Over the years we have enjoyed sharing our insight about things to do and see on the slopes and off throughout Truckee-Tahoe. Today, we are continuing to showcase more of the magical moments you can share with your friends and family that are all a part of living in the High Sierra.
From a private tour of the “Seven Sacred Sights of Tahoe” to a trek to historic castles on the Lake, or a walk literally over Lake Tahoe, Alison and her team at Elder Group Tahoe Real Estate, encourage you to get out and explore more magical moments this spring in Truckee-Tahoe!
Alison Elder at Northstar California
There is not a more entertaining way to take in all the history of Big Blue. Throughout this six-hour tour, you will learn all about the legends, geology and music about the world’s most beautiful Alpine lake. Offered through Around Tahoe Tours, your private group of 4 – 8 people will be entertained by “Mr. Tahoe” as he shares his original songs from his award-winning CD and historical insight about the Seven Sacred Sights of Lake Tahoe.
From the Famed Ponderosa Ranch to the legendary Thunderbird Lodge, Tales of Snowshoe Thompson, sights of Emerald Bay and famous movie sights and scenes, it is a trip filled with fun and educational moments that is a must not miss. For complete information and reservations, visit Aroundtahoe.com. (Every tour complies with C-19 safety standards.)
If you have yet to set your sights on the famous Vikingsholm Castle, put this on your ‘Tahoe Bucket List.’ Located at the head of Emerald Bay, the Castle and its magical setting have been claimed as “one of the most photographed spots in America.” And with good reason.
The trailhead to the Castle is located on Highway 28 on the southwest shore of the Lake. Park at the top and take your picnic and snowshoes on a 1 ½ mile trail that will lead you to this California landmark. Known as “one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture outside of the Nordic countries,” the Castle sits in the back of Emerald Bay, is wrapped with 232 acres of terrain and is home to the only waterfall that flows directly into the Lake. Although the Castle is not currently open for tours, there is plenty of magic to capture this spring and throughout each season at the Lake.
Photo Courtesy of TahoeFund.com
Officially called the “Tahoe East Shore Trail,” locals refer to this breathtaking 3-mile multi-use path as the “impossible trail.” For those of you who have experienced walking literally over the Lake on its extraordinary bridges, we are sure you can concur that this was a project of a lifetime that was worth every engineering effort.
The trail stretches from the former Ponderosa Ranch parking lot in Incline Village and leads to the scenic Sand Harbor Nevada State Park. Ideal for a spring walk or bike, the path will take you up and over the Lake’s east shore and then under Highway 28. From this location, get your camera out as the trail will lead you to access points to the popular Hidden Beach, Memorial Point, and scenic outcropping of boulders that are perfect for a picnic stop.
Throughout our winter wonderland there are endless opportunities to get back to nature. Over on the east side of the Lake, just off Mt. Rose Highway, is an ideal way to truly experience the wonders of wildlife on Chickadee Ridge. During the winter and springtime, the trail is not actually marked yet so many people enjoy this trek that you will not have any problem finding the Ridge where the colorful little birds await your arrival. Take some birdseed along, bring your snowshoes, and perhaps a snack or two, as you will want to spend some time in this little piece of paradise.
Photo courtesy of Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides
To end our magical tour of Lake Tahoe is our suggestion to book a sleigh ride along the shoreline to learn more about the history of the High Sierra. Offered by Borges Sleigh & Carriage Rides, the owners have been sharing scenic tours for locals and visitors alike since 1967. You can get a glimpse of what is to come through their YouTube video. And for complete details and reservations, please visit their website at SleighRide.com.
No matter where you choose to discover magical moments in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, our family at Elder Group Tahoe Real Estate is here to help you experience memories of a lifetime, year-round.