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Locals Free Day at Sugar Pine Point State Park and the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

 

The Pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park

The Pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park

 

There are a few places around the lake that are very near and dear to my heart, and Sugar Pine Point is one of them. That’s why I am so pleased to tell you that they are hosting a free locals day on Sunday, May 31st from 10am-3pm, which includes free parking and a free tour of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

If you’ve never done this wonderful tour, it’s a must do for any Tahoe/Truckee local and visitor alike. You will be treated to not only a viewing of the mansions well appointed rooms as they would have been during their heyday, but your very knowledgeable guides will take you on a heady historical journey of the various homes occupants and how they lived. (Think an ‘American Mountain Style’ version of Downton Abbey’…)

 

Front porch of the Hellman Ehrman Mansion

Front porch of the Hellman Ehrman Mansion

 

After you’re done with the tour, sit a spell on the the expansive and shady porch, or peruse the out buildings, including General Phipps Cabin, one of the oldest structures still existing at Lake Tahoe. Wander down to the pier and its inviting white sand beach and crystal aqua waters.

The grounds of the estate is fairly large and includes a nature trail that can take you all the way to the highway and on to General Creek Campground. For more information, visit: www.parks.ca.gov

 

Starling on the pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park

Starling on the pier at Sugar Pine Point State Park

 

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23rd Annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

Strolling minstrels and Renaissance craftsman return to South Lake Tahoe’s Camp Richardson for this annual event. Step back into a bygone era and experience a bit of what life was like in the time of  Shakespeare, ladies in waiting, chivalrous knights and let face it, industrious peasants .

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire starts this weekend, Saturday. May 30th and Sunday May 31 and continues next weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 5, 6 and 7.

 

M'lady from ages past practices her falconry

M’lady from ages past practices her falconry

 

Fancy a turkey drumstick and an ale while watching a jousting contest? Then this is the event for you! Admire the elaborate Elizabethan era costumes on the Faire’s cast of players as they stroll the grounds, play concerts or sell their wares. Visitors are encouraged to join in on the fashion statements and there is sure to be a frilly frock or jaunty hat for sale in the midst of all the revelry if you don’t happen to already own such vintage attire.

A family friendly event, there are various shows and parades all through the day.  The most interesting venues however may be watching how food was prepared and goods were made  – by hand –  before automated factories came along.

 

Roasting meat over a spit

Roasting meat over a spit

A spinner creates thread for cloth

A spinner creates thread for cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There will be plenty of good eats, merriment and good times while you stroll in the enchanted forest surroundings.  Expect to see a wood nymph or two, and who knows, you might even see the Queen!

The festivities start at 10am. $18 for adults, $13 for Seniors, Military and Teenagers (Ages 13-17), $8 for children ages 6-12 and kids under 6 get in FREE!

For more information, visit their website at: www.valhallafaire.com

 

Ladys of the Kings Court go for a stroll

Ladys of the Kings Court go for a stroll

 

 

 

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Spring road ride: Verdi   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

After all the rain last week, spring is forecast to once again be sprung in the mountains, leading many folks to get a hankering to be out on their bike. With the morning temps still nippy and a bit of mud around, now is a perfect time to head to Verdi for a ride. Its only 20 miles east of Truckee, the grass is green, the horses and llamas are out enjoying the sunshine, and the temperature is usually 10-15 degrees warmer bringing it right into the Goldilocks zone.

 

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Ranch outside of Verdi

 

Start your ride from Crystal Peak Park, just off Business 80, a short distance from Gold Ranch. The park sits next to the Truckee River and there is plenty of parking, picnic tables and restrooms. From here you have several options:

-Head east from Verdi, following the Truckee River to the edge of the Sommersett development. Here you can climb on nicely maintained bike lane through the extensive residential community enjoying views of Reno and the surrounding desert. Turn around wherever you wish and return to the bottom, where a bike path leads you east to 4th Street. Take 4th to Mayberry, then follow Mayberry for a mile, to a left turn into the Edgewater Park development. Cruise through the neighborhood to a bike path, and now follow the bike paths and roads along the Truckee past a series of riverside parks. Before you know it, you are in downtown Reno, at the Reno Whitewater Park.

 

Bike trail at Dorostkar Park  along Mayberry road in Reno.

Bike trail at Dorostkar Park along Mayberry road in Reno.

 

-Want to add some distance? Before heading east on Business 80 from your starting point, ride South Verdi Drive to Boomtown. Cross over I-80 and circle through the lovely neighborhood to the south, adding an extra half hour of riding.

-Ready to make a day of it? Just after you turn onto Mayberry take a sharp uphill turn onto Plateau, and then wind your way all the way across Reno to the Mt. Rose Highway and back for about a 45 mile trip. Check out the link below for the Reno Area bike map, and be sure to take a copy with you on your ride.  The purple line is the ride I just described.

http://www.rtcwashoe.com/bicycling/documents/BIKE_MAP_13_online.pdf

Quick tip: Don’t forget to fill up your tank at Gold Ranch before returning to California. The gas prices are usually at least 60 cents a gallon less then Truckee.

 

Small side tributary of the Truckee River along the bike trail.

Small side tributary of the Truckee River along the bike trail.

 

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