On May 20, freelance photographer and journalist Nicole Dreon wowed an audience of fifty at The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee. CA. Comparing her zest for adventure with Joan Wilder, from Romancing the Stones, Dreon shared entertaining stories from her enviable lifestyle connecting with and photographing people and places around the world. Having recently returned from Morocco and Senegal, Dreon’s incredible images in the #HowDoYouTahoe speaker series featured the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles across the Sahara Desert, rolling dunes, children and mothers as well as local surfers enticed by the waves made famous in ‘Endless Summer.’
Patty Baird, owner of The Cedar House and Tahoe Trips & Trails, was on site to welcome guests and encourage all those present to tap into their own spirit of adventure during the event which raised funds for Adventure Risk Challenge, the life enhancing outdoor leadership and literacy program for teens.
“I was thrilled to receive the news of last night's success. $1,000 will absolutely help us this year,” shared Sarah Cupery Ottley, Director of Adventure Risk Challenge. “We are in desperate need of new sleeping bags and have only hit dead ends in seeking in-kind donations…so, very likely, thanks to you all [Tahoe Trips & Trails], our participants will be warmer and drier in the backcountry this summer.”
Next up: “The Mind, Heart and Soles of Thru-hikers”
Love outdoor adventures and connecting with like-minded folks? Wonder what it's really like to be a triple crowner – someone who has hiked the complete Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Continental Divide trails? Then don’t miss “The Mind, Heart and Soles of Thru-hikers” on Tuesday, June 17 at The Cedar House Sport Hotel. The event, complete with a short film created by PCT thru-hikers and engaging panel of avid adventurer, is designed to make you laugh, think, connect and completely enjoy an evening out. Tickets, $20, are available at TahoeTrips.com.
Should you buy in advance?
Why, yes! You’ll be entered into a drawing for dinner at Stella.
The Tahoe City Solstice Festival, June 19-22, may be the best place to celebrate Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15) and spend time with family members and friends.
“Join us in the heart of Tahoe City to celebrate the beginning of summer. In addition to Tahoe City’s distinctive charms – convenient lake access, acclaimed artists, fabulous restaurants and notable shops and galleries – the Farmers Market, Solstice Stroll Classic Car Show, Tahoe City Wine Walk and Sunday’s concert are annual Solstice Festival highlights,” shares Stacie Lyans, Tahoe City Downtown Association’s Executive Director.
In addition to the above events, participating organizations and businesses are treating locals and visitors with Solstice Festival specials to welcome the summer season. For example, Zia Lina will be serving espresso, salads, soups, pizza by the slice and daily specials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lakeside Pizza presents incredible food and drink offers from $2.50 domestic bottles to $2 pints and handmade pizza. In addition, there are a variety of discounts to help you look good and feel good: Pure Skin is offering a Microdermabrasion Facial for $75 with advance reservations. Call 530 412-0446 for an appointment. Tahoe City Dental Group has a New Patient Special (cleaning, an exam and X-rays for $150) and a whitening special (custom trays and startup whitening gel for $199).
The Tahoe City Solstice Festival winds down as two summer events kick into high gear: Adventure Sports Week, June 20-29, includes a variety of competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, triathlon and stand up paddle board races and the Alpenglow Mountain Festival, June 21-29, offers daily activities including excursions and non-competitive recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Designed to inspire participants, organizers of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival want everyone to have fun, make friends, and enjoy activities including picturesque nature hikes, fabulous trail runs, serene lakefront yoga sessions, inspiring presentations, cutting-edge product demos and awesome giveaways.
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Do you love the arts and the outdoors? Do you truly enjoy speaking in front of a group? And, are you a clear speaker and great storyteller? If YES, volunteer as a Trails & Vistas Art Hike guide this September 6 and 7. An insightful, fun and tasty training brunch will take place at The Cedar House Sport Hotel on Sunday, May 18. For details, e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Paula Messano at email@example.com.
What is an art hike?
Trails and Vistas art hikes blend art experiences with nature. This year’s art hikes, based on the theme of “"Meadows to Mountains – A Cultural Journey" will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Sept. 6 and 7. Attendees will experience nearly a dozen original performances along the guided hike. Featured artists include work by “earthscape” artist Andres Amador, a performance by InnerRythms Dance Theatre plus original art by poets, storytellers and visual artists. The hike is recommended for physically healthy adults and active (and respectful!) children who are accustomed to hiking at high altitude for three hours. The guided hikes are co-hosted by Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks.
Prefer to attend rather than volunteer? Purchase tickets before they sell out!
Art hike: $30 /adult, $10 / child (ages 5 to 12). Admission increases to $40 per adult and $15 per child after July 15.
For art hike tickets and more information, visit www.trailsandvistas.org.
Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails & Vistas World Concert (a fundraiser for the Truckee, CA nonprofit organization that produces annual art experiences in nature) will take place at the Shakespeare Amphitheater at Sand Harbor State Park on Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Musicians and dancers from near and far will perform as the sun sets and the moon rises. Highlights include aerial dancers, SambaDá and violinist Scarlet Rivera who is known for her solo work as well as performances with Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls.
“Rivera will take us on a sonic journey around the world,” shares Nancy Tieken Lopez, the Artistic Director of Trails & Vistas. Rivera, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the world’s most prominent and versatile violinists and one of the featured new artists participating in Trails & Vistas 2014.
SambaDá, a funk band based in Santa Cruz, dubbed the “the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band,” playfully blends funk, reggae and salsa for a beat that brings audiences to their feet with high-energy percussion and danceable grooves during a visually dynamic show. SambaDá works and plays for social justice, peace and the respect of all cultures and peoples.
