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Sep 30 2013

Oktoberfest 2013 in South Lake Tahoe


You can’t miss the the Oktoberfest 2013 in South Lake Tahoe, it’s fun for the whole family!


The annual festival will offer two full days of family fun, great food and hand-crafted items. Admission and Parking are free. Kids – big or small – can search for the perfect pumpkin at the festival’s pumpkin patch. The entire family will enjoy events especially geared to children, including games for all age groups, from the Bouncy Castle, to face painting. Adults can enjoy the Beer and Wine Garden, offering a variety of great beer and wines. Guests will also find the best of German cuisine, bockwurst, knackwurst, bratwurst, polish dogs as well as traditional German desserts.

Oktoberfest – October 5-6, 2013 at the Camp Richardson Resort. Fun and laughs for the whole family. A local’s favorite, this festival features great food, music, family games & activities, and the famous Beer and Wine Garden.

  • German Food & Dessertsoktoberfest
  • Craft Booths
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Live Music featuring the “Gruber Family Band”
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Costume Contest for you & your dog


Jul 25 2012

The Best App about South Lake Tahoe


There are several Apps you can download to get information about South Lake Tahoe. My favorite App about South Lake Tahoe is “Lake Tahoe Vacations”. In my opinion, this is the most complete App about the area, filled with great information about events, activities, restaurants, local businesses and much more. If you compare you’ll agree that this App has everything.

The Lake Tahoe Vacations App is originally designed for rental guests vacationing at properties managed by Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways. But it can just as well be used by visitors interested in finding out about what the Lake Tahoe Area has to offer while on vacation.

The app is free for everyone and it’s available for both iPhone and Android. 

iPhone: http://tinyurl.com/7y87d4p

Android: http://tinyurl.com/6sjr926

You don’t have to be a guest of Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways to get this customized experience. Just download the App and use it as a visitor. You still have access to all the area restaurant, event, and activity recommendations. While you are here, check out all of the great rental properties Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways has to offer. The App contains all the property information you need to book your next vacation with Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways Each property listing contains detailed information and photos. In case you want to check out the properties before booking, the App allows you to view the properties in a map view – so you can take a drive or walk by.

Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways manages over 80 rental properties in the South Lake Tahoe Area. Download this App to unlock the secrets for having a great time on your next vacation. Guests of Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways will receive an invitation to download the App before their arrival. The App contains all the information each guest needs to know before, during, and after their stay. From pre-arrival tips, directions to the property, property tips, area information, to restaurant, event, and activity recommendations – this App has everything you need to spend more of your vacation having fun! If you get lost, don’t worry. The App allows you to locate your rental property using your phone’s GPS. Likewise, all of the restaurant, event, and activity recommendations may be viewed on a map to locate the closest to you at any time. Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways has combed through all of the area restaurants, events, and activities, and hand selected only the best to recommend to you. Now you can vacation like a local!


Jun 29 2012

South Lake Tahoe 4th of July Parade


South Lake Tahoe’s Inaugural 4th of July Parade and Celebration 2012!


Join to cheer the parade  honoring families of local fallen heroes, veterans, and active duty military on Wednesday, July 4th.

The parade will run from 10am to noon followed by a celebration from noon to 3pm. The parade will begin at Stateline and travel along Hwy 50 to Rufus Allen Blvd. Viewing of floats, food, vendors and live music by the Cash Only band will be held at the Recreation Center, Senior Center and Museum parking lots.

This is a Golden Bear Event and is being co-sponsored by K-Tahoe 590 AM / 96.1 FM, South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, and the City of South Lake Tahoe.
For more details and information please visit http://goldenbearevents.weebly.com/4th-of-july.html


Later at night gather up to watch the some of the best firework displays on the west coast shoot into the night sky. Click here to find out the best spots in Town to watch the fireworks!


Jun 27 2012

Pictures of the Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe


The Dedication Ceremony of Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach had a successful turnout.

On June 20th 2012, Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach was dedicated to the public for their use, recreation and enjoyment of the surroundings and the incomparable view of Lake Tahoe. The Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach project was a team effort among the California Tahoe Conservancy, The City of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County.

The ceremony also kicked off the summer concert series “Live at Lakeview” which will host free concerts every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 pm at Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach all summer long. For more information on the summer concert series visit http://www.lakeviewcommonslive.com/

Jun 19 2012

Lake Tahoe Paddle Festival 2012


The Lake Tahoe Paddle Festival is a solstice celebration of human powered watercraft featuring “Ancient Art to State of the Art™” boats, boards and paddles. The focus is the preservation of indigenous watercraft art and culture. Interpretive exhibits will highlight sustainable recreation, healthy foods, yoga, healing arts and environmental awareness.

