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Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema brings new life to Tahoe City.   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman




Last winter the Cobblestone Cinema went out of business after over 40 years in the Cobblestone Shopping Center in Tahoe City. This small, home town theater was a place I (and Lynn Richardson as well) spent many a high school night, but now it had fallen victim to the challenging economics of movie theaters. Fortunately, it was replaced a few months ago by the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema, which brings a fresh new approach to seeing movies, and to Tahoe City. The Art Haus presents independent and outdoor oriented films and documentaries, special events and theater productions, classics and major motion pictures.

Tahoe Art Haus co-owner Stephen Siig says, “we wanted to create some more night life in Tahoe City. So far it has been great. People have told us that they are excited to have something to do again on the North Shore.” The Art Haus has become a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike, perhaps because the focus is not just on the movies, but a fun, down to earth experience.




The Art Haus has a small bar serving several types of beer, and healthier snacks. They also have a popcorn bar where patrons can choose amongst a number of seasonings and real butter, and baked goods from Sugar Pine Cakery and Tahoe House. Frequently they partner with local restaurants to do a dinner and a movie.

The building was extensively remodeled and updated with new bathrooms and lobby, and all new seating. In addition to comfy new seats in the front, there is an elevated area in the back with couches and larger soft chairs. It’s all designed to make you feel like you are just hanging out and watching a film with a bunch of friends. A special touch is that before the films begin to roll, Stephen Siig gets the audience ready by announcing the movie, always providing some interesting tidbit on its Tahoe connection.

Just about every night something different is going on at the Art Haus. To keep tabs go to or follow their Facebook page.



Tahoe City’s Gatekeepers Museum and More at the ‘Y’   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi


Fall leaves

Aspen Leaves in Full Fall Splendor

Fall is here, and that means the crowds have left the area.  It’s time to partake of what locals have known for years. Fall is still gorgeous here, albeit with a nip in the air. Many restaurants no longer have outrageously long wait times to be seated, bike trails are less crowded and deals can be had at seasonal shops trying to drop inventory before they close for the winter.


At the Tahoe City Y and surrounding areas, there is much to do in a short walking distance.


Truckee River Dam in Tahoe City

Truckee River Dam in Tahoe City


Start your tour at Fanny Bridge. How it got its name is really quite obvious from the get go. This is the mouth of the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe’s only outlet. If you look closely, you will see huge trout who hang out at the dam’s pond, and they’re much easier to see this time of year as water is let out only sparingly, especially in drought years.



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Fannies along Fanny Bridge and Dam Overlook



After you’ve had your fill of peering into clear waters with BIG fish, wander off to the right to the Gatekeepers Cabin Museum. Here lies lovely walking trails that lead directly to the lake and a wonderful museum featuring beautiful woven pine needle baskets from the local Washoe Indians along with many other tribes throughout North America. The museum also touches on the history of the area as a frontier town and has a resource library that you can research many historical documents. Gatekeeper’s is also host to seasonal exhibits and seminars on local history. Their current exhibit  ‘Ursus Among Us: The American Black Bear in the Tahoe Basin’ will be on display until the end of October. And if you’re looking for a place to hold your nuptials, the ground are also a popular wedding destination.



The Gatekeepers Museum is open all year round, however they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday during the winter. And if you’re Howling to get your Halloween Haunt on, the Museum is hosting The Spooky Ghost Walk on Friday, Oct. 31st starting at 7:30 pm.  Fun for the whole family, this is more educational than scary, as the museum walks you through the colorful characters from Tahoe’s past.


For more information on the Museum’s events, go here:


Woven pine needle Indian Baskets

Woven pine needle Indian Baskets


Ready for lunch? Walk across the street to The Bridgetender, a long time local favorite. If the weather is still nice, you can sit at their outdoor dining area along the Truckee River. Featuring reasonable prices for the area and big portions, it’s a pleasant dining experience amongst their lovely garden and cascading stream. If the weather isn’t so nice, the great indoors is cozy and casual.


Outdoor seating at the Bridgetender

Outdoor seating at the Bridgetender


After you’ve sated your hunger, you’re at a perfect jump off spot to take a walk or bike ride, as the bike trail is right there at the restaurants edge. Ride along the Truckee River to Squaw Valley, or take the West Shore route that follows the lake and goes all the way to Sugar Pine Point and beyond.  I confess I love bike riding in the fall, the leaves are all changing, the temperature is cooler, and the trails are less crowded.


Bike Trail along the Truckee River in Tahoe City

Bike Trail along the Truckee River in Tahoe City


Along the Lakeside bike trail, a short walk from the Bridgetender is the Tahoe Tree Company. This is a plant nursery to end all plant nurseries, and fall is the time they start their parking lot sales to reduce inventory for the season. I’ve gotten some great deals on shrubs and trees, which is perfect timing as fall is when you want to get those items in the ground so that they can establish their roots in their new home before winter. Fall planting means they’ll have a leg up for great growth next spring.

All in All, A Perfect Tahoe Fall Day!




Happy 4th of July Lake Tahoe and Truckee!   Leave a comment


Jeff Dow/North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (Via

Jeff Dow/North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (Via


North Lake Tahoe has several 4th of July Celebrations going on around the lake and Truckee. Here is the list of Fireworks displays locally:

July 3rd: Kings Beach’s celebration begins a day early. The beach party starts at 4pm at the North Tahoe Events Center with music, food and various other fun for the family goings on. Fireworks start at 9:30pm and preferred seating tickets are $12. (You can see the fireworks from other nearby areas for free.) Visit for more information

July 4th: Red, White and Tahoe BlueIncline Village. Fireworks start at 9:30pm on the 4th, although Incline Village has three days of festivities planned starting the 3rd of July, including a ‘Wine and Dine’ at Aspen Grove featuring a concert from the Reno Philharmonic starting at 8pm. For more information, visit

July 4th -Truckee – West End Beach, Donner Lake. Tickets sales for the events on the beach are limited to Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District homeowners and residents, however you can still see the fireworks from many public piers and vantage points around Donner Lake. Fireworks start at 9:30pm. For more 4th of July fun, don’t forget the annual parade in downtown Truckee at 10am. Also visit the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce page for more local holiday happenings.

July 4th – Tahoe City is hosting a street fair throughout the day, and their annual fireworks display starts at 9:30pm on Commons Beach. There are many areas around town to view the displays, including The Boatworks Marina, Lake Forest Boat Ramp and many lakeside restaurants. Make those reservations early! For more information, go to


What else is there to do while you’re here at Lake Tahoe/Truckee this weekend? I have to concur with Squaw Valley’s website, and their list of:

5 Must Do’s for a 4th of July Lake Tahoe Vacation

Visit the above link for some gorgeous photos and the lo down on what are the quintessential Tahoe/Truckee recreational venues and events of any summer vacation here.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for the free ‘WEEKLY’ around town for more information on what there is to do and see during our wonderful summers. Or you can check out their online version on the link to the left.


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