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Dog Wash of Tahoe

Give your dog a treat when you visit Lake Tahoe. Take him to Dog Wash of Tahoe.

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The Dog Wash of Tahoe is the Cheers Bar for dogs. Dogs love to go where everybody knows their name, and they’re always glad you came…

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Did you run out the door without time to give your dog a bath? Perhaps your dog took a dip in the lake and now resembles a mudpie. The Dog Wash of Tahoe will pamper your pooch with friendship and individualized care.

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The Dog Wash of Tahoe is a family business run by David & Jamie.

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David & Jamie have been bathing my 9 month old puppy for the past six months. When I arrive at the shop, Miwok pulls me to the front door, anxious to visit with all his friends at the Dog Wash of Tahoe.

Miwok at 7 months old with my daughter Emma.

The Dog Wash of Tahoe is a favorite among Tahoe locals, and can be quite busy at times. I recommend you make an appointment, if possible. The staff is great at fitting you in! (530) 542-2969

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If you prefer to bathe your dog yourself, no problem! The Dog Wash of Tahoe is open for self-bathing as well. Stop on by during normal business hours Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Miwok headed home, clean and calm.

DOG WASH OF TAHOE is located at 3455-B Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150. The shop is located directly behind CVS, on the west side of the street.

Ski with a Ranger when you visit Lake Tahoe!

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The US Forest Service Conservation staff is skiing the mountain every Friday to help educate the public about the mission of the Forest Service in managing public land used for skiing. Rangers spend an hour skiing with visitors, while leading an interpretive tour of Heavenly Mountain, to improve understanding of the issues facing our natural resources, and promote the stewardship of our national treasures.  

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Ski Heavenly and join the fun each Friday at 1 pm through March 27th.  You will meet up with your ranger at the Tamarack Lodge located at the top of Heavenly’s Gondola. Be sure to arrive early. Groups are small, only 12 skiers each. You need to have a Heavenly Ski pass for the day, and be an intermediate level skier. Heavenly Ski passes will cost some change but the interpretive tour with a Forest Ranger is FREE! For more information about this amazing opportunity contact Eliza C. Escobar at 530-543-2730 or visit

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If you’re going… You will need to get to the Gondola located in Heavenly Village on US-50 about two blocks before the California/Nevada state line. Before you can take the Gondola up the mountain to Tamarack Lodge you will need to find parking. Heavenly offers free parking at California Lodge, Stagecoach Lodge, and Boulder Lodge. From these parking areas you can take a free shuttle to the Gondola. Enjoy!

Map provided by Vale Resorts.

The Fairest Picture the Whole Earth Affords

The Fairest Picture video by Justin Majeczky – Click on picture to watch video.

Samuel L. Clemens first visited Lake Tahoe in 1861. His impressions of this heavenly landscape are memorialized in his book Roughing It written using his pen name, Mark Twain. Justin Majeczky created the video Fairest Picture, which beautifully summarizes the raw emotion Twain conveys in his writings. Come visit Lake Tahoe and enjoy the majesty that inspired Twain’s tribute to this stunning lake.

Fairest Picture wirtten by David C. Antonucci.

“Fairest Picture is the book Mark Twain fans and Lake Tahoe enthusiasts have longed for.” Written by David C. Antonucci, this single volume connects Twain and his beloved Lake Tahoe. 

Roughing It by Mark Twain memorializes his time in Lake Tahoe.

Roughing It was published in San Francisco in 1872. Rich illustrations bring this volume alive with both the wondrous untouched nature of Nevada and California, and the interesting cross-section of humanity encountered by Twain. Roughing It contains Twain’s personal narrative of his travels as a vagabond between the years of 1861 and 1866, including his time visiting Lake Tahoe. Roughing It is available in paperback or for free online through the Project Gutenberg. Come visit Lake Tahoe and see for yourself.

The Best Family Sledding in South Lake Tahoe is FREE!

Take all the kids sledding, the four-legged ones too, when you visit Lake Tahoe!

Miwok loves chasing his frisbee.

Tahoe Rim Trail – Kingsbury North Trailhead is an excellent place to take children, pets, and adults of all ages.

Located at one of the entrances to US Forestry land offering a multitude of sledding, tubing and riding options.

Kingsbury north trailhead entrance for the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Great place to learn to snowboard.

The parking is abundant and free. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate, a couple of camping chairs and capture the photos of a lifetime. Public restrooms are provided.

Public restrooms are provided for your use.

This location is not frequented by many tourists, so enjoy the serenity.

Perhaps you are interested in doing some snow hiking. Park your car, put on your snow shoes and enjoy the scenery along the Daggett Loop Trail.

