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A History of Team Building

10/30/2022

The History of Team Building

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion” – Kurt Hahn

 

During the second World War, studies were done on what made certain ships of sailors most resilient, most likely to survive the torpedoes and attacks that threatened their teams. They found that physical fitness and youthfulness were less likely to predict survival than something more conceptual: experience in the field and team morale. Kurt Hahn and Lawrence Holt already knew this, but they were hired to train soldiers on teamwork, morale boosting, and playing to one another’s strengths. This was the conception of team building. After the war, they founded the first Outward Bound School to train British sailors through, rather than for, the hardships of the sea, not only through physical challenges but also the development teamwork and compassion.

The legacy of these beliefs carried on long after his death. Outward Bound received funding for its Expeditionary Learning Schools that now exist all over the world, and the idea that morale and team unity are essential has incorporated itself into modern productivity and efficiency models. With the idea that these traits are critical for problem-solving and even survival, it’s no wonder that companies and corporations turn towards team building to keep morale, productivity, and team efficiency up.

People often roll their eyes when they’re asked to participate in team building events with their co-workers, but we know from experience that most people end up having a blast even if they’re resistant at first. Not only is it fun, but team building is shown to break down barriers, increase communication, and build a general sense of morale and camaraderie. Competition can bring out the best and worst in people, and learning to work together under pressure can be essential.

A metaphor for work and life, challenge courses and team building trials foster a sense of curiosity and spirit, encourage tenacity and discipline through challenge and competition, and allow people to turn toward the risk of failure rather than run away from it. While it seems counterintuitive, it’s well known that the more we allow ourselves to fail, the more likely we are to take healthy risks and reap the rewards of stepping outside our comfort zones, leading to more successes in the long-term.

We’ve known since Kurt Hahn in the 1940s that maintaining high morale through hardships and team cohesion is the key to survival, and the grand success of Outward Bound and its participants affirms that. Team building and challenge courses simplify these hardships, allowing us to gain understanding of the experiences that really matter in a straightforward way that is applicable to our normal lives.



Our Favorite Facts about Aspens

10/14/2022

Aspens are worth appreciating every day, but they're especially fantastic in the fall when they all change colors! There are hundreds of places too see these amazing trees turn vibrant colors every fall. Schedule a hiking tour with Tahoe Adventure Company and we can take you to the best local aspen spots in the Lake Tahoe Basin! Here's some of our favorite aspen fun facts!
 
1. Aspens are interconnected, with many separate "trees" (actually called "ramets") all being one giant organism (known as a "clone") connected through the root system. They are the largest single organism, by weight and area, on Earth!
 
2. The best way to tell where one clone ends and the next begins is in the fall--all the leaves of a clone will change at the same time and to the same color, so if you have multiple colors in the same grove, there are multiple clones there!
 
3. The chalky powder on aspen bark is a natural sunscreen to protect the tree from UV light. If you rub it on your skin, it's about SPF 15!
 
4. Aspens have photosynthetic bark, so they're still soaking up the sun in the winter when they drop all their leaves! This is why some aspens have a greenish tint to the bark.
 
5. These amazing trees live to 150 years, and some have even been found as old as 200!
 
 


Why you should Plan a Team Building Retreat for your Company

10/3/2022

Reasons to do teambuilding events with your corporate office

Is your productivity dropping due to burnout and the repetitive nature of the corporate world? You’d be amazed what a difference a few days in Tahoe packed with adventure and team building activities can do! Tahoe Adventure Company offers a wide variety of experiences, and here are some reasons why your company should book with us!

 

  1. It’s Fun!

The first and most obvious reason to do a teambuilding adventure activity with your corporate group is because it’s fun! Your group will have a blast hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or even just hanging out on the beach. Add in some kind of team building event that gets people riled up and competitive, and you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. All that under the backdrop of stunning Lake Tahoe and it just doesn’t get better than that!

  1. Networking

There can never be too many opportunities for networking. If your company is big or even if you’ve all been working remotely for a few years, there’s a good chance many of your employees have never met, let alone had the chance to get to know each other. When you do team building events, groups are often assigned randomly, giving people the opportunity to work together with folks they don’t normally.

