10 easy (and delish!) camping food recipes

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Unofficial outdoor recreation fact: camping food tastes better. At Camp Richardson, we think this is especially true of campsite cuisine prepared in the great outdoors on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Why not try these easy camping-food recipes next time you head out? You just might start a new tradition.

#1 – S’moreos

oreo cookie s'more

Photo courtesy of www.therecipenut.com

Take your treats game to the next level with an epic twist on a beloved classic. With this S’moreos recipe by the folks at www.therecipenut.com you just replace the graham cracker with a chocolate sandwich cookie. It’s that easy (and even more irresistible than it sounds). (more…)

These 3 Lake Tahoe cruises are exactly what you’re looking for

panoramic view of emerald bay lake tahoe

When you consider the sandy shores, crystal clear waters, Ponderosa-pine-lined vistas and rugged surrounding peaks, it’s no wonder Lake Tahoe’s beauty is 100% legendary. But until you’ve experienced North America’s largest alpine lake from aboard one of the famous Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe cruises, you simply cannot fully appreciate the beauty of the Big Blue. (more…)

5 Lake Tahoe Traffic Hacks You Need

south lake tahoe water taxi

With these 5 insider tips, you’ll spend more time sipping Rum Runners and less time sitting in traffic.

Lake Tahoe traffic ebbs and flows depending on the season, day of the week, and road conditions. Most times, it’s no big deal. Other times—especially in summer—it can give rush hour in downtown Los Angeles a run for its money. And those are the times when you’ll be glad you have these five Tahoe traffic hacks stashed in your backpack. (more…)

Vikingsholm, Lake Tahoe – Interesting Facts

sunset at emerald bay lake tahoe

Vikingsholm mansion, on the shores of Emerald Bay, spies on Fannette Island in the morning’s first light..

Lake Tahoe’s most spectacular natural feature—Emerald Bay State Park is home to both Fannette Island and the historic architectural wonder called Vikingsholm mansion (known affectionately as Vikingsholm Castle). Built in 1929 by a woman named Lora J. Knight, it’s no wonder the 38-room, granite-built vacation home is referred to as a castle.


Lake Tahoe Spring Break – 6 Things to Do

family cross country skiing

Expect some seriously powderful fun for Lake Tahoe spring break 2019!

As you probably know, we have SNOW—and lots of it. That said, here are some things you can do to get the most out of your spring snow getaway in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. (more…)

Lake Tahoe Weather Trends – Fun (& Useful) Facts

aerial photo of camp richardson lake tahoe

Understand Tahoe Weather & Know How to Pack

One of the best things about Lake Tahoe’s weather trends is that they make this place one of the best in the world for year-round outdoor fun. And we speak from experience. After all, Camp Richardson has been a year-round South Lake Tahoe resort for almost a century. (more…)

Snowshoeing Lake Tahoe – A Basic Checklist

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Snowshoeing Lake Tahoe has been a local pastime for decades. (Photo courtesy of Camp Richardson)

Snowshoeing Lake Tahoe—there’s no better way to enjoy a wintery adventure in the Sierra. Low-snow conditions or obstacles like downed trees might delay cross-country skis, but they’re no match for snowshoes.

And what’s especially great about snowshoeing Lake Tahoe (or anywhere) is that it’s ultra easy and super fun for the whole family. If you can walk with a wide stride, you can snowshoe.

Camp Rich’s snowshoe trails have been a local and visitor favorite for decades, so we like to think we know our stuff. That said, if you’re new to snowshoeing or just new to snowshoeing the lake trails, this checklist is for you. We made sure to include the basic stuff you’ll need to know before heading out for some pristine snow touring. (more…)

Fall Feast Week Is Back at the Beacon Bar & Grill

Bring a healthy appetite: We don’t call it Fall Feast Week for nothing.

November at Camp Richardson Resort means one thing: Fall Feast Week. The Beacon Bar & Grill is thrilled to host its 5th-annual fall prix fixe dinner November 2-11, served each night from 5:00 p.m. until closing.


Fall at Camp Richardson Resort

As temperatures cool and the leaves change color, our seasonal cuisine changes as well. One of the best things about fall is the transition to richer, heartier food like the fine autumn-inspired comfort food featured on The Beacon’s four-course prix fixe dinner menu. From starters to entrées to desserts, Fall Feast Week offers a one-of-a-kind night of fine dining and incomparable Lake Tahoe views, all for just $45 per person.


