lake tahoe, california


Tahoe is one of my favorite places in the world. I grew up going up to Tahoe in both the winters and summers, as it's only about an hour from Roseville where I'm from. Now, living in San Francisco, Tahoe is still the perfect getaway, only just over 3 hours away. It's one of those unique destinations that's actually equally amazing in both winters and summers and has something for everyone.

In the summers, you have the lake, boating, camping, water sports, hiking, mountain biking, and more. In the winters, you have snow sports like skiing and snowboarding, as well as snowshoeing, tubing, aprés ski, hot tubs in the snow, and cozy cabins! Like I said, you can't go wrong visiting Tahoe in either season.

This year, our friends planned a fun trip up to Tahoe during January, and it was absolutely gorgeous! It was snowing, so the snowboarders and skiers were happy with the fresh powder, and those who stayed behind to snowshoe (like me) were happy with the pretty photo opps! 😊

So what is snowshoeing (for those of you who aren't snow bunnies)? It's essentially hiking in the snow. You wear these things on your feet that resemble racquets. They have sharp bottoms to dig into the snow so you don't slip. They look like they are hard to walk in, but they really weren't! I really enjoyed it - it was a good little workout!

We had an awesome weekend overall. Not much beats playing drinking games by a warm fire and hanging out with best friends. Hope you can all make it up to Tahoe this winter while there's SO much snow!

HERE'S A QUICK GUIDE TO VISITING TAHOE:

  • Best places to stay: You really can't go wrong on location, but just know that it's not as close as you'd expect. It takes over an hour to drive around the lake completely. So, if you're set on going to a certain ski resort or part of the lake, then keep that in mind.

  • Lodging: Airbnb or VRBO cabins are the best option, especially for groups. There are hotels available (lots in South Lake), but it's always fun to stay in a cabin while you're in the woods!

  • Best ski/snow rentals spots: Tahoe Dave's (King Beach, Tahoe City, Truckee, and Olympic Village)

  • Things to do during the day:

  • Snow sports in the winter (tubing, ice skating, snow showing, cross country skiing, skiing/snowboarding, sledding, etc.)

  • Best ski resorts: Heavenly, Squaw, Kirkwood, Northstar, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sugarbowl

  • Water sports (boating, wakeboarding, waterskiing, paddleboarding, kayaking, jetskiing, etc.) or outdoorsy activities (hiking, mountainbiking, etc.) in the summer.

  • Ride the gondola for amazing views at either Heavenly or Northstar.

  • Check out High Camp at Squaw which is a big pool, hot tub, restaurant, and bar, at the top of the mountain (one of the most breathtaking places to hang out, especially in winter!)

  • Head to Chamber's Landing, a waterfront bar on a dock, for their famous "Chamber's Punch!"

  • Things to do at night: Head to the casinos on South Lake or checkout bars and restaurants around you. My favorite bar is a dive bar with live music is in South Lake called Mc. P's.

  • Favorite restaurants:

  • Mikuni (Northstar Village) - my favorite sushi restaurant has a Tahoe location! - lunch or dinner.

  • Fire Sign Cafe (Tahoe City) - breakfast or lunch

  • Squeeze in (Truckee)- breakfast

  • TC's Pub (Northstar Village) - aprés ski

  • Azul Latin Kitchen (South Lake Tahoe @ Heavenly) - lunch or dinner

  • Plumpjack Cafe (Squaw Valley) - lunch or dinner

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