Thursday, May 14, 2009

Summer fun at Camp Rich


Lakefront Views, Cultural Events and Outdoor Recreation Combined with History and Tradition
Make For a Memorable Summer Getaway

(South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – Since the 1920s, families have visited Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina ( on the south shore of Lake Tahoe to celebrate life and nature. The resort’s lively summer events, charming lake front lodging and favorable weather make it a popular vacation destination. The 2009 summer schedule has been announced; highlighted by festivals, live music and theater, cultural events and outdoor activities that make for an affordable Lake Tahoe getaway in today’s economy.

The resort goes back in time May 30-31 and June 6-7 with the 17th Annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire and brings to life the authentic pleasures and pageantry of an Elizabethan country fair. Costumed players perform at Camp Richardson’s Resort in the shady lanes and byways, and hawk their wares from market stalls filled with fine handmade crafts. Jousters vie for the pleasure of the Royal Court twice daily.
Jugglers, minstrels and fortunetellers entertain as visitors peruse more than 25 booths, or guild yards, and 100-plus merchants and artisan’s shops in faire’s Market Village. Four stages with live music, storytelling, dancing, comedy and magic acts keep the patrons entertained with variety acts. Mead aplenty flows during the festival, as does a wide selection of beer and wine. The festival is May 30-31 and June 6-7, and has a different theme each weekend with events stating at 10 a.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; $13 for seniors, military and ages 13-17; and $8 for children 3-12. Info:
Camp Richardson will return to the 21st Century and host the 31st Annual Sidecar Rally, June 25-28. The United Sidecar Association provides motorcar enthusiasts from throughout the U.S. with an opportunity to ‘Show and Shine’ motorcycle and sidecars – a small car attached on one side to a motorcycle and supported on the other side by a wheel of its own, from throughout the U.S.; along with sidecar games and activities for spectators. Lodging rates at Camp Richardson Resort during the rally start at $110/night.
California's rich and famous built their elaborate summer estates in the late 1800s and the early 1900s in the secluded woods and along the beaches of the Tallac Historic Site. The Valhalla Boat House Theater and Grand Hall are a part of the Tallac Historic Site and throughout the summer both venues offer film nights, open mic nights, live music and theater as well as the annual Wa She Shu It Deh Native American Festival. For event details, dates and times visit
During summer, the full-service marina operates with boat & jetski rentals, fishing and sailing. Family summer activities include hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, live music and relaxing beachside.
Camp Richardson’s own old-fashion Ice Cream Parlor provides generous helpings to satisfy the sweet tooth craving for kids of all ages. In fact, California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, said it’s his favorite ice cream in Lake Tahoe. The General Store is open daily and offers snacks, breakfast and deli sandwiches before hitting the trails or lake.

Camp Richardson’s popular lakefront restaurant, The Beacon Bar & Grill, offers a comfortable dining atmosphere with breathtaking views, with lunch from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; brunch on the weekends from 10:20 a.m. – 2 p.m.; limited lunch menu 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to close. Wild Wednesdays offer The Beacon’s infamous Rum Runner all day long for $5 each. Live music is featured Wednesday - Sunday throughout summer. For family reunions, celebrations or corporate dinners, The Beacon can accommodate groups. Parking is free when guests dine at the restaurant; otherwise parking is $7. Reservations are accepted after 5 p.m., call 530-541-0630.

To celebrate summer, Camp Richardson is heating up with a variety of lodging deals. To receive alerts on exclusive lodging packages sign-up for Camp Richardson’s e-specials.

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For information on summer recreation, lodging and packages call 800-544-1801 or visit:

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