Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region this summer: SIERRA VINTNERS SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 16 & SEPT. 24 A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on scenic backroads in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. […]

What’s new at Tahoe ski resorts in 2016

LAKE TAHOE’S 2015-16 WINTER SEASON is in full swing. Visitors can enjoy new terrain parks, a new high-speed ski lift, and awesome après ski dining experiences: Mountain Improvements NORTHSTAR CALIFORNIA RENOVATES GONDOLA Skiers and snowboarders experience improved mountain access this winter with Northstar’s newly revamped Big Springs Express Gondola. The mountain tram connects The Village […]

Drought encourages Tahoe to focus on year-round activities

WE LOVE CELEBRATING OUR REGION’S year-round lifestyle centered around farm-fresh food, fine dining, local wine and beer, art and music and outdoor recreation — and it’s becoming a bigger draw for vacations, staycations and relocations. Tahoe and Truckee have deep roots in winter sports, going back to Sugar Bowl in the ’30s and the 1960 […]

Artisan cheese in the foothills: Dedrick’s, Wheyward Girl, Shaft’s

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS A storied cheese making history. Marin’s historic Rouge & Noire cheese company, now Marin French Cheese, has roots that go back 150 years. In the 1930s Gaetano Vella started Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma at the urging of local dairymen. And in the ‘90s, longtime friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded […]

Winter farm-to-table at Stella and Trokay restaurants, thanks to Produce Plus

Though the ground where Stella restaurant’s garden grows was frozen solid, we recently enjoyed a four-star meal with fresh, seasonal ingredients, thanks to Chef Jacob Burton and his staff. The ingredients ranged from microgreens, to Maitake and Shitake mushrooms, to baby vegetables cultivated for perfection. Across town, Restaurant Trokay chef John Weatherson and his team […]

“Magical Memories” at Resort at Squaw Creek

LAKE TAHOE IS IDYLLIC DURING the holidays, offering experiences that are redolent of a Norman Rockwell painting: long walks in the forest, big Thanksgiving dinner gatherings, drinking hot chocolate by the fireplace, and winter sleigh rides. Some of our fond memories include cutting our own Christmas tree (visit here for a permit), sledding or skiing near […]

California Mille race to pass through Sierra foothills, Tahoe on April 27-May 4

The 24th running of the California Mille, a motoring tribute to Italy’s most-famous open road race, the Mille Miglia (thousand mile), will begin with a free car show atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on April 27 followed by a four-day, thousand-mile back roads adventure. Some 77 entrants from four foreign countries and 14 U.S. states […]

Video: Building the 300-pound, edible Gingerbread White House for 2013

The Resort at Squaw Creek has a memorable Gingerbread Village at Squaw Valley. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe has a Gingerbread workshop, where families convene to experience the magic of creating a personalized gingerbread house under the expert tutelage of a Ritz-Carlton pastry chef. But the granddaddy of Gingerbread Houses is at the White House in […]

New snow: Winter wonderland for skiers, riders, sledders and sightseers

About 1 1/2 to 2 feet of new snow blanketed Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts on Friday, creating the best skiing conditions of the season and a winter wonderland. Resorts that reported major snowfall included, Boreal, Sugar Bowl (opening today with powder conditions), Northstar California, Squaw (Squaw Creek lift is expected to open today), Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra […]

Our guide to Tahoe-Truckee: Northstar, Squaw, Lake Tahoe, historic Truckee

KAYAKING AND PADDLEBOARDING Kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe is an exhilarating experience. We are big fans of the West Shore, known for its beauty and outdoor activities. With three locations on the West Shore (Homewood, Sunnyside, Sugar Pine Point State Park), West Shore Sports rents bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards and has a full line […]