Based on outstanding reviews, award-winning flutist Ann Licater and the thirty-piece San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra will return to Lake Tahoe for the second annual Trails and Vistas World Concert.
WHAT: Trails & Vistas World Concert: A musical evening under the stars
WHERE: Shakespeare Amphitheater at Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, NV
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 6. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $23 and up, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Box Office beginning May 19, laketahoeshakespeare.com
Look no further for outdoor adventure concierge services and inspiring hiking trips. Patty and Jeff Baird deliver through Tahoe Trips and Trails (TTT) out of The Cedar House Sport Hotel, named the place to stay in by Outside. .
“When you’re looking for something out of the ordinary or even want to prep for an international trek, join us at altitude,” invites Jeff Baird who spends every day on a trail whether it’s covered in dirt or snow.
TTT's mission is to unveil remarkable experiences.
“We get the most out of any big adventure, such as trips to Kilimanjaro, Nepal or Machu Picchu, when we are physically at our prime or close to it. You will enjoy that dream adventure so much more if your body and mind are ready for the challenge,” shares Baird.
“The Bairds inspire people to explore the exotic in Tahoe – from short and peaceful to physically demanding and epic,” shares Lisa Krueger, a recent guest.
For those who simply cannot wait for the summer trips, self guided treks plus weekly Tahoe Teasers are available this spring. Detailed itineraries and trip registration are available at TahoeTrips.com.
Self-guided, Pacific Crest Trail and Donner Summit, CA
Present – October (Begins at $89 per day)
Soul Fire: Tahoe Camp for Women, Lake Tahoe, CA
July 7-11 (Call (800) 581-4453 for reservations)
Hiker’s Paradise, Lake Tahoe, CA
July 13-18, Aug. 10-15 ($2,195)
Backpacking 101, Lake Tahoe, CA
July 18-21, July 25-28, Aug. 8-11, Aug. 29-Sept. 1 ($775)
Tahoe and Yosemite Trekking
July 29 to Aug. 5, Aug. 5 to 12, Aug. 15-22 ($2,650)
Best of the West Hiking Trip, Zion and Bryce National Parks, Utah
Sept. 7-15, Sept. 28-Oct. 6 ($3,295)
Registration: tahoetrips.com or (800) 581-4453
It's back!! Historical Haunted Tour | Thursday, October 16 + Friday, October 17
With seven featured haunts and more than two-dozen outstanding performers, the adults-only Historical Haunted Tour uncovers stories long untold for a night that will not soon be forgotten in the Sierra Nevada railroad town nestled between Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV. Lake Tahoe residents and visitors begin the walking tour at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats. From there and beyond, they will be immersed in engaging tales performed by talented characters at intriguing historic sites including the location of present day business and organizations - BeSpoke, Bluestone Jewelry, the Chamber Depot, LaGalleria, Masonic Lodge, Tahoe Oil & Spice and The Truckee Hotel.
New for 2014
“Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour offers all attendees an incredibly fun night out and not-to-miss creative fundraising event,” shares Christina Stoever-Young, Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour producer and sponsor. Stoever-Young attributes much of the tour’s success - doubling in capacity every year and selling out in advance - to the incredible dedication of business sponsors and volunteers. Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour has raised more than $31,000 since 2009. This year’s event will feature a treasure-packed raffle that celebrates unique work by artisans and travel packages.
Tour sponsors to date include Tahoe TV, Atypical Design, The Cedar House Sport Hotel, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats and the event’s producer, Sunshine Tahoe. The incredible dedication of regional businesses and passionate volunteers contribute to the tour’s success. Proceeds benefit Trails and Vistas the organization that produces an annual September Tahoe art hike, another highly artistic event that attracts fans from near and far.
The Tour takes creative license to haunt, embellish and entertain. That's part of what makes it such a good time! Visit truckeehistorytour.org for more information.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rob Retting
Tahoe City Downtown Association’s 10th anniversary celebration aboard the Tahoe Gal!
WHAT: Light appetizers, cash bar, cruise on Lake Tahoe and live music by classical guitarist Lucas Arizu and cabaret-style vocals by Tahoe native Kendal Naughton (daughter of “American Werewolf in London” David Naughton)
WHEN: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: 952 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
COST: $30 advance and $35 day of
Up to 100 guests will join TCDA for light appetizers and a boat cruise during the “only in Tahoe City” experience on June 4. There will be The Tahoe Gal will leave from the pier behind the Lighthouse Center promptly at 6 and return at 8 p.m.
With expectations of an early rafting season, businesses throughout Tahoe City are ready to welcome guests from near and far. Tahoe City boasts award winning dining, independent shops and a variety of hiking and biking paths plus lodging that allows guests to leave the car parked and enjoy the best of Tahoe City on foot.
Along with members and partners, TCDA supports Tahoe City’s signature summer events including Farmers Markets (Thursdays from May 22 to Sept. 25), the Tahoe City Solstice Festival (June 19 to 22), Concerts at Commons Beach (Sundays from June 22 through Sept. 7), the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival (July 15 to 17), and a Fourth of July Street Fair and Firework display.
“The upcoming events are really worth a trip, but more than that, every single day in Tahoe City offers something worthwhile,” says Davis. For the most up to date information on events, follow TCDA at Facebook.com/DowntownTahoeCity.
For the best of Tahoe City lodging, dining, shopping and activities, go to VisitTahoeCity.com or call (530) 583-3348.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jerry Harding