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Maggie’s place: Lake Tahoe

The outdoorsy destination, where you can sunbathe and snow ski in the same hour

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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 8:28 am

Why I love Tahoe: Tahoe is an outdoor wonderland where you can experience your favorite activities while also enjoying sweeping views of the lake and snow-topped mountains.

What Tahoe is known for: Running, biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, paddleboarding and snowboarding. Pick your sport of choice and get out into the fresh mountain air.

Where to sleep: Best Western Plus Timber Cove Lodge is located on the main drag, Lake Tahoe Boulevard, and has its own private beach for hotel guests. There also is a large pool, and it is next to Timber Cove Marina, where you can rent jet skis, speed boats or kayaks.

If you are looking more for a place to crash during the ski season, check out one of the smaller historical motels that line Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

What to do during the day: Before you plan your trip, consider what type of activities you want to try. Is it kayaking? Hiking? Taking a trip on the Tahoe Queen steamboat? Research online where is the best place to rent equipment for your activity or ask at any of the hotel concierges. Remember that summer is Tahoe’s busiest season, so plan to book in advance when possible to not miss out.

Where to grab a drink: The Brewery has great outdoor seating, a warm, inviting environment, and most importantly, delicious light and dark beers. Their specialty, Bad Ass Ale, is a hoppy beer, not for the faint of heart.

Best breakfast: Tahoe has a large variety of homey diners where you can grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy a lazy morning. A large carved black bear will guide you from the road into the Black Bear Diner, where you can enjoy a good hearty breakfast complete with a muffin the size of a softball.

You can also try either Bert’s Cafe or Ernie’s Coffee Shop and Cafe. These two diner are on opposite sides of the streets and allow you to choose between a Sesame Street rival.

Best reading by the lake spot: Oddly enough, I’d say ditch Lake Tahoe and head to Fallen Leaf Lake. Right off of State Route 89 near Camp Richardson, the lake is glassy offering beautiful reflections of the mountains. While there is a campground near by, it still might be quieter than the Tahoe beaches.

Where to grub: Tahoe is known for it’s fresh, often organic food, and it’s seafood. Try the Sprouts Natural Food Cafe where you can get a big plate of veggies or a delicious vegan or vegetable burrito. For a nice dinner after an exhausting day, head to Freshies Restaurant and Bar. Sit on their patio overlooking the lake and enjoy some Rippin’ Red Curry, grilled portobello mushrooms or sesame crusted Ahi.

Getting around: You probably want to bring a car where you can fit outdoors equipment and enough room for both tank tops and sweatshirts, because it can get chilly at night.

Don’t leave without seeing: The lookout over Emerald Bay. It is the most beautiful view of the lake allowing you to walk right up to the edge.

During the summer, there sometimes is even a running waterfall at Lower Eagle Falls nearby.

— Maggie Creamer, City Hall reporter

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