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In 1862, when the wife of Reverend J.A.Benton was sketching the mountains south of Glenbrook at Lake Tahoe, she made an interesting discovery. A particular promontory of rock somehow was vaguely recognizable. It dawned on her how similar it was to the Chandos portrait she had seen of William Shakespeare. The rock, instead of being composed of granite, is formed of andesite and rhyolite, and facing a somewhat shaded northern view conducive to the growth of lichen and moss, which was forming the portrait Mrs. Benton was seeing. Since her discovery, Shakespeare Rock, as it has been called ever since, has drawn tourists and rock climbers alike for the last 150 years.
Today, Shakespeare Rock stands on the land of 133-acre Shakespeare Ranch, named not because the owner has a penchant for all things Shakespearean but because of the ranch’s own special monolith. One has to agree that it was very clever of owners Larry and Camille Ruvo, to take the theme and run with it, giving the ranch a name no one is likely to forget. Taking a good thing a step further, the Ruvos have named each building from the bard’s plays, adding unique personality to the property.
Shakespeare Ranch is one of the largest and most versatile holdings along the Lake Tahoe waterfront. Starting out with one condo in the Glenbrook community, the Ruvos kept adding and adding until the ranch now consists of 133 acres, 17 complete guest houses, public/private rodeo facilities with stables, paddocks and bleachers and a huge 1870’s barn which they brought in, restored and turned into a 5,000-square-foot entertainment venue. There is also housing for a large indoor pool and spacious art/craft loft, both of which will entertain large groups. In fact, everything on the ranch is large. Even President Bush said when he visited, that they don’t have barns like this in Texas! Additionally, there is an outdoor spa, a root cellar converted to a wine tasting room, a fully equipped gym, an art loft, an executive office suite, a staging kitchen for catering, and guest bathrooms. When the annual Glenbrook Rodeo is held, there are carnival games and a silent auction followed by an extraordinary dinner prepared by restaurateur Emeril Lagasse. The evening also always features a top-notch private performance by a surprise A-list entertainer.
Photography by Peter Tye