William and Ann’s guidebook

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William and Ann’s guidebook

Sightseeing
Neighborhood walk to the lake leads you to the local park overlooking the water. Less than 15 minute walk. If you walk about 10 min from the house down San Francisco to Argonaut Ave, there’s an entrance to the meadows. You can also take Stanford to get to Upper Truckee Marsh and take Lake Valley Trail that treks through the meadows down to the beach.
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Thomas F Regan Memorial City Beach
3199 Sacramento Ave
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Neighborhood walk to the lake leads you to the local park overlooking the water. Less than 15 minute walk. If you walk about 10 min from the house down San Francisco to Argonaut Ave, there’s an entrance to the meadows. You can also take Stanford to get to Upper Truckee Marsh and take Lake Valley Trail that treks through the meadows down to the beach.
It's a beautiful beach situated just a 45 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe, on Lake Tahoe's east shore. There is a new paved 2.5-mile Eastshore Tahoe trail from Sand Harbor to Tunnel Creek Cafe near Incline Village. It's a great place for a bit of respite and to grab a beer.
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Sand Harbor Beach
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It's a beautiful beach situated just a 45 minute drive from South Lake Tahoe, on Lake Tahoe's east shore. There is a new paved 2.5-mile Eastshore Tahoe trail from Sand Harbor to Tunnel Creek Cafe near Incline Village. It's a great place for a bit of respite and to grab a beer.
Open late Spring to early Fall. Scenic trail along the water that connects DL Bliss and Emerald Bay. Option to do a smaller loop for a less extensive hike. $10 parking. Just under a 30 minute drive to DL Bliss State Park
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Rubicon Trailhead
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Open late Spring to early Fall. Scenic trail along the water that connects DL Bliss and Emerald Bay. Option to do a smaller loop for a less extensive hike. $10 parking. Just under a 30 minute drive to DL Bliss State Park
Great for first-timers. This can be a quick photo op or you can make it a day's adventure. Option to hike down to the beach where the Vikingsholm historic castle is located. You can rent a kayak to circle around the island or simply have a picnic at the beach. Parking can be difficult, so arrive early!
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Emerald Bay
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Great for first-timers. This can be a quick photo op or you can make it a day's adventure. Option to hike down to the beach where the Vikingsholm historic castle is located. You can rent a kayak to circle around the island or simply have a picnic at the beach. Parking can be difficult, so arrive early!
Arrive early to park near the trailhead. You can also cross the highway for a view of Emerald Bay.
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Eagle Falls Trailhead
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Arrive early to park near the trailhead. You can also cross the highway for a view of Emerald Bay.
Great views without much effort. Where mountains, forest, and waters meet.
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Kiva Beach
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Great views without much effort. Where mountains, forest, and waters meet.
Open late Spring to early Fall. Recommend the unpaved trail (Lake of the Sky Trail) to Kiva Beach and Tallac Point along the south shore of Lake Tahoe for views of the water, marsh, and mountainous landscape. Option for the easier paved trail (Rainbow Trail) that meanders through the marsh and creek. This latter trail also has an underground viewing chamber to see trout and spawning salmon in early October. Free parking.
Taylor Creek
Open late Spring to early Fall. Recommend the unpaved trail (Lake of the Sky Trail) to Kiva Beach and Tallac Point along the south shore of Lake Tahoe for views of the water, marsh, and mountainous landscape. Option for the easier paved trail (Rainbow Trail) that meanders through the marsh and creek. This latter trail also has an underground viewing chamber to see trout and spawning salmon in early October. Free parking.
Local hike about 10 minutes away, just before you reach Heavenly village, that borders the Nevada-California stateline. Partial view of the lake.
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park
30 Lake Pkwy
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Local hike about 10 minutes away, just before you reach Heavenly village, that borders the Nevada-California stateline. Partial view of the lake.
See cascading falls near Fallen Leaf Lake about 30 minutes away. There's also a trail for a more extensive hike.
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Glen Alpine Falls
Glen Alpine Road
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See cascading falls near Fallen Leaf Lake about 30 minutes away. There's also a trail for a more extensive hike.
You can hike on the boulders and through the wooded trails along the rushing stream. There's also some small pools for a little dip. First half is friendly for beginners but gets tougher higher up.
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Horsetail Falls
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You can hike on the boulders and through the wooded trails along the rushing stream. There's also some small pools for a little dip. First half is friendly for beginners but gets tougher higher up.
Food/Drink scene
A cycle cafe that has the most contemporary design in South Lake Tahoe. Fresh cold-pressed juices and nut milks that they’ve made in the last 1-2 days. You can also rent e-bikes or stand up paddle boards.
Pine Nut Cycle Cafe & Ebike Rentals
871 Emerald Bay Road
A cycle cafe that has the most contemporary design in South Lake Tahoe. Fresh cold-pressed juices and nut milks that they’ve made in the last 1-2 days. You can also rent e-bikes or stand up paddle boards.
Our go-to place for comfort, flavorful food. We often get their shrimp biryani, lamb tikka masala, and garlic naan. Note, service and wait times can be long. For takeout, we recommend calling 60-75 min in advance!
SHANGRILA HIMALAYAN KITCHEN
1142 Ski Run Boulevard
Our go-to place for comfort, flavorful food. We often get their shrimp biryani, lamb tikka masala, and garlic naan. Note, service and wait times can be long. For takeout, we recommend calling 60-75 min in advance!
Mediterranean/Greek food. Their seasoned fries are a must when it’s freshly fried.
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Artemis Mediterrean Grill
2229 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Mediterranean/Greek food. Their seasoned fries are a must when it’s freshly fried.
