The Locals’ Shopping Guide: Give the Gift of Experience in Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley 

It’s been one heck of a year and the holidays are right around the corner. In Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley, we celebrate by dragging fir trees out of the woods and strapping them to our Subarus. We dust off ski gear, say farewell to our hiking boots (“See you in the spring, boots!”) and begin searching for Christmas gifts for friends and family.

This year, consider giving the extraordinary gift of an only-in-Tahoe-and-Carson-Valley experience.

When you gift an experience you create lasting holiday memories to be retold throughout the years. And as you know, local businesses need our support this year more than ever. Let’s help out our community and give the gift of a remarkable, right-here experience.

5 Unique Holiday Experiences in Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley 

Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley offer tons of off-the-beaten-path activities outside of the tourist trail. Pamper your loved one with a soak in the mineral waters of a Nevada hot spring or thrill them with a fishing expedition on Big Blue. Additionally, if you are home for the holidays, as many of us are, make the most of your nearcation and try something new in your own backyard!

In the Sierra, there’s a holiday adventure for everyone. Here are some unique Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley activities that will make the season merry and bright:

Tahoe Sport Fishing

There’s nothing quite as exciting as reeling in a trophy trout from the depths of Big Blue. For the sportsman in your life, or as a family adventure, consider gifting the experience of a fishing charter with Tahoe Sport Fishing. With year-round expeditions and two locations, at Ski Run Marina and Zephyr Cove Marina, Tahoe Sport Fishing offers an unforgettable Lake Tahoe experience. The company has both public and private charters and their seasoned captains know all the secret fishing spots.

Carson Valley Golfing

It can be a long, cold winter around these parts and for friends and family who aren’t fans of the snow, or those who just need a little winter relief, a Carson Valley golfing excursion is the perfect holiday gift. Take a swing at any of Carson Valley’s year-round golf courses including Sunridge Golf and Recreations, Carson Valley Golf Course and Genoa Lakes Golf Club. All three courses offer rolling fairways where you can play a round, and soak in the Sierra sunshine and mountain views.

Edgewood Tahoe

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a holiday date night at the opulent Edgewood Tahoe. Over the winter, Edgewood offers snowshoeing on the pristine property and an on-site ice-skating rink. After exploring Edgewood’s winter playground, reserve a table at The Bistro for an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant is the perfect spot for reliving the adventures of the day while enjoying the finest seasonal fare from the rotating menu. It goes without saying that the gift of an experience at Edgewood Tahoe creates memories to savor long after the holidays are over.

Clearly Tahoe

What better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Tahoe than with a paddle on the lake’s crystal waters? Clearly Tahoe offers year-round tours in translucent kayaks that give a window view into the turquoise and azure depths of Big Blue. With many tours to choose from including the Scenic Shoreline Tour, which winds through granite boulders along the east shore, and Eco Discovery cruises that highlight Tahoe’s wetlands with birding and wildlife spotting, this is the perfect gift for nature-lovers and is a family-friendly activity for all ages.

Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides

Travel back in time at Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides with a holiday experience like no other – sleigh bells jingling and all. One-hour sleigh rides drawn by beautiful blond Belgian horses travel along the lake shore and through pine forests, with opportunities to stop, listen to stories and poems, sing songs, and snap photos to capture your memories along the way. This classic winter activity will remind you of simpler times and create lasting memories to cherish when the buzz of modernity encroaches.

Get More Holiday Goodies on the Sierra Safely Trail 

Check out a full list of experiences on the Sierra Safely Trail and discover more gift ideas from Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley that support small businesses and locals. Many places have holiday discounts for tours and excursions, so be sure to check out business webpages for exclusive deals. Additionally, you can download the Sierra Safely Passport, and when you go to participating businesses just present your phone to redeem discounts. Keep it local. Support your community. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

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Cultivating Cheer Everywhere

Tahoe is a wonderland.  Every season creates not only beautiful landscapes, but also new opportunities to get outside and play.  For those of us that enjoy playing in the outdoors there are some simple practices we can all engage in to spread cheer all year and everywhere.

Tread Lightly

In the show “The Crown” the queen educates Margaret Thatcher on proper behavior while stalking a stag.  She mentions the importance of dressing properly, speaking quietly, and avoiding wearing perfumes.  The same is true for spending time outside while visiting Tahoe.

Skiing Lake Tahoe

Photo: Lauren Lindley

Before heading outdoors consider your clothing; are you dressed practically for the temperature and weather?  Have you dressed up as though going out to dinner or spending time in snow, dirt, and potentially changing weather conditions?  Feel free to skip putting on scents that distract from those naturally occurring in the forest and you’ll be able to enjoy the smells of juniper, ponderosa, and sage.

