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Lake Tahoe Live Music – North Tahoe

Free Friday Night Bands – Come dance on the beach when you visit Lake Tahoe at Music on the Beach!

Lake Tahoe Live Music - Kings Beach
Lake Tahoe Live Music – Kings Beach

Let loose and start your Tahoe weekend with a concert on the beach. Experience great music, meet new people and soak up that great Tahoe vibe at Music on the Beach. Watch the sun set over Lake Tahoe while Lake Tahoe live music washes over you.

2016 Music on the Beach Lineup 

June 17 –  The Blues Monsters

June 24 – The Wrinkle

July 8 – Coburn Station

July 15 – Sneaky Creatures

July 22 – Abalone Grey

July 29 – Buddy Emmer Blues Band

August 5 – Paul David and the Drivers

August 19 – Miss Lonely Hearts

August 26 – Forget the Roses

September 2 – Achilles Wheel

Kings Beach
Kings Beach

Come early. Everyone loves a concert on the beach and music goers begin showing up before lunch to find their perfect spot. Kings Beach is an expansive lake side beach with room for all your friends and family.

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Kings Beach picnic area and BBQ

Bring the whole family and enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Kings Beach is in the heart of town with cafes within walking distance. Food vendors are on the beach Friday evening for your dining pleasure. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company beer, 14 Hands wine, and soft drinks are available for purchase from 6-9pm. Children will enjoy the playground on the beach.

Kings Beach playground
Kings Beach playground

Parking at King’s Beach is $10, so why not make a day of it. Bring a jacket. When the sun sets it can get chilly at 6200 feet, especially after a day in the sun. Please no outside alcohol or pets. Come on out, visit Lake Tahoe at Music on the Beach and enjoy our hospitality.

 

 

Best Sushi in South Lake Tahoe – Sushi Pier

Fresh, delicious, all-you-can-eat sushi with excellent service when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Sushi Pier chefs
Sushi Pier chefs

Sushi Pier chefs are the artisans of great, nutritious food, providing a superior dining experience. Yes, it is all-you-can-eat for $27. This includes appetizers, long rolls, hand rolls, mussels, shrimp and dessert, every kind of sushi on the menu. The servers are extremely attentive and you can put in multiple orders of the same item at once.

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Sushi Pier dining room

The truth is that I grew up in the Bay Area and never liked Sushi. My husband and kids love sushi but I would always order a Bento Box with teriyaki chicken. Occasionally I would have a piece of California roll since I do not like the texture of raw fish. Then we moved to Tahoe and my twenty-something daughters were so excited about Sushi Pier they convinced me to not only go, but to try some sushi. I LOVE it. Sushi Pier has a variety of sushi offerings that include cooked fish, for those in your party that may be sushi wimps (like myself). The Mid-town roll is my favorite.

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Mount Rose Roll

The Mount Rose roll is super yummy and a local favorite, topped with crab and scallops.  The baked mussels are a ‘must have.’ The Nigiri is excellent; the Mickey, the Donald and the fresh water eel are my husband’s favorite. My son and his wife love the quail egg shooters. And don’t forget dessert. The ‘Happy Ending’ is as good as it sounds.

Sushi Pier rear bar
Sushi Pier rear bar

Sushi Pier serves traditional Japanese drinks, specialty Sake cocktails, beer and a full compliment of well drinks. Six HDTV’s are broadcasting sporting events for your viewing pleasure.

Sushi Pier Lake Tahoe
Sushi Pier Lake Tahoe

Sushi Pier is open for business Monday -Saturday 11:30 to 9:30 and Sunday 11:30 to 9 pm. Sushi Pier is located at 177 Lake Tahoe Boulevard (Highway 50) in Stateline, Nevada. From South Lake Tahoe, California, take Highway 50 out of California into Nevada 0.10 miles. Sushi Pier is on the right hand side of the road, just past the Lakeside Inn.

Map to Sushi Pier
Map to Sushi Pier

South Lake Tahoe Bakery makes the best Cinnamon Rolls on Earth!

Sugar Pine Bakery

Scrumptious cinnamon rolls
Scrumptious cinnamon rolls

The cinnamon rolls at Sugar Pine Bakery are nothing short of heavenly. Warm it up for just 5 seconds in the microwave at it will literally melt in your mouth. You better come early.  Sugar Pine Bakery makes everything fresh and their cinnamon rolls sell out before 10 am almost every day.

