City Guides, Lake Tahoe / Summer in South Lake Tahoe

09/02/2014 — 18 Comments


Recently I’ve been asked about good places to go on our trips, so I thought that I’d share some of our favorite things to do, see, and eat during the Summer in Lake Tahoe.


Tahoe Queen
On my wishlist. Tour the lake via paddlewheeler.
900 Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Kayak Tahoe
Paddle boards, Kayaks, Etc. Reserve ahead in busy season.
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Tahoe Trout Farm
Fishing. Free, only pay per catch.
1023 Blue Lake Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150



El Dorado Beach
Beach, rentals, bikes, seasonal boat launch.
Hwy 50 & Lakeview Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Sand Harbor Beach
Rentals, natural sand beach, calm water.
Sand Harbor Park
New Washoe City, NV 89704

Emerald Bay State Park
Beautiful lookout, hike to Vikingsholm and water.
Emerald Bay State Park
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96154

Baldwin Beach
Calmer area, sand beach. Bring an umbrella.
Hwy 89 about 1 mile north of Fallen Leaf Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

*You will have to pay for parking at most of these places to see.



Heidi’s Pancake House
Breakfast, large portions, quick.
3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Bear Beach Cafe
Breakfast, great view. Kid friendly.
3310 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Blue Angel Cafe
Lunch, Dinner. Very kid friendly.
1132 Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

MacDuffs Pub
Lunch, Dinner. Delicious food, outside seating.
1041 Fremont Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Sno Flake Drive In
Lunch, Dinner. Great milkshakes and garlic fries.
3059 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza
Lunch, Dinner. Large menu, board games on table.
2556 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA


Have you been to South Lake Tahoe before? Do you have any favorite spots or things to do?

Lake Tahoe / Sand Harbor Beach

09/01/2014 — 12 Comments

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We had so much fun during our first visit to this beach that we knew we had to come back. This time we went over to the other side of the point and it was much more crowded. The water stays shallow forever, and is clear as far as the eye can see. There are lots of rocks to climb on, a lot of fun even for a grown-up. Aiden spent the day floating around and Søren fully enjoyed the calm shallow water and golden sands. I feel like I should clarify that there is pyrite in the sand, not actual gold.

I hope that everyone is having a safe and happy Labor Day!

Lake Tahoe / McKinney Creek Beach

08/29/2014 — 23 Comments

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Some days we just prefer the quiet sound of nature. We found a small public beach at Lake Tahoe between a couple of private beaches and made it our hang out for a day. Sand Harbor was pretty crowded so it was a nice escape. There were only a few other people to share with while the boys explored a very slow moving McKinney Creek. The boys spent their time moving rocks and creating a dam, even finding baby fish to carefully observe. Søren kept calling the fish, “lizards”, and Aiden became quite good at catching them. I tried to offer my rock-skipping skills but neither of them were interested. Most of the day was simply spent enjoying the company of the lake during the summer, a strong contrast to our last winter visit.

Inspired / Mountain Adventures

08/28/2014 — 30 Comments


1. Pine Tree Mobile / 2. Nature Print / 3. Log Vase / 4. Outta Town Tote / 5. Travel Game Pad / 6. Big Sur Cabin Spray / 7. Yosemite Poster / 8. Bear Travel Pillow / 9. Sleep Set / 10. Bear Feet Wool Slippers

These goodies all remind me of the great outdoors. I’d love to take the game pad on a trip to keep the kids occupied in our down time.

Which item is your favorite? Do you have anything special that reminds you of the mountains or lake?

Lake Tahoe, Photo Tips / Sunset on the Lake

08/27/2014 — 24 Comments

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Watching the sunset together is definitely one of our favorite past-times. The good news is that you can do it from almost anywhere. It not only lets the kids get their last wiggles out, but it’s a pretty good excuse to experiment with sunset photos.

I like to force myself to step outside of my comfort zone in regards to light sometimes. I’ve been especially curious lately about taking photos that aren’t exposed for faces. I find myself not shooting with a pure portrait style, thinking of other items in photographs, in this case it was the sunset. The settings on these photos vary, but most were taken at ISO 100/200, and between F2.8 and 7.1. I’m going to start working on my photo tips series again since I have had so many photography related questions lately.

What do you want to improve on in your photos? What would you like to learn?