Perfect Weekend Getaway to South Lake Tahoe
One of my favorite places to visit is Lake Tahoe. For a perfect weekend getaway, I traveled into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to always scenic, Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The deep blue lake has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet or 1,897 meters. It has over 70 miles of gorgeous shoreline. The Lake Tahoe area is well known for world class skiing and snowboarding. In addition, enjoy countless hiking trails and water activities.
To get the most out of your perfect weekend getaway, be sure to plan ahead. Decide what you want to do and make your reservations. Lake Tahoe is popular all year with countless things to do. Glaciers contributed to carving out the bowl shaped valleys of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake. and Fallen Leaf Lake. There is so much to see and do. Enjoy the best nature offers and take in the stunning views, everywhere you look.
Emerald Bay State Park Lookout
A breathtaking view of alpine Lake Tahoe and majestic Emerald Bay. The views are picturesque and unbelievable. Then take the trail down to the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. There are numerous small waterfalls along the way. I feel it provide the best lookout around Lake Tahoe area. Due to its popularity, parking can be scarce so be prepared.
We stayed at the Hotel Azure, a 99-room property that is located across the road from the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe. You are just a short five-minute drive from the famous Tahoe hotels and casinos, plus Heavenly Mountain Resort. All rooms at this boutique hotel are non-smoking and include balconies and many offer views of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and offer microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. In addition, the larger suites feature full kitchens that comes with an oven, dishwasher and full-sized refrigerator.
Guests will enjoy complimentary wireless internet and cable programming for great TV watching entertainment. You can utilize their fitness facilities and have fun in the game room, plus receive complimentary parking. The hotel staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The heated pool and 20-person hot tub can be enjoyed year-round. Relax and take in the surrounding scenery. Staying at Hotel Azure is perfect for both family vacations and those wanting to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe offers.
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino
Enjoy year-end events at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino. In the South Shore Room, concerts, shows, comedians and singers deliver top-notch entertainment value. During our stay, we were able to attend the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular show. It is an amazing, multi-media laser and light show that features the original master recordings of the iconic band – Pink Floyd. During the first half of the show, attendees listen to music from the Dark Side of the Moon and view the laser shows through 3-D glasses. During the second half, we put on prism glasses and rocked out to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It was a fun night of great music.
If you want to dine and be treated to delicious tasting, healthy food, then head to Sprouts Cafe. The friendly staff offers great service and serves outstanding meals. Choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, smoothies, juices, bagel and more! There is a variety of veggie and meat options. Their delish sandwiches include avocado, sprouts and carrots. Patrons can dine inside or enjoy the Tahoe area views from their great outdoor patio, along with relaxing music! The cafe is open 7 days a week and provides both dine-in and takeout service.
The Shops at Heavenly Village
For the best shopping in South Lake Tahoe, visit the Shops at Heavenly Village. It is located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola and close walking distance to the major Tahoe hotels and casinos. You can stroll leisurely along cobblestone sidewalks and check-out over 40 shops and restaurants. You can shop for outdoor clothing, gear and accessories, resort wear, kids wear, toys, souvenirs, art, gifts and more! During the warmer months, there is miniature golf and during winter try the large ice skating rink.
Scusa Italian Ristorante
To cap off our perfect weekend getaway, we enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner at Scusa Italian Ristorante. The food is very delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive. After our tasty appetizers, my wife had the “Fresh Salmon Scaloppine” and I chose the “Veal – Scaloppine Cut“. Both tasted great and cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the Hot Fudge Brownie – raspberry purée and vanilla ice cream and Tiramisu with espresso cream sauce. Both so delish! The next time we are back in Lake Tahoe, we will definitely return for another enjoyable dinner.