Winter Wow Has Come Ashore in North Lake Tahoe
With our grand snow-capped mountains and crystal blue waters, there are few winters as spectacular as North Lake Tahoe’s. There are so many ways to experience the magic here – especially lakeside. Read on to learn some of our local favorites.
Let Beauty Surround You
Enjoy North Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty on any of the lakeside decks and docks that are open for public use such as those in Kings Beach or Tahoe City. Jutting out over the water, these stable docks let you immerse yourself in Tahoe’s expansive allure. It also puts you steps away from a delicious meal at one of our excellent lakeside restaurants like Tahoe City’s Jake’s on the Lake or Kings Beach’s Jason’s Beachside Grille.
While the lake certainly catches the eye, so does the art of North Lake Tahoe, viewable year-round. One highlight is Ursa Mater, or Penny Bear as lovingly known to locals – a huge bear sculpture found in North Lake Tahoe. The stunning piece is just one of the many in the region.
Find a Welcoming Fire Pit
As two-story fireplaces accompanied by lakeside views are a rare yet delightful find, you’d be wise to cozy up near the one at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. The Lone Eagle Grille can set you up with their Spiced Apple Cider or The Flapjack, a bourbon-based cocktail with spiced pear, lemon and maple notes. You can also take your drinks outside to one of their many fire pits along the shore.
Complimentary s’mores, a warm fire and stunning lake views make for a great time at the Basecamp Tahoe City, in Tahoe City. In their aptly named “Cozy Lobby,” you’ll find a double-sided fireplace with comfortable leather couches. Check out their happy hour specials from 4pm – 6pm daily.
If your fire time is best enjoyed with minimal crowds, then book a stay at the Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. Right on the water, this all-suite, boutique resort offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and private fire pits right along the shore.
Snowshoe With a View
If the snowshoe fits, then you’re ready to spend time exploring the natural beauty of North Lake Tahoe. You’re welcome to venture out on your own along one of our excellent snowshoe trails such as at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. Twenty-one separate trails lead skiers and snowshoers through beautiful Ponderosa Pine and White Fir Forest, into open meadows and up to stunning views of Lake Tahoe. Plus, all trails are machine groomed daily so it’s easy to explore and find on-site warming huts.
If you’re looking for snowshoeing with a side of adventure, then head over to Tahoe City’s Winter Sports Park. They offer ski and snowshoe rentals so you can choose between snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding (including a small hill for young children), ice skating or a nice snowy stroll. Trails are groomed seven days a week and there’s a great restaurant and bar for when you get hungry.
If you’d feel more comfortable with an expert guide, then reach out to Tahoe Adventure Company. They can customize the length and difficulty to your preference and can accommodate children as young as eight years old. You can opt for amazing Lake Tahoe vistas or a snowy forest, all with an expert guide to fill you in on natural history and interesting sites. We recommend the lake views. They’re truly spectacular.
Cruise the Lake
Even in the winter, you can enjoy the majesty of Lake Tahoe – whether it be kayaking, fishing or by boat.
Don a warm jacket, rent a kayak at Sunnyside Lodge, then head out on the lake for a tranquil ride. You’re likely to experience less kayakers this season, so it will be like having the waters all to yourself.
You can also join Captain Danny Salvado for a wintery fishing adventure at Reel-Lentless Fishing Charters. His state-of-the-art equipment and determination will almost guarantee you a catch for the day. Cameras are encouraged to catch a great picture, too.
If you’re craving something a bit more opulent, then schedule some time on Lake Tahoe’s most luxurious yacht, the Bleu Wave. This 1966 million dollar classic yacht can accommodate up to 49 people and offers amenities like a fully stocked bar with fireplace, private lounge, stateroom, full climate-controlled facilities and more.
Discover Winter WOW
Choose your winter adventure with an extended stay in North Lake Tahoe. Many lodging properties are offering special mid-week rates, so head out with your gear and get ready to see the sights.