Bask in the sun on the huge south-facing decks with stunning views of Mt. Tallac (Tahoe's most striking peak). Relax in the great room with extra-high vaulted wood-beam ceilings and a river rock hearth that adjoins the spacious kitchen.
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Baldwin Beach Baldwin Beach Rd. - my favorite beach in Tahoe. Few people, clean bathrooms and great views. $7 entry fee or park on the road and walk or bike a half mile in.
Pope Beach Pope Beach Rd. Very convenient and a little crowded. Free parking.
Regan Memorial Park Very convenient (closest beach to most areas in South Tahoe). Can be very crowded. Free parking but the lot fills up fast.
Zephyr Cove - Beautiful beach but can be very crowded.
Sierra Ski and Cycle Works 3430 Lake Tahoe Blvd, (530) 541-7505
Watta Bike 2933 Highway 50, (530) 544-7700
Tahoe Sports Ltd 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd # 7, (530) 542-4000
Bijou Golf Course Central location. 9 holes and $17 ($30 to place twice and get 18). 3464 Fairway Ave, (530) 542-6097
Edgewood Golf Club The best, most scenic, and most expensive course in South Lake (technically it is in Stateline, Nevada). Incredible lake and mountain views (a few holes are ON Lake Tahoe). 100 Lake Pkwy, Stateline, NV (888) 881-8659
Lake Tahoe Golf Course 18 holes and the best mountain views in Tahoe. The best value for 18 holes in South Lake. Almost walking distance to my Skyline Rental Home. 2500 Emerald Bay Rd, (530) 577-0788
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course 9 hole course: $30 for nine and $40 for 18. 3021 US Hwy 50, (530) 577-2121
City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation and Swim Pool Complex 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd, (530) 542-6056
Crow's Auto Care Drop of your bike and get it tuned with your car! Specializing in Toyota and Subaru but Mike Crow works on just about anything. This is the nicest auto-shop we have ever seen: feels more like a cafe or bike shop than an auto repair stop. 931 3rd St. (530) 542-1623
Taxis, Shuttle Bus
Lakeshore Taxi (530) 544-3600
Sunshine Taxi Co (530) 542-1234
Yellow Cab of South Lake Tahoe (530) 544-5555
The three Ski Resorts each have very different terrain, feel and costs.
Heavenly - Biggest Mountain, Best Views, Most Convenient
Distance: 5 minutes from Alice Lake Rd. and 10 minutes from Skyline Dr. - map
South Lake Tahoe's largest ski resort with 29 chairlifts and 97 runs. It is the most convenient ski resort to access. The base elevations are around 6,500' and the summit is at 10,067'. The Heavenly Gondola (photo above by Corey Rich) has the best views in Tahoe. Child lift tickets are around $50 and adult lift tickets are $80-90. There are three access points to the mountain: California Lodge, Stateline Gondola, and Nevada Side
Sierra at Tahoe - Best Deal for Families
Distance: 25 minutes from Alice Lake and 20 minutes from Skyline - map
Sierra has 46 trails and 9 chairlifts. It is a smaller mountain with a more family friendly fee. That said, it also has a number of terrain parks and even a quasi-backcountry section you have to hike a little to. It is the closest South Lake resort the Bay Area and Sacramento. You drive right by it on Highway 50 if coming from the west making it a great resort to hit on the first day of your trip. Adult lift tickets are $77 and children tickets are only $19 making it the best deal of any resort for families.
Kirkwood - Steepest Terrain, Fewest Crowds, Best Snow
Distance: 50 minutes from Alice Lake and 45 minutes from Skyline - map
Highest base in Lake Tahoe and the most annual snowfall. However, it's a 45 minute drive from South Lake if the roads are clear and well over an hour if it is snowing. There is only one high speed chair lift. But crowds are mellow and you feel like you are in the High Sierra... which you almost are. For advanced skiers, they have incredible steep terrain and backcountry access. Kirkwood has an "out there" Alpine feel that no other Tahoe ski resort has.
TIP: Lift tickets are expensive. Season passes with some holiday exceptions are cheap and can pay for themselves on your fifth skid ay.
Cross Country Skiing
Best: Kirkwood 80 km of trails. $22 a day. Like the main Kirkwood ski resort, you see taller bigger peaks and overall get a more Alpine feel than the rest of Tahoe.
Distance: 50 minutes from Alice Lake and 45 minutes from Skyline - map
Closest: Spooner Lake 80 km of trails. $22 a day. Lake views from the more advanced trails.