  1. Communication Skills

Attempting new things alongside new people is like weight lifting for our social and collaborative muscles. Maybe one of the work teams is perfectly streamlined and it appears that they don’t even need more than a glance to know what needs to happen next. When you put them in a group with others, they must work for the good outcomes again, they get the opportunity to try different communication skills and work together!

  1. Share a Common Goal

It’s true in elementary school sports and it’s true with corporate groups. The more often you have people working together with a common goal, the closer those people feel. Give your company the chance to actually feel like a family and work together for a low-stakes goal, like building a cardboard boat or a sandcastle.

  1. Give back to your employees

Employees work so hard to meet the goals of the company and deserve a little break and chance to unwind every once in a while. Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to have your company escape the fast pace of the Bay Area corporate world and slow it down, focus on things that matter a little less, and appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and mountains. You won’t regret it!

 

How do you sign up for team building with Tahoe Adventure Company? Check out our team building page, then email us here with your group size, dates, time range, and activities you’re interested in! Team building isn’t just for corporate groups—we work with families, school groups, summer camps, and more!



Reasons to go with a Guide

9/26/2022

Reasons to go with a guide

 

In the Tahoe Adventure Company office, we get a lot of phone calls from people who want to get out on the water, but don’t want to take a guided kayaking or paddle boarding tour. Some people hold this belief so staunchly that they’ll turn down an opportunity to get on the water altogether to avoid the apparent agony of having someone lead you around. I understand it–especially after several years in a pandemic, sometimes the last thing we want is to hang out with a stranger. Yet, I heard in a podcast that often what we think we want and what we actually want are quite different. They did a study on people getting on a commuter train–some people were asked to engage in small talk with those around them, others to continue business as usual: headphones, screens, social isolation. When they asked people what group they wanted to be in, everyone said business as usual–almost nobody wanted to have to talk to fellow commuters. Surprisingly, the people who did socially engage left the train with a greater sense of satisfaction than those who self-isolated. I think it’s the same with adventure tours–we may think we just want to “putz around in a rented kayak for an hour or two” (direct quote from a guest)–but we don’t even realize what we’re missing. When we let someone else take the reins, we minimize the logistics headache, we open ourselves to learn more and connect with locals, and we maximize the opportunity to experience the awe of a well-done trip.

 

When you’re planning a trip, you probably spend hours looking into the coolest places to go, the least touristy spots, the secret tips and tricks for how to make the most of your time. What if, instead, you had a friend that lived in your destination who planned it for you and showed you around? You’d take their advice, right? Same thing with going with a guide. You might have less control (which for some people is a dealbreaker), but you’d probably have a more interesting, more exciting, more satisfying trip. Plus, when you book with an adventure company, all you have to do is show up in appropriate clothes and they handle literally everything else. At Tahoe Adventure Company, kayakers need not worry about transporting their gear or finding a well-fitting PFD. Bikers just have to send their height beforehand and will arrive at the trailhead with a perfectly fitting, well-tuned bike ready to be ripped on. Even our tour at Sand Harbor, an infamously difficult place to visit, cuts out all the parking hassle–just show up, we'll drive over and deal with parking for you. Best of all, adventure guides almost always have some kind of wilderness medicine certification and often have experience responding in wilderness emergencies, so you can rest assured that if the worst case scenario does play out, there is someone right there to handle it. 

 

Still not convinced? Our guides lead the same kayak tour nearly a hundred times over the course of the summer. You are guaranteed to see more, notice more, and find cooler spots to stop when traveling with someone whose literal job is to make you happy. These guides dedicate everything they’ve got to the job–they endure long hours in the sun, significant amounts of manual labor, and inconsistent schedules so that you can have a better vacation. They give their all so you can have the best experience possible–and we can all but guarantee you’ll have a better time with them than on your own. Give it a try, and don’t forget to tip them well!



Why Outdoor Activity is the best form of Self-Care

9/19/2022

In the past few years, the idea of “self-care” has taken off and people living stressful lifestyles have begun to invest more time and money into taking care of themselves. The self-care retail industry is predicted to be valued at $13 billion by 2026, showing astronomical growth since even 2019. It makes sense—work life has become more stressful, demanding after-hours work and blurring work/life balance boundaries due to the rise in working from home. “Quiet Quitting,” when you only put in the effort detailed in your job description, is also on the rise: a staunch resistance to the corporate trend of rewarding hard workers with more work without more compensation. All this is to say that people are more stressed out than ever before, therefore more willing to invest in self-care and mental wellness.

