Lake Tahoe--Where to stay on North Shore?

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Jun 3rd, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Lake Tahoe--Where to stay on North Shore?

Hello all,
I am looking to take a short trip to Lake Tahoe and will arrive in Reno and will not have a car, so the North Shore will be our best option. What are your favorite towns to stay in? I have looked at Incline Village, Squaw Valley and Tahoe City, but am overwhelmed by the information. I am looking for champagne tastes on a beer budget--I want to spend around $100 or so per night on lodging. Your recommendations are appreciated.

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Jun 3rd, 2008, 01:52 PM
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How are you arriving in Reno? Airport? Drive? Train? Bus?

Maybe North Shore is not the best option?

If you fly in Reno, there is a shuttle bus to the South Shore.

Also, what month, which days of the week: weekend or weekdays?
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Jun 3rd, 2008, 02:04 PM
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We would be arriving in Reno by plane.
I was under the impression the shuttle bus went to all the villages and that the North Shore was nearest the airport. Is this not correct?
We will be there the week of 4th of July (ugh!) but want to get out before the holiday. Probably Sunday the 29th through Wednesday the 2nd.
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Jun 3rd, 2008, 02:10 PM
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There is a casino express that goes directly from the Reno airport to the South Lake Tahoe casinos. You would be more likely to find inexpensive lodging on the South Shore.
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Jun 3rd, 2008, 02:45 PM
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I just wanted to let you know there is a shuttle to the South Shore, so the North shore is not your only option.

Before the holiday shouldn't be as bad. I suggest you do a search on Expedia, just to get the feel of locations and prices, then check individual hotels' websites.

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There is a shuttle that goes from Reno Airport to Incline Village that we've used quite often for family members to join us. It's the North Lake Tahoe Express and it's only 45 minutes. They go to all the other towns in the north shore as well. In the summer you want to be at the north shore, the south is too crowded.

Check out Ferrari's Crown Motel in Kings Beach. It's the on the lake and reasonable.

http://www.tahoecrown.com/lake-front-lodging

Express:
http://www.northlaketahoeexpress.com/routemap
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Jun 3rd, 2008, 03:00 PM
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Every year we stay at Ferrari's Crown Motel http://www.tahoecrown.com/lake-front-lodging

This place is adjacent to Kings Beach State Rec area. Several upstairs rooms have a clear view of the lake that is about 50 ft away. They have large decks with tables & chairs, BBQ grills, plus a pool & spa. All of this overlooks the lake.

You can walk along the beach to Jason's Beachside Grill. In the summer they always have some entertainment in their outdoor bar area. Great local hangout.
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Jun 3rd, 2008, 05:30 PM
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Without a car, North Lake Tahoe is kind of difficult, but I do think Kings Beach is a good option since you have lodging, restaurants, mini-golf (one of the best mini-golf places on earth, IMHO!) and the town beach all in walking distance. In addition to the aforementioned Jason's, there's a great lunch place just across N. Tahoe Blvd. from the beach -- it's kind of at the point of a triangular building - with seating outside. Depending on your taste, though, Incline Village is probably a little more upscale, Kings Beach a little more "funky". Also, Lanza's is good old-fashioned red-sauce Italian (there are also a number of excellent very expensive restaurants nearby)
 
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Jun 4th, 2008, 08:17 AM
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Isn't there some kind of free shuttle that goes among the towns? I thought I read about that somewhere...
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Jun 4th, 2008, 08:37 AM
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Rent a car. It's crazy to make this trip without a car.
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Jun 4th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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Yeah, TTess is right. You won't see that much of Tahoe without a car.
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Jun 4th, 2008, 08:55 AM
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I happen to disagree with the no car thing. Tahoe has a pretty reliable transit system on both the north and south shores. You can actually go from the north to south shores via transit. My cousins form Ireland arrived in Incline with no car and I gave them the transit schedules and they did fine.

We all need to work together to cut down on emmissions in lake tahoe. Stop suggesting that visitors do the around the lake drive.

Here are links to the different transit systems

North Lake Tahoe:

TART
http://029f35b.netsolhost.com/tahoe/...ummer_FULL.pdf

South Lake Tahoe:

Blue Go
http://www.bluego.org/
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Jun 4th, 2008, 10:44 AM
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Thanks, Suzie. I have no problems with public transportation. I like the way you think about emissions.
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Jun 4th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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I was in South Lake Tahoe in late July for a wedding last year and loved it. It was not too crowded to me, and there is so much in walking distance....beaches, casinos, Heavenly Gondola, tons of restaurants and bars.
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