Weekend Getaway: Quick Summary of Lake Tahoe

Emerald_BayIt’s been awhile since I have posted one of my “weekend getaway” adventures. With winter coming to a close and summer on the horizon, I felt like it was the perfect time to list some activities to do around my backyard, Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas can provide the ultimate getaway for the outdoor enthusiast with plenty of camping, backpacking, and water sports available. It can also cater to the more homey individuals with fine dining, ample shopping, and live entertainment. As far as resorts go, north shore has a Hyatt Regency and south shore boasts a plethora of arrangements ranging from the Hard Rock Hotel to the Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Where to Stay

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Sunnyside Cafe is often busy on nice days. credit: tahoeactivities.com

When planning a trip to Tahoe for the weekend it’s important to think about what kind of experience you want. If you have a trailer or plan on tent camping, I would recommend William Kent campground in the north-western side of the lake, or Fallen Leaf campground at the south end of the lake. William Kent will put you across the street from delicious breakfast at Sunnyside Cafe, and keep you relatively close to Squaw Valley. Fallen Leaf is closer to the more populated and lively south lake, as well as a few other prime destinations such as Fallen Leaf lake and Emerald Bay.

What to do

The obvious thing to do while in Tahoe is to relax and take in the beauty from one of the many beaches along the lake. Some popular areas include Sand Harbor, Zephyr Cove, and Kings Beach. Lake Tahoe is also a world renown paddle boarding destination, so I highly recommend renting some during your visit.

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crystal clear water attracts tons of kayaks and paddle boards. credit: standuppaddletahoe.com

If shopping is your thing, then south lake is the place to be.  Heavenly has a great atmosphere and some nice dining options. Other places to shop and visit are the villages at Squaw and Northstar.

Live entertainment is predominately at south lake with shows happening most commonly at the Mont Blue Resort. There are however a few outliers around the lake such as the Tahoe Shakespeare Festival which takes place at Sand Harbor. If you are up for a small drive, more nightlife and entertainment can be found down the mountain in Reno.

And finally, go hiking! Tahoe has some of the best hiking in the world and it’s free! No matter what part of the lake you are on I guarantee there are plenty of trail heads within close proximity. Go explore!

Have any other ideas for Tahoe-bound travelers? Comment below!

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