Gardinier-Kimball Activity Guide
In addition to our planned events, there is so much to do and see in Lake Tahoe. We have compiled some of our favorites to help you experience the best of the basin.
Firesign Cafe - 1785 West Lake Blvd., Sunnyside
A local's favorite since 1978, this is our top spot for a sit down breakfast. On a busy weekend, be prepared for the line, it is worth the wait. An insider tip, once checked in, run across the street to the Sunnyside Market, pickup a coffee or fixings for a mimosa, then cruise on over to the beach by next to Sunnyside Resort. Your buzzer for breakfast will still work, and you can enjoy a beverage with a view while you wait. (reservations not accepted)
Tahoe House - 625 West Lake Blvd., Sunnyside
Coffee and a pastry more your style, bike down to the Tahoe House Bakery for the best swiss style baked goods and organic coffee. Also a great spot if you need to pick up some wine, specialty meats or cheeses for your beach picnic or pre-wedding snack.
Zia Lina - 521 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City - 530.581.0100
Located in Tahoe City, with beautiful lake views, come by to have a light breakfast or slice of pizza for lunch while strolling through the shops and art galleries of Tahoe City. At 5:00pm come back by for a glass of wine or to enjoy a local, seasonal and organic dinner in the heart of Tahoe City. (dinner reservations accepted)
Sunnyside Resort - 1850 West Lake Blvd, Sunnyside - 530.583.7300
Located lakeside on the West Shore, come by boat, bike, foot or car to enjoy mountain grill lunch and dinner on the deck, or fine dining in the resort dining room.
Uncorked - 475 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City
Located in the Cobblestone Shopping Center, Uncorked wine bar offers a wide selection of wines by the glass to enjoy in the tasting room as well as a wide variety of bottles to take home, or to take with you on your lakeside adventures.
Christy Hill - 115 Grove Street, Tahoe City - 530.583.8551
Make your reservations here for the best food, service and sunset views in Tahoe. Located 100 feet above the lake, Christy Hill is our top recommendation for dinner and drinks. Start at the sand bar with a glass of wine by the fire before going inside for small plates or elegant entrees.
where to even start….hiking, biking, sailing, paddling, rafting, historical tours…so many activities so little time
Whether you are looking for lake views, forrest trails or vertical climbs, there are options at every turn. Check out these pages for specific routes. Remember to bring plenty of water, a snack and wear your sunscreen!
Tahoe City offers miles of trails for cruising, cross country, downhill or road biking. Visit Olympic Bike Shop in Tahoe City for rentals and expert advice.
Canoe, Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Boards are great ways to spend the day and get out of the water. Offering rentals or guided tours, go over to Tahoe City Kayak to get setup for the best way to spend a summer day.
Ready to lay around and let your cares float away…grab a tube and float the Truckee River. Start in Tahoe City and end at the River Ranch where nachos and beers await. You can buy a tube from the gas station and float on your own, or rent a boat with the Truckee River Raft Co.
If historical tours are more your speed, visit one of the many historical landmarks dotting the edge of Lake Tahoe.
Located on the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay is a National Natural Landmark known for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area. The park features Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere and the "Tea House" on Fannette Island, the only island to be found in all of Lake Tahoe.
Sugar Pine Point State Park
Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.
Located lakeside in the park is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, the lands of what is now Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park were owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. The mansion provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe.
If you need any assistance making plans or would like additional recommendations, please reach out to our local planners at Hunter & Company. Their team will be happy to assist! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530.581.0678