This year’s event will highlight the World Tribe Canoe Project ceremony and starting construction. This 70’ trimaran will be carved by Craftmaster’s from around the World and when completed will sail on tour the Earth educating peoples of the threat to our most precious resource…WATER.

Join on June 23rd and 24th for a weekend of workshops, clinics, fun, food and family entertainment. Try out the world’s fastest growing sport—standup paddling—on a demo, or paddle your canoe or kayak over to learn more about protecting Lake Tahoe’s clarity and efforts to prevent the proliferation of invasive species. Bring the grandparents and kids to learn about building ancient tule reed boats, dugout canoes or “old school” wood boards. There will be something for everyone in the family. If you’ve never been out on the water, or you’re a SUP professional, the Lake Tahoe Paddle Festival is where you’ll want to be to celebrate the summer of 2012.

Last year’s event featured historic indigenous blessing and closing ceremonies, leaving the audience forever touched. Spectators became participants in board shaping with world-renown Hawaiian craftsman Tom “Pohaku” Stone. Many long time locals said it was one of the best summer events they had participated in. There were raffles, free boat demos and lots of family fun. With the Washoe Cultural Society, the South Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club as partners, come help support the Mayala Watah Youth Paddle Camp, restore the ancient arts, and check out the state of the art watercraft.

For updates and details please visit http://www.laketahoepaddlefestival.com/


May 31 2012

Valhalla Renaissance Faire 2012 in South Lake Tahoe CA


Get away from it all and lose yourself in the magic and merriment of the Renaissance. Rub elbows with nobility, pirates, barbarians and beautiful ladies. This year’s Valhalla Renaissance Faire will feature four stages of continuous entertainment, Action packed shows, Music, dancing, jesters, 900 costumed actors, Shakespearian vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery tournaments and much more. Shop over 100 merchants selling a wide array of arts and crafts, one of a kind jewelry items, woodcrafts, artwork, ceramics, clothing, historic weapons and leather goods. And to top it all off, a hard hitting joust.

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire recreates a renaissance village on festival weekends and includes a merchant marketplace with nearly 100 unique merchants and crafters.

Queens of England, ambassadors from foreign lands and juggling jesters, winsome wenches, lords and ladies, knight of horseback, squires and simpletons. They aren’t just the stuff of fairy tales. They’ll gather June 2nd – 3rd & 9th – 10th for South Lake Tahoe’s favorite festival, the 20th annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire. Be a part of history and join in revelry in costume, or come as you are and immerse yourself in the atmosphere, games, theater and the  splendor of England’s Golden Age.

Drawing more then 8,000 visitors, the Valhalla Renaissance Faire is a unique entertainment experience and an extraordinary outing for children. This unique festival includes real jousting sessions and full armored combat between knights, along with culinary delicacies, craft demonstrations, ancient music, dance and comedy. Patrons will participate in archery, javelin throws, and fencing. Activities for the children will include games, crafts, a petting zoo, puppet shows and storytelling.

Click here to see the detailed schedule!

First Weekend:
Scottish invasion! The first weekend is geared more toward younger audiences with tons of shows, dancing, theater plays, music and magic for your whole family. Inpire your children to learn about Shakespeare or the Renaissance by dressing up for the weekend. Enter Costume contests, Stroll through a maze, play tons of games and get drenched too at court of St. Aidens!

Second Weekend:
Pirate and Barbarian Hordes invade the festivities on the second weekend. Let loose and have a jolly good time while you participate in Scavenger Hunts, Costume contests, and a Talk Like a Pirate Competitions.

– FOUR stages filled with Heart pounding Action and fun
– hardcore jousting action
– over 900 costumed actors, with interactive and immersive 360 theater
– 100 shops with amazing wares and one of the kind artistic creations


Visit their website for more details http://www.valhallafaire.com/#!



Apr 25 2012

South Lake Tahoe Golf Courses are preparing to open

The dry conditions of the recent winter have been a blessing and a curse for the South Shore’s golf greens. On one hand, the courses will soon be open, for some, an earlier start than last year. On the other hand, the lack of precipitation and bitter cold was tough on the sensitive grasses.

