Ski Lake Tahoe – Ski Resorts Open Soon

Winter is coming and it’s time to make plans to visit Lake Tahoe. Ski Resorts are preparing for the best season of the year – Ski Season!

Opening Day around Lake Tahoe is dependent on mother nature. However, the following ski resorts have set a target opening day to make sure they are ready to make your ski dreams come true. So, where would you like to go when you visit Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
Lake Tahoe Ski Resort map
North-West Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

  northstar-logo Northstar: November 18, 2016

 alpine-logo Alpine Meadows: November 11

 SquawValley_3D_4c_Blk-large Squaw Valley: November 11

North-East Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

mt-roseMt. Rose: October 31, 2016

diamond-peak-logo Diamond Peak: December 15

South Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

 heavenly-logoHeavenly: November 18, 2016

 KirkwoodLogo_3  Kirkwood: November 18, 2016

 sierra-at-tahoe  Sierra at Tahoe: November 25, 2016

West Lake Tahoe – Opening Day

homewood  Homewood: December 9, 2016

Truckee (Outside North Lake Tahoe) – Opening Day

tahoe-donnerTahoe Donner: December 9

donner-ski-ranchDonner Ski Ranch: December 3

borealBoreal: October 28

sugar-bowl Sugar Bowl: December 10

  soda-springs Soda Springs:  November 24

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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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Taylor Creek Visitor Center

If you are looking for a fantastic and free family activity when you visit Lake Tahoe, be sure to take in the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. This is an interpretive learning center that the whole family will enjoy (including leashed pets). There are four flat and easy trail loops that explore the wetlands and wildlife habitats adjacent to South Lake Tahoe.

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Fall highlights include the spawning run of the Kokanee Salmon and the brilliant red and gold colors of the Aspen trees. If you are fortunate (and careful) you may also see local black bears that come to feed on the salmon. Bald Eagles, Beavers, Raccoons, Deer, Ducks and other wildlife also frequent the creek area.

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The Stream Profile Chamber (people aquarium) is an attraction which allows people to walk down into an underground chamber and view the stream habitat as it flows on the other side of glass walls, around the curved room. Kids can see the trout and crayfish swimming below the water and the beaver dam above.

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The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is open from Memorial Day through October and is closed in the winter. This is an excellent Lake Tahoe family activity. There is ample parking, restrooms and the trails are wheelchair accessible.

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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.

Map to the Beacon Bar & Grill
Map to Camp Richardson’s Oktoberfest in Lake Tahoe

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Wally’s Huddle Grill and Tavern

Local Roadside Beer Garden – Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe

When you visit Lake Tahoe, a good way to get a feel for the nostalgia of 1950’s Tahoe and rub shoulders with the locals, would be to stop in at Wally’s Huddle Grill and Tavern. Formerly known as “Sam’s” for many years, Wally’s Huddle is located on Highway 50 in Marla Bay, between Roundhill and the Zephyr Cove Resort.

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Recently remodeled and open for business, Wally’s offers pub fare such as fish and chips, burgers and pizzas. The selection of draft beers on tap is limited but they offer a Tahoe Pale Ale that is quite tasty. Sit by the fireplace or, in nicer weather, enjoy the waterfall and beer garden out back.

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Our visit included chips and salsa, fish and chips, a French dip sandwich with fries, two iced teas and a Tahoe Pale Ale and the bill came to $35.56. The prices are good and the food was very good. The customer service was also pleasant.

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There is ample seating at the bar to watch a game and socialize or there are plenty of tables to enjoy a bite with friends. Play a game of pool and unwind in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at this restaurant in South Lake Tahoe.

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If you are going….

Wally’s is located at 611 Hwy 50,  Zephyr Cove,  NV 89448.

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Map to Wally’s Huddle – Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe

 

 

 

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Celebrities arrive in South Lake Tahoe – Lake Tahoe Summit

Obama, Feinstein and The Killers – Oh My!

