If sipping wine under the stars while being serenaded by a small orchestra sounds like the perfect recipe for a romantic Tahoe getaway, well, you're right!
San Francisco and Napa have long established and well-regarded reputations as culinary capitals, but Tahoe? Not so much.
However, that image is slowly being shaken – there is some argument that the Tahoe region is the best mountain-dining destination in the country – and in an effort to get the word out, more than a dozen area eateries are collaborating in the annual Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week, which takes place Oct. 7-14.
The autumnal equinox has come and gone, the aspen groves are beginning to turn on their vibrant fall colors and thoughts in the Tahoe basin are becoming more occupied with the approaching ski and snowboard season.
And when that time arrives – which the resorts with the beefiest snow-making systems project to be around mid-November – you'll find a few new features at some of your favorite Tahoe winter playgrounds.
The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival, a fixture on the Sierra mountain bike scene from 1989-1999, is undergoing a renaissance at Squaw Valley from Sept. 20-23.
It's a four-day celebration of all things cycling–road riders will have their presence too–that includes races, tours, rides, clinics, kids' events, music and, of course, beer.
Go climb a rock. Or several of them.
There are hundreds of bouldering problems in the south end of Lake Tahoe, and to show the world just how much variety there is the town of Meyers is hosting its annual Climbing Festival and Bouldering Competition on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The event, which was inaugurated last year to be a major meet-and-greet for the various climbing communities in the Tahoe basin and beyond, is intended for rock hounds of all abilities, from newbies getting their first toeholds on granite to uber-V12 rock jocks.
You need fuel to power your Tahoe getaway, and there's no better way to sample what the Big Blue has to offer in food and drink than the annual tasting festivals that crop up this time of year.
Just as the Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer in the Tahoe Basin, it also heralds the arrival of some killer deals for the approaching winter ski and snowboard season as various resorts and towns host annual "tent" sales.