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B1 S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E AZ tahoe 183607 Photo Credit: www.peterspain.com ADVERTISING FEATURE Your guide to B2 LODGING Squaw Valley Lodge offers S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 ideal location, amenities Nestled slope side at the base of Squaw plus three terrain parks, one regular half-pipe Valley USA the Squaw Valley Lodge offers and one super-pipe. There is plenty of variety spacious and well appointed accommoda- to satisfy the tastes of all alpine enthusiasts. tions and Ski-in/Ski-out convenience to At Squaw Valley, the fun continues after dark some of the world’s greatest skiing and as the resort is one of the only areas in the snowboarding while just steps from din- Sierra to offer the thrill of night skiing and ing, shopping and nightlife. riding until 9 p.m. during the high season. Lodge guests can unwind in the complimen- Downhill skiing and riding are just one tary private health club and spa with sauna, option for outdoor winter recreation at the steam room, complete exercise facility, three Squaw Valley Lodge. Guests can explore each outdoor and indoor spas. Massage miles of Lake Tahoe wilderness on snow- therapy is also available. The Squaw Valley mobile or go for a spin on one of several Lodge features large and elegantly appointed unique mountain ice-rinks including Squaw condominium studios, one, two and three Valley’s mountain-top rink accessed via the bedroom condominium suites with meticu- aerial cable car. The Squaw Valley meadow lously equipped mini kitchens, oversized is home to 18km of trails perfect for an baths and designer furnishings. afternoon cross country ski, snowshoe hike or a spirited sled ride behind a team of sled But a stay at the Squaw Valley Lodge also dogs. In the afternoon, romantic horse drawn puts guests just steps from 4,000 acres of the sleigh rides wind through the meadow under most legendary slopes available in the United the sierra sky. States. As host of the VIII Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley USA continues to offer Guests at the Squaw Valley Lodge are with- an exciting destination for skiers and snow- in a short drive to eight more ski resorts and boarders of all ages with 34 lifts accessing a short walk to dozens of shops, boutiques miles of wide open bowls, boulevards of and a wide variety of restaurants. beginner cruisers, thousands of feet of verti- For more information call 877.200.4234, or cal filled with bumps, steeps, and glades, visit www.squawvalleylodge.com The largest selection of vacation rentals at Lake Tahoe Northern Californians are quite lucky that the site allows users to refine their search Lake Tahoe has more rental homes than any and choose from beautiful mountain homes, A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E mountain resort in the world, which results large waterfront properties and cozy ski in very reasonable rental prices. 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Our website permits visitors to view and select from hundreds of quality vacation rentals located in all the popular areas of Lake Tahoe. All properties have virtual tours, winter and summer, showing the neighborhoods and inside every room. View all the properties on www.tahoedeluxe.com/sfex or give us a call at 877 497-2069 24/7 ENTER TO WIN at Holiday House At the Holiday House you will enjoy six lakefront suites with panoramic views A www.sfexaminer.com/community overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Mountains. We are walking distance to some of the finest restaurants on the North Shore. For evening w 2 Prizes are offered to readers of the SF Examiner, a Grand Prize of 4 nights accommodations and a Secondary Prize of 2 nights in any e entertainment and gambling, the Casinos are just a 7 minute drive. All suites have available property of the 300 managed by Lake Tahoe Accommodations which can sleep upwards of 14 persons. Additionally, each eq a fully equipped kitchen, TV, phone, internet, amazing views and sunny decks. prize will include free adult ski lift tickets at 4 Lake Tahoe ski resorts and free ski or snowboard rentals. These prizes must be redeemed The Holiday House has a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We love pets by March 31, 2011. Also, all entrants to the contest will receive a $50 Gift Certiﬁcate good for any non-holiday booking good through and welcome them to enjoy our piece of Heaven. For larger families or February 28, 2012. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. For full contest rules go to www.sfexaminer.com/community. c couples traveling together, a two bedroom two bathroom unit with a full Must be at least 21 to enter. Limit one coupon per family. k kitchen is also available. Please visit www.TahoeHolidayHouse.com 182771 7276 N. Lake Blvd | P.O. Box 229 | Tahoe Vista, CA 96148 184483 (800) 294-6378 or (530) 546-2369 AZ LODGING B3 S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 ENJOY THE OUTDOORS IN LAKE TAHOE Winter is here and the best way to beat that cabin fever and keep momentum with those New Year’s resolutions is a fun-filled weekend getaway to breathtaking Lake Tahoe with Hauserman Rental Group! Condos and cabins, lakefronts and riverfronts, Hauserman Rental Group features over 200 rental properties on the North and West Shores of Tahoe, plus Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley. We also offer dog-friendly houses and provide a wide range of amenities including discounted lift tickets, hot tubs and saunas and in the summer, private beaches, pools, ten- nis courts and buoy access. With over 40 years of experience and office hours seven days a week plus 24/7 online booking, our knowledgeable and friendly agents will help you relax, explore and enjoy Tahoe through a very “local” experience. DOG FRIENDLY PROPERTIES SKI HAVENS Dogs are a go-everywhere part of the Complimenting the array of high-end prop- family. Bring your best friend to share in erties is the bulk of our business: convenient your winter vacation! Go on adventures, and affordable condos and houses! We cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just have mid-range properties that can accom- playing in the snow. With so many dog- modate small to large groups that are just a friendly activities at the resorts and around short drive to the ski resorts. Hit the powder town, the pooch can come along almost during the day then warm your bones by anywhere! And with 1/3 of our rental prop- the fire in one of our cozy and inviting ski erties welcoming dogs, your Tahoe vacation havens. rental will feel even more like a home away Leveen: Beautiful large 4 bedroom/3 bath from home! home in secluded Ward Valley with breath- takingly serene surroundings. This home is a very special Tahoe treasure for your week- end getaway or extended vacation. Terrific LUXURY PROPERTIES for families, friends, colleagues- bring the dog in the summer and fall! Walk to Sher- Hauserman Rental Groups also features wood Express chairlift to Alpine Meadows many high-end and lake-front homes to Ski Resort or hit the trails at Ward Canyon. accommodate those very special occasions http://www.enjoytahoe.com/house/leveen when you need extra room for the entire Squaw Valley Condo #9: Within walking A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E family and want to create memories that will last for years to come. Just a sampling of distance of the lifts and Village at Squaw our luxury properties include: Valley, this nicely furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath condo will put you right where the action is. Only minutes to the Cable Car, Bella Vista: A private road leads to this shopping and nightlife, you’ll be having fun amazing 4 bedroom home that is situated before anyone else. Walk to the Village on an incredible estate-like setting with at Squaw