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 third-annual fall prix fixe dinner from November 4-13, 2016, 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. (Check out the full menu.)

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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. Shake off the cold with a piping-hot bowl of creamy ginger butternut squash soup topped with spicy pecan crème fraiche or The Beacon’s famous house-made New England clam chowder. Follow that up with your choice of a grilled sweet potato and bacon salad tossed in a house-made mustard dill vinaigrette or a pecan and pear salad topped with bleu cheese crumbles, dried cherries, and a maple vinaigrette.

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Intimate setting at The Beacon

After the soup and salad has whetted your appetite, you can select your entrée from amongst three tempting choices. How does a spinach, gouda, and pancetta-stuffed pork chop sound, served with seasonal vegetables and cornbread stuffing and finished with a house-made whisky apple cream sauce? Craving seafood? The pistachio-crusted halibut, finished with a rich velouté cream sauce and served with red rice and grilled asparagus, is sure to satisfy your craving. In the unlikely event that neither of those sounds tempting, enjoy a pan-seared maple leaf duck breast served with butternut squash risotto and crispy duck bacon and finished with a sweet blueberry sauce. Not a meat eater? No problem. The menu also offers a five-vegetable quinoa vegetarian entrée option, available upon request.

If you still have room for dessert after those three hearty courses, finish off your night with another almost impossible choice: a slice of sweet potato maple layered cheesecake served with vanilla bean ice cream balls or a cinnamon apple tart glazed with a sumptuous cinnamon cider sauce.

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!

Throw on your dirndl or 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. 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.

The city of Munich, Germany, held the first Oktoberfest to celebrate the October 12, 1810, wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. As a way to include Munich’s citizens in their nuptial celebration, the royal couple graciously invited locals to attend various festivities held on grassy fields just outside the city. A series of raucous horse races closed out the event, laying the foundation for Oktoberfest celebrations throughout Germany for the past 200 years.

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Huge beers at Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest has changed dramatically since that first one in 1810, but Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest has everything that makes this annual worldwide folk festival the much-anticipated event it is today: a well-stocked beer and wine garden, an assortment of delicious German food and desserts, and the crowd-pleasing Gruber Family Band keeping toes tapping with lively polka music — plus it’s free to attend!  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Live music by Gruber Family Band

What makes Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest special? The wide variety of entertaining, family-friendly activities to choose from sets our two-day celebration apart from the rest. Sip from a souvenir beer mug and sink your teeth into a freshly-cooked turkey leg or IPA beer-infused bratwurst created specifically for us. Thrill the kids with a trip to the face painting booth before heading to the bouncy house or bungee jump to burn off some energy.

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Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest is fun for the whole family

If it’s a contest you’re looking for, our Oktoberfest is the event for you. Itching to flaunt your authentic German outfit? Strut your stuff in our costume contest, which is open to dapper dogs as well (dogs are allowed on the resort for the costume contest only and must be leashed at all times). Want to show off your incredible strength? Impress your family and friends with our stein holding contest. Have a hearty appetite? Tackle our most challenging Oktoberfest event: a bratwurst eating contest to be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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Bring your friends to Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest

You can even get a jump on fall decorations with a stroll through our various craft booths, many offering locally-made products, and a kid-pleasing stop at our famed pumpkin patch. As one employee who’s worked Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest for several years puts it, “It’s without a doubt one of the most fun outdoor events in South Lake Tahoe.”

Held this year on October 1-2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, Camp Richardson’s 22nd annual Oktoberfest celebration has something every member of the family will enjoy. We hope you can join us — and don’t forget your dirndl or lederhosen!

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.

Welcome Fall at Camp Richardson’s 21st Annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 3 – 4

Camp Richardson's Oktoberfest

Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest

Can’t make it to Munich for Oktoberfest? Join us at Camp Richardson for our annual Oktoberfest, a celebrated event the entire family can enjoy on the shore of Lake Tahoe 10am – 5pm, October 3 – 4. Much like its German counterpart, our Oktoberfest has music and a lively outdoor beer garden, but it also features unique experiences that can only be found at here. So break out the lederhosen and get ready to welcome fall in true Tahoe fashion.

