Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS, RETAILERS and coffeehouses are booming in the foothills and Sierra, enhancing our culinary scene, creating new community gathering places and bolstering the region’s economy.
Coffeehouses in Grass Valley and Nevada City sell award-winning “third wave” Temple Coffee from Sacramento. On the ski slopes of Northstar at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, Café Blue [...]

Exploring Hope Valley

ALONG HISTORIC HWY. 88, THE route of pioneers such as John Fremont and Kit Carson, Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe is known for its scenic beauty and recreation. The valley is popular with fishermen and hikers in summer, leaf peepers in fall and skiers in winter.
Tucked away on the valley’s eastern edge, Sorensen’s Resort is [...]

Marshmology: the art of making s’mores over an open fire

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF marshmology? It is a term used at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe and refers to the art of making s’mores over an open fire, a longtime tradition. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the publication Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts of 1927.
In the [...]

Cedar Crest Cottages: unique lodging on Tahoe’s West shore

LAKE TAHOE’S WEST SHORE HAS new lodging, thanks to more home grown talent. In this case, Molly Olson grew up in Tahoe City, went to college at U.S.C., and returned home to start Olson-Olson Architects with her husband, Robb. This winter the couple also opened Cedar Crest Cottages, eight vacation cottages renovated by Bruce Olson [...]

Our region is celebrating National Bike Month in May in style

May is National Bike Month. Started in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, and our region is celebrating in style—from Lake Tahoe, to Nevada City and Grass Valley, to Lincoln. Examples include:
MAY 8-9 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA IN LAKE TAHOE
The first ever Amgen Tour of California women’s [...]

Lake Tahoe route for Amgen Tour of California women’s race

Fourteen of the top women’s cycling teams from around the world are confirmed to lead off the 10th edition of the Amgen Tour of California with three days and 158 miles of stage racing May 8-10 and an invitational Time Trial on May 15. The four days of women’s competition will be staged in conjunction [...]

Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe: New chef, innovative menu

THE LAKE TAHOE AREA’S NATURAL beauty and laid-back lifestyle has long been a draw for accomplished chefs and restaurateurs from all over. Back in the ’70s, Douglas Dale, the chef and owner of Wolfdale’s in Tahoe City, worked in big cities but he said he was “bedazzled” at Lake Tahoe’s “jaw-dropping” beauty and decided to [...]

Sierra Business Council awarded $50,000 grant to improve Lake Tahoe Water Trail

The California Tahoe Conservancy board unanimously voted today to award Sierra Business Council (SBC) $50,000 to expand and enhance the Lake Tahoe Water Trail.
The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is the 72-mile scenic paddling route around the shore of Lake Tahoe. SBC plans to improve trail maps; increase wayfinding, trailhead signage, and outreach and education; launch [...]

Homewood Ski Resort for lakefront skiing at Tahoe

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, LAKE TAHOE’S West Shore is “the place” for skiers seeking a more relaxed vibe, unspoiled scenic beauty, lakeside views, the solitude of cross-country skiing and awesome tree skiing—all at an affordable price.
Sugar Pine Point State Park was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics cross-country skiing and biathlon events. The [...]

Jet Blue to offer only nonstop New York-Reno flight, offering easy access to Tahoe

JetBlue Airways will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the U.S. East Coast as it launches service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 28, 2015. Reno-Tahoe will be the airline’s 89th destination and is among a number of new JetBlue routes [...]

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