Lake Tahoe, NV is a very special place for me and my husband. When we first started dating, he used to bring me with him to visit good friends in nearby Carson City. We went every year for 3 or 4 consecutive years at New Year’s time.
Lake Tahoe for New Year’s Eve is awesome as you can get. The South Shore is packed filled with tourists cramming into the casinos, and boy is it a big crazy celebration. The North Shore,however, was more our speed, and we’d hang out in the mellow Cal Neva hotel casino as we’d ring in the new year.
It had been almost a decade since we had visited Lake Tahoe, and this time as we drove around the lake with our two children in tow, it felt like we were coming home. Tears sprang to my eyes as I admired the beauty soaking it in with memories and daydreams of the good times we’ll have here in the future.
When we woke up from our beautiful hotel room in the South shore Harrah’s hotel ( http://www.harrahslaketahoe.com), we headed out to our favorite breakfast spot pleasantly surprised that it was still there. The Wildflower Cafe in Incline Village is a little quiet hole-in-the-wall converted old house that is only open for breakfast and lunch. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/wildflower-cafe-incline-village) It is a homey little stop off for breakfast and fun to return to after so much time.
We spent most of our time at the King’s Beach recreation area. There was a dock to walk along, beach to play on and an awesome playground overlooking the stunning view of the lake. (http://www.northtahoeparks.com/beaches.php)
Of course, our Tucson desert kids needed a good chance to play in the snow, and they were so excited to get their hands digging in it with hopes of building a snowman. Unfortunately, it was hard icy snow, so they were out of luck. There were plenty of snow balls flying though, and I know they’ll remember it forever.
Any day at Lake Tahoe is a beautiful one, and that is why my song of the day is “Beautiful Day” by U2. Click HERE to hear this completely apropos song that describes this blessed area perfectly. Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places on Earth, and I am already trying to figure out how and when to return. This is one destination that I know I’ll always come back to, and I hope my kids will feel the same way about it someday, too.