So...Heavenly!

Lake Tahoe is my all-time favorite destination. There is something for everyone, whether it be recreation or entertainment.


So...Heavenly!

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by kesh4 on August 27, 2004

Most people probably enjoy Tahoe for its skiing in the winter months, but summertime can be just as fun. I would say a highlight of our trip was taking a ski boat out on the lake. We prefer it over the ferries for an independent view of what we want to see.${QuickSuggestions} Check around for the best price. We got our best deal at Tahoe Keys Boat Rental. It was $95.00 plus gasoline. Be very careful to make sure you watch for landmarks leaving the dock, because we didn't and got lost going back. Also, stay in the dark blue water, because if you end up in the lighter blue water, you can get stuck in sand. It remains shallow for quite a distance from the beach.${BestWay} Even though there are shuttle buses that take people from hotels/motels, I think it is best to have a car to get around. If you are going to stay around the casinos, it isn't necessary though.

Zephyr Cove

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kesh4 on August 27, 2004

My family likes heading to the Nevada side of the lake to spend the day on their beaches. There seem to be more beaches, more activities, and they also appear cleaner than the south shore (where most visitors stay). Zephyr Cove is also popular with the younger folk with larger crowds in the summer. So... if isolation is more your idea of a good time, then head to one of many other beaches along the Nevada side.
Zephyr Cove
Highway 50
South Lake Tahoe, California, 89448

Ponderosa Ranch

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kesh4 on August 27, 2004

The Ponderosa Ranch has a ranch-style breakfast for those who want to get up early and ride a hay wagon up the side of hill. It runs from 8:00-10:00 A.M. Reservations are not needed. At the top, people line up to receive pancakes, eggs, and sausages just like they probably did when filming Bonanza. Yes...it is the site where the film crew and probably the actors ate during breaks.

The western-style amusement park is included in the price of breakfast, or one can pay for it separately. My advice is to take the breakfast because there isn't that much to the park. There are a few things for young children, places to eat, shop and a couple of shows. For Bonanza fans check out the Ponderosa house and stable where they filmed the show.

Ponderosa Ranch
100 Ponderosa Ranch Road
Incline Village, California, 89451

Fantasy Kingdom Golf

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kesh4 on August 27, 2004

Families travelling with children, especially young ones, will love this attraction. There are three 18-19 hole courses to keep everyone entertained The three theme areas - Storybook, Castle, and Dinosaur are very appealing to children. We were able to go back two times to play two of the courses...lots of fun!! It is open in the evening too, until 9:00 or so.
Fantasy Kingdom Golf
4046 Lake Tahoe Blvd. / U.S. HWY 50
South Lake Tahoe, California
530-544-3833

Virginia City day trip

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kesh4 on August 27, 2004

I would recommend Virginia City for people who have never been there mostly for its cultural significance. Plan to spend the day if leaving from Lake Tahoe. The main street looks like it was pulled out of the old west. There are lots of shops to explore, saloons, some adequate dining, olde time portrait studios, and a mine ride. There is also a train ride on a steam engine. Keep in mind that it is a tourist attraction.

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