Early Season Fun in Tahoe

The holiday lights have started to go up around town and the unofficial start to winter has begun with Heavenly Mountain and other local ski resorts opening for the season this past weekend.  This time of year can be a great opportunity to visit, especially before the crowds arrive in town for the holidays.

 

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One of the highlights of the winter season is of course skiing and snowboarding! If you’re ready to hit the mountain, enjoy the convenience of visiting Heavenly Sports right inside the hotel to get fitted for all of your on-mountain gear. Or, if you bring your own, take advantage of the ski/snowboard check with the bellman to save you from having to haul your gear all around the hotel.

 

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After a long day on the mountain, enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our atrium next to our brand new fireplace.  Grab a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy a classic game of chess or checkers, or maybe just curl up in a comfy chair with a good book. To really get those muscles to relax, take a dip in our newly renovated pool and spa! Your body will thank you.

 

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Over in the Heavenly Village there are lots of fun things to check out as well. Take a spin around the ice rink and warm up by one of the many fire pits. Or, escape indoors to catch the latest flick at the movie theater. You won’t want to miss Winter Ignite with Heavenly, a weeklong celebration of the start of winter, including a free concert from Young the Giant in the Heavenly Village on December 13. For other activity ideas, visit our MyTahoe page!

 

Photo Credit: The Shops at Heavenly Village

Photo Credit: The Shops at Heavenly Village

 

If you do happen to visit over the holidays, make sure to visit our website to view the special holiday menu offerings at Echo Lounge for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Or, consider hosting your family dinner or company party this season in one of our private banquet and intimate dining rooms, including the Fireside Room.

 

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Family Fun at the Tahoe Resort Hotel

Tahoe is the perfect year round destination for a family vacation. With everything from ice skating, skiing, and sledding in the winter to water sports, hiking, and building sandcastles on the beach in the summer, and tons of activities in between. Plus our hotel is only a step away from the Heavenly Village – home to a movie theater, mini golf (summer), ice rink (winter), lots of shopping, and the Heavenly Gondola!

 

Photo Credit: The Shops at Heavenly Village

 

As Tahoe’s only all suite resort, we aim to make every family as comfortable as possible during their stay with us. All of our suites feature a spacious two-room layout with either two queen beds or one king bed in the bedroom, and a pullout couch in the living room. This allows for plenty of space for everyone in the family to spread out and even have a little privacy. No more worrying about waking the little ones during their nap while the older ones hang out and watch TV. The suites also feature a wet bar complete with a mini refrigerator and microwave so you can keep snacks on hand to feed those growing kids.

 

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Around the hotel, kids will love exploring our three garden atriums and visiting the koi pond to watch the fish and turtles. The indoor pool is also a great place for kids to burn off some energy, regardless of the weather outside. We also know feeding a family can be expensive, which is why we are proud to offer our complimentary breakfast buffet. Even the pickiest eaters will find something to eat from the multitude of choices.

 

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If you’re looking to connect as a family, book our Tahoe Family Break Package. This two-night package includes a Pizza Dinner with two 10” pizzas, salad and soda, A Mt Tallac sized dessert featuring 9 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream piled wickedly high, crushed Oreo cookies, and lots more including board games, popcorn, and an Around Lake Tahoe self guided tour CD, with map, history, cool spots, and legends! Plus our onsite concierge can help recommend and book any additional activities around the lake.

 

Oh and did we mention kids 17 and under stay free? What are you waiting for — book your next family vacation to Tahoe now.

Enjoying Fall in Tahoe South

Fall is starting to arrive in Lake Tahoe as summer winds to a close. Soon, the leaves will begin to change colors, the weather will start to cool off, and the fall festival events kick off. This is one of our favorite times of year!

One of the highlights of this season is definitely the changing color on the leaves. The aspens sometime seem to change overnight from their bright summer green to a gorgeous vibrant yellow. There are several great spots around Tahoe South to catch some of these changing aspen groves including Hope Valley, Spooner Summit, Kahle Meadow, and Taylor Creek. For more info and directions on where to catch the fall foliage, visit the US Forest Service Website.

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While you’re here, don’t miss these great Fall Festivals in October! For information on these events, visit tahoesouth.com.

