Winter at Lake Tahoe: a Frozen Paradise

Lake Tahoe Winter ActivitiesYou’ve been to Lake Tahoe before: you know that it has some of the best skiing and snowboarding west of the Rocky Mountains, but not everybody likes to hit the slopes – so what else is there to do during the winters at Lake Tahoe? Answer: lots.

No doubt you’ll want to visit one of the 12 ski resorts in the area, but there are other activities to enjoy during winter at Lake Tahoe. There is ice skating, horse drawn carriage rides, inter tubing, sledding and snow shoeing. Perfect for all ages and a great alternative for those that don’t like strapping into long slats and flying down a mountain. Additionally, these options are relatively easy, great for all ages and affordable. If you do enjoy navigating a mountain at a high rate of speed, the snowmobiling tours wind you through the hills of Lake Tahoe’s surrounding national forest.

If you prefer to spend your time inside when it is cold outside, Lake Tahoe still has so many amenities. Gambling, arcades, shopping, comedy shows, improv, concerts and night clubs provide indoor options sure to please everyone. South Lake Tahoe is also home to several fabulous restaurants. The foodie in the group will surely find an epicurean experience worthy of 5 stars on Yelp. If luxurious beauty treatments are your preferred way to spend a vacation, we have several spas and masseuses ready to pamper you and help you unwind from your travels.

Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland but holidays here are truly magical. Heavenly Village has festive events every day of the month in December leading up to a big finale on New Year’s Eve. Fireworks and the gondola drop provide a family friendly New Year’s Eve event. Tahoe’s big year end music festival, Snow Globe, takes place the last three days of the year and has featured all types of artists from Snoop Dog to Kaskade. After the gondola has dropped and Snow Globe comes to an end, the casino corridor is shut down and the streets fill with locals and visitors alike celebrating the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.

When searching for winter accommodations, consider a South Lake Tahoe cabin or vacation home. They are close to all the activities that winter at Lake Tahoe provides. You could book a hotel room, but these beautiful vacation rentals will give you the true Lake Tahoe experience and a sneak peek of life as a local. After all, what is better than hot chocolate and board games with your nearest and dearest in a cozy living room as the snow falls outside? We think winter at Lake Tahoe is the best. And, if you fall in love with the Lake Tahoe lifestyle, we can absolutely help you find your home in Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place, and there is a lot to do for the entire family – just make sure to plan well-ahead! Ski lessons book up quickly, Snow Globe pre-sales get scooped up fast, and vacation rental vacancies don’t last long, either.

Playing In Lake Tahoe in the Summer

 

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If you’re thinking about lakefront real estate in Lake Tahoe, you’re our kind of person. The region is as enjoyable in the summer as it is in the winter – only, instead of skiing, snowboarding and hot cocoa, the summers up here provide a perfect backdrop for things like canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, and more…including, well, skiing. Water skiing.

Located right on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe often gets overlooked for the other more popularized vacation spots in these two states. But the Lake Tahoe lakefront provides a rewarding, energetic, and satisfying vacation for the whole family.

You could kayak or canoe out to Fannet Island, for instance, or take the scenic hiking trails that lead you up to Mount Tallac and some of the most picturesque views on Earth. Or you can paddle board from King’s Beach to Crystal Bay on the North Shore, or take in a round of golf on a beautifully breathtaking golf course, go horseback riding, or any number of fun things for residents.

And there are plenty of hidden gems for those who live here year round and really get to know the area over time, but we won’t spoil them here…

Of course, if you’d like to talk to us about life here in Lake Tahoe, give us a call at (530) 577-0389.

Or, if you’d rather just browse our Lake Tahoe lakefront real estate listings, please feel free!

Meyers, South Lake Tahoe’s “Gateway”


Next up on our updated neighborhood descriptions is Meyers.  Locally known as the “Gateway” to South Lake Tahoe, tourists know Meyers as the first place to stop for a quick refreshment or restroom break after making the tour along Highway 50. Like most Tahoe neighborhoods, Meyers has its share of older classic cabins and A-Frames built when a plan was in place for an area ski resort back in the 1960’s, ranch style homes, larger contemporary styles and small estates. There are approximately 475 homes within the area with an average lot size of 6,000 square feet. Many of the homes feature gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain ranges and rare Western Juniper trees. Some of the homes even back the golf course, National Forest and the Truckee River.

Popular features found throughout Meyers are the Tahoe Paradise Park, Lake Baron, developed bike lanes and two golf courses. There is also a large grocery store, restaurants, bike rentals, California Conservancy headquarters, a visitor center and the Truckee River. To learn more about the Meyers neighborhood, click here.

Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park Neighborhood Profile

As summer approaches, we thought it would be fun to take a refreshed look at the various neighborhoods found throughout the South and East shores of Lake Tahoe. Our first featured neighborhood is a combined area of Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park. This in-town area is quiet, centrally located and is made up primarily of single family residences. There are a few multi-family units scattered throughout. Entrance to this area is commonly accessed by way of 3rd Street, Tahoe Keys Blvd and from Emerald Bay Highway. Throughout the area, there are approximately 400 homes offering a variety of construction years, style and and size. The majority of these homes were built between the 1960’s and the 1980’s. During the 2000′s as folks were choosing to drive less, there was a new trend among locals to build homes closer to the lake. Now, there are a number of classy new homes throughout Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park. Homes throughout the area in the Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park area range between 1,000 to 2,000 SF of living space with an average lot being between 7,000 – 9,000 square feet. A popular reason folks love living in this neighborhood is that the general topography is level allowing “less-stress” living conditions during the winter. There are even areas within these neighborhoods with special amenities such as homes with mountain views, some backing lush alpine meadows and some even backing the tranquil sailing lagoon. Some homes even haves rights to boat docks within the Tahoe Keys Marina. Adding to the convenience of this area are nearby restaurants, shopping, and public transportation. Many residents are most enthused by the bike trails providing easy access to the Lake Tahoe beaches and recreational activities. To preview homes currently for sale in this neighborhood, click here.

South Lake Tahoe’s Tuesday Night Beach Night is Back in Action

Canoe PosterApproximately 10 years ago, we found ourselves lamenting over the fact that a glorious Lake Tahoe summer had just passed and we had not made it to the beach.  Not once.  We had let our busy schedules get in the way.  How ridiculous is that?  Here we were living in one of the world’s most sought after recreation destinations and we letting mundane routines take over our lives.  “Never again” we swore to ourselves.  At that very moment we made a vow that we would never let excuses get in the way of our living the Tahoe lifestyle so many just dream about.  Collectively a group of family and friends came up with the idea of a weekly potluck dinner at the beach.  Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Tuesday evenings after work became our focus and “no stress/no mess” was our goal.  If someone want to prepare a gourmet dinner to share – great.  If someone wanted to pick up a bucket of KFC – fabulous.  Bring your own dishes and utensils, beverage of choice and a dish to share and just get to the beach.  This was as complicated as it got.

Ten years later, we are still at it.  Some participants have moved away and new members have joined us.  Some babies are now rascally kids and new babies are appearing.  Some folks show up randomly, some are there every week.  Bald eagles fly over head, Canadian geese beg and the setting sun always puts on a show.  It’s Tuesday night in Tahoe and Beach Night is underway. Take a look and see why we are so enthralled with Tuesdays.

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