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A woman enjoying the views of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the United States and one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world.

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is in fact the largest Alpine lake in North America that is located in both California and Nevada.

Overall, Tahoe is a year-round destination that offers lakeside beaches, fun water sports, outdoor adventures and renowned ski resorts, but there is something special about a Lake Tahoe summer!

Three women enjoying summer happy hour drinks in Lake Tahoe

During July 2020, two of my friends (Kristy and Hannah) and I did a fun mini road trip in Northern California and Oregon.

We started our road trip in Sacramento, California and ended in Portland, Oregon. Along the way, we stopped and spent a few days in Lake Tahoe on both the Nevada and California sides (we stayed on the California side though) and then made our way to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Redwood National Park in Northern California.

From the Redwoods, we drove north along the coast of Oregon before stopping in Eugene and checking out the Portland area.

In March 2018, I visited Seattle, Washington and truly fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, so I knew I had to make my way back there and see Northern California and the state of Oregon too. Needless to say, this trip was a dream and everything exceeded my expectations!

A summer sunset at Granlibakken in Lake Tahoe

We spent three beautiful days and nights in Lake Tahoe at Granlibakken Tahoe, which is located in Tahoe City, California (on the western side of the lake).

Overall, Granlibakken is the perfect resort for all travelers coming to Lake Tahoe and they offer amazing activities and experiences throughout the year, but especially during summertime!

In this blog post, discover the top 10 things to do during a beautiful Lake Tahoe summer.

**During my time in Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken Tahoe hosted me for three nights.


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10 things to do during a Lake Tahoe Summer

Getting to Lake Tahoe:

A woman skipping down a street in Lake Tahoe

I will admit that Lake Tahoe in general is a fairly expensive destination. It is also expensive to fly into the Tahoe area.

The closest airport to Lake Tahoe is Reno-Tahoe International Airport, but for me personally, it was much more affordable to fly into Sacramento International Airport. The airport in Sacramento is a two-hour drive to and from Granlibakken.

Views of Emerald Bay State Park

If you plan to see a lot within Lake Tahoe, which you should, I highly recommend renting a car. If you are doing a road trip and aren’t from the local area, where you don’t have your own vehicle with you, it is also best to get a rental.

If you are traveling into Reno-Tahoe Airport, you could also catch the shuttles. The South Tahoe Airporter will take you to and from the airport to a hotel in South Lake Tahoe (check the schedule to see which hotel is best for you to get off at). The North Lake Tahoe Express will bring you to and from the airport to the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region.

(Please also note that Lake Tahoe is not far from Nevada’s capital – Carson City.)

Staying at Granlibakken Tahoe:

A summer sunset at Granlibakken Hotel in Tahoe City

During my time in Tahoe, my friends and I stayed at Granlibakken Tahoe, which is located in Tahoe City, California.

The hotel is situated on the western side of the lake and it is a historical, family-owned and operated mountain resort that is on 74 acres of private woodland forest. It’s absolutely enchanting!

Plus, the resort also provides an ambiance that feels like ‘Old Tahoe’. In fact, Granlibakken was used in 1922 as a winter sports ground for the Tahoe Tavern.

Staying at Granlibakken:

A lodge suite at Granlibakken Tahoe

When you stay at Granlibakken, there are a plethora of different lodging options for you to choose from based off of how many people you’re staying with and your needs.

The resort also has lodging packages that you could choose from. Click here to learn more!

The bedroom at Granlibakken

The rooms that are available for you to choose from at Granlibakken are the Standard Bedroom, Studio, Standard Suite, Lodge Bedroom, Lodge Suite, One Bedroom Townhouse, Two Bedroom Townhouse and Three Bedroom Townhouse.

During our three nights at Granlibakken, we stayed in the Lodge Suite that included one bedroom with a king bed, a sleeping alcove with a double bed, one-bathroom, a private balcony, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a fully equipped galley kitchen and more.

Our Lodge Suite was located on the second floor of our unit, which was nestled in the woods with views of the Tahoe City Treetop Park.

Night stars in Lake Tahoe

There was also a parking lot located right next to our unit, which was very convenient. When we checked into Granlibakken, we were given a parking pass to keep on our dashboard.

