Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Fish Festival



Fall Fish Festival


The Kokanee Salmon are the most colorful and fascinating fish in Lake Tahoe. The Taylor Creek Visitors Center in South Lake Tahoe is the best place to go and view the fish while they are spawning in the Fall. The US Forest Service constructed viewing center where the public can watch the stream profile through a window that has been built into the ground with a tunnel walkway similar to being at an aquarium. The Kokanee start to spawn in early October and around 80,000 salmon will swim upstream to lay eggs. As the fish begin to spawn, they turn a bright red color that is surprising to see in the water. When the female lays her eggs in the creek gravel, she will then start to turn white and begin to decompose, ending the one-year life cycle. The males will then protect the eggs for a few more days before the end of life cycle begins for them. To catch with natural life process in action is exciting and educational.
 


The first weekend in October the Taylor Creek Visitors Center, located 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, will be hosting the annual Fall Fish Festival. From 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday visitors can stroll the 1/2 mile Rainbow Trail loop as Forest Service biologists will engage visitors in the wonders of Taylor Creek. The trail will take you through forests, meadows and marsh lands to the creek where the Kokanee salmon will be within a few feet of your own feet.



Events for the weekend will include children’s activities such as treasure hunts, fish art and a Smokey the Bear visit, educational programs and the Kokanee Trail Run on Sunday that includes a 1/2 marathon, 5K and 10K.


I’m looking forward to this event. Hope to see you up in Tahoe for this natural wonder.

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Active Fall Events in Tahoe

Active Fall Events in Tahoe


It is officially what we call the “shoulder season” here in Tahoe.  A time when most kids are back in school, temperatures are cooling but it’s not time to hit the slopes just yet.  This is my favorite time of year and an especially good time of year to be outside enjoying nature. There are many opportunities to join in on some organized events and competitions around the area this fall. My favorite is the Great Trail Race that takes you on foot or bike from Truckee to Tahoe City through the National Forest and parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail.  The route is similar to the winter’s Great Ski Race.  



There are quite a few adventurous activities in the area to choose from in the near future.


Sierra Stetina's Race
Northstar
September 22-24, 2017
Join Peter Stetina for a journey to Nevada’s scorched desert from Lake Tahoe’s crystal waters and back.  A road rally of timed segments, stocked aid stations and breathtaking vistas brought to you by the creators of Levi’s GranFondo.  There are 5 timed segments, some flat, some hilly.  This is your moment to throw down and show what you are made of.  Outside of the segments there is no penalty to relax, snap photos and be social. 
   


The Truckee Marathon
Truckee
September 24th, 2017
Starting in Historic Downtown Truckee, this event has some home town soul.  Course options include the Truckee Marathon, Truckee Half Marathon and the Truckee Marathon Relay.  Get a taste of this wonderful mountain town as you run to Donner Lake, through Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing. 


Spartan World Championship Weekend
Squaw Valley
September 30 – October 1, 2017
Competitors can choose from 2 levels (12-14 miles or 26+miles).  As racers run the course they will be faced with 30-50 obstacles that will test every bit of strength, endurance and personal resolve.  The unpredictable terrain and Spartan obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone.  Are you up for the challenge? 
  

Great Trail Race
Truckee to Tahoe City
Sunday, October 8, 2017
An epic point to point course that starts in Truckee and ends in Tahoe City.  You can choose to trail run or mountain bike one of the two course options, Elite (aprx. 18 miles) or Classic (aprx. 22 miles).  Enjoy every bit of the journey along the course and at the end, enjoy celebrations with BBQ, beer and music! 
  


Donner Party Hike 
Sugar Bowl Resort
October 14-15, 2017

There are 6 hikes to choose from on Saturday followed by music by Richard Blair, lunch and a Mark Twain portrayal by McAvoy Layne.  The event continues on  Sunday with a walking tour that will take you straight in to Donner Party historical sites- starting just off HWY 89 and finishing at the Donner Memorial State Park by Donner Lake.  



Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update: September, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update


September, 2017 

The Tahoe-Truckee real estate market kicked its year-long malaise during the month of August by posting nearly 200 residential transactions; easily the strongest month of 2017 and the second largest ever for the region by transaction volume. 

Having trailed the preceding year by 3% - 8%, 2017 appeared to showing signs for a regional slowdown after a strong 6 years of steady climbing. Instead, volume leapt to a pace 6% greater than the same month in 2016 and 43% greater than July. Notably, Martis Camp had been performing at about 60% of its 2016 volume before pulling together 6 new home sales including a premium sale at $8,350,000. An additional 9 homes are currently pending sale in Martis Camp.