Listen to the Silent Trees

There are so many magical sounds to hear while you are outside.  From unique birds to the whisper of the wind and the crunch of snow beneath your feet the opportunity to fully experience the outdoors includes listening.

Cross Country Skiing

Leave your personal speaker or stereo at home.  If you do choose to listen to music do so with one headphone only.  Not only will you be better able to hear the sounds of the next osprey or eagle that flies overhead, you will also be able to hear other people as they approach you.

Leave Only Footprints

As you travel take notice of the naturally occurring flora and fauna around you.  Banana and orange trees do not grow in Tahoe.  Plastic bottles and wrappings do not grow on any of our plants.

Help to decrease litter in the basin by not only carrying out what you have brought with you, but also by grabbing any trash you find while outdoors.  In addition, leave the outdoors outside.  Building cairns, taking pinecones, or gathering other items from the forest impacts the basin.  Take only photos and leave nature in its place.  Leave the place you visited just as it was before you arrived.

Park Properly

Not all parking areas have parking spaces delineated.  When parking at a trailhead or in a backcountry access area take a moment to consider the shape, how other cars are parked and how your vehicle can fit while taking up the least amount of space.

Parking lake tahoe

Photo: Lauren Lindley

It helps to check out the license plates.  Look for a car with local plates and take note of how they parked.  They may know some unspoken rule and following their example is likely a good choice.  Remember to get out of your car cautiously when parking in outdoor access areas and be sure to keep your person, pets, and belongings out of the way of other vehicles.  Be considerate and aware of your surroundings at all times.  Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to turn off the “beep” sound that your car alarm makes when you lock it up.

Share the Space

You are unlikely to be the only person exploring Tahoe’s outdoors.  With every step you take, imagine that you are about to walk into a stranger’s home.  After all, you aren’t in yours anymore.  While adventuring into this new territory remember that all of the animals and plants call it home.  Not only are you likely the only animal in the area, you are probably not theonly human.  Allow others to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents.

Show your respect for the wilderness and it will show you it’s magic.

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Learn more about Yoga when you visit Lake Tahoe Yoga.  Experience the wonder of Tahoe with Bliss Experiences.

Originally Published on TahoeBlissExperiences.com

By Jenay Aiksnoras, Chief Experience Curator, ERTY500, Realignment Coach

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The Feel Good Movement Happening at Tahoe South

In 2020, it’s easy to focus on the negative. From personal & business hardships to continually evolving rules, it can be frustrating. Rather than center on this frustration, it’s uplifting to see local business owners & other community members thriving during these difficult times are lacing up their boots and doing something for the community as a whole through what is being called the Feel Good Campaign.

How The Feel Good Campaign Was Conceived

Luca Gensasci, owner of AleWorX, saw on CNBC a doctor out East was opening up tabs at coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants each night. Then via social media, he let the community know you can go eat or drink on that tab. So, Luca thought why not do this in Lake Tahoe?

The Spark…

Since one of the goals at AleWorX is to give back to the community, he met with his team to figure out what they could do. Piggy backing on this idea for the month of December, everyday AleWorX is opening a $100 tab in a different restaurant in the Tahoe South region. The goal isn’t only to help those having financial hardships or who are hungry. The hope is to spark an even larger movement.

The Movement Gains Momentum

Sidellis Tahoe

And that’s exactly what is happening. The day before Luca opened the first tab, he saw a shocking post on Facebook from the owner of Sidellis. It read that from open to close on a Saturday, they had collected $17 in sales. Rallying the troops, they headed over the next day and opened a tab. It went from $100 up to $2,000 due to others hearing about it and wanting to help out too.

Not Just On The Tab

Overland Meat & Seafood Co Lake Tahoe

Overland Meats originally planned to do a giveaway in January, but owner Brian Cohen could see that a lot of people in the community are hurting right now. Instead of waiting, his crew have been prepping the giveaway that started on Monday, December 14th while supplies last. The last time he did this in October, they gave away more than 1,400 pounds of beef along with taco kits.

Become Part Of The Solution

If you didn’t realize, Christmas is only a week away. There’s so much dividing in our communities and nation right now. Instead of focusing on what we don’t like, if you’re fortunate enough to have a job or aren’t stressed financially, help others that are in need. For more information on how you can help or to learn where the next tab will be setup, visit the Tahoe AleWorX Facebook event page.

Also, for anyone that’s wanting to contribute to the cause financially you can Venmo directly to: @lakeTahoeAleWorx account and use the #FeelGoodMovement hashtag. If you want to be mentioned on social media be sure to provide your instagram handle as well in the payment.

