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Natural Wonder Protecting Tahoe’s unique beauty.
Tahoe’s Top Summer Attractions Scenery, history, trails, parks and more.
Bear Country Getting along with forest royalty.
Tahoe Through the Ages Historic resorts to “America’s playground.”
Lake Tahoe Recreation Map Trails, paths, single-track, beaches and golf.
Diverse Towns Area communities are all different and inviting.
Glossary of Tahoe Activities All the fun to be had, A to Z.
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And we’ve come a long way. Welcome to a summer of lake and mountain fun and (we hope) real relaxation! The COVID upheaval of the last two summers made achieving “relaxation” more difficult for most of us. Maybe you’re finally taking a long-delayed vacation, or at last feeling comfortable going out to restaurants or concerts. Sure, current inflation and higher gas prices haven’t made relaxation any easier, but Tahoe has plenty of ways to make your time here fun and affordable! With a wide range of recent improvements, Tahoe might truly be “better than ever.” It’s now free to ride public buses on both sides of the lake. TART Connect, an innovative shuttle system, provides free door-to-door service throughout North Lake Tahoe via a phone app. A host of South Tahoe night spots and casinos offer free live music acts throughout the week. North Tahoe and Truckee stage free outdoor music concerts, “High Notes,” most every summer night, rotating between lovely venues. Tahoe’s has had a thriving summer tourism season for over 150 years (explored in “Tahoe Through the Ages,” page 22). But at least 50 of those summers have also featured epic traffic jams. Chokepoints on Tahoe’s roads can still clog-up on holidays and busy weekends, but recent improvements have lessened the problem. Round-about intersections have eased West Shore congestion and made the Kings Beach community safer for both vehicles and pedestrians. And there are now more reasons than ever to leave your car parked. South Lake Tahoe redevelopment has turned the city blocks near Stateline into pedestrian-friendly fun. New bike and walking trails have been built around the region, with more in the works. E-bikes (for rent at Tahoe locations) make trails and fire roads more accessible to a wider spectrum of users. Or go car-free next visit with charter service or a commercial flight into convenient Reno Tahoe International Airport, with frequent shuttle service to the lake. Sure, if you want to heat up your credit card, there are plenty of fine ways to do it here, whether it’s renting a boat for the day, savoring a gourmet dinner with a lakeview, or grabbing front row seats to see your favorite band. But whether you’re splurging or frugal, please help keep Tahoe a relaxing place for all by respecting the needs of your fellow vacationers, the efforts of Tahoe’s frontline workers, and the fragility of the natural environment you’re here to enjoy. CHACO MOHLER Publisher
Tahoe’s East Shore, PHOTO BY MKE EADINGTON
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Lake Tahoe has been recognized as a global environmental success story. Watershed restoration projects first launched in the 1990’s halted a 50-year decline in the lake’s water clarity, actually improving it to almost 80 feet early this century. But now warming air and water temperatures created by climate change present new challenges for the Sierra region, threatening algae blooms in Lake Tahoe and diminishing winter snow fall. U.C. Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center creates programs that educate visitors and locals on the importance of personal commitment. Their Citizen Science Tahoe app empowers others to help with the University’s on-going research. The Center is unveiling a new “Underwater Lake Tahoe” exhibit at their Tahoe Science Center and launching a new “Find Tahoe Tessie” app, referring to reported sightings of a Loch Nesslike, “sea serpent” in Lake Tahoe. The app is designed for children and families with the tagline: “Tahoe Tessie isn’t real, but climate change is.” Do your part to protect Tahoe’s unique environment for future generations. Please don’t litter, clean up after pets, don’t have outdoor fires or set-off fireworks, and lessen your carbon-footprint by using public transportation or traveling by bike or foot when possible. Thank you for your efforts.
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Tahoe’s Top Summer Attractions Scenery, history, trails and beaches. Emerald Bay Tahoe’s iconic view, Emerald Bay is surrounded by steep mountain sides and dotted with an island topped by a stone tea house. Highway 89 hugs the cliffs above the lake, with parking in 3 lots, plus a few highway-side spots. Eagle Falls tumbles down cliffs below the road into Emerald Bay State Park. A 1.7-mile hike leads to the lakeshore and Vikingsholm “castle,” constructed in 1929 and one of the finest examples of historic Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
Sand Harbor State Park
A marvelous combination of protected cove, rocky point, giant granite boulders and a long, sandy beach, this state park fills its parking lot quickly on many summer days. Transport alternatives include five-time daily buses from Reno and free micro-shuttles hailed by a TNT-TMA app. SUMMER/FALL 2022 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide 15
Downtown Truckee Heavenly Village & Stateline Casinos
Heavenly Village and nearby casinos, bars and shops are Tahoe’s nucleus of man-made fun. Many spots feature live music, with 24-hour gaming across the Nevada stateline. An incredibly scenic gondola ride travels up to 9,123-foot elevation and viewing platform, mountain lodge, ropescourse and “mountain-coaster.”
Truckee’s authentic “Old West” downtown, bisected by the Transcontinental Railroad, has an entertaining variety of quality restaurants, unique shops and modern-day “saloons.” Trails and bike paths head out in multiple directions, including along the Truckee River and to nearby Martis Valley.
Sugar Pine Point State Park Tahoe City, State Park & Museums
Lake Tahoe’s only outlet is the Truckee River in Tahoe City, where a dam controls the top six feet of the lake. Lean over the railing of “Fanny Bridge” to watch the giant trout below. Bike paths and sidewalks lead from Gatekeeper Museum throughout this scenic town of unique shops, restaurants and “watering-holes.”
This park gives a glimpse back in history with its lovely Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, surrounding grounds and boat houses. But it is also features a beautiful shoreline and trails through a forest populated with its name-sake tree.
Donner Memorial State Park
Olympic Valley, Palisades Tahoe
This beautiful alpine valley was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Palisades Tahoe Village features outdoor dining spots and a spectacular aerial tram, traveling up 2,000 vertical feet to a high mountain lodge with a small Olympic museum. 16 SUMMER/FALL 2022 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide
A statue and museum at this state park tell the stories of the infamous Donner Party and other Western pioneers. A trail leads to the sandy shoreline of Donner Lake.
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Mt. Rose Highway Scenic Viewpoint
A short drive above Incline Village on Nevada Highway 431 is a scenic pull-off with unobstructed views of the Lake Tahoe Basin, spectacular day or night. The road from here heads north to Reno, with a winding descent and expansive views.
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Tallac Historic Site & Beaches
Connected by bike trail with South Lake Tahoe, the Historic Site’s white sand beaches and green lawns extend down a long stretch of lakeshore. Stroll past historic mansions or dip your toes in Lake Tahoe.
