Thunderbird Lodge is an interesting and scenic place but small and sparsely furnished compared with great houses like San Simeon or The Biltmore Estate. The story here is the amazing account of its owner, Cpt. George Whittell, a fabulously wealthy individual who was like the Bill Gates or Warren Buffett of his day, but a person, many people have never heard of. George led a completely outrageous life of leisure and decadence that is hard to believe and Thunderbird Lodge was the site of many of his escapades. You cannot drive to this location and after you see the entry road, the reason is obvious. We signed up at the chamber of commerce in Incline Village and were shuttled in on a van for $39 a head. The trip and the tour are worth every bit of it. Our guides Larry McComber and his wife were excellent. Even though they have probably done this tour hundreds of times, they make the story come alive.