Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Long were the days of our early emigrants. And, the hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. Join us on a walking, hiking, and driving tour that follows the very same paths where emigrants followed in oxen-pulled wagons. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Celebrate the triumphs and note the endeavors and hardships of those who made their way across America. Feel their fears, and know their hopes and dreams for a better future. Historian Dianne Jennings will lead the way. (Non-hiking alternatives offered). Enjoy an evening slide-show the night before the hike. For trek and/or lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203. 

 

Dates:  June 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7

Cost:    $65 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); $30 children ages 6-13. 

       Prices include snacks, beverages and trailside lunch.

 

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Alpine Aspen Festival
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Alpine Aspen Festival

The best of Alpine County shows up as the trees show off their fall finery during the annual Alpine Aspen Festival.  Celebrate these tree that paint the Sierra with fall color at this two-day event in the heart of Hope Valley, always a top spot to catch the fall foliage show. Enjoy music and special events and activities, including Dutch-oven cooking, fly-fishing lessons, horseback riding, disc golf and history and nature walks. Try a yoga class, or, after dark, join a star party. Learn about conservation, local history, and more at a free tent Talk. Enjoy good food and family fun as we celebrate our love of the land. You can even adopt an Aspen Tree! For more information and to volunteer go to http://www.alpineaspenfestival.org or call (775) 721-0487

 

Dates:  October 7 & 8

Cost:     Admission is free (fees for some activities & food)

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Aug
2
to Aug 3

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Long were the days of our early emigrants. And, the hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. Join us on a walking, hiking, and driving tour that follows the very same paths where emigrants followed in oxen-pulled wagons. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Celebrate the triumphs and note the endeavors and hardships of those who made their way across America. Feel their fears, and know their hopes and dreams for a better future. Historian Dianne Jennings will lead the way. (Non-hiking alternatives offered). Enjoy an evening slide-show the night before the hike. For trek and/or lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203. 

 

Dates:  June 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7

Cost:    $65 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); $30 children ages 6-13. 

       Prices include snacks, beverages and trailside lunch.

 

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Medicinal Plants Walk
Jul
16
9:30am 9:30am

Medicinal Plants Walk

Our native tribes certainly knew the medicinal value of our Sierra plants and flowers. Their very own medicine cabinet covered the fields and mountains in and around Hope Valley.  In fact, the regional Lake Tahoe ranges are chock-full of what can be good for you. Join Dr. Kimball Chatfield, a medical botanist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, for a fascinating treasure hunt, in search of wild blueberries, currants, yarrow, roses, onions, as well as mint, St. John’s Wort and other plants with surprising medicinal uses. Dr. Chatfield is author of Astragalus: Ancient Herb for Modern Times (available at Sorensen’s).  For information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949.

DATE:  July 16; 9:30 – 1:00 p.m.

COST:  $35 Sorensen’s guests ($50 non-guests); bring your own bag lunch, or purchase one at Sorensen’s (advance orders required).

Illustration by John Muir Laws

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Jun
19
to Jun 20

Historic Emigrant Trail Trek

Long were the days of our early emigrants. And, the hardest part of the 1849 Gold Rush was over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder. Join us on a walking, hiking, and driving tour that follows the very same paths where emigrants followed in oxen-pulled wagons. Enjoy the tales of this remarkable journey, excerpted from authentic diaries. Celebrate the triumphs and note the endeavors and hardships of those who made their way across America. Feel their fears, and know their hopes and dreams for a better future. Historian Dianne Jennings will lead the way. (Non-hiking alternatives offered). Enjoy an evening slide-show the night before the hike. For trek and/or lodging reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423-9949 or (530) 694-2203. 

 

Dates:  June 19-20; August 2-3; September 6-7

Cost:    $65 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); $30 children ages 6-13. 

       Prices include snacks, beverages and trailside lunch.

 

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Friends of Hope Valley (FOHV) Workday
Jun
10
9:00am 9:00am

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 11

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

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Springtime in the Sierra Watercolor Class
Jun
5
to Jun 8

Springtime in the Sierra Watercolor Class

In celebrating her 40th Art Anniversary this year, “Lady” Jill Mueller is also celebrating the four decades of love she has for Hope Valley and the surrounding areas. Jill loves to teach others the exciting art of transparent watercolors and she couldn't think of a better place to do it than Sorensen’s Resort. With this glorious winter, the scenes around the valley promise majestic snow covered peaks and a lush spring like no other. For more information and to sign up for this superb class, please email Jill at www.ladyjill.com.  For lodging, please call Sorensen’s Resort at (800) 423-9949.

 

Dates:  June 5-8; 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily

Cost:   $300 Sorensen’s guests ($375 non-guests)

 

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Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch
May
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Galaxy Slideshow & Starwatch

Crispy night skies, bright stars, galaxies and constellations.  Here at 7,000 ft., the dark Sierra night offers the casual to expert stargazer a host of opportunities to appreciate, identify and wonder about what’s out there. Join astronomers Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke for this evening of learning and stargazing. Wrap up in a cozy jacket, then check out the celestial show using our telescopes and binoculars (or bring your own). Look for Jupiter’s moons, the great Hercules star cluster, and far-flung galaxies in the sparkling clear night sky. No experience required; kids of all ages welcome.

DATE:      May 20, 8 p.m. slideshow, 9 p.m. star viewing 

COST:         $10 person donation suggested (includes cookies and hot cocoa) Donations matched by Sorensen’s to benefit Alpine County school science programs.

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Spring Birding and Brunch
May
19
8:30am 8:30am

Spring Birding and Brunch

Have fun spying on the wily birds of the Eastern Sierra. Early spring finds many species returning from wintering grounds at lower elevations, giving sharp-eyed bird enthusiasts a chance to see these often-colorful species flitting about their summertime digs in Hope Valley and other parts of Alpine County. Let local birder Jim Woods share his broad knowledge of birds and other local wildlife as you explore their natural habitats. Dress warmly and be prepared for cold weather.  Guests will be asked to carpool to birding locations.  For information and reservations, call Sorensen’s at (800) 423.9949. 

DATE:        May 19, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST:       $60 Sorensen’s guests ($95 non-guests); includes brunch.

Illustration by John Muir Laws

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Fall Color Hike
Oct
14
10:00am10:00am

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)

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Sep
14
to 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

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Geology of the High Sierra
Aug
30
to 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.

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Poetry, Prose & Writing Workshop
Aug
26
to 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

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Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
Aug
10
to 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

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Geology of the High Sierra
Jul
26
to 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.

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