Written by sararevell on 14 Jul, 2007
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…Read More
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 were open. We wandered around The North Face shop as well as another clothing shop where there were some great bargains to be had on winter clothing.On such a hot day, the Ben & Jerry’s shop was a welcome relief so we stopped in for a couple of their delicious shakes: Cherry Garcia and Mint Choc Chip. Needing something a bit more substantial, I stopped in at the Mountain Nectar Juice and Bagel shop for a turkey and avocado wrap. It’s take-out only at Mountain Nectar but they have a small but shaded seating area outside where I enjoyed what was possibly the heaviest sandwich I’ve eaten in a long time. Fortunately I was able to share some with my husband, as I’m not sure their sandwiches are really meant for one person only. My husband’s sister, mum and her husband checked out the Blue Coyote opposite. It’s a sports bar specializing in burgers and salads where the portions are equally generous.After refueling, three of us decided to take the cable car up to the High Camp area. It costs $20 per person, which is a somewhat on the expensive side considering the ride up only takes 9 minutes. That said, if you have time, you can incorporate other activities into your ticket for a small additional price. At High Camp during the summer you have the option of ice-skating, swimming in their lagoon and spa or purchasing a sunset dinner package for Alexander’s Café. All these passes range from $26 - $46 for adults.Unfortunately on the day of our trip, there were some forest fires nearby and the views were significantly restricted. We were unable to see Lake Tahoe but the views of the village below and the rock formations on the way up were still quite spectacular. Once at the top there’s a viewing platform, which is an obvious place to stop and take some photos.A short walk downhill and you pass the small swimming lagoon and spa. The pool wasn’t too busy and seemed like a great place to cool off. Further down still and we found the Olympic Ice Pavilion, which was also fairly quiet. I was somewhat impressed by the fact that Squaw keeps alive such a strong memory of its Olympic heritage. They played host back in 1960. Between the ice rink and the pool there’s a small room with a collection of newspaper articles, statistics and a video documenting the 1960 games.As we walked back towards the cable car we noticed a small stage. As it turns out they host a series of mountaintop concerts in addition to sunset and full moon hikes and some stargazing sessions which sounded interesting.The cable car departed every 20 minutes so we had a short wait before returning back to the main village, which we realized is actually fairly small once you get a birds eye view. Squaw Valley is obviously a different world during the winter months but for a summer visit, there’s definitely enough to do to keep families occupied as it caters well to older and younger generations alike.www.squaw.com Tel: (530) 583-6985 Close
Written by JDTrvlAgnt on 14 Oct, 2008
As a student, I am constantly trying to find a place to indulge my appetite for skiing, natural scenic views, and vibrant tourist nightlife. Located close to major west-coast destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, Lake Tahoe is the perfect…Read More
As a student, I am constantly trying to find a place to indulge my appetite for skiing, natural scenic views, and vibrant tourist nightlife. Located close to major west-coast destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, Lake Tahoe is the perfect spot to fulfill this fantasy.The name Lake Tahoe is not the actual name of the city, but one of the deepest fresh water lakes in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of Lake Tahoe’s coastline is in California, which encompasses the cities of South Lake Tahoe & Tahoe City, California. The other third borders Nevada and includes the town of Stateline, Nevada. The natural beauty of the area is best to be enjoyed by staying in a lovely Lake Tahoe vacation rental or vacation home, which offer private and secluded spots all over the Lake Tahoe area. I highly advocate visiting http://rentalo.com or http://rentalo.com/vacation-rentals/southlaketahoe/ to find the best deals. Stay near any of the major ski-resorts and ski to your heart’s desire, or enjoy other activities such as snow sledding, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. The majority of the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are on the northern end of the lake, so be sure to look for hotels, vacation rentals, or vacation homes in this region if you are interested in participating in snow activities. For a complete guide to traveling around Lake Tahoe’s massive ski and snow-sport network, Lonely Planet offers a great guide to "Getting