Our family loves going on vacation in the FALL, and the favorite place to go is LAKE TAHOE
This year was extra special because it was our 10th Wedding Anniversary. We exchanged our vows ten years ago in Lake Tahoe. Now fast forward ten years and the kids wanted to see where we got married, so we took our KIDS with us to Lake Tahoe to celebrate our anniversary. Since they were small when we got married they wanted to be part of our celebration. Now, don’t get me wrong I love my kids a lot, and we had a beautiful time with them but I still wished deep down it was just my husband and I but we are a FAMILY!
We found such a fantastic place to stay, Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa. Oh my goodness, when we walked in we were taken back by the view of the lake. Right outside our sliding glass door we were able to walk right to the beach.
We also had the kitchenette which saved us a lot of money. We made our breakfast and lunches while we were there plus had snacks throughout the day.
The room had two queen beds that were so comfortable that our 14 yr old pretty much stayed in his bed the whole trip. He is the typical teenager who wanted to watch TV and be on his phone while the rest of us were out enjoying LAKE TAHOE! We didn’t let him ruin our fun.
Every morning my husband would get up and walk down to the beach. He enjoyed the peace and quiet. We live in a very noisy area, so the quiet was refreshing to enjoy. We enjoyed the lake one day and the swimming pool another day. So much to do we had to plan out or days.
In the lobby, they have coffee, tea, and HOT CHOCOLATE in the morning. There is also a sitting area that you can watch some TV or use the computer. The staff is amazing as well. They always said HI and asked how we were doing; I always felt they wanted to know too. We rented chairs ($10 a day) to sit on the beach, which was our best day there- so relaxed and filled with fun.
One night we walked on the beach and found a restaurant that had the best clam chowder, I swear! Then we walked down the pier, and the lake was so beautiful. Lake Tahoe is so calm and colorful. We were amazed on how far you can walk out in the water before it gets deep. We went out on the water and threw a frisbee. Fabulous family fun! At night the lodge has a fire pit, so we sat around that and talked with other guests that were having a blast too.
Check out Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa on your trip to Lake Tahoe; you won’t be disappointed at!
Another thing that made our trip so awesome was the PEOPLE. Everywhere we went people were so nice, and the sad part is we aren’t used to such friendly people. So get out of your busy world and visit a place where everything is calmer and friendlier! For us, it was only a 3-hour drive, and it was so worth it!
We also went to Sample the Sierra. We had so much fun, and we plan to go next year too! We are fan now. The 7th annual Sample the Sierra, Saturday was Sept. 17, www.samplethesierra.com, the basin’s largest farm-to-fork food, and wine festival.
The Tahoe South Restaurant Week also was running Sept. 16-23- www.tahoesouth.com/restaurantweek which featured more than 20 South Shore restaurants presenting the bountiful produce available in El Dorado County to craft flavorful menus.
Local establishments like Café Fiore, Jimmy’s at The Landing Resort & Spa, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel and MacDuffs will all utilize regional ingredients for dishes to be complemented with wineries. We were able to try out food from local restaurants, and we fell in love with several, I even tried alligator for the first time.
UPCOMING EVENT: Writers, authors, readers and performers from all around the country will appear at South Lake Tahoe Oct. 21-23 for WordWave, a three-day festival held on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site. This literary mash-up will feature oral storytelling, theater performances and free readings, a novel writing camp for kids, as well as panels on crafts and yoga. (www.tahoewordwave.com).
Things to do for with the FAMILY in South Lake Tahoe
Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Epic Discovery offers several new adventures – all with spectacular lake views including the Canopy Tour, Alpine Coaster and Guided 4×4 Mountain Tours that complement the existing gondola, ropes course, tubing, rock climbing, hiking, and dining. Set amongst the pines, surrounding the mid-station observation deck of Heavenly’s Gondola, the guided Canopy Tour immerses guests in the forest habitat with an array of zipping lines and aerial bridges. The gravity-based Alpine Coaster allows guests on individual sleds to descend a raised track through the woods and natural rock formations. Guided 4×4 Mountain Tours in all-mountain vehicles offer the best of an alpine summer and vistas of Tahoe, the Carson Valley, and Desolation Wilderness.
Zephyr Cove Resort The resort’s iconic fleet featuring the Tahoe Queen, MS Dixie II, and Tahoe Paradise are receiving upgrades to improve air quality guidelines. The Zephyr Cove Marina has also added six new power boats, a new wakeboard powerboat, a 36-foot double-decker pontoon boat and 12 Sea-Doo GTI 130 personal watercrafts to join the array of recreational options. The stables have a new corral, parking lot, and walkway connecting to the RV and campground.
Cruise Tahoe offers South Tahoe’s only public charter to the historic Thunderbird Lodge. History buffs can step back in time and board a 1950s wooden vessel to tour the iconic east shore of the lake. The five-hour adventure includes boating to/from Zephyr Cove, a light continental breakfast, guided walking tour of the Thunderbird Lodge and picnic style lunch on the property for $139, Tuesdays through Saturdays
The Water Taxi connecting Camp Richardson and Round Hill Pines on either side of the southern shore provides both an on-water attraction and congestion free route between resorts. If the day starts out on one side of South Lake Tahoe, the Water Taxi makes for a novel way to connect east and west. Bikes can be transported free
The Bijou Bike Park opened in Fall 2015 to an enthusiastic response. The five-acre BMX and mountain bike Playhouse is a hot spot this summer for kids, families and thrill-seekers alike. The park welcomes bikers of all skill levels with various sized tracks, courses, and ramps. This is the cherry on top of the world-class off-road cycling destination that Tahoe South has become
The new year-round Tahoe Hockey Academy has found a home in Meyers, the entry town to South Lake Tahoe. The facility will provide training for middle and high school boys and girls. The complex will include an ice rink, dorms, dining hall, kitchen and exercise room. Young, passionate hockey players will have the opportunity to attend the Academy, which follows the school year, to prepare academically for college and physically for Division I hockey. During the summer the facility will operate camps. The Tahoe Hockey Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year to kick off their inaugural season
About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
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