A November 2002 trip
to South Lake Tahoe by wkrell
Quote: Our vacation getaway to the Ridge Tahoe was to be a "fall down in the snow" good time and we had a blast despite Mother Nature's change of plans.
Hotel | "The Ridge Tahoe"
Since the resort is on top of a mountian, the winds can get a little fierce while the Tahoe valley remains quite delightful. As a result of the winds we spent little time on the deck.
The master bath had a large whirlpool tub that we enjoyed several times and the kitchen was at least as large as ours at home. If I had to improve the suite, including larger televisions and at least one real fire place would be all I could think of. The Ridge Tahoe is definitely Gold Crown Material and a resort we will return to someday.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2003
400 Ridge Club Drive
South Lake Tahoe, California 89448
Unlike most resorts in the area, the Ridge Tahoe resort actually takes up an entire ridge of the mountain. The complex is huge with, by my count, at least nine different facilities and numerous outdoor amenities. When we decided to leave the resort to see the surrounding area, we had a choice of taking the private gondola down the hill to the Heavenly Stagecoach Lodge, exploring a mountain side trail up the hill, or taking the casino shuttle into South Lake Tahoe for shopping or a game of chance.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2003
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2003
Dining the Casinos
South Lake Tahoe, California
Attraction | "Valhalla Holiday Faire: A Dickens Experience"
"November 15, 16 & 17, 2002 -- The Valhalla Holiday Faire: A Dickens Experience - Forty booths of the finest hand crafted wares, held in the beautifully decorated Valhalla Grand Hall. Enjoy hot mulled wine or cider while you shop and be entertained by carolers from the Lake Tahoe schools. Free. For additional information please call (530) 541-4975."
Valhalla Holiday Faire
Valhalla Grand Hall, Tallac Historic Site
South Lake Tahoe, California
After settling in we found numerous on site activites to choose from and we spent one night at the Monday Night Football Party and another enjoying Spider Man in the resort theater. When we were not relaxing in our suite (which took up a quarter of one floor in the 11 story building), we were out exploring the greater Lake Tahoe area.
Since our vacation was in November, we had expected our week would be filled with plenty of snow activities, but Mother Nature dropped the white stuff the week before and after our trip. We ended up in Lake Tahoe between the crowds with the most spectacular weather you could hope for.
While our toboggan and other snow toys remained in the back of the truck we decided the first thing to do was to spend a few hours driving, so we circled the lake to inventory the possibilities. We spent some time shopping for Christmas presents and donating to the local casinos, yet found ourselves somewhat drawn to the outdoor and cultural activities.
One day we visited the annual "Valhalla Holiday Faire: A Dickens Experience" and listened to the delightful sounds of a local childrens group serenading the crowd with classic Christmas carols. Afterward we found a few more special presents for loved ones back home, finished the self-guided tour of historic Valhalla, and continued on to Emerald Bay.
The first day in the Emerald Bay vicinity we walked down to the lake and toured the Viking style complex know as "Viking Holm", which is another of several historical treasures we visited. We also took in the fresh air as we walked the lake shore of Emerald Bay stopping only to partake in our fine backpack cusine. Generaly we had a very relaxing afternoon, which as it turned out, we needed before we made the one mile uphill trek back to the parking lot.
On our second trip to the Emerald bay side of the lake we took a leasurly one mile hike, uphill first this time, and ended up along the shore of Eagle Lake, which was breathtaking (just the view that is) and well worth the trip. The view was something I will never forget.
Please take a look at the pictures of Eagle lake and the other vacation photos that I have posted for your enjoyment.
It's amazing that we live only two or three hours away and we spend so little time in a place as grand as Lake Tahoe. We have definitely decided to come this way more often and we hope you (not too many at once please) find your way to this wonderful part of the world as well.
Elk Grove, California