Lake Ta­hoe South Shore

Year-round moun­tain play­ground

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS - BY BILL FINK

FROM SERENE VIEWS over mir­ror-flat morn­ing wa­ters of Lake Ta­hoe and the gen­tle foot­fall of hik­ers on pine needle­cov­ered for­est paths, to the jan­gle of slot machines and the pump­ing bass of a casino dance club, Lake Ta­hoe South Shore (what the mar­keters call Ta­hoe South) is a des­ti­na­tion host­ing a unique mix of wilder­ness and wild-ness, an in­door and out­door play­ground with equal mea­sures of al­ti­tude and at­ti­tude. Vis­i­tors can fol­low their de­sires to find peace and soli­tude on back coun­try hikes or ski runs, or dive into a swirling so­cial scene at a packed sum­mer beach, holler at a crowded craps ta­ble or slurp mi­cro­brews at an après ski bar com­plete with go-go dancers. It’s dealer’s choice on the South Shore. And South Lake is con­tin­u­ing its re­nais­sance with on­go­ing open­ings and ren­o­va­tions of ho­tels, restau­rants and re­tail spa­ces across the area. Sum­mer ac­tiv­ity around the South Shore is un­der­stand­ably fo­cused on the beau­ti­ful wa­ters of spec­tac­u­lar Lake Ta­hoe. Beaches are packed with sum­mer rev­el­ers, while the wa­ters are filled with ev­ery type of float­ing ves­sel imag­in­able—from kayaks and standup pad­dle boards to small sail­boats, fish­ing cruis­ers, wa­ter-ski boats, lux­ury cruis­ing ves­sels and even the 500-pas­sen­ger pad­dle­wheel ship M.S. Dixie II that runs daily Emer­ald Bay sight­see­ing trips and sun­set din­ner cruises.

For fun out of the wa­ter, the South Shore is a hiker’s par­adise with jour­neys rang­ing from multi-day treks into the Des­o­la­tion Wilder­ness and a steep day’s climb up to the awe-in­spir­ing views of Mount Tal­lac, to re­laxed fam­ily strolls in flat mead­ows at Camp Richard­son and around the Tal­lac His­toric Site or just laz­ing at the beach. Cy­clists can take ad­van­tage of a net­work of

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