Valley, but escape to the quiet views of the lake and manicured grounds comfort of this cozy condo nestled against surrounding it. WHAT A VIEW!! Bella Vista the dramatic cliffs of Olympic Valley. Ideal is a very spacious home which has been setting in every season, more information professionally decorated with high-end at: www.enjoytahoe.com/condo/squaw- quality furnishings throughout. Kitchen and valley-9 baths are custom designed and the house boasts an exquisitely appointed large dining COBBLESTONE CENTER room that is perfect for your family dinner. AND TAHOE CITY On the main level is the gourmet kitchen with 2 ovens, private dining room that sits Not only does the Cobblestone Center in 14, full bath off living room that has a beauti- downtown Tahoe City feature the offices ful gas fireplace, large 1080 flat screen TV, of Hauserman Rental Group and Brokers telescope for viewing the lake, as well as Dan Hauserman and Russ Baruh, it is also spacious den with TV/DVD, stereo & 1/2 the home to dozens of shops, restaurants, bath attached. Rates from $900/night. More activity vendors, salons and even a movie information about Bella Vista at theatre! Check out the list of sight-seeing www.enjoytahoe.com/house/bella-vista-0. opportunities at http://visittahoecity.com/. Hoeck Lakefront: This 5 BR home affords WINTER ACTIVITIES its renters all of the finest touches, offering Whether you want to hit the slopes, go a most spectacular lakefront experience! snowmobiling, take the kids sledding or A fabulous Tahoe vacation rental home find the best place to sit by a fire and enjoy with private pier and rocky beach, it also a heartwarming meal – you can find many welcomes the family dog, the poker player, options at www.gotahoenorth.com and pool shark, & bartender, the princess, the www.enjoytahoe.com/area-information. director & producer, and the captain & skip- Hauserman Rental Group is your one- per! The Hoeck Lakefront has almost every stop-shop to get information on Lake Tahoe amenity you could dream of for a Tahoe Vacation Rentals. Our office is open 7 days getaway, including an elevator! Panoramic a week and you can book your vacation views are flaunted from every room in the 24 hours a day on www.enjoytahoe.com. house. Rates from $630/night. More informa- We’ve been in business since 1966 and look tion Hoeck Lakefront can be found at www. forward to working with you to book your enjoytahoe.com/house/hoeck-lakefront. next Tahoe Vacation! Hauserman Rental Group 475 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 95145 www.enjoytahoe.com, (800) 20-TAHOE, (530) 587-3793 183301 AZ B4 LODGING Timeless Cottage Inn offers taste of Old Tahoe S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 The Most Although the appeal of the Lake Tahoe room with a queen bed and sitting area. All Charming region is timeless, it isn't always easy for visitors to get a taste of Old Tahoe. are available with fireplaces, televisions and video tape players, and each with its own special decor. The Cottage Inn is ideal for Place at However, that is exactly the look and atmo- Lake anglers, skiers, honeymooners or any guests sphere of the Cottage Inn of Lake Tahoe. (age 12 and older). The cottages were built by the Pomin family Tahoe The Cottage Inn also offers private sauna, in 1938 in "Old Tahoe" style with knotty pine beach access and snowy paths through paneling throughout. All rooms except the picturesque wilderness. Included in the room loft suite are single level and offer private charge is a hearty country breakfast from entrances and newly remodeled private their own kitchen, served daily in the dining Your Stay Includes baths with ceramic tile showers. Some rooms room or on a lovely outdoor deck in the sum- have a view of the lake through the pines. Full Breakfast mertime. Accommodations range from cozy studios in the Lodge with queen, or twin beds in a rustic log cabin. The Cottage Inn is conveniently located Each room has its own unique theme with an close to numerous regional attractions at inviting stone fireplace, television, VCR and 1690 W. Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. For more 184619 530.581.4073 1690 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA www.thecottageinn.com minifridge. The cottage suites offer a bed- information visit www.thecottageinn.com. Tahoe’s Charming Mountain Chalet The Stanford Alpine Chalet is a charming mountain retreat offering individual accom- modations and exclusive use for groups. Nestled beneath the pines with panoramic mountain views, the Chalet is located in a quiet neighborhood at the base of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, North Lake Tahoe, California. As the only lodging at the base of Alpine Meadows, the Chalet is the perfect location for your next Tahoe vacation. With the most early season snowfall in 40 years, there has never been a better time to make your way to Lake Tahoe! Limited Availability — Call Now! A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Our 2011 Midweek Ski & Stay Special is Ask about our amazing midweek ski & stay specials. the best value for lodging & skiing in the 1980 Chalet Rd, Alpine Meadows, CA 96145 | (530) 583-1550 area. Call 530.583.1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details! 184664 www.stanfordalpinechalet.com Lake Tahoe’s Boutique Mountain Resort The only boutique mountain resort in Lake programs that incorporate successful tech- Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is host to niques previously only taught in Burton a recently-completed $55 million base area Snowboard Academy lessons. Women’s village featuring 35 unique shops, galleries, snowboard camps will be offered select Fri- California-based specialty stores and restau- days during the winter season and will focus rants. The resort’s popular outdoor skating on different skills and techniques during rink is surrounded by inviting fire pits and each session. lounge areas perfect for roasting s’mores For the first time, Northstar Resort will or hanging out with a warm beverage and serve as host to a Nordic SuperTour event, catching up with friends and family. the premiere cross-country race series in On-site lodging is available, ranging from North America. Scheduled to take place affordable family-friendly hotel-style rooms to at Northstar Resort on March 18, 2011, the luxury condominiums and mountain homes. cross-country race will be spectator friendly, Last winter, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort wel- starting and finishing in the Village at North- comed the Lake Tahoe region’s first true star, with participants striding or skating up luxury hotel when The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, the mountain in between. Open to all ages, Lake Tahoe opened at mid-mountain at the the course distance will be approximately resort. The hotel features ski-in, ski-out 1-1.5k. access, mountain valet services, a 17,000 Guests are encouraged to book their ski/ square foot spa and fitness center, and ride getaway to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Manzanita, the resort’s signature restaurant with Stay & Ski Free packages starting at just created by renowned San Francisco celebrity $115 per person, per night (based on double chef Traci Des Jardins. The year-round des- occupancy and a two night minimum stay). tination includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private This offer includes two lift tickets per room, Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton per night. Some restrictions apply. Club fractional ownership units. