Fall Color Hike
Oct
14
10:00 am10:00

Fall Color Hike

Hope Valley is one of those lucky spots in the west to have profuse, colorful stands of spectacular quaking aspens. Come see autumn put on a show here, and learn how the magic happens with botanist Karen Wiese on an easy 2-mile hike to view the region’s best fall colors in all of their glory. Walk through blazing stands, enjoy a picnic lunch in their midst.  For class and/or lodging reservations, please call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.

DATE:    Oct 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

COST:    $60 lodging guests/$95 non-guests (includes picnic lunch)

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Sep
14
Sep 15

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Feel the strain and celebrate the triumphs of the emigrants who crossed the Sierra Nevada during the 1849 Gold Rush. On this walking, hiking, and driving tour, follow the very same paths where emigrants led their oxen-pulled wagons through the seemingly impassable canyon of the Carson River and up and over the treacherous Devil’s Ladder, now known as Carson Pass. Hear excerpts from emigrants’ original diaries to feel their fears, hopes, and daily struggles. Optional short hikes ranging from easy to strenuous (non-hiking alternatives offered). The program starts the evening before with a free slide show and talk focusing on early trailblazers including Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and Joe Walker. The next morning, depart Sorensen’s at 8:30 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. Bring sunblock, extra water, hat, and a light jacket. Participants may be asked to drive their own vehicles. For lodging information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.

DATES: June 15-16; Aug 10-11; Sept 14-15        

COST: $60 guests/$95 for non-guests ($30 children ages 6 through 13); price includes snacks, beverages, and trail lunch

Geology of the High Sierra
Aug
30
Aug 31

Geology of the High Sierra

Discover the fascinating geologic history of our Sierra Nevada range. And, in particular, the stunning red bluffs of Sorensen’s. Join former NASA Apollo geophysicist, Al Graf, as he explains the region’s geology and how it impacts our natural history and more. Enjoy an evening video and slide show presentation, followed the next morning by an auto tour to geologic sites near nearby. Al is a lifelong student of the geology and natural history of the Sierra Nevada. He has spent hundreds of miles on foot studying our magnificent “Range of Light.” To make lodging and/or class reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423.9949.

DATE:   July 26/27 and Aug 30/31

Slide show 7-8:30 p.m. Next day tour: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

COST:  $60 guests/$95 non-guests.  Includes lunch.

Poetry, Prose & Writing Workshop
Aug
26
Aug 27

Poetry, Prose & Writing Workshop

Whether you’re discovering the Eastern Sierra for the first time or you’re a summer regular, you’ll enjoy experiencing the region in our latest workshop. Join artist and poet Ziggy Rendler-Bregman, author of The Gate of Our Coming and Going, as she takes you to some of her favorite spots in the region. There, you’ll gather images and inspiration to capture the magic of Hope Valley. Then, return to Sorensen’s to enjoy your summer sojourn with words and sketches. Bring a journal or sketchbook and pencils; all other materials provided. More details at ziggyrendlerbregman.com.
For lodging, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.

DATES:  Aug 26 evening welcome & orientation; Aug 27 workshop 9 to 11:30 a.m. & 2 to 4:30 p.m.

COST:     $60 lodging guests/$95 for non-guests

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Aug
10
Aug 11

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Feel the strain and celebrate the triumphs of the emigrants who crossed the Sierra Nevada during the 1849 Gold Rush. On this walking, hiking, and driving tour, follow the very same paths where emigrants led their oxen-pulled wagons through the seemingly impassable canyon of the Carson River and up and over the treacherous Devil’s Ladder, now known as Carson Pass. Hear excerpts from emigrants’ original diaries to feel their fears, hopes, and daily struggles. Optional short hikes ranging from easy to strenuous (non-hiking alternatives offered). The program starts the evening before with a free slide show and talk focusing on early trailblazers including Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and Joe Walker. The next morning, depart Sorensen’s at 8:30 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. Bring sunblock, extra water, hat, and a light jacket. Participants may be asked to drive their own vehicles. For lodging information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.

DATES: June 15-16; Aug 10-11; Sept 14-15        

COST: $60 guests/$95 for non-guests ($30 children ages 6 through 13); price includes snacks, beverages, and trail lunch

Geology of the High Sierra
Jul
26
Jul 27

Geology of the High Sierra

Discover the fascinating geologic history of our Sierra Nevada range. And, in particular, the stunning red bluffs of Sorensen’s. Join former NASA Apollo geophysicist, Al Graf, as he explains the region’s geology and how it impacts our natural history and more. Enjoy an evening video and slide show presentation, followed the next morning by an auto tour to geologic sites near nearby. Al is a lifelong student of the geology and natural history of the Sierra Nevada. He has spent hundreds of miles on foot studying our magnificent “Range of Light.” To make lodging and/or class reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423.9949.

