Winter in Tahoe!


    Winter is back with a vengeance!  The storms have been consistent which have made skiing and snowboarding just like the “good old days”. 
Any resort you chose to go to has plenty of snow to enjoy. 

    If you are not a skier or boarder, there are still numerous activities to experience.  There are snowshoe tours (at Ehrman Mansion on the West shore), sledding hills, snowmobiling, or you could chose to walk around on the snowy shore of El Dorado Beach and take in the awesome view. 

    If the cold is too much for you, there are indoor activities to be sure to keep you entertained.  The music scene in February includes soul music with Tower of Power; blues and rock music with Grand Funk Railroad, and good ‘old American Rock with Jefferson Starship all to perform at Harrah’s Casino.

    Johnny Lang, an inspirational singer and Plastic Fauxno Band, (who are a tribute band to John Lennon, among others) will be performing at the Montbleu Casino.  And last, but not least, Slaughter, a hair, metal band from Las Vegas is set to perform at the newest Casino in town, the Hard Rock!

    The new Brewery in town cannot go without mention.  Five local beer enthusiasts brew the beer, they handmade all the furnishings, they run the kitchen, and have created a cozy, local hangout.  Sidellis is the creation of five friends whose true passion is beer first, then everything else. (That’s their slogan)  When you are in town, you have to stop by for a cold draft of your favorite style of beer and some tasty, affordable grub.

    And don’t forget that the Heavenly Village is the best village around and it is within walking distance from both the Stardust and the Americana!  You could easily spend half a day there.  There are several food choices that include mouth watering burgers from California Burger; hot, delicious pizza from Basecamp; or really tasty Latin style food from Azul – oh, and we have a Cold Stone!  There is also ample shopping for cool clothes, fun socks, and Lake Tahoe souvenirs.  As you shop and eat, live music can be heard by unique artists who play outside.  If you care to be adventurous, there is an ice skating rink in the middle of everything.  While you are skating, you won’t be able to mistake the smell of fresh, buttery popcorn because a movie theater is about 20 steps away where you can catch the latest flick!  Hope to see you soon having fun in beautiful Lake Tahoe. 

November

Americana Owners NovemberFall is in full swing in South Lake Tahoe and as always, there are lots of events here to keep you as entertained as possible!  If it’s been a while since you have seen live music, Harrah’s is the place to go.  The Yard Birds will be rocking out on November 7th.  Their most popular song is, “For Your Love”.  And, it is noteworthy that they started the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page; three of the best guitarists of our day!  Next in the line up is Diamond Rio.  They will be showing off their talents at Harrah’s on November 14th.  Diamond Rio is an American country/Christian music band that was originally known as the Grizzly River Boys.  Then, to finish off the month, Pablo Cruise will be making his way to Tahoe on November 28th.  His band has a pop/rock vibe and he has been on the scene since 1973!  You probably did not know this, but he has soundtrack material for sports programs on NBC, CBS, and ABC.

    Can you believe it is almost snow season again?  Opening Day for Heavenly is November 20th so dust off those skis and snowboards (don’t forget your wax) and come get a few turns in! 

    After a day on the mountain, you might feel like heading over to the Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire to feel some Holiday spirit.  The Faire hosts twenty plus local vendors and artists that hand make items for purchase.  Musical performances from local school choirs will be there to entertain the ears, raffle tickets will be given out for a chance to win a donated prize, and drinks and cookies will be available for purchase and your enjoyment.  Oh, one more thing … take a guess at who will be paying a visit?  None other than Santa Claus himself! 

    Looking for a fun, fast workout?  The Turkey Trot at Bijou Park offers just that.  It starts at 10:00am on November 21st and you are encouraged to dress in Thanksgiving attire. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and the most ridiculous costume.  So, don’t forget to pack your turkey suit!

    Whatever you decide to do, we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous Holiday season.

Summer Fun

Summer Fun at Americana

    Have you ever danced on the sand while listening to live music?  In South Lake Tahoe you can do that for another month!  On Thursdays from 4:30pm-8:30pm, Lakeview Commons features a live band with their stage right on the water’s edge!  Take a look at the upcoming line-up here at (www.liveatlakeview.com) And the entrance fee … free!  They have free valet parking for your bicycle (recommended transportation because vehicle parking is limited), delicious ice cream, hot and tasty pizza, homemade empanadas, and a beer garden to quench your thirst.  And the music is always great.

    Another activity that will last for another month or so is the Farmer’s Markets that come to town.  There are several on the map on different days of the week and you can always find fresh produce and a unique treat.

    August in Tahoe also has to offer Elton John in concert on the evening of the 8th at Harvey’s.  Elton John! There is also a Craft Beer Festival (at the MontBleu) on that same day that starts at 2:00pm.  If you are looking for a fun, physical challenge, check out the Color Blast 5k Fun Run on the 15th just down the hill in Carson City, or the Lake Tahoe Triathlon that will take place on the west shore at Sugar Pine Point State Park.  (There is also a kid’s triathlon at the Recreation Center in town on the 16th, ages 3-13).  Last but not least, there will be a full moon hike at our very own Van Sickle Park on the 29th.

    If you can’t make it to Tahoe in August, no worries, September is jam-packed with events because the weather is still very pleasant.  If you have never experienced “Sample the Sierra”, that is a must, with great food and great wine.  We also have the exciting Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race (link http://tahoesouth.com/events/the-great-lake-tahoe-sternwheeler-race/ ), the spectacular Labor Day fireworks show, the Fall Festival Chili Cook Off, the City of Lake Tahoe 50th Anniversary Parade, and don’t forget to bring your bike to the great Lake Tahoe bike race!

    Still haven’t made it to Tahoe?  Tahoe is just stunning in October.  The trees are starting to change colors, it is still sunny with coolness in the air, and you can’t go wrong with attending Oktoberfest in Camp Richardson or the Fall Fish Fest;  that is the best time to view our Kokanee Salmon!  If you have never been, it is a sight worth seeing!  Lake Tahoe Marathon Week cannot go unmentioned - it takes place October 8-11th and offers arguably the most beautiful running events in the world.  If running is not your forte, you can also sign up for a paddle board race, a bike race, a kayak race, or a swimming race! 

    One last thing, the newest restaurant in town cannot go unmentioned either! It is called California Burger and it replaced the old Burger King that used to be in the Village (within walking distance from the Americana or the Stardust).  It is a very classy burger joint that offers only the best (grass fed) beef, healthy salads, pickle fries, corn on the cob, and adult milkshakes.  Yep, that’s right, adult milkshakes!  Bring your appetite and hope to see you there soon!


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