Lake Tahoe Recap

“So, you girls on a bachelorette?”

The question my group of friends and I were asked several times during our getaway to Lake Tahoe. We had to often explain that no, we were not on a bachelorette, but rather a group 30th birthday celebration. We’ve known each other since 2010/2011, and had decided to celebrate our collective three decades of life out West.

I had previously chronicled my travel itineraries much more here, but that’s fallen off quite a bit. So I figured would do a Tahoe itinerary/recap here. I am sure I am omitting many, many things Tahoe has to offer (visit their website for even more travel ideas), but I wanted to provide a recap of our trip should you find yourself heading out West.

I have never, ever had considered living that far West or in California, but something about being in the Sierra Nevada Mountains just, for lack of a better word, hit. Perhaps the stuffy, sticky Philly air had finally gotten to me, but suddenly I was a Cali girl.


To get us into the proper mood for this recap, I encourage you to listen to this playlist below. My friend Greg introduced me to it, and while we weren’t going to Sedona, it certainly got the vibes going.

GETTING THERE & THE BASICS

We flew into Reno, stayed over for a night, and left for Tahoe first thing in the morning. The drive is a little over an hour, and the ride is gorgeous

If you’re like me and didn’t know beforehand, the lake sits on the border of Nevada and California. So you’re back and forth between the two states constantly.

Something else we quickly picked up on was the lack of air conditioning pretty much everywhere (not a complaint, simply ze truth!). We talked to many locals, and they explained that the weather there makes it unnecessary. Just something to keep in mind!

Capri or California?

TO DO

In Tahoe, you can expect lots of nature (obviously), casinos, and breweries. If you’re going during the summer, make the most of your time if you can on the water.

Renting a boat was the best thing we ever could have done. We rented through SWA Water Sports and spent eight blissful hours on the crystal clear water. Our captain took us around the lake to some of his favorite beaches, where we had plenty of time to swim and perch on rocks like the mermaids that we were.

Now when it comes to the beaches, don’t be like us and do your research beforehand. We attempted to go to El Dorado beach in the afternoon, not realizing it was a private beach and public day passes were sold out for the day.

Beaches:

Food:

Basecamp Beer Garden
Dinner at Riva Grill

The only thing I felt I truly missed out on was seeing a bear in the wild. Alas!


Below is our initial itinerary, and was a great outline if you’re looking to plan a trip!

Day 1

  • Arrive in Reno and check in to hotel by best the Reno Airport

Day 2

  • Pick up rental cars 
  • Late lunch in Tahoe + house check-in
  • Lounge at house 
  • Dinner at a brewery or cook at the house

Day 3

  • Boat day
  • Dinner at Riva Grill [or order in]

Day 4

  • Morning workout 
  • Hike and explore Tahoe
  • Brewery for lunch 
  • Dinner at Jimmy’s restaurant
  • Out on the town

Day 5

  • Paddleboard + kayaking 
  • Beach picnic
  • Cook dinner at house

And that’s all she wrote!

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