Wanderlust and Their Festivals
Wanderlust seeks to create a community based on mindful living - including yoga and meditation, living green, and eating well. They put on many festivals each year; their most popular are a series of events in scenic mountain settings to help participants “find [their] true North.” Each festival has five themes: Practice (yoga, meditation, mindfulness), Listen (music abounds!), Explore (hike, run, bike), Learn (take in an intimate and casual “Speakeasy” talk), and Taste (local, organic food and wine).
In their own words:
Our festivals are all-out celebrations of mindful living. We bring together instructors, musicians, speakers, and chefs for a 4-day retreat in the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts.
Wanderlust Squaw Valley
This weekend, Wanderlust is at Squaw Valley from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17. Tickets are available for a single activity, a single day, or for the entire four-day span. Tickets to individual activities include offerings such as aerial yoga, standup paddleboarding, and malas (Buddhist prayer beads or gems used in meditation or yoga practice); each day-long ticket includes admission to three activities of your choosing; one speakeasy lecture; and admission to music for the day, if that’s part of the day’s activities. Other interesting offerings include pool parties at Squaw’s unique High Camp pool; an all-natural beauty bar offered by Aveda; an expansive marketplace at Kula Market; and a Cacao Ceremony.
Music at Wanderlust
Music is an integral part of the Wanderlust experience, and is a common thread across many different activities. Many of the yoga classes are accompanied by some kind of music, and each of the weekend’s pool parties feature a different musical act. For eclectic artists all day long in a casual dance party atmosphere, check out the Rue Boheme at any point of the day or night.
On Friday and Saturday nights, headliners take over the mainstage for music that goes late into the night. Friday night’s performance begins at 8:45 with Yeasayer, an experimental rock band, then continues with Beats Antique, an American musical group that fuses world music and electronic music. Saturday’s show features Son Little, who has an R&B groove, followed by Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Grammy-winning reggae artist and son of Bob Marley.
Unique Food & Drink
While fresh, organic, local food is found throughout the festival, there are two special activities worth checking out--Uncorked and Farm to Table. Uncorked showcases local and international wine, beer, and spirits, which are paired with hors d'oeuvres. Selections are offered based on region and season, so there is always something new to discover.
Farm to Table dinners take place on Friday and Saturday; the breathtaking setting makes this a truly unique experience. The dinners are served at Squaw’s High Camp, so there are 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevadas. (Fun fact: these gourmet meals are accessible only by aerial tram!) Once at the High Camp, diners are treated to a meal of local, seasonal produce and sustainable, ethically raised meats.
With Memorial Day behind us and 80-degree temperatures ahead of us, Summer in Lake Tahoe is getting into full swing. Though Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, plenty of warm weather activities are coming up before then.
June marks the start of Tahoe’s stellar Summer event calendar, kicking off the season with the 25th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on June 5th, a 72-mile bicycle trek around Lake Tahoe that many describe as one of the most scenic rides in the world.
In recent years, Tahoe skiers and riders have been disappointed with the arrival of Spring, mainly because of the severe drought and poor ski conditions brought on by nearly four years of below-average precipitation in the region. But with the steady stream of rain and snow we’ve seen this year—both helping to combat the drought as well as make for prime conditions on the slopes—it’s looking like the dry season is behind us. As our friends at Tahoetopia said this morning, “conditions remain exceptional.”
With temperatures dropping and snow forecasted (hurrah!), it’s time to seek out roaring fires, warm cocoa, and hygge. Hygge is the Danish concept of warmth and coziness; while there isn’t a direct translation, the many scenarios and situations described by Danes as “hygge” have the appeal of chicken soup or a cup of tea.
With Ski Week beginning, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to be. While Tahoe has incredible terrain for skiing and snowboarding, that’s not all there is to do. Here, we’ve compiled a list of off-beat attractions to enjoy when you’re ready for some time off the slopes. Just figure out if you...
...want to get some exercise while enjoying a majestic view:
Go ice skating at Squaw’s Olympic Ice Pavilion! This skating rink is truly unique because it’s at the top of Squaw’s upper mountain. From 8,200 feet above sea level, you have incredible views of both Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
...like to adventure, but don’t want to be cold while doing so:
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