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Let’s face it, everyone comes to Lake Tahoe to treat themselves and celebrate their lives. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and promotions of every kind are blissfully celebrated with edible treats. On vacation we usually purchase our baked treats after we arrive at our destination. Heck, getting to vacation in Lake Tahoe is a celebration in itself. Sugar Pine Bakery is ready to make your celebration just a little sweeter.

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Rebecca’s 10th birthday

Sugar Pine Bakery sells much more than cinnamon rolls and cakes. Come by the bakery and enjoy a cup of coffee or specialty drink. Order a sandwich or some homemade granola. You find the most creative pastries of every type as well as childhood favorites like chocolate chip cookies. Don’t forget to get a loaf of fresh baked bread before you go.

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Bread and sandwich offerings

Ask for a loaf of Tahoe Sourdough. Sugar Pine Bakery carries many fresh bread choices but my favorite is Tahoe Sourdough. No, it is not just sourdough bread made in Tahoe. Tahoe Sourdough bread has a real rustic consistency that melts in your mouth once you bite into it. It is great paired with soup or chili. I especially love that the server will ask you if you would like your bread sliced before they pack it up. They use a vintage bread slicer and package it while you wait. This keeps the bread from getting stale or dried out by sitting sliced all day.

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50th Anniversary cake with matching cupcakes for the grandkids

Every special occasion in my home includes baked treats from Sugar Pine Bakery. If you have a specialty order – no problem. The artisans need at least a week’s notice for specialty cakes. I hosted a party for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and of course Sugar Pine Bakery provided the cake. This cake was not only a dessert, it was the loveliest decoration in the room.

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Cafe area perfect for having a cup of coffee with your pastry/

The service at Sugar Pine Bakery is without fault. Owners Jonathan & Teresa Argon are usually either waiting on customers or cooking in the back. Either way, they are at your service if you just ask.

South Lake Tahoe Bakery - Sugar Pine drink menu

Visitors commonly ask me to recommend a South Lake Tahoe bakery.  My ‘go to’ bakery is Sugar Pine Bakery in South Lake Tahoe. Sugar Pine Bakery is located at 3564 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, next to Herbert Street just west of Ski Run Boulevard.  The store front is not easy to see at first because is sits back from the road, just behind the Tahoe Hemp Company.  For more information please check out their website: mysugarpinebakery.com.

South Lake Tahoe Bakery - Sugar Pine store front

When its time to find a South Lake Tahoe bakery remember                      Sugar Pine Bakery and you will not be disappointed.

 

To Buy or Not To Buy – Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals

Cruiser Bikes for men and women

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You are enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe and all it has to offer. What could possibly add to your current pleasure – a bike ride! You don’t want to get back in your car and hassle your way across unfamiliar terrain when your goal is to spend time soaking up the great outdoors. Travel by bicycle and do both – enjoy the great outdoors while exploring new scenery.

Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals

Tahoe Bike Company is located right in the heart of Lake Tahoe by El Dorado Beach, the Commons, and Campground by the Lake. You can rent bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Beach cruisers are the heart of this Lake Tahoe bike rentals company. You can also rent electric bicycles, surreys, mountain bikes, tandem bikes, children’s bikes and trailers. The cost to rent a beach cruiser for a day is $45. Perhaps you would like to rent a beach cruiser for the weekend, you are looking at closer to $100 bucks. Worth it? Absolutely. Look around Lake Tahoe at all the people, locals and tourists, out riding their bikes both owned and rented. Tahoe Beach Cruisers even delivers your rentals to your hotel or campsite or vacation rental.

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Perhaps vacation is a good time to try out a new bike and see if you would like to purchase one. You can rent a beach cruiser from any Lake Tahoe bike rentals business at the cost of about $300 for the week. You can also purchase a very nice beach cruiser for $300 and take it on every vacation. My children’s favorite places to vacation are those places that are bicycle friendly. It’s a great way to meet people and make friends. Cycling is not only fun, it is good exercise. Let stress slip away as you cruise along Lake Tahoe’s shores with the breeze in your hair. For more information about renting a bike from Tahoe Bike Company visit: tahoebikecompany.com. For more information about finding the right beach cruiser visit: Beach Cruisers – Finding the Best Inexpensive Cruisers.

