Category Archives: South Lake Tahoe Beaches

Tahoe Paradise Park – South Lake Tahoe Park

Hidden among a sleepy little Meyers neighborhood is a storybook park wrapped around beautiful Lake Baron. You must take a moment to enjoy Tahoe Paradise Park when you visit Lake Tahoe.

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Lake Baron – South Lake Tahoe Parks

The heart of Tahoe Paradise Park is a beautiful 9-acre lake favored by locals for both fishing and swimming. You will find few visitors as you soak in the serenity of this alpine lake. Don’t forget your canoes, kayaks and other beach toys when you visit this South Lake Tahoe Park. Lake Baron has a two fish maximum for all anglers.

Paradise Playground - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Paradise Playground – South Lake Tahoe Parks

The children’s playground keeps even the most adventurous kids busy all day. The slides, swings, obstacle course are perfect for every age.

Paradise Picnic Area - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Paradise Picnic Area – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Adjacent to a large picnic area with barbecues, the playground provides an ideal location for family functions, birthday parties or just a relaxing day among friends when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Upper Truckee River Tributary - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Upper Truckee River Tributary – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Tahoe Paradise Park is located between Lake Baron and a tributary of the Upper Truckee River. Paradise Park provides access to the river with a trail running along its banks. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park and on the trail.

Gazebo Location - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Gazebo Location – South Lake Tahoe Parks

If you are looking for a charming outdoor wedding venue, look no further. Vows are shared beneath the majesty of the Sierra Pines overlooking the serenity of Lake Baron.

Lake Baron Wedding Venue - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Lake Baron Wedding Venue – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Paradise Park is host to both wedding ceremonies and receptions nearly every weekend during the late spring, summer and early fall. A clubhouse is available for rent with indoor restrooms and kitchen facilities.

Paradise Tennis Courts - South Lake Tahoe Parks
Paradise Tennis Courts – South Lake Tahoe Parks

Tennis anyone? Tahoe Paradise Park has two beautiful, newly resurfaced tennis courts available for visitors. Hiking trails, tennis, kayaking, picnics and fishing, are all available at Paradise Park. Parking and admission is free!

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Tahoe Paradise Park is located at: 1011 E San Bernardino Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.  Directions – Follow Hwy 50 from South Lake Tahoe to Meyers. Turn right on Apache Drive just before agricultural checkpoint. Turn left when the road ends at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School on E. San Bernardino Ave, head to the end near Lake Baron and the Upper Truckee River.

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Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe – October 1st & 2nd

Beer overflows at the 22nd Annual Oktoberfest in South Lake Tahoe.

Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe
Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Oktoberfest when you visit Lake Tahoe October 1st and 2nd, 2016. Oktoberfest celebrations at Camp Richardson provide entertainment for the whole family. Join locals at Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe to enjoy fabulous food, live music, and the famous Beer and Wine Garden.

Oktoberfest celebrations for the entire family.
Oktoberfest celebrations for the entire family.

Oktoberfest Activities Feature:

  • German Food & Desserts
  • Craft Booths
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Live Music featuring the “Gruber Family Band”
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Costume Contest for you & your dog
Gruber Family Band
Gruber Family Band

Join in the celebrations at Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe located at Camp Richardson Resort. Website: www.camprichardson.com.

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Map to Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe

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Best Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe – The Beacon Bar & Grill

Feel like a local when you visit Lake Tahoe.

The Beacon Bar & Grill is my favorite restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. The Beacon marries great food, friendly service and the perfect atmosphere, creating the best restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.

Drinks at the Beacon Bar & Grill
Drinks at the Beacon Bar & Grill

Enjoy live music and outdoor seating on the beach with unobstructed views of the entire lake. Generous umbrellas provide shade on super sunny days, while fire pits and elegant heaters keep you comfy when it gets chilly. Sunset at Lake Tahoe is an unforgettable event and the Beacon Bar & Grill offers premium seating for each evening show.

Beacon Bar & Grill Outdoor seating
Beacon Bar & Grill Outdoor seating

The Beacon offers typical pub food with gourmet flavor. You will find appetizers like Deep Fried Calamari or Chipotle Shrimp & Sausage Nachos for under $20.  Lunch entrees include the best fish & chips in South Lake Tahoe for $14. Dinner surf and turf offerings for dinner range from Clam Chowder in a bread bowl for only $10 to Filet Mignon for $39. Kids will enjoy tasty treats like Slider Burgers or Mac & Cheese from the children’s menu.

Beacon Bar & Grill Indoor Dining
Beacon Bar & Grill Indoor Dining

The Beacon Bar & Grill has a full service bar with HDTVs tuned to your favorite sporting event. Try their house special Rum Runner, absolutely the best Rum Runner on the planet!

Beacon Bar & Grill Rum Runner
Beacon Bar & Grill Rum Runner

The Beacon Bar & Grill is located in Historic Camp Richardson Resort at 1900 Jameson Beach Road. From South Lake Tahoe take Highway 89 toward Emerald Bay. You will find the turn off for the Beacon Bar & Grill approximately 2.6 miles from the ‘Y’ in South Lake Tahoe.

Map to the Beacon Bar & Grill
Map to the Beacon Bar & Grill

The Beacon Bar & Grill is open 7 days a week from 10:30 am to close. Live music is feature from 1-5pm every day (except Tuesday) during the summer.

Tahoe & the Three Bears

Move over Goldilocks, Lake Tahoe bears are not waiting for you and your friends to get off the beach. This momma bear and her cubs are ready for a swim and a snack.

