My girlfriends and I have been getting together once a year for a getaway for about a decade now and it’s a weekend that stays in my heart for weeks after. This group of us all once lived in the same town but because of jobs or family needs have moved to different parts of the US. It’s a weekend I look forward to every year and one that I hate to miss. This year we packed up and headed to one of my favorite spots, Lake Tahoe and stayed at The Ridge Tahoe for a long weekend.
Overlooking the Carson Valley on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, I’ve seen the views to be pretty spectaular. When we arrived we learned that the smoke from the Tuolumne Meadows fire near Yosemite was impacting the area, and the views were obscured yet still very fascinating! Looking toward the Carson Valley below:
Looking toward Lake Tahoe:The four of us settled into our luxurious 2 bedroom condo. The large living space allowed us to be able to move around and feel comfortable all while coming together to enjoy meals, coffee, or conversation.The glare from the near white-out smoky conditions during the day had our drapes drawn and the fans blowing. Not normally having the temperatures rise too high in the area, the condo did not have air conditioning. Though it wasn’t hot per se, the conditions had us wanting our windows and doors shut and the smoke out. Needless to say, the rooms got stuffy and we utilized the 3 fans provided to circulate air. It was hard missing the cool crisp mountain air that Lake Tahoe usually boasts.The fully equipped kitchen with microwave oven, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator, oven, small appliances, dishes and utensils, and cooking necessities are always a plus for our getaways. We invite the opportunity to shop and cook for ourselves to save money and there was plenty of room and amenities to do so. The bedrooms have everything you need for a relaxing getaway whether it be for girlfriends, family, or romance. The views from the rooms are stunning (on normal conditions) and we absolutely fell in love with the Sleep Number Beds! With dual controls, the four of us had the ability to find and choose the best number to fit our sleeping mode! Over the course of the 3 nights, we could change our numbers to find out what worked best and I’m definitely a 40 on the spectrum where the other girls were enjoyed a more firmer mattress. I still think about that bed and think that’s one luxury I’d like to bring home with me!Though we didn’t catch the main event, we spied out our dining room window the setup for a wedding and also caught part of what seemed to be the rehearsal. It’s undoubtedly a gorgeous spot with lovely photo opportunities! Pool and jacuzzi time was something we took advantage us on site. Fire pits as well as gas barbecues are available to take your dinner outdoors!The Ridge has so many other outdoor activities plus Elevation Spa to pamper yourself but also has many organized activities on site that you literally get a booklet with all the necessary info upon check in:
Evening with the Chef Cooking Series. Hosted by Executive Chef Stephen J. Moise every Tuesday from 4-9PM.
- Craps Classes
- Glass Painting Classes
- Group Snow shoe and Trail Hikes
- Movie Nights
- Tennis Instruction
- Water Aerobics
- Skin Care Classes
- Teenager Skin Care Classes
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Wine Tasting Classes
- Group Rock Climbing
- Bingo Nights
- Stretch Classes
- WallyBall Mixer
- Scarf Making Class
- Dance off Challenge (with X-box)
- SO MUCH MORE!
If you’re looking to head down to Stateline, the booklet includes a full casino shuttle schedule!With a restaurant, small grocery/souvenir store, deli, and bar on site, you can really never leave the resort during your stay. My friends and I enjoyed a meal at The Hungry Bear Restaurant which allows elegant dining in a casual atmosphere. The menu has something for everyone with delicious desserts to round out your meal. There is indoor and outdoor seating and because of the smoke we dined inside but had a gorgeous sunset view!The Ridge Club Deli serves a more casual fare all day long with indoor and almost-outdoor seating. We enjoyed a variety of goodies for breakfast one morning that included traditional bacon and eggs, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and quiche!Aside from the air conditions, our stay at The Ridge Tahoe was lovely. All the amenities were ideal for our group of ladies and it’s definitely a place we’d stay again when in the area. To learn more about The Ridge Tahoe, visit http://www.ridgetahoeresort.com/ and enjoy all that Lake Tahoe has to offer, year-round!
Our stay was hosted, all opinions our own.