Meet North Lake Tahoe’s Local Luminaries

The destination introduces local characters that exemplify the culture and spirit of North Tahoe in an original six-episode docuseries debuting on

 NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. (Jul. 25, 2017) — An original video series that examines the lives and passions of North Lake Tahoe locals will launch July 25 on; the six-episode series features short-film documentaries and corresponding blog content from Local Luminaries who embody the character, flavor and eclectic culture of North Lake Tahoe. Viewers can access local tips and lifestyle perspective while also engaging on a deeper level to understand why these individuals purposely choose to call Lake Tahoe home, and how the common thread of community keeps them here permanently.

Comprised of makers, artists, athletes and wellness gurus, the small towns that dot Lake Tahoe’s north shore are filled with interesting people whose roots run deep in the Sierra. The region is rich with history and the myths, legends and icons have created a truly unique cultural environment that effortlessly connects to Lake Tahoe’s stunning landscape. Six locals are highlighted in the first four episodes of Local Luminaries; two remaining episodes will air this fall.

The idea of Luminaries evolved from the definition itself: a person who is a guiding light, inspiration, legend; a person of eminence and brilliant achievement.

Jenni Charles, lead singer, songwriter and fiddle player of Dead Winter Carpenters, kicks off the docuseries and offers insight on what it means to be a touring musician and new mom. She talks about creating balance by way of the outdoors (her home base is Tahoe City) and describes going on stage to a sold-out show and seeing a crowd beaming with familiar faces. Charles was reintroduced to husband, Jesse Dunn, at a Commons Beach gig back in 2009 and they have been creating sweet bluegrass melodies ever since.

The next episode was filmed at historic Thunderbird Lodge and aboard the Thunderbird Yacht. Combining past and present, eccentricities of George Whittell’s famous east shore castle (built in 1936) are uncovered and the audience is introduced to Bill Watson, historian and chief executive of Thunderbird Lake Tahoe. Watson is fascinating in his own right, as he is quick to debunk inaccurate local tales and in turn, expertly recite the details­ —as if he were there— from well-known Tahoe eras (Rat Pack, anyone?).

By mid-August, series followers will meet Douglas Dale, chef-owner of Wolfdales Cuisine Unique in Tahoe City. Chef Dale moved to the west shore of Lake Tahoe 40 years ago and transformed the food scene with techniques learned at Mineji Temple in southern Japan and an apprenticeship with Hiroshi Hayashi in Boston. Dale explains why living in a mountain community allows him creative liberty to invent new recipes and even more importantly, how it taught him to laugh.

The fourth episode features Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington, world-class mountaineers and global adventurers. Ballinger owns and operates Alpenglow Expeditions and recently summited Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen. Harrington is a professional rock climber who has been a leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager, attempting big wall free climbs and high altitude peaks across the globe. The two talk about their relationship, what it’s like to come home after months on the road, and how the Sierra landscape lends itself to year-round recreation and high altitude training.

What connects these individuals and their stories is that they make or do something in North Lake Tahoe that someone can experience and feel: music, culture, food, adventure and emotion. Home to a powerful combination of people, these diverse stories evoke the spirit of Tahoe and describe a mountain lifestyle that is both purposeful and community-driven.

“One of the most challenging aspects in creating this series was to narrow our list of locals. The range of talent was pages long, each with a compelling connection to North Lake Tahoe,” explained Andy Chapman, President/CEO of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau. “That speaks to the vibrant cultural fabric of our north shore community—full of texture, color and the notion that someone can experience this environment in vastly different ways.”

Watch the Local Luminaries docuseries by subscribing to the GoTahoeNorth YouTube Channel ( To explore #TahoeNorth favorites from each Luminary and learn more about each story, visit Are you a North Lake Tahoe resident? Join other Luminaries by posting photos that describe your perfect Tahoe day on social media with the tag #TahoeLuminaries and #TahoeNorth.

About North Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe spans two states and boasts two-dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races and festivals. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.




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