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Jun 21st, 2019, 12:24 PM
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I wouldnít call it city-like, but rather because itís developed with hotels, etc, it does have some of what Michelle describes - a lot of cars and people, particularly on summer weekends. It isnít densely developed, nor does it have a lot of high-rises (just the 3 or 4 big hotels fit that category).
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Jun 21st, 2019, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tom42 View Post
We must have very different ideas of a city! We've stayed on the south shore several times and never felt like we were in a city.
Southshore - especially along the hwy 50 corridor, the Stateline area, and around the Y, It is very much a 'city' with a lot of traffic, fast food outlets, supermarkets, etc. Songdoc's property is very nice --but yes, the area is very city-like.

It is nothing like the west or east sides or most of the north shore.
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Jun 21st, 2019, 01:13 PM
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Corny, but we loved visiting the Ponderosa Ranch when we were there YEARS ago.
It's now closed, but here's a fun video (not mine) -
Interior shots and excepts from Bonanza are in the 4 to 5:30 marks on the video.

Lake Tahoe is gorgeous! Enjoy!
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Jun 21st, 2019, 05:31 PM
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We loved the Ponderosa Ranch, too. Each summer we would take our daughter on the hay wagon breakfast, hang out, tour the house etc. So fun and a gorgeous setting. The property was sold a number of years back. Not sure what or if there are any development plans.

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Jun 21st, 2019, 07:59 PM
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I went to the Ponderosa Ranch, too! It must be at least twenty years ago (which is the only time I've been to Lake Tahoe.).

FYI, I don't think the "city" atmosphere will bother me. It will be a contrast because I live on Kauai where there are no buildings taller than a palm tree and a population of 72,000.

Off topic, but at the moment, I'm working at a conference on the Big Island on Hapuna Beach and it's absolutely beautiful. But my work schedule is intense and I wish I had more time to enjoy the island! I walk on the beach in the morning and tomorrow I'll have three hours off. I don't expect too much sympathy. I've been here many times -- and I get to return to Kauai for three weeks before leaving for Tahoe.
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Jun 21st, 2019, 08:11 PM
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>>I don't expect too much sympathy<<

We can fake it

To clarify - Southshore is not a huge metropolis but South Lake Tahoe CA total population is just under 25,000. The entire region (the whole Tahoe Basin which is enormous) has a little under 70,000. So more than 1/3 of the entire Lake Tahoe population lives in the 4+ miles from one end of SLT to the other
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Jun 22nd, 2019, 12:56 PM
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Wow. Thanks, janisj
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Jun 22nd, 2019, 06:13 PM
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All of Lake Tahoe is busy in the summer. I lived on the South shore many years ago, although I now prefer the north and west shores. But, you can enjoy the Lake Tahoe very much from the South Shore.

Sand Harbor (for Shakespeare) is only about a 30 minute scenic drive. It's a great experience. If you go early, you can enjoy the beach before the play.

Drive to Fallen Lake Leaf - from there you can hike into Desolation Wilderness for beautiful scenery. Be sure to see Emerald Bay. Nice hike to a waterfall. Take a boat tour from Zephyr Cove or Ski Run Blvd, or rent kayaks or SUPs. It's very special to be on the lake looking at the shore.
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Jun 22nd, 2019, 11:09 PM
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Thank you, cas4075. I've copied all the suggestions into a file. Much appreciated.
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Jun 23rd, 2019, 06:09 AM
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[QUOTE]Sand Harbor (for Shakespeare) is only about a 30 minute scenic drive. It's a great experience. If you go early, you can enjoy the beach before the play.[\QUOTE]

in fact, thatís the best time to go to the beach at Sand Harbor - after 3 pm or so when the early-birds leave. And parking spaces open up. Otherwise, especially on a weekend, getting in is really hard (and traffic is bumper-to-bumper until the parking lot fills up) and thereís no other nearby parking. The warmest part of the day is late afternoon. You could combine Sand Harbor beach/kayaking/Shakespeare.
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Jun 23rd, 2019, 02:08 PM
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This^^^ if you are going to see Shakespeare. Get there at 3 or so to spend time on the beach.

We we go for the day. Last year we got there at 9 am. By 10, the beach was packed and they were already turning cars away.
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Jun 23rd, 2019, 03:53 PM
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The beach at Sand Harbor is great (as is the kayaking) . . . and definitely think about a late picnic on the beach before the show. But you living in Hawaii the beach may be semi-ho hum But the boardwalk out around the point and through the rock formations will knock your socks off.
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Jun 23rd, 2019, 07:44 PM
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Thanks so much for all the great info!
I just got back from the Big Island and now I get to look forward to Lake Tahoe!
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Jun 24th, 2019, 07:19 AM
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One of our favorite things to do on a Sunday is the concerts at Commons Beach. https://concertsatcommonsbeach.com/ You could drive from South Shore around Emerald Bay to the West Shore. Stop at Sunnyside, Chambers Landing or West Shore Cafe for a drink/lunch on the deck. The concerts are from 4-7 and are at Commons Beach Park right in Tahoe City. You can bring a chair/blanket and a picnic or they have food and drink to sell. If you don't linger after the music, you could still make it home by dark. You could also rent bikes there and ride up to Squaw Valley or back to Meeks Bay.

For this year's Shakespeare Festival they are alternating Taming of the Shrew and a Musical Rock n Roll tribute. You probably already have it but can find the schedule here. https://laketahoeshakespeare.com/

I'm not a big fan of Las Vegas but Valley of Fire is beautiful.

Have a great vacation.
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Jun 24th, 2019, 07:59 AM
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Ditto re the Sunday concerts in Tahoe City. They’re wonderful.
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Jun 24th, 2019, 08:37 PM
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I appreciate the suggestion, but I won't be in Lake Tahoe on a Sunday. I'll arrive late Monday (6/15) and overnight at a Reno airport hotel. We'll drive to Lake Tahoe early Tues. and leave Sat. morning.
We're trying to decide between "Taming of the Shrew" and "Million Dollar Quartet." To be honest, neither is high on our lists, so we're having trouble deciding on which show.
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