California | Lake Tahoe

One afternoon after we hiked, we drove around Lake Tahoe. Yes, the whole lake. It’s 71 miles of shoreline and usually broken up into North Tahoe and South Tahoe. I’m not 100% where Incline Village falls (whether North or South -I’d guess North) but regardless, it’s stunning. Arguably one of the pretties spots on the Lake…

WHERE WE STAYED | South Lake Tahoe. We rented a cabin through Airbnb. It was clean and an A-frame! It was a few minutes outside of South Lake Tahoe city and the California/Nevada state line.

WHERE YOU SHOULD STAY | North Lake Tahoe.

When I was looking up where to stay, most of the suggestions were to stay in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe city is a combo of a mountain town (like Vail, CO) and any “grimy” beach town you’d find in the southeast or panhandle. It’s a decent size city with grocery stores and restaurants galore.

North Lake Tahoe is where you’ll find Truckee and Tahoe City. Picture quaint, more mountain-like villages. There’s an amazing bike trail next to the Truckee River, and Truckee had a lot of the restaurant recommendations that I found.

Why I think you should stay in North Lake Tahoe? When I think of heading to the mountains, while I love having a good restaurant to head out too, I want that mountain, or lake, or both, vibe.  You get that vibe from Chimney Beach all the way around the lake to Tahoe City, in my opinion.

WHAT WE DID |  

Hikes Eagle Falls and to Eagle Lake

Hiked to Secret Cove

Emerald Bay Overlook

My husband had knee surgery six days before we headed to Lake Tahoe…. poor scheduling on our part. And since we were visiting in September, with the temperature (and the water) being too cold to get into, and it not cold enough to ski (aka snowboard) aside from biking, hiking was the other option.

So my sweet husband wrapped his knee and we hiked. Not as much as we probably would have, but enough. The hike to Eagle Lake wasn’t a walk in the park, but it was worth it once we got there. Ajax hiked the entire way there and back!

The plan was to hike to Secret Cove and Chimney Beach. We got to Secret Cove and then hike in the opposite direction of Chimney Beach. So we never actually made it there…. We did stumble on a sweet little beach, even if it wasn’t Chimney Beach.

It was a sweet trip, in a very beautiful place.

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  • Those pictures are BREATHTAKING! I’m so jealous of the trip! Thanks for those recommendations on where to stay, too 🙂 (P.S. what baby carrier is that? I’m going to be doing even more babywearing with baby #2 since my first is just a toddler and how else am I supposed to keep track of two littles?! haha)

    • Thanks Julie!!
      So I’m using the Ergo360 with Brecken – he’s 18 months, about 25 pounds. Honestly it’s a super comfortable carrier to wear, and you can use it in a few different positions (facing in, facing out, on the back). I wouldn’t recommend it for a newborn – maybe a wrap like Sollybaby instead. BUT if you’re looking for hiking/outdoor purposes, don’t buy this for that. Look for a child carrier; I got an LLBean one at a yard sale, but any of the typical REI brands are great – Kelty, Osprey. etc. I have no complains from carrying Breck in the Ergo, but because of how long the hike was, he probably would have been more comfortable in a baby carrier.
      Craigslist usually have some too! But for errands, parks, etc. I’m a big fan of the Ergo360 too!

  • So beautiful! I’ve actually never been to Tahoe, even though I’ve lived in the West my whole life. I really need to remedy that! Seeing all these gorgeous pictures, it makes me want to book a 10-day trip and HIKE around that whole lake—imagine all you could see!

    Thanks for sharing all your tips!

    • It really is beautiful! I honestly think my favorite season there would be the summer. And a hike around the whole lake sounds pretty awesome!!

    • IF I had to pick – Lake Tahoe or Yosemite – I would pick Yosemite. But I can’t imagine a Lake Tahoe trip being bad, either!