Coming back to the resort at night was absolutely magical because the stars were shining bright in the sky right from the parking lot.

Activities at Granlibakken:

A woman at an adventure park in Tahoe City

Since Lake Tahoe is the perfect vacation spot during all four seasons, Granlibakken offers a magnitude of activities to do from skiing/snowboarding to sledding and high-altitude training to tennis camp.

Right behind the resort, which just so happened to be outside our Lodge Suite, is the Tahoe City Treetop Park – an epic adventure park. It offers 97 tree platforms within a secluded forest that contains large pine trees and old growth cedars. There are 27 zip lines and 60 bridges within the adventure park.

Tahoe City Treetop Park is open to everyone of all athletic abilities and the courses range from easy to difficult levels.

A big pine tree in Lake Tahoe

In addition, Granlibakken has five tennis courts, a luxurious pool with a hot tub area, a sauna, Day Spa, daily yoga classes (including private sessions for groups) and more.

If you enjoy hiking, being active and nature, Granlibakken is also located along Tahoe’s Rim Trail and there are also forested walking paths that lead you into Tahoe City or along the Truckee River.

A summer sunset in Lake Tahoe

Overall, Granlibakken isn’t far from most of the popular hiking trails in Lake Tahoe such as the Rubicon Trail, Eagle Falls & Eagle Lake Trail, etc.

It takes 30 minutes to get to the Emerald Bay area by car, where the trailheads for the Rubicon and Eagle Falls hike start; less than one hour to the restaurants and shops of South Lake Tahoe; 20 minutes to the heart of North Lake Tahoe and around 45 minutes to get to the scenic Sand Harbor beach on the Nevada side of the lake.

Dining and Drinking at Granlibakken:

A woman enjoying a summer happy hour beverage at Lake Tahoe's Granlibakken

Granlibakken has a beautiful deck that overlooks the gorgeous pine trees surrounding the area.

In the morning, Gran Spot is where you could grab breakfast and there is also a coffee cart. They also have boxed lunches to go for those are going on a day excursion.

A woman having a spritz at Granlibakken in Tahoe City

In the evening, enjoy happy hour at the Cedar House Pub and Patio!

Also situated in a serene forest setting, happy hour at Cedar House Pub is from 3pm to 6pm PST and you could enjoy $5 glasses of wine, $6 Dirty Arnold Palmers and $2 off appetizers.

After a fun filled day hiking Eagle Falls and part of the Rubicon Trail, there was nothing better than coming back to Granlibakken and enjoying some beverages and shrimp skewers with a view. We had so much fun sitting out on the patio until the sun went down. (Lake Tahoe’s sunsets are absolutely magical!)

Cedar House Pub also has live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well as fire pits.

Granlibakken Tahoe during summer

(Granlibakken also has an event space for weddings, corporate gatherings and more.)

Safety at Granlibakken:

A woman wearing a mask for safety at Granlibakken Tahoe

Since I traveled to Lake Tahoe during an unfortunate period in 2020, I did everything I can to remain safe and healthy. That means I did all the research I could on hotels, airlines and activities.

During this time period, I felt extremely safe staying at Granlibakken since their property is Clean + Safe Certified by the California Hotel & Lodging Association.

What this means is that they frequently clean and disinfect high traffic areas; clean and sanitize touchable surfaces and equipment between shifts and users; they remove reusable collateral from guest rooms; clean linens using products in accordance with the CDC; provide and require staff to wear personal and protective gear and train them on proper usage to prevent the spread of the virus.

Where to Eat in Lake Tahoe:

S'mores creme brulee dessert in Lake Tahoe

Since Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation spot, you bet there are plenty of great restaurants located around the lake.

From breweries to seafood restaurants and breakfast cafés to homemade ice cream shops, there is something for everyone to enjoy around Lake Tahoe.

Southern fried chicken from a brewery in Truckee, California

FiftyFifty Brewing Co. (Brewery in Truckee): During our first night in Tahoe, we drove around 25 minutes to FiftyFifty Brewing in the adorable town of Truckee, which is located right next to Tahoe City.

Overall, the brewery itself offers a warm ambiance as it is located in a wooden mountain house complex with stringed lights. I had a delicious local craft beer with fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy and it was delicious!