Yet, when some think of self-care, they think of serums, face masks, pedicures, or expensive gym memberships (that they probably won’t even use). These industries are built to make money off our insecurities: fears of aging, gaining weight, and other ways we may fail to achieve beauty standards. What if we looked at self-care differently; what if we approached taking care of ourselves through less expensive, more impactful experiences instead of shady products built to make you feel bad so you’ll spend money?

At Tahoe Adventure Company, we believe in sustainable wellness, in access to the outdoors as a (if not the) key to wellness and mental health. We hope to be a jumping off point, inspiring human powered adventures for all, in the hopes that learning the ropes with us will motivate our customers to continue engaging in slow travel, natural activities, and adventure sports for their benefit.

It’s well known that exercise is essential to both mental and physical health, but exercising in nature intensifies those positive outcomes. Outdoor activity such as kayaking, biking, or hiking, is proven to improve mood, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and create an overall sense of satisfaction and contentment—and that’s all after just one activity. When kept up consistently, exercise in nature can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, encourage the development of social support systems, and improve your physical health, which has its own mental health benefits.

When you’ve grown up in a city, spending time in nature can be intimidating—there are bugs, physical risks, and the threat of something going wrong when you’re far from any help. Additionally, activities like mountain biking, kayaking, and even hiking can require expensive gear and baseline skill levels that can increase the barrier between someone who is looking for a mental escape and an enriching outdoor experience. This is why Tahoe Adventure Company exists: to connect tourists, corporate companies, and even locals to the great outdoors in the Lake Tahoe region. Our guides are all medically trained, we carry first aid kits and emergency communication devices, and we outfit every single tour with the appropriate safety gear. We have detailed equipment lists so guests can know what to expect. Our guides are also trained naturalists, packed full of natural and human history and ecological knowledge they’re just dying to share with guests. We don’t just offer tours—we offer experiences.

Tahoe Adventure Company specializes in high-quality, inspirational guided tours in the Lake Tahoe basin with a focus on enjoying the natural environment. The outdoor activities we offer are kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, biking and mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking, and on top of that, we run team-building events for family reunions, friend groups, bachelor/ette parties, and corporate retreats. Our tours range from 2 hours to many days, and every experience can be customized to your group’s ability level and desire to get outside your comfort zones. We can guarantee that a few hours in a kayak on Lake Tahoe will elicit these magical feelings of better mood and reduced stress, but let us plan a whole week with you and your life will be changed for the better. Even if you don’t choose to go out with us, we hope you’ll find a way to enjoy the outdoors without us; it’s truly the most important piece of the self-care puzzle and we want it to be accessible to all!



What to do During Smoky Season in North Lake Tahoe

9/12/2022

Did you schedule a trip to Lake Tahoe, only to arrive to Air Quality Indices (AQI) over 150? Currently, smoke from the Mosquito Fire has settled into the basin, making it unsafe to recreate outdoors for long periods of time. Being an adventure company, nobody laments the lack of adventure opportunities more than us, but we’ve come up with a few things you all can do to keep yourselves safe and smoke-free on your Lake Tahoe travels!

Brew Tour

North Lake Tahoe is home to several amazing breweries that are sure to keep you entertained when being outside is less than appealing. In Truckee, there’s Alibi, FiftyFifty, Good Wolf, and Truckee Brewing Company. Along the lake, there’s Bear Belly in Kings Beach and another great Alibi location in Incline Village. These places are all great to visit on your own, but if you’re looking to make a day of it (and avoid the designated-driver-drama) you can book a brew tour with Tahoe Adventure Company! When air quality is good, you might be able to get out kayaking from Tahoe Vista in the morning for an hour or two, followed by visits to a variety of breweries with flights included in the price of the tour! We worry transportation for your group as well, just call 530-913-9212 to schedule your tour! When mother nature has plans other than mountain biking and hardcore adventuring, there’s nothing better than some brews with your buds.

