Contrary to popular belief, autumn is actually one of the best times to head to Tahoe. Not only are the crowds gone, but the water is warm, the winds are calm, and there's enough craft beer and solid cuisine to keep you full until winter.
1. Go swimming. Seriously. Tahoe and alpine lake waters stay tolerable until mid-October.
(Via Tahoe Fly Zone)
2. Glide through the sky (and water) on a flyboard with the Ski Run Boat Company in South Lake Tahoe. // tahoesports.com
3. Learn to SUP (stand up paddleboard) on calm Kings Beach waters with Tahoe Paddle & Oar. // tahoepaddle.com
4. Chow down on German food and beer at the Camp Richardson Oktoberfest. // camprichardson.com
5. Eat a massive slice of pumpkin or apple pie at the Hope Valley Resort. // hopevalleyresort.com
(Courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe)
6. Luxuriate in a fall spa treatment at the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe's glamorous facilities. Their signature organic massage, facial, and mani/pedi are only $129 each. // ritzcarlton.com
7. Tour the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. // sierrastateparks.org
8. Head to the Thunderbird Lodge, and take a lake tour in the 75-year-old Thunderbird yacht. // thunderbirdtahoe.org
9. Join a CULT. The Craftheads United in Lake Tahoe is a new year-round craft beer club at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and features access to limited-edition or rare brews. // laketahoe.hyatt.com
10. Enjoy morning or evening yoga on a pier followed with a swim in a heated pool at the Beach Retreat & Lodge. // tahoebeachretreat.com
11. Hike through any of the aspen forests in Hope Valley, Fallen Leaf Lake, Squaw Valley, or Ebbetts Pass.
12. Explore lesser known alpine lakes like Star Lake, Independence Lake, and Fourth of July Lake (patriotic theme not required).
13. Reel in a mature German Brown trout, Rainbow trout, or Kokanee salmon from the Tahoe depths with Tahoe Sport Fishing. Grill up your catch at the Riva Grill. // tahoesportfishing.com
14. Celebrate 31 years with the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at the Northstar California Resort. // gotahoenorth.com
15. On clear days hike to the top of Mount Rose, Mount Lola, or Tallac for stellar views.
16. Mountain bike the infamous Flume Trail, Van Sickle Trail, or the Downieville Downhill.
(via Tahoe Activities)
17. Challenge your squad to the mountaintop ropes courses at Heavenly Mountain Resort. // skiheavenly.com
18. Play four rounds of golf for only $199 at the course at Squaw Creek. // gotahoenorth.com
19. Warm up on chilly mornings with hot drinks from Coffeebar in Truckee, Alpina in South Lake Tahoe, or Ernie's Coffee Shop. // coffeebartruckee.com, alpinacafe.com, erniescoffeeshop.com
20. Warm up on chilly nights with a s'mores martini at the Resort at Squaw Creek, spicy blood orange margarita at Base Camp Pizza, or pinecone infused hot chocolate at The Living Room at the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. // squawcreek.com, basecamppizzaco.com, ritzcarlton.com
21. Warm up chilly toes in the hot tubs at Basecamp Hotel, Nepheles, or 1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort. // basecamphotels.com, nepheles.com, davidwalleys-resort.com
(Courtesy of Restaurant Trokay)
22. Warm up your tummy with seared ahi tuna steak and lime cilantro sauce at Cedar Glen Lodge, blackened mahi mahi at Moe's BBQ in Tahoe City, or any seasonal dish at Trokay in Truckee. // tahoecedarglen.com, moesoriginalbbq.com, restaurantrokay.com
23. Head down to Apple Hill for fresh picked nuts, fruit, and Halloween pumpkins. // applehill.com
24. Bring the pooch to Kiva Beach or Coon Street Beach. // gotahoenorth.com
25. Crash a wedding or gather inspiration for your own. // tahoesouth.com