A trip to escape. The “Weekend getaway!”. Whether you swim, fish, sail or simply relax on its shores, you’ll be wowed by the overwhelming beauty of Lake Tahoe. Famous for its cobalt-blue water and surrounding snow-capped peaks.
“To breathe the same air as the angels, you must go to Tahoe” – Mark Twain
My cousins’ happen to be visiting me this month. What better way than to take your “jet-lagged” family on a little over a 3 hour drive from San Francisco, away from the noise and constant commotion of the city to a serene “getaway”. As any other visitors, we went with intent on low-key sightseeing, hiking, camping, and boating. So let’s get away this weekend –
We started our journey with South Lake Tahoe as destination. It’s raison d’être is tourism: the casinos of adjacent Stateline, Nevada; the ski slopes at Heavenly Mountain; the beaches, docks, bike trails, and campgrounds all around the south shore.
We stayed at Sunnyside Resort, which is a modern lodge-style resort overlooking the west shores of Lake Tahoe. The rooms were beautiful with rustic-chic decor and lake view. The Manager was kind enough to upgrade our lake “side-view” room to a bigger suite with “full” lake view. The even had their own bar along with fireplace! (Isn’t that chandelier simply gorgeous!!!)
So, after lounging around for a while, we were ready to hit the streets. Since, we were greeted by rains that evening, we decided to walk around town. And, to our surprise, we found Rosie’s Cafe – a quirky place with all sorts of vintage bikes and mechanical art hanging off the ceiling.
The rains finally stopped next day and we woke up to a really bright and warm day. After a quick breakfast at resort, we rounded out the trip with actually going and seeing the Lake and taking up couple of trails. We started off with the especially majestic, Emerald Bay. It displays the lake at its best!
On the scenic, winding highway around Emerald Bay, be sure to pay attention to the signs and pull off into the large parking lot and vista for Emerald Bay Vikingsholm Trail. This is not one vacation stop that you can just drive up to, you have to earn the trip here. The nice steep hike down is not for the weak at heart because the hike back up will get you if you are not in shape. Add the elevation and you can see you can run in to problems here. But the view of cyrstal clear lake is fantastic.
Set at the bottom of Emerald Bay is the beautiful Vikingsholm Castle, a fascinating study in architecture. Between the thatched roofs with grass growing on top to the circular build of the house, you will think you are viewing a house from 17th century Scotland. The house was built by a Scandinavian owner with a tea-house on Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe.
After the hike back up, we decided to take a short and easy trail to Lower Eagle Falls. It’s absolutely gorgeous and breakthtaking. Gives a panoramic view of the Emerald Bay and sparkling Eagle Falls.
All in a day’s (day and a half or so) fun! So we ended with a little less R&R and more fun-&-fun! Whether you’re visiting the Lake Tahoe area in winter or summer, these resorts live up to their promise of adventure. Don’t come here to relax — come to be reinvigorated, enlightened and to feel alive.
On way to Lake Tahoe, we took a short break in small town called Placerville and decided to get some lunch in Buttercup Pantry Restaurant. It’s a cute country style cafe with goofy interiors like Vintage tin signs, fruit crate art, old cash registers, vintage gum machines and antique gas pumps. A great stopover!!