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!

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.


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.

Dining at The Beacon

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.


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.


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.

pumpkin 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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

Dads, grads, and fun in June  

Consider Camp Richardson your Lake Tahoe headquarters for summer fun this month. We specialize in offering good times all year long… but with the celebrations of fathers and graduates alike, we can’t help but make the unofficial proclamation that Camp Richardson is the place to be this June.

Take our old timey Ice Cream Parlor, for example. It’s now open for the summer season and is the ideal place to stage an impromptu social after graduation or even after a scenic cruise on the bike path that traverse the resort. By the way, our Mountain Sports Center is here to help get you and your crew on the trail with all kinds of bike rentals and outdoor recreation gear.

As we prepare to celebrate the fathers in our lives, look no further than Camp Richardson to help you with the perfect paternal pampering plan. Not sure what to get him for Father’s Day? How about an outdoorsy Lake Tahoe vacation at historic Camp Richardson or a scenic boat ride aboard one of our Rum Runner Cruise this summer? Need ideas on how to celebrate? Bring dad into the Beacon Bar & Grill for a pint of his favorite craft beer and a great meal with an even greater view of Lake Tahoe. On Father’s Day, June 21, we’ll be serving a special “manly” menu, sure to delight your Dad from 10:30am-5pm. Call for reservations at 530.541.0630.

The Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival opens at the nearby historic Heller Estate (Valhalla) on June 17th. Pick up some picnic goodies in Camp Richardson’s General Store on your way to one of the culture-rich performances this month. Opening night is June 17th with master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser.

We’re looking forward to more fun in the sun as we splash into summer here at Camp Richardson. 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. Click here for more information.

Spring for Joy

Here at Camp Richardson, we’re seeing all the signs of a perfect Tahoe spring: wildflowers, gorgeous weather, and new activities to enjoy around the resort. The aspen trees are bursting with green leaves and the bears and their cubs are awake – reminders that it’s time to get outside and play! Starting Memorial Weekend, our resort is in full-swing!


Our Mountain Sports Center is ready to help you and your crew hit the nearby trails with cruisers, full suspension mountain bikes, tandem bikes, helmets, children’s bike trailers and more.

Boat Rentals

Boat Rentals

If warmer temperatures have you longing to get out on Lake Tahoe, great news: Camp Richardson’s marina is fully open starting Memorial Weekend. We have a full fleet of double and single kayaks available for rent, and our paddleboards and peddle boats are perfect for roving the shoreline. Need more speed? Rev the engine of a Four Winns power boat for four, eight or even 12 people and take off on your own adventure. We’ve seen bald eagles and osprey nesting in the giant pine trees along the shore, don’t forget to pack binoculars!

Back at the resort after a full day of fun, you’ll be ready for sustenance. That’s where the Beacon Bar & Grill comes in. We suggest ordering some of our famous calamari and an infamous Rum Runner, then kick back on the deck and enjoy the view of Lake Tahoe. Artists on deck for live music this month include the JKC Band, Trey Stone Band, Solid Gold Hyper Drive and Lake Effect Jazz – all excellent sound pairings with a craft beer from the Beacon’s heady lineup of taps.

Kayak coffe shop

And don’t forget our Coffee and Confectionery Shop and our Ice Cream Parlor. Both are open starting Memorial Weekend and serving yummy treats for our guests.

Ready to plan your getaway? Take advantage of Lake Tahoe lodging specials at Camp Richardson, especially during the spring, fall and winter. There are some incredible deals and packages available during those times. Give us a call at 800.544.1801 or send us a lodging inquiry to get started.

PS: Travelers on their way to Camp Richardson should know that there will be road work on Highway 90 from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Please expect delays. Click here for more information.

News & Info at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina

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Here at Camp Richardson Historic Marina & Resort, there’s always something going on that is just too good to not share. What with the property’s 120 acres of shoreline on Lake Tahoe, it’s time to start blogging about the year-round outdoor recreation and multitude of lodging we offer. Perhaps it’s no surprise we’ve just started this blog, since we’re a resort where disconnecting with the day-to-day in order to connect with others happens daily. But before you disconnect, this is your go-to spot to get the scoop on what we’re enjoying the most at Camp Richardson at the moment.

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Subscribe to our blog to also get tasty news from the Beacon Bar & Grill, our year-round, lakefront restaurant home to the infamous frosty cocktail, the Rum Runner. You won’t want to miss the live music lineup on the deck! Whether coming for the day or staying for a week, the outdoor activities and dining options are seemingly endless.


Also tune in here for seasonal updates, like how our full-service marina’s boat, jet ski, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals are getting ready for you, or how the Mountain Sports Center is able to outfit your entire family with bike rentals for the nearby forested trails that are open. In the winter months, we’ll give you the latest on our cross country ski and snowshoe trails and winter gear rentals.


Not only does Camp Richardson offer incredible beauty and outdoor activities, it’s also one of the few historic sites around Lake Tahoe where you can stay. Cozy lake view cabins, the historic Hotel, and other rustic lodging and camping at Camp Richardson take you back to an old-timey Tahoe, without skimping on resort amenities like our General Store, Coffee Shop, and Ice Cream Parlor.

Ready to get in on the fun, history and scenic beauty at Camp Richardson? Contact us at 800.544.1801 or by sending an online lodging inquiry. The California sunshine and warm weather have us ready for action! Stay tuned for more updates as we slide into another spectacular season at Lake Tahoe.