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Things to Do In Tahoe

Lake Tahoe's Ritz Carlton Offers Themed Cooking Classes, Winemaker Dinners

Lake Tahoe's Ritz Carlton Offers Themed Cooking Classes, Winemaker Dinners
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Wanderlust Yoga Studio offers Views of Squaw Valley

Wanderlust Yoga Studio offers Views of Squaw Valley
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Visit Tahoe's Best Swimming Holes on a One-Day Summer Drive

Visit Tahoe's Best Swimming Holes on a One-Day Summer Drive
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Tahoe Travel Guide

Get Your Bearings in Tahoe

 

Where to Stay

There are numerous hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and homes for rent in the Lake Tahoe area. There are even some quintessential cabins in the woods like Sorenson's in Hope Valley or the Rustic Cottages on the North Shore. Some of the most elegant hotels are the Hyatt in Incline Village, the Ritz Carlton on the slopes of Northstar California and a few of the hotels in the casino area on the Nevada side of the lake.

Take It or Leave It: Some hotels at area resorts offer ski-in, ski-out amenties.

 

What to Eat

For a relatively small area, Lake Tahoe has a huge array of different restaurants to choose from. They include family breakfast diners, cafes for lunch, elegant restaurants for dinner and food from Thailand, Mexico and Japan. A few favorites include Pianeta Ristorante and the Cottonwood in Truckee, the Eagle Pointe Grille in Incline or Christy Hill in Tahoe City. There are even a few great take-out places where you can grab a sandwich for the beach or a hiking trail.

Be Sure to Sample: The bagels and coffee at Rude Brothers Bagels in South Lake Tahoe.

 

Things to See

Most people come to the Lake Tahoe for the outdoor sports and there are a lot of them. In one day you can ski, snowshoe, bike, hike, go for a boat ride, scuba dive or just relax on the beach or go for a walk in the woods. One of the most beautiful places on the lake: Emerald Bay is home to several hiking trails in the Desolation Wilderness area or a day trip to the Vikingsholm Castle across from Fannette Island, the only island in the lake.

Avoid: Sand Harbor on hot summer days. It will be packed.
Hot Tips: Parking lots at Tahoe fill up fast. Get to places early in the morning

 

Places to Party

Lake Tahoe is a more laid back area with local bars, casinos and a few dance clubs. So when night comes along, you have a few choices for your entertainment. Several casinos like the MontBleu and Harrah's have regular music and celebrity shows as well as hot clubs. Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe have fun bars with great food like Divided Sky and the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company. If you are here in the summer, be sure to get a seat at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor.

Hot Tips: Some bars like the Fat Cat in Tahoe City have karaoke nights.

 

Where to Shop

Tahoe has a few areas where you can do some shopping. The village shops at the Heavenly and Northstar ski resorts are great places to pick up Tahoe souvenirs or outdoor clothing. The Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City has some fun boutiques and antique stores. However, the best shopping in the area is in downtown Truckee where you can shop for art made by local weavers, painters and jewelry designers.

Avoid: The typical gift shops in Stateline selling t-shirts and hats.
Best Local Souvenir: Photographs or paintings of the lake by local artists.

 

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Tahoe Is Known for...

Five of Tahoe's most unique features and characteristics.

Snow

In the winter season of 2010-2011, the Lake Tahoe area got over 500 inches of snow in some places, making the Tahoe ski areas ripe for winter fun. Thousands of visitors come to the Tahoe area every winter for skiing, boarding, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The area has 7 world-class resorts of all sizes, from the massive Squaw Valley USA in Olympic Valley and the smaller Mt. Rose near Reno which is a favorite of locals. The Tahoe backcountry is ripe for some quiet, nature time and after a snowstorm is paradise for the snowshoer or alpine skier.

Clear, Blue Water

Lake Tahoe's water is known for its clarity. You can actually see down about 30 feet from the surface and you can even scuba dive and snorkel in the clear, blue water. The maximum depth of the lake is about 1,645 feet deep with an average depth of about 1,000 feet. It is the second deepest lake in the United States after Crater Lake. Since the water is snowmelt, it is cold year round, but in the months of July, August, September and even into October you can swim without a wetsuit. The average temperature of the lake is about 45 degrees F in the winter and 65 degrees F in the summer.

Hiking

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