Fireworks, Wonder, and Dining

Lights on the lakeFireworks lighting up Lake Tahoe’s celestial skies is a “not to be missed” sight, and your last chance this year is Labor Day weekend. The Labor Day Lake Tahoe fireworks extravaganza rockets off at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4, and it is just the tipoff of an action packed month in South Lake Tahoe.

Stevie Wonder kicks off the holiday weekend with a performance at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Friday, Sept. 2. Tickets are still available for your chance to see the musical legend live in concert.

After sights and sounds to astonish, September keeps delivering with the 4th Annual Tahoe South Restaurant Week Sept. 16-23. This dining extravaganza lines up with the popular farm-to-fork festival Sample the Sierra on Sept. 17, featuring our own Chef Sal, head culinary wizard of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s Echo Restaurant, in the Sierra Chefs Challenge. Held in Bijou Park in the middle of South Lake Tahoe, the festival offers tastings and samples along with a marketplace that includes locally made goods like jam, soap, honey, and olive oil, along with specialty products created by local artisans. Sample the Sierra starts at noon Sept. 17 and runs until 5 p.m.

 

September is also the time to sample some great Tahoe experiences without the crowds, like Emerald Bay. Explore the magic of the early days of Lake Tahoe by taking a tour of historic Vikingsholm Castle nestled in Emerald Bay State Park. Tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. and begin every half hour until Sept. 30.

There is also still time to register for Tour De Tahoe – Bike Big Blue on Sept. 11. Ride Lake Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline clockwise and take on the challenging 800-foot climb to Emerald Bay’s overlook and enjoy many short rolling ascents and descents totaling over 4024 vertical feet of elevation gain.

Or just spend a day relaxing at the beach and soaking in the beauty that is Lake Tahoe. Guests at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel receive a free day pass to Round Hill Pines Beach Resort, which is open until Oct. 1.

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School may be back in session, but there is still time for adventure. Check out our promotions page for our latest specials.

My Tahoe Experiential Dining: Shabu Shabu

Junko_CMX2629Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is now offering a new immersive dining experience in Echo Restaurant – Shabu Shabu. A Japanese delicacy, the name for this “cook your own meal” hot pot experience comes from the sound the ladle makes as you stir the dish.

Diners receive a cooking pot full of Kombu, a clear seaweed broth. The broth is used to cook side platters of vegetables, tofu, and Udon noodles. You then have a choice of select, thinly sliced meats, and two kinds of dipping sauce. Vegetarians can select additional vegetables.

Now comes the fun. Place your choice of veggies and meat in the boiling broth and wait three to four minutes as your meal cooks at your table. This healthy and filling meal is a dining experience the whole family can enjoy as each person can create their own. The heart of the meal is in the broth, as the raw vegetables and meats absorb the flavor.Shabu_CMX2653

Or try the Sukyaki, a sweet soy sauce broth that comes with the veggies already in the pot. It is served with a dipping sauce and poached egg and diners have their choice of meats to add.

Japanese cuisine pays careful attention to appealing to all five senses. Shabu Shabu, brings together flavor and aroma with sounds and sizzle to entice diners with the ears and eyes as well as their palate.

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Shabu Shabu $14.00 per person
Your meal is served with Kombu, a clear seaweed broth used to cook side platters of: assorted vegetables, tofu, and Udon noodles. Served with two kinds of dipping sauce. Add your choice of meat (below).

Sukyaki $14.00 per person
Your meal is served with assorted vegetables, tofu, and Udon noodles inside Sukiyaki (soy) a sweet soy sauce broth. Served with a dipping sauce and a poached egg. Add your choice of meat (below).

Additional Ingredients for Shabu Shabu and Sukyaki (please select one):
Natural Pork Loin $16.00 per person
Natural Angus Beef $18.00 per person
Additional Vegetables $5.00 per person
Additional Udon Noodles $5 per person

Lake Tahoe — America’s playground is open for summer

iStock_000009672598SmallSouth Lake Tahoe has been a summer retreat from more than a century. With warm days, think mid-70s, and cool nights, it just exudes perfect summer.  As the temperatures rise in the valleys, our mountain retreat and clear blue water just gets better. Take advantage of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel’s June getaway special and visit for as low as $89 a night, Sunday through Thursday, through June 23.

Now is the time to secure your summer vacation plans before everyone gets the idea. Along with ideal weather and Lake Tahoe of course, June is full of free concerts, events, and new attractions.

Starting June 9 Reggie Hall will be live at 5 p.m. on the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel Echo Restaurant outdoor deck. Sit at our expanded bar and enjoy music, beverages, delicious food and the Tahoe sunset. You might also catch an impromptu magic show with illusionist Alex Ramon. Opening this month in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room, the magician will be at the hotel Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2 to 5:30 p.m. giving guests a sneak peek of his show “Impossible.” Ramon will be performing on Echo’s outside deck and in the hotel’s main atrium.

You can also try Echo’s latest culinary adventure and be your own chef at one of our Shabu Shabu tables. Shabu-Shabu is kind of like the Japanese version of Fondue. Cook your choice of thinly sliced meat and vegetables in a simmering broth at the table and season with an array of dipping sauces and create a taste all your own.

Live at Lakeview summer music series returns to Lakeview Commons on June 23. With amphitheater style seating, this popular free beach party happens every Thursday through Aug. 25.

Right next door to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel you can catch more free music at Heavenly Village’s summer concert series which runs every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Or catch the gondola to Heavenly Mountain’s Epic Discovery which opens June 18 with new attractions like the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster.

The Tallac Historic Site offers a chance to step back into Tahoe’s grand history when characters like the infamous Lucky Baldwin operated the Tallac Casino and California founding families summered on the shore in their mountain mansions.  Spend an “Afternoon with Anita Baldwin,” and listen as she recounts her adventures as Lucky’s daughter, Fridays, June 10, June 24 at 1 p.m. Or take a tour of the Pope House and then have “Tea with Mrs. Tevis” on the porch of the Tevis Pope Estate and hear about her life in Tahoe, on June 29. Tickets are available through the www.tahoeheritage.org website.

Or just come up and soak in the summer. It might be time for a couple days of hooky. We won’t tell.