Bear Selfies Leading to Park Closures

Remember when we first talked about bear selfies? And then we mentioned it again shortly after that this mind-blowingly dangerous bear selfie was actually trending and not just in South Lake Tahoe!? Well this year, South Lake Tahoe officials are looking into taking action to prevent any activity that might endanger the public.3e957_

There is talk that officials may close the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore during the annual Kokanee salmon spawn. Guest have regularly been warned to keep a safe distance from the wild animals, but it seems this warning was ignored as people are still trying to get close to bears to take pictures.

Bears are unpredictable wild animals and may attack if they feel threatened. Wildlife authorities may kill bears if they attack people. The federal and state agencies do not encourage visits to see bears and advise the public to stay away from bears, as they may be dangerous wild animals.

More information on visiting bear country can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Bearor www.ndow.org/Nevada_Wildlife/Bear_Logic.

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Ride South Tahoe

The air has cooled, roads are less busy and now is the perfect time to hop on your bike and head up to South Lake Tahoe for a ride. Residents and long time Tahoe-goers know all to well that this is the best time of year and the best spots for a ride, but for first timers and those less familiar with the Tahoe area, there’s a new tool: BikeTahoe.org dee1dcc4-e1341623433688

This newly created site, launched this month and is a comprehensive guide for those interested in biking Tahoe. With over 20 South Lake Tahoe ride, complete with maps, trails, ratings, photos and descriptions, Bike Tahoe allows everyone to take advantage of this perfect time of year.

Bike Tahoe also provides information on many of the most popular rides in the greater Lake Tahoe area. From shore to shore, each ride is conveniently labeled for bike type and rider ability.

Of course, not every Tahoe treasure has been given away – some of the more difficult and tough to find rides are kept a secret intentionally. So throw your bikes on the racks and get up to South Lake to explore!

Labor Day Adventures in South Lake Tahoe

Labor day – we are just hours away from the highly anticipated three-day weekend! If you’re planning to spend the holiday on the water, in the trails or at the beaches of South Shore in Lake Tahoe, then let us help you plan your adventures!Check out a meticulously compiled list of activities (via The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority). Now let’s go adventure!

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4

Heavenly Village Days on Labor Day Car Show: Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way. 775-586-7000. Sept. 4-7. Sidewalk sale, trophies, poker run, $40 show. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. Brought to you by Good Samaritans Safe Ride.www.goodsamsaferide.com

Heavenly Sports Labor Day Tent Sale: Save on winter gear or summer apparel during the three-day Blizzard Tent Sale at Heavenly’s California Main Lodge at the top of Ski Run Boulevard. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. 3860 Saddle Road. www.skiheavenly.com

Ski Run Farmer’s Market: 3-8 p.m. 132 Ski Run Blvd., between Larch and Birch avenues. More than 20 vendors will offer produce, honey, locally raised meats, hot food for dinner, handmade ice cream, handmade chocolates and other treats. There is also a bounce house and face painting for kids, live art performances, demos and local live music. www.skirunfarmersmarket.com

Tour the Baldwin Museum at the Tallac Historic Site: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 20. Exhibits include an introductory video that acquaints the visitor with early life at Tahoe, a 1930s kitchen, children’s games and toys of yesteryear. 530-541-5227. State Route 89 past Camp Richardson.www.tahoeheritage.org

Pope House Tour at the Tallac Historic Site: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Wednesdays. The Pope House is the perfect place to see how the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe, from the separate kitchen to the elegantly restored formal dining room. Requested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for adults. State Route 89 past Camp Richardson. 530-541-5227.www.tahoeheritage.org

Thunderbird Lodge/Whittell Mansion Tour: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tours are $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 6-12. Tours start from the Incline Village Visitor Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. Docent-guided tours take visitors on an hour-and-15-minute walk through the stone mansion and grounds to reveal the mystery and legacy of the enigmatic George Whittell, Jr. 800-468-2463.

Arts and Crafts Show: Sept. 4-6. Round Hill Square, 210 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove.

Wine tasting with Skyhawk Lane &Red Poets Winery: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Skyhawk Lane & Red Poets Winery Tasting Room at the Heavenly Village. Skyhawk Lane & Red Poets is a boutique winery located in Paso Robles. The tasting room is located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way.www.skyhawklane.com

“The Story of Tahoe” movie presentation at Explore Tahoe: 2 p.m. at the Heavenly Village. 530-542-4637

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5

Heavenly Village Days on Labor Day Car Show: Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way. 775-586-7000. Sept. 4-7. Sidewalk sale, trophies, poker run, $40 show. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. Brought to you by Good Samaritans Safe Ride. www.goodsamsaferide.com

Heavenly Sports Labor Day Tent Sale: Save on winter gear or summer apparel during the three-day Blizzard Tent Sale at Heavenly’s California Main Lodge at the top of Ski Run Boulevard. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. 3860 Saddle Road.www.skiheavenly.com

Arts and Crafts Show: Sept. 4-6. Round Hill Square, 210 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove.

