Our Favorite Things about Lake Tahoe

Kathleen

Our Favorite Things about Lake Tahoe

Our Favorite Restaurants
These are restaurants we have enjoyed. If you find that one is no longer in business, please let us know so we can update our list. Thank you!
Amazing Mexican food with many healthy options. Located in "the Y" and only a few minutes from our home.
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Verde Mexican Rotisserie
3141 U.S. 50
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Amazing Mexican food with many healthy options. Located in "the Y" and only a few minutes from our home.
Really close to home - very near the Highway 50 inspection station. Has all kinds of options including vegan and vegetarian.
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Frescana Mexican Bistro
3141 US-50
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Really close to home - very near the Highway 50 inspection station. Has all kinds of options including vegan and vegetarian.
Right at the base of old Heavenly Valley (on Ski Run rather than Stateline). Beautiful location - great food, wine and beer.
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Himmel Haus
3819 Saddle Road
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Right at the base of old Heavenly Valley (on Ski Run rather than Stateline). Beautiful location - great food, wine and beer.
Located at Stateline. A little more expensive than Himmel Haus but the options are authentic.
Taste of Europe
545 Main St
Located at Stateline. A little more expensive than Himmel Haus but the options are authentic.
If they are doing indoor seating, call for a reservation during the day or during sunset. Beautiful views of the Lake. Located on the Nevada side of Stateline. Food is ALWAYS good.
Friday's Station Steak & Seafood Grill - Harrah's Lake Tahoe
If they are doing indoor seating, call for a reservation during the day or during sunset. Beautiful views of the Lake. Located on the Nevada side of Stateline. Food is ALWAYS good.
Sightseeing
Awesome sunset location about 10 minutes from our house.
Regan Beach, South Lake Tahoe , Calif
Awesome sunset location about 10 minutes from our house.
Another awesome sunset location. It's also the launching beach for the Tahoe dinner cruises. Well worth your time! Parking is usually free by sunset.
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Zephyr Cove
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Another awesome sunset location. It's also the launching beach for the Tahoe dinner cruises. Well worth your time! Parking is usually free by sunset.
Quite expensive; however, if you want incredible views, it is worth the price. Check out their website for current information. The shopping centers around the Gondola on the Nevada side are fun.
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Heavenly Gondola
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Quite expensive; however, if you want incredible views, it is worth the price. Check out their website for current information. The shopping centers around the Gondola on the Nevada side are fun.
Located about 25 minutes from our home. Rent the kayaks in the morning as the breeze gets more difficult in the afternoon. Hiking is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Good swimming in the summer.
Echo Lake
Located about 25 minutes from our home. Rent the kayaks in the morning as the breeze gets more difficult in the afternoon. Hiking is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Good swimming in the summer.
This is a great hike and leads to a beautiful swimming lake during the summer that includes small cabins and a great snack store. If you go high enough on the trail (past the store), you can see an Angora Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe all from your vista point.
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Angora Lakes
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This is a great hike and leads to a beautiful swimming lake during the summer that includes small cabins and a great snack store. If you go high enough on the trail (past the store), you can see an Angora Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe all from your vista point.
Favorite beaches summer and winter
Located in North Lake, it is an amazing place for photography year round. During the summer, it has great swimming; however, get there by 9:00 am so you will get parking!
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Sand Harbor Beach
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Located in North Lake, it is an amazing place for photography year round. During the summer, it has great swimming; however, get there by 9:00 am so you will get parking!
Located on the West Shore, this beach has 360 degree views. Avoid it on the weekend during the summer unless you want arrive very early or quite late. One of our favorite swimming spots.
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Pope Beach
California 89
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Located on the West Shore, this beach has 360 degree views. Avoid it on the weekend during the summer unless you want arrive very early or quite late. One of our favorite swimming spots.
Beautiful and less crowded during the summer; however, it requires a trip to North Lake. Google it for good directions.
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Secret Cove
Nevada 28
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Beautiful and less crowded during the summer; however, it requires a trip to North Lake. Google it for good directions.
Fun Activities
We have done this several times (see the pictures in our living room) and have so much fun each season! Wear snow clothes and boots because it can be cold. Ends with hot chocolate and coffee in the snow. Daytime is beautiful with views. Sunset tour is also amazing.
Zephyr Cove Snowmobiling Tours
760 US-50
We have done this several times (see the pictures in our living room) and have so much fun each season! Wear snow clothes and boots because it can be cold. Ends with hot chocolate and coffee in the snow. Daytime is beautiful with views. Sunset tour is also amazing.
This is a fun dinner cruise and a great way to see the Lake.
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Lake Tahoe Cruises
760 US-50
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This is a fun dinner cruise and a great way to see the Lake.
About an hour from our home, this fun resort in the Carson Valley offers a great restaurant and numerous hot spring pools cooled to different temperatures. It is open year-round and offers day passes. Check their website, though, for availability during Covid. Beautiful views of the Carson Valley while enjoying the relaxing hot springs!
Walley's Hot Springs, Nevada Historical Marker No. 120
About an hour from our home, this fun resort in the Carson Valley offers a great restaurant and numerous hot spring pools cooled to different temperatures. It is open year-round and offers day passes. Check their website, though, for availability during Covid. Beautiful views of the Carson Valley while enjoying the relaxing hot springs!
Favorite Waterfalls
This is one of our favorite places in Tahoe but it cannot be accessed during snow season. Glen Alpine Falls is one of the best falls that, most of the year, you can actually climb on. Easy to get to. The Lake also has a great snack bar with the best milkshakes and a perfect deck for sitting and reviewing the lake. It's a tricky road to drive in but well worth it.
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Fallen Leaf Lake
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This is one of our favorite places in Tahoe but it cannot be accessed during snow season. Glen Alpine Falls is one of the best falls that, most of the year, you can actually climb on. Easy to get to. The Lake also has a great snack bar with the best milkshakes and a perfect deck for sitting and reviewing the lake. It's a tricky road to drive in but well worth it.
The Upper Truckee Falls are beautiful in the Spring but get smaller mid-June. From our home, go past the inspection station on Highway 50 and turn left onto South Upper Truckee Road. Drive until you reach the right turn for the Hawley Grade Recreational Trail. Choose to park here and walk the .3-mile to the falls (you may also drive); the main hike is to the right – go left for the falls and the Upper Truckee River.
Upper Truckee River
The Upper Truckee Falls are beautiful in the Spring but get smaller mid-June. From our home, go past the inspection station on Highway 50 and turn left onto South Upper Truckee Road. Drive until you reach the right turn for the Hawley Grade Recreational Trail. Choose to park here and walk the .3-mile to the falls (you may also drive); the main hike is to the right – go left for the falls and the Upper Truckee River.
Google these falls for the best advice based on the season. Without snow, it is a super easy walk from the road. Located at Emerald Bay - you can see those gorgeous sites and the falls all at once! This is a favorite sunrise locations for photographers and people who just love to be up that early!
Eagle Falls
138 Emerald Bay Rd
Google these falls for the best advice based on the season. Without snow, it is a super easy walk from the road. Located at Emerald Bay - you can see those gorgeous sites and the falls all at once! This is a favorite sunrise locations for photographers and people who just love to be up that early!