Lake Tahoe tips, pls!

Dec 31st, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Lake Tahoe tips, pls!

I'm planning a romantic 5-day trip to the Lake Tahoe, but I'm still confused. Which area to go? South Shore? North Shore - CA? North Shore - NV? Main purpose is to enjoy the nature and the beauty of that area. Gambling is not a must. As far as I have searched I'd prefer the romantic, a bit rustic and comfortable cabins/houses rather than the huge resorts and casinos. Appreciate your advices.
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Dec 31st, 2006, 11:10 AM
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Dear Luciano:

Stick to the North or West Shore. Sunnyside is on the west shore and may be what you are looking for. The Hyatt at Incline, Nevada is very nice. Although a "resort", it is not gaudy or overrun. Incline is also a very nice area to stay in.

Good luck. You may also want to do a search above.

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Dec 31st, 2006, 12:17 PM
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I agree---north and west shore. Here is a private cabin I found in the Sunnyside area:

http://www.tahoe-sunnyside-cabins.com/

Not right on the lake, but it has a lake view.

Or try Sunnyside Lodge, a classic log resort right on the water:

http://www.sunnysideresort.com/

We've had dinner there, and liked it.

On the North shore, there are many choices in the King's Beach area---some are just motels but some have cabins or cottages on the beach. Here is a list:

http://www.snowbomb.com/community/lo...p?kingsbeach=1
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Dec 31st, 2006, 12:28 PM
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You don't say when you're coming, but if you are flying into Sacramento it is often more difficult to reach the northern or western shores, than the southern shore. The western shore is most difficult because they sometimes have to close the road due to avalanche danger. I prefer the northern and western shores myself, but you may have to think about how easily can reach them.
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Dec 31st, 2006, 10:02 PM
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North Shore, CA. In view of your preferences, avoid South Shore at all costs.
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Dec 31st, 2006, 11:30 PM
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"if you are flying into Sacramento it is often more difficult to reach the northern or western shores, than the southern shore. The western shore is most difficult because they sometimes have to close the road due to avalanche danger."

Not totally true. It is much more common for Myers on hwy 50, and 89 around Emerald Bay (the routes to the S and SW sides of the lake) to be closed than I-80.

Now, 267 can sometimes be closed and once in a while 89 to Tahoe city can close. But in general, getting to Northshore is easier in stormy weather than to Southshore
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Jan 1st, 2007, 04:56 AM
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"You don't say when you're coming, but if you are flying into Sacramento it is often more difficult to reach the northern or western shores, than the southern shore."
Oooppss!! My bad. And maybe this will define the things. I'll get in there March 1st. Snow time, isn't it? In another forum people said that things will be pretty ugly due to El Niño. I'd hate to spend my romantic week stuck in a middle of road, freezing and starving. Over reacting? The plan is to drive from LA or S.Francisco. Not decided yet. Oh... and btw, I don't ski. Should I change the destination?
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Jan 1st, 2007, 07:05 AM
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LaArruda: My comment was in response to holly's post - not to scare you away from Tahoe.

Now one can Never know what the wether will be like. Heck - most of the "experts" said 2006 would be one of the worst hurricane seasons ever - and it was one of the mildest.

So sure there could be Spring storms, or it could be lovely. But the chances for road closing blizzards are not very high. I would NOT recommend driving up from LA though. That is a very, VERY long distance. What I would do is to fly into Reno, and stay at the Hyatt at Incline Village or somewhere else on the north or NW end of the lake. (If you don't want to drive, the Hyatt has a shuttle and will pick you up at Reno airport - though you will probably want a car anyway)

Another option is to fly into Sacramento. From SMF it is about a 2 hour drive to Northshore if it is not stormy.

And do hope for some snow - it makes Tahoe even more magical . . . .
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Jan 1st, 2007, 12:40 PM
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I love Lake Tahoe in the spring. Absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn't worry too much about road closures. It is unlikely and even if it does happen, the roads get plowed so worst case scenario you get a hotel room for the night, wait until the road is cleared and go up the next day.
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Jan 1st, 2007, 01:53 PM
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Dear Luciano:

I agree with both janis & J Correa. Lake Tahoe is wonderful, but don't fly into LA. Much too far of a drive 8-10 hours.

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Jan 1st, 2007, 01:55 PM
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JCorrea, I respectfully disagree. I don't love Lake Tahoe in the spring. I love it year-round!
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Jan 1st, 2007, 03:19 PM
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I do think flying into Reno is best if you are set on the north shore. You never can tell what the weather will be like. I've seen a lot of snow at the beginning of March. I've lived in the area all my life, and I80 can get tricky over the pass coming from Sacramento (even if it isn't closed)- unless you are used to driving in snow. In my opinion, the drive up 50 from Sacramento is easier and I've driven them both a number of times. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and enjoy the beauty of the snow at the lake...but be safe and smart driving in it. I'm not trying to scare you away either, but you do need to be prepared for snowy conditions at that time of year. You do not have to ski to enjoy Tahoe in the winter - and March 1st is still winter.
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