Strawberry waffles for breakfast in Lake Tahoe

Driftwood Café (Breakfast in South Lake Tahoe): Since we were spending most of our second day in the South Lake Tahoe area, we decided to wake up early and have breakfast there.

South Lake Tahoe is an adorable town with hotels and boutique shops that resemble Swiss chalets. There are also wonderful restaurants in this part of town, which is awesome!

Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe is Driftwood Café, which is a local breakfast spot that offers amazing items. Because we traveled to Lake Tahoe during an unfortunate period, we had to sit outside and since the café is located in a popular spot, the wait for seating was too long, so we ended up taking our food to go, which was fine. I got a waffle with fresh strawberries and Applewood chicken sausage on the side. It was so good!

Chicken fajitas from a Mexican restaurant in Lake Tahoe

Hacienda Del Lago (Mexican Restaurant in Tahoe City): On our second evening in Tahoe, we decided to check out a few restaurants that were close to Granlibakken in Tahoe City.

We ended up getting Mexican at Hacienda Del Lago, which is located right on the water. It was absolutely beautiful sitting outside there and it was a lovely evening. I got delicious chicken fajitas, which are my Mexican go-to.

A delicious homemade breakfast in Lake Tahoe

Fire Sign Café (Breakfast in Tahoe City): One of the best breakfast spots I’ve ever been to during my travels was Fire Sign Café, located in Tahoe City.

There is a lawn in the back of the restaurant that offers plenty of outdoor seating and a lot of the breakfast items featured on the menu are made from scratch such as the hot blue-raspberry sauce that was on top of my French toast. In addition, I also had a delicious smoked salmon to go on the side.

A Dungeness crab sandwich from Riva Grill in Lake Tahoe

Riva Grill (Seafood Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe): Our last evening in Tahoe also happened to be my friend Kristy’s last day on our trip, so we decided to get a nice seafood dinner at Riva Grill in South Lake Tahoe.

Also located on the lake, Riva Grill offers delicious seafood, steak and pasta dinners for all to enjoy. During our time there, I savored a delicious Dungeness crab sandwich on sourdough bread with French fries.

For dessert, we treated ourselves to an amazing s’mores crème brûlée (pictured above).

Best Things to do During a Lake Tahoe Summer:

A woman on the rocks at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe

Do the Eagle Falls Hike to Emerald Lake:

A woman on top of a bridge at Eagle Falls in Lake Tahoe

My favorite hike that I did during my time in Lake Tahoe was the Eagle Falls trail to Emerald Lake.

It is a 3.6-mile round trip hike (1.8-mile one way) that will start off by taking you past Eagle Falls. As you cross the bridge, there will be stone steps that take you up to beautiful overlooks and woodland paths. As you continue on, you will finally reach Emerald Lake, which rests in a glacial circle below North Maggies Peak.

A woman in Emerald Lake cooling off during a summer in Lake Tahoe

You could go swimming at Emerald Lake (along with the natural pools along the trail) and it is a great hike for families! You could also continue on and eventually reach Velmas, Dicks and Fontanillis Lakes. In total, you gain 433 feet in elevation on this trail.

A unique tree on Eagle Falls Hike

(Please note that parking in this area is very sparse. There are a lot of hiking trails and activity spots near Eagle Falls, since it is right near Emerald Bay State Park. You will most definitely need to park on Route 89, which is the main road that the trail is off of since the parking lot to this trailhead is small.)

Cool off in the Lake at Sand Harbor in Nevada:

A woman enjoying a summer day in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

On the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park are gorgeous white sand beaches, crystal-clear water and large boulders that allow for swimming and water sports on a hot day during the summer.

A woman enjoying the sun in Sand Harbor

During my time along Sand Harbor, there were large amounts of people actually sitting on the beach, but thankfully, there were quite a few hidden beaches located right off of Route 28, which was the main road on the Nevada side that we were able to walk down from and go swimming.

Even though the California side offers more activities, restaurants, hotels, etc., I found the Nevada side to be more scenic. When we finally made our way down to the private swimming area off the main road, I couldn’t wait to get into the water.

