It looks like the summer heat will be hanging around the Tahoe area for a few more weeks. Actually, September is one of the best times to jump into the blue waters of the lake: The weather is still warm, the water has been soaking up the sun's rays all summer, and the winds are calm.
For the past few years, my veteran Burning Man camp has played host to several virgin Burners, who usually suffer a few breakdowns here and there before heading out. Their issues are not the heat, the dust or even the nudity: They are thoroughly concerned that they don't know how to act.
After nearly ten years of going to Burning Man, I can admit the desert event is probably one of the most unique places in the world you can visit. After you've experienced it for a week or more, it is difficult to return to the Default World and face being ordinary again.
If you're looking for a summer (or ski) home up at Tahoe this year, and your family really can't get enough of Northstar, several of the luxury Ritz-Carlton Residences are still available for purchase. Owners of the Residences, perched mid-mountain at Northstar California, can also enjoy extra amenities this summer at the luxury resort.
Ice cold beer and chilled white wine do the trick in a pinch, but if you want something extra refreshing after being out in the Tahoe sun, you want a cocktail – preferably something with some lime or crisp pineapple on top. Several restaurants in the Lake Tahoe area offer up what could be called Tahoe's One Hit Wonders: You only need one to knock you back into the lake.