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort is conveniently A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, North- located six miles north of Lake Tahoe and star Resort offers 93 ski trails spread across six miles south of historic downtown Truc- 3,000 acres, award-winning terrain parks and kee. For more information or reservations, snow sports including alpine and Telemark visit www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com or call skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, 1.866.336.9053. snowshoeing and tubing. Skills clinics for advanced skiers and rid- ers focused on maximizing enjoyment of Northstar Resort’s one-mile long tree skiing trails on The Backside and Lookout Mountain will be offered this winter, and the resort’s women’s-specific snowboard camps have been revised. This winter, ladies interested in learning or improving their snowboard 182083 skills are invited to participate in one-day AZ LODGING B5 Embrace Tahoe’s Most Beautiful Views Tremendous mid-week specials offered S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 The Holiday House is a small lodge embrac- shows are just a seven minute drive away, at two area lodges ing Lake Tahoe and enjoying its most beauti- Northstar skiing is only ten minutes away Two area lodges are offering midweek minutes from Sugar Bowl downhill skiing, ful views from six lakefront suites. It is the (greatly discounted ski tickets at the Holiday specials to provide visitors with tremendous and an easy 10-minute drive to access to the 25th year that one of the owners is managing House ) and Squaw Valley a mere twenty- value throughout the ski season. Royal Gorge cross country ski trails. the Holiday House, and simply put, she can- minute journey. not leave such a wonderful location right on Royal Gorge’s Rainbow Lodge is offering Royal Gorge’s Icelakes Lodge is lakeside Lake Tahoe. So come and stay at the Lake! Contact free skiing on Thursday and Friday with a and trailside, with easy access to all local us at www.tahoeholidayhouse.com or Thursday night stay. Ice Lakes Lodge is offer- activities and Royal Gorge’s Nordic Ski trails Not only are there a variety of wonder- 1.800.294.6378. For more lodging around the ing free skiing on Monday and Tuesday with right outside the door. ful restaurants close by, but gambling and Lake, go to www.lodgingnorthtahoe.com. a Monday night stay. Both lodges are surrounded by scenic set- Rainbow Lodge is a turn-of-the-century tings, offer dining and warming fireplaces historic lodge situated along the Yuba River and are comfortable setting for group and Looking for a Mountain Home? on Donner Summit, right off Highway 80 and corporate events. along the historic Old 40 Highway. Open year- Lake Tahoe’s prices are compelling! From Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate, Restrictions apply, please visit websites for round, they provide exquisite indoor and out- modest cabins to glorious lakefronts, choices Realtors Institute (GRI), Leadership Training details, www.therainbowlodge.com or door dining, river view rooms, and a peaceful are plentiful. Lakefront sales doubled in 2010 Graduate (LTG) and Performance Management www.theicelakeslodge.com. mountain setting. Rainbow Lodge also offers over 2009 because sellers and buyers had a Network (PMN) as well as Certified Luxury easy access to Donner Summit skiing – 15 meeting of the minds. With interest rates pre- Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS). dicted to escalate, the cost of owning a home is better today than purchasing for less later Trinkie’s extensive leadership background and paying more per month. began in school and continues today as an officer or director of numerous organizations. Katrine ‘Trinkie’ Watson, a California and She was President of the Lake Tahoe Music Nevada Regional Lake Tahoe Broker, was the Festival twice and is currently a member of 1995 President of the Incline Village Board of the Cancer Advisory Council for the Tahoe Realtors. In 1996, she was selected Realtor of Forest Health System. the Year in Incline Village, and she was 1997 President of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Call or contact Trinkie today for great ser- Service. In the real estate business for 44 vice at Lake Tahoe! years, she is a resource for fine residential properties in and around the Lake Tahoe Katrine ‘Trinkie’ Watson Basin. Trinkie graduated with a BA from the 530.582.0722 SKI FREE University of California, Berkeley, and is a email@example.com believer in continuing education in her pro- fession. A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Through the National Association of Realtors, she has earned the designations of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certi- www.theicelakeslodge.com fied Residential Brokerage Manager (CRB), 184615 www.therainbowlodge.com Sustainable… with an Avant Garde 10918 Brockway Road Truckee CA 866.582.5655 183834 18383 1838 1838 8 F t i th Featuring the work of Chef Jacob Burton k f Ch f J b B t cedarhousesporthotel.com/stella 183879 AZ B6 LODGING On Lake Tahoe's Magical West Shore S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 Step back in time at Lake Tahoma Meadows is a proud Tahoe and visit our historic winners of the “Golden Bone and charming little red cot- Award” for excellence in tages. This is what Tahoe providing pet friendly accom- was 50 years ago. Tahoma modations, “Best Bed and Meadows is located on Breakfast” KCRA-3 A-List, Lake Tahoe’s quiet West and ”Jewel of the West “ by Shore just two minutes America 4 You Travel. from Homewood and cen- Enjoy the views of Tahoe trally located for enjoying from our common room any the day at all 11 other Lake Tahoe ski areas. time and get insider Tahoe tips during our Tahoma Meadows offers cottages for cou- wine and cheese hour. Our award–winning ples, families, and even pets. Each of our 16 gourmet breakfast is served family style daily. cottages is uniquely decorated with mountain Snowshoe, cross-country skiing, downhill, elegance and surrounded by huge pines. All spa and dinner packages are available. of our cottages have private entrances and For more information on Tahoma Meadows baths, many with claw foot soaking, jetted B&B Cottages, go to TahomaMeadows.com tubs, fireplaces and kitchens. or call 866.525.1553. Tahoe Donner Association At the end of the day, Tahoe Donner has two dining facilities in which to wind down. The Lodge Restaurant and Pub is set in an impressive building on a golf course. The Lodge uses only the finest ingredients in its dishes, including organic meats, locally grown produce, and no trans fats. The clas- sic bistro-style menu, with French and Pacific Rim influences, is served in both the dining room and pub, with nightly specials and entrées ranging from $9 to $30. The Lodge Tahoe Donner is a beautiful resort com- also offers a healthy kids menu, as well as munity in Truckee, California, with a wide an award-winning wine list and a Manager’s range of year-round recreational attractions. Selection wine list – all providing interesting In the winter, not surprisingly, skiing is the and affordable choices. Pizza on the Hill is main attraction. The slogan at the Tahoe a more casual environment where guests A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Donner Downhill Ski Area is “The best place can grab a beer, watch the game and let the to begin” and it’s an appropriate designation. kids enjoy the arcade or playground. Besides The ski area is an environment friendly to pizza, the restaurant also offers rotisserie 184056 beginners and families, with an infrastructure chicken and tri-tip, as well as burritos and to match. Gentle terrain, carpet lifts and an quesadillas. expert ski school staff make the task of learn- In the summer months, Tahoe Donner has ing to ski or ride not as daunting as it might even more attractions – golf, an equestrian be at larger areas. The “Candyland” terrain center, kids camps, a campground, concerts parks have been designed for beginners and and plenty of other special events. All of this rock stars alike. Just choose “Bite Size” or fun stuff helps explain Tahoe Donner’s overall “King Size.” slogan: Where