The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe Re-Opens as Planned, Ready for Summer Guests

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Tahoe Area’s First Luxury Resort Ready to Welcome Guests for the Busy Summer Season in Lake Tahoe

Arrival at the the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe

It was time to put all the ski gear away and get the mountain concierge ready with mountain bikes, golf clubs and backpacks for hiking. If winter was any indication, we are going to be very busy during our first summer.

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe re-opened today from its mid-mountain location on Northstar® Resort, ready to welcome guests for its first summer season. Following an outstanding debut ski season ahead of all projections, the resort closed briefly to conduct preventative maintenance and to begin conversion to summer operations. “It is very common for luxury resorts in similar mountain destinations like Aspen, Jackson Hole and Beaver Creek to close when the Ski Resort closes,” said Steven Holt director of public relations. “Our spring break was no different, we aligned our operations with that of Northstar Resort mountain operations.”

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands returns to full operation on May 10 as planned and is the ideal central location to explore and discover all North Lake Tahoe has to offer. Now, at what looks to be the beginning of a busy summer season in Lake Tahoe, the resort’s slopeside Mountain Concierge has started to anticipate summer guests’ needs. “It was time to put all the ski gear away and get the mountain concierge ready with mountain bikes, golf clubs and backpacks for hiking,” said Allen Highfield, General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort. “If winter was any indication, we are going to be very busy during our first summer,” he added.

Just a short ten minute drive from Lake Tahoe and the historic town of Truckee, guests will be able to enjoy all of the boating, beaches and water sports on Lake Tahoe as well as fly fishing on the nearby Truckee River or hiking on Northstar or the nearby Tahoe Rim Trail. Visitors to the Lake Tahoe region looking for summer fun for the whole family will find a whole host of activities available to them at Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort. From downhill and cross-country mountain biking and guided hikes to 18-holes of golf, horseback riding, geocaching, roller skating, tennis and fly fishing instruction, Northstar Resort is a one-stop-shop for summer recreation.

Manzanita, the signature restaurant inside The Ritz-Carlton created by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Traci Des Jardins also re-opens on May 10 beginning with dinner service. “At Manzanita both chef Reylon and myself are very excited to cook dishes with the produce of the summer,” said Chef Traci Des Jardins. “Look for new seasonal dishes on our menu, which are sourced locally whenever possible with the highest quality produce, meat and fish available.” Dinner service on May 10 will kick off with the first ever dinner service on the Manzanita Terrace in the resort’s backyard, weather permitting. Indoor and outdoor lunch and dinner service will continue beginning on May 11 throughout the summer. Manzanita will also be participating in the Lake Tahoe’s first-ever Restaurant Week (September 5 -12) culminating in the region’s famed Autumn Food & Wine on September 10-12 in the Village at Northstar™.

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands Spa also re-opens to the public and hotel guests on May 10. Hotel guests will be able to enjoy complimentary access to both slope-side pools, one for families and one for lap swimmers. Locals may enjoy the Spa facilities for the day with the purchase of a spa treatment.

This summer, Northstar Resort will play host to three of the headlining concerts during the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and will host a great line-up of summer-long special events that begin in May and run through early October. From outdoor entertainment to food festivals, mountain bike races, complimentary outdoor movie nights, live music and more, Northstar Resort offers a long list of activities for guests on the mountain and in the Village at Northstar. For more information and the complete summer event schedule, visit http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com.

Adjacent to the new, world-class Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, the stunning Ritz-Carlton Club, Lake Tahoe is set amidst the year-round Northstar-at-Tahoe resort. It offers 25 two-, three- and four-bedroom residences ranging from approximately 1,423 to 2,434 square feet, and all boasting dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain and Martis Valley views. Each Club residence features a gourmet kitchen with wine refrigerator, a cozy living room with fireplace and heated, honed marble bathroom floors. Deeded, fractional ownership at The Ritz-Carlton Club, Lake Tahoe provides Members and their guests with a minimum of 21 days of use each year. Portfolio Membership provides an opportunity to stay at the property as available. For more information, please visit http://www.ritzcarltondestinationclub.com.

For more information or to confirm hotel reservations at The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe , call toll-free reservations at 800-241-3333. To confirm reservations in Manzanita, please call 530-562-3050 or visit http://www.opentable.com, to schedule your treatment or therapy in The Ritz-Carlton Highlands Spa, please contact 530-562-3030.

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe is the first new-build resort to open in the Lake Tahoe area in decades. Nestled mid-mountain on the Northstar-at-Tahoe™ Resort, the Northern California contemporary mountain retreat opened on December 9, 2009 and features mountain concierge services for golfing, mountain biking and hiking in the summer and slope-side ski-in, ski-out access in winter. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Manzanita was created by James Beard Award-winning San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins and features her seasonal French-inspired California cuisine. The Highlands Spa is a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. Guests will also enjoy preferred tee times and access to Old Greenwood and Gray’s Crossing Golf Courses in the nearby historic town of Truckee. An inter-mountain gondola connects guests between the nearby Village-at-Northstar and The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe resort, a short 10 minute drive from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The year-round destination resort includes 170 guest rooms, 23 private Ritz-Carlton Residences and 25 Ritz-Carlton Destination Club fractional ownership residences.

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