WRITTEN BY HEIDI BETHEL
It’s hard to sum up the serenity and history of a place that’s been on the map since the 1800s in just 500-ish words. Owners John and Patty Brissenden acquired Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley in 1982 and have the same affliction when describing the place.
“The magic of the landscape, the charming, eclectic collection of 32 cabins to stay in, and our wonderful food, the history dating back centuries, a long history of family involvement, and stringent environmental protection of the surrounding landscape … we’ve worked hard to preserve this unique place and offer our guests a special retreat from the everyday,” John says as he explains Sorensen’s Resort in a nutshell.
The late summer and fall months bring even more splendor to an already awe-inspiring setting. A brilliant show of aspen colors drapes the landscape as it readies itself for winter.
“This time of year is one of our favorites. Guests really enjoy the changing colors and many activities that celebrate the season. We’ve added some events open to the public that will bring even more splendor,” John adds.
As the weather cools and resort goers travel to Sorensen’s, the event lineup is as enchanting as the charming setting in which they will take place:
Lake Tahoe Paint and Sip Workshops
1 – 4 p.m., Sept. 29
$50 per person; includes a glass of wine, appetizers, and instruction.
Thanks to a collaboration with Lake Tahoe Paint and Sip, two exciting Paint and Sip Workshops are scheduled at Sorensen’s Resort this season. All ages and abilities are welcome, from kids to adults. An artist will walk participants step by step through a painting that makes for a memorable souvenir.
Summer Movie Nights by the Campfire
7:30 – 10 p.m., Sept. 13
Free; includes movie, popcorn, and hot cocoa.
Designed by one of the resort’s newest innkeepers, this free program includes family-friendly movies, popcorn, and complimentary hot cocoa. Sit among the aspen trees next to a crackling campfire while classic movies are projected on screen. S’mores, tea, beer, and wine will be available for sale at the events.
Mountain Girl Mysteries
7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Aug. 30 and Sept. 23
Free; includes readings by the author, complimentary cocoa, and cookies.
Enjoy a cozy night around the campfire as local Tahoe author Jennifer Quashnick reads from her Mountain Girl Mysteries series, which involves murder, mystery, and romance in the Sierra Nevada, including Hope Valley.
Historic Emigrant Trail Trek
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sept. 17
$65 Sorensen's guests; $95 non-guests; $30 children age 6 – 13; includes snacks, beverages, and lunch.
Join historian Frank Tortorich as he returns to lead this popular area hike along the Old Emigrant Trail. Long and hard were the days of early emigrants, and participants will hear stories about their travels including sojourns in the lovely meadow on site. Discover more about the 1849 Gold Rush and the troubles over nearby Carson Pass, most notably the treacherous Devil’s Ladder.
For more information about these events and to reserve your spot, visit Sorensensresort.com.