When I think of Tahoe, I think of the lake. The clear blue water and snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the background couldn’t set a more beautiful scene. From snowboarding to wake boarding, South Tahoe has it all. Thanks to a press trip from the amazing Tahoe South and other sponsors, I was able to spend a getaway in South Lake Tahoe.
How to Get There
If you live in the LA area, you are in luck. The fabulous Jet Blue is now offering direct flights from Long Beach to Reno/Tahoe. Long Beach Airport is old literally the cutest airport I’ve ever been to. My flight with JetBlue was my first time flying with them and it was amazing. I couldn’t rave about them any more than I already have in a previous post.
Where to Stay
Hipster joints are my jam. Anything that’s a bit rustic draws me to it. The Coachman and Basecamp Hotel couldn’t be more up my alley if they wanted to be. Both remodeled hotels in the area, each offer a different experience that you’re sure to love.
Originally built in the 1960’s as two separate motels, the Coachman is now a 42 room offering a king or two queen bed rooms. Donned as one of the most Instagramable hotels in Tahoe, the Coachman offers free wifi, complimentary smores in the evening, heated pool and hot tub, heated toilet seats, and yard games like cornhole.
The Coachman has a central traditional bar that serves as the reception desk too. Grab a coffee, beer, or wine and head over to the lobby to enjoy the view. Up early in the morning? No problem. The Coachman offers morning mimosas and complimentary breakfast as well. Want to grab a drink before dinner? No worries. The Coachman also offers a happy hour daily.
I loved the rustic feel to the rooms and loved that they utilize MALIN + GOETZ toiletries. Every room is stocked with unique, local snacks for purchase and an Apple TV. No need browsing channels to find something to watch when you can log in and watch what you like.
Built for exploring South Tahoe, Basecamp Hotel boasts 74 rooms all uniquely styled. I personally didn’t stay here but I got to check out some of the rooms and I was thoroughly impressed. One of the rooms were set up to replicate camping. The bed had a tent over it, there was a campfire with chair surrounding it, tree wall paper, and glowing stars on the ceiling.
The reception area kept the vibe going with a modern take on hipster lodging. I wandered into the beer garden to grab a delicious lemon cider and sat outside to watch people playing by the authentic air streamer. Basecamp is totally my type of lodging and I will definitely be staying there my next visit.
Though Basecamp offers a variety of beverages in the beer garden, they will soon be opening their own brewery called Desolation Brewery in the fall.
South Tahoe Eats
Even though I can be a picky eater, I can always find something to eat where ever I go. South Tahoe offers a large variety of restaurants to suit any palate. From Mexican to Italian, to American foods, you can’t go wrong in South Tahoe. Here are a couple of Tahoe eats I got my tastebuds on.
Azul Latin Kitchen
Yep, you already know I was all over this. Located in Heavenly Village, Azul Latin Kitchen is a family friendly take on Mexican, South, and Central American cuisine. Offering a lighter menu, Azul commits to using use organic and local products to give you the freshest options possible.
I personally tried out their So Cal. burrito which was huge and hit the spot. Filled with jack and cheddar cheeses, lime sour cream, over roasted chicken, and seasoned potato wedges, this burrito couldn’t have screamed my name any louder. Everything was full of flavor and the potato wedges knocked my socks off. Oh, and you can’t forget their red salsa. I wish they were closer so I could buy it by the gallon and put that tish on everything.
To make my meal even better, I order a couple of house margaritas to wash it all down. Salty and tart, their margaritas were made just the way I like them. They offer a wide variety of tequila and non-tequila options that are made with fresh-squeezed juices instead of mixtures.
Round Hill Pines Beach Resort Grill
Soaking up the sun can be exhausting. Okay, not really but while you’re catching some rays you may get a little rumbly in your tumbly. Have no fear, the Round Hill Pines Beach Resort Grill is here to save the day. Round Hill has an American filled menu with a variety of seafood sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Once you place your order, they have these cute wooden stakes to put in the sand. Once your order is up, they come find you on the beach and deliver your food. Beachside service, check!While I was hanging on the beach, one of the staff suggested that I try a famous Pain Killer. The Pain Killer is the resort’s original Alpine Caribbean style drink. The drink is made with pineapple, coconut, a variety of rum, some secret ingredients, and topped with freshly zested nutmeg.
Obviously, I had to give it a try. The Pain Killer had an interesting taste. It wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t say its great, however, this may have been the nutmeg on top that threw it off for me. I’m told their sister beach, Camp Richardson offers a drink called the Rum Runner that I have to try next time
While exploring Heavenly Village be sure to stop in at The Loft to grab dinner and a show. The Loft boasts an Italian filled fare from culinary experts. With a full bar and an award winning wine list you can get your drink on all night. I enjoyed a pasta dish with a delicious meat & cheese tray appetizer before stopping in to catch a show.
