Hands down, the most beautiful place in Lake Tahoe is Emerald Bay. It is even more beautiful in the winter. This historical and postcard perfect place is located on the south side of the lake and is virtually empty during the winter season.
The bay is nearly empty in the winter — Photo courtesy of Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel
There are still ways to visit the bay though. Whether it's by foot, car, snowshoe or boat, you can still experience the clear blue and green water and get a peak at the teahouse on Fannette Island in the middle of the bay.
The M.S. Dixie and the Tahoe Queen paddlewheel boats still give tours of Emerald Bay during the winter. The Tahoe Queen leaves from Ski Run Marina on various days of the week from 7:30 in the morning until 6:00 at night. They even offer a North to South and South to North ski shuttle and an apres ski cruise. The M.S. Dixie leaves from Zephyr Cove on various days of the week for a 1:00 afternoon cruise and their Saturday night dinner/dance cruise. You can also charter the Tahoe Paradise, a 82-foot, two-story luxury yacht that accommodates groups from 25 to 100.
If you have snowshoes or good boots, you can hike down from the Eagle Point parking lot to the Vikingsholm Castle on the south side of the bay. The castle is closed during the winter season, but if the sun is shining the beach in front of the large, granite home is a great place to have a winter picnic and enjoy the local Canada Geese population.