Calendar of Events

For more details or to reserve lodging or book a workshop, call Sorensen's Resort at 800.423.9949. Find us on Facebook, too!

Sep 25-28
Alpine Aspen Festival
Oct 6
Historic Emigrant Trail Tour
Oct 17
Fall Color Hike
Nov 8
Winter Birding and Raptor Tour
Nov 27
Thanksgiving Feast
Dec 6
Holiday Wreath Making
Dec 24
Christmas Eve Dinner
Jan 10
Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop
Feb 8
Winter Sketching Workshop
Feb 28
Winter Landscape Photography Workshop


Spring 2015 Sneak Peek...

Apr 1
Spring Birds of the Sierra
Apr 25
First Day of Fishing
May 10
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 16
Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch


  • September 25-28

    Alpine Aspen Festival

    Celebrate the beauty and vital role of aspen groves in providing clean water to millions of Californians and Nevadans. This inaugural festival, organized by the Alpine Watershed Group and the Friends of Hope Valley, will include educational hikes, artist workshops, and conservation projects. Come enjoy a fun-filled event! For more information and workshop sign-ups, please contact Alpine Aspen Festival or call 775-721-0487. For lodging call Sorensen’s at 800-423-9949.
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  • October 6

    Historic Emigrant Trail Tour

    In 1849 gold rushers came by the thousands to California with the dream of getting rich. The 49er Trail passes through Sorensen's Resort, Hope Valley, and over Carson Pass. Join this tour and listen to the many fascinating tales of hardship and toil. See the visible remnants left by tens of thousands of wagon wheels and visit a pioneer grave. Your tour leader and author (Gold Rush Trail and Hiking the Gold Rush Trail available at Sorensen's) Frank Tortorich will provide the stories that will make the experience come alive. The activities start with a free slide show and diary readings the night before and all guests are welcome. The tour is designed for all ages with the walking portions moderate over uneven ground. Some participants may be asked to drive their own car. For tour reservations and lodging contact Sorensen's Resort at 800.423.9949.
    When: October 5th - 6th. All tours depart at 8:30am and return before 4:00pm with lunch at Sorensen's.
    Cost: $50 for lodging guest | $75 for non-guest. $25 for children ages 6 -13, under 6 free (lunch extra). Price includes: morning coffee, slide show, lunch, a beverage on the trail, all day tour and handout.
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  • October 17

    Fall Color Hike

    Join us as we hike an easy, 3-mile round-trip through the brilliant aspen groves above Hope Valley. On this hike you will see all shades of yellow and red, find out why nature provides us with such a display, and discover Native American uses of many of the plants. Kids welcome, too. Folks should bring water, sun protection, camera, and wear sturdy shoes.
    When: Friday October 17, 9am - 3pm
    Cost: $50 guests I $75 non-guests (picnic lunch included)
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  • November 8

    Winter Birding and Raptor Tour

    Join naturalist and birder, Jim Woods, on a hunt for migrating birds heading from Hope Valley to lower elevations of beautiful Alpine County. If the weather is right, participants will feast on lots of Raptor sightings, but it will be a famine if the weather has moved the birds along. In that case… a short drive into Carson Valley (8-10 miles) may help participants find Barn Owls and other birds stopping over and feeding in the local wetlands and open fields. Be prepared to drive/carpool. Includes picnic lunch.
    When: Saturday November 8, 8am – 12pm
    Cost: $50 for guests | $75 for non-guests; includes picnic lunch
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  • November 27

    Thanksgiving Feast

    Join us in our cozy dining room for our 2014 Thanksgiving Feast! Call 800-423-9949 for lodging and dinner reservations.
    When: Thursday, November 27, two seatings at 4:30 and 7:00.
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  • December 6

    Holiday Wreath Making

    Create your own holiday masterpiece under the guidance of artist Diane Campbell using the freshly gathered bounty of nature! Diane will share her secrets and skills on how to make your home naturally festive for the holidays. All materials are provided, but bring your pruning shears if you have them! Hot cider and delicious holiday goodies will be served.
    When: Saturday December 6th, 10am – 3pm
    Cost: $50/day guests | $75/day non-guests
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  • December 24

    Christmas Eve Dinner

    Have a relaxing holiday meal next to the fire in our lovely dining room while snow drifts outside. Call 800-423-9949 for lodging and dinner reservations.
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  • January 10

    Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop

    We hope you never have to use the skills you’ll learn in this workshop, although, this invaluable information could come in very handy some day! Led by members of the non-profit, all volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team (TNSAR) you’ll be guided through an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek.  Along the way they’ll cover planning, preparation, proper dress, equipment, emergency shelters and more. Dress for the elements and fuel up with a delicious Sorensen’s breakfast. tahoenordicsar.com
    When: Saturday January 10, 10am – 12pm
    Cost: Donation $25 guests | $50 non-guests (tax deductible, to benefit TNSAR rescue efforts, matched by Sorensen’s)
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  • February 8

    Winter Sketching Workshop

    Seek out and sketch the beauty of the high-Sierra winter with naturalist and artist John “Jack” Laws, author of Laws Field Guide to the Sierra and the Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (for sale at Sorensen’s Gift Shop). Learn the tricks of drawing in the field and how to use watercolor and pencil to make fast sketches and detailed studies. Learn how to finish a landscape drawing in five minutes and more. For more on Jack, visit johnmuirlaws.com. For reservations and lodging, call Sorensen’s at 800-423-9949.
    When: Sunday, February 8, 9am – 1pm
    Cost: $50 guests | $75 non-lodging guests
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  • February 28

    Winter Landscape Photography Workshop

    Join photographer and UC Davis professor Terry Nathan for a one-day workshop on how to capture the 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.
    When: Saturday February 28, 9am - 1pm
    Cost: $50 guests | $75 non-guests (Sorensen's bag lunch extra)
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Some programs offered by Sorensen's Resort are under permit with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest/Carson Ranger District and by permission of the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.