Man does not live by bread alone, the philosopher once wrote. You've gotta throw in a half-pound of ground meat, some cheese, lettuce, pickles and other accoutrements of the all-American hamburger to really make things come alive. Add some fresh mountain air into the mix, and well, you've practically attained Nirvana.
There are plenty of places around Tahoe to grab a burger, big and juicy notwithstanding. But there can only be so many great places, and the five establishments that follow easily fall into that category.
As the old song goes, the hills are alive with the sound of music. And folks around Big Blue are getting an earful. Regularly scheduled, outdoor live performances abound this time of year in the Tahoe area, and many of the bands serenade their audiences free of charge.
Size isn't everything, and the High Sierra Music Festival can attest to that.
Sometimes referred to as "the greatest little festival, with the emphasis on little," the High Sierra Music Festival is returning for the 22nd straight summer to Quincy, about 90 minutes north of Truckee on Highway 89.
If you want to witness one of the greatest light shows around, just toss your head back and watch the night sky for a while. But since light pollution has made naked-eye star gazing in the urban areas a bit difficult, you have to head to the hinterlands (and by that, we mean Tahoe) to get a better look.
One great place is Northstar California resort, just outside Truckee, where a slew of star-gazing tours will take place on a weekly basis through the end of the summer.
Lots of folks come to Tahoe to simply chill. But if you want to add a little zest to your getaway, check out the Adventure Sports Week, which returns to the north shore of Big Blue from June 15-24.
The centerpiece of the 10-day celebration is the series of competitions -- which includes trail running, mountain biking, stand-up paddle-boarding, triathlons and swimming -- that are geared for both the seasoned professional and the beginning weekend warrior.
Lake Tahoe and its surroundings are resplendent with geological wonders and biological diversity to boot. A visitor can get a sample of Tahoe's natural bounty by car or bike, but to get an authentic taste of Tahoe, to savor Big Blue in all its glory, it's best to put on a pair of trail shoes or hiking boots and explore it by foot.
Mountain bike aficionados and historians can– and will –debate about whether their sport was invented on the slopes of Marin's Mt. Tamalpais or in the mountains surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado.
But no can argue that some of California's best mountain bike terrain–with iconic rides like the Flume Trail and superb lift-serviced park trails at Northstar–can be found in the Lake Tahoe region.
The following are five rides, ranging from mellow to gnarly, that give off-road cyclists a sense of what Tahoe has to offer.