The day we visited Sand Harbor ended up being a hot one, so the water was definitely inviting and refreshing. We jumped off of boulders, swam out to deserted rock islands and even saw a Golden Doodle on a paddle board with a large pinecone in his mouth. It was such a good time and it was also picturesque.

A woman at a hidden swimming spot in Lake Tahoe's Nevada side

On the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, you could also rent kayaks, paddle boards, etc. at Sand Harbor Rentals.

There are quite a few hiking trails on this side too such as The Sand Point Nature Trail and Memorial Point Trail. The Eastern side of Lake Tahoe also has a cool Bonsai Rock Trailhead that allows you to see a large rock in the middle of the lake with bonsai trees on it.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park also has the East Shore Trail, which is known as “America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway”.

A woman about to jump in the water in Lake Tahoe

The closest village to Sand Harbor is Incline Village. It is here where you could find restaurants, shops, hotels and more.

(We also had a difficult time trying to find a spot to park our car at Sand Harbor, so we parked in a local neighborhood that allowed public street parking and just walked from there.)

Go Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or Canoeing in South Lake Tahoe:

Beautiful blue Lake Tahoe during summer

The calming waters of Lake Tahoe are great for those who want to go stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking or canoeing during summer. I highly recommend renting either one of those and enjoying the beauty on the lake.

Unfortunately, we were supposed to go stand up paddle boarding in South Lake Tahoe, but a minor storm prevented us from doing it. We were planning on boarding to Emerald Bay and back.

If you have time and the weather is nice, definitely rent a paddle board, kayak or canoe. You could find plenty of rental shops along the lake.

Boats on the water in Lake Tahoe

In addition, you could enjoy other fun action water sports on Lake Tahoe such as jet skiing, parasailing, boating, windsurfing, wake boarding, knee boarding, water tubing, etc. You could also go fishing on the lake as well!

(There are also plenty of local whitewater rafting tours along the Truckee River. Click here to find your perfect tour.)

Check out the Charming Town of Truckee:

A wooden building in Truckee, California

During a trip to Lake Tahoe, you must check out the charming mountain town of Truckee, California.

What was once a historic logging town is now a western style artistic hub that has wonderful restaurants, boutique shopping, local art galleries and more. When we got dinner in Truckee on our first night, we fell in love with how quaint the town was and at night, the entire downtown area lit up in Christmas lights. It was so lovely!

Hike Part of the Rubicon Trail:

A woman enjoying the views on the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe

One of the most popular hiking trails along Lake Tahoe is the Rubicon Trail. It is a 16.4-mile trail that is located near South Lake Tahoe.

It is a moderate hike that starts in D.L. Bliss State Park and ends at Emerald Bay. During this hike, you will walk along an edge that has stunning views of the lake and then head into deep forests. The Rubicon Trail also has an elevation gain of 2,306 feet.

Breathtaking views from the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe

Since we didn’t have enough time, we only hiked part of the Rubicon Trail starting at D.L. Bliss State Park. Even though we didn’t do the full 16.4-mile hike, we still did quite a few miles and enjoyed all of the amazing views along the way.

Please note that it will cost you $10 USD to park your car in D.L. Bliss since it is a State Park.

Shop till You Drop in South Lake Tahoe:

A woman in South Lake Tahoe during summer

South Lake Tahoe is split between California and Nevada.

On the California side, you will find beautiful hotels, shopping, restaurants and fun activities. The Nevada side offers high-rise luxury hotels with casinos and lovely restaurants.

You cannot visit South Lake Tahoe and not walk around. Whether you’re souvenir shopping for a loved one, cooling off with some ice cream or gelato, eating outside at a renowned restaurant, attending an event or just walking along the water, you will not be bored in South Lake Tahoe during summer.

Discover the Emerald Pools in Tahoe National Forest:

Sunrise at the Emerald Pools in Lake Tahoe National Forest

One of the best hidden gems in the Tahoe area are the Emerald Pools in Tahoe National Forest.

Located an hour west from Granlibakken, the Emerald Pools are a 0.7-mile hike along rocks and boulders.

A woman enjoying a beautiful morning at the Emerald Pools in Lake Tahoe

In my personal opinion, if you want to see the Emerald Pools without crowds during a Lake Tahoe summer (because I read that it does get crowded), it is best to wake up early and get there by 7am. The only thing is that the pools are cold in the morning, so you may not be in the mood to go swimming that early.

