Photo essay: Summer at Northstar California

Today's post comes from Northern California local, Miranda Leconte. A photographer and former U.S. Forest Service Ranger, Miranda visited Northstar over the Fourth of July weekend and is sharing her photos from the trip today. See her full bio at the bottom.

My husband and I recently took a trip to Northstar California to spend the holiday weekend in the mountains away from the mobs of people crowding Lake Tahoe’s shores. While ski resorts traditionally may seem uneventful during the summer, not Northstar. This is a place where you can unwind, eat well, make friends, and explore, all while feeling completely at home.

As my husband and I discovered, there's a lot happening at Northstar during the summer. And we tried to pack in as much as possible. Our weekend included Beerfest & Bluegrass, Tony Berendsen's Star Tours, lift-access hiking around the mountain, the five-course brewmaster dinner at Martis Valley Grille (with a killer sunset to boot!) and trying the new Yamakai Fish & Sushi in the Village. This was a true getaway, peaceful, eventful and fun, and over Fourth of July weekend no less. See my photos from the weekend below.

Born & raised in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, Miranda had no choice but to fall in love with tall trees, open granite, and subalpine/alpine ecosystems. She was a U.S. Forest Service Ranger from 2013-2016 and holds tight to the belief that outdoor travel and wilderness wandering is essential for a healthy being. Miranda hopes to encourage others to get out and learn about their natural surroundings through her lifestyle and photography. You can find her somewhere in the Sierras educating and reminding outdoor enthusiasts on how to respect their environment without sacrificing adventure.