Friday, July 29, 2011

A Date with Shakespeare at the Lake


 Every year about this time, I head up to Lake Tahoe to spend time with a couple of girlfriends I have known for 18 years or more. We all lived in the same neighborhood when we met, and one of the trio, Diane, moved to Lake Tahoe about 12 years ago. Ever since, we have gotten together at Diane house which overlooks the Lake up on Kingsbury Grade.

We all have summer birthdays, so we exchange gifts the afternoon we arrive. And it never hurts to celebrate with a little wine and a few things to nosh....a little triple cream cheese with fig jam....do not mind if I do! We discovered that a few sprigs of Lemon Thyme in a dry Sauvignon Blanc is quite wonderful as well! We caught up sipping cool wine and took in the breathtaking view. The weather decided to be very kind!


 As for the gifts, we know each other very well. We all love to cook, and garden and entertain....so pretty easy to please us all. I gave the girls each a set of napkins and some great marinades for Asian cooking. Diane gave Lori and I some special herb and spice blends from her company, Heart Rock Herb and Spice Co. (ahem....we were hoping she would! They are so fantastic and makes dinner that much easier). Lori gave us beautiful candles, one shaped like a pear, and a pair of tapers...perfect for hosting that next party!


 We talked and talked while letting go of the weekday world. Pretty soon it was time to hit the hay.....

The next day we relaxed over  a breakfast of pastries from HERE and peaches from my tree HERE. Then we headed off to the Thunderbird Lodge, where Diane is Master Gardener. We never pass up an opportunity to use the beach there. It is one of the most beautiful anywhere around the lake. We caught a glimpse of the Thunderbird Yacht, the 55 foot speedboat owned by the infamous George Whittell commissioned while he was building his beautiful estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe. It was completed in 1940. The Yacht has quite a formidable history.... HERE


Diane laid out a beautiful picnic while Lori and I braved the winter melt in the Lake....yes, we went swimming. Refreshing, bracing, and one of the best parts of the weekend! (That is me on the rock out in the Lake!)


 I little more relaxing was in order before freshening up for the drive up to Incline Village, home of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. I had never been, although I had known of the Festival for years. I was so happy to get a chance to experience a little Twelfth Night with beautiful Lake Tahoe as the backdrop, stars onstage and stars overhead. If you are ever at the Lake when the Festival is open, it is not to be missed...


 It was worth the wait. The sets were exotic...


 Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek left us in stitches....


It was a beautiful performance and a beautiful night....


And this was just Saturday.......

I wish you all a beautiful weekend!

13 comments:

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing Katie, looks so beautiful and hope you had a great time! ;-)

Callie Grayson said...

what a wonderful time!! I haven't been to Lake Tahoe since I was a kind. SUch a beautiful place!!
xx
callie

under spanish moss said...

Sounds like you ladies had a great time. Such a lovely tradition!
Hope you have a beautiful weekend!
Angela and Renee

My Interior Life said...

Oh my goodness, how wonderful! Looks like the perfect trip - great friends, great food & wine, great scenery and some Shakespeare to boot. Lucky girl!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I seem to remember reading about these trips with your friends before. Such a lovely tradition you have!

Fabiana ~ Ciao Newport Beach said...

Katie, what a fabulous post! All these pictures inspire me to go up to Tahoe. It's sooooo gorgeous! Thanks for all the info too.

ciao

The enchanted home said...

This is amazing!!!! I would fit in so well with your group of friends, everything you like and enjoy are things I love to do too! What a spectacular setting and what an incredible weekend...what gets better than that, spending it with cherished friends, eating delicious food all in a spectacular setting!! Fabulous...bookmarking this so I can include this wondeful post on my next "posts to ponder", enjoyed it so much!

Karena said...

Katie what a gorgeous spot for a girlfriend getaway!! I love your images; the napkins and sauces look wonderful, a perfect gift!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Lori said...

Great photos Katie! It was a lovely weekend. I'm still working to find locations in my garden for the lovely plants I bought!

Cristin {Simplified Bee} said...

I loved this post... not only bc I grew up in Lake Tahoe/Zephyr Cove, but bc I am heading up soon and am going to a dinner at Thunderbird Lodge. I have never been, so very excited! How fun that Diane is the master gardener there. I love it!

xo,
cristin

mary said...

Hi Katie, Friends are the best food for the soul. Thanks for sharing your week-end and beautiful photos. Mary

Taylor Greenwalt said...

What a great vacation. I have not been to Tahoe in a very long time. I guess I am going to have to put it on a place to go list! Thanks

ddu said...

Great friends, delicious food and wine, and The Bard's immortal Twelfth Night (my favorite of his comedies). Who could ask for more! Thanks for sharing your wonderful weekend with readers. Best wishes!