Archive for September 2016

Autumn at Lake Tahoe and Truckee! It’s the Local’s Best Kept Secret!   2 comments


By Michelle Portesi

There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are just now starting to turn even as I write this. Even though most of our visitors have left, what they don’t seem to know is that there is still plenty to do here and Fall at Lake Tahoe and Truckee is one of the best seasons of all!




Even though it’s not quite October, we apparently can’t wait to get our oomp-pa-pa on.

Stateline, NV holds their SeptOberfest on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6pm at the Mont-Bleu Resort Casino. Featuring a German Buffet, Biergarten, wine tasting, music, dancing and more. $45. To reserve tickets go to

Squaw Valley is hosting their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept 24 from 2 to 6pm at the Village. Serving up Beers and Brats, with live music and games of the season.

Tahoe City. Oktoberfest at the Gatekeepers Museum/Layton Park. Oct. 1 from 12 to 6pm. Featuring craft beers, food from local eateries, traditional Bavarian games and live music.  Visit their website at:

Historic Camp Richardson Resort – Oktoberfest at South Lake Tahoe – the yearly celebration of all things German – is in its 22nd year at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina October 1 & 2, 2016. 10am-5pm. (530) 541-1801. 1900 Jameson Beach Rd.





The Sierra Boat Company



Red, White and Tahoe Blue. – Antique Classic Boat Society’s International Boat Show. Sept. 23 & 24 from 9am to 4pm. At the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, CA. ACBS.ORG

Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop –  Saturday, October 1, 2016 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Downtown Truckee. 12-4pm.

Fall Fish Festival – Oct. 1 and 2nd at the Taylor Creek Visitors Center. 10am-4pm.  Visitors can learn about the natural wonders of Taylor Creek from Forest Service biologists, as they stroll along the accessible, ½ mile loop Rainbow Trail. A family fun event, with a treasure hunt, fish painting and more!

Donner Party Hike: October 8th and 9th celebrates Truckee’s rich history with a weekend of guided hikes. Explore scenic Donner Summit with local historians on interpretive hikes followed by BBQ lunch and music. Donner Ski Ranch-  19320 Donner Pass Rd, Norden, CA 95724.

Truckee Haunted Historic Tour. Oct. 13 & 14. Each year the highly anticipated performances take place in new featured haunts. Our writers skillfully weave together dramatic, downright haunting and funny stories inspired by times of yore, this Tour is complete with treats and tricks.



Truckee Haunted Historic Tour. Photo from their website.



These are just starting to appear, with more restaurants offering deals the further we get into the off season. Here are the ones I know about. Be sure to call your favorite restaurant for their local specials.

Spindleshanks in Kings Beach. 2 for 1 Wednesdays. 2 course minimum per person for dinner only. Get your coupon from The Tahoe Weekly and present it at time of ordering.

The West Shore Cafe in Homewood. 1/2 price dinner entree Mondays – through Sept.

The River Ranch – Return of Friday Night Prime Rib – Starting Friday, September 30th, 2016. $21.95 Prime Rib while it lasts. Make your reservations early for this one.


The Bar at the River Ranch in Tahoe City



Genoa Candy Dance Faire – A local favorite since 1919! Sept. 24 & 25 from 9am-5pm. Nestled into the foothills of the eastern side of the Sierra’s is the quaint little town of Genoa. This long running local Arts and Crafts Fair features over 300 craft booths and food vendors. Live music.

The Celtic Festival. The Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Sept 30-Oct. 2.







Truckee’s Mini Mousehole!   1 comment

IMG_0676by Tim Hauserman

It took many years of planning, and sometimes it seemed almost as long to construct, but Truckee’s Mini Mousehole is now open and available for pedestrian and bike traffic.

What is the Mini Mousehole? If you are driving north from Tahoe City on Highway 89, just before reaching Truckee, the road passes through a tunnel underneath the railroad that has become known as the mousehole because it is so narrow. It was quite dangerous for bikers and walkers, and it wasn’t too fun for drivers either, who had to hope they didn’t accidentally clip a pedestrian in the tunnel. The solution: The Mini Mousehole.

The Mini Mousehole sits just east of the regular mousehole. It is accessed via a sidewalk/bike path that goes from West River Street to the intersection with Deerfield Drive, where Save Mart, CVS, McDonalds and a host of other businesses are located. This route truly is a potential lifesaver for the large community who live at the Donner Creek Mobile Home Park at the intersection of West River Street and Highway 89. For bike riders, it’s part of two recent improvements to the biking scene in Truckee:

The Mini Mousehole now makes it safer to ride along Highway 89 from Tahoe City to Donner Pass Road near the Safeway, and from there, catch the bike lane on Donner Pass Road to Donner Lake, Donner Summit and Cisco Grove if you are so inclined (or so crazy strong).

West River Street is currently being widened and repaved with the much needed addition of a bike lane. This will now allow a Glenshire rider to catch the Truckee River Legacy Trail to first East River and then West River Street. From there you can ride towards Highway 89 without the trepidation of the past, when West River was too narrow and busy for comfort.

Now that the crowds of summer are disappearing, it is a great time to get out on your bike and try out the new biking opportunities of Truckee. I know I will soon be grunting my way up Donner Pass to enjoy the view from the Rainbow Bridge.



Hike to Ward Peak from Lake Tahoe’s West Shore   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman


Looking for a Tahoe hike away from the crowds on an August weekend with spectacular views? Try spending your morning hiking to the top of Ward Peak like I did this past Saturday. While I only saw two people, I was treated to views of Ward Canyon, the Granite Chief Wilderness and Lake Tahoe along the route and from the 8637’ summit of the peak.

Begin your hike at the base of Alpine Meadow’s Sherwood Chairlift. To get there: Take Pineland Drive off Highway 89 just south of Sunnyside Lodge, and follow it to a Y and a sign that says “Ward Valley.” Follow the road as it winds through Pineland and becomes Ward Creek Blvd.. Soon you emerge from the houses and enjoy a three mile jaunt along Ward Creek climbing through Ward Canyon. The road becomes Courchevel when you reach Alpine Peaks. Follow to the end where you find parking on your left.

The hike follows the Alpine Meadows maintenance road to the top of the Sherwood Chair. It’s a steady, but gentle climb through open terrain with constant views of Twin Peaks, Lake Tahoe and the Pacific Crest above. Enjoy the soft crinkling of drying mule ears rustling in the breeze, as you rise, the views of lake and mountains seeming to get better with each step. Eventually you reach the top of the Sherwood chairlift and the end of the dirt road.




Now, take a quick steep jaunt up a slope to the remains of an old cat track, which switchbacks further up the ridge towards Ward Peak. A few steep turns and you reach the open nearly flat ridgeline above the famous F-Tree at Alpine Meadows. After about an hour of steady walking this can be your destination as it gives you 360 degree views of Lake Tahoe, Twin Peaks, Ward Peak, Alpine Meadows, and the Truckee River Corridor.

If you got it in ya’, however, take another 15 minutes of ridgetop climbing to reach Ward Peak’s summit. Follow the obvious route and do a bit of rock scrambling and you will soon enough be atop the peak where you find a bunch of cell towers and a helipad. From here, a whole new panorama opens up of Granite Chief Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail below you to the west. Once you’ve had your fill, retrace your steps and go jump in the lake.








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