Gruber Family Band

Gruber Family Band

After cruising into the resort via bike or designated driver, you’ll be greeted by the sounds of festive polka music by the Gruber Family Band. Besides laying down a solid bassline on the tuba, the band invites folks to participate in yodeling contests, dances and more. Challenge your friends and family to see who can put forth the best yo-de-leh-tee-hee, or who’s sporting the best Oktoberfest garb. The costume contest is even open to dogs (who must be on a leash at all times).

Great Kid Activities

Great Kid Activities

The merrymaking will work up a thirst, and probably an appetite, too. That’s where our culinary team comes in. An assortment of German food and desserts are served conveniently close to the beer garden. We can’t wait to try the St. Archer IPA-infused Bratwurst that are being made just for this event. St. Archer IPA is one of the many beers we’ll have on tap, and whether you’re hoisting a souvenir stein of one of the Oktoberfest or Heffewiezen style beers, a shot of Jägermeister or a glass of premium wine, the term you’ll want to use is “prost” when it’s time to let out a resounding “cheers!”

The Kids Pumpkin Patch is always a favorite

The Kids Pumpkin Patch is always a favorite

While you’re strolling around, make sure to check out the local artist and vendor booths, and let the kids go wild in the bounce house and pumpkin patch. Activities for the entire family abound at Camp Richardson, so it only makes sense that our Oktoberfest celebration captures the same spirit in this fun fall event. PS: www.CampRichardson.com has you covered with lodging packages, bike rentals and more dining options during Oktoberfest. Auf wiedersehen!

 

Five Beers to Taste this Fall

As the aspen trees around Camp Richardson turn gold, this time of year reminds us of other seasonal delights like cozy sweaters, crisp Tahoe mountain air… and beer. Whether you’re kicking back at the Beacon with one of the many craft beers we have rotating on tap (a few are listed below), hanging out at home with some friends, making the “beer tour” around Tahoe, or shouting “prost!” at Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest, October 3-4, keep these brews in mind as you sip your way through fall.

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Each year, our friends at Sierra Nevada team up with a celebrated German brewery to create a beer that will transport you to the festival beer tents of Bavaria. Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest is unique every season since each year features a new partnership. The 2015 edition features a toasty, malty, delicious brew collaboration is with Brauhaus Riegele of Ausburg. Riegele knows a thing or two about brewing, as their brewing roots go back to the 1300s. The deep gold color and fresh baked bread flavors in this beer are from the traditional German Steffi barley that’s used.

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Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

Total Domination’s floral and citrusy flavors are balanced by Munich malts for a refreshing IPA that dominates on taste but won’t overwhelm with its hop profile. Currently on tap at the Beacon, this is a go-to beer to sip after an autumn bike ride, especially when paired with the Kobe-Angus Beacon Burger or our Blackened Mahi Mahi tacos.

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10 Barrel Joe IPA

You might have heard of Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewery being acquired by Anheuser Bush. Beer snobs, fear not: the silver lining is that some of Oregon’s craftiest beers will have a wider distribution this fall. Enter Joe IPA. 10 Barrel is accustomed to shirking the heavy hand of corporate beer after changing this brew’s name from SAM (for the Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic hops it’s brewed with) to Joe after a trademark issues was raised from a certain larger-scale brewery. We’ll let you guess what happened there, but this West Coast IPA-styled beer is everything you need for sipping this season: citrus up front, a hoppy profile that’s not too intense and a refreshing pine finish.

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Cider

Ok fine, this is not a beer. But fall is the perfect time to try a crisp and boozy cider. Plus, if you’re trying to pump the breaks with your gluten intake, cider is a refreshing alternative. We’ll have Angry Orchard’s Apple Cider on tap at Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest. Take a stein for a spin and see what you think. In other cider news, Ace Cider releases a seasonal hard pumpkin cider from California’s Gravenstein apple country that’s crafted with local apples, spices and of course pumpkin in a limited edition brew.

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Ballast Point Double Oatmeal Stout

Leave it to Ballast Point to release a bold anniversary stout to celebrate the season. Our fellow beer geeks at the Beacon say the Sextant limited edition stout has cappuccino and cookie dough flavors and a smooth, nutty finish that’s perfection when poured from a nitrous tap. It’s a great stand-alone stout, or as a component in a proper Black and Tan. Pair this with fish and chips and you’ll be working on your winter layer in good taste.

