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"must see and do" recommendations?

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"must see and do" recommendations?

Hi:

We'll be staying in South Lake Tahoe for 3 nights (8/12-14)... any recommendations on things we should definitely see/do while we're there? Two of our group are first time visitors from the UK and the rest of us have not been to Tahoe in years...

Thanks,

Folkiegirl

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1. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

Hi neighbor!

Are you staying at one of the casino hotels, or a renting a condo/home for all of you? What type of things do you like to do?

I find South Lake Tahoe very busy and crowded in the summer near stateline. So much to do around the lake.

If your are looking for a beach for part of the day, my favorite is Sand Harbor, 25 min to the north near Incline Village. Two mi from there is the Hyatt Hotel, and the Lone Eagle Grill at the lake, which is a massive old Tahoe style restaurant lodge. Nice place to have lunch and great cocktail lounge with views of the water anytime of day. They have a patio restaurant too, for burgers, and also sell drinks on the dock.

…hyatt.com/hyatt/…index.jsp

http://parks.nv.gov/lt.htm

Do you like boating? A ride on the MS Dixie out of Zephyr Cove to Emerald Bay is fun for a couple hours. They also have horseback riding stables there.

A drive around the lake is a nice excursion. Water rafting in Tahoe City.

Can get more specific. In Aug. you should make some dinner reservations in advance, unless you are going to casino buffets, etc.

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We really are neighbors-- I recognize the pier in your photo :) !!!

We've rented a cabin that sleeps 12 on Lakeview Drive-- directly above Regan Beach... it looks to be about a mile or so northeast of the Tahoe Keys... I've been told there is a little marina just north of the cabin where we can rent kayaks and keep them overnight. What does water rafting in Tahoe City mean?

I think we'll mostly be looking to see the sights-- probably not into any hardcore hiking on this trip. The ride across the lake on the MS Dixie is something that we'll definitely do-- Do you think it is better during the day or during the evening?

The Lone Eagle Grill sounds good... is it part of the Hyatt or separate? We love old lodges and generally appreciate a more rustic ambiance than ultra modern... (there are 6 adults and 3 teenagers in our group-- are teenagers allowed in the cocktail lounge?)

How long does it take to drive around the lake in summer-- I was worried the traffic might be bumper to bumper. Do you think it is worth it?

We're not really into gambling but if we wanted to pop into a casino to take a look around, is there one you would recommend?

What about the gongola ride at Heavenly? Is it worth it?

Thanks for the heads up re: making dinner reservations-- any particular restaurants that you like? (Our family from the UK love Italian food but we're on somewhat of a budget and would prefer to stick in the $15 per entree range...)

Is the castle on the island in Emerald Bay worth going to see?

Are there any "old California" areas/communities on the lake? Any quaint areas that are fun to walk around and window shop?

Thanks-- I very much appreciate hearing any further thoughts you've got on Tahoe because it really has been years since we've been up there.

Folkiegirl

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3. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

South Lake Tahoe is undergoing major transformations in the downtown area. The little shops on the CA side of the casinos that you probably remember from your trips years ago are now owned by timeshare companies. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful place to go.

My must see list for SLT definately includes the walk (it really isn't a hike) near Emerald Bay. Also stop at Camp Richardson for ice cream and that old-fashioned feeling away from the crowds near the casinos.

The gondola that goes up to Heavenly is fantastic! You will have beautiful views of the lake. It is expensive but I think it is totally worth it. We go to Tahoe a few times a year and go on the gondola every time, any season.

The casinos have good buffets but the kids will be asked to move on if they stop for seconds at the slots / tables/ etc. We generally go straight to the restaurants to eat - but beware of cig smoke as you walk through if you are sensitive to that.

Have fun!

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4. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

Mebber:

Thank you for your suggestions.

By "the walk near Emerald Bay" do you mean walking down to Vikingsholm or is there some other path that you follow in that area?

Thanks,

Folkiegirl

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5. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

Hi there, we spent three night in South Lake Tahoe in June at the Timber Lodge. I would suggest you drive around the lake, make stops along the way at things that look interesting to you. We loved our lunch at the Lone Eagle Grill, I have a review with photos of our time spent there, we celebrated my birthday there for lunch.

We also enjoyed the MS Dixie II cruise around Emerald Bay, it leaves from Zephyr Cove, meals at Evan's Gourmet Cafe, Cafe Fiore and 19 Kitchen at the top of Harvey's were all wonderful, for breakfast check out the Red Hut Waffle Shop, I have reviews of all of these places we dined at in Lake Tahoe posted here. Enjoy your trip! Tahoe is a gorgeous area to spend time in. :)

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6. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

Folkie,

Wow, you have a big group to take around. Are you renting a couple of vans to get all nine around?

I'll try to answer some questions for you. You can water raft on the Truckee River for about 5 miles at your own pace. Young or old. They have buses to bring you back to your car all day. It is so much fun. We love to do this every few years. There is a coupon on the site.

truckeeriverrafting.com/tahoe/…

I think the lunch ride we took last month from 11 to 1 PM worked out great on the MS Dixie. The kids can go from side to side to look at things or up and down the stairs. In your limited time, this might be the best way to see Emerald Bay and get a glance at the castle and tea house on the little island.

Yes, the gondola ride at Heavenly is worth the view, but it is expensive.

If you are on a budget and like Italian food, we like Tep's Villa Roma, on the south shore.

http://www.tepsvillaroma.com/dining.html

You said you had teens in your group, so the best hotel to pop in for gambling is Harvey's. The downstairs basement area is filled with nice arcade games. We took turns babysitting our grandchild, but all ended up playing games down there, and tried to win tickets for prizes. Also in Harvey's is a Hard Rock Cafe. Really good burgers and great meal in a casual setting. Peak times you have to wait to be seated, so they give you a buzzer to carry around the casino.

Lone Eagle Grill is part of Hyatt, but the tower hotel sits a block back from the lake and the restaurant lounge is right on the lake. Yes, they allow children of all ages there. In the summer everyone is casual. If you are just driving around, it's worth it to make a stop and have a drink and maybe an appetizer. The setting is lovely, and they have an outdoor firepit on the sand. Feel free to walk around the grounds and on the dock.

Also the 2-3 mile stretch of road in front of the Hyatt is lined with huge million dollar houses. Fun to drool over them.

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7. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

* "Are there any "old California" areas/communities on the lake? Any quaint areas that are fun to walk around and window shop?" *

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8. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

One more thing not to miss is the Harrah's Breakfast Buffet, beautiful views from the top of the building and the most extensive buffet ever. It i located in South Lake Tahoe. We also enjoyed our time at Sand Harbor, a very scenic beach there. :)

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If you are interested in what it must have been like when rich people from San Francisco built summer mansions on the lake, go to the Tallac Historic site north of Camp Richardson.

Three estates on the lake are open to visitors.

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10. Re: "must see and do" recommendations?

Wow-- everybody!!!

Thank you so much for all the helpful advice and suggestions-- sounds like we'll have a full and enjoyable time in Tahoe!

Folkiegirl

(And CANative-- yes, we're traveling in two vans with so many of us!)

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