Archive for April 2016

Off Season at Lake Tahoe and Truckee – Bring On The Deals!   Leave a comment


By Michelle Portesi




Winter isn’t going down without a fight, as the recent heavy snowfall last week was proof positive of. Yet as I write this, I’m looking at blue, sunny skies and a warm day.  Springtime in the Sierra’s has always been a relative term, with weather often turning from snow flurries and chilled winds to summer in a mere week…but usually not until July.  That being said, there is still plenty to do and see during the off season, and some of it even comes with deep discounts.



Cushing’s Crossing Event at Squaw Valley


If you still haven’t gotten enough of winter yet, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is still open for skiing and is scheduled through May. The Annual Cushing’s Crossing will be this Saturday, April 30th. This is a crazy fun event that is a real hoot. Just the sort of thing to kick off a good case of spring fever.

And don’t forget, now is the time to buy your season passes to the ski resort of your choice for next year. The deepest discounts are right now, with prices going up the closer to summer it gets. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows prices go up May 5th. Other resorts may vary. Click on the Ski Resort links to the left on the blog to view their current information.


It’s also the time for deep discounts and 2 for 1 deals at many local restaurants. Here’s a quick run down of specials from the Sierra Sun:




Spindleshanks (You need the coupon from the Sierra Sun) : 2 for 1 Wednesday for Breakfast and Lunch. 2 for 1 Dinners everyday. (expires 5-1-2016). Comfort Food Night every Sunday. Extended Happy Hours. All Night on Tuesdays.

The Soule Domain: 2 for 1 entres. Minimum 2 course meal per person. Not valid on Saturdays. (Expires 5-1-2016).

Sunnyside is doing a Community Benefit and Wine Tasting, Sunday May 1st. $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

The River Ranch: Friday Night Prime Rib for $21.95. Kentucky Derby Day, Mother’s Day Brunch and Happy Hour Specials.

Be sure to check in with your favorite local restaurants for any specials they may be running as well.



Photo from website


Now after eating all that fabulous food, you’re going to need to work all those calories off! Wellness Neighborhood by Tahoe Forest Hospital is starting their Community Walking Challenge May 1st. The goal is 10,000 steps a day for the month of May. You can register here at: 

See you on the trails!




Posted April 29, 2016 by lynnnrichardson in Uncategorized

First big ride of the spring: Sierra Valley   1 comment


By Tim Hauserman

Springtime. Time to get back in the bike saddle and go for a ride. The perfect ride around these parts for that first long ride of the year is the Sierra Valley. The start is just 25 miles north of Truckee, and the riding is spectacular with lush pasture lands, wildflowers and a ton of wildlife.

Start from Sierraville, and if you are up for it, loop your way around the entire valley. It’s 50 miles with just a few hundred feet of climbing. A short cut via Herriot Road can shave some miles, but then you would miss the cute little town of Loyalton. The key is to time it right. Not too early in the morning or you will freeze, not too late, or you will face riding into the wind.

From Sierraville, head east on Highway 49 for 13 miles to Loyalton. Look for red winged blackbirds while passing wet pasture lands. About half way there you run into the only real hill of the trip, and it ain’t much. Loyalton, once home to a now defunct lumber mill, is a charming but struggling little town. Help it out by stopping in to the market or restaurant for some grub. From Loyalton head on A-24 out of town. Pass the City Park at the edge of town, the one and only restroom and water spot on the route.

Now, enjoy a flat, across valley jaunt to Beckwourth. But not all flats are the same, wind can quickly change the dynamics. My last ride I caught a lot of sidewind heading north and struggled along in lower gears, then the road changed direction and with the wind at my back I was roaring along with little effort. In between battling the wind, I saw antelope, bald eagles, snow geese high in the air flashing back and forth in the sunlight like a school of fish, and hawks up close and personal.



A-24 ends at Highway 70. Hang a left, go about a mile, and then turn left again onto A23 for the long trip back across the valley to Sattley. Just a mile in, look for Sierra Valley Farms on your left which holds Farmer’s Markets every Friday in the summer.

From Sattley, it’s four miles on the more busy Highway 89/49 back to Sierraville, where several fun, local restaurant options await. My last trip, it was a meatball sandwich and big chocolate shake at Smithneck Farms. Delicious – and I deserved it.



New 2016 First Quarter Market Stats for Lake Tahoe and Truckee   Leave a comment

The North Lake Tahoe and Truckee real estate market report is here.  We are seeing a seller’s market and with interest rates remaining under 4% it’s a great opportunity for buyers to invest in property.  Please click on the link below to view all sectors of the market – from Tahoe to Truckee to Donner Summit plus the luxury market.  Feel free to contact me with any real estate questions.


Serene Lakes


To view the new first quarter statistics on property sales at Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Serene Lakes and Donner Summit, go here:

And when you’re ready to buy or sell, think of me, Lynn Richardson, for all of your Lake Tahoe and Truckee real estate needs!


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