Local area information
Be very careful speeding through Tahoe City and generally anywhere around the lake. Highway Patrol are very present. Lots of 25 mph areas. Look for the speed limit signs. Be very, very careful if you’ve had anything to drink.
Pick up a Tahoe Weekly, the free magazine found in the grocery store or sidewalk newspaper stands for current events around Tahoe. There is also a map that will give you an idea of where things are.
Close to the house:
Sunnyside Resort – right down at the bottom of our street (5 minute walk). One of the best lakeside decks in Tahoe. Spectacular views of the East Shore, South Shore and the lake. Can eat dinner on the bar side (inside or outside) with a bar menu which is casual and less expensive. Restaurant (inside and outside) is nice and a bit fancier. You can usually ask for the restaurant menu at the bar if you want more choice. You can also rent boats and personal watercraft from Sunnyside. http://www.sunnysideresort.com/
Tahoe Park Homeowners Beach and Park – down the hill at the end of our street (5 minute walk). You need the beach key which is hanging on the cork board in one of the kitchen cabinets. The park has a nice big grass lawn as well as BBQ’s, basketball court, volleyball court and horseshoe pit. You need to reserve a BBQ ahead of time and bring your own BBQ supplies. In our deck box either along side of the house or in the backyard are beach chairs, horseshoes, a leaf blower for cleaning the deck, oars for the blow-up boat and beach toys. There is also a wagon to haul stuff to the lake. The blow-up boat is stored at the beach/park in the area for inflatable toys. Look for the boat with the name Hagerman on it and 1555 Tahoe Park Ave written on it. There is an air compressor at the beach/park for blowing up toys. Beach is a pebble beach. If you want a sand beach either go to Commons Beach in Tahoe City, Chambers Landing or Meeks Bay down the west shore. http://www.laketahoeparkassociation.com/tahoepark.htm
Firesign Cafe – one of the best breakfast spots around the lake. Across the street from Sunnyside. Really busy on weekends. Put your name in and either go across to the lake or have a bloody mary in their garden.
Sunnyside Market – across the street from the beach/park. Good for basic supplies but not very big. They have beer, wine and ice cream which comes in handy while at the beach. For a bigger shopping trip go back into Tahoe City and go to either Safeway or SaveMart.
Spoons – best for to-go food. Across the street from Sunnyside Market and behind Cycle Path bike rental. Great soups and chills. During the summer you can eat in the backyard. You can bring your own beer/wine (check to make sure this is still the case)
Tahoe House bakery – between our house and Tahoe City (about 1 mile). Great sandwiches and soups. They also have spices, rubs, and homemade bread.
West Shore Sports rental – across the street from Sunnyside Market. Mountain bike rentals and bike gear. There is a great bike path that goes down the West Shore and up to Tahoe City and then either follows the river or around the lake. There is also great mountain biking around Paige Meadows which is a couple of miles from the house. They also rent StandUp Paddle Boards and will drop-off for you at the beach park.
In Tahoe City (2 miles from house):
Dam Cafe – good for bagels and coffee in the morning. Right over the bridge into Tahoe City.
The River Grill – nice meal. A bit fancy. Not great for kids but a nice adult night out. Good outdoor sitting along the river.
Bridge Tender – very casual. Basic pub type food (burgers, pasta). Nice outdoor seating along the river. Very kid friendly.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing – newest addition to Tahoe City. Nice outdoor seating along the road. Only local brewpub. Beers are brewed on premise. Food is good. Kid friendly
Blue Agave – mexican restaurant. Food is good. Big bar. Good margaritas. Outside sitting. Kid friendly
Rosies – great comfort food. good bar. Kid friendly
Jakes by the Lake – owned by the same people that own Sunnyside. Another great lakeside bar and restaurant.
Best pizza in Tahoe City is Front Street Pizza. They deliver. Very small eat-in area.
Cobblestone Cinema is right behind the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company. There are also good shops and sporting good stores along the main street in Tahoe City.
Kayak and paddle board rentals – West Shore Sports or Tahoe City Kayak is in Tahoe City.
Down the West Shore:
West Shore Cafe – straight across the street from Homewood Ski Resort (about 4 miles from house) beautiful indoors and out on the deck. White table cloths, eating out on the jetty. Great lake views. Most meals are $20-$30. Kid friendly but kind of fancy for kids. Food is very good. http://westshorecafe.com
Great short hike with spectacular views up Eagle Rock. Hike is about 2 miles roundtrip and easy enough for kids. Park at trailhead about 2 miles from house toward Homewood. Look for big outcropping as you drive down the West Shore before you get to Homewood. Parking is on the west side of the street across from Idylwild Way. http://goo.gl/maps/afln
Paige Meadows is also a really nice place to hike.
Along the river on the way to Truckee:
River Ranch Inn – great patio on the river. This is where all the raft trips that start in Tahoe City end. Good for burgers and beers.
Rafting – rent rafts in Tahoe City. Self-guided calm river. The only real excitement is the last few hundred yards where there are some rapids. Takes about 3-4 hours. You leave your car in Tahoe City, raft to River Ranch Inn and then they bus you back up to your car. Take lots of water, sunscreen and snacks.
Cool old gold mine era town. Shopping and restaurants/bars. About 30 minutes from the house.
State Line, NV:
About a 30 minute drive around the north shore of the lake. There are several casinos right at the Nevada/Calif border on the North Shore. They are all total throwbacks to the fifties. Lots of history. CalNeva used to be owned by Frank Sinatra and they give tours of the old tunnels they used to use to get his friends like Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe to private cabins along the lake.
Squaw Valley and Northstar:
There are two resorts that are kind of all-inclusive ski and summer resorts. Squaw Valley (7 miles from house) has a village at the bottom of the mountain that has shops/restaurants. You can also take the cable car up to High Camp in the summer where they have restaurants, swimming pool and ice skating. Northstar (about 45 minute drive) also has a village at the bottom of the ski hill with shops and restaurants. They have roller skating in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Both have outdoor eating and fire pits to sit around in the evenings.
About a 45 minute drive. Great water park in Sparks. A couple of nice restaurants along the newly refurbished river walk. Lots of old casinos and a couple of new ones.