Most of us have spent a lot of time at home lately, and now that the restrictions are lifting and borders are re-opening, we are all ready to just get out and go! From road trips to neighboring towns to cross-country adventures designed to cure our itchy feet, we are ready to move, and when your personal road map leads you to the breathtaking views found in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend your entire getaway cooped up inside four walls once again! This guide to some of our favorite outdoor activities will ensure that your California adventure is filled with excitement and fun, and when it’s time to come back inside at the end of every day, choosing Tahoe Signature Properties for your vacation accommodations will ensure that every night is filled with comfortable luxuries and quiet moments of something special!
Ride the Rapids in Truckee
One of our favorite adventures is a white-water rafting trip up the Truckee River with the help of the Truckee River Raft Company. Offering raft rentals for a self-guided tour of the river, your summer vacation would somehow be lacking if you didn’t set aside a few hours for a river excursion! Lazily rafting along while enjoying snacks and beverages you packed in a cooler and brought along offers a thrill you will never forget, and although there aren’t many rapids on this trip, the daredevil in you will still have bragging rights as you tell all your friends about “that time in Lake Tahoe when you rode the rapids!”
For many travelers, a vacation isn’t considered successful until they’ve spent some time on the greens, chasing that tiny dimpled ball around the course! If your idea of a great time is cursing at your slices, getting a sunburn on your nose, and FINALLY figuring out exactly what you were doing wrong with your swing, perhaps a visit to the Tahoe City Golf Course is in order. Located at 251 N Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City, this beloved course has been a favorite of North Lake Tahoe residents and visitors since opening day all the way back in 1918. In the 50s, it was a where many of the big money tournaments were held!
Take a Cruise
As beautiful as the views of Lake Tahoe from the shore are, the views are even more breathtaking when seen from the deck of a paddleboat floating on the water! The Tahoe Gal, based out of Tahoe City, offers daily cruises of the lake and the occasional special event. Your time spent on her decks promises to be among some of the most memorable moments of your visit! Take a Happy Hour Cruise that offers discounted adult beverages or a sunset dinner cruise and enjoy some of the very best wines in California with your meal! The Shoreline Brunch Cruise aboard the Tahoe Gal offers a special treat that doesn’t involve food or drink; it’s the opportunity to cruise on past some of the most impressive mansions in the state, including the one used when filming the Godfather II.
Explore Historic Downtown Truckee
The small towns of America are the heartbeat of our country, offering charm, warmth, and friendship to travelers from all over the world, and the historic downtown area of Truckee has been popular with visitors for years. Take a History Walking tour, with a guide or without, and discover the importance our small town has in the history of the country. Guests can learn about its humble beginnings and the Paiute Indian chief who helped emigrants find their way. Discover the details of the tragic Donner Party and explore the remains of the first lumber mill in the area. Visit the site where the Olympics were held in Squaw Valley in 1960 and see where Hollywood expanded to for a brief time in the 30s. Life in this small town may be slow and quiet today, but it wasn’t always that way; Truckee was once an important hot spot in our nation!
No Need to Venture Far for Fun Outdoor Activities
On those days when you are feeling a little tired and don’t want to venture far from your vacation home away from home, don’t worry; there are still plenty of ways to have fun outdoors without leaving the boundaries of your Tahoe Signature Properties vacation escape! Revel in the quiet beauty of the sun setting over Lake Tahoe from the deck, sipping on your favorite beverage as you chat with family members and wait for the “big event.” Choose a lake view property and spend happy hours frolicking in the water or simply sunning yourself from the beach. Living on a lake is as close to paradise as we can imagine! But remember, no matter how you spend your days, spending every night in the comfort of our properties promises to be the best part of your Tahoe getaway—reserve yours today!
This year has certainly been an interesting one so far, and if you are like us, one of the only things that kept you from climbing the walls was planning out the details of your summer getaway! You’ve conducted virtual tours on the internet, made lists with the pros and cons of each destination, and probably have even gone as far as to research plane ticket costs for your top destination choices! And, unlike us (because we already live here!), you’ve decided that North Lake Tahoe is the only place you want to see during the upcoming season, and our Tahoe Signature Properties summer escapes are the only places you want to stay! We’d like to congratulate you on your awesome taste and offer this guide to all the fun Lake Tahoe summer activities available to you in the Tahoe region!
Take a Hike
No, we are not being rude, we are simply telling you that one of the favored summer activities in North Lake Tahoe is hiking along the many trails! After being cooped up for 6 or 8 weeks this spring, chances are you want to get out from under a roof as much as possible. The Pacific Crest Trail is the world’s longest hiking trail, stretching out over 2600 miles and visiting three different countries and three different states! North Lake Tahoe’s section stretches about 15 miles and goes from Donner Pass to Squaw Valley, making it the perfect summer activity for hikers of all skill levels!