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The Lake Tahoe Disc Golf Course at Bijou Park is a “Must Play”

The 22nd Annual Tahoe Pro/Am is here

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My brother Jason has three priorities in life: faith, family & disc golf. Oh sure, he is a small business owner who works insane hours commuting all over Northern California, but he works like crazy to free up time to golf – disc golf.

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Lake Tahoe Disc Golf Courses – Bijou hole 26

Ten days from now, he will be enjoying one of the four Lake Tahoe disc golf courses, at the 22nd Annual Tahoe Pro/Am competition, in South Lake Tahoe’s beautiful Bijou Park. The Lake Tahoe disc golf course at Bijou is a “must play” in his book. Jason’s favorite Lake Tahoe disc golf course is at Zephyr Cove Park because of the challenge and view of the lake. However, when I asked him which Tahoe course to recommend to a friend he stated without hesitation, “Bijou.”

Lake Tahoe Disc Golf Courses - Bijou - picnic tables
Lake Tahoe Disc Golf Courses – Bijou – picnic tables

The 22nd Annual Tahoe Pro/Am takes place on July 23rd & 24th of 2016 at Bijou Park located at 1301 Al Tahoe Blvd in South Lake Tahoe. To get there, take Highway 50 to Al Tahoe Boulevard (Denny’s is on the corner). Take Al Tahoe about 1/3 of a mile to Bijou Park. For more information on the competition visit: http://www.pdga.com/tour/event/28293.

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While you are in Tahoe enjoy our spectacular beaches, savory food and funky music. Please take a break to pamper yourself by stopping by Revive Coffee & Wine Bar for respite and refreshment.  http://visit-lake-tahoe.net/fine-drinks-good-company-great-ambiance  If you have not played the Lake Tahoe disc golf courses, it’s time to come visit us. You will have an unforgettable time.

 

 

Valhalla Music Festival

Valhalla Tahoe – Music, Art & Theater

Vahalla Boatouse

You will LOVE the Valhalla Music Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe. The historic Valhalla Boathouse, located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, sets the stage for an intimate evening of music and community.  When the boathouse doors are opened, theater goers have a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe.

Valhalla Music Festival - Inside the Boathouse

Most events take place in the gorgeously refurbished boathouse, but others take place on the Grand Lawn or Valhalla Grand Hall. The Grand Lawn and Valhalla Grand Hall may also be reserved for Lake Tahoe weddings and other special events.

Valhalla Music Festival - Grand Lawn

Enjoy Free Live Music on the Grand Lawn                                                            Sunday, July 17th from 12 to 2 pm

Local singer-songwriter Darren Senn will delight and entertain with his bluesy, folksy sound. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join the fun.

When you visit the Tallac Historic Site, or walk there from either Baldwin Beach or Camp Richardson, you will see upcoming concerts and plays advertised beside the Valhalla Boathouse. You may also join in art shows, classes and community events that take place during the summer months.

Valhalla music lineup

Coming Events of the Valhalla Music Festival and Valhalla Tahoe

Tahoe Improv Players – Theater in the Boathouse – Tickets $12

July 19th & August 2nd at 7:30 pm

California Songwriter Celebration – Featuring Blackie Farrell, Randall Lamb and Richard March – Music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

July 20th at 7:30 pm

Hamlet, Russians and Monkeys – Theater in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

July 21-24 & August 6-7 at 7:30 pm

Izzy Tooinsky – A Toymaker’s Journey Through The Gold Rush – Vaudeville for kids in the Boathouse- Tickets $20 & $28

July 17th at 7:30 pm

Carolyn Dolan with members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra – Jazz music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 3rd at 7:30 pm

Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams – Country music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 10th at 7:30 pm

Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner – Valhalla Grand Hall – Tickets $70 & $125

August 13th at 5:30 pm

Rita Hosking Trio – Folk music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 17th at 7:30 pm

Molly’s Revenge – Celtic music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 24th at 7:30 pm

Little Faith – Gospel music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 31st at 7:30 pm

For more information about music and theater events at Valhalla Tahoe and to purchase tickets visit https://valhallatahoe.com. For more information about the Tallac Historic Site visit http://www.tahoeheritage.org/events-and-programs-2/tallac-historic-site.