Pope Beach Swim
Pope Beach Swim

Visit Lake Tahoe this summer and you may get a peek at our favorite forest neighbors. Three Tahoe black bears visited Pope Beach on Thursday to the surprise and delight of many two legged visitors.  Beach-goers respectfully maintained their distance as the trio cooled off in the water then made their way to the picnic area for a treat.

Looking for a picnic basket
Looking for a picnic basket

Lake Tahoe bears are a wonder to behold but let me caution you. Bears can be extremely dangerous to human beings if you get in a confrontation with them. People can be very dangerous to Lake Tahoe bears if you feed them. When bears become comfortable around people they are emboldened and will continue to visit populated areas placing people at risk. If a bear creates a nuisance, authorities will tag and re-locate the bear to a more remote habitat. If the bear continues to frequent areas populated with human beings, the bear could end up being euthanized. So please, do not encourage bears to co-habit with people by feeding them, this could ultimately lead to their demise.

Protect Lake Tahoe bears
Protect Lake Tahoe bears

Come visit Lake Tahoe during the summer and you may get a peak at one of our forest neighbors. It is certainly an unforgettable experience. Visit http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/08/04/mama-bear-2-cubs-join-the-crowd-at-lake-tahoe-beach/ to learn more about momma & her two cubs at Pope Beach.

 

 

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Valhalla Music Festival

Valhalla Tahoe – Music, Art & Theater

Vahalla Boatouse

You will LOVE the Valhalla Music Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe. The historic Valhalla Boathouse, located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, sets the stage for an intimate evening of music and community.  When the boathouse doors are opened, theater goers have a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe.

Valhalla Music Festival - Inside the Boathouse

Most events take place in the gorgeously refurbished boathouse, but others take place on the Grand Lawn or Valhalla Grand Hall. The Grand Lawn and Valhalla Grand Hall may also be reserved for Lake Tahoe weddings and other special events.

Valhalla Music Festival - Grand Lawn

Enjoy Free Live Music on the Grand Lawn                                                            Sunday, July 17th from 12 to 2 pm

Local singer-songwriter Darren Senn will delight and entertain with his bluesy, folksy sound. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join the fun.

When you visit the Tallac Historic Site, or walk there from either Baldwin Beach or Camp Richardson, you will see upcoming concerts and plays advertised beside the Valhalla Boathouse. You may also join in art shows, classes and community events that take place during the summer months.

Valhalla music lineup

Coming Events of the Valhalla Music Festival and Valhalla Tahoe

Tahoe Improv Players – Theater in the Boathouse – Tickets $12

July 19th & August 2nd at 7:30 pm

California Songwriter Celebration – Featuring Blackie Farrell, Randall Lamb and Richard March – Music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

July 20th at 7:30 pm

Hamlet, Russians and Monkeys – Theater in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

July 21-24 & August 6-7 at 7:30 pm

Izzy Tooinsky – A Toymaker’s Journey Through The Gold Rush – Vaudeville for kids in the Boathouse- Tickets $20 & $28

July 17th at 7:30 pm

Carolyn Dolan with members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra – Jazz music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 3rd at 7:30 pm

Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams – Country music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 10th at 7:30 pm

Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner – Valhalla Grand Hall – Tickets $70 & $125

August 13th at 5:30 pm

Rita Hosking Trio – Folk music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 17th at 7:30 pm

Molly’s Revenge – Celtic music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 24th at 7:30 pm

Little Faith – Gospel music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 31st at 7:30 pm

For more information about music and theater events at Valhalla Tahoe and to purchase tickets visit https://valhallatahoe.com. For more information about the Tallac Historic Site visit http://www.tahoeheritage.org/events-and-programs-2/tallac-historic-site.

 

Hidden beach at Cove East – Local Secret

Can you keep a secret?  Neither can I……

Saturday, July 9th I was looking for a spot to enjoy the beach with the kids. The parking lots at El Dorado Beach were full by 10:30. Pope Beach was turning away cars at 11 am. Of course everyone wants to hang at the beach on a Saturday in the middle of July. So, where to go…

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Cove East

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Cove East is a hidden cove and South Lake Tahoe beach in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood. Cove East is a California Conservancy restoration project area with habitats galore. Bring your little scientist, bird watcher, and botanist. The hiking path into the cove meanders through meadows filled with wildflowers and a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.

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The beach is adjacent to the mouth of the marina and deep water inlet of Lake Tahoe. Because of the low water levels, the water does not meet the beach. However, there are many connected sand bars that you can picnic along and play in the water. There is ample room to spread out and enjoy time with your friends and family.

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The Cove East hidden South Lake Tahoe beach is found at the end of a lovely, flat, wide trail that is about 1/3 mile long. The Cove East trail is perfect for strollers, bicycles with training wheels, and even electric wheel chairs. Dogs are welcome on a leash. There is no drinking water, picnic tables, BBQ pits or bathrooms provided. So use the restroom before you head down the path, and pack in some water and treats. There are dog waste disposal stations.

Cove East

In spite of its hidden reputation, Cove East is quite easy to locate. From highway 50, take Tahoe Keys Boulevard. Take a right at Venice Boulevard. Follow Venice Boulevard to the end. At the end of the cul-de-sac you will see the Tahoe Keys Yacht Club on the left and the Cove East trail on the right. Park somewhere along Venice Boulevard. Enjoy one of our local secrets – Cove East.

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Visit Lake Tahoe!

Visiting Lake Tahoe is always a good idea.

Please take a moment to explore some of the best places to visit in Lake Tahoe. This website is updated to focus on the current season. Each recommendation is written from the viewpoint of a local resident – me!

This video was made by The Beacon Bar & Grill on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Just a taste of what the best places have to offer when you visit Lake Tahoe.