Around" : http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/usa/reno/lake-tahoe/getting-there-and-around.Traveling to Lake Tahoe is not only confined to the snowy and cold winter months. If warmer, but still cool weather is your fancy, and being in the fresh, vast outdoors tickles your heart, Lake Tahoe again does not disappoint. Beginning in the late spring until the early Fall, water sports such as boating, sailing, and even scuba diving (!) can be enjoyed all around the lake. If you feel like hiking, a definite must-stop is the Granite Chief Wilderness. During the stark, desolate winter months, Lake Tahoe offers beautiful winter weather, excellent lodging and dining, and of course skiing galore. Through the summer, Lake Tahoe transforms into a boater’s paradise and a gleaming sunny Mecca. Where should I Go??!?!Visit my blog at http://blogs.bu.edu/timmyc29/2008/10/14/i-think-i-should-go-to-lake-tahoe/ Close
Written by ImN2Fun2 on 13 Apr, 2006
Lake Tahoe is known as a winter wonderland, but if you don't ski, Lake Tahoe can also be wonderful in the summer and fall. We chose to visit Lake Tahoe a few days before Labor Day and stay until after Labor Day 2005.We were warned…Read More
Lake Tahoe is known as a winter wonderland, but if you don't ski, Lake Tahoe can also be wonderful in the summer and fall. We chose to visit Lake Tahoe a few days before Labor Day and stay until after Labor Day 2005.We were warned that Lake Tahoe would be crowded, and were surprised when we arrived there and it wasn't crowded. We learned that the crowd arrives late Friday or on Saturday, mostly from California.I highly suggest if you fly into Reno to take the back road over the mountain to Lake Tahoe. The view is unbelievable as you wind up the mountain and then back down the other side.One also needs to ride the gondola to get a complete overview of this very large lake. Lake Tahoe is a very big and very deep lake, and riding the gondola from the center of South Lake Tahoe is quite an experience. Tahoe also has casinos located both on the north side and the south side of the lake for those who want to gamble. I recommend Harveys, as they were very accommodating to us and upgraded us to a suite at no extra charge since it was our first visit.As for accommodations, there is a wide variety of mom and pop hotels and the major chains. Condo's are also quite popular here. If you're looking for the better chains, take a look at the Marriott, Best Western Timber lodge, and Holiday Inn. Those are all nice properties in a central location.The drive around the lake is also quite wonderful as you get to see a lot of different perspectives of the lake. Driving can be a bit harrowing at times, as some of the curves are pretty steep.Tahoe is a wonderful resort village but there are also some excellent day trips from there to places like Dodge City, Reno and some of the near by lakes. All in all, we loved Lake Tahoe in the summer/fall. While it is a winter wonderland, it is also quite beautiful without snow, and the people we met were friendly. Close
Written by dswett1 on 20 Oct, 2005
Much of our past has been overrun by the present, but there is an area near Lake Tahoe that provides us a glimpse into our history. Most of us have heard the story about the ill-fated Donner party that got stranded in the mountains in the winter…Read More
Much of our past has been overrun by the present, but there is an area near Lake Tahoe that provides us a glimpse into our history. Most of us have heard the story about the ill-fated Donner party that got stranded in the mountains in the winter of 1846 near present-day Truckee. One can visit the nearby park named in honor of this group and see for themselves the site of this infamous episode of human endeavor gone horribly wrong.
Donner Memorial State Park is today a quiet stop along a busy interstate highway. Little evidence can be seen of the tragedy that took place here so many years ago. However, there is a large boulder along one of the trails in this park that served as the back wall and fireplace of the cabin belonging to George Murphy, one of the members of the group. There is no visible sign that one of the settlements was located here apart from a commemorative plaque, erected in 1919, that bears the names of the 48 people who survived and the 42 who perished. Altogether there were four separate and distinct campsites located near each other.
Besides the previously mentioned Murphy cabin built against the boulder, there was a cabin located on the spot now occupied by the pioneer memorial statue erected near the museum and parking lot. Another campsite lies to the northeast along Donner Pass Road, less than a mile from the state park. A white cross and a simple memorial mark the spot. It's in the corner of a factory outlet mall that grew up around it. About 7 miles farther to the northeast was the Alder campsite where the Donners were encamped for the winter. That site is now a picnic ground and relatively undeveloped.