Out at Bijou Golf Course, the fairways were a mishmash of yellow and brown patches mixed with swathes of fresh green stems. Though the holes still need to be set and the tees need to be marked, the course will open to the public Saturday April 28th with new lower fees approved by the City Council. A round at Bijou will now cost $15 for residents (down from $19) and $17 for non-residents (down from $22).

The other South Shore courses will open in the coming weeks. For some, it’s been a tougher winter season than others.

Tahoe Paradise Golf Course

“We’re really positive about the way our course is going to come out of this winter,” said Bryan Davis, Edgewood Tahoe marketing manager. Because of the dry winter, course maintenance crews had to turn on the irrigation in January, Davis said. Though some of the grass is brown now, the warm weather should spur growth, Davis added.

The greens are uncovered at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course in Meyers, but staff is still waiting for some of the snow to melt off the course. They’re shooting for an May 1 opening, about a month earlier than they were able to open last year, said golf director Abram Robinson.

Across Highway 50 and to the north, Lake Tahoe Golf Course will open the range and the pro shop Saturday. The course isn’t quite ready, but the grass is greening up quickly, said new general manager Kevin Sommerfeld. Maintenance workers still have some aerating, seeding and top dressing to do, but the course should be open by May 1 as long as there aren’t any big storms between now and then, Sommerfeld said. The early winter dry spell was pretty rough on the grass, he added.

Nonetheless, golf will be under way soon.

Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune posted on April 20th, 2012 by Dylan Silver – http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20120420/ARCHIVES01/120419883/1056&parentprofile=1056


Apr 01 2012

School board in South Lake Tahoe approves Mountain Sports Academy

Starting in the fall, Lake Tahoe Unified School District will offer a new, sportier program to students who are just as interested in hitting the slopes as they are in their education.

The school board approved the creation of the South Lake Tahoe Mountain Sports Academy at their Tuesday meeting. The new school will balance on-hill or on-ice training with normal high school courses and events.

The new academy will aim to develop students’ abilities in skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey as well as provide them with an education that’s scheduled around their training. 

The academy is a partnership between Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort, Tahoe Sports Entertainment, which runs the ice rink, and the school district. During the winter season, daily transportation to the mountain or to the ice rink would be provided. Academy students would take courses in classrooms near the facilities as well as at South Tahoe High School. All transportation and other costs of attending competitions would be the responsibility of the student.The South Lake Tahoe Mountain Sports Academy is geared toward middle-class families who can’t afford a typical academy price tag of $100,000 or more. Sierra and the school district will be recruiting students from the high school’s existing ski team, the Sierra development and Rippers teams, the United States Amateur Snowboard Association roster, and other high schools in El Dorado County, Sacramento and the Bay Area.

The new academy will only be a day program. The district will not be responsible for housing the students. The primary benefit to the school district is the increased enrollment that an academy schedule would bring.

The main costs revolve around the coaching academy students would receive, rather than the education component. Costs for the coaching program and use of facilities is estimated between $10,000 and $15,000 depending on whether the student chooses skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey.

Click here to read the full article from Tahoe Daily Tribune 

Click here to see a map of the Schools in South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Nov 10 2011

Turkey Bingo Fundraiser in Lake Tahoe.


Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s time to be thankful and to help the community. This Saturday you will have the opportunity to help the community by playing Bingo and winning prizes including turkeys, pies and toys.

Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe is announcing the first annual Turkey Bingo. The proceeds will benefit the Viking Lights Project at South Tahoe High School.

The Kiwanis Club Turkey Bingo will take place at The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd. Saturday, November 12th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Admission is FREE! WIN your Thanksgiving Turkey Bingo cards are 25 cents per card, per game (approximately 20-25 games to be played) Play 1 card, play 10 cards… Play to Win!! Great family fun, bring the kids. Prizes include turkeys, pies, and toys.



Oct 26 2011

From Brazil to the snow in Lake Tahoe.

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I have many fond memories of growing up in Brazil. I love everything about Brazil, the culture, the people, the food, the weather and I’m so proud to be Brazilian. I remember the weather was always nice and warm, even our winters were warm. I used to live a few blocks from the beach in a town called Santos, in the State of Sao Paulo. I used to go to the beach almost every day. When in high school, my school was right in front of the beach. Every day I would look out my classroom window and I could see the beautiful sea shining under the sun and many people having fun and playing soccer. Some days I just couldn’t resist and I would sneak out of class and skip school with my best friend, cross the street and just join the fun at the beach.

