This week, we escaped the Bay Area via a four-hour drive and a 5,980-foot trek up to the Calpine Fire Lookout in the Sierra Valley, just off Highway 89 near Truckee. A onetime forest fire tower that was used every summer until 1975, the Lookout costs $45 a night—a bargain for an evening brimming with stars and sweeping views.
While most people visit Lake Tahoe in the summer months, there's a little secret that locals know: Fall is the best time to head to the lake. Under the bright blue sky and among the golden leaves this fall head to these top eight food, wine, and hiking events:
There's probably nothing better than the mountains in summer. The days are hot and sunny and the nights are cool with that perfect temperature for sleeping in a tent. Lake Tahoe really comes alive in the summer months with various outdoor sports and special events. Even though this list could go on ad infinitum, we narrowed it down to the top 50.
Lake Tahoe is a destination spot for groups looking to party and for couples who want a romantic trip and a glass of Champagne— luckily, both kinds of excursions can be enjoyed on the water.
Lake Tahoe is a popular place to go camping in the summer, so now's the time to reserve that perfect campsite, before it's packed to the brim. There are dozens of campgrounds around the lake, but only a few of them have great lakeside access. These top five campgrounds either have their own beaches or it's just a quick walk to the shoreline and that deep blue water—perfect for a refreshing summer dip.
During a road trip to Lake Tahoe, the lake itself is usually the ultimate destination. However, no matter what direction you come from, there are a multitude of other adventures to be had in the Sierra Nevada throughout the year.
Are you planning a spring or summer wedding in Lake Tahoe? Wedding receptions at the lake can be held in many places including ski resorts, mountain tops, and private beaches, but you might want a comfortable and protected location right on the water to wine and dine with your guests without worrying about what the weather might bring. These five restaurants around the lake are either located right on the water or just a toss of the bouquet from the water's edge.
Coconut milk and honey. Buttered rum. Green tea and peppermint. These delicious ingredients sound like the makings of a dessert, but at some of Tahoe's resorts and spas you actually spread them on your body or enjoy them with your pedicure. Indulge all five senses with these five heavenly spa treatments at the lake. You will want to lick yourself clean.
The latest storm that soaked the Bay Area also dumped a few more feet of powder in the Tahoe mountains. The upcoming President's Day weekend will be a great time to head to the lake to tackle the ski slopes…even for beginners.