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Tahoe Fall Fun

Ten reasons to head to Tahoe now.

Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Hit a Food Fest

Head up to Northstar for the Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival September 5–7. The festival includes a host of events featuring food, wine, beer, and spirits. There is even a food hike, where participants venture out on a guided hike that includes trailside food tastings. Also, don't miss the kid zone, with face painting, balloon sculptures, and arts and crafts. gotahoenorth.com/events/autumn-food-and-wine-festival.


Find your Inner German

Enjoy traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, bratwursts, beer, and more at Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley Resort on September 27. Tickets are $10. squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/oktoberfest.


Enjoy the Perfect Cocktail

Head to the Ritz-Carlton’s Art of the Cocktail. Offered Saturday evenings throughout the fall, this entertaining and educational class costs $40 and takes participants back in time to pre-prohibition days. The best part is getting to taste the craft cocktails paired with tasty appetizers. northstarcalifornia.com/info/calendar/calendarevent.art-of-cocktail.


Take a Sunset Cruise

Watch the sun set below the mountains from the Sierra Cloud Catamaran. The cruise includes live music with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. The boat launches from the Hyatt Beach pier behind the Lone Eagle Grille on Friday and Saturday nights. awsincline.com/sierra-cloud-catamaran-lake-tahoe.


Drink Up

Ride up to High Camp at Squaw Valley to embark on a drinking adventure at the Terrace Restaurant and Bar. The breathtaking panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, paired with delicious drinks and savory food, make it the perfect spot to end the day. squaw.com/things-to-do/dining/on-mountain#content_title.


Learn California History

The Thunderbird Lodge, or Lake Tahoe’s Castle in the Sky, is a great spot to spend a fall afternoon. Guided tours take visitors through the stone mansion and share the history of one of California’s original one-percenters, George Whittell, Jr. In the boathouse resides his famous wooden speedboat, Thunderbird, which was built in 1939. Along the tour, you can revel in the elegant views of Lake Tahoe, gardens, lagoons, waterfalls, and various fountains. thunderbirdtahoe.org/tours.


Try Paddle Boarding

While the weather is still warm, head out on the lake on a stand up paddle board. You’ll find rental locations all around the lake, but our favorite is at the Hyatt in Incline because of the deluxe beachside restaurant, the Lone Eagle Grille. Just don’t fall off: The water is cold! laketahoe.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities.html.


Take a Brewery Break

Head to Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. for craft-brewed beer. The Truckee tasting room opened this year in an industrial park, but with 15 taps, it’s worth the trip. Growlers are also available. 10990 Industrial Way, Truckee, (530) 587-3409. tahoebrewing.com.


View Fall Colors

With the weather still nice and the leaves changing into beautiful colors, this is a great time to hike in the Sierra Nevada’s. Mount Tallac is a perfect place to enjoy fall colors, with incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountain range. The trail is nearly five miles to the peak and takes about six hours round-trip. Marlette Lake, with stands of aspens, turns a shimmering gold, making it another great place for leaf-peeping. The hike takes about half a day. everytrail.com/guide/mount-tallac-lake-tahoe/map.


Dine on the Lake

Savor a meal on the shore of Lake Tahoe. One of Tahoe’s longtime favorites, Christy Hill, offers panoramic views and great sunsets paired with delicious cuisine. The intimate setting makes it the perfect place for date night. christyhill.com/lake-view-dining.