Traditions Begin. At the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center, the slogan is “The skiing is out there…” and that’s also true, to the tune of over 100 kilometers of world class terrain. While also friendly for beginners, the cross country center is known as one of the top Nordic facilities in the country – attracting Olympic athletes for training and events. Tahoe Donner also offers Snowplay, where kids and kids at heart can enjoy sledding and tubing in a gorgeous Tahoe setting. No spe- cial skills are required, just a willingness to submit to the joys of gravity. March 4 - 6 Celebrate Western Culture and February 25 - 27 Mardi Gras March 11 - 13 Heritage in Genoa Mystery & Wine St. Patrick’s The Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys is a wonderful blend of setting, heritage and and ranching have shared work, words and western culture and entertainment. Nestled music here. In 2010, this made the inaugural FEB-MAR WEEKENDS: at the base of the Sierra Nevada near Lake Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival a $ 279. Full Package Tahoe in the beautiful Carson Valley, historic natural. Visit www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com Departs Fridays From Genoa is the site of the first ranch in Nevada and plan to join us in 2011! A Special Train with Dancing, Meals and Entertainment. and still has working cattle ranches literally steps from the town. To ride this party train passengers must be 21 years of age or older. Packages include roundtrip reserved seats, 2-nights hotel, discount meals and shows, taxes & more. Subject to availability. Group Rates Vary. Prices Per Person, Double Occupancy A star- lled lineup of Cowboy Poets and Musicians along with ne western art, collectables, crafts and much more in Nevada’s rst settlement May 5th - 8th www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com 184500 184463 AZ LODGING B7 All Aboard the Fun Train S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 Value-hunting travelers looking for a week- end getaway with unique entertainment and spectacular scenery are again finding their way to the Reno Fun Train. Avoid driving on Highway 80 or dealing with the stress of flying. Instead, ride the Reno Fun Train and Snow Train, where passengers partake in the greatest party in the West, enjoying spectacular, snowy Sierra Nevada Mountain scenery in the comfort of reserved seats. The famous Reno Fun Train will operate February 11 and 25 and March 4 and 11, Passengers must be at least 21 years old departing Friday and returning Sunday. to join this party. All-inclusive prices start at $279 per person, double occupancy, with two nights’ hotel, round-trip reserved seat and light meals served round-trip. Also included is a Winner’s Book of coupons including show and dining discounts to enhance the enjoyment of Reno. The Midweek Reno Snow Train leaves on Tuesday and returns Thursday, with depar- tures February 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8, appealing to retirees and families. All-inclu- sive prices are from $239 per person, double occupancy and includes two nights’ hotel, round-trip reserved seat, historical narration, strolling minstrels, chair massage avail- able for purchase, smoking car with (new) The Fun Train is celebrating 48 years of Cigar Lounge, Great Dome Sightseer Lounge operation and is a Bay Area institution with and piano lounge, lunch on the return train, no other train like it in America. This special Winner’s Book of coupons and all taxes. party train features a dance car with live Discounted senior, group and child rates are dance band “The Funatics,” Great Dome available. Special themes are featured on Sightseer Lounge, piano lounge featuring A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E each departure; Railroad Celebration, Valen- John Lee Sanders, souvenir shop, smoking tines, Motown ‘60, Rockin’ Round the 50’s and car with (new) cigar lounge, card magician, Fat Tuesday. and round-trip meals served at reserved 183221 seats. chair massage is also available for For more information, contact your travel purchase. agent or call 800.783.0783 for free brochure and reservations. North Tahoe Business Association Legend has it card shark and local gambler parade held in March. Joe King won the rights to what is today After the first round, two players from each known as Kings Beach in an all night poker game held at the Thunderbird Lodge of Lake table will move onto the championship round. Tournament prizes will go to the top 10 final- Tahoe, Nevada in 1925. ists at the championship table. King then used his winnings to develop Participants and spectators are encouraged several buildings, some of which are still to dress in 1920s attire, and prizes will go to standing today. The North Tahoe Business the best-dressed man and woman. Attendees Association’s annual Joe King Poker Tourna- will also have the opportunity to compete for ment pays tribute to the legend and, if you raffle prizes. play your cards right, you could be the next mayor of Kings Beach. A portion of the proceeds of the event this year will go to the Dennis J Oliver Memorial The North Tahoe Business Association’s Arts & Environmental Education Fund. Oliver Joe King Poker Tournament is slated for was an avid poker player and passed away Sunday, February 20, at 7 p.m., at the Tahoe late last year from complications of a rare Biltmore in Crystal Bay. The winner of the virus. The tournament pays tribute to Dennis’ tourney will take home the grand prize and memory this year by raising funds for this act as honorary mayor of Kings Beach in the new foundation in his name. Kings Beach SnowFest Parade scheduled for Saturday, March 12. Registration is $75 Tahoe Biltmore is offering a special Stay per player before Feb. 15. After Feb. 15, reg- and Play Package - $199 gets you two seats istration goes to $85. Table sponsorships are in the tournament and a room for the night! available for $650.00, which includes registra- For those not into Texas Hold-Em poker, there tion for up to 10 players and signage at the will also be a Slot Challenge, video poker, a event. casual poker table for non-tournament play- ers, hors d’ourves and no host bar through- “This tournament is now in its fourth year, out the evening. and it will be hard to top last year’s excite- ment,” Cheri Sprenger, executive director of Registration is limited, and pre-registration the NTBA said. “The event has given us an is required by February 18. Call 530.546.9000 ~ E opportunity to share some of the history of Kings Beach with the community, and it is or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to pay by credit card. Visit the S T. 2 0 0 7 ~ great fun for the gamblers and the attendees. Special Events page at www.northtahoe- Joe King was well known as a true ‘gambler’ business.org for the latest information on the throughout the Tahoe area; it’s like reliving tournament. the 1920s.” Grand prizes are awarded to the top 10 players in this Texas Hold-Em tournament, with the top player earning bragging rights and the ‘title’ of “Honorary Mayor of Kings 184014 Beach.” The Mayor is the Grand Marshall BiteTahoe.com Incline Village 775.831.1000 AZ for the Kings Beach community SnowFest B8 Where food is the focus DINING Spindleshanks restaurant pairs historic feel, S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 modern bistro fare Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine Spindleshanks’ sizable and eclectic menu Bar represents the best of both old and new is worth studying before ordering because Lake Tahoe. little gems abound featuring the modern mul- ticultural influences that define the contem- Its rustic building, which still evokes the porary American bistro. An extensive wine feel of a traditional mountain lodge despite list offers plenty of variety and value and one many incarnations, dates back to the days