The Loft offers an incredibly unique experience by hosting shows in the very same space you can have dinner. The Loft Theatre presents a magic show called Magic Fusion held nightly by award winning magicians. The show run about 75 minutes long and is appropriate for all ages as the humor is funny and censored.
Honestly, I was watching the magicians hands like a hawk to see how he did his tricks. I felt pretty confident and many of the tricks, however, there was one that blew my mind a bit. If you attend, tell me if you can figure out the lemon/lime trick! The show was great and I even volunteered for the final trick to get an up close look at the magic in action.
Things to Do
South Tahoe is hands down the coolest vacation spot you could visit to explore the best of everything in one trip. You can literally go snowboarding in the morning and jet skiing in the afternoon. I was amazed at everything you could do in a single day.
Explore the Land
While in Tahoe, I went on 2.5 different hikes with each having their own beauty to showcase. All I can say is water, water, water, and more water. From lakes to waterfalls, I couldn’t get enough of the stunning scenery.
Glen Alpine Falls
Glen Alpine Falls was what I consider the half hike. You can park and walk from the bottom up or you can drive all the way to the falls and walk a few yards. The falls were flowing so quickly and looked so majestic. I wanted to feel the water but I’m sure I would have been swept away. There were a couple cabins right above the falls too which made me jealous of that life.
Angora Lakes Trail
Though every hike had gorgeous views, Angora Lakes was the most stunning. You were up close and personal with scenery as you followed the trail. I took about a billion photos because I was in love. The trail itself was easy and almost anyone could do it. Once you get to the end of the trail you are greeted with adorable cabins and a lake. The cabins are rented by the week and offer lots of water activities to partake in. There was even snow on the mountains by the water that you could get into.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
I can’t be the only one who had no idea that there was such a thing as a bi-state park, right? We started the hike in California and finished it in Nevada which was pretty rad. The Van Sickle Bi-State Park was a steep, let me repeat, steep trail to complete for those of us who aren’t used to the elevation. If my lungs could have handled the elevation I probably wouldn’t have struggled but I definitely did.
Through the middle of the trail is the gondola that you can ride up to another area if you’d like. Our trail didn’t stay near it but it was pretty neat to see people floating through the thicker parts of the forest. Once we got a ways up the trail the views started to flood the path. Once again, South Tahoe was showing off its beauty.
Finally, we made it to another waterfall that was majestically tucked in the forest and flowing nicely. This waterfall was definitely easier to access so I definitely made my way down. The water was nice and cool and of course, I had to take a sip. Yes, this isn’t suggested but it was so refreshing!
Explore the Lake
Once you’re done hiking, hop on a water taxi and make your way to one of the beaches of South Tahoe. Speaking of the water taxis, I knew the lake was big but not as huge as it is. It took probably 20 minutes to get from one side to the other which blew my mind.
Round Hill Pines Beach Resort Marina
After chowing down at the grill, make sure to burn off those calories in the water. The Round Hill Pines Beach Resort Marina offers a plethora of water activities to part take in. Without skipping a beat, I decided to hop right in and do some stand-up paddleboarding. In Hawaii, I use to love SUP but since I’ve lived in the desert for 5 years now, those opportunities haven’t been available. Not having the core strength that I use to, I went swimming at one point.
After rocking my legs with SUP, I decided to kayak for a bit. The marina was pretty wavy which made kayaking more fun in my opinion. I’m a beach baby so the rocking of the waves soothes my soul. I decided to trek along the coast and watch the marine life swimming around below me. Arm work out, check.
More to Do in South Tahoe
Though these are adventures I personally embarked on in South Tahoe, there are tons more to do. If you have more time to spend or want to find more to do, check out Tahoe South. They will work with you to plan the ultimate South Tahoe adventure that fits all your needs.
Sarah Bailey says
What an absolutely fantastic looking place to visit, I love the look of the Coachman Hotel! How beautiful does that fireplace look!
The place looks absolutely outstanding! We love to travel that we have not been there yet. It would be great for a we can get away for sure! It looks like you guys had a great time.
That looks like such a great vacation. I haven’t been to Lake Tahoe, but it looks so beautiful and I’d love to make it there one day.
Ohh.. that water! I have only been once, and it was in fall when I lived in San Francisco. I remember the drive there. So amazing. We stayed in a cabin with our dog but I want to go to The Coachman next. Sign me up for that!
Eileen | yesmissy.com says
Lake Tahoe looks amazing in your pictures! I’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t had a chance yet!
Wildish Jess says
It’s gorgeous! You definitely have to make the trip one day!
I have never been to Lake Tahoe. I had no idea there were so many things to do during the summer. I would love to go hiking and canoeing.
Claudia Krusch says
Wow this looks like an amazing place to spend some down time. I would love to stay at The Coachman. The complimentary smores is a great touch.
