North Lake Tahoe Correspondence – October 2017


It seems like over on the northeastern side of Lake Tahoe autumn came in fast. As we enter into the shoulder season, the temperatures have dropped 20 degrees and we’re experiencing some chilly mornings and some stormy afternoons … sometimes with snow!

                                                                   My backyard on September 21- the last day of summer

However, this is one of the best seasons to enjoy Tahoe because even though the temperatures are getting cold, the lake (generally) still stays warm. You’ll most likely have it all to yourself if you decide to go out on a paddleboard or kayak, unless winter decides to come early. Regardless of the weather though, Action Watersports (located at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village) is selling off their used paddle boards, single kayaks and double kayaks at incredible prices making now the best time to buy.

                                                          Kayla out enjoying a paddleboard session on a calmer Tahoe day

October is also a good time to get your last golf rounds in at the Championship Course and Mountain Course in Incline Village. The greens are still in great condition and golf rates are less expensive. The Mountain Course is closing October 8 and the Championship Course is going to try to stay open through Oct. 22 (weather permitting), so there’s still time to go out and hit some balls while you can.

A good way to ease into fall is to enjoy some of the local flavors at the newly opened Brewforia, grab a hot espresso drink at the Tunnel Creek Café, or head over to Rookie’s or Crosby’s to watch the games on one of their many sports-oriented TV’s.

                          Rob and Kathleen Martens of Glasses Wine Bar

If spending Football Sunday at a sports bar isn’t your thing, consider indulging in a delicious Sunday Brunch at Glasses Wine Bar. On Sundays from 11am-2pm through October 15, the owners Rob and Kathleen will be serving up bottomless mimosas, coffee, tea, and orange juice along with breakfast specials brought to you by Farmstand Foods. Aside from Sunday Brunch, Glasses is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3pm until 9pm.

It’s never too early to start getting ready for winter. As you upgrade your ski and snowboard gear don’t forget that Diamond Peak season passes are on sale through October 31.

Rumor has it that the 2017/18 winter is predicted to be just as snowy as the last one, and we definitely got our first real taste of it on September 21. Hopefully this is just Mother Nature gearing up to give us another season of many powder days.

If you need some extra motivation to get excited for the chillier days to come, Matchstick Productions’ new fun ski flick Drop Everything is also set to premier on October 11 at the Olympic Village Lodge. Its ties are close to home too, as it features lots of local skiers and is written and directed by Scott Gaffney.

                                                 A scene from Drop Everything Tahoe Backyard Sessions (photo by Jeff Cricco)

Even though things have calmed down quite a bit at the lake, the events don’t stop in Incline Village/Crystal Bay. Locals and guests will once again have the opportunity to indulge in decadent treats during the 29th Annual Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival to be held at the Hyatt on November 4.

There’s definitely plenty to see and do on the North Shore, and now is the time to get your final hikes in, socialize and enjoy the lake before we all get snowed in.

— Kayla Anderson