Or Fly Through the Sky
Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park may not be the only way to get a great view of the valley, but it’s definitely the most fun, offering aerial adventures that include 27 zip lines, 60 bridges, and 10 different obstacle courses! Located at 725 Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City, climbing trees has never been this exciting, and as long as your children are over 5 years of age and can follow simple directions, they (and you!) will be able to have the time of their lives! Safety gear is included, so moms, you can relax a little, and the courses are available in different skill levels; your beginning adventurers will not get in over their heads!
Play All Day
The lake provides the best entertainment in town, and on a warm summer’s day, you’ll enjoy the coolness Lake Tahoe offers. Rent a boat from Premier Boat Rental, 7010 N Lake Boulevard in Tahoe Vista, and spend some hours waterskiing, tubing, or just zipping across the waters feeling the sun beat down on your shoulders as you explore all that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Fishing is a popular lake activity as well, one that can be done from the water or from the shore, and if you don’t have your own equipment, most sporting equipment stores across the region will over rentals, ensuring you have everything you need to catch more than your share of rainbow trout!
Check Out the Nightlife
Next to shopping and playing, exploring the nightlife of our vacation destinations is one of our most favorite summer activities, and North Lake Tahoe offers its share of fun ways to spend the darker hours of your getaway! Fat Cat Bar & Grill in Tahoe City is proud of its locally sourced meals, live music, and its refreshing beverage menu, while Jason’s Beachside Grille in Kings Beach features all of the same plus amazing views of the lake! For those who prefer old school and personable to modern and sterile, Pete n’ Peter’s pub in Tahoe City will be their new favorite drinking hole. Spend a night with your new Tahoe friends playing pool, darts, or shuffleboard as you sip your favorite beverage from the bar!
Stay Home and Play
Of course, not all adventures have to take place away from your Tahoe Signature Properties summer escape. Some of your most memorable memories will revolve around all the fun you had “at home!” Stay up late and sleep in till the sun is high in the sky, grill up your catch from your day at the lake on the big wood deck that surrounds many of our properties, or plan a movie night in front of a roaring fire as the warmth of the day fades away into a pleasantly chilly night! For those who rent a home on the beaches of Lake Tahoe, plan on spending at least a few minutes of the evening enjoying Mother Nature’s most spectacular show: the sight of the sun setting behind the mountains that surround our lakeside paradise! However you spend your summer days, we can promise your summer nights will be one you won’t ever forget when you choose Tahoe Signature Properties for your Lake Tahoe getaway! Reserve yours today!
When there’s no chance to check the calendar, a family man or woman can judge how close summer is by the degree of excitement building in their children; the homework levels start growing, the children’s ability to get out of bed unprompted lowers, and it’s almost possible to see the buzzing in their young brains! Summer is almost here, and with that comes the annual family vacation. Are you ready? Because active parenting necessitates impressive organizational skills, chances are you’ve already started planning your Tahoe summer getaway, and this guide to Tahoe summer activities that will keep the entire family entertained and happy will ensure this year’s family vacay is memorable in all the right ways!
Sidewalk Saturdays in Tahoe City
Downtown is the place to be on Saturdays from May through September, and Sidewalk Saturdays are the best reason why! Offering special sales on merchandise, special menu items at restaurants, and live music you won’t be able to keep from tapping your toes to, Saturdays hold the essence of summer during your getaway to Tahoe City! This one of the best Tahoe summer activities for the whole family.
Every Day is a Lake Day
When visiting a place called Lake Tahoe, you had to expect that at least some of your moments would be filled with water activities, and have we got a list for you! Stake your claim on your corner of Commons Beach with umbrellas, chairs, and a colorful beach blanket and plan on spending at least one day playing in the water. Renting a boat from Rent a Boat Lake Tahoe in Tahoe Vista expands your water activities to include waterskiing, deep water fishing, and of course, private time away from the masses on the beaches, but if you don’t have the inclination, spending the day on shore with the kids is equally exciting and fun! Spending time on the lake is one of the most favorite Tahoe summer activities.
The Sounds of Summer
Live outdoor concerts are one of our favorite parts of summer, and if your children haven’t experienced the chill thrill of dancing on the grass as the musical notes fade away into the nights, your Tahoe trip is the perfect time to introduce them to this life-altering experience! Pretty much anywhere you go in town offers live music, but our favorite venue is Commons Beach’s 12-week Summer Sunday Concert Series. Costing nothing and featuring musical genres that range from bluegrass to funk to classic and alternative rock, this experience will open your children’s eyes to a world of music that involves more than any Baby Shark song ever will!
Tahoe Summer Activities Continue with Tahoe Signature Properties
Lazy mornings sleeping in late, quiet moments watching the sunset over the lake, and even more moments spent in laughter and happy harmony with your people are what you can expect from your summer vacation spent in one of our Tahoe Signature Properties homes. Reserve yours today!