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Eco Adventures

Lake Tahoe is an outdoor paradise that beckons you to explore its rugged terrain and tranquil, translucent waters. With 274 days of sunshine each year, you’ll find countless ways to connect with the land and environment — hiking through pristine forests, sailing with the afternoon breeze, mountain biking among magnificent mountain peaks. And you’re never far from the comforts of civilization and all of the amenities of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, where you can relax and rejuvenate before you head out on your next adventure.

A counter-service café with community tables



  • Fresh Start.

    Begin your day in a healthy way at Café Blue where you can choose from among fresh pressed juices, signature house-made paninis and pastries, and slow-roasted coffees. You’re in for an active day, so make sure your body is well-fueled.

  • Trail Time.

    Just down the hill from the hotel, meet the Sawmill Lake hiking trail, a 2.3-mile round trip of moderate difficulty. For a longer trek, ride the scenic chairlift from nearby Northstar California to pick up trails of varying challenge and miles of tracks and loops. Or check in with the mountain concierge, who will arrange a guided hike or make recommendations.

  • Lunch, Alfresco.

    Arrange a picnic lunch for your hike in advance through Café Blue, or hitch a ride on the inter-mountain gondola to The Village at Northstar, a bustling community with stylish boutiques, specialty retailers, cafés, restaurants and a year-round skating rink. 

  • Set Sail.

    The quiet beauty of Lake Tahoe’s waters and a consistent afternoon breeze are a perfect sailing environment. Experience the lake in a natural, eco-friendly way aboard the Tahoe Cruz, a 50-foot monohull boat. Daily sailings from Tahoe City are offered all summer — call ahead to book, and ask about private charters.  

  • Culinary California.

    For dinner, Gar Woods Grill & Pier is a sublime place to watch the sun set over the West Shore of Lake Tahoe while sipping on their signature cocktail, the Wet Woody, and enjoying healthy California cuisine, fresh Pacific seafood and hand-cut steaks. 

  • Fireside Pleasures.

    Relive your day of adventure and plan your next with a favorite beverage in The Living Room. The relaxing ambiance and warm glow of the stone fireplace will help soothe any sore muscles.

  • Family Fun.

    If you have little ones along, ask about the Indoor Campout package, part of the Ritz Kids program. Designed for children ages 4 to 8, the package brings the thrill of camping to the comfort of your room by providing a small tent, a featherbed, an activity book and crayons, a camp light, a teddy bear and a s’mores kit.



  • Kick-Start Your Day.

    Work out in the fitness center, where each cardio machine is equipped with a private entertainment system and you can join a group fitness class such as activate stretch, core activation and yoga sculpt.

  • Trail Time.

    Go for a short hike on the Sunset Trail, accessed from the top of the Tahoe Zephyr chairlift. The trail crosses the west ridge of Mount Pluto and affords spectacular views of the Pacific Crest and the backside of Northstar.

  • Kids Camp.

    For youngsters not ready for longer outdoor treks, look into the fun activities they can enjoy during the day with Ritz Kids — adventure hikes, crafts, scavenger hunts and lawn games.

  • Join the Club.

    Head to Lake Club, an exclusive amenity for resort guests that features an elegant, multi-level dining and bar facility with panoramic views of the lake. Set on an expansive waterfront lawn, Lake Club provides guests with direct beach access and a private boat pier offering a myriad of summer recreational activities and water sports.

  • Go Deep.

    Drive to the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, Nevada, to learn about the area’s ecological challenges and view an award-winning 3-D movie, “Lake Tahoe in Depth.” Kids will like the cool factor of interactive exhibits, including a virtual reality trip through the lake.

  • Spa and Ahh.

    Take care of yourself by escaping to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe. Relax by the warmth of a fireplace in your private restoration lounge, detoxify in the dry-heat lodge, or mentally recharge in the uplifting eucalyptus steam room.

  • Rugged Luxury.

    Dine at the Manzanita restaurant where the finest in-season ingredients are combined to create diverse flavor profiles. The restaurant’s design — natural materials, an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows — is in exquisite harmony with the mountain environs.

  • Ooey Gooey Treats.

    Cozy up next to the Fire Pit and enjoy house-made s’mores while the resident Marshmologist fills you in on the history of the marshmallow and the traditional s’mores ingredients.

  • Healing Heat.

    Soothe your tired muscles and get ready for a good night of sleep with a well-deserved dip in one of the two oversized jetted hot tubs.



  • Take a Dip.

    Begin your morning with an invigorating swim in the spa lap pool overlooking the mountain slope. You’ve had an active couple of days, so your body will welcome doing something a little more low-impact.

  • Town and Country.

    Take a little time to explore historic Truckee, California, a small town with a family-friendly atmosphere full of charming shops, art galleries and cafes.

  • Mountain Biking Galore.

    You’re in a mountain biking hub, with options for riders of any skill level. Ride along the Truckee River Legacy Trail or the world-famous Flume Trail, or opt for a more leisurely outing along the Truckee River Bike Path. Professional guides can offer a wealth of information on local history. Snacks and a deli lunch are included.

  • Beach Bliss.

    Lake Tahoe has a number of fabulous beaches suitable for swimming, picnicking or just contemplating the beauty of nature. Sand Harbor, on the East Shore, boasts 55 acres of long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shaded forest and stunning lake views.

  • Game Time.

    Challenge your friends and family to a game of bocce ball, giant Jenga or other lawn games in our mountainside backyard.

  • BBQ and More.

    After three days of action, you’ll have a mountain-sized appetite, and the Backyard Bar & BBQ is ready to serve. The menu has traditional barbecue favorites such as St. Louis smoked ribs, and wood-fired oven-baked pizzas and burgers.

  • Family Fun.

    Visit Family Night in the Arcade located on the property’s lower lobby on Friday evenings, or venture over to the 9,000-square-foot permanent ice skating rink at The Village at Northstar.