It was amazing growing up in Brazil, I wouldn’t change anything. However, when growing up ISantos - Brazil 2 always felt like there was something missing. I couldn’t figure out what it was. Since I was a little girl I always had a dream of living in the USA. I didn’t quite know why I wanted it so bad, I just had a feeling in my heart that I had to be there. I remember when trying to learn English it came very naturally to me. I liked the way it sounded and how simple and easy it was compared to Portuguese. I used to watch American movies on TV and dream that one day I’d be in that country, speaking English and living the American culture.


There’s another reason why I wanted to go to USA, to see the snow. I really wanted to see the snow. In Brazil is way too warm and we don’t have snow. I always wondered what it would feel like to see the snow for the first time, to touch it, to make snow angels and to have snow ball fights. The first time I saw snow I was mesmerized by its beauty and by the big snowflakes just floating and falling very slowly from the sky. It’s so surreal to see everything so white covered by the snow. It’s hard to explain how magic it is.

When in Brazil, dreaming about coming to the USA I used to imagine what it would feel like to snowboard. I had surfed and skated before but I just knew that snowboarding would be a totally different experience and way more special. I love the way that snowboarding is a sport that is filled with excitement and personality. I also loved the way that snowboarding was seen as a kind of extreme sport.


The first opportunity I had to come to the USA was when I find out about an International Exchange Work Program that allowed international students to go work abroad during their school break. In Brazil our school break is between November and February, this is our summer vacation. As part of this interchange program, American employers would hold job fairs in several countries in South America like Brazil, Argentina, Peru and etc. recruiting international employees to work for their companies during the winter season.

In the job fair there were several employers from the hotel and ski resort industry. At that time I was a student in my second year at the University with a major in Marketing and Advertising. I didn’t think twice about taking this opportunity to go work in a ski resort, improve my English and learn how to snowboard. I took all my savings to pay for the program and my family helped me with some money too. I applied for a position to work at Dodge Ridge, a small ski resort located in Northern California, 30 miles east of Sonora, near Pinecrest, just off of Highway 108. I worked there the whole winter season and had a wonderful experience. I got to see the snow for the first time, I’ve learned how to snowboard and even got to travel to other cities in California.

The second time I went to apply for a job in the US I decided I wanted to visit a different ski resort. I applied for a position at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Sierra-at-Tahoe is a ski resort located in Northern California, in Twin Bridges, 15 to 30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. First time I saw South Lake Tahoe I thought it was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. The lake was sparkling and the mountains in the background were covered with snow. It looked like a picture from a magazine that I never thought it would be possible to see in person. The more time I spent in South Lake Tahoe the more I knew this is where I wanted to be for a long time. Curling up under a blanket next to a cozy fireplace drinking a cup of hot chocolate after a long day of snowboarding, there’s nothing like it. The mountain living lifestyle is so amazing and it’s something I could never experience in Brazil.

The next few years I kept going back and forth between South Lake Tahoe and Brazil. During the winter season I would work at Sierra-at-Tahoe and then I would go back to Brazil and finish my course at the University. During those years I met my husband Jimmy while working at the ski resort. He is American, born in the Bay Area. We’ve been together for 6 years and married for almost 3 years. Since we got married I’ve been living in South Lake Tahoe permanently. I’ve worked at Sierra-at-Tahoe for a total of 7 seasons now.

In the last couple of years I’ve decided to get my Real Estate license. I’ve been doing Real Estate for almost 2 years now and I love it. It’s such an exciting and fulfilling career. I love living and working in South Lake Tahoe. There is a great variety of summer and winter outdoor activities all year round. Snow and skiing play a major part in Tahoe’s economy as well as the 24 hour casinos around the lake.

In the winter there are plenty of options to enjoy such as, skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, tubing, snowmobiling and etc. In the summer there are many recreational activities such as hiking, boating, camping, fishing, golfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountain climbing and many more. I enjoy doing many of these outdoor activities with my husband and friends. I want to be living in South Lake Tahoe for a long time and pretty soon start a family and raise my kids here. I couldn’t picture myself living anywhere else.

My family in Brazil comes to visit me in Tahoe about once every two years, and I try to go visit them in Brazil as much as I can. They are very happy for me that I got to make my dream come true of living in the USA and snowboarding every year. I really miss all my friends and family in Brazil but I’m having a blast here and I know this is where I was meant to be. I love Tahoe!

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