of the best selections of after–dinner wine when Lake Tahoe mainly was accessible by and spirits. A dessert and children’s menu steamship and train. Yet one look at it's con- ensure that Spindleshanks can appease any temporary menu and extensive wine list and appetite. it's clear that Spindleshanks is a restaurant for the 21st century. A newly renovated Spindleshanks also has a strong lineup of regular entertainment on Opened in 2000 by partners Steve Marks weekends. A new private dining room for Chef owned & operated and Herman Schuchmann, Spindleshanks parties of up to 50 is also available. has become a Tahoe Vista institution in a Lunch 11:30-3 • Dinner 5-9 short amount of time. By offering regional Spindleshanks American Bistro and Wine American Cuisine and a variety of wines in a Bar is located at 6873 N. Lake Boulevard in 184015 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City • 530.581.1401 • evergreentahoe.com casual atmosphere, the pair created a dining Tahoe Vista. For more information visit experience that caters to both large families www.spindleshankstahoe.com. and couples seeking a romantic setting. Ou Our establishment reﬂects Lake Tahoe Style & represents the best of both A neighborhood cafe on the Truckee River old & new Lake Tahoe The first time I happened on the Crest Cafe very satisfied and agreed that we had dis- was an accident. I was turning around in the covered an excellent place to have superior American Bistro parking lot and I stopped to see if they had a food for moderate prices. & morning paper. Once there, I decided to have Since those visits, we have had many pleas- Wine Bar a cup of coffee. ant experiences at the Crest Cafe. We often I hadn’t had breakfast, so I ordered what call ahead when driving to our cabin from turned out to be a wonderful breakfast sand- Davis and order our lunch to go. We added wich called “The Bomb Sando." As I sipped our names to their customer list and now coffee and glanced at the paper, the room receive notices of fine special gourmet eve- filled with the aroma of baking muffins and nings where the excellent dishes of Chef Kyle scones. I chose a seat with a view of a white are paired with fine wines and sometimes water section of the Truckee River and real- beers. We have experienced several of these A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E ized that Crest customers must enjoy fine events which are always well-attended. outside dining during the warmer months on We have also frequented their festive 184683 the deck overlooking the river. www.spindleshankstahoe.com special evening offerings such as Thursday I soon returned to the cafe for lunch with Sushi Nights and the Friday and Saturday 6873 North Lake Tahoe Blvd., Tahoe Vista, CA • 530.546.2191 my wife and several friends. We were Apres Ski nights, which feature discount food greeted with a friendly smile by Lisa, one of and beverage specials. It is not often that the owners. The lunch menu is varied and one finds a comfortable and pleasant little excellent. I had a tasty bowl of veggie chili cafe that offers a homey atmosphere with (vegan) with a delicious Crest house salad. friendly owners like Lisa and Kyle. My wife enjoyed a veggie panini with a cup When we visit Tahoe we often enjoy having of Chef Kyle’s (other owner) excellent roasted lunch or breakfast, or benefiting from one of cauliflower soup. One of our friends had the many special events available at this great Asian tri-tip mango wrap, while the other had cafe. the homemade meatball grinder. We were all Winter Winemaker Dinner Series Tucked at the base of the Sierra Nevada between 6 and 9 pm. Here is the schedule Mountains in North Lake Tahoe just steps through March: away from the legendary ski lifts of Squaw Valley USA, PlumpJack Cafe entertains • February 3 Willakenzie Estate presented by owner guests as if they were dignitaries at this Lake Bernard Lacroute, Tahoe resort. • February 10 Roessler Cellars with Dan Heim Located inside the PlumpJack Squaw Val- ley Inn, the award-winning Café invites you • February 24 Donkey and Goat with Tracy Brandt to celebrate wine this winter with the Winter 184389 Winemaker, Dinner Series. The dinners offer • March 3 CADE Winery with Tony Biagi wine tasting hosted by a featured Winemaker and prix fixe menus created each week by • March 10 Nicholson Ranch with Ramona Nicholson Executive Chef Ben Dufresne. On select • March 24 Blackbird Vineyards with Heather Yargus Thursdays in February and March you can mingle with the Winemaker while enjoy- Reservations: plumpjackcafe.com or ing sips by the glass, flight or paired with 530.583.1578. 1920 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic the Chef’s Tasting Menu. The dinners are Valley, CA 96146 SZECHUAN DUNGENESS CRAB SHABU-SHABU GLUTEN & WHEAT-FREE MENU Take Out and Catering Available 11253 Brockway Rd Truckee (530) 582-9755 184781 184387 WWW.DRUNKENMONKEYSUSHI.COM AZ DINING B9 Truckee Pizza for a mountain high pie S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 Regional visitors need look no further for fresh, quality pizza than the landmark Truc- Pasta bowls and salad bowls add depth and variety to the menu. So too do specialty NOW OFFERING kee Pizza. pastas, cheesy breads, pizza breads, pizza GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA chips and desserts including a caramel apple At Truckee Pizza, everything is homemade and handmade. There are no cans to be streusel pizza. • DINE IN, TAKE OUT found. Dough and sauces are all made in- Truckee Pizza is particularly prized by those house and toppings are fresh. Everything is with dietary restrictions. Every pizza can be OR DELIVERY made to order so that freshness and quality made gluten-free (even the caramel apple are guaranteed. streusel), and the majority of sauces and top- • CATERING pings are gluten-free. Truckee Pizza offers a host of pizza variet- A4 ies. These include pizzas with marinara, BBQ, Truckee Pizza offers takeout and delivery Pass Rd. Suite picante, pesto and alfredo sauces, Thai piz- service, with a handful of in-house tables as 12047 Donner Truc kee zas and plain cheese pizzas in 12, ”, 14” and well. It is located at 12047 Donner Pass Road, m izzadelivery.co 18” sizes. A chili-cilantro oil, basil oil or herb Ste A4 in Truckee. For more information visit www.truckeep mix drizzle can heighten any pie and appeal to most tastes. www.truckeepizzadelivery.com. (530) 587-6300 183980 Breakfast and Barbecue at Smokey's Kitchen Located just off Highway 80 near the outlet Smokey’s, doesn’t turn its attention to bar- WE SMOKE IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT! BARBECUE, BREAKFAST & CATERIN shops in Truckee, Smokey’s Kitchen is par- becue until later in the day, but from 7am to G ticularly busy on Sundays. That’s when area 11am, Smokey’s offers breakfast service with visitors headed back toward the Bay stop a broad array of sweet and savory options, for their last sample of Smokey’s coveted Memphis-style barbecue. plenty of egg dishes and more. Whether it’s breakfast to start the day or We oﬀer indoor & Smokey’s has a host of local fans and plenty from the Bay Area who appreciate the barbecue to cap it off, diners appreciate that everything is homemade at Smokey’s from outdoor seating, family convenience and quality of its gluten-free sauced barbecue. their own recipes. Smokey’s Kitchen also offers full-service meal deals, and fast, Smokey’s serves sweet Memphis–style barbecue, smoked with flavored mesquite catering and has experience in serving all manner of events in the area. friendly service wood. All the standard barbecue favorites Smokey’s Kitchen is located at 12036 Don- A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E are on the menu - chicken and ribs, pulled pork, brisket and much more. A solid variety ner Pass Road in Truckee. For more informa- tion visit www.smokeyskitchen.com. 12036 Donner Pass