Distance: 25 minutes from Alice Lake and 30 minutes from Skyline - map
There is also fun cross country skiing right behind the Alice Lake house. Just walk 200 feet and you are on the Powerline Trail which is mostly flat. You can ski 2 miles north and end up at base of Heavenly or 1 mile south to Cold Creek (nice creek with a bridge). Cross country ski rentals are very affordable compared to downhill ski rentals.
Best: Adventure Mountain Large groomed sledding hill. It generally has the best snow conditions because it is at 7,400' (1,200' higher than most Tahoe sledding areas). Parking costs $18. Bring your own sled or rent for $10-20.
Distance: 20 minutes from Alice Lake and 15 minutes from Skyline - map (It is located right at Echo Summit and you drive by it on your way into Tahoe from the West).
Closest: The backyard! Both the Skyline Drive house and the Alice Lake house have decent sledding (as long as there is enough snow). There are sleds and saucers in the garage.
All the ski resorts also offer sledding. Ski resort sledding is generally more crowded, more expensive, and has tougher parking.
Closest to Alice Lake Rd (3 minutes): Safeway, 1020 Johnson Boulevard, (530) 542-7740 - map
Closest to Skyline Dr (3 minutes): Lira's, 2977 US Highway 50, (530) 577-5399 - map
Closest supermarket to Skyline Dr (7 minutes): Raley's, 1040 Emerald Bay Road, (530) 541-5160 - map
Health Food Store: Grass Roots All the essentials and good take-out lunch sandwiches and pizza. Expanded in 2011. 2040 Dunlap Dr, (530) 541-7788
There is a Costco and a Trader Joe's about an hour away in Carson City.
Breakfast: Ernie’s, 1146 Emerald Bay Road, (530) 541-2161
Breakfast: Key's Cafe Local favorite with great breakfast burrito 2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd #2 (530) 541-9024
Healthy Breakfast/Lunch: Sprouts, 3123 Harrison Avenue, (530) 541-6969.
Coffee: Alpen Sierra (free wireless), 3940 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 1 (530) 544-7740
Burgers: Burger Lounge 717 Emerald Bay Rd, (530) 542-4060
Burgers: Izzies Burger Spa, 2591 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, (530) 544-5030
Chinese: Hunan Garden, 900 Emerald Bay Rd. (530) 544-5868
Mexican: Mayas, 3132 Us Highway 50, (530) 577-3344 (The closest burrito to 2478 Alice Lake is Baja Fresh - map)
Pizza: Bob Dog’s Pizza, 3141 Us Highway 50, (530) 577-2364
Pizza: Bob Dog’s Pizza, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd A1 (530) 541-0809
Pizza: Lake Tahoe Pizza Co., 1168 Emerald Bay Rd (530) 544-1919
Fancy Seafood and Steak: The Chart House, Great lakeview from up on the mountain on the Nevada side. 392 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, NV (775) 588-6276
Pacific Rim Fusion/Sushi/Lounge: Kalani's Fancy for Tahoe standards. Located right at the base of the Heavenly Gondola next to the ice rink. 1001 Heavenly Village Way #26, (530) 544-6100
Steakhouse: 19 Kitchen, on top of Harvey's Casino (great Lake views), (775) 588-2411
Seafood: Freshies, Roof deck with Lake views (May-October only)., 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd (530) 542-3630
Sushi: Off the Hook!, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Unit E, (530) 544-5599
Italian: Cafe Fiore, Very intimate (only 7 tables) 1169 Ski Run Blvd. #5 (530) 545-0424
Thai: Orchid Thai, 2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd., (530) 544-5541
Divided Sky Good local atmosphere, great sandwiches, free wireless, 3200 US Highway 50, (530) 577-0775
Whiskey Dick's Saloon, Pool tables 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., (530) 544-3245
Turn 3 Peanut Bar, Sports Bar 2227 Lake Tahoe Blvd., (530) 542-3199
Clubs and Nightlife
Club Blu Nightclub at Montebello, 55 Highway 50, (888) 829-7630
Opal Ultralounge at Montebello, Friday girls drink free, Monday, Monday free drinks from 10-12 (775) 586-2000
Peek Night Club at Harrah's: 15 Hwy 50, Stateline, (775) 586-6705
Cabo Wabo Cantina Lounge at Harvey's Casino, 18 Highway 50, (775) 588-2411