DATE:   July 26/27 and Aug 23/24

Slide show 7-8:30 p.m. Next day tour: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

COST:  $60 guests/$95 non-guests.  Includes lunch.

Alpine Wildflower Hike
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

Alpine Wildflower Hike

It’s no wonder that words like “gorgeous” and “spectacular” are used to describe Hope Valley’s wildflowers. Early-season bloomers like Indian paintbrush and lupine debut the season, followed in July by wild lilies, orchids, and some 50 different species. Join biologist and writer Karen Wiese, author of Sierra Wildflowers and former botanist and restoration specialist, on a fun and informative 2-mile trek.
For more information and lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.

DATES:  July 22, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST:    $60 guests; $95 non-guests (includes picnic lunch)

Landscape Photography
Jul
16
9:00 am09:00

Landscape Photography

Landscape photography occupies a prominent place in the history of photography. Be a part of that history as you join photographer and UC Davis professor Terry Nathan for a one-day workshop on how to capture the Hope Valley region's stunning landscapes and vistas. His popular photography workshops at Sorensen's include fieldwork in a variety of environments and extensive individual feedback. For information on Terry, visit terrynathanphoto.com.
For class reservations and lodging, call Sorensen's at (800) 423.9949.

DATE:     July 16 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bag lunch available, order in advance)

COST:     $60 guests; $95 non-guests

Medicinal Plants Walk
Jul
3
9:30 am09:30

Medicinal Plants Walk

This popular guided walk takes you searching for plants with medicinal uses in this part of the High Sierra. Join Medical Botanist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine Kimball Chatfield on an entertaining and informative treasure hunt for plants including wild arnica, St. John’s Wort, various types of mint, wild blueberries, currants, yarrow, roses, wild onions and more. Dr. Chatfield, author of Medicine From the Mountains: Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada, will include details on both traditional Native American uses as wells as modern findings. While here, take the opportunity to pick up a copy of his latest book: Astragalus: Ancient Herb for Modern Times. For class sign-ups and/or lodging reservations, please call Sorensen’s at (800) 423.9949 or (530) 694.2203

DATE:      July 3; 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

COST:      $35 pp (Bring water and pack a snack)

Alta Alpina Bike Rides
Jun
25
9:00 am09:00

Alta Alpina Bike Rides

Alta Alpina is a local cycling club offering supported rides and a social environment where cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy the sport.  They offer both mountain bike and road bike excursions throughout the year and the rides range from recreational to strenuous organized rides. Riding the Wild Sierra is just that with the 5-pass Challenge climbing 16,000 feet in 134 miles and including our local passes:  Carson, Ebbetts and Monitor. The 8-Pass Challenge, their marquee event for experienced riders from around the world, is dubbed “the worlds most scenic double century,” and takes in tougher mountain passes from Nevada to Alpine County. Checkpoints are fully stocked for these rides and lunch and dinner are included. To round out the day, families are encouraged to attend and enjoy a scenic foothill ride through Carson Valley. No matter what, these rides are for the enjoyment, pleasure and challenge of cycling. And, as their motto states, any of these excursions are “a ride for cyclists, organized by cyclists.” For more information and registration, contact AACC at (877-845-2453) or email: inquiries@altaalpinachallenge.com  www.altaalpina.org
For lodging, call Sorensen’s at 800.423.9949.

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Jun
15
Jun 16

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Feel the strain and celebrate the triumphs of the emigrants who crossed the Sierra Nevada during the 1849 Gold Rush. On this walking, hiking, and driving tour, follow the very same paths where emigrants led their oxen-pulled wagons through the seemingly impassable canyon of the Carson River and up and over the treacherous Devil’s Ladder, now known as Carson Pass. Hear excerpts from emigrants’ original diaries to feel their fears, hopes, and daily struggles. Optional short hikes ranging from easy to strenuous (non-hiking alternatives offered). The program starts the evening before with a free slide show and talk focusing on early trailblazers including Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and Joe Walker. The next morning, depart Sorensen’s at 8:30 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. Bring sunblock, extra water, hat, and a light jacket. Participants may be asked to drive their own vehicles. For lodging information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203.

DATES: June 15-16; Aug 10-11; Sept 14-15        

COST: $60 guests/$95 for non-guests ($30 children ages 6 through 13); price includes snacks, beverages, and trail lunch

BBQ Benefit with Back 40 Bluegrass
Jun
12
1:00 pm13:00

BBQ Benefit with Back 40 Bluegrass

The Back Forty Bluegrass band will return for a Friends of Hope Valley benefit concert this year. Accompanying the Back Forty will be "local folkies” The Ten Dollar Pony.
Spend an afternoon in a beautiful setting at Sorensen’s Resort. Good music and good food will be guaranteed.

