Lake Tahoe, California
I am fortunate enough to live an hour from Lake Tahoe. We love to go for a day trip, a weekend, or for a week! I’m going to write about some fun things to do if you have a weekend to get away.
If you are a beginning at the South Shore of the lake, there is a wonderful hike that is not too steep or strenuous. We park at the west shore at D.L. Bliss Campground. If it’s closed for the season, it’s alright to park on the side of the highway. This makes for a longer, steep hike. The hike overlooks the lake on your way to Emerald Bay. It is called the Rubicon Trail. If you follow it all the way, it takes you into Emerald Bay State Park and passes by Vikingsholm. The trail will even go all the way around the bay. From D. L. Bliss it is about 3.5 miles each way to Emerald Bay. After the hike it is enjoyable to stop at the overlook of Emerald Bay and watch the boats drive around the bay or visit Fannette Island. This perspective of Emerald Bay allows you to see how far you have hiked!
After hiking, we like to head south and stop near Camp Richardson to visit their waterfront restaurant – The Beacon. We think that they have the best Rum Runner on the lake, for they are very fruity and sweet. It is a very pretty spot to relax.
As you make you make your further south around the lake, you will arrive at the casino zone. Just before Harrah’s on the right is the State Line Brewery. Their pizza is delicious and they are known for their beer! This is a great stop for lunch! It’s also a good area to do some shopping, for there are a variety of stores. The stores sell clothing for both winter and summer and also Lake Tahoe souvenirs.
After lunch, keep making your way around the lake and you will be heading towards the East Shore. There are plenty of beaches as you drive around this side of the lake that you may want to stop and visit. Beaches in this area include: Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove and Sand Harbor Beach. They are all beautiful and different in their own ways! I find Nevada and Sand Harbor Beaches to be more family oriented, while Zephyr Cove Beach has more of a party atmosphere with a bar.
If you feel like stretching your legs some more, then Spooner Lake is the place to do it. Just off the highway, Spooner Lake is a picturesque spot to take a walk while learning about nature. There is a 1.6 mile nature trail around the lake with interpretive displays and benches along the trail.
Late in the afternoon it will be time to check into your hotel. You will need to drive the last thirty minutes around the lake and end at Tahoe Vista. This is a small town where you will find The Rustic Cottages. These charming cottages come in different options and include breakfast with your stay. The location is prime, and just across the street from the lake and Moondunes beach, but without the beach-front price! One of my favorite restaurants is walking distance away, so it is not necessary to drive.
The next day is perfect for lounging at the beach and relaxing. If you want to be more active, just five minutes away you can rent paddle-boards and kayaks. There is also the famous Old Brockway Golf Course as well.
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite destinations. It really does have something of interest for everyone, no matter what your budget is. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful destination, for families it feels like a home away from home.