I do recommend that you get there and hike to the pools in regular athletic gear with actual hiking or trekking shoes. You do have to walk through boulders and rocks, so it will be very difficult trying to get to the pools with sandals or flip flops on.

A woman enjoying a summer hike at Lake Tahoe's Emerald Pools

Tahoe National Forest is fairly large (871,495 acres) and it spans across six counties in California and Nevada.

The Emerald Pools exit is right off of Route 80, which is funny because that is the Interstate that starts in New Jersey, near where I live and goes all the way to California.

When you enter the park, you will need to drive a bit before you reach a little parking lot. From there, you will need to walk through the woods before you reach the pools.

The Emerald Pools are at the base of where the Yuba River in California flows. The water is absolutely gorgeous and crystal clear.

Overall, there are a range of large and smaller pools on this hike. As you walk further up the gorge, you will find smaller pools. During the day, these pools are not as crowded. You could also swim in the gorge!

Take in the Views at Emerald Bay:

A woman enjoying views of Emerald Bay State Park on a cloudy day

Known as Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel, Emerald Bay is a breathtaking spot near South Lake Tahoe. It is an oasis of beautiful Emerald green water, a picturesque mountain backdrop and a serene ambiance.

To get to Emerald Bay itself, you will need to do a short hike that is one mile down from Highway 89. You could park your vehicle in the parking lot at Emerald Bay, but it fills up quickly during a Lake Tahoe summer, so if that is the case, you need to park along the main road.

A woman hiking Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay is the only inlet on Lake Tahoe and it is home to the one official island on the lake called Fannette Island.

Overall, Emerald Bay is also a state park, so if you do park in their lot, you will need to pay $10 USD, but if you park on the street and just walk in, it is free.

Emerald Bay is absolutely beautiful and it is home to the Vikingsholm Castle, which is a 38-room mansion and considered one of the most amazing examples of Scandinavian architecture. It was built in 1929 and still holds its original features.

Cloudy views of Lake Tahoe during summer

Whether you kayak, canoe, paddle board or boat, it is recommended that you make your way out to Fannette Island and check out Mrs. Knight’s Teahouse. It is a beautiful stone structure that sits on the island and offers breathtaking views of Emerald Bay.

Walk up the Stateline Trailhead in North Lake Tahoe:

A woman taking in the views on a hike in North Lake Tahoe

Another cool outdoor activity that you could do during your Lake Tahoe summer is the North Lake Tahoe Trail Head for Stateline Lookout. It is a rather small hike, but it is awesome walking from Nevada into California and vice versa.

The views at the lookout are absolutely gorgeous both during a Lake Tahoe summer and even during winter because you can see the views of Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Nevada!

Watch the Sunset at El Dorado Beach:

A summer sunset at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe

If you are looking for a wonderful spot to watch the sunset on Lake Tahoe, I recommend heading over to El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe. (This spot is also perfect for picnics!)

I love how the colors from the sky shine bright here ! It is definitely a MUST to see a sunset here during a Lake Tahoe summer.

A sunset in Lake Tahoe

Blue hour in Lake Tahoe is also magical! We caught some gorgeous views on our way back to the hotel from El Dorado Beach.


A woman running down a road in Tahoe

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do during a Lake Tahoe summer and reading about my experience staying at Granlibakken Tahoe.

If you have any questions about my time in Lake Tahoe, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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A perfect Lake Tahoe Summer

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38 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Absolutely beautiful ~ so much beauty at Lake Tahoe ~ loved the breathtaking colored lake views and the amazing mountains and trees ~ so picturesque ~ looks like a fun filled place with a lot of activities. The Granlibakkan Tahoe resort looked so beautiful ~ love log cabin architecture ~ just gives off such warm vibes in the mountains ~ great guide, can’t wait to visit Lake Tahoe ~ definitely on the top of my bucket list! Love you, mom xoxo love ❣

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you mom! It really was a heavenly lake. I love it. 🙂 Love you too!