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Old Highway 40
This route parallels Interstate 80 on the path taken by pioneers and the Trans Continental railroad over the Sierra Nevada Range. The highway curves up between steep cliffs to a scenic bridge and views over Donner Lake. Near the top of the pass are the original, now-abandoned train tunnels and “Chinese wall” constructed in the 1860s. At press time, another Tahoe favorite, D.L. Bliss State Park, anticipated closures this summer due to installation of a new water supply system. 18 SUMMER/FALL 2022 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide
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Getting along with our wild neighbors. A Tahoe bear nick-named Hank the Tank gained national notoriety earlier this year, accused of breaking into numerous houses in South Lake Tahoe, looking for food. All Tahoe communities share their forests with Black Bears—the Lake Tahoe Basin has the second highest population density of Black Bears in North America! American Black Bears are omnivores and can range from black to cinnamon in color. Most adults weight between 200 and 350 pounds, but some males are over 600 pounds! Bears normally try to avoid humans, but they have one of the most powerful senses of smell in the animal kingdom and are aggressive foragers. Bears look at unprotected food as an open invitation, whether that’s an open door to a vacation cabin, garbage left out in unsecured cans or bags, or dog food and snacks left in a parked car over-night. When they smell food in a parked car at night, bears can open unlocked doors or break windows and crawl inside, sometimes causing serious damage to the interior. If you spot a bear, keep your distance and don’t disturb it. If the bear is up a tree, give it space to climb down and run into the woods. Hopefully, you’ll be treated to the sight of one of these majestic animals enjoying a Tahoe summer day, just like you and me.
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Tahoe Through the Ages
Historic resorts to “America’s Playground.”
Engine Number Three and the Steamer Tahoe, Tahoe Tavern Pier, 1909. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM BELL COLLECTION.
The first inhabitants of the Tahoe region were the Washoe, Maidu and Paiute Native American tribes. Three bands of the Washoe tribe summered along the Tahoe shoreline, hunting, fishing, and collecting medicinal plants. They were master basket weavers, creating practically water-tight containers (examples are on display at Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City). The first European explorers of the region included “mountain men” trappers aided by the largely peaceful Washoe. But all the region’s tribes were soon to be over-whelmed by thousands of prospectors and settlers drawn to the Sierra by the California Gold Rush and Comstock Lode silver strike. While the Washoe continued to spend summers at Tahoe into the 20th Century, they were soon forced onto reservation land near Carson City, only gaining a presence back at their “Lake of the Sky” early in the late 1990s with the Tribe’s lease of Meeks Bay Resort and access to ceremonial grounds at Skunk Harbor on the East Shore. The discovery of the Comstock Lode spelled disaster for Tahoe’s forests too, old-growth trees clear-cut to provide timber supports for mining tunnels in Virginia City, NV. Elaborate flumes and rail systems transported the logs over the East Shore mountains toward the mines, their evidence still visible on the “scars” on the mountainside above Sand Harbor State Park. The immense wealth of the Comstock Lode (its silver helped finance the Union’s victory in the Civil War) helped create opulent summer resorts at Tahoe City, Brockway Springs, Glenbrook and present-day Tallac Historic Site. A narrow-gauge railway connected the trans-continental rail tracks in Truckee with Tahoe Tavern Hotel & Casino in Tahoe City, the rails extending onto a pier where passengers unloaded only steps from Steamer Tahoe and other “launches,” carrying them to resorts around the lake. Between World Wars, Tahoe’s fame continued to grow. CalNeva Resort Casino opened at Crystal Bay in 1926 and attracted the rich and famous of the day. Frank Sinatra purchased the CalNeva in 1960 and often hosted his “Rat Pack” buddies Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and others (including Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy who, according to unsubstantiated rumors, used its hidden tunnels for a tryst). The CalNeva was more recently purchased by software billionaire, Larry Ellison, but has remained closed to the public. Tahoe’s reputation as a world-class winter destination was boosted with the awarding of the 1960 Winter Olympics to Squaw Valley (recently renamed Palisades Tahoe). The region now boasts 23 downhill and cross-country ski resorts, some offering a range of summer activities (Palisades, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar, Tahoe XC and Tahoe Donner). Explore Tahoe’s history at Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe History Museum in South Lake Tahoe, and Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee.
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This bi-state community stretches for city blocks to either side of 18 miles of highways 50 and 89, with the concentration of visitor attractions close to the state border: Heavenly Village and its scenic gondola, plus Hard Rock, Harrah’s, Harveys and Mont Bleu casinos. The community has several beautiful public beaches.
Downtown Reno has a number of well-known casinos, some interconnected. Riverwalk District’s shops, dining and Whitewater Park are nearby. Reno’s Mid-Town is an eclectic shopping and dining destination. Other Reno casino/hotels include Atlantis, Grand Sierra and the Nugget. Nevada Museum of Art and National Auto Museum are popular attractions.
Small resort towns dot Lake Tahoe’s north and west shores. Gambling is legal in Incline Village and at nearby Nevada state line casinos. In Kings Beach and Tahoe City, sidewalks travel past a large variety of unique shops and restaurants. Palisades Tahoe Resort and its scenic tram ride and base village are approximately seven miles from Tahoe City.
CARSON CITY / CARSON VALLEY Carson City is the state capital and home to the Nevada State Museum and Nevada Railroad Museum. The wide Carson Valley has dramatic vistas and the towns Minden/ Gardnerville and Genoa, the latter Nevada’s oldest settlement.
Truckee is an historically significant Old West frontier town, Intercontinental Railroad depot, and pioneering winter sports resort. Many downtown Truckee buildings are over 100 years old and now house quality shops, boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Northstar resort is 6 miles to the east.
The site of the historic Comstock Lode silver strike, Virginia City thrived from 1860 to 1875. Now the well-preserved downtown of shops, restaurants, saloons and churches, connected by wooden boardwalks, give visitors a wonderful look into the Old West.
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White sand, turquoise water, picnics, wading] Tahoe’s shoreline features many lovely meetings of sand and water, some right off the road, others delightfully hard to find. South Tahoe boasts a string of public beaches and lakefront resorts, including Regan Beach and Lakeview Commons, Baldwin and Pope beaches to the west, and Zephyr Cove to north. Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on the East Shore is the crème de la crème of Tahoe sand. The parking lot fills early on summer days, but shuttles are available. You can also bike to Sand Harbor on a scenic three-mile path from Incline Village. Sand-seekers in North Tahoe head for Kings Beach State Recreation Area and nearby Moon Dunes. Tahoe City’s Commons Beach has a playground and lawn. Meeks Bay Resort on the West Shore has a beautiful sand beach. Near
Truckee, West End Beach at Donner Lake features a large lawn and shade trees. Go to TahoePublicBeaches.org for more information and locations.
