Beginning in early October, most likely October 4, Caltrans will close Highway 50 at Echo Summit for up to two weeks, weather permitting, to conduct bridge deck construction and other related work. This construction will bring the bridge up to current seismic standards and improve safety for decades to come. Highway 50 will be closed 24 hours a day, including weekends to get the work done as quick as possible. No vehicles will be allowed over the summit.
As summer winds down, fall events in Tahoe South are ramping up. And the secret’s out: Fall in Tahoe South is one of the most idyllic times to visit with mild weather, off-season lodging rates, more beach space and numerous events starting Labor Day Weekend.
A special sing-along screening of Bohemian Rhapsody at the Harveys Outdoor Arena, Sept. 1, provides an opportunity to spend an evening under the stars with Freddie Mercury. The unreleased version will be preceded by a performance from the world’s only all-female tribute band to Queen, The Killer Queens. The family-friendly evening concludes with a dazzling Laser Light Spectacular.
The Midway Art & Music Festival at the Heavenly Village Labor Day Weekend is non-stop entertainment with carnival rides, art show, fortune teller, plein air and caricature artists, jugglers, face painter and a classic car show, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The village will showcase 14 regional artists performing bluegrass, funk, country and rock ‘n roll on two different stages, as well as the second annual 5k run.
The weekly Live at Lakeview series concludes its free public concerts on the lake Thursday, Aug. 29 at Lakeview Commons with performances by J Ras + The Higher Elevation and Miki Rae with Taking Root.
A feel good time awaits during Remembering James – Tribute to the Godfather of Soul at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater, Aug. 30. This performance tells the story of James Brown’s monumental career, including how his involvement in the Civil Rights movement and with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shaped his work.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will host Extreme Midget Wrestling, Aug. 31, at Blue Nightclub. Competitors will participate in an all-out Pro Wrestling War.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe welcomes hypnotist Terry Parrett for EnTRANCED: The Hypno-Reality Show at Vinyl, Aug. 30-31. For two nights this one of a kind show will make guests the “stars” of popular reality shows. Sound Waves Pool Parties include yoga, cabanas, poolside tapas, day beds, live music, DJs throughout Labor Day Weekend. Open to the public and hotel guests receive complimentary access.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it: Masters of Illusions at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe disappears after Sept. 2. The cutting-edge and perplexing interactive magic leaves audiences baffled and amazed.
The Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena rounds out a season of headliner concerts with Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 6 and Duran Duran, Sept. 13.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will host a variety of acts this fall: Dave Mason: The Feelin’ Alright Tour, Sept. 20; Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour, Sept. 21; Marc Broussard and Samantha Fish, Sept. 27; Skynnyn Lynnard and ZZ Tush, Sept. 29; Rob Schneider, Oct. 4; Clint Black: Still… Killin’ Time 30th Anniversary Tour, Oct. 5; St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Oct. 6.
FOOD & WINE
Celebrate the holiday weekend with a kick-off at the Wine Walk at the Heavenly Village, Aug. 29. A $20 donation to local charity Christmas Cheer merits pours of wines from Carson Road Wineries in various shops throughout the Village.
The 19th annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off at Kirkwood Mountain Resort includes a commemorative glass, a kit to taste the chilis, and a vote for the favorite, Aug. 31. Cash prizes are available for Crowd Favorite, Best Chili and Best Booth. There’s beer and wine tasting, live music, a kid’s zone, and face painting.
Summer’s End Winemaker Dinner features Tank Garage Winery and local chef Alexis Amity of Crave Lake Tahoe with a tasty four course meal to close out summer at Basecamp Hotel, Sept. 1. Winemaker Bertus Van Zyl will describe wine pairings for each course.
Live Violence Free’s Afternoon of Peace & Harmony, Sept. 7, is an annual fundraiser with live performances from local talent Mescalito, Nikki Costa and Sal’s Greenhouse as well as food, beer and wine with a silent auction at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Concert Arena.
Farm-to-fork festival Sample the Sierra turns 10 on Sept. 14 at the Bijou Community Park with more than 20 booths of paired food and drinks found only in the Sierra Nevada. A chef’s cooking challenge, live music and a festival marketplace of handmade goods will also be available.
The Fall Ale Fest and Wing Cook-Off at the Heavenly Village, Sept. 21, will continue the good times, brews and food well into September. Paint and sip, a corn hole tournament and a poker walk will also be part of the fun.
Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson celebrates its 25th anniversary, Oct. 5-6. This festival brings ethnic food and desserts complemented by authentic German beers and wines. The weekend includes live music, a climbing wall, pumpkin patch, bounce house and a bungee platform. Attendees can win gifts by competing in various contests: beer stein holding, yodeling and the costume competition. Entry and parking are free.
With the Kokanee salmon swimming upstream, locals and visitors celebrate the annual migration at the Fall Fish Fest, Oct. 5-6 at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. This two-day event will feature educational programs, a salmon feed, stream side programs, and Kokanee Trail Runs with 5k, 10k and half-marathon. Free admission and parking is available at the Visitor Center and historic Camp Richardson Resort.
The South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival returns for its 10th year at Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe, Oct. 25-27, with numerous dining and tasting experiences, as well as a rare Tahoe performance by legendary performer Rick Springfield Oct. 26.
Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association’s 9th annual Rose to Toads tasks athletes with a 63-mile ride from Mount Rose to the famous Mr. Toad’s Wild Road in Meyers, Sept. 2. The route includes more than 8,000 feet of climbing and 10,000 feet of descents.
The 16th annual Tour de Tahoe has cyclists riding 72 miles around “Big Blue” with after-party, Sept. 8.
The 24th annual Tahoe Blue Vodka’s Lake Tahoe Marathon brings a 5k, 10k, half marathon, 16.6 miler, marathon, ultras and the famous triple marathon and triple half marathon trifecta (that’s three half marathons in three days), Oct. 11-13. This event is open to all ages.
Submitted by Jeff Munson
The drive alone is breathtaking. The secret trail however — rocks.
TAHOE EAGLE CAMPGROUND
After parking at the entrance to Eagle Campground, which is just less than a mile from the Emerald Bay Lookout Point, my companion and I walked through the green gate and took the road to the right and admired all the boulders that seem to grow out of the mountain. These are perfect sites for families to enjoy during their stay at the campground … enough to provide shade, climbing adventures and games of hide-and-seek.
A little less than a half-mile, I took a newly-rolled gravel road to the right and followed it through the forest. I was presented with panoramic views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. This trail is about a quarter-mile long and I could see Lady Blue in all her glory, the sun dancing on the water and making the snow-capped mountains appear to be mirror images of fun to be had.
I turned around and hit the paved road again, continuing to the right about an eighth of a mile and found the trailhead at the outdoor amphitheater. This trail is 1.7 miles to Vikingsholm beach, but there is a more spectacular beach 1.5 miles down the trail. One mile into the hike I saw osprey and their nest in a tall, dead tree that overlooked the lake and more rocks. It’s the magical boulders and rocks that make this hike so special.
I looked down and saw the special beach with the many shapes and sizes of rocks, from the size of a melon to ones that could have a boat quaking in its own wake. I picked one up and tossed it into Lady Blue. It seemed quite content to be given a drink of water. The reflections of grey and slate rocks danced along the water’s edge. I had to climb one. This was the perfect lunch spot. I reflected on how lucky I was to have this haven to enjoy and share. You could say it rocked.
Lisa Woodstock contributed this article and is a Tahoe resident and outdoor enthusiast. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Because of her extensive qualifications, professional interior designer Carol Daum, ASID is uniquely qualified. Serving the Reno Tahoe area offering interior design that will trouble-shoot and enhance any project need. Carol is sensitive to targeting your personal goals – which is what sets her apart! She can enhance small spaces, cater designs to special needs for every age, such as; vision impairment, memory impairment, promote physical or mental development, improve disability accessibility in both home or commercial interiors.
Carol has a keen sense, being an expert designer! She has the ability to create positive energy and timeless memorable designs within your personal space, including; vacation retreats, mountain cottages, tiny homes, or luxury estates! Her spaces will simply influence and attract more customers! Commercial interior design projects include: Boutique hotels, timeshares, health care facilitates, senior living design, hospitality and restaurants.
Contact Carol today at 530-577-4729. Visit her website to view more of her services and specialties too!
The Chase Luxury Home Tour was a huge success last week. There were literally hundreds of folks who attended our Open House Event. I held one of the South Lake Tahoe luxury home’s open at Montgomery Estates. Over-the-top features and amenities were featured throughout this 7,386 SF masterpiece with extraordinary views of Mt. Tallac, Cathedral Peak and Lake Tahoe. The residence is listed at $3,795,000.
Heavenly Mountain Resort will continue Friday-through-Sunday operations until Memorial Day, reported 8 inches of new snow in 48 hours Friday morning. Squaw Valley which plans to move to weekend-only operations after Memorial Day, reported 18 inches in 48 hours Friday morning.