I recently paid a visit to Lake Tahoe, and I can’t think of a more ideal place to kick off summer. It was my first time in the area, and I had a fantastic time – it’s a stunning part of the country.
I flew into the Reno, Nevda and then drove across to Truckee, California, where I checked into the Ritz-Carlton, a beautiful spot surrounded by a gorgeous view of the forest and hills.
Every night, the Ritz-Carlton features “Marshmology” around a campfire in the courtyard. A different selection of handcrafted artisanal marshmallows are served each day – during my stay, it was caramel, passionfruit and tarragon. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a summer trip than with S’mores!
After dinner at Trokay and a good night’s sleep, I got ready for a day of fun activities. I was in town to test drive the 2016 Kia Sorento, which I was introduced to over breakfast during a press conference inside the Ritz. Once our briefing was over, my friend Kristen and I headed to the lobby to hop in the Sorento.
We began a beautiful drive around Lake Tahoe, admiring its breathtaking views. It was the perfect weather!
Kristen and I stopped at a few viewing points, grabbed a coffee, then headed back to the Ritz for lunch. After we fueled up, it was time to get up close and personal with Lake Tahoe by embarking on a big adventure: Kayaking!
I’d never been kayaking before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Our group piled into the Sorento with sunscreen and swimsuits and headed down to the lake, where two friendly kayaking guides gave us the low-down on how to paddle, steer, and enter a kayak. We were paired up into teams of two, got into our kayaks and headed out on the lake.
It was nerve-wracking at first, because I felt so unstable in a little kayak bouncing on the water. I was afraid I might topple in the water, which also happens to be the second deepest lake in America, and I felt a little intimidated. 😉 But as we got into a rythm, I got used to it and was able to fully enjoy the amazing scenery. I ever brought my waterproof Garmin VIRB with me to capture some video – unfortunately, I realized later that it was on time-lapse mode by by mistake so I didn’t get any useable video, but I did get a few cool still from the lake!
After we finished kayaking, we had a chance to dry off, snag a few S’mores at Marshmology, and then headed to the Manzanita, Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant, for a dinner. Executive Chef Stanley Miller surprised us all by announcing that we would have an “Iron Chef” challenge, where all the writers were divided into teams and lead into the Ritz-Carlton’s kitchen, where we were assigned our own Chef mentor to oversee the concept and creation of a delicious dish. It was so much fun to cook in a true chef’s kitchen! Even under such a chaotic circumstance, I felt like I learned from being able to watch the pros in action!
Our team made a bison ribeye steak in a wine reduction sauce served with potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon & mushrooms. Although we didn’t win this time, we were happy with our dish! After the contest, we were treated to an amazing meal from Chef Stanley. It was the perfect end to a fun and exciting trip!
Have you ever visited Lake Tahoe?