So much to do, so little time, I'm on information overload now! Sep 16-24 in Tahoe area. We've booked first 3 nights in SLT Best Western so we can do leisurely drive around. We need to go to Volcano for 1 day (business). Love mountain scenery, driving, enjoy wine, aspen... Don't enjoy family touristy things (museums, ghost towns, etc.) Can pass on gourmet dining, but love steaks/seafood. We don't want to be on the go constantly, and are looking for 1-2 nights at a nicer (but under $200) place.
So, Sierra route recommendations: 50, 88 or 4/49? Should we keep SLT as base camp and drive back & forth, or find reasonable(under $140)lodging in the Sierras for 2-3 days (Fitzpatrick Winery? others?)
What about staying last few days in NLT/Truckee area? (River Ranch Lodge, Firelite, Ferrari's Crown?) Thanks for all input!