One Christmas break we traded our cool comfy winter day for the fresh, powdery snow, scenic vistas, and pristine waters. Tahoe has everything you need for the perfect snowy retreat. So, grab your coffee and get comfy… I’m here to take you on a Frozen adventure!
We headed off for a fantastic weekend in Lake Tahoe. It’s a lazy 4-hour drive from our home in San Jose, so it makes for an easy weekend getaway… and like every easy weekend retreat, this one started off with not much planning and a lot of exploring/figuring out on the way… Just when we were getting tired of the traffic jam around Sacramento, we were greeted by the tall hills and it made the anticipation of a weekend of skiing and tubing even greater.
The more we climbed up the hills—we were awestruck. Krish, more of a Lake Tahoe regular, couldn’t wipe the smile from his face either. We were amazed by the tall pine trees, craggy cliffs, and the fresh mountain air. South LT is a busy little town filled with local clothing boutiques, shops, restaurants, and casinos.
You need to be wary of the weather, it’s a pleasant drive through snow cleared roads one minute, and an uncontrollable Tokyo drift the next. It’s always advisable to carry snow chains in Tahoe during the winter months, thankfully we bought our chains @Ace Hardware before making the ascent… And when the conditions got bad (and boy did it turn quick!), we ended up on our hands and knees on the side of the icy roads struggling to install the chains, and we were really prepared for it – in our sneakers and light woolen mitts.
The next day we woke up to a snow-covered car and spent 20 minutes clearing the windshield/car of the snow and we were off to Sand Harbor Beach, three miles south of Incline Village. It was super cold and there was a wide strip of frozen sand mixed together with snow. Only a mile south of Sand Harbor is the famous Bonsai rock. It was a tricky path to take during the winter, but if you are in for an adventure, then it is definitely worth it to see this iconic spot.
In the afternoon we grabbed a quick lunch @Heidi’s Pancake House.
Wheee!!! Tubing is one of my favorite fun activities. Adventure Peak tubing hill is in the middle of Heavenly Ski Resort. We took the gondola from the Heavenly Village to Adventure Peak. Another beautiful sunset on the lake ended the day nicely.
The next morning we took the aerial tram at Squaw Valley for some breath-taking views of the Sierras and ended up at “High Camp” 8,200 feet above sea level – a picturesque area that offers to dine, and shopping. Next, we drove from the North Lake to the South and it has many beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding hills throughout (the lake is enormous, y’all!).
The next morning we headed to Emerald Bay which offers some of the best lake vistas on Tahoe. It’s also one of the only places on Lake Tahoe with the potential to freeze over – a perfect finale for our weekend.
Have you been to Lake Tahoe before? Do you have any favorite spots or things to do?