Thin Air Chili Cook-off at Kirkwood: 12-5 p.m. The 14th annual Thin Air Chili Cookoff at Kirkwood and 5K/10K run. Chili tasting, featuring the region’s top chili makers, begins at noon on the Plaza. The events, sponsored by the Kirkwood Community Association, benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department and include wine and beer tasting for adults with logo glass for $30, live music, fun activities for the kids and lunch on the plaza. Scenic chair rides will also be available.www.thekirkwoodcommunityassociation.org

Tour the Baldwin Museum at the Tallac Historic Site: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 20. Exhibits include an introductory video that acquaints the visitor with early life at Tahoe, a 1930s kitchen, children’s games and toys of yesteryear. 530-541-5227. State Route 89 past Camp Richardson.www.tahoeheritage.org

Pope House Tour at the Tallac Historic Site: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Wednesdays. The Pope House is the perfect place to see how the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe, from the separate kitchen to the elegantly restored formal dining room. Requested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for adults. State Route 89 past Camp Richardson. 530-541-5227.www.tahoeheritage.org

Free History of the Carson Pass Walk: A free History of Carson Pass walk is offered each Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at The Carson Pass Information Station on State Route 88 about 30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. The walk is less than one mile and very easy. During the walk you’ll learn about the formation of the Sierra Nevada, Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and the pioneer and westward movements. 209-304-0892

Thunderbird Lodge/Whittell Mansion Tour: 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tours are $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 6-12. Tours start from the Incline Village Visitor Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. Docent-guided tours take visitors on an hour-and-15-minute walk through the stone mansion and grounds to reveal the mystery and legacy of the enigmatic George Whittell, Jr. 800-468-2463

Wine tasting with Skyhawk Lane &Red Poets Winery: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Skyhawk Lane & Red Poets Winery Tasting Room at the Heavenly Village. Skyhawk Lane & Red Poets is a boutique winery located in Paso Robles. The tasting room is located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way.www.skyhawklane.com

Lake Tahoe Club Crawl: 6:30-11 p.m. See the bars and nightlife of Lake Tahoe like a local and visit five of the best venues in South Lake Tahoe. Call 530-318-6445 with any questions. All participants must be 21+ with a valid ID. www.tahoeclubcrawl.com

Tahoe Flea Market: The market is held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through September at 1635 Elks Club Drive, one mile south of Lake Tahoe Airport near U.S. Highway 50. 530-541-3967

SUNDAY, SEPT. 6

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza: 8:30 p.m. This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes and designs. The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The fireworks are visible from all over town. Some recommendations where to go to view: The view from the lake is probably the most spectacular. The Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II, Nevada Beach, Edgewood-Tahoe, Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach and Ski Run Beach are other good options. www.tahoesouth.com

Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s Rose to Toads Showcase: 6 a.m. to dark. More than 60 miles in length with 8,000 feet of climbing and 10,000 feet of descent, this ride takes most people all day to complete and showcases some of Tahoe’s best trails. linking Tahoe’s North Shore from Mount Rose down to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore ending on the famous Mr. Toads Wild Ride. This is a member’s only ride only open to 75 people. www.mountainbiketahoe.org

Heavenly Village Days on Labor Day Car Show: Heavenly Village, 1001 Heavenly Village Way. 775-586-7000. Sept. 4-7. Sidewalk sale, trophies, poker run, $40 show. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. Brought to you by Good Samaritans Safe Ride. www.goodsamsaferide.com

Heavenly Sports Labor Day Tent Sale: Save on winter gear or summer apparel during the three-day Blizzard Tent Sale at Heavenly’s California Main Lodge at the top of Ski Run Boulevard. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. 3860 Saddle Road.www.skiheavenly.com

Tour the Baldwin Museum at the Tallac Historic Site: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 20. Exhibits include an introductory video that acquaints the visitor with early life at Tahoe, a 1930s kitchen, children’s games and toys of yesteryear. 530-541-5227. State Route 89 past Camp Richardson.www.tahoeheritage.org

Pope House Tour at the Tallac Historic Site: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Wednesdays. The Pope House is the perfect place to see how the rich and famous lived while at Lake Tahoe, from the separate kitchen to the elegantly restored formal dining room. Requested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for adults. State Route 89 past Camp Richardson. 530-541-5227.www.tahoeheritage.org

Arts and Crafts Show: Sept. 4-6. Round Hill Square, 210 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove.

“The Story of Tahoe” movie presentation at Explore Tahoe: 2 p.m. at the Heavenly Village. 530-542-4637

Tahoe Flea Market: The market is held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through September at 1635 Elks Club Drive, one mile south of Lake Tahoe Airport near U.S. Highway 50. 530-541-3967

Source: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

New on the Tahoe Foodie Scene

If you haven’t noticed Pretty Odd Wieners nestled on Highway 50 as your coming or going from South Lake Tahoe, then you haven’t been to Tahoe nearly enough this year! Really though, Pretty Odd Weiners is hard to miss with its red canopy sitting in the Road Runner Gas Station parking lot.

Their 5-star yelp rating and consistently friendly demeanor makes this hot dog cart a must-try for south lake Tahoe locals and visitors. From locally sourced ingredients to gourmet and exotic selections, Pretty Odd wieners has something for everyone. Even the vegetarians.

Pretty Odd Wieners Hot Dog Cart operates year-round weather permitting, Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located at 2933 Hwy. 50 in Meyers. A catering service is available for parties if scheduled in advance. Follow the cart on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and Instagram.