Rd. T D nn r Rd Truckee 530.582.4535 of sandwiches, salads, burgers and shakes fills out a well-rounded menu. www.smokeyskitchen.com 183976 183450 182335 AZ B10 DINING & SPORTS The Crest Cafe and Catering — Lake Tahoe The Soule Domain S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 This old Tahoe log cabin was built in the tenderloin, organic chicken and all natural 1930’s and houses one of North Shores culi- pork tenderloin, all combined with a creative nary treasures, featuring chef/owner Charlie sauce and presentation at reasonable pric- Soule’s contemporary American cuisine and es…entrees run from $17 – $29 and include an intimate dining room managed by brother soup and vegetable. Steve . California wine aficionados will find a num- For the past 25 years the Soule brothers ber of varietals from their favorite vineyards, have refined their techniques and knowledge with an emphasis on family owned busi- at this rustic institution to enhance the mem- nesses such as their own and again quality orable dining experience, combining passion, with value, such as Ceja Napa Pinot/Syrah style and romance with quality ingredients, blend at $34. Desserts are $6 and feature the Visit us on the respect and value. Ultimately the desire to signature chocolate Queen of Sheba cake, make their customers happy. traditional bread pudding and decadent white Truckee River... The Soule Domain is known for its global chocolate mousse with fresh berries. influences, from lobster wontons, thai curry Both locally raised in Kings Beach, the scallops, duck salad with beets and goat Soule family invite you to enjoy an intimate cheese, to a ginger carrot broth with shrimp, dining experience in an authentic local set- lentils and almonds or lamb raviolis. Entrees ting with a true taste of Lake Tahoe. feature sustainable fresh fish, grass-fed beef ...for Breakfast, Snowmobile tours offer variety, flexibility to visitors lunch and Those visitors seeking to add an entirely for the more advanced snowmobilers looking special events. new element to their Lake Tahoe visit can do just that and add flexible variety to their trip, for an adventurous ride. Outings can range from a couple of hours to a half day with thanks to Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours. lunch, depending on the type of tour. Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours is North Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours features the Shore’s only snowmobile tour company with newest snowmobiles and include heated lake views. They are Lake Tahoe’s premier handgrips for warmth and comfort. Their snowmobiling operation, offering family– experienced staff is dedicated to providing friendly tours designed for all abilities. an adventure that will create lasting memo- ries. Participants from age five to 105 can enjoy 530-581-3037 Hours: a variety of snowmobiling experiences along For more information, including direction to A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Sunday - Wednesday 7am - 5pm clean, well-maintained trails surrounded by the trailhead location, rates and tour options, 150 Alpine Meadows Road spectacular scenery. Group tours and small visit www.laketahoesnowmobilingtours.com Thursday - Saturday 7am - 8pm group tours are available to enjoy the compa- or call 530.546.4280. Tahoe City, CA 96145 183138 ny of others. 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Bite features Estee, who has opened and operated sev- American tapas with no specific regional eral regional restaurants including Moody’s, specialization. is the fourth chef to have a hand in the inno- vative approach to dining found at Bite. “We like that because it is not limiting, so we can explore opportunities and play to the “We’re proud to have been received so well strengths of the different chefs,” McCarthy by the community over the last few years,” says. says Thomas McCarthy, who owns and oper- ates Bite with wife Brooke, “and excited at Bite’s wine list includes diverse varietals at the opportunity to work with a chef of Mark’s approachable prices, with the emphasis on caliber.” pairing with food. Each selection is available to taste (2 oz.), drink (6 oz.) or share (carafe) From the beginning, the McCarthy’s plan and all 36 wines on the menu are available by was to provide an opportunity for several the glass. chefs to be able to have a hand in crafting the restaurant’s menu. Once set in place, Frequent travelers and passionate diners the kitchen staff would be responsible for themselves, the McCarthy’s believe their replicating each chef’s dishes. With a staff approach to cuisine and consistency are the that has remained unchanged since Bite hallmarks of the restaurant. opened in 2007, the result has been terrific Bite is located at 907 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline consistency. Village. For more information visit “This has been as consistent as any that I www.bitetahoe.com. have been associated with,” says McCarthy, Enjoy the fresh taste of the season at Evergreen David Lutz, the chef/owner of Evergreen but most would agree that one must try the in Tahoe City, refers to his menu theme as seasonal soups. Unique combinations like “New American” – and for good reason. curry cauliflower, mushroom miso, sweet potato apple, or lentil apricot are commonly “We don’t really have a specific type of served in the winter. food as a focus on the menu, because it changes with the season and available prod- Dinner at Evergreen is often by reserva- ucts,” Lutz says. “Our philosophy is fresh, tion only, so plan ahead. The dinner menu A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Enjoy Chef & Owner Charlie Soule’s distinctive local and seasonal with multicultural influ- includes wood-grilled all-natural meats, cuisine from around the world in an intimate, ences.” homemade pasta, fresh fish and an array of cozy ambiance that is rustic yet reﬁned. unique starters. Each plate is crafted with Evergreen is a casual, family-friendly res- mouth-watering sides which change season- 503.546.7529 • www.souledomain.com 182754 taurant, where the focus is on the food. The 1/2 block up Stateline Drive, next to Tahoe Biltmore Crystal Bay ally – if you don’t get it today it might not be lunch menu includes some classics like the available tomorrow. pulled pork sandwich, Angus beef burger and Cobb salad, along with signature items like Evergreen is located at 475 North Lake Blvd. the roasted baby beet salad, Dungeness crab in Tahoe City. 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B12S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 DINING & SPORTS Backcountry adventure finally available in Lake Tahoe Backcountry skiing and other experiences rare,” Rintala says. “Now for many people, have become staples of many people’s vaca- it is just part of their ski experience. But for tions. However, until recently, these were those who want to do it, Lake Tahoe wasn’t components notably missing from the Lake really on their map. This is something about Tahoe environment. which we are passionate and it is our pas- sion that is driving us. We want people to be Now though, a host of adventurous activi- able to have the experience.” ties are available to visitors through the experienced guides and experts at Pacific Pacific Crest Heli-Guides allows guests to Crest Heli-Guides. access the truly remote gems hidden deep in the Sierra. Adventures range from helicopter “This is a pioneering experience,” says skiing and snowboarding to summertime company President David Rintala. “We’re adventures such as heli–fishing, heli–hiking, actually skiing places that have never been and downhill mountain biking. Other possibili- skied before and are able to name places.” ties include backcountry Snowcat skiing, heli –camping and scenic heli-tours. Previous efforts to bring similar opportuni- ties to the area failed, in part Rintala says, Pacific