We stayed in the most adorable Air BnB cabin. It was the guest house for Suzanne and Stuart and while it doesn't have a view of the lake, the cabin could not have been any cozier. And our hosts were so wonderful! They even offered to cook us a home-cooked meal . With a hot tub out back, it was the perfect place for our weekend girls trip.
Once we got settled in to our cabin on Thursday, we went to Garwoods for happy hour. It was the restaurant recommended by nearly every person I talked to and they are known for their strong tropical drinks. Now I don't know about you but I can't think of any better way to watch the snow falling that with a pink drink with an umbrella. We got the infamous 'Wet Woody,' a strong and tasty frozen cocktail made with rum. There are tons of variations, all with names that will make you blush. Go for happy hour! We ate an early dinner there as well. And ended the night (an early one since we had traveled all day), with a glass of wine at Uncorked, a wine bar down the road.
Our trip was in mid-April, right around when normally the ski resorts are closing up for the season but because of the wet winter some of the resorts say they will be open for skiing until mid-summer! I am by no means a skier, but since we were in Tahoe, I felt I had to give it a go! We decided on Squaw Valley because it was near our Air BnB (we were initially planning on going to Heavenly). Squaw Valley is one of the biggest ski areas in the country and the site of the 1960's Winter Olympics. It was stunning. There were tons of slopes for beginners (like me!) and a lot of intermediate ones that I worked my up to. But pay attention to the signs and grab a trail map! Otherwise you might end up on a Black Diamond (also like me...I survived, but spent a lot of time in the snow). The weather couldn't have been more perfect, not a cloud in the ski and temperatures in the mid-40s. We skied all day, taking breaks for a cold beer at the bar. There are a lot of bars and restaurants in the resort area as well, plus shopping!
FUN FACT! If you fly in through Reno, you can ski for FREE the day of your flight. You just need to show your boarding pass at the concierge at the airport.
After a long day on the slopes, we hit up the hot tub at our cabin and headed for burgers and beers at Bridgetender.
A bit bruised and battered from the slopes, we headed out to breakfast for some much needed sustenance and Bloody Mary's! We went to Log Cabin for breakfast in Kings Beach. Everything is pretty close together along this part of the north side of the Lake but you definitely need a car to get around. After breakfast we went on a fantastic hike. Eagle Rock is a dormant volcano and only about a 20 minute hike up to the top. However, we were dealing with four feet of snow so it definitely took longer. But worth every second! The views from the top were incredible. You can see the entire lake, plus the mountains. We spend a long time taking pictures and playing in the snow. It's steep in parts so make sure you wear good shoes. There's not much in ways of a sign, so to get to it, park along West Lake Boulevard. It's just across from Idylwild Way. In the snow, there's not much in terms of a trail, but it's a popular spot so you're bound to run into other hikers if you're confused, just start heading up and you'll find your way!
For our last night, we wanted to go to a bit nicer of a dinner and got lucky with getting a table at Christy Hill in Tahoe City. There was a bit of a wait, so we walked down to the dock by the lake and watched the sun set. Christy Hill is beautiful California cuisine with an incredible view of the lake. A bottle of wine with my favorite people and a plate of incredible hamachi crudo, and I was a happy girl.
One thing I love about my friend Julianne is her spontaneity. We had a rough plan for our trip, but we were playing a lot of it by ear. On our way up to North Star resort, Julianne spotted a sign for snowmobiling. She got on the phone and found they had open spots for Sunday. I was a little hesitant, I've never been on a snowmobile, but I said yes. BEST decision ever. We fueled up with breakfast at Fire Sign Cafe and headed to the meet up spot. I have no idea what the place was called but it was right off of 267. We rode in pairs, and the guides were wonderful. They walked us through everything, and then took us on a two-hour ride. We got to go down these beautiful and serene trails. There was a frozen lake that we got to let loose and use like a track. I was a nervous wreck, so I let Matt drive ours for the most part. We then took them up the mountain for another incredible view of the lake. That's a view that would never get old to me. It was easily one of the most fun things I've done in a while, and worth every penny.
Overall Lake Tahoe was such an incredible trip. It was the perfect place for a long weekend getaway. I cannot wait to visit again in the summer time and do all of the fun lake activities!