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English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

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English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe


Have just had some fantastic advice from the California forum and hope that I can have some more help please.

We are a family of 4 (2 teenagers 18 & 15) and would like to stay 3 days in Lake Tahoe (towards the end of our trip to California in August).

Any advice would be really appreciated on:

Where to stay around Lake Tahoe?

What must we not miss?

We like to walk / water sports / cycling.

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

We are then heading to San Francisco and then home.


Edited: 29 January 2012, 12:33
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1. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

Road cycling? Mountain Biking? You can rent bikes and bike along some paved paths right along the lake & up to Squaw Valley (There's about a 400 meter section where you're on the shoulder of the road, rather than a path). NorthStar has downhill mountain biking.

I suggest a trip(bike?) to Squaw Valley--either take the Gondola up and hike around or hike up. Then have lunch in the village. The scenery there is spectacular.

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2. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson might be a good match for your family. Walk, water sports, cycling is all there plus they have horse riding stables if that is of interest to you.


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3. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

We are frequent visitors to Lake Tahoe so there is a difference in visiting a place once v/s many times. For a first time visitor, I would recommend finding a place on the lake since you are visiting the area to see the lake. Vacation Rentals or motels may be your best bet.

Water sports is a great thing for our kids and every summer we spend a great deal of time on and in the water. Hiking and Biking the trails is also something we've done.

ziplining is also something we enjoy as a family.

Lodging wise we prefer to stay in North lake tahoe and now our fav place to stay is at Northstar (which is away from the water but a 10-15 mins drive to the lake)

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4. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

Hi belomiser

We love the idea of Northstar but am a bit confused by their website - where do you suggest staying at Northstar as reviews on trip advisor really old.


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5. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

Sounds like a summer trip.

I like Hyatt High Sierra Lodge in Incline Village, wooden bridge over to beachfront, nice pools.

I stayed in several places in Northstar & Truckee, many Stateline (casino hotels), and several rustic resorts south lake tahoe, including cabins. A vacation rental may be best way to go. VBRO is only one used so far, but there may be others that specialize in Lake Tahoe area. Fallen Leaf lake is also beautiful.

In summers, we always do at least once the MS Dixie II

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6. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

You will surely enjoy your time in Lake Tahoe. We haven't missed a summer there in 50+ years. You would want to stay on the north shore in August.

We love the Hyatt in Incline Village, on the NV side. Either the tower rooms, or one around the swimming pool, or the High Sierra Condo's are nice.

The resort has a water activity desk at the lake and a dock, where you could rent kayaks or a boat, bikes to ride on the bike path, or take walks. There are several fire pits where you could sit in the evenings, and watch the sunset over the lake, or roast marshmallows over the fire. Even the parking lot is among the pine trees.

It's easy to travel around the lake to see other sites. Just two miles away is Sand Harbor, our most favorite spot on the lake.



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7. Re: English Family needs help - 3 nights in Lake Tahoe

Northstar is away from the lake but you can get a place there and then drive to the lake.

A vacation rental for 3 days may not be ideal since you have to pay a cleaning fee which increases the nightly rate by quite a bit when you only stay 3 days. The cleaning deposit is never prorated or refunded when you are clean.

I agree that the Hyatt is a great spot.

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