 

Hidden beach at Cove East – Local Secret

Can you keep a secret?  Neither can I……

Saturday, July 9th I was looking for a spot to enjoy the beach with the kids. The parking lots at El Dorado Beach were full by 10:30. Pope Beach was turning away cars at 11 am. Of course everyone wants to hang at the beach on a Saturday in the middle of July. So, where to go…

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Cove East

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Cove East is a hidden cove and South Lake Tahoe beach in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood. Cove East is a California Conservancy restoration project area with habitats galore. Bring your little scientist, bird watcher, and botanist. The hiking path into the cove meanders through meadows filled with wildflowers and a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.

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The beach is adjacent to the mouth of the marina and deep water inlet of Lake Tahoe. Because of the low water levels, the water does not meet the beach. However, there are many connected sand bars that you can picnic along and play in the water. There is ample room to spread out and enjoy time with your friends and family.

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The Cove East hidden South Lake Tahoe beach is found at the end of a lovely, flat, wide trail that is about 1/3 mile long. The Cove East trail is perfect for strollers, bicycles with training wheels, and even electric wheel chairs. Dogs are welcome on a leash. There is no drinking water, picnic tables, BBQ pits or bathrooms provided. So use the restroom before you head down the path, and pack in some water and treats. There are dog waste disposal stations.

Cove East

In spite of its hidden reputation, Cove East is quite easy to locate. From highway 50, take Tahoe Keys Boulevard. Take a right at Venice Boulevard. Follow Venice Boulevard to the end. At the end of the cul-de-sac you will see the Tahoe Keys Yacht Club on the left and the Cove East trail on the right. Park somewhere along Venice Boulevard. Enjoy one of our local secrets – Cove East.

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Fine Drinks, Good Company & Great Ambiance

I am so excited to tell you all about my latest discovery!

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Revive Coffee & Wine provides specialty coffee drinks, local craft beer, local & regional wines, and small plate appetizers in an intimate cottage with storybook gardens.  Revive has the perfect blend of relaxing environment and restorative nourishment.

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The ambiance at Revive is truly unique. The building is an old Tahoe style house with rock fireplace where patrons can partake in a game of chess while enjoying their drinks.

Revive Coffee & Wine - Fireplace

The front gardens have the look of an upscale beer garden, similar to the ones you find along the countryside bicycle routes in Germany. Wine barrel tables and stools are gathered in groups across the landscape, waiting for friends to gather. The rear garden is my favorite. This whimsical oasis travels along a meandering path with groups of patio tables scattered about.

Revive Coffee & Wine - Rear gardens

“I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine – except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles.”                  (Bishop of Seville)

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Revive Coffee & Wine opened exactly two weeks ago. Revive is located at 3135 Harrison Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, along the highway 50 frontage road across from The Campground by the Lake; www.revivecoffeewine.com.  If you are looking a location with charm, friendly service, and quality local food offerings, you’ve found it!

map of Revive Coffee & Wine location

Lake Tahoe Live Music

You have finally arrived in the most beautiful place on earth, Lake Tahoe. You are ready to sit by the BBQ and have a drink with friends while letting the lake breeze and live music wash over you. Sound perfect? What if I told you that all this is yours for the taking, and for free?

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Yes. Believe it!

Lake Tahoe live music takes place every Thursday evening beginning at 4:30 pm. “Live at Lakeview” is a free summer music series being held at the Lakeview Commons Beach on the west side of highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Okay, okay, the BBQ and drinks are not free, but you can bring your own meat to grill at the beach and visit the beer garden for a cool brew. For more information and directions, please visit the “Live Music” page on my site. And yes, the parking is also free.

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Enjoy Lake Tahoe’s live music and hospitality.

Visit Lake Tahoe!

Visiting Lake Tahoe is always a good idea.

Please take a moment to explore some of the best places to visit in Lake Tahoe. This website is updated to focus on the current season. Each recommendation is written from the viewpoint of a local resident – me!

This video was made by The Beacon Bar & Grill on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Just a taste of what the best places have to offer when you visit Lake Tahoe.