Written by dswett1 on 17 Oct, 2005
Located on 74 acres of the south shore of Lake Tahoe is the Tallac Historic Site. This historic location was the summer playground carved out of the Lake Tahoe wilderness by early California bankers and entrepreneurs. First built in 1880, it was a resort created by…Read More
Located on 74 acres of the south shore of Lake Tahoe is the Tallac Historic Site. This historic location was the summer playground carved out of the Lake Tahoe wilderness by early California bankers and entrepreneurs. First built in 1880, it was a resort created by "Lucky" Baldwin and consisted of two hotels, a casino, and other outbuildings. It was dismantled by his daughter in 1916 and all that remains are the concrete ruins of this once impressive enterprise. However, still standing and available to explore are three other sites, which give one a glimpse into the Lake Tahoe of the past.
The Baldwin Estate was built in 1921 by Anita Baldwin as a summer home for her family. Today it contains artifacts of Washoe Indian culture, photos of the previously mentioned casino and hotels, and displays illustrating the influence the Baldwin family had in the history of California. The Pope Estate was built in 1894 and became known as the "Vatican Lodge" due to the last name of owner who purchased the estate from the original builder in 1923. Several adjacent cottages contained maids' and workers' quarters and laundry and children's play areas. The grounds and surrounding outbuildings are open to the public, and tours are available during the summer.
The third member of the estate trio is the Heller Estate, more commonly known as Valhalla. It was built in 1923 and borders Camp Richardson. The nonprofit Tahoe Tallac Association holds many different events here throughout the year. This entire location lies in a forest of pines and is a lovely place to picnic and spend a couple of hours or more. Walking or bicycling on the pathways, which connect each of the buildings, is an easy and enjoyable way to explore the site.
Written by viajera80 on 26 Jun, 2001
There seems to be an unwritten rule when you step through the log-hewn gate into the forested area which houses the annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Lake Tahoe: become someone else.
The Faire, which is held the first two weekends in June, is a magnet…Read More
There seems to be an unwritten rule when you step through the log-hewn gate into the forested area which houses the annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Lake Tahoe: become someone else.
The Faire, which is held the first two weekends in June, is a magnet for the history buff, the shopper, the hippy and anyone who has ever wanted to live in another time and country, specifically Yorkshire, England in 1580. Here you have been invited to attend a country faire where you may co-mingle with shopkeepers selling knives, boots or haggis, march with Spanish guards dressed in the authentic scarlet uniforms and carrying halbards and avoid the roving bands of thieves and bandits who proliferate the crowds and attempt to steal your purse or camera. You may also catch a glimpse of a group of knights jousting atop Shires in an attempt to catch the eye of the queen or any of her ladies. This mass of color, this crowd of people in costumes costing up to thousands of dollars, this step back into time is held every year to accomplish one thing (besides getting drunk on mead): to become any character you want to be.
Of course, you should read up on your history and figure out an appropriate character for the time period. England in 1580 had a specific mix of characters: the peasants with leather jerkins and their women with the bustiers and snoods, the Spaniard royal family dressed in black velvet, the Celts with their braids and tattoos, the shepherds, the wenches, the Ottoman traders from the Middle East, the mercenaries, the jugglers, the gypsies and some barbarians, pirates and fairies thrown in for good measure. Everyone dresses the part down to the boots and takes the time to perfect the accents. You will never hear "Excuse me," but instead a "Pardon me, my lady," which I could get used to.
On this particular visit to the Faire my boyfriend and I had become seduced by the pageantry, the lust for wine, mead and ale, the clothes and the dusty battles with swords, rapiers and spears. We had decided to go shopping for our own costumes and next year appear at the Faire as a pair of pirates complete with the weapons, the "Avast, ye swabs!" accents and the feeling of being accepted into this world of strange and historically twisted role playing. However, as pirates we would be just off the boat and looking for a little bootie (not "bootay") and a little trouble. Our kind of party!
