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Happy Thanksgiving!   Leave a comment


thanksgiving_dinner_1280x1024Hopefully you are all here at Lake Tahoe/Truckee for the holidays. Many of the ski areas have been diligently making snow, adding to the natural base and are open for business this weekend. It’s time to get your holiday ‘schuss’ on!

And you’ll need all that schussing to work off that annual Thanksgiving food fest.

Don’t feel like cooking? Here are some local venues that are hosting a holiday spread:


* The Ritz Carlton at Northstar, Manzanita Room.

* Thanksgiving Buffet at High Camp at Squaw Valley

* Gar Woods on Lake Tahoe at Carnelian Bay

* The River Ranch, Hwy 89 on the Truckee River

* Community Thanksgiving. Potluck Dinner at the North Tahoe Events Center. tahoecommunitythanksgivingcelebration

* The Resort at Squaw Creek, Buffet Dinner

And these are just the ones I know about. Call your favorite local restaurant. They too may be hosting the holiday meal.




And be sure to pick up the newly re-branded ‘Tahoe Weekly’  (or check out their website online- link to the left) for more information and what else there is to do and see during the upcoming holiday season at Tahoe/Truckee.


The Ice Rink at Northstar

The Ice Rink at Northstar



Whole Treats   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman


They got Whoopy Pie! Sure, you will also find a variety of other sweet stuff as well as great wraps and salads and breakfast items at Whole Treats in Truckee. And yes, most of the food is prepared with gluten free ingredients with a focus on being healthy. Yeah, yeah, that’s all well and good. But seriously, you gotta try the Whoopy Pie.

After a 40 plus mile bike ride from Donner Lake to Cisco Grove, and more importantly back, I need one of those Gobble Gobble wraps with turkey and cranberry. But that’s just to stretch out the tummy to get it ready for the main event, that Whoopy thing that keeps me coming back for more. In the middle there is this big glob of not too sweet but just sweet enough filling, surrounded by two cookie/cake like bits of lusciousness. In fact, it is the perfect way to cap off any athletic endeavor anytime of year.

Ok. Back to the rest of the menu. Aside from the Gobble Gobble, go for the Tuna Wrap. They’ve also got a whole host of top notch salads. Or go for breakfast burritos and a host of other eggs dishes like The Kitchen Sink, which includes just about everything. They’ve also got a host of different waffles. And then there is the French Toast Casserole. They take gluten free muffins and soak em in the eggs and a bunch of other yummy goodies to marinate all those flavors, and then cook it up in the morning. I’m getting hungry just typing this.

The idea for this Whole Treats began with owner Elizabeth Weir’s discovery that she had Candida, an excessive accumulation of yeast in the body. After changing her diet to only whole food, this life long baker had to discover how to bake with alternative and healthy baking ingredients. She puts that knowledge to work in what she serves at Whole Treats.

While the food is great, it’s also satisfying to have the opportunity to support a small locally owned business that is providing a healthy product to the community. If you’ve stopped at Whole Treats before and liked it, get yourself back in. They would love your business.

Whole Treats is a 12047 Donner Pass Road, next to The Shell Station where the Outlet Stores and Paco’s are located. (530) 582-1554

Getting Ready for Winter in the Sierras   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman


High Camp. Photo from Squaw Valley's Facebook page.  Do you think it might be time to drain the pool?

High Camp. Photo from Squaw Valley’s Facebook page.
Do you think that perhaps it might be time to drain the pool?


Hey we didn’t get a lot of snow last winter, and we’ve had a gloriously mild fall with an abundance of great hiking and mountain biking, so we don’t have to worry about getting our houses ready for winter, right? Ummm…wrong. In fact it was below freezing this morning as I write this and storms are definitely on the way. Here are a few things you need to do asap to protect your house and property:

Walk around the yard. What do you see? Are you Ok with everything you see being buried under the snow? Now’s the time to get those kayaks, canoes, and lawn furniture into storage or at least underneath a deck.

2) Landscaping system: Turn it off and drain the pipes. If the water remains in the pipes they might freeze and subsequently break. Do you have a hose still attached to the house? Disconnect and drain it.

3) Learn how to shut the water off to your house, and make sure if you are not there, instructions are provided for others. Some individual fixtures such as dishwashers, washers etc..have separate water shut off systems allowing you to shut it off to the fixture if there is a problem, and still have water in the rest of the house. If you have an older home without a shut off valve, have one installed by a plumber.

4) Cover the air vents leading to the crawl space below your house. This will help prevent pipes from freezing.

5) Open cabinet doors under sinks to get heat to piping.  This is especially important with older homes.

6) Turn the heat on and keep the thermostat set above 50 degrees throughout the winter months. If you leave the house for an extended period of time, winterize the house by turning off the water and opening the faucets to drain all the water out of the pipes.

7) Prevent Bear Intrusions: Unfortunately, bears getting into homes in the area are now a year round concern. Close all window shades so bears cannot see your refrigerator. Remove any garbage from the house and garage and put it in the bear proof garbage container. If you are leaving for an extended time, remove smelly perishable food from the refrigerator. Be sure that all of the doors to your house are secure with strong hinges and deadbolt locks. Close the doors inside the house so that if the bear gets into part of the house, it will only focus on where the food is and not damage the rest of the house. Consider electric fencing designed for preventing bear intrusions, it has been proven to be very effective.




Lynn Richardson . Coldwell Banker Real Estate . Lake Tahoe & Truckee

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