Vikingsholm, Lake Tahoe – Interesting Facts

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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.

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Lake Tahoe Spring Break – 6 Things to Do

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

It’s that Time of the Year Again: Oktoberfest in Tahoe

Throw on your dirndl or latch on your lederhosen, grab your beer stein and come help us celebrate our favorite October tradition.

October is right around the corner and at Camp Richardson, that means one thing: Oktoberfest in Tahoe! Since 1994, we’ve been celebrating Oktoberfest like nowhere else in Lake Tahoe, and this year’s celebration will be bigger and better than ever. (more…)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Holiday Dining

Lake Tahoe’s Historic Camp Richardson Decks the Halls and Rings in the New Year with Festive Prix Fixe Dining

If you’re wondering what to make this Christmas or New Year’s Eve, we have you covered: make reservations and leave the cooking and cleaning to us. For years, families and loved ones have come to Camp Richardson to enjoy the holidays, and the Beacon Bar & Grill offers the perfect setting – bedazzled with twinkling lights and a jaw-dropping view of Lake Tahoe – to relax, dine and celebrate the season.
Enjoy Christmas at the Beacon with an exclusive four-course prix fixe menu for $45 on December 25th, served from 11:30am – 6pm (along with the regular menu for favorites you know and love). Start with your choice of appetizer: French onion soup, topped with toasted crostini and melted Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses; or the house-made butternut squash ravioli, stuffed with a blend of winter spices and ricotta cheese, finished with a portabella mushroom cream sauce. Then dig into the second course, the Beacon’s winter salad; chock full of mixed greens, mandarin oranges, cranberries, sweet potato purée, red onion, toasted almonds and tossed in a Meyer lemon vinaigrette. The entrée options make for tough decision making. Will it be the USDA Choice Prime Rib, infused with roasted garlic, cooked to perfection and served with au jus and horseradish cream sauce, accompanied by parsnip mashed potatoes and bacon-wrapped asparagus? Or perhaps the roasted half game hen with orange-saffron glaze, served with Chanterelle mushroom risotto and green bean squash casserole? Either way, you may find yourself letting out a “Ho, ho, ho!” afterwards. And that’s ok. We present a delicate blackberry Elderflower crème brulee for dessert, crafted by our team of culinary elves – or chefs, as you may call them.

Dining at The Beacon

Dining at The Beacon

On New Year’s Eve, the Beacon will be serving a festive five course menu for $75 December 31st, served from 6 – 10pm, complete with a glass of sparkling wine. First, enjoy a sausage and white bean minestra (like a hearty minestrone soup, but better). The second course will delight seafood lovers with their choice of Clams Casino: fresh clams topped with finely chopped onion, bell pepper and bacon, baked with Parmesan cheese; or Diver Scallops, seared to perfection atop a fennel puree and micro greens, finished with a pomegranate glaze. We present a strawberry spinach salad served with Feta cheese, fresh strawberries, Applewood smoked bacon, candied walnuts, and tossed in a creamy strawberry vinaigrette for the third course. At this point of the evening, it may be time to take a stroll outside to stretch and get ready for the main event: your choice of Beef Wellington—USDA choice filet roasted to perfection in a classic Danish dough, accompanied by roasted root vegetables and parsnip mashed potatoes; or a seafood stuffed Maine Lobster topped with citrus vinaigrette, served with broccoli cauliflower casserole and a Chanterelle mushroom risotto, and for those who missed it during our Christmas feast, we present a third option of a roasted half game hen with orange-saffron glaze, served with Chanterelle mushroom risotto and a green bean squash casserole. For dessert, we’ll serve a tasteful assortment of truffles, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine to toast 2016 and welcome the new year.

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Hotel Lobby.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to experience Lake Tahoe’s winter wonderland at Camp Richardson. Outdoor recreation and snow play can be enjoyed right here at the resort, from exploring snow shoe and cross country ski trails to building a snowman on the beach. And with Sierra at Tahoe as well as Heavenly Mountain Resorts just minutes away, you’ll have no problem working up an appetite. In addition to feasting, the Beacon has a festive happy hour during the week, live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8pm and Sunday specials all day long so you can come watch the game with us. And if you need a winter vacation, don’t miss our winter lodging packages for great deals on a holiday escape.
From our family to yours, happy holidays!

Fall Feast Week: Four courses of fabulous at the Beacon through Nov. 15

Dinner in front of Lake Tahoe. Course after course of prix fixe cuisine. Dining on autumn-inspired comfort food, wine and beer pairings. There’s a lot to fall in love with at Camp Richardson’s Fall Feast Week, served now through November 15 at the Beacon Bar and Grill. Now in its third year, the event returns with four delicious courses for a cool $45 per person.

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Dining at The Beacon

Start your Fall Feast with a choice of carrot ginger bisque or roasted corn chowder before diving into either the roasted beet salad with walnuts or fall flavors salad with radicchio, spicy frisée and maple dressing. Then sit back and sip the recommended beer or wine and get ready for your entrée.

Fall Feast’s main courses make for tough decisions.  Will it be the blackened Columbia River salmon, topped with fresh pesto and served with a basil and bean cassoulet? Or, perhaps the chicken carbonara; house-made spinach fettuccini with pan-seared Petaluma free-range chicken breast, hardwood-smoked bacon and fresh peas in a cream reduction? Or will it be the New York Strip, rubbed with aromatic herbs and either grilled to perfection with onion frites, or pan-seared and topped with green peppercorn demi-glace?

It may be time for a stretch to make room for the sumptuous desserts that are served next. The choices are tempting: the Beacon’s famous hula pie; vanilla bean ice cream, honey-coated, caramelized walnuts in a Oreo cookie crust with Hershey’s fudge topping; or, sink your teeth into the pumpkin cranberry “bash” – a custardy, almost cheesecake-esque temptation with tart cranberries and a gingersnap crust.

The Beacon has a thoughtful list of pairings to go with each and every dish served during Fall Feast Week. Craft beers and premium California wines pairing can accompany each course, as well as any other beverage from the Beacon’s well-appointed taps and bar, featuring its signature frozen cocktail, the Rum Runner.  The regular lunch and dinner menus are available throughout the event, and you can even split the four courses for a nominal $6 to make room for other menu exploration.

We hope the fresh snow, golden aspen trees and fall season have you loving Lake Tahoe in the fall (and fine dining!) as much as we are. Call the Beacon at 530-541-0630 to plan your Fall Feast with family or friends today, the event ends soon and the restaurant will be closed for maintenance November 16 – 25, 2015.