Evan's guide to South Lake Tahoe

Evan
Evan's guide to South Lake Tahoe

Essentials

Great place for groceries. One of the biggest grocery stores I've ever been in.
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Raley's
1040 Emerald Bay Road
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Great place for groceries. One of the biggest grocery stores I've ever been in.
Liquor store is 2 blocks away if you need wine, beer or liquor for cocktails.
King's Beverage Company
2227 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
Liquor store is 2 blocks away if you need wine, beer or liquor for cocktails.
Fantastic meat shop is just a block away. They have top-notch meat and fish (many grass-fed/organic options), and have daily specials. They close at 6pm most days, and are closed Sundays.
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Overland Meat & Seafood Company
2227 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Fantastic meat shop is just a block away. They have top-notch meat and fish (many grass-fed/organic options), and have daily specials. They close at 6pm most days, and are closed Sundays.

Sightseeing

Beautiful, scenic area.
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Emerald Bay State Park
138 Emerald Bay Road
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Beautiful, scenic area.
Start your hike up Mt Tallac.
Mt Tallac Road A
Start your hike up Mt Tallac.
Chow down on an ice cream cone from the Camp Richardson Resort ice cream parlor.
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Camp Richardson Marina
1900 Jameson Beach Road
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Chow down on an ice cream cone from the Camp Richardson Resort ice cream parlor.
Nice little hike.
Tallac Lake
Nice little hike.
One of everyone's favorite beaches in all of Tahoe.
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Pope Beach
California 89
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One of everyone's favorite beaches in all of Tahoe.
Somewhat off-the-beaten path valley that's a wonderful place for outdoor activities throughout the year. Backcountry skiing and snowmobiling hotspot in winter, fishing in spring and summer and foilage touring in fall.
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Hope Valley
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Somewhat off-the-beaten path valley that's a wonderful place for outdoor activities throughout the year. Backcountry skiing and snowmobiling hotspot in winter, fishing in spring and summer and foilage touring in fall.
Wonderful place to bring your whole group for a hot springs experience. It's a state park where they've built two concrete pools — one with natural hot springs water, and another with chlorinated 80º water. Bathrooms and showers are on site. Markleeville is a funky little town too, so fun to mix with a lunch or dinner there.
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Grover Hot Springs State Park
3415 Hot Springs Road
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Wonderful place to bring your whole group for a hot springs experience. It's a state park where they've built two concrete pools — one with natural hot springs water, and another with chlorinated 80º water. Bathrooms and showers are on site. Markleeville is a funky little town too, so fun to mix with a lunch or dinner there.
Great spot for an easy hike. Parking can be tough, so go early during peak season.
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D L Bliss State Park
9881 CA-89
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Great spot for an easy hike. Parking can be tough, so go early during peak season.

Food Scene

My favorite restaurant in Tahoe. Low-key, with a largely vegetarian menu (but not completely, plenty of tuna/turkey available). Lots of fresh juices.
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Sprouts Cafe
3123 Harrison Avenue
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My favorite restaurant in Tahoe. Low-key, with a largely vegetarian menu (but not completely, plenty of tuna/turkey available). Lots of fresh juices.
Thai food that rivals the best in San Francisco.
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Orchid's Authentic Thai Cuisine
2180 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Thai food that rivals the best in San Francisco.
Great fine dining.
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Evan's American Gourmet Cafe
536 Emerald Bay Road
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Great fine dining.
Solid Greek restaurant.
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Artemis Mediterrean Grill
2229 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Solid Greek restaurant.
Charming spot for coffee, tea or food, with lots of outdoor seating.
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Black Cabin Coffee
3894 Pioneer Trail
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Charming spot for coffee, tea or food, with lots of outdoor seating.
Fantastic beer selection and really food for a pub. A new opening that replaced the Swiss Chalet.
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Cold Water Brewery and Grill
2544 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Fantastic beer selection and really food for a pub. A new opening that replaced the Swiss Chalet.
The best local coffee/tea spot, just a few hundred feet from the Lodge.
Free Bird Coffee
2229 James Ave
The best local coffee/tea spot, just a few hundred feet from the Lodge.
Wonderful lakefront spot for drinks, with some of the best views in Tahoe.
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Beacon Bar & Grill
1900 Jameson Beach Road
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Wonderful lakefront spot for drinks, with some of the best views in Tahoe.
Another great Thai spot within walking distance.
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My Thai Cuisine
2108 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Another great Thai spot within walking distance.
High-end luxury resort that's fine to visit for a meal or a round, a spa session or round of golf. They have three different restaurants to choose from, and unquestionably the best sunset dining views in Tahoe.
Edgewood resort
High-end luxury resort that's fine to visit for a meal or a round, a spa session or round of golf. They have three different restaurants to choose from, and unquestionably the best sunset dining views in Tahoe.
Fantastic spot for cheese, wine and lunch. The restaurant is in a wonderfully restored, historic Victorian home in Genoa, which makes for a fun day trip — especially in tandem with a trip to the Genoa Bar across the street.
The Pink House
193 Genoa Ln
Fantastic spot for cheese, wine and lunch. The restaurant is in a wonderfully restored, historic Victorian home in Genoa, which makes for a fun day trip — especially in tandem with a trip to the Genoa Bar across the street.
Wonderful spot for "healthy mexican" cuisine — and they of course specialize in rotisserie chicken. We recommend the breakfast burritos with sweet potatoes. Great platters for big groups too.
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Verde Mexican Rotisserie
3141 U.S. 50
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Wonderful spot for "healthy mexican" cuisine — and they of course specialize in rotisserie chicken. We recommend the breakfast burritos with sweet potatoes. Great platters for big groups too.