Fall Fish Fest (Kokanee Salmon Festival) on October 4: This annual event at Taylor Creek Visitor Center celebrates the fall migration of the Kokanee Salmon. It is a free family friendly event and is quite an amazing site to see the scales on the fish turn from their bluish-silver to a stunning red. There are lots of education and entertaining activities that will provide fun for everyone.

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Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson on October 4 & 5: A locals’ favorite, this festival brings all the fun of Oktoberfest to Tahoe South! Featuring classic German food plus a beer and wine garden, live music and even a pumpkin patch. Costumes are highly encouraged as you get into the spirit of Oktoberfest!

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2nd Annual Pony & Pumpkin Festival on October 11: This free family event near the Heavenly Village is walking distance from the hotel and features a fun filled day of activities including live music, arts and crafts, face painting, a bounce house, and even pony or family wagon rides around Van Sickle Bi-State Park from Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides.

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The New Dining Experience at Echo Lounge

There have been lots of changes this summer at Echo Lounge, complete with a brand new menu, fresh summer cocktails, and even a gourmet taco stand! We recently sat down with Executive Chef Salvador Cortez Delgado to learn more about the amazing new offerings.

 

Bill Cottrill and Chef Sal

Bill Cottrill and Chef Sal

 

 

Q: Chef Sal, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us today. How long have you worked here at Echo Lounge?

A: I’ve been working in the industry for 25 years, and I’ve been here at the hotel for 23 years since day one when the restaurant opened in 1991.

 

Q: Wow, that is impressive! I’m sure you’ve seen lots of things change over the years.

A: Yes, lots of things have changed, and I’m really excited about the new direction of the restaurant.

 

Q: Tell us a little bit more about the new My Tahoe Menu. What makes this new menu stand out from previous offerings?

A: The My Tahoe Menu is a way for us to highlight fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Our goal is to buy ingredients as close as we can locally, such as free-range chicken from a ranch in Dayton, NV or produce from the University of Nevada in Reno, which they harvest at their campus. With the menu changing every week, I try to go to the Farmers Markets on Wednesdays, and the ingredients I find really influence the menu dishes that week.

 

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Q: That sounds awesome! What are some of your favorite dishes that you are offering this summer season?

A: Our most popular dish is definitely our hamburgers off of the Adventure Menu. They feature grass-fed, all natural beef on a brioche bun and diners can choose which toppings they want to add on to create a unique dish. The Wild Salmon Fish and Chips is another popular item this summer.  However, the dish I am most proud of is the Chocolate “Daffy” Crusted Duck with Port Wine Syrup on the My Tahoe menu.

 

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Q: You also recently added the Adventure Menu. Can you tell us a little bit more about how this special menu works?

A: This menu gives our diners the opportunity to taste different flavors and freshness in their own way. For example, they can build their own pastas, add anything to their own burger, or even create their own pizza. It has also given me the freedom to come up with anything I want each week. If I want to create a dish using elk, venison, Chilean seabass, halibut, or something as simple as red snapper, I can create my own dish using that ingredient for the entire week, and continually change it up again and again. Lately I’ve been playing around with different types of grains including quinoa and different types of rice. This menu really is the best because I’m not stuck on one item. I can continue to create and change.

 

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Build Your Own Burger

 

Q: These all sound delicious! Of course they need to be paired with some tasty drinks as well. You recently refreshed your summer cocktail list. What was it like having master mixologist and bar chef with Bacardi, Manny Hinojosa come in and create some new cocktails?

A: It was a lot of fun to have Manny here. He was very creative and was great at getting the public engaged while he was making the drinks. We all had a great time learning with him. We created a lot of the drinks specifically to be paired with some of our salads. We wanted to complement the freshness of these new cocktails, our fresh salads, and the summer atmosphere on our patio. The most popular dish to pair with the cocktails is the Wild Salmon Salad with veggie chips. Other tasty options include the Citrus “Kahle” Trail Greens Salad and the Sunny Root Mix featuring jicama & tender greens.

 

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Kahle Trail Greens

 

Q: This summer it seems like the place to be is out on the patio, especially with the addition of live music and a gourmet taco stand. What was your inspiration behind adding the taco stand, Kalbi Tu Comes?