Bike Parks Truckee has an excellent bike park with beginner to expert jump lines. Northstar California ski resort becomes an enormous mountain bike park in summer with jumps, features, single track and uphill transportation on ski lifts modified to carry bikes. Incline Village and South Lake Tahoe public bike parks have beginner to intermediate flow lines and pump-tracks. Bike Paths
[Also– Cruisers, E-bikes, inline skating, jogging strollers] Smoothly paved and separated from vehicle traffic, bike paths are popular with locals and visitors alike. Curving along the lake shore, following the Truckee River, or meandering through forests, meadows and neighborhoods, these are lovely journeys by foot or wheels. Although called bike paths, pedestrians and their dogs have right of way, so the SUMMER /FALL 2022 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide 29
paths are not always appropriate for cranking it up on a racing bike. South Lake Tahoe’s network of bike paths includes scenic rides to several beaches to the west. Incline Village’s path to Sand Harbor and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park has stunning views and accesses several small coves. Tahoe City is the center of over 19 miles of connected bike path, including the popular route along the Truckee River to Squaw Valley and the 12-mile journey down the West Shore to Sugar Pine Point State Park and Meeks Bay. Truckee’s network of paths includes the Legacy Trail, a 4.4-mile ride along the Truckee River.
In spring and fall, a number of migratory birds linger in this region. The larger wetlands of the Upper Truckee River, Carson Valley and Little Truckee host a wide variety of species. Year around, look to the sky for osprey, red-tail hawk and the occasional bald eagle. Or have mountain chickadee eating out of your hand on “chickadee ridge,” a short hike east of Nevada Highway 431 in Tahoe Meadows.
[Also– Rentals, charters, launching, parasailing] Boat rentals and launching, jet ski, kayak and paddle-board rentals are available at marinas surrounding Lake Tahoe, including in Tahoe City, Sunnyside, Homewood, Tahoe Keys, Ski Run and Tahoe Vista. Water sports rentals are also found near many hotels and lakefront restaurants, including the Beacon in South Lake Tahoe, Hyatt Regency in Incline Village and in Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Parasailing is available on both North and South Shores. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind direction before taking any boating trip on Tahoe. Be advised before diving headfirst into the middle of Lake Tahoe from a boat on a hot summer day that the water just four feet down might be a shocking 40 degrees F colder than the air.
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If you’d rather experience Lake Tahoe from the comfort of a cruise boat, the M.S. Dixie in Zephyr Cove and Tahoe Gal in Tahoe City depart daily. Sailing charters are available in Tahoe City, Tahoe Keys and on the Sierra Cloud catamaran at Hyatt beach, Incline Village.
Also– Arcades Stateline in South Tahoe is home to the region’s famous, large casino towers—Harrah’s, Harveys, MontBleu and Hard Rock Hotel—all adjacent to each other. All feature 24-hour slots and table games, plus entertainment, dining and lodging. Crystal Bay on the northern state line has 2 smaller casinos, with the Hyatt nearby in Incline Village. Those looking for Tahoe’s best arcades should also head to the casinos, Harveys being one favorite spot to play.
[Also– Road-biking] Reno local Greg LeMond was the first non-European to win the Tour de France, and his legs muscles were built on punishing Tahoe climbs like the Mt. Rose Highway’s 4,400-foot ascent and 2,500-foot descent to Lake Tahoe. For those at ease on narrow mountain roads, the region is full of challenges. Chief among them is the infamous Death Ride bicycle race, winding over steep mountain passes south of Tahoe, and celebrating its 41th anniversary in mid-July. The belt-notch Tahoe ride for many cyclists is circling the lake, a 72-mile journey that can be turned into a “century” with a 28-mile out-and-back to Truckee. The road around the lake features a mostly adequate, single-file shoulder, but there are also stretches with little to no shoulder on East Shore and near Emerald Bay. Ride clockwise if you want to maximize lake views. Highway 89 from Squaw Valley to Truckee has wider bike lanes and can be part of an alternate around-the-lake route that includes a 1,385-foot climb over Brockway Summit on Highway 267. Other popular road rides include climbing Ward and Blackwood Canyons on the West Shore. Climb almost 1200 vertical feet in 3 miles on Old Highway 40 from Donner Lake over the Sierra Crest. Or to dial it back and cruise, see Bike Paths.
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Dining See “Dining Directory” on page 40. Disc Golf Challenging courses are found at Incline
Village, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.
Dog Walks and Swims Dogs
the world-over drool to come to Lake Tahoe. No ticks, no poison oak, water everywhere, forests to bound through, squirrels to chase, and humans picnicking and dropping scraps. Dogs are not welcome on all of Tahoe’s beaches, however, so head for Kiva Beach in South Tahoe, Zephyr Cove on East Shore, Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach, Patton Beach in Carnelian Bay, or Hurricane Bay near Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore. Dogs on lease or under voice command are welcome on most trails in the area. Water-sprinkled hiking trails include Meeks Bay creek, Glen Alpine, Five Lakes, Shirley Canyon in Olympic Valley, Truckee River Legacy, and Donner Memorial State Park.
Breweries throughout Tahoe and Reno produce award-winning “suds,” served up in brew pubs or in taprooms that also pour beer from around the world. Local favorites include Fifty/Fifty, Tahoe Cold Water and Alibi Ale. Craft brewery Tahoe National recently opened in Tahoe City.
The 72-mile drive around Lake Tahoe can be a scenic 2 to 3 hours or an all-day adventure with entertaining side trips. Lunch stops include lakefront restaurants, food trucks, or picnic at a beach park. Other scenic drives include Mt. Rose Highway 431 and highways winding through the mountains south of Lake Tahoe: 89, 88 and 4.
Equestrian Horseback trails rides are available from stables in Alpine Meadows, Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove, Piping Rock and Tahoe Donner. Horses are allowed on many regional hiking trails. Fishing
[Also– Charters, fly-fishing] Charter fishing boats leave from marinas around Lake Tahoe most every morning of the summer, many seeking large Mackinaw Trout. Fly fishing spots include the upper and lower Truckee River, Little Truckee River, and upper Carson River tributaries south of Tahoe.
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Four-Wheeling [Also– Off-road
vehicle, dirt biking] The Rubicon Trail is an epic off-road journey, labeled “the crown jewel of all off-highway trails.” The route crosses the Sierra Crest for a technical 22-miles from McKinney-Rubicon, on Tahoe’s west shore, to near Georgetown in the California foothills. It rates a “10” difficulty on a scale of 10. Four-wheelers and two-wheelers seeking more wide-open spaces head toward Northern Nevada’s countless off-road trails and dirt roads.
Gambling See “Casinos.” Gliding [Also– Hang gliding, ultra- lights] Com-
mercial glider plane rides are available from the Truckee and Minden airports. Powered hang glider rides depart from Carson City Airport. All three operations usually take customers over parts of Lake Tahoe. Experienced hang gliders sometimes launch from Slide Mountain Highway off Mt. Rose Highway 431, where summer updrafts along the steep Eastern Sierra can power record flights.
