We spend a lot of time in Lake Tahoe because my husband is a skier so much so that he bought a house in Incline Village North Tahoe. We even got married there 🙂
The first time I went to Lake Tahoe, was in 2015 with Chris. We took the scenic route and since then we almost always drive. It’s like taking a journey in scenic splendor and it’s a trip everyone should make….at least once in his or her lifetime.
We take 405 from Long Beach to I4 and then to 395. It takes about 9-10 hrs. to drive there . Great views in all seasons to be sure. There is an option to take IS-5 but US Route 395 is very scenic than Interstate 5. The road is easy to drive with gentle curves. Every now and then you come across highway Patrol especially when you are close to a town or city , so resist the temptation to speed.
Lone Pine is your midway point along the way, and it surprisingly, for a small town, has some really good restaurants right on US 395. We like to stop at The Grill for lunch or dinner where the menu is varied and the service is very good.
The Lake: Lake Tahoe is the tenth deepest lake in the world and the second deepest in the United States. It is located on the boundary of California and Nevada in the Sierra Nevada mountains. When you visit Tahoe, the hectic lifestyle is left behind and this is a place to unwind. Nestled along the northern shores of Lake Tahoe, Incline Village is a paradise. It attracts skiers from all over the country to Diamond Peak which also provides challenging hikes in the summer months. The lake’s water is clear down to the bottom with endless shades of blue green, emerald, aqua and turquoise. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, the lake offers one of the most incredible settings for recreational activities . There is a loop road which is 72 miles and runs around the lake. It sits on a high altitude of about 6000 to 7000 ft. It takes about 2-3 hours to go around the whole lake and includes the stops for the scenic views. The Sierra Mountains which surround the lake add the real scenic background for the lake. For adventure lovers, there is Kayaking, skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, jet skii, motorboats and tubing and much more to do around this area. There are plenty of hotels, restaurants and attractions in Lake Tahoe. It can be visited all year round: in winter as a ski resort and in summer as a cool getaway. The closest major airport is Reno, NV. In conclusion, A MUST SEE DESTINATION IN THE U.S.
Emerald Bay : Emerald Bay is the one of the best spots to visit in Lake Tahoe although during peak season, parking is a big issue . There is a parking lot but if it’s full you can park along the highway shoulder. There is a hiking trail from the parking lot that takes you down to Vikingsholm. It’s a 38-room mansion that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The Emerald Bay has a small island in the middle of it called Fannette Island. The Tea House of the Island was closed for the season but would love to see it.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort : Diamond Peak has two best features … firstly, its very close to our home in Incline village and secondly it’s very moderately priced. It also has one high speed chair lift that goes right to the top of the mountain. There isn’t a lot of variety for the beginner skiers, but good runs for the more advanced. Spectacular views from mid mountain Snow Flake lodge offering a good lunch and drinks menu.
T’s Mesquite Rotisserie : T’s Mesquite has always been our traditional “go to” spot for lunch. It is a place that you arrive to find skiers, construction workers, and tourists all waiting for the rotisserie goodness about to fall upon them. The chicken is delectable–moist, flavorful. Good value for money.
Lone Eagle Grill: An excellent fine dining restaurant. The dramatic backdrop of Lake Tahoe, the large open lodge feel, the friendly and efficient staff and the high quality menu items combine to make Lone Eagle a very special occasion venue. Prior reservation is must on weekends.
The Wild Flower Café : Our regular go to place for a hearty breakfast. The atmosphere is cozy diner style with attentive service. The portions are large and the price is a great value for the amount and quality of the food.
Some favorites: omelettes, breakfast potatoes , corned beef hash and eggs and pancakes
Mofo’s Pizza & Pasta: We discovered this gem accidentally. The name always discouraged us from stepping in but one evening the restaurant we were planning to go was closed so we ended up at Mofo’s. The atmosphere is charming and cozy. A nice rustic feel. Staff is friendly. We enjoyed the well stocked salad bar . The pasta is also quite decent. We have been visiting this restaurant regularly since then. The place gets packed so try arriving when they open at 5pm!
The Grill – Lone Pine : A sleek, clean diner atmosphere with ultra friendly staff. The menu is mostly comfort food. Excellent range of salads, sandwiches and burgers. Fried Chicken and Santa Fe sandwiches are particularly very good. We stop there every time we are visiting Tahoe and have not had a single bad experience. Definitely recommend it.