Autumn is one of favorite times of the year to enjoy all that the Lake Tahoe region has to offer. The season is recognized as the area’s “secret season” because summer tourism has tapered off, the weather typically allows for recreation at the lake, hiking and mountain biking to continue and local businesses often have more time to connect with off-season visitors, extend special offers and host community-based events.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe will continue its tradition of hosting autumn-inspired events and resort-based activities, giving area visitors even more to do when they plan a trip to North Lake Tahoe this fall.
“Autumn is one of the most spectacular times of year to experience Lake Tahoe, and an opportunity to offer resort guests and area visitors even more to do while they’re here,” said Joseph Mattioli, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. “The culinary events, variety of on-property activities and convenient access to historic downtown Truckee and Lake Tahoe contribute to an experience that is truly unmatched.”
Below are some of the popular events taking place in September and October at The Ritz-Carlton, located mid-mountain at Northstar California Resort. For more information about events call 530 562-3000.
Autumn Food & Wine Festival
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe will again participate in the annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival September 5-7, with special events (below) scheduled to take place at the hotel over the course of the weekend.
Art of the Cocktail
On Friday, September 5, guests ages 21-over are invited to join “Art of the Cocktail” from 4-5 p.m. in The Living Room. Participants will journey back to pre-prohibition days when cocktails were the highlight and beer, wine and other beverages were not in fashion. This entertaining, educational experience will feature three bourbon, whiskey and gin cocktails paired with appetizers. Advance purchase tickets are required and available for $40 per person.
Winemaker For A Day
In this seminar, participants ages 21-over will learn the intricacies of blending various wines as they create their own bottle of wine to take home and enjoy. Hosted by seasoned wine expert Phil McKenney, this session offers guests the opportunity to taste single-varietal wines before blending in a classroom-style format. Taking place from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, this seminar will be located at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Advance purchase of tickets is required and available for $80 per person.
Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner
Prepared by Executive Chef Stanley Miller, the Tahoe Long Table Harvest Dinner will feature a family-style dinner presentation of a special harvest menu that incorporates the freshest, locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients. This farm-to-table dinner on Saturday, September 6 will seat guests together at a long table on the Manzanita Terrace at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy six courses with wine pairings al fresco. Guests must be age 21-over to participate. Advance reservations are required. Cost is $85 per person.
The culinary weekend concludes Sunday, September 7 in The Village at Northstar with the Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting, which the culinary team from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe will participate in. Tickets can be purchased and more information about the weekend’s events can be found online at www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Harvest Fest, Oct. 12
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe will celebrate the change of season with the return of its annual Harvest Fest event. Resort and local guests are invited to bring their families to enjoy fall-themed activities including a candy apple bar ($5 per apple), pumpkin patch in the woods (pumpkins available for purchase for $10 each), complimentary pumpkin decorating, s’mores roasting with the Marshmologist, hot cocoa and apple cider tasting and a children’s costume party in the Backyard of the resort from 1-5 p.m.
The resort will also host the second annual Harvest Beer Dinner the evening of Sunday, October 12 from 5:30 p.m. to close at Manzanita. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner inspired by fall with select pairings of seasonal beers for $59 per person. Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting Manzanita at 530 562-3000.
Throughout the season, The Flavors of Fall will be offered at Manzanita. Dinner guests are invited to indulge in the rich, bold flavors of the season highlighted by a three-course prix fixe menu that includes choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert created by chef de cuisine Jeremy Grossman. The Flavors of Fall will be available Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to close September 2, through November 20, for $45 per person or $65 per person with wine pairings. This offer cannot be combined with other special offers or discounts.
Guests interested in experiencing a more intimate dinner are invited to reserve The Chef’s Table for up to eight people. This culinary journey features mountain-inspired California cuisine at the table adjacent to the exposition kitchen, paired with personal interaction with the chef de cuisine. Reservations and a $500 table minimum are required.
Daily Resort Activities
Special activities are offered daily at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for resort guests to participate in including guided hikes on weekends, “Art of the Cocktail” featuring pre-prohibition cocktail demonstrations paired with appetizers on Saturday afternoons from 4-5 p.m.
Behind the Scenes Tours of the Ritz-Carlton Kitchens are offered daily at 3 p.m. (by advance reservation), and weekly Art and Architecture tours take place on Thursday afternoons from 2-2:30 p.m. Happy Hour specials are offered in the Living Room Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. featuring mojitos, tequila cocktails, wine specials and $3 bottled beers, and guests are invited to enjoy 50 percent off select bottles of wine when dining in the resort’s signature restaurant Manzanita on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to close through November 19.
The resort’s popular lawn games will continue to be offered in the Backyard daily (weather and conditions permitting), and complimentary Casting Lessons give anglers tips on technique Friday afternoons from 5-5:30 p.m.
Resort guests of all ages are also invited to indulge and participate in “Art of S’more,” offered daily with The Ritz-Carlton “Marshmologist” at the outdoor fire pit. Roast house-made marshmallows to perfection, and learn about the history of the S’more from 5-5:30 p.m.
Visiting North Lake Tahoe in the fall offers a unique opportunity to experiencing the change of color throughout the mountain environment. The region features some spectacular hikes that give way to these viewing opportunities including popular hikes to the summit of Mt. Tallac or to Marlette Lake.
To confirm hotel reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, please contact your travel professional, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe or call reservations toll-free at 800 241-3333.