RALLY THE BRIDE TRIBE AND ROCK ON IN THE SIERRA
By Kayla Carr
My fellow twentysomethings all seem to be ready to commit themselves to the loves of their lives — for life. Even though I’m not getting married, not even close actually, I’m here for the party, especially if it’s in the Sierra.
This spring in Reno/Tahoe, brides can take a break from wedding arrangements and celebrate finding love with their bridesmaids, who probably deserve a little break as well. Lake Tahoe offers wellness experiences to unwind before the big day, while Reno/ Tahoe’s vibrant bar scene might make brides question why they’re relinquishing their freedom so easily. So, step away from the Pinterest boards and place settings to take on the region with your besties this spring.
TAHOE GLOW WITH BIG BLUE FLOW
Let’s face it, the stress of wedding planning can make it hard to remain a blissful bride, but Lake Tahoe’s mountain town chill and idyllic Sierra setting brings out every girl’s laid-back palisade princess. Allow yourself a moment to breathe and embrace what locals lovingly call “Tahoe Time” by starting your getaway with an alpine yoga class from one of the region’s eclectic studios. During a deux OMies class, which begins July 1, greet the day with sun salutations while flowing on a stand-up paddleboard, and end with a true Tahoe-style savasana by zenning out on the lightly rolling waves. For an on-mountain yoga adventure, try one of the bride tribe classes at Squaw Valley’s Wanderlust Studio, such as Hike & Stretch. The hike up steep granite peaks and following yoga class will satisfy the fitness fanatics like me who get cranky without their daily hit of exercise endorphins. For a detox after a night on the town, get sweaty at Omni, a South Lake Tahoe fitness boutique offering hot yoga, high intensity interval training and dance classes in an intimate, edgy studio. After taking their Sweaty Vinyasa class I was drenched, exhausted, and at peace. Brides that opt for their All Levels Pole Dance class might even pick up a few tricks for their honeymoon. deuxomies.com; squaw.wanderlustyoga.com; omnitahoe.com
BOAT CAPTAINS AND BOOZE
Spend the rest of the day on the water, letting the wind whip through your hair and the sun drench your faces. With Tahoe Sailing Charters, set sail on the bright blue lake and toast to the bride all day with bottomless mimosas. On a private charter with Stellar Tahoe, stop to cannonball from boulders and enjoy a drink at a beachside bar. With Clearly Tahoe, discover the depths of the lake’s pristine waters while toning your arms for the big day on a clear kayak shoreline tour. For respite, charm your jovial guide into stopping at a cabana bar for a cocktail, which my group may have been guilty of. tahoesail.com; stellartahoe.com; clearlytahoe.com
To see the sprawling lake and it’s iconic Emerald Bay from a yacht, hop aboard Round Hill Pines Beach Resort’s Tahoe Serenity charter. Make sure to call ahead before setting sail. Most on-water outfitters begin operating towards the middle of May, however some do offer pre-season launches. roundhillpinesresort.com
BEACH IT, BACHELORETTE STYLE
A bachelorette send-off doesn’t have to involve sweating in a crowded pool, fist pumping to a loud DJ, and dodging champagne showers at a frenzied day club. For a more evergreen experience, bring your besties to a golden Lake Tahoe beach, hemmed in by the surrounding Sierra mountains, to sip delicious libations and swim in the clear blue water. In South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove’s expansive beach and Sunset Beach Bar & Grille offer a backdrop for wild stories waiting to happen. The single girls in your crew can cruise the beach for their own chance at love. They might even happen on the strapping mountain man of their dreams. Good luck out there — I’ll be looking too. Also in South Lake Tahoe, Camp Richardson’s Beacon Bar & Grill, located just steps from the water on a wide beach, slings its famous Rum Runners and hosts live bands on a deck where I’ve had my fair share of dance parties. zephyrcove.com; camprichardson.com
WINE-D UP FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
Enjoy mountainside wine tasting, sipping on spring whites and roses, at Uncorked. In the heart of Tahoe City, the cozy bar’s rustic charm, friendly bartenders and eclectic wine left me buzzed on lake life. Or, catch the alpenglow at South Lake Tahoe’s The Idle Hour wine and bubbly bar, which offers the perfect setting for golden hour photos from its lakefront deck. For a chic ramp-up to a night on the town, strap on your heels and head to the vibrant Whispering Vine in Reno’s Midtown district. uncorkedtahoe.com; theidlehourlaketahoe.com; whisperingvinewine.com
SEND-OFF SHOTS IN THE BLC
Since it wouldn’t be a bachelorette party without tequila, pair a mezcal with a gourmet taco from the stylish Estella Tacos y Mezcal. Afterward, saunter over to The Jesse Bar & Hotel and choose a stylish cocktail to sip from its lush shared patio surrounded by blooming spring wisteria. Brides with a vintage flair will love The Emerson’s 1950s vibe — the classic cocktails and lady-like small bites will speak to all elegant souls. After visiting Rue Bourbon, I was able to mark a Mardi Gras trip off my travel bucket list. The New Orleans-themed bar will transport you to the French Quarter with its lively jazz bands and smooth bourbon cocktails. estellareno.com; thejessereno.com; theemersonreno.com; ruebourbonreno.com
DANCE SINGLENESS GOODBYE
Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe and dance like your single again at a concert at Crystal Bay Club. Located on the Nevada-California state line in a town favorited by glamorous mid-century celebrities, the intimate venue is complete with a swanky bar, giant crystals, and heart-rattling acoustics. Frequented by up-and-coming artists, downtown Reno’s Virginia St. Brewhouse offers a speakeasy vibe and cold craft beer perfect for celebrating those last single nights. crystalbaycasino.com; renobrewhouse.com
After brides take on Reno/Tahoe with their besties, they may fall wildly in love all over again … with the region, that is.