The Sierra Nevada may be famous for its high seasons—winter and summer—but shoulder seasons here are not to be missed. Quieter, with smaller crowds and milder temperatures, you can pick apples from mature orchards, attend a nationally recognized film festival, throw a dinner party using in-season ingredients and perfectly paired local wines, or host that last outdoor barbecue with street tacos and Mexican beer. Also discover locally sourced Tahoe tea and find out how a surprising group of allies are affecting the state of the lake.
By Thea Marie Rood
Photography by Nash Rood