Annenberg Foundation’s explore.org Unveils
New Live Streaming HD Web Camera at Lake Tahoe, California
Tahoe’s West Shore Café & Inn and Homewood Mountain Resort
host newest two ‘Pearls of the Planet’ web cameras
HOMEWOOD, Calif. (Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012) – Tahoe enthusiasts will now have access to live high-definition streaming footage of the lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada peaks thanks to a new partnership between Homewood Mountain Resort, West Shore Café & Inn, and the Annenberg Foundation’s philanthropic media organization, explore.org.
The Lake Tahoe Cameras are the latest addition to explore.org’s Pearls of the Planet initiative, which aims to help people deepen their connection with nature through a portfolio of live HD cameras installed around the world. In addition to the Lake Tahoe cameras at West Shore Café & Inn and Homewood Mountain Resort, the Pearls of the Planet live cam collection features brown bears hunting salmon in Alaska, giant pandas in China, Siku the polar bear in Denmark, beluga whales and tropical fish from the Vancouver Aquarium, a service puppy cam, and many more.
“The beauty of Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking landscape is an amazing sight to behold at any time of the year, and now, with the help of the West Shore Café and Inn and Homewood Mountain Resort, people all over the world can experience it for themselves whenever they’d like,” said Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, founder of explore.org. “This is the point of all our Pearls of the Planet initiative….to make the world accessible to people everywhere so that they can once again learn to love and care for the planet which they live on.”
“We are thrilled to offer the new web cameras,” said Kevin Mitchell, general manager for Homewood Mountain Resort. “It’s a great way for viewers to appreciate Lake Tahoe, one of the world’s most cherished mountain lakes, in real time. Equally poignant is our shared position on environmental stewardship with explore.org,” he added.
West Shore Café & Inn is a popular year-round, lakefront gathering place for Tahoe residents and visitors – renowned for offering instant access to Tahoe’s myriad water sports and activities during summer as well as skiing and snowboarding during winter at its adjacent sister property, Homewood Mountain Resort. Homewood’s renowned reputation for stunning views of Lake Tahoe from each of its 62 trails has earned the mountain its nickname – Tahoe’s most beautiful resort.
“Until a viewer can visit in-person, the cameras offer an extraordinary look at the lake and the Sierra Nevada, as well as Tahoe’s ever-changing seasons, weather, snow depth, and beyond,” Mitchell added.
The streaming camera’s location at West Shore Café & Inn lends viewers a sense of standing directly on the shore of Lake Tahoe; while the second camera’s on-mountain location at Homewood offers a vantage point from 500 feet above the water. Both present an unobstructed view of the country’s second-deepest alpine lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada peaks in real time.
About explore.org: explore.org is a philanthropic media organization and a multi-media division of the Annenberg Foundation. Created by filmmaker and philanthropist Charles Annenberg Weingarten to champion the selfless acts of others, inspire lifelong learning and bring people closer to nature, explore.org is home to more than 300 original films and a massive library of world-class photography from all over the globe. In addition, explore.org recently launched Pearls of the Planet, a growing collection of live HD cameras that provide people with an unprecedented view into the lives of amazing animals and beautiful places around the world. As an advertising-free philanthropic media organization, explore.org regularly provides grants to organizations focused on improving the human condition and the planet.
About the West Shore Café & Inn: West Shore Café & Inn is a picturesque lakefront restaurant and inn located at Lake Tahoe’s historic west shore, adjacent to Homewood Mountain Resort. Offering traditional Tahoe scenic grandeur with its lake view setting and warm, stylish interior, overnight guests enjoy a romantic lodge setting with spacious suites and guestrooms that combine the nostalgia of Tahoe’s historic West Shore with rustic sophistication. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the lake below, complete with interiors featuring custom interior finishes, rich woods, and charming touches including black and white photographs of old Tahoe, cozy fireplaces and outdoor balconies. Visit WestShoreCafe.com or call 530.525.5200 for additional information.
About Homewood: Homewood Mountain Resort is one of California’s first winter recreation resorts. Offering a family-friendly atmosphere since 1961, Homewood continues to offer premier winter skiing and snowboarding with a focus on top level guest service and custom vacation packages. Homewood is accessible via Interstate 80 to California State Route 89, just 55 miles from Reno Tahoe International Airport. The resort’s parent company is San Francisco, California based JMA Ventures, LLC. JMA is a full service real estate investment firm, serving as managing member of over $500 million in existing projects.