The Summer Season in Tahoe is quickly coming to a close. In honor of this bittersweet ending before we begin to head into Fall, we’ve come up with a comprehensive list, from a LOCAL’S point of view of our favorite things to eat, see, and do in Lake Tahoe! Starting from the beginning of the alphabet to the end, we’ll take you through some of our hand-picked tried & true favorites in the South Shore and some surrounding areas. Get out your “fun-book” and take notes!
A: Apre Ski Activity: Because we’re big fans of Kirkwood Mountain Resort; our favorite Apre-Ski location and activity is the independently owned Bar & Restaurant “7800” in Whiskey Towers at Kirkwood. Go there after a knee-deep powder day and see for yourself!
B: Best Beach: This one was a tie; but at the end of the Summer’s day we’re going to choose DL Bliss State Park. Why? Because you can’t beat the view of Cave Rock across the way, the huge Granite boulders that you can dive off into some of the most colorful layers of water and pristine white sand anywhere in the basin.
C: Best Café: This was an easy one. Getaway Café is Meyers has a full menu, perfect cozy atmosphere, and a killer Mimosa and French Toast from Heaven. There’s simply no comparison.
D: Dessert: Another no brainer, and this won’t be the last time you’ll see Rainbow Sprinkles Frozen Yogurt on this list. All of their yogurts are named after prominent Tahoe locales, and they offer color-changing spoons for extra fun!
E: Evening Activity: Go down to Lakeview Commons and rent a Paddleboard from South Tahoe Standup Paddle. Paddle into the sunset, and stop at Revive Beer & Wine up the street for snacks & live music after the stars come out!
F: Farmers Market: There are several Farmer’s Markets that go on in the seasonal months in Tahoe; however one stands above all the rest. The best produce, the best vendors, the best location and prices. Every Tuesday at the American Legion!
G: Grocery Store: Guys, we have to choose our favorite Grocery Store. With so many to choose from in Tahoe, there’s only one that deserves the name of a Local’s Favorite. Quality, prices, and location is what places Safeway above all others!
H: Health Food Store: Grass Roots at the Y. Locally owned, reasonable prices, and some of the best selections of goods and produce in the Basin bar-none. Get your health on and check it out!
I: Ice Cream/Fro-Yo: Again. Rainbow Sprinkles. I’m going there after I get done writing this blog!
J: Just for Fun: Go to South Shore Bikes and rent a bike. Cruise around on the bike paths and forget your worries for the day!
K: The author of this blog is Kari! You can thank her for bringing to you all these AWESOME A-Z Tahoe activities!
L: Lakefront Location: Lakeview Commons, heart of South Lake Tahoe. Free concerts, great family-friendly beach, beach toy rentals, beer, food, and wine all within walking distance? Just say yes!
M: Monday Activity: Pack some hors d’oeuvres (dips, chips, snacks) into a basket, grab your favorite bottle of wine and head down to Baldwin Beach off Emerald Bay Road by Camp Richardson to catch the sunset with your toes in the sand. Afterwards, wander over to The Beacon and treat yourself to a RumRunner!
N: Neighborhood: The Al Tahoe Historic Neighborhood has it all: it’s all within walking distance to two great beaches, eateries, and local boutiques with goods from local artisans. It’s centrally located; and there’s even a historic cemetery!!!
O: Off-Hill Activity/Attraction: Hands-down, the best off-hill activity within reasonable driving distance to Tahoe is Apple Hill! Orchards, fresh produce, pumpkin patches, Lavender farms, wineries…golden rolling hills….what MORE could you NEED for a quick weekend getaway or day trip off the mountain? Don’t miss Historic downtown Placerville!
P: Pizza: Our favorite Pizza Place of the moment is Slice of Sierra Pizza located in the Historic Al Tahoe Neighborhood. It features the best thin crust I’ve ever had in my life; non-GMO ingredients with incredible pizza pie combinations; with an impressive beer and wine list to boot in a GREAT location. Try it out-it’s very unique!
Q: Quest: Our favorite “Quest” in Tahoe is to drive up to Emerald Bay, hike down the gravel switchback trail to the Vikingsholm Castle, and then begin the Rubicon Point Trail and hike the 10-12 miles to the Rubicon Point Lighthouse….all with lake views from beginning to end. Don’t miss this one!
R: Road: If you find yourself with nothing to do on a quiet Fall Sunday; take a drive alone or with a loved-one into Hope Valley on Highway 89. Enjoy the stunning river and meadow views, the Aspens, and make your way up to Carson Pass and eventually on to Kirkwood. Winding roads with stunning vistas and views of Caples Lake are worth the 45 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe. Grab lunch at the Kirkwood Inn or Sorensen’s Resort!
S: Ski: Skiing. Duh!
T: Tour: Take a boat tour into Emerald Bay on the MS Dixie!
U: Up, up, and away!: Take a hot air balloon ride and experience the views of Tahoe like never before!
V: Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Every morning at 10AM; journey on down to Reagan Beach and join the Yoga Circle. Namaste!
W: Wineries: Get in the car. Drive down to Apple Hill/Placerville Area. Pull into Boeger Winery. Thank us later!
X: X-Country Skiing!: Kirkwood has one of the BEST Cross Country ski tracks in the basin bar none. Head on up and get skating!
Y: Head to the “Y” area of the South Shore and embark on a mini-brew tour; all within walking distance. Start at the South Lake Brewing Company; and then make your way back into town and head for Aleworx. Imbibe in pour-your-own tap beers and some flatbread pizza!
Z: Ziplines! Go to Heavenly Mountain Resort and checkout the Blue Streak Zip Line and Canopy Tours! Zip ONNN!!!