Lahontan, Gray’s Crossing and Schaffer’s Mill each saw multiple transactions as well. 

Buoyed by these transactions, as well as three lakefront sales at both Donner and Tahoe, average price has crept back to within 1% of 2016 after having lagged by as much as 6% earlier in the year.

August 2016 began a 90-day run that was the most productive ever for the Tahoe Truckee region. Whether last month’s results are the beginning of a similar streak or a spurt of activity heading into a market correction is yet to be seen. With over 300 properties currently pending sale, it would appear the real estate market still has plenty of energy. 

While the prolific winter of 2016-17 delivered abundant snowfall, it had a stymying effect on real estate given the challenge of navigating the region. As such, the benefit to real estate will be felt as attention turns back to winter property; a metamorphosis that typically occurs after Labor Day. Early indicators can be seen in pending transactions throughout Northstar Mountainside, Squaw Valley’s Painted Rock community and Alpine Meadows.

The end of Q3 will be revealing for the local real estate market. If demand remains robust throughout what is historically the busiest time of the year for real estate, we are likely to see strong results throughout the rest of 2017.


Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 


The Great Reno Balloon Races



Are you ready for the most colorful event of the season? Starting early in the morning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, have your eyes to the skies as over 100 bright and colorful hot air balloons lift off for the Reno Hot Air Balloon Races. This event is the largest free hot air balloon event in the world and is right out the back door. In 1982 the event took place with only 20 balloons and now, 35 years later, it is a world-renowned and locally beloved community tradition.

It is an early morning. However, the experience is astonishing and well worth the early alarm wake up. The first event starts at 5:00am each morning with Dawn Patrol. It is still dark outside as everyone gathers at the park. Coffee and pastries are available and the excitement can be felt with other fellow balloon spectators. The early morning portion of the event consists of a handful of balloons that are qualified to fly in the dark. The balloons glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across the darkened sky.
 

As the sun rises and the air starts to warm up there is a small break as the balloons are preparing for take-off. Wandering around the wide open grounds of Rancho San Rafael Park is a great opportunity to talk and mingle with the balloon crews and balloon drivers. Before you know it, the balloons start to rise all around. These balloons are truly giants. It’s incredible. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Then, slowly, each balloon takes off one by one filling the sky above. It is a wonderful spectacle and experience that you will never forget.
 
There is fun to be had all day at the park. Check out Balloon Boulevard for crafts, souvenirs, food and drinks. Tethered balloon rides for children are available to experience what it is like to hang in a basket below the great balloon. Don’t bother to change out of your nighty. This event is also the world’s largest pajama party with competitions for the best pajamas and best bed head.

Don't miss this truly magnificent event. See you there bright and early!

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 



Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is coming up on September 8-10th. One of the areas premier gourmet events is happening at Northstar, California. The Village at Northstar will turn into a culinary mecca for the weekend with a splash of wine! Bring the whole family and enjoy cooking seminars and demonstrations, culinary competitions, wine tastings, a Farm to Tahoe dinner, live music and a gourmet marketplace.
  

There are many events throughout the weekend that compliment the main event that is located in the heart of the Village. The Farm to Tahoe dinner and Vertical Mountainside Wine Tasting are already sold out, however, this year is sure to be an exciting and successful event. My favorites are the "Take a Hike! & Progressive Picnic" and "The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition" to close out the weekend.
  
Saturday, September 9th at 11am get ready to explore the great outdoors of the Tahoe National Forest. With a professional trail guide there to point out all the native flowers, birds and trees that surround, you will not want the four mile hike to end. Need more convincing? There will be various trailside beer tastings and tapas along the way!
 
Sunday, September 10-the most anticipated of all events. "The Grand Tasting & Culinary Competition" is where more than 25 top chefs in the region will be formally judged for their food and wine pairing. The People’s Choice Award is the most coveted amongst contestants, so be sure to be there and make your vote count.


If you enjoy good company, good wine and the best food in the Tahoe area, mark your calendar for this year’s Autumn Food & Wine Festival.

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood

The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood

There are many golf options in the Tahoe area. It can be fun to go around and experience all of them. The next month or so is a great time to play while the courses are still open but the crowds have faded.

The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is the best in the area, hands down. Keith Lyford, Golf Magazine’s “Top 100” instructor is the director of the Academy. Each instructor has been personally selected by Lyford so you can be assured that they will meet his particularly high standards. Lyford is on site daily and actively involved in each participants personal improvement.


