Local & Property Guide
There are multiple hiking trails within walking distance from the house. Multiple trail maps and guides are in the cabin ready for you to plan your hike, many are just steps from the front door.
Go rent bikes at Tahoe Bike & Ski Company at 3131 Harrison Avenue. Ask for Debra if you can, and let her know Travis sent you. She will hook you up. There are tons of bike paths all around the shop that you can launch from right there.
Two golf courses are just minutes away from the cabin. Lake Tahoe Golf Course is the nicer of the two with more amenities and services and a correspondingly higher price. Also great is the Tahoe Paradise Golf Course which is more relaxed and less expensive but with views that are just as amazing.
Horseback riding can be done at a few places, but guests consistently tell me Camp Richardson Corral is great, especially for kids.
RESTAURANT & BAR SUGGESTIONS
A great guide to some of the best restaurants in South Lake Tahoe here: https://sf.eater.com/maps/best-restaurants-bars-south-lake-tahoe-summer. It’s especially good for urban dwellers visiting South Lake Tahoe.
Sprouts Cafe: a great spot for natural and organic food in a fun, modern restaurant setting. ps-they have amazing juices and smoothies!
Riva Grill at Ski Run Marina is a great restaurant with a nice deck overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Ski Run Marina.
Tahoe Aleworx is a great, fun and hip brewery nearby in the “Y” area. You can literally serve yourself up many different beers on tap by simply checking in at the front, giving a credit card and then scan your wristband, have fun and enjoy. They have a great outdoor seating area with patio heaters and a fire pit.
The Hangar Taproom has a huge outdoor area, perfect for enjoying a cold brew outside with your dog. It’s a bit hip and trendy but if you’re not into that, just grab a brew and head outside. :)
Raley’s is the largest supermarket in all of South Lake Tahoe and will have most anything you need. They have a killer wine selection at bargain basement prices and a Starbucks in the complex. Price your wine here and you won’t buy it in Napa or Sonoma. It is located at the “Y” at 1040 Emerald Bay Road and is about 5 miles away.
Grass Roots Natural Foods is a gem. Great for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, organic and healthy foods. It is located near Raley’s and the “Y” at 2030 Dunlap Drive.
The closest market is Holiday Supermarket at 2977 US Hwy 50. It is smaller than the big chains but has a good selection of most essentials and is close by. It is a little pricier than competitors. Note-ownership has recently changed hands, reviews are mixed, and the store is undergoing renovation so stock may be limited. Tip: go here in a pinch for something basic but otherwise head to Raley’s or Grass Roots.
Guide books, trail maps and more are all available in the cabin.
Vegetarians, Vegans, and health aficionados have tons of options in the area.
SKI RESORT SUGGESTIONS and TIPS:
The house is conveniently located in the center of three famous ski resorts. If you like to ski or ride, you are in heaven here.
Heavenly: Part of the Epic Pass and Vail Resorts. The closest ski resort to the house, the largest in all of Lake Tahoe and one of the largest in the country (currently 5th largest in the US!).
Tip: skip the crowds at the gondola and park at the California Lodge base. This also happens to be the closest base area to the house. Take the tram or lift up and work your way over to the Nevada side and then back. Heavenly is large and expansive-this can take the entire day so plan accordingly! The California Base Area and Lodge is at 3860 Saddle Road. Pre-program this address into your GPS or maps app because you will lose cell service for a few minutes after leaving the house. Parking on weekends and holidays often hits capacity by 10am, so get there early if you can. If you’re running late, there is usually paid parking (usually $10-$20) right near the base.
Sierra at Tahoe: Sierra is a fun, quirky independent resort free from the larger corporate conglomerates. This means less crowds and less expensive lift tickets. Sierra is a great option to visit if you are here on a prime winter holiday and want fewer crowds. While there are fewer crowds, it’s still a large ski and snowboard resort with over 2,000 acres. Tip: Sierra’s trail map looks as if there are fewer runs. While true, the resort is intentionally designed to maximize tree skiing and riding. Don’t be fooled by the trail map with fewer runs, it has some of the best tree skiing and riding anywhere and consistently ranks in the top 10 resorts in the world for tree skiing and riding.
Kirkwood: about a 40 minute drive is Kirkwood, also part of the Epic Pass and Vail Resorts (as is Heavenly). Kirkwood is world-renowned as an advanced and expert level mountain. Although there are many beginner and intermediate runs, advanced and expert skiers and riders will have the most fun here. They have a great cross-country ski area, too. Kirkwood has limited lodging and dining options so most Kirkwood visitors stay in the South Lake Tahoe area (here!).
Ski/Snowboard Tuning/Waxing, rentals, demos, equipment: Mountain West (located 5 minutes away at “the Y”at 2052 Lake Tahoe Blvd) is my favorite ski and snowboard shop. The owner, Arturo, is great and prides himself on the best service at fair prices. Tell him Travis sent you and he’ll hook you up.
Heavenly is the 5th largest ski and snowboard resort in the country. It’s hard to go wrong here!
Sierra at Tahoe: go for the world famous tree skiing and fewer crowds on peak holidays.
Kirkwood is an advanced skier and riders dream and also is great for avoiding crowds.
The casinos just over the border in Nevada are fun and lively. They are about a 10 minute drive and an easy Uber, Lyft, or taxi ride away if you plan on enjoying some adult beverages (free when you are gambling). Be sure to sign up for their players clubs-they are all free to join and usually have bonuses or special offers for first-timers and ongoing members.
Harrah’s and Harvey’s are the two largest casinos and can keep you entertained for many hours. Harrah’s is the nicer of the two, with newer and more modern interiors. Harvey’s is a bit more dated but has more of the hard core group, which can be fun to mingle with.
The Hard Rock is what you would expect of a Hard Rock if it were to open a casino and is also quite modern. The MontBleu casino is also modern and trends toward the more upscale. It has a smaller casino floor than the previously mentioned casinos but is still upscale and worth a visit. All of these casinos are clumped together and are easily walkable to each other.
Just down the road and beyond walking distance but only a few minute drive is the Lakeside Inn and Casino. It’s a throw-back in time of a casino but is more casual and is rather lively. They are known for, but I have no way to know for sure, having some of the best slot payout rates in order to keep up with the bigger players. Definitely worth a visit even if it just for the kitsch factor.
Harrah’s, Harvey’s, and the Hard Rock are the big trifecta with all the nightlife, restaurants, etc you’d expect.
MonteBleu is great if you want a more upscale experience.
Check out the Lake Side Inn for a cozier, retro vibe.