I remember the first time I saw Lake Tahoe—I had just moved to San Francisco for graduate school. My then-boyfriend invited me to a summer weekend at his family’s cabin on North Shore. As a city girl, I had precious little experience with life more than 10 minutes from a shopping mall, and was instantly enraptured with Tahoe’s quiet beauty and mountainous grandeur. Six months later, the same boyfriend took me on a spontaneous Tahoe jaunt for another first—my first time skiing. And even though at the end of the day the Bunny Hill still seemed like K2 to me, there were plenty of other joys to be had. I was amazed at how different and yet equally magnificent the blue lake was in its winter setting, and how crisp and clean the rustic terrain appeared with a dusting of snow. Hot chocolate just tasted better in the sweet mountain air, and surely Lake Tahoe had more stars in the sky than anywhere else on earth!
Another thing that surprised me was how easy Lake Tahoe was to get to, save during the fiercest of snow storms. More or less 4 hours from the Bay Area, and with oodles of options for accommodations, dining and recreation, a trip to Lake Tahoe is something every No Cal person should do, and do often! (Nature is good for the soul.)
Especially when planning a wedding or honeymoon. It’s the perfect not-too-far-away, something-for-everyone kind of place for a destination event. If summertime fishing and boating, wintertime skiing or snowboarding or anytime relaxing isn’t enough entertainment for your friends and relatives, then there’s plenty of casino nightlife on South Shore to keep them out of your hair. Which means more romantic moments and wish-upon-a-million-stars-time for you and your sweetie.
To get you started for your trip to Tahoe, we know of some great places if you’re looking for a quick weekend destination or even a Lake Tahoe wedding or rehearsal dinner location.