Crest Heli-Guides can create because they were initiated by people in the custom adventures to meet the wildest of aviation industry. Pacific Crest Heli-Guides imaginations as well as stick to the strictest was formed by a small group of dedicated of budgets. They have experience in planning local backcountry skiers, former ski patrol- weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, lers and veteran Alaskan heli-ski guides look- gourmet catered affairs and/or helicopter taxi ing to share the one-of-a-kind Sierra Neva- shuttles to any number of destinations. dan ski and snowboard experience found in their own backyard. For more information on Pacific Crest Heli- Guides, visit www.pacificcrestheliguides. “Twenty years ago if you met someone who com, call 530.581.1767 or send email to had done something like this, it was very firstname.lastname@example.org. Tahoe travelers feel like locals at Bootleggers A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Since it opened in 1994, Bootleggers Old vide a seasonal menu balanced with a blend Town Tavern & Grill in has been making of classical flavors and homestyle comfort 183606 travelers en route to Lake Tahoe feel at home food. Casual fine dining is enhanced by fine, and like part of the community. fresh local products and innovative grilled cuisine. Bootleggers is a front runner in the Located just a half a block off of Interstate use of locally sustainable products and USDA 80 in Auburn, Bootleggers offers a decided choice meats, and offers daily seafood spe- difference from touristy stops elsewhere cials grilled over a wood burning grill. From between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Ski- hamburgers to escargot, Bootleggers’ menu ers headed one way or the other join regional succeeds in its commitment to appealing to residents in a handsome dining room and the tastes of travelers of all types. bar and before a spectacular wood burning fireplace. Many become regular patrons, Belgian Ales and locally produced wines returning on each ski trip, drawn to a local are featured on their menu of more than 40 atmosphere that some also feels evokes the beers and 50 wines served at the warm and feel of old San Francisco restaurants and festive bar or tables. pubs. Regular guests include frequent skiers from the Bay Area and those with cabins "up Further endearing itself to all guests, Boot- the hill." leggers has a great kids menu, a dog-friendly patio and wi-fi access. Executive Chef and co-owner Ty Rowe is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill is and that training is reflected in Bootleggers' located at 201 Washington Street in Historic menu. His style favors simple, fresh flavors Old Town Auburn. 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Combined with a host of summer resorts to offer a range of price points, spe- activities ranging from hiking and horseback cial offers abound at Aston Lakeland Village. riding to windsurfing and parasailing, Aston In addition to routine special offerings posted Lakeland Village exemplifies the benefits that on its website, Aston always offers free stays have long buoyed the company’s international for children. Most recently, Aston unveiled a acclaim for hospitality. In addition to being remarkable special offering honeymoon stays surrounded by Lake Tahoe’s magnificent at one of two of their properties in Hawaii for mountainside woodlands, Aston Lakeland eligible guests who book their wedding at Village also maintains a sandy private beach Aston Lakeland Village. and what might be the only water-fronting meeting space in the area. Location and Having provided acclaimed accommoda- configuration provide guests at the notably tions throughout Hawaii, it is little wonder boutique hotel environment privacy whether that Aston has successfully launched its they are enjoying the beach, the heated pool, Of course, there is much to enjoy at the visionary new resorts on the mainland – a playing tennis on private courts or lounging resort, whether one is looking for active welcome import. in a hot tub. From beach volleyball to snow- or entirely relaxing experiences. Accom- Aston Lakeland Village is located at 3535 Today, mainland travelers can enjoy the sig- shoeing, Lakeland Village sporting opportuni- modations range from studios to suites and Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information visit nature qualities of Aston Hotels’ properties. ties accentuate the year-round appeal of townhomes, offering plenty of room for www.astonhotels.com. In 2010, Aston expanded to popular mountain Lake Tahoe. groups of all sizes. Units of all sizes are warm resort destinations in South Lake Tahoe and The spectacular beauty of Lake Tahoe creates millions of smiles a year. Breathtaking views, clear mountain air and true serenity are its hallmarks. Very few destinations evoke the same level of delight and rejuvenation. For many, the excitement starts around November, as the first snow lures recreationists to play in the high country with views of a cobalt blue lake. For others, the warm temperatures of sum- mer draw people’s attention to hiking, camping and water recreation. A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E If you love Lake Tahoe, help us Keep it Blue so that these smiles multiply and last for many generations to come. Why is the water so clear? What is clouding Lake Tahoe? One of the most inspiring aspects of Lake Tahoe is The pollutants clouding the Lake are the simple its unusually clear water. In some places, objects can result of urban development. Rain and snowmelt fall be seen at depths of over 70 feet. One reason for this on parking lots and roads, where sediment and nutri- is that 40 percent of the precipitation falling into the ents hitch a ride to the lake. Believe it or not, fertilizer Lake Tahoe’s watershed falls directly upon the Lake. is still allowed at Tahoe, including at golf courses, The remaining precipitation drains through marshes resorts and private lake front residences. It’s also and meadows, which are a good filtering system for becoming increasingly clear that sand used during water. Unfortunately, many of the Lake’s natural filter- snow removal operations is harmful to Tahoe. This ing systems have been disturbed by development sand, once it is ground up by cars and travels into and Tahoe’s clarity is diminishing. In fact, only a few Tahoe, floats in the lake for years. decades ago, Tahoe’s clarity averaged over 100 feet. Why is Tahoe so blue? How can we Keep Tahoe Blue? Tahoe’s clean air and water are the keys to the lake’s dazzling blue Pick up after your pet. color. Lake Tahoe’s water is so pure and deep that it reflects the blue sky Scoop it up to help the lake. Cut down on driving: Tahoe’s air and water quality and surrounding landscape. From afar, Lake Tahoe is a deep cobalt blue. are linked. Closer to shore, the water is crystal clear, reflecting dazzling turquoise, Hundreds of thousands of dogs visit Lake Tahoe Avoid traffic and parking hassle. Ride your bike, sunset reds and stormy purples. Photo Credit: www.peterspain.com every year. Dog waste contains nutrients that can walk, carpool, take the free ski shuttles and ride wash into the lake and contribute to algae growth. public transportation. Tahoe is working hard to pro- Unlike some municipalities, doggy bags are not vide visitors and residents alternative ways to get Boat inspections. Keep out invaders. always provided, but if you bring your own, the lake around. Ask at your hotel about the free ski shuttles Many lakes in the United States have been devastated by non-native species of will appreciate it. This is also a good practice to provided by all major ski resorts at Tahoe. During mussels and aquatic plants. A vast effort is underway to prevent this from happen- protect water quality everywhere. Did you know the summer, take advantage of Tahoe’s extensive ing at Tahoe. Boat