The 1920s were the halcyon days of Lake Tahoe’s west shore, when wealthy nabobs from San Francisco
built mansions and zipped about in sleek varnished speedboats, and when wooden steamers still cruised the lake, revelers aboard. Much of this area is still privately owned; restaurants and beaches
are frequented by people who’ve spent their vacations
here for decades. The pace is slow, except in the nightspots and shops of Tahoe City. Even in the high summer season, you can doze on a quiet beach
, walk and bike on silent forest trails, and poke around contentedly in a rented boat. And the rowdy, rushing Truckee River is always there for fishing, rafting, and strolling along beside. The sun shines an average of 274 days a year at Tahoe. Soft spring days are clear and wildflowery; fall is brisk, with aspen color glittering through the pines. Winter is lively at several small, inexpensive downhill and cross-country resorts
and positively posh at the big ski resorts: Squaw Valley, Northstar, and Alpine Meadows. Highlights include: vintage mansions, river rambling, mountain hikes, beaches, bikes, hikes, boating on quiet bays, and winter fun. The detailed itinerary in this chapter is a driving tour that features extensive recommendations for sightseeing attractions, recreational activities, lodging, restaurants, shopping, and more.
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Quick Escapes: San Francisco Guide Book