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On the Incline Trail
WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIL

Riding or walking the Tahoe East Shore Trail is a majestic experience!
 By Heidi Bethel 

If Tahoe can claim “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride,” the annual bicycle event around the Lake, then surely the recently completed Tahoe East Shore Trail, from Incline Village to Sand Harbor is “The World’s Most Beautiful Trail.” Opened in 2019, this spectacular path, available to both bikes and walkers, offers breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, and is an unforgettable experience for visitors and locals alike.

Patio at Tahoe Cocktail Corner
Go to the Corner for Luscious Libations

Cocktail Corner opens in South Lake Tahoe with affordable, high-end offerings.
By Natasha Bourlin
Now, when someone tells you to go to the corner, you’ll happily skip there. It’s no punishment anymore. It’s a craft cocktail bar with mouthwatering, gourmet menu items.

Pickled to Perfection

By Heidi Bethel

I should start by telling you that at the very moment I’m writing this story, I’m 35 weeks pregnant with our second son. And, boy does he love the salty, dill crunch of the almighty pickle. When the craving hits, there are several spots in the Sierra that offer their delicious take on the dilly classic. From fried to house made, here are the best places offering piquant goodness:

Sparks Legends
Open-air Shopping Vibes

A day shopping is so much more than trying on clothes and swiping that card. Developers put a lot of work into creating personality to match the many shops you’ll find in the great centers of the Sierra. Let’s take a peek at some of these esthetic personalities offering outdoor experiences with fresh air …

Lake Tahoe Balloons Carson Valley
FALL INTO CARSON VALLEY

Autumn is the season for relaxing. The summer rush to get outside and burn off that winter energy winds down as school starts up again. The cooler days usher us into the slow slide back into the usual schedule of weekends made for fun. Tahoe-Reno area locals know fall is the best time to explore their backyards, and visitors are treated to a spectacular visual lightshow, when the trees give off one last hurrah before dropping their leaves for winter.

Sample the Sierra
Sample the Sierra

SAMPLE THE SIERRA ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL LINEUP OF DEMOS, CHEF CHALLENGE & TASTING WEEK, SEPT. 10-20
Farm-to-fork festival will celebrate the area’s food and drink
scene with a number of online events and restaurant week.

Patio Dining in Reno Tahoe
Don’t Dine In, Dine OUT in Reno/Tahoe

Outdoor dining and curbside in these unconventional times. By Rae Matthews, Elevation Eats Dining dilemmas…

STAR Navigator Johnny Jeffery

By Kayla Carr Johnny Jeffery, Bently Heritage’s Master Distiller, is a food chemist, sustainable agricultural enthusiast, and artful distiller — the perfect man for Bently Heritage’s farm-to-flask movement. Sourcing grains from their 6000-acre ranch in Minden, Jeffrey’s talent for turning the land’s bounty into aromatic gins, silky vodkas and barrel-aged whiskeys — all sustainably, of course — is well aligned.

Mark Estee
STAR Navigator Mark Estee

Star Navigator – Mark Estee
By Natasha Bourlin
Decades ago, chef and restaurateur Mark Estee entered into the culinary world. A rising star based in Reno, the Massachusetts native and James Beard Award semifinalist has flourished through years of private catering gigs, multi-restaurant ownership, spearheading community movements to help those in need … and, now, a new show on the Food Network.

Kaya and Kevin Stanley
STAR Navigators Kaya and Kevin Stanley

Star Navigators Kaya and Kevin Stanly By Heidi Bethel
When the house musician who is also an ICU nurse inside the COVID-19 sector in an area hospital told Kaya and Kevin Stanley, owners of Old Granite Street Eatery and Rue Bourbon in Reno, that they were not stopping to eat during their shifts, they had an immediate question: “Can we bring you food?”