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!

Apr 10
California Rivers and Glaciers Slideshow
Apr 26
First day of Stream Fishing
May 1-4
Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
May 3
Spring Birds of Hope Valley
May 11
Mother's Day Brunch
May 17
Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch
May 26-30
"Lady" Jill Watercolor Workshop
Jun 7
Friends of Hope Valley Workday
Jun 8
FOHV Benefit Concert/BBQ
Jun 15
Father's Day BBQ
Jun 23
Historic Emigrant Trail Tour
Jun 28
Alta Alpina - Riding the Wild Sierra Cycle Challenges
Jul 6
Medicinal Plants Hike
Jul 12
34th Annual "Death" Ride Tour CA Alps
Jul 18
Memorial Concert for Pete Seeger
Jul 20
Landscape Photography Workshop
Jul 21
Wildflower Hike
Aug 23
Markleeville Creek Workday
Aug 24
Summer Sketching Workshop
Sep 8
Historic Emigrant Trail Tour
Sep 20
Great Sierra River Clean Up
Sep 26-30
Alpine Aspen Festival
Oct 5-6
12th Annual Markleeville Artist's Open Studios
Oct 6
Historic Emigrant Trail Tour
Oct 17
Fall Color Hike


  • April 10

    California Rivers and Glaciers Slideshow

    Award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer will present a stunning slide show drawing on his recent books about California's rivers and glaciers. Come see Tim's exquisite photos, hear his stories of adventure in the wilds of the Sierra and other mountains, and learn about the prospects and perils facing the places we all love. Tim has been with us before, and his programs have been highlights of our speaker series. timpalmer.org
    When: Thursday April 10, 7:00pm
    Cost: $10/person suggested donation and matched by Sorensen's for Friends of the River
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  • April 26

    First day of Stream Fishing

    Book a fly-fishing lesson with Judy Wickwire of Horse Feathers Fly Fishing (by reservation only, 530.694.2399) and enjoy fishing all season long. Make lodging reservations at Sorensen's to celebrate a new season of fun and adventure. Fishing licenses are no longer sold at Sorensen's. Click here for more information on fresh water fishing in California and to purchase a license. For the latest conditions or to book a weekend stay, call Sorensen's Resort at 800.423.9949.
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  • May 1-4

    Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

    The Genoa Cowboy Festival is a wonderful blend of beautiful setting, entertainment, heritage and Western culture. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Nevada in the beautiful Carson Valley, historic Genoa is the site of the first ranch in Nevada and still has working cattle ranches literally steps from the town. From its 19th century beginnings, cowboys and ranching have shared work, words and music here. You'd be hard pressed to find a better place to celebrate the unique forms of Cowboy Poetry, Western music and the Western lifestyle. cowboypoetrygenoa.com
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  • May 3

    Spring Birds of Hope Valley

    Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends on an early morning walk with guide and historian, William Tweed. Renowned writer and former chief naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, William is steeped in the knowledge of the Sierra environment. He worked among the Sierra Nevada's big peaks and big trees for more than thirty years. He is the author of Uncertain Path - A Search for the Future of National Parks. An exciting experience to see what species are coming and going during the annual spring migration in Hope Valley, and what birds will stick around all year. In May, the males will be singing their territorial and nesting songs and filling the forest with song.
    When: Saturday May 3, 8-11am
    Cost: $50 guests | $75 non-lodging guests (includes brunch)
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  • May 11

    Mother's Day Brunch

    In honor of Mother's Day, Sorensen's Resort offers 3-nights-for-the-price-of-two... right over the weekend! In addition, we welcome families celebrating their Mom's and Grandmother's to our annual Sorensen's Mother's Day Brunch. This special menu of Eggs Benedict or Salmon Benedict or French Toast stuffed with cream cheese and complimented with our famous Berry Cobbler mix, plus additional entrees, is available in our Country Cafe from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations encouraged by calling 800.423.9949. A complimentary flower is offered to each Mother we are celebrating along with a glass of champagne or Mimosa.
    When: Sunday May 11, 7:30am- 4:00pm
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  • May 17

    Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch

    Join Astronomer Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke, of San Francisco State University, for a fascinating nighttime event and slide show, peering through telescopes to spy planets, stars, and nebulae. The moon will be in its first quarter phase, which will be ideal for stargazing. We'll have hot cocoa and cookies to warm you up. All ages are welcome!
    When: Saturday May 17 at sunset (around 8pm)
    Cost: $10 adults / $5 kids, all proceeds (matched by Sorensen's) will go to support school science programs in Alpine County.
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  • May 26-30