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You may run into celebrities when you visit Lake Tahoe.  Trump sold out his event at Harrah’s on August 26th starting off a week of political celebrities in South Lake Tahoe. President Obama will arrive on August 31st for the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit and will speak at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena following a concert by The Killers.

20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit
20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit

Politicians who represent both California and Nevada, including their governors, will visit Lake Tahoe in bi-partisan support of protecting our beautiful  environment. Tickets for the event are still available at Ticketmaster. Come for the Summit, or the music and stay for the fun. Enjoy our restaurants and stay at one of our great hotels.

Harvey's Outdoor Arena
Harvey’s Outdoor Arena

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Life is Sweeter in Incline Village – Incline Village Lake Tahoe

Life is sweeter when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Ernie Feld is the head pastry chef and owner of Ernie’s International Pastries in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. He has been operating his successful bakery in Incline Village since 1976. Come try a Poppy Seed Strudel, one of his specialties.

Ernie Feld
Ernie Feld

Ernie learned to cook in Lucenec, Czechoslovakia, where he was born in 1925. Yes, Ernie is 91 years old. Ernie’s mother ran a restaurant in town. In 1942 the Nazis rounded up all the Jews in Czechoslovakia, including young Ernie.

Ernie's Bakery
Ernie’s Bakery

As a teenager Ernie baked exclusively for the Third Reich who held him captive during World War 2.  Ernie had a skill the German’s valued and requested that the Germans send him additional captives to work in his kitchen, saving many souls from certain death.  During Ernie’s time in captivity many other members of his family were sent to Auschwitz and never seen again.

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Outdoor seating

Ernie has been feeding the residents and visitors of Incline Village, Lake Tahoe since 1976. He speaks seven languages and is often asked to take a picture with young tourists. Ernie is ready for a little relaxation and has put his business up for sale.  To read the full story of Ernie Feld visit the Las Vegas Review Journal. To try one of his treats, visit Ernie’s International Pastries, 120 Country Club Drive,  Incline Village.

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Lake Tahoe Rubicon Trail

Recently, while visiting Lake Tahoe,  I turned 50 years old. My children don’t believe it and opine that I was around when the Tahoe Basin was carved out by glaciers. Anyway, I really wanted to hike the Rubicon Trail for my birthday and approached my beautiful wife with the idea. After thinking about it for half a nanosecond or so and having the enthusiasm of someone forced to spend the entire day at the DMV, she reluctantly acquiesced, deciding that I needed supervision after the Eagle Lake episode.

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The 6.6 mile trail starts at Vikingsholm Castle at the tip of Emerald Bay and ends at DL Bliss State Park. The trail runs right along the shoreline or within view of Lake Tahoe almost its entire distance. The walk took us three hours from 0840 to 1140 and according to my beautiful chaperone, was one of the most beautiful hikes she has ever been on. For comparison purposes, I have dragged her through Yosemite Valley and the Bavarian Alps and this walk was one of her favorites.

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It is hard to state the breathtaking beauty of this walk and pictures cannot do it justice. In my opinion, the Rubicon is one of the best hiking trails in Lake Tahoe. It is a moderate, mostly flat hike with some gradual grades. The steepest part of the trek is the first mile down from the parking lot to Vikingsholm Castle. I recommend leaving a car at DL Bliss State Park and then, parking a second car, starting your journey from The Vikingsholm/Eagle Falls parking lot. This way, your steepest grade is downhill.

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We traveled on August 15th and the weather was perfect although by the end of the hike we were very warm. We each used about a quart of water. I cannot overstate the importance of getting here as early as possible. After 9:00 AM, the parking lots are full and the highway is jammed. It cost $10.00 to park in each parking lot but it was well worth it. At the end of the journey, there were flush toilets and sinks at the DL Bliss Parking lot instead of the plastic porta-potties at the Eagle Falls parking lot. There are vault toilets at Vikingsholm Castle which is very much worth the extra time to see when you visit Lake Tahoe.