On our search for the ideal costumes we stopped to watch a jousting match with knights dressed in the actual bucket-like helmets and using the authentic wooden jousting lances. They charged at each other from opposite ends of a dusty field with their red, black and blue robes flying and slammed the lances into each others shields. Crash! Lances splintered and some guys actually got hurt. In the end they do it to appease a crowd dressed in clothes of the Middle Ages and carrying Nikons.
From the jousting match we walked along the dirt roads lined with stalls selling costumes and weapons of choice. The stalls were built from wood and on the floor most of them had machine-made oriental rugs. Many of the shopkeepers reclined on large pillows or sat on wooden stools. Many also decorated their stalls with branches from the local manzanita bush and leaned up against the pine trees that covered the park where the Faire is held. As you walk along you do really begin to believe that you are in an ancient grove that is located in a medieval town in England. We passed by a group of falconers with leather gloves and trained falcons on their wrists, we stopped to watch a female juggler juggling two glass balls on her hands. The balls barely seemed to touch her hands as she rolled them and flowed them over her fingers. As we were watching her a band of barbarians in black leather, studs and black furs stormed through the street on their way to the food court and the "First Ayde" station. We noticed near the food court there were a group of well dressed people of the court who were talking about attending a wedding. The wedding was to be held in the Wedding Grove in the center of the Faire. We were curious to see who would get married in the chaos of a Renaissance Fair and walked with the courtiers to the wedding.
The bride was in a red velvet dress fashioned after the Elizabethan period, her hair was crowned with flowers. The groom stood beside her in black velvet of the same time period and both had a canopy of flowers held over them by several lords and ladies in similar dress. Small children dressed as fairies with gossamer-like wings flapped around and threw small handfuls of petals on the ground. A tall, bald Celt in a kilt and with an unsheathed sword stood guard over the couple as they said their vows in front of a priest dressed in a red coat and hat. Very authentic looking, except for the numerous spectators in shorts and t-shirts taking pictures. A very unique way to get married if you can stand the crowds of people, the impromptu music, singing and talking while trying to tie the knot.
On our shopping search we dug up black leather gloves for about $30, black pants and white shirts for about $50 each and cutlasses and daggers as low as $10. I am still on the search for a great black captain’s hat and black boots, but it’s a good thing that our shopkeepers partake of the wonderful world of the web. Most of the people you meet with have a website as well as a regular shop in the local area. The prices for costumes can range from peasant level up to royalty level, but you are pretty much guaranteed handmade articles. Many of the artisans you meet are very skilled. We met weavers, mask makers, brewmasters, seamstresses, cobblers, weapons makers and even a woman who made tabletop catapults which could launch vegetables far into the treetops.
It will take us until next year to get the authenticity of our costumes and our personalities right. We plan on practicing by watching a great many movies and visiting the Renaissance Faire every year. Until then we say "Adieu" and "Fare thee well".
Written by delcielo on 01 Sep, 2005
The wedding we attended was held at the Lakeshore Lodge and Spa. The ceremony, which was arranged by the Lodge, was set up overlooking the lake in a private lawn area. It was a very pretty outdoor setting. A small reception was held in the…Read More
The wedding we attended was held at the Lakeshore Lodge and Spa. The ceremony, which was arranged by the Lodge, was set up overlooking the lake in a private lawn area. It was a very pretty outdoor setting. A small reception was held in the common area outside the wedding couple's room. This was really quite awkward with all of the other vacationing families walking around, barbequing, and playing games. I would have like something a little more intimate and perhaps could have done without the sand and picnic tables, but admit that it was nice. The rooms, from what I saw, were okay, and they were about 50 yards from the water's edge. Ultimately, though, they are in definite need of a renovation, pronto! I think that this Lodge would be perfect for families, especially family reunions. Close
Written by Suzie1969 on 25 Dec, 2003
We drove nine hours to get to Lake Tahoe. The drive from Southern California was breathtaking. We stopped halfway and stayed in Lone Pine, CA. We woke up in the morning to a snow capped Mt. Whitney. We journeyed on to…Read More
We drove nine hours to get to Lake Tahoe. The drive from Southern California was breathtaking. We stopped halfway and stayed in Lone Pine, CA. We woke up in the morning to a snow capped Mt. Whitney. We journeyed on to Lake Tahoe. It had snowed a few days earlier, but that's not why we were there. We checked into the Tahoe Season's Resort. The room was quiet, clean and comfortable.