Bowling Alleys

Bowl Incline has been the go-to spot for Bowling in North Lake Tahoe for 55 years and has just been renovated to be even better for your rainy or smokey day activities! Complete with a bar and diner with a Hawaiian spin, Bowl Incline is sure to satiate all your competitive family or friend group desires. They also have an Arcade with basketball games, PacMan, and more. Beyond Incline, Reno and Carson City both have tons of bowling alleys that are sure to show you and your group a great time.

Rock Climbing Gyms

Travelling with kids (or adults) that have more energy than can be spent in typical indoor activities? Check out High Altitude Fitness—the state-of-the-art gym has locations in both Truckee and Incline Village, and each location features a larger-than-life climbing gym. Day passes are $23 for adults and $20 for kids 13 and under, and a day pass for adults also allows access to the gym area and any fitness or yoga classes happening that day! You can also get a week pass for only $45, which includes complimentary climbing rentals for the week. Climbing is a great way to burn off some steam, improve your balance and fitness, and hang out with friends!

Gambling

While Truckee and the California side of the lake don’t offer any gambling opportunities, just hop over the state line into Nevada and casinos abound! Between Incline Village and Reno, you could gamble all day and night and try your luck at winning some money, Vegas-style. We recommend setting a budget before you walk in and committing to it so you don’t accidentally gamble away your savings, but enjoyed responsibly, gambling can be a great time! Many casinos even include free drinks when you’re on the casino floor.

Stroll Around Town

Historic Downtown Truckee is full of adorable boutiques, stunning art galleries, and historic buildings and architecture. Even if you don’t want to spend any money, perusing the various kinds of stores and galleries can be like wandering around a museum, appreciating all the local artists and artisans that work so hard to produce beautiful works that get displayed around town! Tahoe City also has a lovely main street that’s fun to wander around, and even a movie theater where you can definitely spend some quality time indoors.

Arts and Crafts

When in Tahoe, you’re meant to get your hands dirty! While you may have expected playing with river rocks, crashing mountain bikes, or hiking mountainous trails, you can also go to an arts and crafts studio to get that itch scratched. In Truckee, we have the Truckee Roundhouse, a makerspace with a wood shop, textiles studio, and even ceramics workspace. Check out if they have any short-term classes available while you’re in town! In Northstar’s village in Truckee, the Villager Candle Shop offers paint-your-own-pottery as well as soap and candle making! In Tahoe City, All Fired Up! offers a variety of crafts, including painting, pottery, candles, mosaics, and more and accepts drop-ins within business hours. For more planned-ahead groups like bachelorette parties or family reunions, Painted Rock Pottery and Mosaic offers those same activities, but they’ll bring the party to you!

Thrift Shopping

If you’re interested in vintage clothes or thrifting, there are many opportunities to flex that muscle in the North Lake Tahoe area! In Truckee, Tahoe Forest Hospice Gift & Thrift is a great spot to find used outdoor gear, Unique Boutique has all kinds of vintage clothing, and Adele’s Attic is known for its luxury vintage and used designer wear. Pass it On in Tahoe City is great too for all kinds of thrifted items, and there are a handful of thrift stores in Incline Village as well. Above all, Reno is FULL of thrift stores, with several Goodwills, Salvation Army Thrifts, and other big-name stores, including a Goodwill Outlet with the famous “bins” where you pay by weight rather than item!

Museums

If you’re looking for some smaller, but very unique museums, Truckee has the Museum of Truckee History, the Truckee Railroad Museum, and Old Jail Museum which are all super interesting museums detailing the rich history of this area. There’s also UC Davis Tahoe Science Center, which teaches all about the Lake and the various scientific methods used to study it, as well as the wonderful things we’ve learned about the gorgeous lake so far.

 

It may feel like Tahoe is only a place to do outdoor adventures, but it’s also a place rich with commerce and history! Don’t let the smoke stop you, but if you decide to postpone your trip to another time, make sure to check out Tahoe Adventure Company and all the incredible tours we offer once the weather gets better!



What to Expect from a Great Adventure Tour

8/30/2022

For every adventure tour you book, whether it’s a Lake Tahoe tour or otherwise, there are 5 main components: the booking process, prepping for your tour, arrival and orientation, the actual tour itself, and the wrap-up process. If you do a lot of adventure tours, you know this already, but if not—here’s what to expect so you can know if your tour was meh, average, or stellar!