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The trail itself was dusty but unforgettable. Remember to stop frequently and just soak in the breathtaking views. Much of the hike is in the shade or near the water so it keeps you cool. If you go, have been, or want to visit Lake Tahoe, I would love your perspective and input. Happy trails!

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Here is a one-page trail map you can print and take with you: http://www.tahoeadventuresports.com/hikeindex/west/rubiconmapandprofile.htm

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Heidi’s Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe

You cannot go wrong stopping in for breakfast at Heidi’s when you visit Lake Tahoe. Heidi’s restaurant features hearty breakfasts in a Scandinavian inspired atmosphere. The distinct yellow chalet can be found in the center of South Lake Tahoe in the Bijou shopping center right next to the CVS pharmacy. You can’t miss the bright yellow chalet right next to Highway 50/South Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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The interior is covered with hardwood, knotty pine and features numerous wooden booths for seating. You would expect to see a Black Forrest cuckoo clock on the wall, reminiscent of Bavaria. There is a mural of the Matterhorn to complete the setting.

Heidis dining room

I had the opportunity to take a beautiful woman out to breakfast the other day and we stopped into Heidi’s which was very busy but it was only moments for a table. The service was excellent and the food high quality and plentiful. You will not be leaving here hungry. In addition to breakfast, Heidi’s has a wide variety of food options including lunch items.

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My wife chose the chicken fried steak and eggs and I opted for the Joe’s Special omelet. With a coffee and an iced tea, the bill came to $37.55. Although the restaurant had a lot of hustle and bustle, moving diners in and out, we were not made to feel rushed and the servers were attentive.

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We both enjoyed our meals and would recommend stopping at Heidi’s Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. Come enjoy our hospitality!

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Heidi’s Menu: http://heidislaketahoe.com/?page_id=11

Open Daily
7am-2pm
(530) 544-8113

3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA
96150

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Zephyr Cove Park – South Lake Tahoe Gem

Zephyr Cove Park is a must visit if you have children, tennis players, disc golfers or hikers with you when you visit Lake Tahoe.

Zephyr Cove Park - Picnic Gazebo
Zephyr Cove Park – Picnic Gazebo

Zephyr Cove Park is the perfect place for a picnic and barbecue. There are picnic tables everywhere, by the tennis courts, by the ball field, by the volleyball court, by the disc golf course and by the playground. There are picnic areas that are more secluded, away from activities as well. You will also find a huge group picnic area. Because of its hidden location, many tourists have never heard of Zephyr Cove Park, so there is usually plenty of room for everyone.

Zephyr Cove Park - tennis courts
Zephyr Cove Park – tennis courts

You will find the following amenities at Zephyr Cove Park:

  • Picnic tables
  • Barbecue facilities
  • 6 tennis courts
  • Softball/soccer field
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Hiking trails
  • Sledding hills
  • 18 hole disc golf course
  • Volleyball court
  • Restrooms
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Zephyr Cove Park – playground

Parking is free. Hiking is free. Sledding is free. Playing is free. Everything is free, thanks to the generosity or the local residents of Douglas County. Come enjoy our hospitality!

Zephyr Cove Park - softball & soccer field
Zephyr Cove Park – softball & soccer field

Zephyr Cove Park is located 4.6 miles from the California/Nevada state line, in Nevada. Travel north from South Lake Tahoe on highway 50 for 4.6 miles. You will see Zephyr Cove Resort and Beach on your left. Take the next right (at the fire house) onto Warrior Way. You will see an elementary school on your left and the park facilities on your right. If you turn right immediately on Warrior Way you can park in the rear by the Playground, picnic areas, and disc golf course. If you take the second right, you can park by the library, tennis courts and softball/soccer field.

Zephyr Cove Park - map
Zephyr Cove Park – map