Golf Reno/Tahoe has a well-deserved reputation for great golf, from high-end championship courses to relaxed local links. Edgewood Tahoe at Stateline is the “Pebble Beach” of the mountains, home to the nationally televised American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. South Tahoe has three additional public links. Numerous well-known golf architects have designed courses in Truckee and Northern Nevada. Public course options near Truckee include the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Greenwood and Peter Jacobson-designed Grey’s Crossing. Entertaining and historic 9-hole courses are found at Tahoe City and in Kings Beach at Old Brockway, where in 1934 Bing Crosby created the pro-am tournament that is now the ATT National at Pebble Beach. Nearby, Incline Village has two beautiful courses.
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[Also– Escaping the crowds, forest-bathing, adventure treks] From spring through late-fall, Tahoe has ideal hikes for most every day and your every mood. The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of three iconic trails that originate or pass through the region, the others being the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails. You can pick up sections of the Rim Trail at 12 trailheads, enjoying out-and-backs or pointto-point with a shuttle. Popular trailheads include Tahoe Meadows, off Nevada Highway 431 above Incline Village, Brockway Summit on Highway 267, Echo Lakes near Interstate 50, and Spooner Summit on Interstate 50. The Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed at numerous trailheads in the region. All three trails travel through the spectacular granite landscapes of Desolation Wilderness, the nation’s most visited wilderness area (requiring permits for overnight stays). Many lovely hiking trails wind through the woods at lower elevations, some in state parks, others accessed from neighborhood roads. Look to our recreation map on page 24 for suggestions. For adventurous, off-trail hikers, the Sierra Nevada Range offers endless peak-bagging and backcountry route finding. As with all travel in Tahoe backcountry, go prepared with cellphone charged and adequate water and clothing.
The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena is an excellent indoor facility with an NHL-sized rink. Check tahoearena.co for their updated summer schedule.
Jet Skiing See “Boating” Kayaking See “Paddling” Kite Boarding [Also– Windsurfing, Hobie-
catting] Lake Tahoe and other nearby lakes often have summer afternoon winds, but only rarely at a velocity to excite kite boarders or windsurfers. That can change as storm fronts brush the Northern Sierra, whipping up whitecapped action off Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and South Lake Tahoe. Wet suits are advised, even on warm afternoons, as lake surface temperatures can drop on windy days.
Miniature Golf Find mini-
golf fun at Kings Beach Miniature Golf or Magic Carpet Golf locations in South Lake Tahoe and Carnelian Bay. Heavenly Village lays out holes on its plaza during summer months.
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Mountain Biking [Also–
Single track, fire roads] The entire Northern Sierra is a mountain biking mecca of single-track and fire road fun, from classic granite descents to newly built routes that curve and bounce fluidly down mountain sides. Flume Trail is the most iconic of Lake Tahoe routes, a breathtaking trek along mountain ridges and cliff side, including single-track following the route of an old lumber flume. This classic fat-tire ride is made more accessible with a shuttle service that cuts out the painful road climbing part of the loop. Turn to the map on page 24 for more information on popular trails. Bike shops are great sources for in-depth information on adventures to match your goals.
Museums Interesting area museums include Donner
Emigrant Trail Museum outside Truckee, Tahoe City’s Gatekeepers Museum and Native American basket collection, and Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village. Nearby museums and historic sites include Nevada Museum of Art and National Auto Museum in Reno, Nevada Museum and Nevada Railroad Museum in Carson City, and tours and museums in Virginia City.
[Also– SUP and kayaking] Lake Tahoe’s crystal-clear waters—every shade of blue from near-black to turquoise—are a magnetic attraction for paddle boarders and kayakers. There are multiple Tahoe marinas that offer launching and rentals. Many of the most popular beach locations have rentals and convenient parking. East Shore’s mix of undeveloped shoreline, numerous coves, hidden beaches, and huge granite boulders make it a favorite adventure, normally accessed through Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, with rentals available there or at the Hyatt Regency beach in Incline Village. Emerald Bay is the great paddle adventure on the West Shore, accessed from D.L. Bliss State Park to the north or Baldwin beach to the south.
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As with all boating on Lake Tahoe, pay attention to weather forecasts and wind direction. For information on multi-day paddles around the lake go to LakeTahoeWaterTrail.org.
Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and Old Highway 40 above Donner Lake are classic Tahoe vistas. The scenic pull-out on Nevada Highway 431 above Incline Village has gorgeous views, day or night. The Heavenly gondola provides spectacular lake vistas and Palisades Tahoe tram travels up a mountain ridge that inspired Walt Disney’s design for Frontier Land. Day trips include silver mining boomtown Virginia City, the ghost town of Bodie, and high desert landscapes around Pyramid Lake and Black Rock Desert.
Playgrounds [Also– Playing fields] South Lake Tahoe has an excellent recreation and swim center with three nearby playing fields. Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista have numerous playgrounds and play fields, both along the lakeshore and at the North Tahoe Regional Park. Tahoe City Commons Beach has a playground and lawn. In Truckee, head for Truckee River Regional Park.
River Rafting [Also– In-
ner-tubing, white-water kayaking] The relatively gentle stretch of the Truckee River between Tahoe City and River Ranch offers multi-generational rafting and tubing fun. There are two commercial rafting operations serving this stretch—book ahead. If you’re riding your own floatation, you’ll want to leave a car near River Ranch (but not in their parking lot unless you’re dining or staying there). The Truckee River below River Ranch is much more technical and dangerous, but becomes gentle again downstream in Truckee, where inner tubers launch near the junction of Highway 89 and West River Street and float to Legacy Trail Bridge or Glenshire Bridge. Portions of the upper Truckee River in Meyers are also gentle enough for inner tubers, but beware of obstacles on the way to Tahoe Keys.
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If you’re seeking taller whitewater, portions of the Truckee River Canyon between Truckee and Verdi feature Class Three and Four rapids. Tahoe Whitewater Tours runs commercial day trips through Truckee River Canyon, Carson River, and forks of the American River.
[Also– Bouldering] Tahoe’s most popular climbing destinations are Donner Summit, near Truckee, and Lover’s Leap, off Highway 50 west of Echo Summit. Old Highway 40 travels up from Donner Lake to numerous granite cliffs with traditional routes of all grades. Lover’s Leap is renowned for multiple-pitch routes reaching up to 600 feet. Climbers have ferreted out excellent granite bouldering around Tahoe’s woods—look to web or print climbing guides for the continually expanding areas.
Ropes Courses [Also– Adventure parks, ziplines] Tahoe Treetop Adventure parks have three locations—Tahoe Vista, Olympic Valley and Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City—with rope courses, zip-lines and a “leap of faith.” Heavenly in South Tahoe has a fun ropes course and alpine slide at the top of the gondola lift.
Sailing See “Boating” Scenic Rides
[Also– Aerial tram, gondola lift] Tahoe boasts two breathtakingly scenic aerial rides. Heavenly’s gondola travels from near Stateline in South Lake Tahoe straight up the mountainside and connects with another lift, trails and rides. Palisades Tahoe’s large aerial tram is a spectacular ride up a cliff face to the resort’s High Camp lodge.