 

Booking Process

Most people these days will book kayaking Lake Tahoe tours online, so tour companies should have easily navigable websites with prices, tour times, and what to expect front and center. There should be a summary for folks that want to take a quick look at the details and book right away, as well as a more detailed description for those of us that like to be as prepared as possible for what we’re signing up for. Tahoe Adventure Company’s website has both—the bright orange book now button on the home page takes you directly to the booking portal where you can easily see price and duration of each tour, followed by more information (description, timing, price, difficulty, location) once you click on the tour itself. That’s without even clicking through the website! If you’re more detail-oriented, you can go to the main tour pages and even see a comparison chart to help you decide which tour is right for you.

While online bookings are the most common in this time era, many people prefer to talk through their options before making a decision. Tahoe Adventure Company’s phone line is active from 8:30-5:30pm ready to answer your questions and even complete bookings and payments over the phone! If we don’t answer, please leave a message and we will get right back to you—there are days where our phone is ringing off the hook! Remember that good customer service doesn’t just mean that we answer the questions you call with—we also make sure to answer the questions you may not have thought yet. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the options, you can even call with a vague idea, and we can help select the perfect tour for your group!

Tour Prep

After you book your Lake Tahoe kayak tour (or tour anywhere else!), there should be clear communication on where and when to meet, what you’ll need to bring, what’s expected on the tour, and any other details that are relevant for that tour. This also applies to Lake Tahoe kayaking or paddle boarding rentals as well! Working in the office, I’m always so surprised by how many people show up at the wrong place or the wrong time for their tours—it’s the tour company’s job to make sure you have that information, but it’s your job to make sure you look at it and plan accordingly! Do your part too and remember that if you miss your tour, it’s not the tour company’s responsibility to refund you. Tahoe Adventure Company sends two confirmation emails—one when you book and one two days before the tour. This includes time, location, and duration of tour, parking, as well as what’s included and what the guest is responsible for. For the people who love detail, it’s got tons of information! For those who just want to show up and have a good time, all the important things are bolded at the top.

Arrival and Orientation

Good tour companies make it extremely clear where you’re meant to go once you arrive to the area. We have a 10 ft flag out on the street that screams “KAYAKS AND SUPS” with our sun logo bright at the top. We also have a big banner on the side of our shed that faces the road, and you’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a white pop-up tent and tons of bright yellow kayaks! When you find the tour location, you should be enthusiastically greeted by your Lake Tahoe guide, checked in, and directed on what to do while you wait for the tour to begin. With any adventure tour, there are risks, so a safety education talk is imperative. These should be short and sweet, covering the best ways to avoid emergencies and what to do if one does occur, but not going in too much depth for fear of losing the guests’ attention. Ideally, there are only about 15 minutes between the guest arrival and heading out onto the water!

The Actual Tour

The quality of an adventure tour depends entirely on what you’re looking for as a guest. Do you want someone to hang out with your group quietly, only answering questions as they come up? Do you want your guide to tell you their life story? Do you want to learn everything there is to know about the region and natural surroundings? The absolute best way to make sure your expectations are met on a tour is to communicate them with your guide—asking good questions and letting your guide know what you’re hoping to gain from the tour is essential to a good tour experience. If they don’t know what you’re expecting, how can they meet your expectations? Great guides also gauge guest ability and make sure to stop often for breaks if needed—remembering to stop long enough that even the last members of the group get to rest.

Wrapping Up

The best adventure tours leave you with something special to remember—maybe the guides took photos of the tour, maybe there’s a cool piece of merchandise they offer, maybe they send you off with a snack or drink to fuel the rest of your day. For example, after an evening kayak tour with Tahoe Adventure Company, the guides set you up with warm hot chocolate or apple cider to warm you up after you’ve been out on the water past sunset. What an incredible way to solidify the memory of your sunset or full moon tour!

 

 

Overall, what a “great tour” is depends on what you’re looking for, but at Tahoe Adventure Company, we want you to get the best experience possible, regardless of which company you book with. We have our ways and are open to feedback on how to make them even better. If you had a bad experience with an adventure tour, let us know your thoughts! We’re always improving!