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The Feel Good Movement Happening at Tahoe South

Giving Back Lake Tahoe AleWorX

Lake Tahoe AleWorX Crew

In 2020, it’s easy to focus on the negative. From personal & business hardships to continually evolving rules, it can be frustrating. Rather than center on this frustration, it’s uplifting to see local business owners & other community members thriving during these difficult times are lacing up their boots and doing something for the community as a whole through what is being called the Feel Good Campaign.

How The Feel Good Campaign Was Conceived

Luca Gensasci, owner of AleWorX, saw on CNBC a doctor out East was opening up tabs at coffee shops, cafés, and restaurants each night. Then via social media, he let the community know you can go eat or drink on that tab. So, Luca thought why not do this in Lake Tahoe?

The Spark…

Since one of the goals at AleWorX is to give back to the community, he met with his team to figure out what they could do. Piggy backing on this idea for the month of December, everyday AleWorX is opening a $100 tab in a different restaurant in the Tahoe South region. The goal isn’t only to help those having financial hardships or who are hungry. The hope is to spark an even larger movement.

The Movement Gains Momentum

And that’s exactly what is happening. The day before Luca opened the first tab, he saw a shocking post on Facebook from the owner of Sidellis. It read that from open to close on a Saturday, they had collected $17 in sales. Rallying the troops, they headed over the next day and opened a tab. It went from $100 up to $2,000 due to others hearing about it and wanting to help out too.

Not Just On The Tab

Overland Meats originally planned to do a giveaway in January, but owner Brian Cohen could see that a lot of people in the community are hurting right now. Instead of waiting, his crew have been prepping the giveaway that started on Monday, December 14th while supplies last. The last time he did this in October, they gave away more than 1,400 pounds of beef along with taco kits.

Become Part Of The Solution

If you didn’t realize, Christmas is only a week away. There’s so much dividing in our communities and nation right now. Instead of focusing on what we don’t like, if you’re fortunate enough to have a job or aren’t stressed financially, help others that are in need. For more information on how you can help or to learn where the next tab will be setup, visit the Tahoe AleWorX Facebook page.

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1st Ever Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week

Tahoe Backcountry Awareness Safety Week

Like a Siren to Ulysses, the unspoiled, pure snow beckons skiers and snowboarders into the wilderness. The clean slate of white waiting to be carved is irresistible. And just like that Siren, dangers may lurk below the surface if you don’t understand how to navigate the backcountry safely. With the massive increase of backcountry gear sales along with the explosion in people touring the backcountry seen last spring, the 1st ever Tahoe-Truckee backcountry awareness week has been created.

What To Expect

A coalition of avalanche safety, nonprofit, and winter backcountry organizations have established an event to introduce those curious about it and a refresher for those with experience. From December 14th through the 18th, the week-long educational video series will provide a better understanding of the dangers in the backcountry and why training is imperative.

Event Schedule

Monday, December 14th – Get The Picture

The 1st day of the event will provide a foundation of what backcountry is. This will include welcome and overview videos from Sierra Avalanche Center where you’ll learn why so many partners are coming together to raise awareness of backcountry safety.

Tuesday, December 15th – Get The Gear

Once you decide to step past the ski boundary, the responsibility of coming home safe falls 100% on you. That means you must carry a unique set of equipment when venturing out. On Tuesday, you’ll find out what are the basic needs, why you need it, and how to use it.

Wednesday, December 16th – Get The Training

Being out in the backcountry can be dangerous. If you take an AIARE Level 1 course, you’ll have the mental tools to help make educated decisions, so you come home safe. Today’s film will focus on the key moments that ultimately control how your day will go.

Thursday, December 17th – Athlete Summit

From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, hear from the pro athletes that call Tahoe/Truckee home. The virtual panel will include people like Cody Townsend, Jeremy Jones, Elyse Saugstad, and Amie Engerbretson. This live Athlete summit will talk about their experiences in the backcountry so you can learn from those that spend more time out there than most.

Friday, December 18th – Motorized Travel Tips & Safety

If you love the sound of BRRRAAAAPPPP or just interested in getting out into the wilderness via snowmobile or snow bike, Friday’s event is for you. They’ll provide a close look at the slew of travel concerns motorized travelers encounter.

The most important tool in your belt for backcountry adventure is to get educated. While not a substitute for a true avalanche clinic, use this event to start warming up the brain. To learn more about this event AND to register for the free Athlete Summit, visit www.takecaretahoe.org/backcountry and complete the sign-up section.

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