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5 ways to round out Thanksgiving break at Lake Tahoe

Autumn Whitney
Tahoe Brew Tours offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at local craft breweries. Tours run daily.
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If you were of the mind that South Shore would host a mix of renowned performers this weekend to round out the Thanksgiving holiday, think again: Apart from tribute groups honoring ABBA and classic rock artists, live music is largely lacking. Thankfully (in true November fashion) one does not simply need world-class concerts to have a good time in Tahoe.

Round out the remaining days of Thanksgiving break with a mix of entertainment that tends to fly under the radar.

Ice Skating

Get into the spirit of the holidays with this ever-popular winter activity, which is offered outdoors in Heavenly Village or indoors at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

The open-air venue in Stateline is the only one of its kind on South Shore, and features music, festive lights and more each day of the week. The Heavenly Village rink is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and skates are available for rent. Call 530-542-4230 to learn more.

South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, known as the home of a variety of figure skating clubs, hockey teams and curling events, has extended public skate hours for the holiday weekend that begin at 11 a.m. Visit http://www.tahoearena.co for more information.

Tahoe Brew Tours

Skip the hassle of arguing over who has to be designated driver this weekend and book an adventure with the guys at Tahoe Brew Tours: Visit three breweries, receive a craft beer flight at each (along with appetizers) and enjoy the ride.

The company offers a few different tour options, and the fun lasts approximately five hours. The South Shore tour visits Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Sidellis Brewery & Restaurant and South Lake Brewing Co., and if you want to venture to North Shore you’ll be able to check out FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company and Alibi Ale Works.

Tours start at $90 — book reservations online at http://www.tahoebrewtours.com or call 775-386-2739 for additional details.

Trapped in Tahoe

Escape rooms are among the latest trends, and this company continually rotates its offerings. While the medium-difficulty Galactic Pizza and Dracula’s Castle rooms have called Trapped in Tahoe home for some time, the establishment recently opened a new challenge that’s labeled as “very hard.”

Known as The Test, the escape room takes place in a strange building where a madman has split your group in two — yet you must somehow team up to get out before time runs out. Fans of brainteasers and working under pressure will feel right at home.

Check out http://www.trappedintahoe.com to reserve a spot in one of Trapped in Tahoe’s rooms this weekend.

Tahoe Bowl

In honor of Thanksgiving, the only South Lake Tahoe-based bowling alley has all 16 of its lanes dedicated to open play through Sunday, Nov. 26.

There are bumpers for children on every lane, and a sports bar on lane 17 for the adults (it offers a daily happy hour, too). Tahoe Bowl is open 11 a.m. to midnight each day of the week.

Call 530-544-3700 to learn more and check lane availability.

Hitting the slopes

In true Tahoe fashion, Thanksgiving weekend wouldn’t be complete without a day (or more) of hitting the slopes.

Vail Resorts’ South Shore properties Heavenly and Kirkwood opened on Friday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 22, respectively — but its North Shore mountain, Northstar California, has pushed back its opening date (originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 23) due to lack of snow. The new date will be announced on Monday, Nov. 27.

Visit http://www.skiheavenly.com and http://www.kirkwood.com for more information on the South Shore resorts. Sierra-at-Tahoe has yet to announce an opening date.

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