The parking lot at the end of Andria Lane.

If your preference runs toward motorized toys, this end of the road location is the perfect place to launch some fun.

You will find the Tahoe Rim Trail – Kingsbury North Trailhead at the end of Andria Lane. Bring your family and play a while!

Travel North on Highway 50 out of South Lake Tahoe into Nevada. Take a right on Kingsbury Grade/SR 207. About ¼ mile before you get to the summit, take a left on North Benjamin lane. North Benjamin becomes Andria after a couple blocks. You will be traveling through a neighborhood. Do not worry, you are going the right way. When you get to the end of Andria Lane you have arrived. Enjoy the forest and be sure to bring back with you everything that you brought in.

Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cocktail

Make yourself a Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cocktail when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Wendy’s Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cocktail


1 ounce Peppermint Schnapps

2 ounces Creme de Cocoa

3 ounces Baileys

4 ounces water

1 Candy cane (crushed for rim)


1.  Place candy cane in a plastic Ziplock bag and smash it into candy cane dust with a hammer. This is especially therapeutic after encountering a sullen 15-year-old female.

2.  Rim two martini glasses with the crushed candy cane pieces. I used simple syrup and was able to rim the glasses early in the day before company arrived, but water works as well.

3.  Add about 6 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker.

4.  Add the 3 liqueurs and water into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into the two prepared glasses and enjoy!

*You can also put these ingredients into a Hydroflask, shake, and enjoy. (Skip the crushed candy cane when using a Hydroflask.) This is especially nice while watching the New Years Eve fireworks at 9 pm on the Nevada side of the the state line.*

Build a Snowman When You Visit Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is open for snow sports!

Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland. Skiers and boarders are flocking to our alpine paradise now that most ski resorts are open for business. Perhaps you would rather spend the day building a snowman. Use this link to find both fee and free sledding options for snow bunnies of every size.

OPEN! Boreal Mountain Resort has a 16″ base on 12/4
OPEN! Diamond has a 21″ base on 12/4
Donner Ski Ranch opens on 12/14.
OPEN! Heavenly has a 39″ base on 12/4 .
Homewood opens December 6th, and has a 15″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Kirkwood has a 56″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Mt. Rose has a 28″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Northstar has a 38″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Sierra has a 43″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Soda Springs has a 40″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Squaw Valley has a 21″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Sugar Bowl has a 27″ base on 12/4 .
OPEN! Tahoe Donner has a 36″ base on 12/4 .

Basecamp Beer Garden & Outpost Brewing Company – The best sort of funky

Basecamp Beer Garden

Basecamp Beer Garden is a casual beer establishment in the heart of the Casino Corridor of South Lake Tahoe. Its chill “hang out” vibe provides the perfect environment to make new acquaintances when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Airstream Music Stage

In the courtyard you will enjoy live music from the Airstream Music Stage every night during the summer, and when weather permits the rest of the year. Come partake of Open Mic Night on Monday and Wednesday evenings, at the indoor stage adjoining the taproom.

Outpost Brewing Company Taproom

The beer flows unhindered at the Outpost Brewing Company. They offer a nice variety of beers, including a selection of their signature beers on tap and those from other local breweries. Service is always very friendly, and the Beer Garden is extremely well maintained. Check out Happy Hour, it will not disappoint!

Tasty Bar Food

The Outpost Brewing Company provides good bar food with interesting offerings. I recommend trying the Chicken Bratwurst, goat cheese macaroni, and Kombucha on tap. If you are only here for the beer, then grab an order of Pretzel Bites. You can thank me later.

Indoor seating

Seating is abundant at the Basecamp Beer Garden. There is indoor seating at the bar, small tables, couches, and long communal style tables. Outdoor seating includes picnic tables, table groups of four or six, and clusters of lounging chairs surrounding the firepits and game areas.  There is plenty of room for dancing in front of the Airstream Music Stage.

Outdoor seating around fire pit

Basecamp Beer Garden is kid & pet friendly, so bring all your small family members. At the Outpost Brewing Company smoothies and hot chocolate are just what the kids are hoping for. Don’t forget the Pretzel Bites, a snack the whole family can appreciate. Free courtyard activities include corn hole, ping pong, and board games.

Ping Pong is one of the many free activities available at Basecamp Beer Garden

Parking can be a real drag around Basecamp Beer Garden, due to its popular location. If you are not staying at the hotel, I recommend you park at Harvey’s Casino across the street and walk over. Parking is not free but its safe and convenient. Most of the year, you can park in the rear lot of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for free. You will have to walk an extra block, but it’s Tahoe where the air is clean and the view is spectacular.