Heather Johnson says
I know very little about Tahoe because I have never been that far west. That hotel looks absolutely amazing! So does the lake!
You had so much fun! I am super excited for our trip next week. It is so much fun to explore new areas.
I’ve never been to lake tahoe but it is one of the places I’d like to visit in the states! We live in Australia but visit regularly – this getaway sounds like heaps of fun!
Tara Pittman says
Climbing that waterfall is what I want to do. Then I would eat the cheese tray
I was just in South Lake Tahoe during Memorial Day weekend for a catering event that I was doing. I wish i would have had this guide for my free time! It looks like you had so much fun!
Lynzy & Co says
Tahoe looks like such a gorgeous place. Everything about this trip looks amazing and the view is absolutely stunning. I am bookmarking and planning a trip here for sure.
Sounds like a good time. I didn’t realize that jet blue had a flight to Tahoe. Loved the different hotels they both sound like a great place to stay.The hike would be a great morning workout.
Blair villanueva says
I first learned about Lake Tahoe when I watch the movie The Ugly Truth starring Catherine Heigel and Russel (i forgot his other name, but he is the guy in the movie 300). I concur, it is a lovely place and romantique too.
I always wanted to go to Lake Tahoe! Love that waterfall picture and that hotel looks so cosy. Looks like you had a lot of fun there. Great mix of adventure and chilling out at the lake.
Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says
What a fun trip and such beautiful pictures. South Lake Tahoe would be an awesome place to vacation and get plenty of rest and relaxation. That hotel looks really nice, too.
I have heard lots of good things about Lake Tahoe, and hopefully when we get to go over to that side of the world we will be able to visit.
Tahoe looks gorgeous! Both my mom and my husband have been there (not together!), but I’ve never had a chance yet.
Katie Kinsley says
Now that looks like a great vacation! I like the rustic looks of the basecamp hotel. I would love to sit by the beach with a drink in hand.
Theresa Sutton says
South Lake Tahoe looks like such an amazing place. This looks like it was so much fun! Awesome getaway experience.
I have never been to Tahoe. It looks like a lovely and fun vacation!
Alicia Taylor says
I would have to try AZUL LATIN KITCHEN, too! That sounds amazing. I love vacations near the water. I think a picnic near that waterfall would also be in order.
That place looks amazing. Definitely, I would love to spend there my getaway
Our Family World says
The lake is so beautiful! Thanks for your suggestions for accomodation. Both the Coachman Hotel and the Basecamp look like amazing places to stay. I will remember that when we get a chance to go to South Lake Tahoe.
You took some fun shots here. Heard of lake tahoe but seeing it looks really nice and full of nature.
This looks like the greatest getaway!! I know I would love it!
Krystel | Disney on a Budget says
Oh man I love this. It looks so so beautiful. I’ve never considered a visit there but I am now!
It looks absolutely beautiful there, and like they have great accommodations! I am planning vacation for next year and am adding Lake Tahoe to my list!
Such a great post! I love waterfalls so in case I will visit Lake Tahoe, I’ll make sure to visit the Alpine waterfalls as well. Such an awesome God’s creation.
Leigh Anne Borders says
It truly looks like you had an amazing time at Lake Tahoe. The water is beautiful and the food looks delicious!
Emily Morton says
These are some beautiful photos! Base Camp looks like such a neat place!
liz Cleland says
Being on the East coast I have always wanted to visit there. I would love to hike and check out some of those super tall trees and waterfalls! Thanks for the suggestions.
Lily Ashley says
The place looks awesome. Sounds fun to go there. Oh how i wish i could visit here someday.
What a beautiful place! I’ve never been to Cali before. I’m going to have to pin this one for my future adventures 🙂
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Debra Hawkins says
Going to Tahoe is high on our list for our next vacation! I can’t wait to go see this all in person!
Hey Sharonoox says
This looks like a nice place to visit. Such a great view of the Alpine Fall! I hope to visit Lake Tahoe one day
Raluca Lenghel Covaci says
I just came back from my vacation, but my next one it is definitely going to be on the West Coast. This are is so beautiful! I hope to be able to visit it in the near future.
Fi Ni Neachtain says
This looks like such an amazing place! I’d love to visit somewhere like this, we don’t really have landscapes like this here in Ireland. Your pictures are fabulous!
Aimee Geroux says
I love how rustic those places are. That waterfall and those views … wow, just stunning. Looks like you had a great getaway!
Aduke @ Aduke Schulist says
What a place to go! The scenery is pretty and those bagels.. I’m such a fat kid lol
The Green Falls is literally giving me life right now, would love to visit Lake Tahoe one day as looks like a nice place to visit.
Elizabeth o says
Back in the day when I lived in Los Angeles, I visited some friends out in Tahoe. Your excellet review and beautiful photos make me want to pack a bag and head out there again.