For more information: http://www.friendsofhopevalley.org
 

Friends of Hope Valley (FOHV) Workday
Jun
11
9:00 am09:00

Friends of Hope Valley (FOHV) Workday

Friends of Hope Valley 's annual workday is June 11th… at 9:00am. Participants will meet at Pickett’s Junction (Hwy 88/Hwy 89) in beautiful Hope Valley and join in a work party of their choice. Projects include watershed habitat improvement, general clean up and some fence repair. 
BBQ Benefit with Back 40 Band and 10 Dollar Pony – June 12

For more information: http://www.friendsofhopevalley.org

Watercolor Workshop with "Lady" Jill
Jun
6
Jun 9

Watercolor Workshop with "Lady" Jill

If you’ve been to Sorensen’s before, you have probably noticed the beautiful watercolor landscapes of “Lady” Jill Mueller. Jill has traveled, painted, taught, and exhibited from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to France and Scotland, all with a “commitment to paint the places that still remain wild and pristine.” For many years Jill has focused on Hope Valley’s magical Sierra scenery. Now you can learn from her rich experiences on a four-day summer workshop at Sorensen’s. Enjoy plenty of time plein-air in the field, and one-on-one tips from “Lady” Jill. Try something new, or refine your painting skills with this dynamic course. For more information and class sign-ups, contact Jill at: www.ladyjill.com.  Call us for lodging reservations!

DATES:  June 6-9

COST:     $345 guests; $395 non-guests (lodging and meals extra)

May
19
8:30 am08:30

Amgen Men's Stage 5 Bicycle Tour

Thrilled that this exciting event is making its way through Hope Valley this summer is really something to tout!  Noting that Lake Tahoe is rimmed by majestic mountains and “touted as a national treasure for its pristine blue waters,” the Men’s Stage 5 Tour starts in Lodi, CA and will make its way to Hope Valley via Hwys. 88 and 89. This is America’s largest cycling event and there’s lots of open-space for bicycle aficionados and fans to view the ride and cheer on the riders. The Women’s Stage 1 event will be circumnavigating Lake Tahoe on the same day.  Both events will end at South Lake Tahoe. This small city has been designated as a “Bike Friendly Community.” For our guests, bike rentals and bike paths are plentiful in South Lake Tahoe making for fun family spins close to Sorensen’s. For more information on the Tours, as well as other local activities, please contact the Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau at 530-543-2674.  For lodging reservations at Sorensen’s call 800-423-9949.

Spring Birds of the Sierra
May
18
8:00 am08:00

Spring Birds of the Sierra

Enjoy bird watching at its best with most informative local guide Jim Woods. Seek out the wily birds of the Eastern Sierra on a lovely spring day in May. This fun wildlife observation tour will help you find a variety of species returning from lower elevations where they have spent the winter and are finding their next seasons’ homes. Sharp-eyed bird enthusiasts will get a chance to see these often colorful species flitting about their outdoor abode in Alpine County. Find birds in their natural habitats, and learn of other local wildlife. Dress warmly and be prepared for cool weather; guests will be asked to carpool to birding locations.

DATE:      May 18, 8:00 a.m. to Noon

COST:       $60 guests/$95 non-guests (includes picnic lunch)

Sketch by John Muir Laws
Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch
May
7
May 8

Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch

Join astronomers Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke for an evening of star gazing.  Begin with a slide show and discussion of recent discoveries in astronomy. Weather permitting, we'll head outside to explore springtime constellations and peer through telescopes at the moons of Jupiter, then venture out into the Milky Way and beyond. (Saturn won’t rise until quite late, but folks who dare to stay up until the wee hours can still be rewarded.)

No experience required; kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their questions!

DATE:  May 7, 8:00 p.m. slide show - Norway House

Viewing with telescopes begins about 9:00 p.m. (Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes)

COST:  Donation of $10 adults/$5 kids.  Matched by Sorensen’s to support the Alpine County Schools science programs.

"We loved the Galaxy Slide Show and Starwatch! The events here are fun, educational and booking is always a cinch. Hoping to become regulars!"
-Sorensen's Guest
Genoa Cowboy Festival
Apr
28
May 1

Genoa Cowboy Festival

  • Genoa

Enjoy the entertainment and heritage of Western culture in the nearby historic town of Genoa, NV this spring.  Rich in history, the town of Genoa is known as the oldest settlement in Nevada. This area of beautiful Carson Valley is still the site of working cattle ranches, so it is not unusual for cowboys to share not only their daily work, but their words and music, as well. It’s a beautiful setting to celebrate the unique forms of cowboy music, cowboy poetry and Old West history.  Just a short drive from Sorensen’s, call us at (800) 423-9949 for lodging reservations.  For more information about festival tickets, please call (775) 782-8696 or email genoacowboyfestival@gmail.com. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.genoacowboyfestival.org
 

(Photo Courtesy of genoacowboyfestival.org ©2010-2016 Genoa Cowboy Festival)