Located on the corner of Stateline Ave. and Cedar Ave.

Basecamp Beer Garden & Outpost Brewing Company are tucked back on a side street right against the California/Nevada state line. Take Hwy 50 from South Lake Tahoe toward the Nevada state line. Turn left onto Stateline Avenue. You will find the Basecamp Beer Garden at the corner of Stateline Avenue and Cedar Avenue. The address for Basecamp Beer Garden & Outpost Brewing Company is 4143 Cedar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, California.

4143 Cedar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, California


Tiny Tots playground

Bring the entire family to Kahle Park when you visit Lake Tahoe. You will find something for everyone at this high mountain respite.

Beautiful views from Kahle Park

Kahle Park consists of 19 acres of lush Tahoe forest and meadow located adjacent to Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade/SR 207. Kahle Park is home to the Kahle Community Center. If you are arriving in Tahoe via east Highway 50, this is the perfect rest stop for the whole family.

Kahle Trail

You will find the following amenities at Kahle Park:

Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic tables
  • Group picnic pavilion
  • Softball/Baseball field
  • 2 Soccer fields
  • 2 Playgrounds
  • Hiking trails
  • Sledding hills
  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball Hoops
  • Restrooms
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian path to Nevada Beach

Kahle Community Center

You will find the following amenities at Kahle Community Center:

Weight room at Kahle Community Center
  • Indoor Playground
  • Full gym with weight room and indoor running track
  • Kids club drop in classes
  • Rock Wall
  • Air Hockey, Table Tennis, Foosball and Video Games
  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball courts
  • Facility Rental
  • Indoor Restrooms
Soccer and volleyball fields

Kahle Park and Community Center is located 0.9 miles from the California/Nevada state line, in Nevada. Travel north from South Lake Tahoe on highway 50 for 0.9 miles. You will have just passed the Lakeside Casino on your left. Take the next right (at the light) onto Kahle Drive. You will see county buildings on the right, follow the drive into the parking lot of Kahle Park.

Plenty of free parking at Kahle Park

If it is a busy weekend, there is additional parking in the parking structure adjacent to the county buildings. Parking is free! Come enjoy our hospitality!

Kahle Community Center is located at 236 Kingsbury Grade Rd, Stateline, NV 89449 .

Mt Rose is Open!

Hit the slopes when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Mt. Rose has the highest base elevation for ski resorts in Lake Tahoe.

The Lake Tahoe ski season is officially open. Mt. Rose is traditionally the first ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area to open its lifts. With a base elevation of 8,260 feet, Mt. Rose is able to make snow that will last.

Snow guns working overtime to get ready for opening day at Mt. Rose.

Opening dates scheduled for Lake Tahoe resorts:

        Boreal Mountain Resort               11/13

           Diamond Peak                               12/12

             Donner Ski Ranch                         12/20

                Heavenly Mountain Resort 11/22      

                 Homewood Mountain Resort 12/14

                       Kirkwood                                  11/24

                         Mt. Rose                             10/25

                          Northstar California           11/22

                             Sierra-at-Tahoe                11/30

                               Soda Springs                      11/16

                               Squaw Valley                    11/15

                                  Sugar Bowl                11/30

                                 Tahoe Donner Ski Resort 12/13

Thank You Veterans!

Up to 40% off for veterans and active duty military who book on during Veteran’s Day weekend!

Caesars Entertainment values the courage and sacrifice of United States active-duty military personnel and veterans. Caesars Entertainment will deduct an extra 10% off the price of your stay (in addition to any other sale or hotel deals applied to your reservations) at their many locations including beautiful Lake Tahoe.


Lake Tahoe properties

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

South Shore Room

Home of the South Shore Room presenting top-notch entertainment for the past 50 years. This intimate venue is the perfect place to catch a show, whether your taste runs toward rock, blues, country or the classics.

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe 

Artist rendering of planned Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.

Home of the new Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant. Internationally renowned chef Gordon Ramsay is opening his third Hell’s Kitchen restaurant right here in Lake Tahoe this winter. Harvey’s Resort & Casino is renovating the historic Sage Room for occupancy of the new Hell’s Kitchen.  Now taking reservations for Hell’s Kitchen.


  • Hotel Discount: Military Discount is available at Caesars Entertainment participating hotels located within the US. Exclusions apply. 
Las Vegas property


  • U.S. Military
  • Active duty service member
  • Veteran
  • Military spouse


  • First Responders
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Government Employees

This Veterans Day make reservations to come visit Lake Tahoe!