Going to Lake Tahoe in mid May

Apr 21st, 2005, 06:24 AM
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Going to Lake Tahoe in mid May

Is the Ridge Tahoe a fairly nice place to stay, has a gondola to Heavenly.
Will there be any snow still by then?
What about restaurants in that area?
Any great ones, or just tourist affairs?
Checking in May 17 leaving the 23rd
Thanks Kindly.
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Apr 21st, 2005, 07:14 AM
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Tahoe in May is wonderful. I go every two years. Usually there isn't much snow except at the really high elevations, but with the winter they had this year, you could find some. We often find it warm enough to go hang out on the beach.
We stay right across from the Ridge and it looks really nice.
Restaurants are hard to find. I highly recommend the Harrah's breakfast buffet at the Forest Cafe on the top floor. Lots of great food. Otherwise, it's really hard to find good places to eat. They now have an Applebees, which is great when you have kids. We used to go to the Hyatt on the North Shore for their Sunday buffet, but they've remodeled and I'm not sure they have it anymore. Pretty pricy too.
Some people like the Lakeshore to eat, I find it terrible. Very cafeteria like to me and lots of flies. Cheap prime rib though.
Didn't find the Ceasar's dinner buffet good at all.
There is a good pizza place, but I've forgotten the name.
Hope this helps a little.
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Apr 21st, 2005, 09:51 AM
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There won't be much snow. It's been really nice in Northern California the past week or so. We may be getting some rain this weekend, so there could be a dusting, but I wouldn't count on there being very snow.
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Apr 21st, 2005, 09:51 AM
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The Ridge Tahoe is a fairly nice place to stay. A little older, but still nice.

The snow will be gone at Lake level, but there will still be a lot at the higher elevations.

The best restaurant in the South Shore area is Evans, a small, intimate place. Make sure you get reservations. As far as the casinos are concerned, IMHO none of the buffets have better than mediocre food, but Harrahs has a great view of the lake. The best restaurant in the casinos is The Broiler Room at Caesars, but it is expensive.

Other good places to eat at the South Shore:
Mexican food - The Cantina
Scusa on Ski Run Blvd. - Italian
Cafe Fiore also on Ski Run Blvd. - Italian
The Beacon located at Camp Richardson (a tourist spot) has very good food and if its warm enough, you can sit outside next to the lake with great views.

If you get over to the North Shore, two good restaurants are Captain Jon's and Le Petit Pier.

Have a great trip. Lake Tahoe is absolutely beautiful at this time of year and you'll be ahead of the summer crowds.
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Apr 21st, 2005, 09:56 AM
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The Ridge is not that great. Far from the south shore area. The Gondola is simply for skiers and will not take you near the south lake tahoe area. Heavenly ski area expects to stay open until May 1 so there will be snow there. Not all lifts will be available though.
Don't know if you mean restaurants in the Ridge area or all of south shore.
Here is south shore restaurants we have tried.

Evans near Camp Richardson is fantastic. Link: http://www.evanstahoe.com/

Cafe Fiore is fantastic small and intimate. Link: http://www.cafefiore.com/

On the Evans link you can link to the yummy Cantina and see their menu.

Riva Grill at the Marina is good as is Nepheles on Ski Run Blvd.

There is a Marie Callenders which has homey type foods and pies. Chevys is also along the main street in south shore on CA side.

In the Tropicana there is a decent restaurant called the Greenhouse

We love Yellow Submarine for grabbing a terrific sandwich for picnic. It's on a side street Tallac Ave, past the grassy area going toward the Y. It's a hole in the wall and is usually busy.

In the new area with the gondola and teh Marriotts you'll find a Wolfgang Puck Express. Also there is the Wrap House if you like wraps. Quiznos and Starbucks are also in the shops area.
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Apr 21st, 2005, 10:58 AM
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For a good comparison of the different opinions on staying at the Ridge Tahoe, suggest you check out the reviews on www.Tripadvisor.com. Some like the location, others don't.
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