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Fire and Water: 4th July Week at Donner Tahoe

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A July 2007 trip to Lake Tahoe by sararevell

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Quote: We spent five days exploring the Donner Tahoe area during a week of 4th July by car, bike, boat, raft, and on foot. We had to fight some crowds but it was interesting to see what activities go on in what is traditionally a winter resort.

Fire and Water: 4th July Week at Donner Tahoe

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We were fortunate enough that friends of my sister-in-law gave us access to a private beach on Lake Tahoe. Her family also has a boat so we could zip around Donner Lake and took the boat out on the evening of 4th July to watch the incredible firework display. I’d imagine that the display on Tahoe is as good if not better so I’d recommend getting a hotel for the night on the lakes if you’re unable to get access to any of the beaches. Another perhaps lesser highlight was a visit to the Cal Neva casino on the North Shore of Tahoe. This resort may be past its heyday, but its small size lends an intimacy that you don’t find at other casinos. We were able to chat with staff about the upcoming renova...Read More

Tahoe Donner Cabin

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Hotel | "Tahoe Donner Cabin: Sleeping in the Burbs"

Tahoe Donner Cabin Photo, Lake Tahoe, California
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We were invited to spend the 4th July week with relatives who had rented a house for two months near Donner Lake. I haven’t given full address details because the house is rented through "Vacation Rentals By Owner"  (www.vrbo.com) and I didn’t think it would be fair to disclose that information. Also I wasn’t a big fan of the house and know that it isn’t going to be indicative of other accommodations offered on this website. However I did want to review it in the hope that anyone else looking for a long-term rental might be prompted into doing more in depth research before committing.Flying into Reno, the house we stayed in along with seven other family m...Read More

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Tahoe Donner Cabin
North Shore
Lake Tahoe, California

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant: Patio fast food"

River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant Photo, Lake Tahoe, California
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Walking onto the River Ranch patio during peak hours is a mildly intimidating experience. The line from the outdoor service counter was long and slow moving and every table that became vacant was immediately snapped up by parents leading a pack of four or more children. Our patience was eventually rewarded and despite some competition, we managed to snag a table with an umbrella which was a must-have given the near 100 degree heat that day.The small outdoor kitchen had a service area on one side and an order pick-up area on the other. A group of staff prepared the food at the back and perhaps had they had two order takers up front, the queue may have moved at a more decent pace. From the p...Read More

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River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant
2285 River Road
Lake Tahoe, California
(530) 583 -4264

Rosie’s Café

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Restaurant | "Rosie’s Café: Lunch in the Off Season "

Rosie’s Café Photo, Lake Tahoe, California
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Rosie’s Café was a lunch stop on a fairly sedate bike ride around Lake Tahoe and had the food been better, I would have loved everything about this place. The light in Rosies is very warm and gentle, making you feel immediately at home. Ivy hangs from the rafters alongside antlers, moose heads, old bicycles, sleds, and other odds and ends. It’s an eclectic mix, which adds character rather than clutter. My husband had visited Rosie’s before during the winter season and I can imagine that it’s charm probably goes further on a cold snowy day when you could look out across the road to the lake with some soup in one hand a pint in the other.We took a seat by the large fireplace, which was thankfull...Read More

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Rosie’s Café
571 N. Lake Blvd.
Lake Tahoe, California 96145
(530) 583-8504

Truckee River Rafting

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Attraction | "Truckee River Rafting with Mountain Air Sports"

Tahoe Donner Cabin Photo, Lake Tahoe, California
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I’ve been white water rafting a couple of times before so I must admit that the Truckee River Rafting experience was a little disappointing. If you’re looking for adventure, this isn’t the place to find it. However, if this is your first rafting experience or you’re looking for some laid back entertainment it’s not a bad option.There are two rafting companies that operate out of Tahoe City. I don’t know what distinguishes them (except maybe the colour of the paddles) but we booked with Mountain Air Sports. Unbeknown to us, it paid to phone ahead and reserve a time slot as it meant a $5 per person discount.Signing in is an interesting process. A yellow wristband is attached to your arm ...Read More

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Truckee River Rafting
185 River Road
Lake Tahoe, California 96145
(530) 581-0123

West Shore Sports

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Attraction | "Biking around Lake Tahoe & Down the Truckee River"

Tahoe Donner Cabin Photo, Lake Tahoe, California
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We had high hopes when we set out to rent bikes in Homewood of biking to Emerald Bay. Alongside the road from Tahoe City we’d seen a beautiful bike track that we wrongly assumed wound its way around most of the lake. As it turned out, the track stops short just south of Homewood but we were lucky that the rental staff at West Shore Sports put us on the right path. Just after the bike trail ends, the winding road takes a sudden dip towards the bay which would have involved a long, steep and painful ride back up.We were outfitted with two bikes, helmets and one carrier basket for the cost of around $20 per person for a half-day rental, which wasn’t too unreasonable although it obviously pays to ...Read More

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West Shore Sports
5395 West Lake Boulevard
Homewood, California 96141
(530) 525-9920

Summer in Squaw Valley

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It’s sometimes a strange experience visiting a ski resort in the middle of Summer. It can feel like you’ve walked into a ghost town. When we arrived at Squaw Valley the outlook seemed a bit more promising. Ours wasn’t the only car in the car park and as we walked towards the village, there were more than a few signs of life.One of the first things that I noticed was that there was a mini golf range set up. A father and his young son were taking turns to play on the course that was sensitively laid out around the village. You’d barely notice the course was there if it weren’t for parents and children wandering around with their clubs.A good number of the shops and restaurants we...Read More