Lake Tahoe Journals

Lake Tahoe; The Middle of Nowhere!

A July 2002 trip to Lake Tahoe by SHRN

Quote: Tahoe- the two ends of one spectrums. THE most beautiful place I have (so far) been on vacation in the US but THE most boring vacation I have ever been on!

Lake Tahoe; The Middle of Nowhere!

Overview

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Let's talk about Tahoe's few good points: One- Breathtaking Beauty! Second- The people living in Tahoe were friendly and down to earth and welcomed us warmly. Third- the hotels are relatively inexpensive for the brands such as Casaers and Harrahs. Fourth- The Trolley Service is for six bucks a day and goes all through Tahoe and surrounding towns. Now the bad points: One- Tahoe is in the literal middle of nowhere. You can not get a commercial flight into Tahoe so you are stuck either flying into Sacramento or Reno and then a 2 1/2 hour bus ride into Tahoe.Two- Other than gambling and very pricey outdoor activities, there is not much in the way of activities or sig...Read More

Harrah's

Hotel | "Harrahs"

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The hotel room was average. Stereotypical bedspreads, carpet and curtains in dark colors to hide stains, I guess. Clean but could definitely use some updating. The advantages of this hotel were outside of the room. Large casino, 4 or 5 restaurants, a nice outdoor pool overlooking the lake and mountains, poolside waiter service, a large lobby with comfortable chairs for people watching, a rental car counter in the lobby, a very informative concierge with loads of brochures to look at, a travel area where you can catch buses that go all over the western part of the US and a trolley stop right behind the hotel and a private beach at the lake for hotel patrons only. And with all of this, the hotel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Harrah's

Lake Tahoe, California

Caesar's

Hotel | "Caesars"

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Wow, was the room we had great!!! When we booked our room, we took a standard room for about $150 for Fourth of July night and $99 for the following night. But when we got there we asked for an upgrade since our room was not ready and we got it all right! Clean and modestly decorated by Caesar's standards. But the room had a jacuzzi, not one of those tub jacuzzis, but a real one for two people to sit very comfortably in. A large couch overlooking a large window looking out on the mountains and the lake. A bathroom that I think is bigger than our guest bedroom at home with multiple sinks, the toilet in its own room, a roomy shower, heat lamp and wall to wall mirrors. Outside the room you had limite...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Caesar's

Lake Tahoe, California

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Go to the Hard Rock and have a drink at the bar and look at all the memoriabilia on the walls but skip the food. The food is processed tasting, sub standard in selection and overpriced. We had lunch there the day we were leaving. I had a BLT with fries that tasted like it had come out of a frozen dinner container. My husband had chicken finger basket and the chicken was all stringy and grizzly. The restaurant is really, really loud with music blasting and people in turn talking real loud to hear over the music. The waitresses look like they are there for show (ie skin tight costumes) and really don't want to serve you in this millenium. Overall I rate it- POOR.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Resort Hotel/Casino
18 Highway 50
Stateline, Nevada 89449
(775) 588-6200

Caesar's Buffet

Restaurant

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My husband and I are always looking for deals when we go on vacation. The Buffet at Caesars is one of them. For about $12-$17 (depending on the night and whether lunch or dinner), you can stuff your face with relatively good food, better than most buffets that I have eaten at. We went for lunch one day (late afternoon) and ate so much we skipped dinner (so it was like two for one!). They had king crab, shrimp, turkey, roast, made to order omelets, all sorts of hot casserole type food, all sorts of desserts that tasted homemade, and fresh fruit that tasted fresh and not canned! It was very clean and we sat in a booth with a waiter that kept our drink glasses full, our dirty plates taken care of, bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Caesar's Buffet
55 Highway 50
Lake Tahoe, California 89449

Vikingsholm Castle

Attraction | "Vikingsholm"

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This is well worth the trouble it takes to get to this castle/estate but this outing is not for the physically frail. We took the trolley that runs from downtown Tahoe to this site and it is a good two hour trip, at least with all the stops the trolley makes and the switching of trolleys to get on the right one, plus the wait time for the trolley to come back and pick you up. And then when you arrive, there is a half mile to a mile walk down a very steep, dusty, loose gravel path to the castle that sits on the shore of the lake. And don't forget you have to walk back up in the stifling heat. But once you get through all that the castle is worth seeing. It has been beautifully restored and has inte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Vikingsholm Castle
Highway 89
South Lake Tahoe, California 96143
+1 530 525 7277

Ponderosa Ranch

Attraction

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I want to tell you about this sightseeing adventure but we had a hard time seeing it but for the dirt and dust inches thick over much of the entire ranch, its contents and even the people and animals. This place is a total waste of money and it cost about $20 per person. As you probably know, Bonanza was filmed at the Ponderosa Ranch right outside of Tahoe. My husband is a Western show and movie fan so we went. But literally the majority of the memoriabilia was covered in dirt and dust that blew around us for the entire time we were there, whether we were indoors or out. The costumes the actors wore were old and decrepit looking. The animals looked on the verge of death and in need of being humanely p...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 19, 2002

Ponderosa Ranch
100 Ponderosa Ranch Road
Incline Village, California 89451