Beginner golfers will learn from the start to steer clear of forming bad habits. Intermediate golfers will capture more fluid, powerful swings and advanced golfers will shave enough strokes to reach the next level and become more competitive tournament players.

In addition to five star instruction, the facility is outstanding. The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood is a 15 acre training complex that hosts a 1,500 square foot learning center equipped with an indoor/outdoor hitting bay, flat screen TV’s, lockers, club storage, a fully staffed reception area and high speed internet access.


The outdoor classroom consists of two large all-grass tees and a five acre short game facility with several greens for putting, chipping and sand play. The golf technology available gives players and instructors scientific information to help improve play. The Flightscope tracks the balls entire trajectory which helps fit players for a new driver, chart club yardages or perform a full game evaluation. The 4-Camera Video Analysis captures player's swings for replay evaluation. The TOMI Putting Lab provides feedback on nine key parameters of the putting stroke. This allows instructors to formulate a clear picture of each stroke and can also help fit a putter to individual stroke tendencies.


Options at The Golf Academy at Old Greenwood include: golf schools, golf clinics, private golf lessons, golf school vacation packages and junior golf academy with 5-day summer camps. From short game development to driving full-out, everything you need to improve has been incorporated into the Academy and it’s all right here in Tahoe.


Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alibi Ale Works


This building in downtown Truckee on the corner of Bridge Street and Jibboom Street holds a long history dating back to the 1940’s. What was "Coffey’s Garage" has since been home to a couple of banks and a Crossfit gym. Locals are excited about the latest business taking charge of this building. Alibi Ale Works is now open with an entirely updated interior offering a comfortable gathering space. Having roots in the area, this is the second location for Alibi. Their Incline Village location has been in operation since 2014 after a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Now, adding a special something to downtown Truckee, Alibi is serving up 22 draft beers daily, delicious food bites and live music. 


BeerThere is a constant rotation of beers on draft with 22 offerings each day. Every beer is made with 100% Lake Tahoe water. Whether it is dark, light, hoppy or sour, each one has a delicious character. I tried the nitro beer on draft that day. It was the Coconut Brown that surprisingly had a of flavors in the smooth nitro cream.
  

FoodThe specialty here is nachos. Love nachos? With 7 different varieties to choose from, be prepared for your idea of nachos to be turned upside-down. Start with the Korean nachos and finish off with the s’mores nachos! Small bites are also offered like cheese, olives and a vegetable platter.
  

MusicMusic is offered multiple nights a week with everything from mellow solo artists to high energy bands that will get the crowd out on the dance floor. I am excited to experience this new music venue myself with room to move and great bands like locals Coburn Station and Muzicka, a 16 piece folk band from Czech Republic.
 

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Thunderbird Lodge

The Thunderbird Lodge 

Lake Tahoe has over 2 million years of history. One of the most fascinating and intriguing stories lies within the walls of the Thunderbird Lodge. In 1939, the Thunderbird Lodge was completed on the shores of Lake Tahoe along with a yacht to get to and from the Lodge for George Whittell, Jr., one of the wealthiest men in California at the time. This estate was part of 20 miles of shoreline, now comprised of several buildings on a six acre parcel on the east shore of the lake. The history of the property is rich with tales about the 600 foot long secret tunnel, exotic animals, a card house built especially for poker games with friends like Howard Hughes and an aviary that was home to over 40 birds. This architecture blends many elements with stone masonry, ironwork and woodwork. Couple the architecture and boat-in location with the flamboyant lifestyle of George Whittell, Jr., this piece of Lake Tahoe has endless stories to tell.
 


This property is now part of the Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site and open for tours. Legend springs to life as you discover the lighthouse room, old lodge, servant’s quarters with original kitchen, as well as the underground tunnel leading to the cavernous boathouse. In the boathouse see the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird, card house, gardens, waterfalls and fountains.
 


There are many ways to experience this bit of Lake Tahoe history. Make it a special night and join in the winemakers dinner hosted at the Thunderbird Lodge. Gourmet dinners are paired with California winemakers as a fundraiser for the property. As the sun sets, the views are unparalleled. 
  

Other tour options include viewings by land, boat or kayak. By boat, try the continental breakfast and picnic lunch. This four hour tour will cruise the shores from Zepher Cove to the site location. A day on the Lake is heavenly. By land, try the Friday afternoon wine and cheese tour. This tour offers more time to explore the gardens and waterfalls while enjoying good wine and snacks. This year, the waterfalls are sure to be impressive. By Kayak, the adventure begins at Sand Harbor and includes a luncheon along the way, a truly unique experience.

This is the summer to discover the mystery and the legacy of the Thunderbird Lodge.

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012