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Lake Tahoe - A Getaway For All Seasons
By Julie Vecchione DeSimone

California and Nevada meet at one of the most glorious places on earth: the magnificent Lake Tahoe. As North America’s largest alpine lake (22 miles long and 12 miles wide) Tahoe boasts 72 miles of spectacularly scenic shoreline. Choosing the time of year in which to visit will be the first, and possibly most difficult, decision you’ll have to make when planning a trip to Tahoe. While many vacation destinations have distinct “seasons” — think summertime in the Hamptons or winter skiing in Utah— Lake Tahoe is equally breathtaking year-round.

A Year-Round Destination

With some of the best downhill skiing in North America, Tahoe attracts skiers from all over the world during the winter months.  Squaw Valley, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is California’s largest ski resort, with 33 lifts servicing over 4,000 acres of first-rate terrain. Even non-skiers will enjoy taking the cable lift and the ice-skating and swimming facilities for the day. If a smaller, relaxed setting is more your style, Homewood Resort offers great skiing at reasonable prices —with stunning views of the lake.

While Lake Tahoe is widely known for its incomparable snow and slope conditions, it’s actually the summer months that Tahoe claims as its peak season. The sapphire blue waters beckon boaters and swimmers alike, with lake activities ranging from kayaking to fishing. And hiking enthusiasts will revel in one of many trails like Cascade Falls and Tahoe Rim Trail.

Once you’ve decided on which season to make your first visit to Tahoe, you’ll need to choose a specific area to stay—either the North Shore or South Shore. Driving from one end of the lake to the other takes at least an hour, so choosing the side for lodging is important.

North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe?

For gambling and live entertainment, the South Shore is probably your best bet, with more casino and lodging options. South Lake Tahoe’s five casinos—Mont Bleu, Harveys, Harrah’s, Horizon and Lakeside Inn — are bustling with the latest in 24-hour gaming, live music and headline entertainment. The line-up for Harvey’s annual outdoor concert series recently hosted musicians as diverse as Beyoncé and John Mayer to Tim McGraw and Rascal Flats. If experiencing Tahoe as a local is more your style, head for Mc P’s Pub Tahoe, which features live local bands and a line-up of draft beers, including seasonal brews from the Mt. Tallac Brewing Company—and
no cover charge!

For a more tranquil, outdoor atmosphere, head for the North Shore. The pace is more relaxed and the area has a better selection of luxury resorts.

Outdoor Fun

But whichever shore you choose, the pristine lake offers the perfect backdrop for an abundance of outdoor activities. For a change of pace from the usual swimming and sunbathing, try a helicopter ride — it will give you a full appreciation of the spectacular beauty of the lake from above. Helicopter tours range from 20-minute flights showcasing the shoreline from Zephyr Cove and Emerald Bay to an hour-long sunset tour around the lake with views of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. If golfing is your game, a visit to Tahoe won’t be complete without a round at one of the championship courses—many of which include spectacular mountain scenery.

Culinary Delights

Every area in Lake Tahoe—from the south to the north and from California to Nevada—boasts fabulous dining options with choices for every palate and every pocketbook.

At Lake Tahoe South Shore, dining options range from four-star restaurants to one-of-a-kind delis. Evan’s American Gourmet Café (which boasts the highest Zagat rating in Northern California, east of the Bay Area) blends cuisines from around the world, featuring a sophisticated menu and strong wine list. Freshies on Lake Tahoe Boulevard features an outdoor deck overlooking the lake, and is known for creative vegetarian and vegan dishes — and the best fish tacos north of San Diego! Locals rave about the fresh fruit smoothies at Sprouts Natural Foods Café, which serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner from an extensive menu of sandwiches, burritos and homemade soups. If a hearty breakfast or lunch is what you crave, don’t miss The Red Hut Café, a Tahoe institution that’s been a local favorite since 1959.

North Lake Tahoe boasts a wide variety of first-rate dining options as well. Soule Domain in Crystal Bay is one of Tahoe’s most romantic restaurants and features interesting dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients. Fat Cat Café in Tahoe City has an extensive martini and cocktail menu, including the Alley Cat (a dirty martini with blue-cheese stuffed olives). Their most popular dishes include Thai lettuce wraps and Fat Cat Mac (a four-cheese macaroni and cheese with smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms and truffle oil). Tahoe House Bakery, a popular spot for locals, is a family-style bakery and deli.

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