Tahoe Adventure Company's Favorite Lake Tahoe Trails

8/25/2022

Our Favorite North Lake Tahoe Trails

 

Emerald Bay - South Shore
Easy | Out & back
Beginning at the Vikingsholm Parking lot and winding down a paved path to the famous Rubicon Trail, this hike showcases one of Lake Tahoe’s most famous locations: Emerald Bay. The mostly easygoing trail takes you along the shoreline of the bay, with views across the great blue lake and up the steep mountain vista behind you.  This is a great bang for your buck hike—see a lot without spending too much energy.

 

Granite Chief - West Shore
Challenging | Out & back
Between granite slabs, abundant wildflowers, rolling creeks, and stunning alpine views, this hike truly has it all! The Granite Chief trail is accessed out of Olympic Valley, so on top of stunning mountain views, you also get to peek over at the iconic ski resort famous for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics. Featuring several waterfalls and a lovely, rocky creek, the trail winds up Shirley Canyon, a smaller valley adjacent to the famous Olympic (formerly known as Squaw) Valley. In the summer the valley is alive with wildflowers, and if you are hiking fast, the moderately strenuous hike takes you all the way to Shirley Lake where it’s not uncommon for hikers to take a cold and refreshing swim!

 

Martis Peak - North Shore
Moderate | Out & back
If you’re looking for a birds-eye view of expansive Lake Tahoe without working too hard for it, Martis Peak is definitely the trail for you. This trail features unbelievable views of the lake from a partly-forested trail that travels along a ridgeline, meaning not too much elevation gain and a family-friendly hiking experience. Also, on an out-and-back hike, you can always turn around whenever you want and not miss much!

 

Skunk Harbor - East Shore
Moderate | Out & Back
Looking for a swim at the end of a reasonably mellow hike? Skunk Harbor snakes down from Highway 28 to a small beach right on Lake Tahoe. After a short (1.4 mile) walk in the woods, the boulder-y beach unfolds beyond the forest, beckoning hikers for a quick swim and sunbathe before trekking back up the hilly shore to the trailhead.

 

Spooner Lake - East Shore
Easy |  2-3 miles | Loop
This mellow stroll around the quietly stunning Spooner Lake nestled in the hills above the Lake Tahoe basin is perfect for smaller children, older folks, and nature buffs! Among the beautiful aspen forest surrounding the lake, you can find wildflowers, wildlife, and even grinding stones left behind by the Washoe Indians.



2022 Late Summer and Early Fall North Lake Tahoe Events and Festivals

8/17/2022

Art by the Lake Festival - August 19-21 - Tahoe City

Hosted by Pacific Fine Arts at Tahoe City Boatworks Mall, this 3-day arts festival features over 30 artisans and their stunning works. This open-air market sits right by the lake, offering beautiful views in addition to the beautiful artwork you can peruse and purchase. There will also be live music 11:30-4pm every day, and Mirada mexican restaurant from the Boatworks Mall will be selling light bites and a fresh-squeezed margaritas for the art show patrons! 

 

Truckee Rodeo - August 26-27 - Truckee

For just $17 (adults) / $10 (children), come see a variety of rodeo events hosted by the Truckee Donner Horsemen and Truckee Pro Rodeo Team, including kid’s Mutton Bustin’. If you’re unfamiliar with the sport, this is where kids ages 4-8 (helmeted, thankfully) hop on the back of a sheep and ride it until they can’t possibly hold on anymore. The schedule hasn’t been released yet, but you can likely expect barrel racing, bull-riding, and a queen pageant as well as other rodeo-style events! As always, there will be food, beverage, and retail vendors on-site. On Saturday, there will be a dance in the arena following the rodeo, featuring music by Everyday Outlaw. Get back to your country roots and check out this year’s rodeo!

 

Tahoe Donner Wild West Fest - September 3 - Truckee

Just in case you didn’t get your wild west ya-yas out at the Rodeo, the following weekend (also Labor Day weekend) boasts the 3rd annual Wild West Fest at the Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center at Alder Creek Adventure Center, hosted by Tahoe Donner. There will be tons of western-style events, including equestrian performances and a barbecue dinner, not to mention live music by Worn Out Welcome. The event runs from 4:30-7:30pm and is only $15 for adults even if you aren’t a member of Tahoe Donner. 

