Set on the border of California and Nevada is one of the nation’s most breathtaking and coveted destinations; Lake Tahoe—a mecca of natural beauty that’s nothing less than dazzling from every angle. The centerpiece of the area is the pristine Lake Tahoe, the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada; an imposing site surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forestry. Another amazing Lake Tahoe tidbit is that the water is actually 99.4 percent pure (to put that in perspective, commercially distilled water is 99.998 percent pure). In a world striving for a clean environment, that fact is one of the most sensational elements of this area, especially when you consider the approximately 3 million visitors that descend on Tahoe every year.
What brings those visitors to the region is of course, that very scenery….and what that scenery offers, of course: some of the most incredible winter and summer outdoor experiences anywhere. Whether it’s skiing, skating or snowboarding in the winter months or water skiing, biking, hiking, golfing and sailing in the warmer seasons, both South Tahoe and Tahoe North offer every outdoor past time you could imagine in a setting that will imprint on your memories for a lifetime. But that’s not all. No, not even close. The Tahoe shores are filled with casinos and lively entertainment (especially in the South Shore), as well as restaurants, spas, shopping and much more.
For those in the market for a home in this beautiful territory, there are a host of welcoming communities with breathtaking homes available. Some of the most popular areas to explore include Carnelian Bay, Donner Lake, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, West Shore, Crystal Bay and Incline Village.
See: Vikingsholm. This castle built in the late 1920s is situated at the head of Emerald Bay and well worth a visit. Visitors will be in awe of its history, architecture and, of course, its beautiful scenery.
Do: This winter (Feb. 27 to March 8), head to Tahoe North for the SnowFest—10 fun-filled days of on-snow activities, concerts, theater, parades and more. In summer, kayak to Fannette Island, the only island to be found in Tahoe.
Eat: Café Fiore: with only seven tables, this is a cozy Italian eatery, but the food and wine list make planning ahead well worth the reservation. Make sure to order the Eggplant Crepes! For a delicious, low-key dining experience, try the Keys Café for breakfast or lunch.
Stay: Squaw Valley Lodge condo resort has well-appointed accommodations and ski-in/ski-out convenience, making a wonderful option for families. For an extraordinarily luxurious experience, the award-winning Ritz Carlton Tahoe is a fabulous option with its striking valley views, tranquil spa, gourmet restaurants and ski-in/ski-out convenience.
Live: A magnificent French Country-Style Lakefront Home on the West Shore. Set on 2.8 acres of land, the custom 5,248 square foot residence features four bedrooms, five and one-half baths, a grand living room with soaring twenty-foot ceilings and enormous picture windows showcasing Lake Tahoe’s unmatched beauty. The price is $11,800,000 USD.