By Michelle Portesi
Even as I write this, the first dusting of snow for the season is upon us, and it’s not even October yet nor have all the leaves turned. Such is fall in Tahoe/Truckee. You just never know what the weather will bring. One day it’s warm and sunny, the next, you’re looking for your down jacket and mittens.
That being said, there are still lots of fun things to do in the area! See our October Events Calendar for all the upcoming October surprises!
A few highlights for you:
Buy your ticket for the Truckee Haunted History Tour scheduled for October 17 & 18th. Tickets sell out fast, and this is just the coolest annual event ever if you’ve never done it before…or even if you have! Mixing local history with amusing little skits throughout old downtown Truckee, you’ll learn something new about the vintage homes and businesses while being entertained by volunteers who depict some of Truckee’s colorful former inhabitants. I’ve volunteered for the event the last few years, and even that is a hoot. Dress up in some vintage gear and get into the spirit of things.
The Fall Fish Festival. October 5th and 6th. Taylor Creek is one of my favorite places to walk around during the autumn months. With vast aspen and birch groves, if you hit the leaves turning at just the right time, it really is spectacular. The festival celebrates the Kokanee Salmon spawning season and the visitor center grounds are filled with exhibits that entertain and educate on the local flora and fauna. Usually later in October, the salmon fill the creek to spawn and you might even catch a peak of a bear or two fattening up on them for the winter.
Local Ski Swaps! Starting in October and sliding into November (Truckee’s), there are several local ski swaps if you need to update your gear or sell the old. Don’t miss these if you’re already aching to get a jump on the upcoming ski season or your kids have grown out of last years equipment. I’ll be updating the dates on the Events Calendar as the info for each swap becomes available. (I’m looking at you North Tahoe Ski Swap…you kinda suck at this advertising thing. Just sayin’…)
Two For One’s. Have you ever wanted to try a local restaurant that you never have time to make a reservation for anyway during the high season? Well now’s your chance. The deeper we get into the off season, the bigger and more prolific the deals. Keep an eye out for coupons in the local papers, or check out the websites of favorite restaurants and watering holes for Happy Hour deals and dining discounts.
Small vintner at Apple Hill
Hope Valley and Apple Hill. Visit Sorenson’s Resort in Hope Valley for their famous stew and cobbler while you snap some pics of one of the most spectacular displays of fall color in the area. In addition, Apple Hill’s Harvest Season is still going strong with the best apples you’ve ever had, along with fresh pressed cider, homemade pies, farmer’s markets, crafts booths, wine and hard cider tastings, yummy BBQ’s… among much else. There’s more to see every year, and I make a point of trying different places every year in addition to visiting my favorite venues.
This is just a small sample of everything going on during these beautiful autumn days, so partake of the season before the really serious snow flies.
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