 

Alpen Wine Fest - September 4 - Olympic Valley

This Labor Day wine fest features an all-inclusive tasting from over 40 different wineries for just $40 when you book ahead of time! Waltz around the village at Olympic Valley sipping your favorite pinot in an included Alpen Wine Fest glass, all while supporting the Can Do MS non-profit that provides wellness services for families living with MS. Uncorked Tahoe, one of the best wine shops in the North Lake area, presents the event, which also features two different bands performing from 2-5pm. 

 

Mexican Heritage Festival - September 16-17 - Truckee

Head over to Truckee River Regional park from noon-8pm for a free, two-day festival celebrating Mexican heritage! An event hosted by Arts for the Schools, the weekend will feature a pageant, performances by Vaqueros (cowboys), live music, authentic Mexican food, Mexican artisans and crafts, and traditional games! Come over to celebrate (or learn about) Mexican culture and support local hispanic businesses!

 

Palisades Oktoberfest - September 17 - Olympic Valley

Always dreamed of seeing Bavaria at its best? We can’t help you there, but Palisades Tahoe hosts the next best thing–an impressively authentic Oktoberfest experience in Olympic Valley. Complete with a variety of German beers, Bavarian live music, and a series of keg-related games (free to enter with ticket purchase!), this event is sure to not disappoint. Get your fix of lager, brats, pretzels, and lederhosen while experiencing what it’s like (sort of) to live in Bavaria!

 

Tahoe City Oktoberfest - September 24 - Tahoe City

 Can’t get enough of Oktoberfest? Head over to Tahoe City for another Bavarian-style, lakeside Oktoberfest celebration. Costumes, microbrews, games, and crafts abound at this festival, and feature a number of family-friendly activities (like pumpkin painting!) in addition to the typical Oktoberfest adult festivities. 

 

Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop - October 1 - Truckee

Join wine lovers and foodies alike for one of Truckee’s biggest events of the year–the 19th Annual Wine, Walk, & Shop! From 12-4pm, wander around downtown Truckee sampling fine wines and local foods for the benefit of local north Tahoe non-profit organizations. Over 19 years, they’ve raised over $40,000 for a variety of nonprofits that benefit local families. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass for tastings, plus 5 food sample tickets, for just $65 when you purchase in advance.

 

Made in Tahoe Festival - October 8-9 - Olympic Valley

From 11:00am-5:00pm on October 8th and 9th, head over to the Village at Palisades Tahoe, located in the famous Olympic Valley, for all kinds of Tahoe goods! Vendors offering everything from food and libations to arts and crafts line the village, giving you the perfect opportunity to learn about and experience all things local. Between live music and all the offerings of the various Tahoe-based creators, you’re sure to have a great time.



How to Plan the Perfect Tahoe Beach Day

8/6/2022

Planning the perfect beach day can be hard, but Tahoe Adventure Company makes it a little easier.

 

Location:

Picking the right location for a beach day is essential.  When a choosing a spot, I consider views, access to activities, and parking.  One spot that hits the mark on all three is the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.  Standing on the beach at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, you can see all the way to South Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac.  The beach also has public restrooms and a shaded picnic area, the perfect place to take break from the intense Tahoe sun.  Parking is easy and hassle free. There is a large lot across the street that only charges $10 for the whole day.

 

Activities:

The Tahoe Vista Recreation Area also has easy access to kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals.  Tahoe Adventure Company is right on the beach and offers hourly as well as daily kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals.  There is nothing more fun than paddling around on a kayak rental with the whole family.  The easy access of the beach means you can all get on and off the water no problem.  Tahoe Adventure company’s friendly staff can provide tips on where to go and how best to spend your time on your kayak rental.

 

Food and Drinks:

No one likes to be hungry.  The final element of the perfect beach day is a great picnic.  Make sure you bring plenty of water to stay hydrated under the intense Tahoe sun.  I like to pack a cooler full of cold drinks and easy to eat snacks, like tangerines, carrots, hummus, cheese, and crackers.  Or maybe stop by a local restaurant and grab some burritos to go.  The options are endless

 

What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy summer at Lake Tahoe!



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