Skate Parks Fun skate parks are found in Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.
Boutiques, art galleries, gift and souvenirs shops are clustered in Truckee’s downtown, Heavenly Village/ Stateline, Tahoe City, Incline Center and Kings Beach, all with lunch and coffee spots. Look to our Directory, page 46, for more information on shops and galleries.
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[Also– Open-water] Lake Tahoe is DEEP and COLD, but its top 3 feet can become refreshingly swimable during most Augusts and Septembers, the surface water temperature near 70 degrees F and warmer in sandy shallows on summer afternoons off South Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and Sand Harbor beaches. To enjoy Tahoe’s water clarity, wear swim goggles or a mask. Or take a dip in the lower Truckee River, basically Lake Tahoe in motion. There are excellent indoor public pools in South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Incline Village
Trail Running Walking [Also–
Handicap access] Paved walking and bike path options are found throughout the region, with popular stretches found from South Lake Tahoe to Tallac Historic Site, West Shore bike trail between Meeks Bay and Tahoe City, Truckee River bike trail from Tahoe City to Palisades Tahoe, and the lakeside trail from Incline Village to Lake TahoeNevada State Park. Most sections of these trails are relatively flat and handicap accessible. Sugar Pine Point State Park has a Family Discovery nature trail. Near Truckee, the paved Truckee River Legacy Trail and trails in Donner Memorial State Park and Martis Valley are delightful places to raise your heart rate a bit.
[Also– Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, Lessons] On calm summer mornings, Tahoe’s surface is an almost perfect mirror to the green forests and blue sky—a waterskiing nirvana. West Shore locations are often wind protected, with lessons and rentals available at Sunnyside Marina and High Sierra Waterski School at Homewood Marina, and rentals from Tahoe City Marina. Around the lake, numerous companies and marinas rent boats for wake boarding or wake surfing—the latter fun even in minor windchop because it requires slower boat speeds. Pay attention to current weather forecasts before planning any boating trip on Lake Tahoe. Other area lakes with boat launches include Donner Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake.
Zoos To see animals from around the world, head to Animal Ark, located north of Reno, providing sanctuary for orphaned, injured, or non-releasable wildlife.
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Business Directory DINING NORTH LAKE TAHOE BRIDGETENDER American
Bridgetender is a true local’s favorite, with excellent burgers, starters, salads and a large selection of beer on tap. Outdoors: Riverfront dining in a spacious patio and bar. Indoors: Rustic and warm dining room and bar. Take out, too! More on page 26. 65 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.3342 tahoebridgetender.com CHRISTY HILL American
Elegant, unique cuisine with spectacular lake views, Christy Hill is a beloved favorite of Tahoe fine dining. Chef Andrew Shimer brings a creative touch to the ever-changing dinner menu. The restaurant’s lakefront garden, The Sand Bar, serves wine, beer and snacks. More on page 4. 115 Grove Street, Tahoe City 530.583.8551 christyhill.com FAT CAT BAR & GRILL American
This family-friendly restaurant is dedicated to using the freshest ingredients from thoughtfully sourced farms and purveyors. Guests can enjoy quality dishes, an extensive bar menu, and nightly events with a view of Lake Tahoe. Indoor/outdoor dining available. More on page 27. 599 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.2233 fatcatrestaurants.com FRONT STREET STATION Pizza
Two locations serve up all-natural, hand-thrown, New York-style pizza, plus authentic Mexican specialties, mouthwatering sandwiches, and beer on tap. Tahoe City’s restaurant is in a log cabin with a deck on the river. The convenient Truckee location has generous outdoor seating. More on pages 18 and 26. 205 River Road, Tahoe City 530.583.3770 11782 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee 530.536.5035 frontstreetpizza.com
JAKES ON THE LAKE American
Outstanding scenic dining! Jakes’ menu specializes in fresh seafood and delicious Hawaiian inspired appetizers. The large outdoor patios look out from Lake Tahoe’s beautiful North Shore. Serving lunch and dinner, with online ordering available. More on page 23. 780 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 550.583.0188 jakestahoe.com JASON’S BEACHSIDE GRILL American
This restaurant’s lakeview, wind-protected deck is a Tahoe summer classic. Jason’s also serves classics dishes like prime rib, baked chicken, burgers and sandwiches. More on page 41. 8338 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach 530.546.3315 jasonsbeachsidegrille.com PIANETA Italian
A favorite for excellent and creative Italian food, salads, full bar and wine list. Pianeta is located in an historic downtown Truckee building with an atmosphere both cozy and romantic. More on page 4. 10096 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee 530.587.4694 pianetarestauranttruckee.com
TAHOE NATIONAL BREWING CO. Brewery & Restaurant
Enjoy freshly brewed beers, wines, cocktails and delicious food, with spacious dining, entertainment space and large bar indoors and heated, lakeview deck outdoors. Located below Safeway in Tahoe City. More on page 41. 850 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.213.0115 tahoenational.beer WOLFDALE’S CUISINE UNIQUE Seasonal Asian & Californian
Since 1978, Chef Dale has developed a fusion of California and Asian influences, using ‘Cuisine Unique’ to describe the fresh and simple aesthetics. With a warm ambiance and lake views, the family-run business celebrates 44 years of exceptional food and service. More on page 11. 640 North Lake Blvd. Tahoe City 530.583.5700 wolfdales.com CASA BAEZA—Mexican
10010 Bridge St., Truckee 530.587.2161 CROSBY’S GRILL & PUB—American
868 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village 775.833.1030 FIFTY-FIFTY BREWERY—American
11197 Brockway Road, Truckee 530.587.2337 RIVER RANCH American
Treat yourself to drinks and dining at the iconic River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant. A landmark since the late 1800’s, River Ranch is known for the lively, spacious outdoor patio and the more intimate and historic river-view dining room and bar. More on page 18. 2285 River Road, Alpine Meadows 530.583.4264 riverranchlodge.com
LONE EAGLE GRILL—American
111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village 775.886.6899 OLD POST OFFICE—breakfast/lunch
5245 North Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay 530.546.3205 PIONEER COCKTAIL CLUB —lunch, dinner
21 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.523.0402 pcctahoe.com SIAM CUISINE—Thai
10770 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee 530.550.0503 ROSIE’S CAFÉ American
Breakfast, lunch and dinner of all-American favorites and new, delicious creations. Indoors, Rosie’s features entertaining décor and popular bar. Outdoors tables have lakeviews. More on page 33. 571 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.8504
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TAHOE HOUSE BAKERY —breakfast/lunch
625 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.1377 WEST SHORE MARKET—deli & grocery
1780 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.584.2475 ZA’S—Italian
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DIRECTORY—Dining / Activities SOUTH TAHOE
LAKE TAHOE CRUISES/ ZEPHYR COVE RESORT Full-service beach resort with cruises
Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe 530.544.2273
Hop aboard Tahoe’s premier cruise boat, M.S. Dixie, on daily tours to Emerald Bay. The resort also rents watercraft, offers parasailing, and has lakeside cabins and dining along its beautiful, mile-long beach. More on page 19.
