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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Heavenly doesn’t begin to describe the spectacular vistas, the sparkling blue water, the snowcapped peaks… the beauty and romance of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada’s.  Samuel Clemmens (Mark Twain), in his travel log Roughing It,  American Publishing, Hartford Conn., 1872 wrote of Lake Tahoe…”As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords."  Twain’s description aptly reflects my reaction upon seeing Lake Tahoe for the first time.

South Lake Tahoe is an interesting dichotomy.  Situated on the California/Nevada border, Heavenly Village offers a wide range of activities the whole family will enjoy.  From mountain biking to hiking to water sports on the sapphire blue lake, summer outdoor activities abound.  Just a few steps over the Nevada border a row of casinos offer nightlife, entertainment and a chance to meet with lady luck!

The Heavenly Gondola at Heavenly Ski Resort is a must do activity and worth every penny.  The glass enclosed gondolas offer one stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains during the nearly 2.5 mile ascent up the mountain.  Be sure to stop at the observation deck on your way up. You won’t want to miss the magnificent views.  The gondolas don’t stop during your trip down the mountain.  Once at the top, one can choose from a variety of activities.  Hiking trails in both California and Nevada are well marked.  A rock climbing wall and children’s play area are available.   My suggestion is to hike one of the trails and take in the panoramic views of the area.  The altitude is not responsible for the breathtaking portion of the trip!  Once you have satisfied your appetite for nature, stop by the Tamarack Lodge to satisfy the appetite you worked up during your hike.  Tamarack Lodge offers a variety of fare to satisfy every palate, including a full bar with big screen TV’s.  The picturesque gondola ride back down the mountain is a perfect way to end a wonderful afternoon. 

Heavenly Gondola

If you go:

Be sure to take a jacket.  It gets cold at the top of the mountain.  You can always stop by the gift shop on the observation deck to pick up a sweatshirt if you forget yours.

Summer Operating Hours:

June 8-Sept. 3:  10 AM-5 PM daily



Teens and seniors-$26

Children ages 5-12-$20

Children 4 and under are free