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Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

San Jose, California
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Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Hi all, any suggestions for small and less touristy towns to stay near Lake Tahoe for a scenic snow view? Not planning to ski. Was looking at Sorenson's in Hope Valley, but unfortunately it's over our budget... Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Check out the digs in Truckee which is surprisingly close to the north shore of Tahoe and boasts of lots of snow scenery. In fact, Squaw Valley (previous Olympic Site!) is a short drive away and boasts ice skating, a ropeway tram, moonlit snowshoe trips, and more.

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2. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

What is your budget so we can help you with suggestions?

San Jose, California
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3. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Preferably under $190, if possible. Actually planning to head up there on Thanksgiving day! Thanks!

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4. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

How about Plumas County? Not sure if it is farther from Lake Tahoe than you were thinking - its to the north. Lots of small, non-touristy places up there.

http://www.exploreplumascounty.com/

Lake Tahoe, NV
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5. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

I work in South Lake Tahoe and live just over the hill in the Carson Valley in Nevada.. more specifically the town of Gardnerville. It's a short 25 minute drive to the lake..

Check out the Carson Valley Inn! Lots of awesome little restaurants down there as well.

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6. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Did you want to be near the lake, or is just being in a snowy area the main draw?

I don’t know the current, real-time weather conditions, but locals can tell us if Virginia City has snow. It’s a historic Comstock Lode silver mining town at over 6000 feet in elevation, now a “tourist ghost town.” It can feel kitschy, but it might be a fun place for a couple days.

Then there’s Lee Vining, the town next to Mono Lake. It’s quieter and less busy once Tioga Pass is closed. The whole area is beautiful in winter, and Mammoth Lakes is only a half hour south if Lee Vining starts to feel too tranquil.

Either of these would be farther than the Tahoe area proper and you would have to check for road conditions on Hwy 50 since the trans-Sierra state highways are closed or likely to be once next week’s storm arrives.

Keep in mind the possibility of chain controls.

Long Barn...
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7. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

The west shore of Lake Tahoe is not very touristy. Other than Hwy 89 running through the small towns you can find quiet and good views of the lake.

Bend, Oregon
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8. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Was going to suggest either Minden or Gardnerville

GREAT little shops to explore, beautiful area and the

Carson Valley Inn is excellent.

My kids live in Gardnerville and we never tire of the area

stunning and so much history.

Also check out the little town of Genoa...

just a few minutes up the mountain to Lake Tahoe.

Chart House is simply excellent in Lake Tahoe

Francisco;s in Minden have GREAT mexican food

and the Country Club (by the golf course) in Gardnerville

has amazing food.

JT Bar and Grill is famous and has some of the best Basque food you

will ever eat.

You can take Kingsbury grade from the Carson Valley area

to get up to the Lake.

Edited: 21 November 2015, 22:17
San Jose, California
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9. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!! Does Gardnerville or Minden have a winter scenic view? Mammoth Lake is great during winter, but unfortunately we are not planning to drive that far...

Long Barn...
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10. Re: Small and less touristy town to stay near Lake Tahoe

Minden and Gardnerville are at the base of the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains so you get a great view of the snow on the mountains. Jobs Peak is a predominate view from the Carson Valley. JT's is a great place for dinner for it's Basque food. Order a picon drink. I also really like the steak house in the Carson Valley Inn- very good food with very reasonable prices for a high end meal.

They do get snow in the Carson Valley, but it usually does not last long on the ground.

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