Touring Tahoe: Emerald Bay and Beyond

Last weekend my friends Kelley and Irving graciously invited me to join them in Lake Tahoe for a few days of sun, skiing, and awesome casino buffet dinners fine dining. We left Los Angeles on Friday afternoon and encountered very little traffic on our 7.5 drive to Tahoe – on a holiday weekend, no less!

We stayed at the Tahoe Seasons Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The rooms are charming, a little retro, and feature gigantic Whirlpool tubs. Confession: I took a bath the second night and it was quite relaxing, but I felt guilty for using so much water.

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The next morning Irving left to ski at Sierra mountain with friends, while his aunt and uncle (long-time Tahoe visitors) gave Kelley and me a special tour. Since the snow has been a no-show this season (much to the chagrin of local businesses dependent upon winter tourists), we took advantage of the clear roads to check out Emerald Bay.

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Vikingsholm is a castle-type mansion on the shores of Emerald Bay.

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Thanks to Jake and Janie for the fabulous tour!

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Emerson buddies!

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Next we stopped at Camp Richardson by the Beacon Bar and Grill. We skipped their famous rum runners but enjoyed a walk the beach.

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After years of spending winter holidays on Cape Cod, I have grown to love snow on the beach.

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A few more photos from our walk:

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Next up we drove by the Tahoe Keys. These are large, closetogether properties on man-made canals. The development is somewhat of a bust and property values have dropped tremendously, however the views of the water are pretty. Irving’s friends rented a gorgeous house in this neighborhood.

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We caught this little guy:

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Just beyond the Tahoe Keys we stopped at Cove East, a wetlands area with hiking paths and a reputation for birdwatching.

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Jake and Janie took us to their favorite bakery, Sugar Pine. Kelley and I managed to resist the tempting aroma of warm carbs.

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We grabbed lattes and lunch at Red Hut Cafe, which has three locations in Tahoe.

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Next up: off to the casinos and Heavenly Village! And then skiing!

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