Next morning after breakfast, we ventured out to take a tour of Lake Tahoe. We decided to drive around the lake via a side trip to Truckee and Donner. To Truckee from Lake Tahoe is not that far, 35 minutes tops...depending on the snow. We had no snow on the roads so it was a nice drive. We went to the Donner Museum run by the California Division of Forestry. What a great museum and very insightful! I was amazed at what the Donner party went through. This tour answered many of my questions.
We drove on back to the lake and picked up our route prior to our turn off. A full drive around the lake is 72 miles. So needless to say it took up most of our day. We stopped at one of the Casinos at Stateline for dinner and to try our luck.
We also took day trips on our own to Virginia City about 35 miles north. I have written a separate entry for this attraction. We also ventured to Reno about 50 miles away. It sure has changed...not the sleepy little town it once was.
We did not get a chance to ski as the slopes were not open yet. We missed it by about 4 days. Tahoe Seasons is situated right across the street from the Heavenly ski tram. The Heavenly gondola is about two miles up the highway, near stateline, which really is not that far. We did take a gondola ride up the mountain. It was $20.00 per person just for the ride. They have a halfway stop with a snackbar and gift shop. Just an FYI, it only stops on the way up. The return to the base of the mountain is with no stops. There was skiing there, but it was our last day there and we were not prepared. We had such a great time on this vacation..I am sure we will return.
Oh yes! I can't forget the Casinos...as always much to do there...trying not to lose my money (or my husband's!).
Any questions just Ask!
Written by krazyk on 18 Feb, 2003
Lake Tahoe has a ton to offer. I just came back from my 7th trip there in the past 5 years and I am ready to go back. There are numerous ski hills, my favorite being Homewood. It is a local kind of hill that…Read More
Lake Tahoe has a ton to offer. I just came back from my 7th trip there in the past 5 years and I am ready to go back. There are numerous ski hills, my favorite being Homewood. It is a local kind of hill that doesn't have high speed quads, but it also doesn't have long lift lines or lift ticket prices that are through the roof. It has the best views of the lake. I always take at least one roll of film while I am there.
At night, I like to try my luck at the casinos in Stateline and occasionally go to a show. We caught Blues Traveler at Caesars on this last trip. Even if you don't ski or gamble, Tahoe is worth at least a weekend trip. You can spend a whole day just driving around the lake and you can find any kind of accommodations, from budget to luxury.
Written by MrsKoiboy on 07 Nov, 2005
Lake Tahoe is great; besides the beauty, the casinos are open 24 hours a day. If you like gaming, this is a great destination for all. We found many dining bargains at the casinos, and of course, free drinks for players.…Read More
Lake Tahoe is great; besides the beauty, the casinos are open 24 hours a day. If you like gaming, this is a great destination for all. We found many dining bargains at the casinos, and of course, free drinks for players.
There are two gaming areas on the Nevada side of the Lake. South Shore is fancier with more casinos. The brand names, like Harrah's, are there, but we had the most fun at Wild Bill’s. Beers are $1 (too bad I do not drink beer), hamburger lunches were about $3, and hot dogs with beer about $1.50. What I liked most was finding a $2 blackjack table. This casino advertises having a $2 table at all times. It's the only one in town. They do have one or two $3 tables depending on the traffic. Most other casinos start at $5 min, which is a little rich for me. The dealers are nice. The worst part is the smoke. It seems that most people who gamble also smoke. Being from smoke-free California, I'm not used to all the smoke.
If you like casinos, look at the local throwaway papers for the two-for-one meal specials. We had great prime rib dinners at the North Shore casinos for $14 total for two. The North Shore is less crowded and has three or four casinos. We visited two of them. Have fun and good luck!!