inspections are now required. Off-ramp inspection stations are that for over 40 years, household sewage has been network of bike trails. available throughout the region. The inspections are working: Boats have been exported out of Lake Tahoe? This has been a major quarantined when mussels are found, and none have established in the lake yet. You benefit to Keeping Tahoe Blue. can prepare your boat by arriving at the inspections cleaned, drained and dry. Park in designated areas. Prevent wildfire. Tires erode Tahoe’s sensitive soils. Secure trash. Keep Tahoe’s bears wild. Watch that match. Tahoe offers many stunning photo opportunities It’s no secret Tahoe has some brazen bears. But when these majestic Tahoe’s forests are prone to wildfire. When camp- and multiple beach and trail access points. If you creatures lose their fear of humans, they could also lose their lives. ing or visiting the forest, use camp stoves responsi- are looking to pull over, please find a paved pullout. Unsecured trash is the number one cause of bear problems at Tahoe. If bly and dispose of cigarettes wisely. Check with the Parking on the dirt causes erosion and hurts the you are renting a vacation home, bear-proof trash containers are often Forest Service for campfire regulations and permit lake. provided. Protect Tahoe’s bears by securing your trash. information. Support the League. Help preserve Who makes that “Keep Tahoe Blue” sticker? Tahoe for future generations. The League to Save Lake Tahoe has issued over one million “Keep Tahoe Blue” stickers since the 1980s. “Keep Tahoe Blue” has been the name of The League is Tahoe’s oldest and largest environmental watchdog orga- our newsletter for over 40 years. The sticker has become an iconic rep- nization. We often function as the only voice for environmental protection resentation of everyone’s love for Lake Tahoe. The sticker is available at at Tahoe. We are the recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s over a hundred locations throughout the region. For locations or to get a Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, and the California Gover- sticker online, go to KeepTahoeBlue.org. If you don’t prefer a sticker, show nor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. League to Save Lake Tahoe your support by finding us at “Keep Tahoe Blue” on Facebook. Famed Tahoe researcher Dr. Charles Goldman, who first documented that Lake Tahoe’s clarity is declining at a rapid rate, has said that “Without the continued efforts of the League, we would have lost the effort to save Lake Tahoe back in the 1960s and 70s.” Visit KeepTahoeBlue.org to make a donation and join the tens of thousands of people who have supported our work for over half a century. AZ SOUTH LAKE TAHOE LODGING & ACTIVITIES B15 Welcome to the Avalon Lodge S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 Cle Hospitality recently purchased the At Cle Hospitality, we believe that when Avalon Lodge in South Lake Tahoe. Located you book a hotel room you should have a in the Stateline neighborhood, the Lodge is home away from home and that you should just two blocks have every- from the Heav- thing that you enly Gondola and need to feel Village as well comfortable as two blocks and accom- from the beach. modated. We The Lodge fea- believe in the tures in-room value of your fireplaces, new time, your pillowtop beds, money and flat screen TVs, your experi- jacuzzi, compli- ence. We look mentary wire- forward to less internet, introducing 182052 and a delicious you to our complimen- Lodge and tary continental creating the breakfast including breakfasts breads from first of many memorable vacations for you. the Sugarpine Bakery and yogurt from Saint As our Opening Gift to you, save up to 50% Benoit Yogurt, served in our cozy lobby each on your vacations April 1, 2011 – April 1, 2012, morning. when you book by February 16, 2011. Play and Learn at KidZone KidZone Museum in Truckee is Tahoe’s only March 12th is the Museum’s annual fund- non-profit children’s museum! raiser, and this year’s will be SnowFest! Bump & Jump Ski Party, where you will be Young children under seven can play in sure to see an Olympian or two. Tahoe Family the interactive exhibit “Lucky Duck Farm”, Festival is an outdoor event in August with climb and slide on the indoor play structure, music, food, bubbles and other super fun build structures with metal magnet pieces, or activities for families. spend hours creating art in the art room. A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Check out their website for details The Museum has natural science camps www.kidzonemuseum.org. in summer that include Watershed Science, Family Camp at Sagehen Creek and Farm 182769 Camp, where kids can explore and learn about natural science in the Sierra. History comes alive in Old Town Auburn History buffs and all proud Californians antique stores and handy traveler services. don't just have to imagine what the state A visit here can last all afternoon or an entire was like in its colorful past. Just exit I-80 at Old Town Auburn and you will be immersed evening. Nearly all of the historic structures of Old Town are still at work, many function- OLD TOWN AUBURN “Where History captures your heart.” in one of California's oldest historic districts ing in new ways. and how it appeared during the Gold Rush. Authentic antique shops line Commercial Many of the original structures and much of Street along with gift and specialty shops. the texture and charm of this 49’er town lives Old Town Auburn boasts handcrafted jewelry on vibrantly. shops, art galleries and specialty stores with Old Town Auburn is much more than a rest products ranging from clothing to kitchen stop. Old Town is a special place -- a living accessories to collectibles. link to a raucous time in history, when the saloons, hotels and "sporting houses" were Old Town Auburn hosts numerous year- A town for all seasons and a great place to relax and enjoy jammed with gold miners, soldiers and for- round events, including a weekly local farm- a slice of Old California’s pleasures and treasures. er's market, antique festivals, blues festival, tune seekers of all kinds. Today, this wine festival and vintage country Christmas. Exit: I-80 @ Maple Street. Just 35 short miles east of Sacramento compact set of twisty streets is set in a narrow ravine and boasts a core of over 70 For more information, including easy direc- in the foothills of the Sierras. restaurants, bars, unique shops, genuine tions, visit www.oldtownauburnca.com. 184681 www.oldtownauburnca.com Airport & Shuttle Service From Reno To North Lake Tahoe & Truckee 3:30am – Midnight Reservations: NorthLakeTahoeExpress.com (866)216-5222 182806 For all other transit: LakeTahoeTransit.com 183608 AZ B16S U N DAY, JA N UA RY 3 0, 2 0 1 1 Tahoe Adventure. Aston Comfort. A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E Aston Lakeland Village Beach & Mountain Resort Boasting 400 inches of snow a year, Lake Tahoe is a skier and snowboarder’s paradise. Aston Lakeland Village puts you close to the action with lakefront condominium resort studios and family-friendly townhomes, all with full kitchens. Catch the free shuttle to Heavenly Resort, check out the on-site ski & board shop and unwind in the heated pools and hot tubs. Complimentary continental breakfast included. Heavenly Resort Ski/Ride 2-Night Special from $259/night for two • 2 nights Deluxe Studio (upgrade available to a suite for an additional $30/night) • 2-day Heavenly lift tickets for two • Continental breakfast daily • Free Aston shuttle to Heavenly Resort 800.822.5969 AstonHotels.com Rate valid for travel through 4/15/11. 2-night minimum stay required. Rates based on midweek nights during the validity period and are subject to change. Rates do not include taxes or fees. Some restrictions apply. 183325 AZ
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