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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.






Off Season Dining Deals at Lake Tahoe and Truckee!   Leave a comment


By Michelle Portesi



Most of the tourists have gone home, and that means this is the time of year the locals and off season travelers alike are in for some great dining deals in the area.

As the local restaurants try to keep the customers – and the moola flowing into their establishments until the snow flies, you’re sure to find plenty of 2 for 1’s and dinner specials throughout the area.

Pick up the Tahoe Weekly for all of their dining coupons in the restaurant section. Early October’s issue featured these great deals:

Jason’s Beachside Grille in Kings Beach.  Coupon for 20% off entire food bill – good Sunday through Thursdays. Featuring a long list of burgers, salads, steaks and more. Bring Coupon from the Tahoe Weekly.

Pianeta, Old Downtown Truckee – Starting October 11 – Ask for The Paesano Speciale – $25. Choice of glass of house white or red wine, Choice of soup or salad and choice of pasta dish. Good Sunday through Thursday. No coupon necessary, just ask your server about the special.

Morgan’s Seafood –  Truckee on West River Street – Two fresh fish tacos with a soft drink or beer for $7

Las Panchita’s – Kings Beach – Dinner Special – 4-10 pm. 25% off Mexican Combo Dinners.

A perusal of your local favorite restaurant’s web sites also have many specials available as well.


River Ranch – Highway 89 at Alpine Meadows Road. 2 for 1 Dinner Entrees Sunday through Wed until 10/28/15, plus Friday night prime rib while it lasts every Friday Night for $21.95. You can sign up for email alerts on their website. Bring Coupon from the Tahoe Weekly.

The River Grill – 2-1 Entrees Sunday through Thursday. Bring coupon from the Tahoe Weekly. Located at Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City.

Spindleshanks. 2-1 dinners, $5 off breakfast.  Not valid for parties over 13. Other restrictions apply. Bring coupon from the Tahoe Weekly. In Kings Beach at the corner of Hwy 28 and Hwy 267.

The Soule Domain – Crystal Bay – Too many specials to mention! 2 for 1 Dinners. Here’s their list of off season special deals on their website: Bring coupon from the Tahoe Weekly.

Hacienda Del Lago. Taco Tuesdays in bar. Fajita Wednesdays $12.  IPA and Burrito combo $10 during football games. In the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.

Those are just a few suggestions. Be sure to go to your favorite restaurant’s website to see if they’re running off season specials.



Off Season at Lake Tahoe and Truckee – A Great Time For Dining Discounts   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi


You know how it goes when you live here. You work your tail off in the high seasons so you can get through the slow ones. During the seasonal crazy that is Summer and Winter, some days all you can do is crawl wearily home and collapse.

Now that it’s spring, we can slow down a bit, catch our breath and venture out to take advantage of the local dining discounts that abound this time of year. And if there is anything this area excels in, it’s a wealth of great places to eat!

During the spring, local restaurants offer coupons, two for ones and deep discounts to try and entice both the locals and off season visitors alike to favor their establishments while they wait for the next round of seasonal crowds. It’s a given that most specials will end Memorial Day Weekend, while some will continue on for a few weeks after the holiday before the summer crowds descend. Be sure to check who will be doing what and when. Here are some suggestions to get you started.



Jason’s Beachside Grille. Photo from their website.



Step 1: Pick up The Tahoe Weekly or the local papers and clip their coupons. Here are just a few of the specials I noticed:


Jason’s Beachside Grille, Kings Beach. 20% off entire food bill, Sunday through Thursday until May 21.

West Shore Cafe, Homewood – 1/2 price dinner entrees Monday through Thursday – May 11- June 11. Go to for details.

Pianeta, Truckee – Featuring a ‘Paesano Speciale’ $25, which includes a glass of wine, soup or salad and choice of fresh pasta dishes – Sunday through Thursday. Inquire with your server.  (Michelle’s Note: Do this one! They hardly EVER run off season specials and the food is great! …and this coming from an Italian!)

Christy Hill, Tahoe City – Local’s Lakefront Menu – 3 course meal, $24, Sunday through Thursday (excludes holiday periods)

Old Range Steakhouse, Tahoe Vista- 3 course dinner, $29 for most selections: shrimp cocktail, salad, entree

The Soule Domain, Crystal Bay – 2 for 1 entrees, excludes Saturday’s and has a 2 course minimum. Make Reservations and bring coupon.


In addition, there are many places that offer Happy Hour specials such as Hacienda Del Lago in Tahoe City and Las Panchitas in Kings Beach.




Step 2: Don’t see your favorite place on the list? Go to their website or give them a call. There are just too many restaurants to list all the possibilities!
A quick perusal of a couple of my favorite haunts websites like Sunnyside Resort and The River Ranch revealed specials there as well, so let your cell phone do the calling to ask about their seasonal offerings and events.


The River Ranch. Photo from their website

The River Ranch. Photo from their website


River Ranch, Tahoe City (Hwy 89 and Alpine Meadows Rd). – 1/2 price specials on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Friday Night Prime Rib through June 11th and Thursday 1/2 price wine list night. Wednesday features an all night happy hour.

Sunnyside Resort, Tahoe City (The west shore) – Burger and a beer, $10 every Tuesday night. The big bang for the off-season buck at Sunnyside are specials on room and dinner packages. If you’ve never visited our fair corner of the world, this is a great place to hang your hat while you check out the area.


Summer at Sunnyside Deck Opening

Summer at Sunnyside Deck Opening


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