)

A more formal dining option on-site, the Hungry Bear Restaurant features seafood, steaks and other delicious dishes that will enhance any special event, including date night and holidays. Chef Stephen Moise carefully curates a menu that allows you to experience the full array of Sierra flavors.

“Hungry as a bear” takes on a new meaning at the Ridge Tahoe.

Bear Trap Lounge
Open 3 – 9 p.m. (check the Ridge Guide for current hours)

Our bar will keep our over 21 guests beary happy (we couldn’t help it)! Happy Hour is every day from 3 – 6 p.m. with specials throughout the week: Tropical Tuesdays will transport you to the Caribbean while Wednesdays go margarita crazy with raffle prizes at 5:30 p.m. The Bear Trap Lounge also has a bar food menu from 4 – 8 p.m. and a Bloody Mary bar on Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We can never say no to a pastry.

Complimentary Cooking Demo
Castle Rock Room, Thursdays at 3 p.m.

If you’d like to learn how to cook like our own Chef Stephen, a complimentary cooking demo will provide a glimpse into the mind of a culinary genius.

Discover the secret to a perfectly cooked dish from our resident chef!

No reservations required, but space is limited!

Wine Tasting Seminar
Conference Room, Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Find the perfect wine pairing for your next meal following the cooking demo! No reservation is required to taste regionally cultivated wines. This class is $20 per person.

Bon Appetit!

Experience the Flavors of the Sierra

One of our favorite parts of vacation is the food and wine (we know we’re not alone). When you come to a place like Tahoe, you can rest assured that you will experience some of the tastiest and most unique dishes and drinks in the region.

It’s time to eat and drink your way through Tahoe! Photo credit: Sample the Sierra

The Ridge Tahoe is a one-stop shop for all your vacation needs and includes two restaurants on-site for when tummies start rumbling. Chef Stephen Moise takes extreme care in creating dishes that you can only find at the Ridge Resort. Experience the Hungry Bear for elegant dining (ideal for when parents need a romantic night out) and grub out at Ridge Club Bistro for quick and convenient breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Check out the Ridge Guide for current menus and hours.

Dig in! The Bistro at the Ridge Tahoe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Of course, if you are a true foodie or wine lover, you’ll want to explore beyond the Ridge Tahoe for your next fix. Fortunately, Tahoe has an abundance of delicious offerings for both!

For those searching for a unique wine tasting experience, try the Tahoe Tastings tour. This one-of-a-kind tour occurs on the Golden Rose, a beautiful wooden boat that will transport you to the age of the Rat Pack. While on board, guests travel around the lake and sip on some of Northern California’s best wines. Book your reservation today, as this is a fan favorite of all Tahoe visitors!

Taste all the things! Sample the Sierra returns to Tahoe on Sept. 16. Credit: Sample the Sierra / Matt Morning

The best place to get the best of both local food and wine is Sample the Sierra . This is the region’s only farm-to-fork fair celebrating homegrown food, wines, spirits and brews, and the opportunity for businesses to participate in the growing foodie culture in South Lake Tahoe. At this year’s event, there will be approximately 20 booths each featuring a different winery, distillery or brewery, paired with a restaurant and farm. You’ll walk away from this one stuffed! The festival takes places only a short drive away from the Ridge on Sept. 16.

For those looking for traditional wine tasting, Bella Fiore Wines is a hidden treasure located in the center of Carson City. Enjoy an elaborate list of wines, a full bar and gourmet appetizers in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of Italy. You’ll be saying salute in no time!

Cheers to a brew tour of the South Shore! Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority / Lauren Lindley

The South Shore Brew Tour is a must for brew-heads vacationing in Tahoe South. This tour takes you to three popular breweries: Cold Water Brewery and Grill, Sidellis Brewery and Restaurant and South Lake Brewery Co. This five-hour event gets you behind the scenes of the brewery process and the methods required to make the perfect ale, complete with three sample flights of beer and complimentary appetizers.

Bon appetit!

Summer is Right Around the Corner – Top 10 Things to Do RIGHT NOW

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.