Remember to imbibe responsibly and designate a driver. And heads up, foodie and craft beer lovers: save the date for fun food and beer pairings at Camp Richardson’s Fall Feast Week, Nov. 6 – 15, 2015. For more on what’s on tap at Camp Richardson, stay tuned to our Facebook page.

10 Camping Recipes to try at Camp Richardson

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Unofficial outdoor recreation fact: food tastes better when camping. At Camp Richardson, we think this is especially true with campsite cuisine prepared in the great outdoors at Lake Tahoe. Try one of our favorite camping recipes and share which one you like best!

  1. S’moreos: Enough of this graham cracker business. It’s time to take your s’more game to the next level.
  2. Camping sandwiches: Hot pressed sandwiches, grilled to perfection over the fire.
  3. Ember-roasted corn and leeks: No shucking. No fuss. No muss. All delicious.
  4. Dutch Oven Chilaquiles: Don’t be threatened by the dutch oven – this cast iron device is your best friend for campsite cooking.
  5. Cajun Hobo pockets: Wrap up some delicious ingredients and just add hot coals!
  6. Banh Mi hot dogs: A foodie twist on the campsite classic.
  7. Campfire Bacon: Surprisingly, bacon can be even more delicious.
  8. Fire roasted salmon with herbs and lemon: Be the camp hero with this savory recipe.
  9. Camping Sangria: Make this delicious concoction before you head out for the day, and enjoy campsite cocktails when you return from hiking, biking or other activities near Camp Richardson.
  10. Blueberry Cobbler on the grill: Just because you can’t pack your oven doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fresh-baked dessert at camp.

The resort’s General Store has you covered for essentials (and emergency picnics and made-to-order deli sandwiches). Or, stop by the Ski Run Farmers Market on Fridays to pick up local veggies and artisan condiments. Speaking of locals, make sure to be aware of the bears that call Lake Tahoe home and manage your food and campsite accordingly. Here are more tips on campsite safety to ensure your best trip ever.

Do you have a favorite camping recipe? Let us know in the comments!

Explore Lake Tahoe like a local. Or a celebrity. Same thing.

July is an extraordinary month to visit Lake Tahoe and Camp Richardson. Fireworks explode over the lake on 4th of July. Celebrities compete at the fabulous Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Wildflowers are bursting with reds, yellows and purples. There’s a common thread to enjoying all the area has to offer: ditch the car and explore July like a local.

You see, locals and celebrities both have it right – there’s no car needed to see it all. And instead of traveling via private jet, guests at Camp Richardson can leave their car and hike, bike, paddle or cruise their own adventure. For the American Century Championship July 14-19, we suggest renting a boat and from our marina and viewing it from the lake, like the VIP you are.

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Hit the trail in outdoor red carpet style after a stop at our Mountain Sports Center. Specialists can get your entire crew set up with full-suspension mountain bikes, beach cruisers and all the accessories to go out and play. Incredible trails for all abilities of the hiking and biking persuasion await. We’re enjoying the wildflowers that are blooming right now along the forest bike path and meadow trails.

There’s plenty of bike-friendly events to peddle to as well. The Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival has a highly anticipated line up at the nearby historic Heller Estate (Valhalla) including free concerts on the lawn July 5th, 9th and 12th. Speaking of free concerts, Live at Lakeview free concert series takes place Thursdays on the beach at Lakeview Commons (with free bike valet to continue your celebrity-eque experience). Explore it all with a small carbon footprint and no parking hassles.

Of course, celebrity treatment at Camp Richardson starts by calling our reservation specialists at 800-544-1801, or sending a lodging inquiry for an unforgettable visit this summer.

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Summer at Lake Tahoe doesn’t disappoint, especially here at Camp Richardson with our lakefront locale. And don’t forget! The Forest Service is doing heavy tree work at multiple locations along Highway 89 near the resort. Plan ahead and be prepared for delays. Or bypass it all together by hiking or biking the forest path that parallels this road. Click here for more information.