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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee Market Stats Are Here!   Leave a comment

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Fall at Donner Lake

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Are you curious as to how our Real Estate Market is doing at North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Soda Springs? Then click on the link below to view 2016’s third quarter stats vs 2015. Also included are stats for the luxury home market in our area as well.

yourfriendinhighplaces.net/north-lake-tahoe-truckee-real-estate-market-stats/

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Give me a call if you’re interested in buying or selling real estate in our area and joining our vibrant community.

Lynn Richardson

Your Friend in High Places

530.582.2422

800.926.4975 Toll Free

17400 Northwoods Blvd. Truckee, CA 96161

lynn.richardson@camoves.com

THINK OF ME, LYNN RICHARDSON, FOR ALL OF YOUR LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE REAL ESTATE NEEDS!

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Fall Fun Trip – Apple Hill, California   Leave a comment

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By Michelle Portesi

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Autumn brings with it a plethora of fun things to do, and one of my favorites is going down to Apple Hill, which is just past Pollock Pines on Hwy. 50.

If you’re coming from the North Shore or Truckee, you can make a day of it and take the long way around down Hwy 89 South and view all the spectacular fall colors along the way. Maybe make a quick stop at Taylor Creek, where the aspens are abundant and in all of their fall glory. Stroll along the creek to view the brilliant red and green hues of Kokanee Salmon as they make their way to their spawning grounds. Who knows?  You might spot a bear or two fishing for a quick meal.

But I digress…

It’s a beautiful drive all the way down to Apple Hill, and you’ll no doubt be starving once you get there. The beauty of Apple Hill is not only can you get a full basket of the season’s most crisp, delicious apples, but many of the orchards offer a full compliment of good eats beyond home made apple pies. BBQ Tri Tip and Pulled Pork Sandwiches often top the menus in addition to other fare.

You’ll find more than just apples at Apple Hill. It’s fun for the whole family, featuring pumpkin patches, pick your own berry farms and apples, hayrides, farmers markets, craft fairs and more.

Think of Apple Hill like it’s Disneyland. You couldn’t possibly get to every orchard and shop in one day. So if it’s your first time there, go to their website and download their map to get a lay of the land. applehill.com/map2016.  If you have been there before, you can explore a new orchard or venue you haven’t been to yet.

The website also offers a comprehensive brochure that can be downloaded and printed out – with a list of every gift shop, winery, orchard, Christmas tree farm, bakery and berry patch along the way. Starting on page 38 is a list of every point of interest with a grid showing what they offer.   issuu.com/applehill.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Bill’s Apples

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Bill’s Apples/Felice’s Dolls – This is a beautiful orchard with not only acres of apple trees, but magnificent rolling hills of fall flowers still in full bloom. They offer a variety of apples, my favorite being the Arkansas Black. They also sell wonderful whirly-gigs and have a shop full of craft dolls and gifts

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Grandpa’s gift shop

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Grandpa’s – This orchard features a bake shop and a lovely shop specializing in all things apple themed. They also have an impressive array of specialty food items including syrups, jams and butters. I sprung for a jar each of the cranberry chutney and caramel apple butter. The perfect addition to the upcoming Thanksgiving meal.

Apple Ridge Farms – A great place to grab something to eat. It not only features a BBQ lunch and bake shop with plenty of picnic benches, but a country store, duck pond and orchard market building. Lovely grounds to stroll through and hay mazes for the kids.

High Hill Ranch– This sprawling area features plenty of places to eat, a large craft fair, hay rides, a produce shop with specialty food items and a pond area. Just up the road is the Fudge Shop full of every kind of candy you can imagine to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Rainbow Orchard – Watch them make fresh apple cider in their cider press, and don’t forget to buy a gallon. (You can freeze it!) Featuring plenty of apples for sale in addition to pumpkins, pears and much more.

Honey Bear Ranch – Wonderful bake shop featuring their signature caramel apple pie. They also have wine tasting, with a specialty near and dear my heart – 4 kinds of Hard Cider!

Boa Vista – They offer a huge produce market, wine tasting, crafts, bake shop, lunch and more! www.boavista.com

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The pumpkin that ate Tokyo…at Boa Vista

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Apple Hill is busiest during the fall, but some orchards and shops are open year round. Call ahead to pick up a fresh or frozen holiday pie. And don’t forget about their Christmas Tree Farms for choosing a perfect holiday tree.

For more information, go to Apple Hill’s Website: applehill.com

From there, you can visit the websites of all the individual orchards and venues.

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THINK OF ME, LYNN RICHARDSON, FOR ALL OF YOU LAKE TAHOE AND TRUCKEE REAL ESTATE NEEDS!

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Get Ready For Ski Season! Lake Tahoe/Truckee/Reno Ski Swaps 2016   Leave a comment

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By Michelle Portesi

Even as I write this, the wind is whipping and light precipitation comes and goes as the area tries to decide what season we’re in.  While the leaves have just turned in all of Fall’s glory, I’m really hoping these force 10 winds won’t blow them off the trees just yet.  That being said, it is obvious that winter will soon be blustering its way into the area and reminding us to get our gear in order.

Ski Swaps are great for that, especially for those with families. It’s no secret that ski equipment is pricey stuff and kids grow out of it all too quickly. For more advanced skiers, it’s a chance to upgrade equipment without spending ‘beaucoup dinero’ for brand spanking new items at the ski shops.

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* Ski Swap Season kicks off this weekend at the North Lake Tahoe Ski Swap and Homewood Pumpkin Festival. The event has new owners and has changed its venue to Homewood Mountain Resort.  There will also be a raffle and bake sale with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the North Tahoe PTO, supporting their youth programs.

But wait! There’s more! Even if you’re not in the market for new equipment, Homewood is also having its Pumpkin Festival at the same time, so if you’re aching for some pumpkin pie or want to try your hand at being the best pumpkin carver ever, here’s your chance. For more information, go here: www.facebook.com/events

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The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District holds their Ski and Board Swap on Nov. 5th at the Community Rec. Center at 8924 Donner Pass Rd.

Proceeds from the Swap help support Truckee Youth Sports Programs such as Buddy Werner, Girls volleyball and Youth basketball. For more info or to volunteer, go here: tdrpd.org

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*Meyers Gear Swap (South Lake Tahoe) Sunday Oct. 23. 2016 from 11am-2pm. 3170 US Highway 50, Meyers, CA 96150-9214. For more info, go here: www.facebook.com/events

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*UNR SKI SWAP will be held Nov. 11-12 at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Save up to 70% on new and used items.
20% of all sales go to benefit the UNR Winter Sports Club. For more information go here: unrskiswap.com

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*As of this writing, the Tahoe XC Ski Swap page has not been updated for 2016. Go here for more information and future updates: tahoexc.org

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** My apologies to the Sky Tavern Ski Swap which had already been held by the time this article was posted. Located on the Mt. Rose Highway, 30 minutes from Reno, Sky Tavern is the oldest non-profit ski and snowboard training facility in America. Here is their info: www.skytavern.com

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And don’t forget to buy your season ski passes if you haven’t already.  The further into the season we get, the more expensive they are. Go to the Ski Area Column on the left hand side of this page for links to your favorite local ski areas. 

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