A: We really wanted to give people an option for grab and go. This way people can choose if they want to stay and relax with a cocktail on the patio and enjoy the live music, or if they need something quick, easy, and fresh to go. This taco cart has been a huge hit this summer. We even have the tacos on our My Tahoe Small Plates menu and they have been very popular in the restaurant as well.

 

 

 

Q: Wow, there are so many new options to try! Is there anything else you’d like people to know?

A: I think people tend to think of us as just a hotel restaurant, but we are way beyond just that. We try to create something unique and really give the public something more than what a lot of restaurants have out there right now. We try to push the boundaries of our menu offerings and provide truly fresh and unique foods.

 

 

We’d like to thank Chef Sal for taking the time to sit down with us during his very busy day to give us some more information! If you’d like to learn more dining at Echo Lounge, visit http://www.tahoeresorthotel.com/dining/echo or call 530.543.2140.

 

 

Tahoe South Summer Events

Summer in Tahoe is one of our favorite times of year! With gorgeous weather and tons of events, there is always something to keep you busy. Check out some of our favorites this summer season.

 

Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series – The Heavenly Village is just steps from the hotel with plenty of activities including shopping, a movie theater, and even a miniature golf course! This year marks the 2nd Annual Summer Concert Series with FREE live music every Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 9 p.m., all summer long! For a list of upcoming bands and for more information visit TheShopsAtHeavenly.com.

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Lights on the Lake 4th of July Fireworks – One of the top highlights of the summer is the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks celebration! Lights on the Lake is one of the top firework displays in the nation. Starting at 9:45pm on July 4th, there are plenty of spots around Tahoe South with great views of the lake. Or, enjoy dinner with a full menu available on the upper deck at Echo Lounge, and watch the show from there! New this year is the addition of our gourmet street taco stand on the lower patio, Kalbi tu Comes, blending Korean and Spanish flavors for some incredible combinations! There will also be live music and a full bar available on the lower patio to relax the afternoon away! This year, consider helping with the Adopt-A-Beach program to clean up the debris on the beaches after the fireworks to help keep Tahoe blue. For more information on the fireworks and beach program, visit TahoeSouth.com. For information and reservations at Echo Lounge, call 530.543.2140.

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Tahoe Celebrity Golf – The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship returns to Edgewood Tahoe to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary, July 15 to 20. Featuring some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, including John Elway, Larry the Cable Guy, Bode Miller, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers, and many more! The course is within walking distance of the hotel and tickets are available online or at the gate. For more information visit TahoeCelebrityGolf.com.

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Sample the Sierra – Celebrating its 5th year, Sample the Sierra is returns August 31 at Bijou Community Park. This farm to fork celebration features some of the best in food and wine tastings from the Tahoe area. Pairing local chefs/restaurants with neighboring growers/producers in the Sierra Nevada region, along with several wineries for the perfect flavor combination. Advanced tickets are recommended. Visit SampleTheSierra.com for more information.

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Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza – The perfect cherry on top to complete the summer lineup, don’t miss the Labor Day Fireworks show on August 31 at 8:30pm. Just like for 4th of July, the firework show features a simultaneous music broadcast on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL – AM 1490 for a truly unique experience. Beat the crowds at the beach and watch from the deck of Echo Lounge. For more information on the fireworks visit TahoeSouth.com.

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new blog for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel! We are excited to launch this blog to bring valuable information to our guests. When we became an independent hotel last year, we were thrilled to bring more personality and customized services to the property. Part of this transformation has included a multi-million dollar renovation to the hotel suites, with new flat screen HD TVs, bathroom upgrades, new carpet, linens, bath products and more. Plus we are proud to continue to provide a complimentary breakfast buffet and happy hour to all of our guests.

Late last year we launched our My Tahoe program to help our guests connect with our knowledgeable staff on their favorite places around the lake for hiking, biking, shopping, skiing, and more! We are looking forward to highlighting different My Tahoe areas and also hearing from you, our guest, on your favorite spots!

We will also be highlighting different events around the area, and weekend getaway ideas perfect for families, girls’ weekends, couples getaways, and more. Plus, this will be a great place to find the latest information on the hotel including specials, new menu offerings at Echo Lounge, and profiles/highlights on our great staff!

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