Holidays in Tahoe South


When renowned meteorologist, Chris Tomer, says it’s going to be a big winter, skiers and boarders take note! Mother Nature has already teased Lake Tahoe with the first snowfall reaching lake level in October. Starting with Thanksgiving, and the traditional opening days for Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is gearing up for a record breaking holiday season. Ahead of the first turn of the chairlifts and before the pumpkin pie and turkey goes into the oven, brisk mornings and a glow of white on the mountaintops often melt into deliciously warm afternoons. The lake, free of the summer boat traffic, is the perfect mirror for Tahoe’s ridiculously blue skies.

Have you booked your stay at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel yet? Whether you plan a midweek getaway, a weekend retreat, or want to be the first to carve out the first turns of the season, make your reservations today. Enjoy the locals favorite season this fall and early winter with special, limited rates for November and December. Use Promo Codes: FALL16 and book your suite today for as low as $99/night.

By Thanksgiving skis and boards will be waxed and ready to ride here in Lake TahoeHeavenly Mountain Resort is anticipating an early winter and will open Nov. 18. And, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is planning a Thanksgiving and Christmas feast for our guests inside Echo. Menus will soon be released!

Within an easy stroll of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel you can always find some live music or a little gaming action. Here’s what’s happening around Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this November. British rock band Bush with lead singer Gavin Rossdale are stopping in town on their fall tour  Nov. 3. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster. Or catch alternative rock group Collective Soul on Nov. 12 and hear music from their new album “See What You Started by Continuing.” Get in the Christmas spirt at the Annual Valhalla Holiday Faire Nov. 18-20 held in the historic Valhalla Grand Hall at the Tallac Historic Site. The hall will be decorated in a festive Holiday mode. Twenty-plus local vendors and artists will be offering a varied assortment of hand-made and other special items for purchase. Santa Claus comes to visit as local school choirs and other musical groups perform Saturday and Sunday.

And until the snow covers the mountains: there’s no better way to see Lake Tahoe than from the top. Lace up those hiking boots, pack a walking stick or ski poles and pick a trail. Fuel up on the free breakfast buffet you’ll be ready for an adventure-filled day exploring Lake Tahoe. Here are a few recommended by us: Van Sickle Bi-State ParkTahoe Rim TrailMt. TallacCastle Rock TrailRound Top Lake TrailFourth of July LakeEcho Lakes, Fallen Leaf LakeGrass Lake and Angora Lakes.

If you love being on two wheels, Lake Tahoe has mountain bike trails for you to explore. Views and challenges can be found on any of the paths. Whether you’re looking for shorter rides or longer adventures, Lake Tahoe delivers. Some trails that we recommend are: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (10 miles); Corral, with Sidewinder option (5+ miles); The Bench (12.5 miles); and Powerline Trail (6.5+ miles).

Plan ahead now and spend the holidays in Lake Tahoe.

5 Reasons to Sneak Away to Lake Tahoe this Fall

Really, you don’t have to sneak, just make the call, grab a room, and head up the mountain. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is your basecamp for all things Lake Tahoe.

Coutest Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Courtesy Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

1. The deals are amazing. With rates as low as $99 a night through Dec. 15, the FALL16 special is in full force at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.
2. Enjoy the trails, lake, nightlife, and dining without the crowd. It’s the locals’ favorite season for a reason — beautiful weather and a low key vibe in town.
3. The Sierra is in full fall color bloom. Sure, sure, we’ve heard the East Coast claims, but the yellow, gold and orange of aspen, cottonwood, and willows nestled among a sea of evergreens is a picture worth drinking in. Some spots on South Shore Lake Tahoe include the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Rabe Meadow, and Cathedral Meadow. The U.S. Forest Service offers directions to the top spots.
4. Music and events. Catch the smooth R&B sounds of Aaron Neville Oct. 22. Or check out the second annual Tahoe WordWave on Oct. 21-23. A literary mash-up WordWave features oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings at the Tallac Historic Site.
5. Escape, it’s good for the soul.

Photo by Merick Rickman.

Photo by Merick Rickman.

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.


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