Summer at Lake Tahoe is stunning, but Big Blue can sure get crowded. Head just an hour north of Interstate 80 into Tahoe’s “backyard” and visit the alpine lakes, lodges, breweries, and bars of Plumas and Sierra Counties.
With its strong Sierra sun, enticing shoreline, and stunning natural beauty, Lake Tahoe just may embody the perfect locale for a summer mountain getaway. Whether you're looking for a picturesque beach from which to take a swim or paddle, a secluded cove for some clothing optional bathing, or a panoramic trail that is sure to get the heart rate going, Lake Tahoe has you covered this summer.
This summer, stargazers are invited to experience the night sky with Tahoe Star Tours at the new mountainside viewing venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. On the open meadow in The Backyard of the resort, guests will learn about the night sky and have the opportunity to view various constellations and intergalactic objects through high-powered Celestron telescopes with personalized service offered by The Ritz-Carlton staff.
Reno isn’t called Artown for nothin’. The city mostly known for its gaming is blooming with Burning Man sculptures, murals, Broadway musicals, and bluegrass music. The Nevada Museum of Art and its Center for Art + Environment was recently awarded a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and will soon have one of the best views in Reno from its new Sky Room. Art in all its forms is now woven through the fabric of the city in unexpected ways.
Many Bay Areans only think about Tahoe as a winter or summer destination, but many don't realize that Tahoe has plenty to offer in the off-season. Skiing, hiking, biking, and the like are all available at half the cost and half the crowds. Here are some great insider tips proving that Tahoe is just as great in spring (or fall).
Energize all parts of your body with these March events at Squaw Valley—all taking place on the same weekend. March 20-22 is a great time to come up to the lake and enjoy several new inches of snow in Squaw Valley. What's more, the resort, village, and slopes will feature a riding and yoga workshop, rivers of French bubbly, and the sounds of the Infamous Stringdusters and Sam Bush.
Many Bay Area visitors have a preconceived notion about the Biggest Little City—casinos, grime and buffets. While, yes, some of that is still around, there's also an artisan grassroots movement happening in Reno. If you have not been to Reno in the past few years, you might be surprised at what’s turning this Bay Area neighbor upside down.
The last few winter storms have left up to three feet of snow in some areas of Lake Tahoe, perfect for experiencing all the new things the winter wonderland has to offer. New resort experiences, hotels, eateries, and high mountain adventures are now available to ensure you start the winter off right.