Cozy lobby to grab a drink. You can also come here during the day for coffee. The contractors that worked on our house also constructed the hotel.
The Coachman Hotel
4100 Pine Blvd
Cozy lobby to grab a drink. You can also come here during the day for coffee. The contractors that worked on our house also constructed the hotel.
Great place for beers and a spacious outdoor space. You can bring your own food or order from the food truck if it's present. Check their instagram ahead of time to see if a food truck is available.
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The Hangar - Taproom and Bottle Shop
2401 Lake Tahoe Blvd
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Great place for beers and a spacious outdoor space. You can bring your own food or order from the food truck if it's present. Check their instagram ahead of time to see if a food truck is available.
Freshly baked, plush bagels. They have breakfast bagel sandwiches if you need to fill up before embarking on a day’s hike or adventure. Also, if you order a day in advance, you can try their skillet jalapeño banana bread.
Dragonfly Bagel Co.
3350 Sandy Way
Freshly baked, plush bagels. They have breakfast bagel sandwiches if you need to fill up before embarking on a day’s hike or adventure. Also, if you order a day in advance, you can try their skillet jalapeño banana bread.
Cozy coffee shop with locally roasted coffee. Very limited parking. You can either go inside or go to their walk-up window and casually sit outside. They offer breakfast sandwiches, breakfast bagels, avocado toasts, etc. They also offer a variety of coffee, teas, and matcha drinks. We tend to get their vanilla-cardamom latte.
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Black Cabin Coffee
3894 Pioneer Trail
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Cozy coffee shop with locally roasted coffee. Very limited parking. You can either go inside or go to their walk-up window and casually sit outside. They offer breakfast sandwiches, breakfast bagels, avocado toasts, etc. They also offer a variety of coffee, teas, and matcha drinks. We tend to get their vanilla-cardamom latte.
Our go to place for pizza. Expect long wait longs since it's at Heavenly Village. You can also order in advance for take out orders.
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Base Camp Pizza Co.
1001 Heavenly Village Way
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Our go to place for pizza. Expect long wait longs since it's at Heavenly Village. You can also order in advance for take out orders.
Colorful dishes with vegetarian options. We typically order golden beet poke salad, mussels, and hand rolls.
Yūgen Cuisine
1132 Ski Run Boulevard
Colorful dishes with vegetarian options. We typically order golden beet poke salad, mussels, and hand rolls.
We like the mushroom ravioli and polenta appetizers here. Entree portions are large. Their lasagna is popular. (Note - we haven’t gone since the covid pandemic)
Izabella Ristorante Italiano
3967 Lake Tahoe Blvd
We like the mushroom ravioli and polenta appetizers here. Entree portions are large. Their lasagna is popular. (Note - we haven’t gone since the covid pandemic)
Healthy food and smoothie option that's within walking distance.
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Sprouts Cafe
3123 Harrison Avenue
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Healthy food and smoothie option that's within walking distance.
Pretty decent sushi. Recommend Maui Wowie and the sushi sliders that don't have rice. (Note - we haven’t gone since the covid pandemic)
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The Naked Fish
3940 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Pretty decent sushi. Recommend Maui Wowie and the sushi sliders that don't have rice. (Note - we haven’t gone since the covid pandemic)
Coffee shop within walking distance that also has an outdoor area. Also serves wine. We like their sour cream coffee cake here.
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Revive Coffee & Wine
3135 Harrison Ave
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Coffee shop within walking distance that also has an outdoor area. Also serves wine. We like their sour cream coffee cake here.
Walking distance. We typically go for the soft serve!
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Sno-Flake Drive-In
3059 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Walking distance. We typically go for the soft serve!
Recommended brunch place. (Note, we haven’t gone since covid pandemic)
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The Getaway Cafe
3140 U.S. 50
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Recommended brunch place. (Note, we haven’t gone since covid pandemic)
Charming outdoor dining for date night. Recommend reservations in advance. We honestly haven’t tried it yet because they were booked but it was recommended by another guest.
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Cafe Fiore
1169 Ski Run Boulevard
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Charming outdoor dining for date night. Recommend reservations in advance. We honestly haven’t tried it yet because they were booked but it was recommended by another guest.
A place to grab a drink and enjoy the sunset along the water. We haven’t gone but it was recommended by another guest. Also, there’s occasional yoga classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays if you go to www.mtnyogi.com
The Idle Hour Lake Tahoe
3351 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
A place to grab a drink and enjoy the sunset along the water. We haven’t gone but it was recommended by another guest. Also, there’s occasional yoga classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays if you go to www.mtnyogi.com
Groceries
Whole Foods Market
3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd
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Safeway
1020 Johnson Lane
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Community natural food store where you can support the locals.
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Grass Roots Natural Foods
2030 Dunlap Drive
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Community natural food store where you can support the locals.
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Raley's
1040 Emerald Bay Road
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Friendly and knowledgeable local butchers that have high quality meats and seafood. Daily specials vary. For example, they have offer poke on Fridays.
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Overland Meat & Seafood Company
2227 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Friendly and knowledgeable local butchers that have high quality meats and seafood. Daily specials vary. For example, they have offer poke on Fridays.
Winter Activities
Book lift tickets online days in advance for a discount.
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Heavenly Mountain Resort
4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Book lift tickets online days in advance for a discount.
Good stop in between the Bay Area and South Lake Tahoe. Lift tickets are less expensive compared to Heavenly Ski Resort.
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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
1111 Sierra-At-Tahoe Road
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Good stop in between the Bay Area and South Lake Tahoe. Lift tickets are less expensive compared to Heavenly Ski Resort.
Fall Colors
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Hope Valley
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