Uncategorized August 28, 2018

End of Summer Boat Rides and The Lake Tahoe Music Festival

By Michelle Portesi.

Summer is coming to a close and as a local, I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do that won’t break the bank. So it was a real treat discovering the 1/2 hour boat rides offered by the Tahoe Maritime Museum on the Star Dust, one of those beautiful old wooden boats that are such a treat to look at and ride in. Leaving from Obexer’s Market in Homewood, the ride costs a mere $25 dollars for adults (less for kids). A bargain these days as boat rides go, (unless you know someone who actually owns one.) Getting a lakes eye view of the shore along Sugar Pine Point State Park and on to Meeks Bay, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful way to spend some time on the lake, as the pictures will attest to.

The boat rides are every Saturday and select Wednesdays during July and August, so you still have some time to fit this in before the season ends. However, we heard rumor that if the weather is nice and there is enough interest to warrant it, they may offer the rides into September as well.  Reservations are required: 530.583.9283 Ext. 103. You can also visit their website to read up on the history of the Star Dust. tahoemaritimemuseum.org/programs/ride-boat-program



There’s plenty more to partake in at the venue as well. We’ve written about the Tahoe Maritime Museum before here. Located on Hwy. 89 just south of Tahoe City, their exhibits change yearly and they have many speaker series, educational programs and events throughout the year. Or you can book their lovely gardens for weddings or special events too. The former home of The Tahoe Tree Company (it’s still there, but on a smaller scale) the grounds, which have been extensively landscaped by the nursery over the years are a pleasant place just to walk around or even pack a lunch and have a picnic on the lawn. Explore the Museums website for events and programs that might interest you. tahoemaritimemuseum.org



There’s also still time to catch the last 3 performances of The Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Last night was the performance at Sugar Pine Point State Park, one of my favorite places on Lake Tahoe. With 3 different programs, you could easily go to 3 different venues and not see the same performance twice. Tonight, Friday the 24th performance is at West End Beach on Donner Lake, Saturday’s is at Skylandia State Park in Tahoe City and Sunday’s performance is at P.J’s at Gray’s Crossing. Last Night’s and tonight’s performance features a concert with a Shakespeare inspired theme with the added treat of a portion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ballet performed by the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective. Other sunset serenades feature programs of Mozart and Beethoven. Go to their website for more information and to purchase tickets. tahoemusic.org



All in all, it was a perfect day and a perfect evening! Make sure you fit these special moments in before the summer ends.