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What To Do in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is special, simply, because it’s beautiful. It has beautiful mountains.  The lake, itself, is as blue and crisp as you can get. Lake Tahoe Emerald BayThere is so much natural beauty and so much activity for any type of person to take part in. There are two kinds of weather, snowing/powder and sunny.  These are the two most ideal situations for skiing and snowboarding. In the winter, there are people who come from all over the world.  Tahoe is popular with Europeans.  The San Francisco bay area is a big influence. People who are traveling to Lake Tahoe are basically buying one weekend of a Ski Bum’s real life.

Eating in Lake Tahoe

Because Lake Tahoe appeals to year round vacationers, there are great restaurants that not only cater to the tourists, but also serve to locals.

Lake Tahoe Rude Brothers

Rude Brothers, South Lake Tahoe

Rude Brothers Bagels serves up specialty bagels.  The “Rude Awakening” is the famous bacon, egg, and cheese.  It is the perfect meal to get you geared for the slopes.  Everything is baked fresh every day and they are open early. Manzanita At The Ritz-Carlton took the influence of being in a mountain resort to create their menu.  The types of foods and servings cater toward a more active lifestyle.  They advertise a Northern California style cuisine that is a Mediterranean-Italian influence, but made with sustainable products.  If the products are not in season, then they are not using them.

Lake Tahoe Manzanita Restaurant

Manzanita Restaurant, Lake Tahoe

Phenomenal food paired with amazing food and service provides an overall great experience. Cottonwood restaurant is located in a structure built in the late 1800’s made out of salvaged railroad ties and it served as the warming hut for the town of Truckee ski hill.  This was truly Sierra-Nevada’s first ski resort.  It is one of the icons of the valley.  It has great views and one-of-a-kind menu items such as their quail. This lively spot features locals playing live music, with good people enjoying great meals.

Places To See Lake Tahoe

Donner Memorial State Park has a number of attractions for visitors to see.  Family campground, Donner Lake, and the story of the Donner party all serve as a trip down history lane. The Donner Memorial is a must see as it holds a rich history to the settling of this beautiful, yet sometimes harsh environment.  The memorial pedestal is said to be about as tall as the snow was the year the Donner party arrived.

Heavenly Ski Resort, South Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Ski Resort, South Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Mountain Resort is 4800 acres of great skiing and snowboarding.  You just can’t beat the views of Lake Tahoe from the top of Heavenly.  Offering full panorama gives Heavenly an epic edge over the neighboring mountain resorts. Skyline trail links the California and Nevada state borders giving skiers and snowboarders access to cross the state border in style.  You can actually complete a 5 mile descent from the top of the mountain to the bottom of Nevada. Squaw Valley Ski Resort has an incredible legacy.  Most notably is the fact that it played host to the Winter Olympics in 1960. Since then, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have grown to be some of the premier mountain destinations in all of North America. The night skiing at Squaw Valley is real special and has become a novelty.  It serves one of the longest runs for night skiing in North America.  At 3.2 miles it’s enough to tire your legs out.

Night Life Lake Tahoe

Himmel Haus is a German restaurant and beer house.  They serve authentic German cuisine, lots of German beers and Belgian beers.  The staff is extremely knowledgeable about beers and they often suggest great pairings of beer and entrees. What you may see is people drinking really large beers which is German style.  The weekends offer live music or DJ and the place can get really lively. Boogie Nights is a 70’s and 80’s dance club located inside the Lake Tahoe Mont Bleu Resort & Casino.  You can dance to 70’s and 80’s music all night long on the lit up dance floor.  You’re going to hear music from all the top artists of the 70’s and 80’s. What separates South Lake Tahoe from other ski destinations is the 24 hour nightlife.  It’s kind of like Las Vegas, with skiing and snowboarding added in. Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats creates a more urban environment in an otherwise rural landscape.  It’s a rare place where you can go to see world-class music and enjoy a world-class meal. Moody’s not only offers great food, but it’s also a hot spot of Truckee.  The music is outstanding and creates a unique, funky atmosphere. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful, world-class destination.  That’s why people having been coming from all over the world.  There’s so many things to do.  Nature is a pretty amazing thing and Tahoe puts you smack in the middle of it.