1169 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.2908
760 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove 775.589.4906 zephyrcove.com
BEACON BAR & GRILLE—American
1900 Jamison Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe 530.541.0630 BISTRO AT EDGEWOOD—American
180 Lake Parkway, Stateline 855.681.0119
FIRE + ICE—American
Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe 530.542.6650 FRESH KETCH—seafood
2435 Venice Dr., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.5683 FRESHIES RESTAURANT & BAR
3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.542.3630 FRIDAY’S STATION—steak & seafood
Harrahs Casino, Stateline 775.586.4988 GORDON RAMSAY HELL’S KITCHEN
Harvey’s Casino, Stateline 775.586.6868 MCP’S TAPHOUSE GRILL—American
4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe 530.542.4435 OFF THE HOOK SUSHI
2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe 530.544.5599 ORCHIDS THAI CUISINE
2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.544.5541 OYSTER BAR
Hard Rock Casino, Stateline 884.588.7625 RED HUT—breakfast/lunch
3 locations in South Tahoe 530.544.1595
NORTH TAHOE REGIONAL PARK Sports fields, trails, non-motorized launch, beach access
Located in Tahoe Vista, the North Tahoe Regional Park and Tahoe Vista Recreation Area offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities. Find trail maps, facility rental details, summer programs, and special event information online. More on page 33. 6600 Donner Road, Tahoe Vista 530.546.4212 northtahoeparks.com TAHOE ADVENTURE COMPANY Tours & watersports rentals
Serving up the best in Tahoe fun and natural beauty, including kayak and paddle board rentals and tours, mountain biking and hiking tours, rock climbing, corporate trips and events, even paddle board yoga. Specializing in exceptional service. More on page 27. 7010 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista 530.913.9212 tahoeadventurecompany.com
SONNEY’S BBQ SHACK—American
787 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe 530.541.7427 SPROUTS CAFÉ—vegetarian
3123 Harrison St., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.6969 STATELINE BREWERY—Brew pub
4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.542.9000 SUSHI PIER
117 US 50, Stateline 775.588.8588
TAHOE SCIENCE CENTER Interactive museum & films
On the bottom floor of the University of California, Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center, this is fun for all ages, with interactive displays, wonderful 3-D films and special presentations. More on page 13. 291 Country Club Dr., Incline Village 775.881.7566 https://tahoe.ucdavis.edu/ tahoesciencecenter TAHOE TREETOP ADVENTURE Rope courses & zip lines
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bridges, or “events.” It adds up to over 2 hours of fun for the entire family! More on page 5. Three locations: Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Olympic Valley 530.807.1004 tahoetreetop.com INCLINE VILLAGE REC CENTER & INDOOR POOL
980 Incline Way, 775.832.1300 TRUCKEE COMMUNITY REC CENTER & INDOOR POOL
10981 Truckee Way, 530.582.7720 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE REC COMPLEX & INDOOR POOL
1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., 530.542.6056
WATER SPORTS ACTION WATER SPORTS Rentals, lessons & tours
AWS is a premium North Tahoe destination for boat and yacht rentals, jet skis, parasailing, sailboat tours, wake surfing and water-skiing lessons. Located on the water across from the Hyatt Regency. More on page 8. 995 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village 775.831.4386 awsincline.com HIGH SIERRA WATERSKI SCHOOL Lessons & rentals
For 45 summers, High Sierra has been introducing visitors and locals to the thrills of Tahoe water sports, now including water skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, tubing, knee boarding and wake skating lessons. Or rent a boat, jet ski, paddle board, canoe or kayak. More on page 36. 5190 West Lake Blvd., Homewood 530.525.1214 highsierrawaterskiing.com LAKE TAHOE BOAT INSPECTIONS Environmental protection
Boats entering the Lake Tahoe Basin are required to be inspected prior to launching. Clean, drain and dry all watercraft before arriving at an inspection station. There a friendly inspector will check your boat for invasive species. Locations near Meyers, Alpine Meadows and Spooner Summit (US-50, CA-89 & NV28). Optional inspection appointments are available for $15. More on page 31. 888-824-6267 tahoeboatinspections.com
DIRECTORY—Activities SUNNYSIDE MARINA Rentals, marina & repairs
Premium boat, wake surfing, jet ski, paddle board and kayak rentals. Located next to Sunnyside Restaurant, 2 miles from Tahoe City. Experience the beauty of Tahoe on the lake from an iconic Tahoe location. More on page 31. 1835 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.7201 marinasunnyside.com TAHOE CITY KAYAK Rentals & Hobie sales
Take advantage of this convenient rental location at Tahoe City’s Commons Beach, with lessons and tours offered too! The nearby Tahoe City shop is North Lake Tahoe’s Hobie kayak and pedal board dealer, plus SUP sales. More on page 35. 521 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.581.4336 tahoecitykayak.com TAHOE CITY MARINA Rentals & marina services
Offering boat, slip and buoy rentals, this waterfront complex includes shopping and lakefront dining. It is one of Tahoe’s
oldest marinas, recently renovated and enlarged. Powerboats and sailboats are available for rental and fishing charters leave daily. More on page 33.
8612 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach 201 Village Blvd., Incline Village 530.553.1771 wildsocietylt.com
700 North Lk. Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.1039 tahoecitymarina.com
TAHOE SPORTS/SKI RUN MARINA— retail, rentals & services
900 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.544.0200
TAHOE WHITEWATER TOURS Guided River Rafting
Offering whitewater rafting tours near Lake Tahoe and beyond, led by guides with 25+ years of experience. The safety of guests and staff is always their top priority, whether on the river or in their shuttle buses. More on page 36.
10068 Hirshdale Rd., Truckee 530.587.5777 gowhitewater.com
TAHOE ADVENTURE COMPANY— rentals & tours
7010 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista 530.913.9212 TRUCKEE RIVER RAFTING—rentals & shuttle
175 W. River Road, Tahoe City 530.583-1111
WILD SOCIETY Clear Crystal Kayak rentals
Transparent kayaks and paddleboards provide an incredible view of Tahoe’s clear waters. Rent or take a guided tour to Sand Harbor and other beaches. Kayaks come with waterproof phone cases, speakers, USB plug, binoculars, goggles, snorkels, cooler and selfie sticks.More on Back Cover.
