Spending the three-day weekend at Lake Tahoe
The three-day weekend — one of life’s rarities in that it is universally loved. That is, of course, assuming you get the time off.
Many of us will spend MLK Day doing what we do most Mondays: working. Sadly, someone needs to be there to scan your lift ticket or serve you that fourth mimosa.
If you are one of the lucky Americans out there with the day off, you may be asking yourself, “How can I make the most of this precious time in Tahoe?”
Well, you could spend it reflecting on the reason for the holiday — you know, that guy who played a pivotal role in our country’s civil rights movement. Hell, you could even do something nice, something to give back.
Or you could do what most people do on a day off and completely ignore all those more virtuous suggestions and focus on yourself. Sound about right?
Don’t worry, you self-centered cretin, we’ve got you covered.
Three-day weekends at Tahoe during winter usually mean one thing: hit the slopes. Skiers and riders from all over flock to the mountains to get some quality time on the mountain. And with fresh snow on the ground, this weekend is shaping up to be a big one.
Unlike this time last year, resorts around the lake have a ton of terrain open, and many of them are cranking up the apres offerings to accommodate your post-skiing needs.
But if the thought of a crowded resort doesn’t sound appealing, you might be thinking about heading out to the backcountry. Before doing so, be sure to check with the Sierra Avalanche Center (www.sierraavalanchecenter.org) before venturing out there.
If you still want to get outside but are looking for something a little slower, snowshoeing might be for you. Even better, how about snowshoeing at night? The Sierra State Parks Foundation is leading one of their full-moon snowshoe hikes Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The event, which takes place at Sugar Pine Park, costs $35 per adult and $25 per child. It’s open to all experience levels.
Visit sierrastateparks.org/event for information.
The Incline Village General Improvement District will be hosting a similar event Friday, Jan. 18, at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Visit yourtahoeplace.com/parks-recreation for more information and to pre-register, which is required, for the event.
Not one for the outdoors or simply looking for something to occupy your evenings? Take in a show.
Crystal Bay Casino on North Shore is one of the best music venues at the lake and they have a couple good shows coming up. Friday features a performance by Brett Dennen. The folk/pop artist is in the midst of his third annual winter Lift Series Tour.
Saturday brings the The Infamous Stringdusters to Crystal Bay. The Grammy-winning bluegrass band is touring following the release of their acclaimed studio album “Laws Of Gravity.” Dennen and the Stringdusters are big names that could easily fill venues much larger than the intimate Crystal Bay Club. Head to crystalbaycasino.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
On South Shoe, the Smoke & Mirrors Cabaret begins a run at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe Friday, Jan. 18. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll cabaret show cost $20. The show is for adults only. It continues on Friday and Saturdays through March 30.
If you’re trying to avoid the casinos, Whiskey Dick’s in South Lake Tahoe has two live acts this weekend, including a metal/rock tribute band Friday. Visit http://www.facebook.com/events to learn more about the performers and future shows.
In Truckee the Alibi Ale Works Public House — a fantastic live music venue — will have live performances Friday and Saturday. Learn more at alibialeworks.com/event-calendars.
If none of the above sounds appealing, you could occupy yourself with a drink … or several. Tahoe has a bunch of great local breweries for you beer connoisseurs. The aforementioned Alibi, which has locations in Incline Village and Truckee, makes delicious beer.
Some of our other favorites include Cold Water Brewery and Grill, FiftyFifty, Sidellis Lake Tahoe, South Lake Brewing Company and Tahoe Mountain Brews. Really, though, you can’t go wrong with most of the breweries around the lake.
Rather than make a difficult decision, check out Tahoe Brew Tours. They offer both a South and North Shore brewery tour that stops at three breweries. The packages also include behind the scenes tours with local brewmasters and appetizers to snack on while tasting delicious craft beers.
Not a beer fan? Glasses Wine Bar in Incline Village offers a solid selection of wines and a fantastic atmosphere. Head to glasseswinebar.com/ for information.
On South Shore the Idle Hour Wine Bar, which previously opened on a very limited basis, is now open Fridays through Sundays. Located right on the water, it’s hard to beat the Idle Hour’s location. This weekend will feature music by pianist Kris Diehl. Visit theidlehourlaketahoe.com for information.