    "Lady" Jill Watercolor Workshop

    Join the excitement of painting on location with Lady Jill Mueller at 7,000 feet in the High Sierra. Your paintings come to life as you come alive embracing the spring air. The aspen groves will be popping into brilliant green at this time of year. And enjoy the camaraderie in the afternoon around the cafe fire. The class starts Monday morning on location with a demonstration and class participation. Daily classes are from 9 AM to 1 PM. Locations vary, such as Hope,Faith and Charity Valleys, and picturesque Sorensen's Resort. ladyjill.com
    When: Monday May 26 - Friday May 30, 9am - 1pm
    Cost: $345 lodging guest | $395 non-guest (lodging and meals separate)
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  • June 7

    Friends of Hope Valley Workday

    Join Friends of Hope Valley for a fun filled day as we pitch-in to restore Hope Valley's unique and beautiful habitat. Important jobs include planting willows to restore the banks of the West Fork Carson River. hopevalleyca.com
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  • June 8

    FOHV Benefit Concert/BBQ

    The day after helping to restore Hope Valley, come celebrate with the Back 40 Band, the Ten Dollar Pony Duo and a BBQ fundraiser at Sorensen's. hopevalleyca.com
    When: Sunday June 8, 1-5pm
    Cost: $10/person (BBQ extra). All proceeds to be matched by Sorensen's to benefit the Friends of Hope Valley.
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  • June 15

    Father's Day BBQ

    Call 800.423.9949 for reservations.
    When: Sunday June 15, 1 - 6pm
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  • June 23 | September 8 | 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: June 22nd- 23rd | September 7th - 8th | 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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  • June 28

    Alta Alpina - Riding the Wild Sierra Cycle Challenges

    These challenges consist of five cycling ride options: a fun ride, metric century, century, 129 miles, or 198 mile rides through the spectacular scenery of the High Sierra. For lodging reservations, call Sorensen's at 800.423.9949. altaalpina.org
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  • July 6

    Medicinal Plants Hike

    Ever think of the Sierra as a medicine cabinet? In fact, these mountains are chock-full of surprisingly healthful plants and flowers. Join Dr. Kimball Chatfield, a medicinal plants expert, on an easy walk in the High Sierra. Don't miss this enlightening, informative event.
    When: Sunday July 6, 10am - 1pm
    Cost: $35/person (Sorensen's bag lunch extra, or bring your own)
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  • July 12

    34th Annual "Death" Ride Tour CA Alps

    Recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West, cyclists push themselves beyond limits with 129 miles of super scenic biking over 5 passes that include 15,000 feet of climbing. For lodging, camping or dinner reservations, call Sorensen's at 800.423.9949. Or bring your camp chair and umbrella to enjoy the event from our front door and help cheer the riders on. We provide complimentary lemonade! deathride.com
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  • July 18

    Memorial Concert for Pete Seeger

    "Pete Seeger Memorial Hootenanny" with guest appearances by Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston. Sing along to your favorite folksongs around the campfire with cookies & hot cocoa. A benefit for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, feeding hungry folks like Pete, Woody and Cisco did in the days of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Bring the family! Learn some new tunes!
    When: Friday July 18, 7:00pm
    Cost: Suggested $10/person donation, matched by Sorensen's, for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada
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  • July 20

    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: Sunday July 20, 9am - 1pm
    Cost: $50 guests | $75 non-guests (Sorensen's bag lunch extra)
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  • July 21

    Wildflower Hike

    On this moderate, 4-mile hike, you will learn to identify over 30 species of wildflowers, trees and shrubs. We will weave Native American and pioneer uses of the plants as well as identify any birds in our path! Kids are welcome. Folks should bring water, sun protection, camera, and wear sturdy shoes.
    When: Monday, July 21, 9am - 3pm
    Cost: $50 guest I $75 non-guest (picnic lunch included)
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  • August 23

    Markleeville Creek Workday

    More info to come!
    When: Saturday August 23, Time TBA
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  • August 24

    Summer Sketching Workshop

    Explore the Hope Valley area with John Muir Laws while learning ways of keeping a nature journal that enhance observation, curiosity, memory, and enjoyment in nature. Learn techniques for botanical close ups, how to do a five minute landscape, and more. Call 800.423.9949 for more information and to reserve your spot!
    When: Sunday August 24, 9:00am-12:00pm
    Cost: $50 guests | $75 non-guests (lunch not included).
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  • September 20

    Great Sierra River Clean Up

    During the first five years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup, nearly 19,000 volunteers have joined together to remove almost 600 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 1,700 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with more than 60 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source to the sea.
    When: Saturday September 20
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  • September 26-30

    Alpine Aspen Festival

    More info to come!
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  • October 5-6

    12th Annual Markleeville Artist's Open Studios

    Visit the studios of artists creating pottery, photography, stained glass, oil paintings, and watercolors. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce in Markleeville to get your free map and guide. The guide includes artist descriptions and locations as well as information about our generous sponsors. Bright yellow and gold banners will be hanging throughout town, marking each artist's studio. markleevilleartists.com
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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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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.