OLYMPIC BIKE SHOP Demo rentals, sales & service
One of the region’s premier bike shops, offering rentals and demos, mountainand road-bike repair, plus clothing and gear, with a staff knowledgeable about local trails and conditions. 620 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.2500 olympicbikeshop.com
A Magical Place for Children of All Ages Clothing from newborn to size 14, a large selection of toys, books, accessories and shoes. Open every day,
10 am until 6 pm.
10104 Donner Pass Road
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DIRECTORY—Activities / Shopping TAHOE XC Rentals & trail system
Offering mountain bike rentals plus a large system of single-track and fire roads, Tahoe XC is fun for all levels of riders. The lodge has apparel and gear. Call ahead for bike rental reservations. More on page 37. 925 Country Club Dr., Tahoe City 530.583.5475 tahoexc.org THE BACK COUNTRY Sales, rentals & service
With two locations and a wide variety of mountain and road bikes to rent (plus paddle boards), The Back Country is Truckee’s and Olympic Valley’s recreation headquarters. The stores have a large selection of equipment and gear, plus clothing, books and full bike service shop. More on page 35. 11400 Donner Pass Road, Truckee 530.582.0909 1602 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley 530.581.4707 thebackcountry.net SOUTH SHORE BIKES—rentals, sales
871 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe 530.544.7433
GOLF TAHOE CITY GOLF Community course
A family-friendly golf facility located in the heart of Tahoe City, this fun and challenging 9-hole, par-33 course is surrounded by towering pine trees with views of Lake Tahoe. More on page 33. 251 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530-583-1516 GolfTahoeCity.com EDGEWOOD TAHOE
180 Lake Parkway, Stateline 888.881.8659 INCLINE VILLAGE CHAMPIONSHIP & MOUNTAIN COURSES
775.832.1146 or 775.832.1150 OLD BROCKWAY
400 Brassie Ave., Tahoe Vista 530.546.9909 PONDEROSA GOLF
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee 530.587.3501 TAHOE PARADISE
SHOPPING NORTH TAHOE/TRUCKEE BLUESTONE Jewelry & Wine
For fine jewelry or wine from the Sierra Foothill, visit Bluestone Jewelry & Wine in Truckee. Unique jewelry from local to custom designs can be found there and in Bluestone’s Tahoe City store overlooking Lake Tahoe. More on page 39. Truckee 530.582.0429 495 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.581.4298 bluestonetahoe.com CAMILA’S AT TAHOE Women’s Boutique
Displaying a large selection of contemporary fashions, including dresses, sweaters, footwear and accessories. Stop by this summer for 30th Anniversary Sale bargains plus a 10% discount offer with their ad on page 9. Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City 530.583-0120 GEARED FOR GAMES / MIND PLAY Games, puzzles & toys
These stores carry an entertaining selection of board games, puzzles, toys and books. Stimulate your brain while having fun with family and friends! Locations in Tahoe City’s Cobblestone Mall and Village at Palisades Tahoe. More on page 10. 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.581.4263 1985 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley 530.584.6133 THE POTLATCH Jewelry, gifts & clothing
Celebrating over 50 years in business, The Potlatch is the place to shop for Native American jewelry and gifts. You’ll find a wide selection of jewelry, home decor, Tahoe clothing, souvenirs, bath and body products, and more amazing merchandise! More on page 47. 930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village 775.833.2485 potlatchlaketahoe.com
3021 US-50, South Lake Tahoe 530.577.2121
SCRAPS DOG BAKERY Pet supplies
Located in Tahoe City’s Cobblestone Mall, Scraps has a full selection of high-quality toys, food and accessories for your pets. All items are selected with your pet’s health in mind, free of toxins, and featuring foods low in preservatives. More on page 37. 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.584.0220 STEVE SCHMIER’S JEWELRY Jewelry
Since 1977, Steve Schmier’s Jewelry has been creating and repairing fine jewelry, featuring exotic-colored stones, diamonds and custom designs based in years of expertise. Stop by the store to experience a treat for the eyes and heart. More on page 7. Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City 530.583.5709 TAHOE CITY CHOCOLATES Sweets
“The World’s Best Candy Store” has the top handmade chocolates and candies from all over the world, plus classic, nostalgic confections, and delicious ice cream in a cone. More on page 23. 769 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.6652 tahoecitychocolates.com TAHOE OIL & SPICE Olive oil, vinegar, gifts
Sample a delicious selection of over 50 extra virgin and flavor-infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus unique condiments and foods items. Spice up your next culinary creation or find the perfect gift. More on page 37. 10091 Donner Pass Rd., Downtown Truckee 530.550.8857 tahoeoilandspice.com TAHOE WINE COLLECTIVE Wines & craft beer
Visit the newest community gathering spot to discover boutique wines and craft beers from the Sierra Nevadas and beyond. Weekly events are planned for the summer. Or join the Wine Club. More on page 23. Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City 412.498.5216 t tahoewinecollective.com
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DIRECTORY—Shopping / Lodging THE TREE HOUSE Children’s clothing & toys
A large selection of imaginative and cute children’s and toddler’s clothing, plus books, puzzles and toys. Popular brands and new discoveries, perfect for finding birthday and holiday gifts! More on page 43. 10104 Donner Pass Road, Truckee 530.587.4883 tahoetreehouse.com EADINGTON GALLERY—fine art photography
589 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.583.9000
BIG VISTA—clothing & gifts
4101 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 870.701.5200 POWDER HOUSE—sports wear
TAHOE VISTANA INN
4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.3827
6821 West Lake Blvd., Tahoma 530.525.1553 TRUCKEE DONNER LODGE
Tahoe Wellness Center—dispensary
VILLAGE AT PALISADES TAHOE
3445 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.694.4904
1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley 530.584.1000
VILLAGE TOYS—toys & gifts
10075 Jibboom St., 530.550.9664 TIPSY GYPSY BOUTIQUE—women’s clothing
475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.584.2210 WILD SOCIETY—boutique & gifts
8612 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
SOUTH TAHOE EADINGTON GALLERY Fine art photography
Discover awesome moments of light and landscape, captured at Tahoe and other spectacular locations by Michael Eadington and other fine art photographers. Archival-quality printing and mounting in a variety of sizes. More on page 28. 1001 Heavenly Drive #9, South Lake Tahoe theeadingtongallery.com HEAVENLY VILLAGE Shopping center
Over 40 shops in an open-air, pedestrian mall, plus a variety of dining options, miniature golf and scenic gondola rides. Dozens of additional shops are only steps away in the adjacent Village Center and across US-50 at The Chateau at the Village. 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe 775.265.2087 theshopsatheavenly.com
TAHOMA MEADOWS COTTAGES
4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.542.4000
877 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village 775.404.5323
THE POUR HOUSE—fine wine
6549 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista 530.546.2529
TAHOE SPORTS LTD
1001 Heavenly Village Way #39, S. Lake Tahoe 530.541-6600 villagetoys.com
11400 Donner Pass Road, Truckee 530.582.0909
SQUAW VALLEY LODGE
201 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley 530.562.4881
Multiple locations in South Lake Tahoe 530.542.6222
THE BACKCOUNTRY—sports clothing & equipment
2285 River Road, Alpine Meadows 530.583.4264
10527 Cold Stream Rd., Truckee 530.582.9999
SOUTH TAHOE EDGEWOOD TAHOE RESORT
180 Lake Parkway, Stateline 888.881.8659 edgewoodtahoe.com
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO LAKE TAHOE
NATURAL RETREATS Vacation Rentals
50 US-50, Stateline 884.588.7625 HOTEL AZURE
As a guest of Natural Retreats, our local team ensures you spend less time worrying about logistics, and more time enjoying your vacation. With 300 days of sunshine a year, Lake Tahoe promises year-round adventure with worldclass skiing and sandy beaches. Create memories that last a lifetime! More on page 21.