Relaxing times on our deck

Perhaps the hardest part of the Fall Feast Week dining experience is choosing from each course’s mouth-watering options, which The Beacon’s chefs create just for this event—from soup and salad through delectable dessert.


Intimate setting at The Beacon

To complement your food choices and enhance your dining experience, The Beacon’s Fall Feast Week prix fixe menu offers suggested beer and wine pairings for each of the four courses.  Drinks are not included in the price, but you can choose your favorite from The Beacon’s extensive wine and cocktail menu.

Fall Feast Week is one of our most popular events, so we strongly recommend making a reservation in advance by calling 530-541-0630. We hope you come join us for a memorable night of fine dining and help us kick off the winter menu on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe!

Enjoy the Sweet Taste of Summer, Camp Richardson Style

Haven’t visited our old-fashioned ice cream parlor yet?  Stop in for a tasty treat you’ll remember long after you’ve gone home.

Nothing hits the spot on a hot summer day like a scoop of sweet, creamy ice cream.  If you haven’t visited Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor yet, stop in today to see what all the buzz is about.  Camp Richardson’s very own old-fashioned ice cream parlor offers 18 flavors of premium Crystal Creamery ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet to choose from (plus two or three special flavors each day) set atop a traditional cake or waffle cone.


Mint chip in a waffle cone.

From the always-popular mint chocolate chip and decadent Kona coffee to rich pralines and cream and the kid-pleasing bubble gum, Richardson’s has something for everyone.  But be sure to bring your appetite; we pile our scoops extra high to give you loads of creamy goodness to enjoy.  At just $3.00 for a kid’s scoop, $4.00 for a single scoop and $5.00 for a belt-busting double scoop, it’s the sweetest deal in town.

Craving something other than a cone?  Like any good old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Richardson’s offers a variety of mouthwatering cone alternatives:  Try a brownie sundae, banana split, milkshake, root beer float, or this season’s new hit, apple pie a la mode.  Up for a challenge?  Take on our towering Camp Richardson Sundae:  three heaping scoops of your favorite ice cream flavors, two scrumptious toppings (think Oreo cookies, hot fudge, Heath Bar, peanut butter, caramel, and rainbow sprinkles), mounds of fluffy whipped cream, and a cherry on top — perfect for sharing with that special someone or tackling by yourself.


Always a popular destination.

Surrounded by soaring pine trees, Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor is the perfect place to kick up your feet at one of our outdoor tables and indulge in a tasty treat while taking in the natural beauty that makes Lake Tahoe special.  Come in today and start making sweet memories with your friends and family!

Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. until September 5, then on weekends only until October 2 when it closes for the season.

Family Fun This Spring

You’ll want to hop to it for these Easter and Mother’s Day package values.

For many families, good times at Camp Richardson are already a cherished tradition. If your family hasn’t started that tradition yet, or if you’d like to add spring memories to yours, now is the perfect time. Camp Richardson is offering packages for Easter and Mother’s Day that feature comfortable lodging and so much more.

There’s still time to reserve your Family Easter Day Fun at the Lake. At $425, this package definitely lives up to its name. With check in on March 25 and check out on March 28 (only), you’ll spend three nights in a year-round cabin or duplex where you’ll find a dozen eggs and dye for Easter Bunny assistance. An Easter basket of goodies will also be waiting, along with a $50 dining credit for the Beacon Bar & Grill.

Family fun on our beach.

Looking ahead to the May 8 holiday (Moms reading this – time to drop a hint), the Family Mother’s Day Cabin Special will make any Mom smile. The $350 rate, with check in on May 6 or 7, includes two nights in a cozy year-round cabin and a tasty Camp Richardson Breakfast Basket. Flowers and chocolates and a $75 Beacon Bar & Grill dining credit will also make Mom feel special.


One of our beachside cabins.

For empty-nesters or parents-to-be, the Mother’s Day Hotel/Beachside Inn Special is the ideal appreciation or anticipation retreat for two. Two nights lodging in either location, check in May 7 and check out May 9 (only), plus flowers and chocolates, a $50 Beacon Bar & Grill dining credit and a $15 General Store breakfast certificate make the $200 rate a great value, too.

Of course, some restrictions apply to these offers and they are subject to availability. For details and reservations, call our reservation specialists at 800-544-1801, or send a lodging inquiry. And, from the Camp Richardson family to yours, Happy Spring!