The summer solstice will be recognized across the Northern Hemisphere in a few days, on Tuesday June 20th. The position of Earth’s rotational axis and tilt result in the Sun reaching the highest point in the sky for the entire year. Traditionally, this day with the longest period of light had a practical importance. For all societies a longer day allowed for more productivity. Across the globe, unique to each culture, this event was recognized in different ways. Some celebrated via holidays, festivals, and other rituals with themes of religion and fertility. In Tahoe; however, the summer solstice was and remains the official kickoff to summer.

With summer here there are many ways to take advantage of the extended day. Planned golf course communities in the North Lake area like Martis Camp, Lahontan, Schaffer’s Mill, Old Greenwood, and Gray’s Crossing provide some of the best golfing experiences in Northern California. Despite the lingering snow from the record breaking winter the golf courses are open and in great shape. If you’re not yet a property owner or golf member, you needn’t worry. There are plenty of activities to participate in – as Lake Tahoe has so much to offer to all ages.

Mountain bike conditions are currently amazing; the snow and recent precipitation has made the trails extra tacky. Across the region favorites like Emigrant, Jackass, Sawtooth Ridge, and The Animal must be pedaled. On Friday June 16th the Northstar Mountain Bike Park opened its lifts for downhill riders.

morel-mushroomAlthough the heat is approaching, the wildflowers are still in bloom. Go for a hike and take in some panoramic lake views while witnessing expansive meadows. Picnic Rock, Paige Meadows, Mt. Rose Meadows, and the Euer Valley provide splashes of violets, reds, and yellow wild flowers. While on your walk about keep a keen eye for morel mushrooms. These tasty gems are scattered throughout the region and a delicious post hike snack.

For those looking to cool off, take a dip in the lake! Both Donner & Lake Tahoe water levels are abundant with water and above their natural rims – go take a dip and let the crisp temperatures wake you up. Alternatively, spending the day aboard a rented boat can’t be beat and glassy surfaces are perfect during early morning wakeboard sessions.

If you’re looking for a little fun in the evening, make sure to check out a quintessential local’s favorite – Truckee Thursdays. With live music, an open beer garden, food trucks, farmers market, shopping and plenty of fun for the kids; it’s sure to strike a chord with everyone in the family. Pick out some fresh produce at one of the local farmer’s markets: Tuesdays at the Truckee River Regional Park from 8am – 1pm & Sundays from 10am – 2pm at 12047 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

A savvy music lover can take in a live performance any night of the week. With Tuesday-Bluesday in Squaw, Wednesday Music in the Park, Truckee Thursdays, Friday Music on the (Kings) Beach, Saturday Crystal Bay Shows, and Sunday Concerts at Common’s Beach in Tahoe City, there is no shortage of opportunities to get your groove on (my personal tip: make sure to catch Sam Revena’s Truckee Thursday appearance on August 3rd). Truckee is also poised for the addition of Alibi Aleworks which will be a live music venue.

As the beautiful weather and long days draw locals and visitors to the outdoors, it’s important to be respectful, patient and keep the area nice and clean. There is no right or wrong way to play in Tahoe. Take a deep breathe, relax, and blaze your own trails. There is a reason we live, visit, and stay in such a beautiful setting. For more activities, events, and outdoor adventures visit GoTahoeNorth.

If all Tahoe has to offer left an impression on you and your family, and you’re considering a real estate purchase – please don’t hesitate to contact me directly to find the perfect base camp for your next Tahoe adventure.