3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 800.877.1466
845 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 888.451.0156 naturalretreats.com/cedarcrest
3901 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe 530.541.6700
CEDAR HOUSE SPORT HOTEL
THE COTTAGE INN
TAHOE BEACH & SKI CLUB
3601 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.6220 TAHOE SEASONS RESORT
BARTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Inpatient & outpatient services
1690 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.581.4073 thecottageinn.com FRANCISCAN LAKESIDE LODGE
6944 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista 530.546.6300 GRANLIBAKKEN TAHOE—hotel, conference center
725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City 530.583.4242 HYATT REGENCY—hotel, conference center, restaurants
RIVER RANCH LODGE—hotel, restaurant
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.6722
10918 Brockway Rd., Truckee 530.582.5655
111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village 775.832.1234
TAHOE BEACH RETREAT
The Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness is committed to treating the entire patient and not just the injury or symptoms. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Certified Center of Excellence houses orthopedics, including Spine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, ankle, foot and hand specialists, as well as rehabilitation services, performance training, and wellness programs. More on page 20. 2170 South Ave., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.3420
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DIRECTORY—Services TAHOE FOREST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM Inpatient & outpatient services
An excellent rural hospital system with two locations: Truckee Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital, plus the state-of-the-art Gene Upshaw Memorial cancer treatment center, 24-hour emergency care, and women, family, children, sports performance and long-term care centers. More on page 13. 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee 530.587.6011 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village 775.833.4100 tfhd.com
REAL ESTATE CHASE Regional experts
Chase International is one of the nation’s most successful independent real estate firms specializing in unique and distinctive properties in the Tahoe/Reno region. More than 380 compassionate and determined REALTORS® in 12 locations are committed to their clients’ success. With qualified luxury professionals and top lakefront specialists, Chase has the experience and connections to serve any client’s needs. More on page 2. Offices in Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Carson Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, Sparks, Henderson and London. 530.544.2121 chaseinternational.com
TRANSPORTATION TAHOE AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT Free North Tahoe & Truckee service
Car Free Fun in 2022! Hit the trails, head to the beach, shop and dine out by riding TART for free to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. Take TART Connect: free, on-demand, curb-to-curb, shuttle service along the North Shore. More on page 10. 180 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.550.1212 tahoetruckeetransit.com
NORTH LAKE TAHOE EXPRESS Airport shuttle
One-way and roundtrips available from Reno-Tahoe Airport to North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Leave your car behind with this friendly, convenient shuttle service. Routes reach Incline Village, Tahoe City, Olympic Valley, West Shore and Truckee. 24-hour advanced reservations and group discounts. More on page 10. 833.709.8080 northlaketahoeexpress.com BLUEGO TRANSIT
1679 Shop St., South Lake Tahoe 530.541.7149 tahoetransportation.org SOUTH TAHOE AIRPORTER— airport shuttle
Reno International Airport southtahoeairporter.com
AVIATION GARY AIR Charter air taxi
Convenient, economical service for groups of 5 or less, flying from airports throughout the West into South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Reno airports, with convenient connections to rental cars. More on page 14.
LAKE TAHOE AIRPORT
1901 Lisa Maloff Way, South Lake Tahoe 530.542.6182
CHILD CARE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach 530.546.4324 1100 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe 530.542.0838 A+ CHILD CARE
390 Fairway Dr., Tahoe City 530.583.1534
EVENTS NORTH TAHOE EVENT CENTER Spectacular location, exceptional value
Located just a few steps from the water’s edge, the North Tahoe Event Center offers an unsurpassed view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. The venue can be transformed to fit any special event or meeting style. More on page 33. 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach 530.546.7249 NorthTahoeEvents.com BIG BLUE ADVENTURE—athletic & corporate events
RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Direct commercial flights from throughout the U.S.
Reno’s convenient airport makes getting to the Tahoe region quick and easy, with 27 non-stop flights offered by 13 quality airlines, plus car rentals and shuttles to nearby hotels and various Tahoe locations. More on page 17. 2001 E. Plumb Lane, Reno 775.328.6400 TRUCKEE TAHOE AIRPORT Aviation services
Truckee Tahoe Airport (KTRK) is the first general aviation airport in the region to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available for jet, turbine and dieselpowered aircraft, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and aligning with the airport’s sustainability goals. More on page 14. 10356 Truckee Airport Road 530.587.4119 truckeetahoeairport.com
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CALIFORNIA WELCOME CENTER— Truckee
10065 Donner Pass Road, Truckee 530.587.8808 Truckee.com INCLINE VILLAGE CRYSTAL BAY VISITORS BUREAU
969 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village 775.832.1606 gotahoenorth.com TAHOE CITY VISITORS CENTER
100 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City 530.581.6900 gotahoenorth.com TAHOE SOUTH VISITORS CENTER
169 US-50, Stateline 775.588.4591 tahoesouth.com
Celebrating Over Fifty Years!
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Now with Two Great Locations and Tours to Sand Harbor
Explore the shores of stunning Lake Tahoe in our unique transparent kayaks & SUPs! Set off from Lake Tahoe’s north shore and wander freely with a self-guided transparent kayak/SUP rental. Or take a tour with a catered lunch! Clear Kayaks are equipped with wireless waterproof speakers with a USB plug, waterproof phone cases that allow you to take underwater photos, high-quality dry bags, binoculars, goggles, snorkel, cooler, cup holders, selfie sticks and, of course, safety equipment needed to protect you in any situation. Experience a new and exciting adventure this summer!
TRY OUT OUR SUPER FUN, ENTIRELY TRANSPARENT STANDUP PADDLE BOARDS! A cool, new way to enjoy the gorgeous waters of Lake Tahoe—very beginner friendly (as are our clear kayaks)— definitely an adventure not to be missed!
Check out our new Incline Village rental location and beach boutique! Our super cute Lifestyle Boutiques in Kings Beach and Incline offer a variety of décor, clothing, plants, and exclusive novelties unlike any other found in the area.
8612 N. Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143 48 SUMMER/FALL 2022 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide 201 Village Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89541
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