Drinks & Nightlife

Great sports bar, within walking distance.
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Steamers Bar & Grill
2236 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Great sports bar, within walking distance.
Great Friday happy hour, $3 tacos and discount drinks.
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Riva Grill On the Lake
900 Ski Run Boulevard
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Great Friday happy hour, $3 tacos and discount drinks.
A local favorite (4.5 Yelp stars!) MacDuff's a South Lake classic. The food is top-notch, the atmosphere is great, and you could easily think you're in England.
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MacDuff's Pub
1041 Fremont Avenue
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A local favorite (4.5 Yelp stars!) MacDuff's a South Lake classic. The food is top-notch, the atmosphere is great, and you could easily think you're in England.
We call this "The Peanut Bar." It's a great dive nearby, just a 2-min walk from the house. Great drink specials, two billiards tables and a lot of locals.
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Turn 3
2227 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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We call this "The Peanut Bar." It's a great dive nearby, just a 2-min walk from the house. Great drink specials, two billiards tables and a lot of locals.
Wonderful new brewery that opened in spring 2017. Great beers, but small, minimalist space (in a mini mall). It'll be loud if it's crowded.
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South Lake Brewing Company
1920 Lake Tahoe Blvd
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Wonderful new brewery that opened in spring 2017. Great beers, but small, minimalist space (in a mini mall). It'll be loud if it's crowded.
Awesome new pour-your-own-beer place! You grab a wristband and then fill your own beers, paying by ounce. Wonderful outdoor space.
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Lake Tahoe AleWorX
2050 Lake Tahoe Blvd
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Awesome new pour-your-own-beer place! You grab a wristband and then fill your own beers, paying by ounce. Wonderful outdoor space.
A wonderful gem! The local newspaper, the Tahoe Mountain News, has opened a microbrewery just a couple blocks from the Lodge. It's charming, small and has great beer. Strongly encourage you to visit, though it's only open Fri + Sat nights.
Tahoe Mountain News
963 3rd St
A wonderful gem! The local newspaper, the Tahoe Mountain News, has opened a microbrewery just a couple blocks from the Lodge. It's charming, small and has great beer. Strongly encourage you to visit, though it's only open Fri + Sat nights.
Top notch spot for german beer and food.
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Himmel Haus
3819 Saddle Road
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Top notch spot for german beer and food.
Nevada's oldest third parlor (don't call it a bar!). This place has been home to many movies, and many drinkers, for more than a century. Step instead and be transported to the old west. Wonderful place to visit as part of a day trip to Genoa, NV in tandem with Pink House across the street, and David Wally Hot Springs.
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Genoa Bar and Saloon
2282 Main Street
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Nevada's oldest third parlor (don't call it a bar!). This place has been home to many movies, and many drinkers, for more than a century. Step instead and be transported to the old west. Wonderful place to visit as part of a day trip to Genoa, NV in tandem with Pink House across the street, and David Wally Hot Springs.
Part bookstore, part coffee shop and part coworking space! Cuppa Tahoe has quickly become one of my wife and I's favorite spots nearby, and it's just a short (7-8 min) walk from the Lodge. Perfect if you need a good desk to work from away from your family/friends, or if your group is just looking for a caffeine fix.
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Cuppa Tahoe
2054 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Part bookstore, part coffee shop and part coworking space! Cuppa Tahoe has quickly become one of my wife and I's favorite spots nearby, and it's just a short (7-8 min) walk from the Lodge. Perfect if you need a good desk to work from away from your family/friends, or if your group is just looking for a caffeine fix.

Entertainment & Activities

Even in the summer, a great place to visit. Mountain biking, hiking, wonderful views, etc
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Heavenly Mountain Resort
4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Even in the summer, a great place to visit. Mountain biking, hiking, wonderful views, etc
Hiking, ziplining and mountain biking in the summer.
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
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Hiking, ziplining and mountain biking in the summer.
Great place to rent standup paddles and then walk them to the lake.
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South Tahoe Standup Paddle
3135 Harrison Avenue
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Great place to rent standup paddles and then walk them to the lake.
Fun family-friendly bowling alley. Right across from MacDuff's! Call ahead, it gets busy.
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Tahoe Bowl
1030 Fremont Avenue
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Fun family-friendly bowling alley. Right across from MacDuff's! Call ahead, it gets busy.
Great place for an upscale hot springs experience — they have 5 different pools, all at different temperatures.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations David Walley's Resort
2001 Foothill Road
Great place for an upscale hot springs experience — they have 5 different pools, all at different temperatures.
The Bar - Barre, Pilates & Kickboxing Studio
2264 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
Barre classes and more!

Arts & Culture

Visit the Casino!
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Harrah's Lake Tahoe
15 U.S. 50
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Visit the Casino!

Parks & Nature

Nude beach, if you're into that…
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Secret Cove
Nevada 28
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Nude beach, if you're into that…
Wonderful beach to visit in spring, summer and fall. There's a very safe bike path just on the other side of US50 that runs from about 1mi from the Lodge all the way to the beach. If you want to avoid traffic and paying for parking, rent bikes and ride over!
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Pope Beach
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Wonderful beach to visit in spring, summer and fall. There's a very safe bike path just on the other side of US50 that runs from about 1mi from the Lodge all the way to the beach. If you want to avoid traffic and paying for parking, rent bikes and ride over!