  2. Cristina on August 7, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    This place is stunning! I had never heard of Lake Tahoe, but it’s a place I would love to check in the future. Also, the food looks amazing 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Ah Lake Tahoe is amazing! You totally have to go when you make your way out west. 🙂

  3. Elena Pappalardo on August 7, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    OMG Lake Tahoe looks so epic!! I’m so glad you finally got to go after your initial trip here was cancelled. Sometimes things really do work out for the best! Those Tahoe sunsets are breathtaking!

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      It really was amazing Elena! Also thank you so much. Everything exceeded my expectations. 🙂

  4. Nicola Lavin on August 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful. I have heard so many great things about Lake Tahoe. It looks like the ideal place to enjoy your Summer.

    • Taylor Deer on August 10, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you so much Nicola! It truly is a gorgeous place to visit. 🙂

  5. Andrea Cannon on August 28, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Love this place so much! Went a few weeks ago and hiked Mt Tallac and then saw a bear in the trail head parking lot after we were done. Was crazy!

    • Taylor Deer on August 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Oh wow! That is pretty cool. Lake Tahoe is such a great place to visit, especially during this time of the year. 🙂

  6. Sarah on August 28, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    What a gorgeous spot! I’m loving all the colours here and it looks like an amazing place to unwind and reconnect with nature. I’ve heard sooo many people rave about Lake Tahoe – looks like I’ll have to add this to my bucket list!!!

    • Taylor Deer on August 28, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Lake Tahoe truly is a breathtaking destination. You totally have to go at some point in the future. 🙂

  7. Jackie on August 28, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful place! That’s a great tip about flying into Sacramento for a cheaper flight. I need to make it out to Lake Tahoe soon!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:37 am

      Yes, Lake Tahoe was absolutely breathtaking! I couldn’t recommend visiting more! 🙂

  8. Albi on August 29, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Awesome things to do and I love your accommodation, seems like really nice and cozy place to stay in. Cannot wait to visit the Lake Tahoe

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:39 am

      Yes, staying at Granlibakken was so much fun! You will love Tahoe when you eventually visit. 🙂

  9. April on August 29, 2020 at 6:35 am

    I have never heard a bad thing said about Lake Tahoe and some of your images are just stunning. It’s definitely a place I would love to hiking. One of these days I will get there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:39 am

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful in Tahoe! The hiking is so much fun. 🙂

  10. Teresa on August 29, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Lake Tahoe looks incredible! I was going to go on my California trip last year but I run out of time. I really need to come back to finally go! 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:40 am

      Yes, you totally have to go back and I recommend staying anywhere from 3 to 5 days. It is so beautiful! 🙂

  11. Marjut | The Smooth Escape on August 29, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Great article! Lately I’ve been seeing so many amazing photos of Lake Tahoe and I realllly wanna go there, even more so after reading your post! 🙂 Fingers crossed that international travel will soon be possible again.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:41 am

      Thank you Marjut! It truly is such a beautiful destination to visit and I highly recommend it when visiting the West Coast. 🙂

  12. Talia on August 29, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Lake Tahoe has been on my list forever and I really want to go there! looks beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:42 am

      You totally have to go at some point Talia. You would love it! 🙂

  13. Hazel on August 29, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    It’s hard to believe that Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake. It’s turquoise colour makes it look more like the Mediterranean Sea. The park looks fab. Thanks for sharing, Taylor.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:43 am

      Yes, it is so serene and beautiful! Also thank you Hazel! 🙂

  14. Arabela on August 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    You look gorgeous and Lake Tahoe seems like an awesome place to visit in summer. Such clear waters! What a pity that I lived in California for over three years and haven’t made it to Lake Tahoe yet!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:44 am

      Thank you Arabela and Lake Tahoe is absolutely beautiful! You totally have to go at some point. 🙂

  15. Agnes on August 29, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Those photos at Emerald Lake are gorgeous! We just had to postpone a trip up there because of the air quality related to the wildfires, so Tahoe’s still on the list. Hope to get out there soon!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:45 am

      Thank you Agnes! Yes, I did hear about the wildfires in California. I wanted to do a trip to Napa, but I am holding off on it until things calm down.

  16. Jen on August 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Breathtaking! A little ziplining followed by a spa day sounds like my kind of weekend. And so many yummy eats! I love that we have places like this right here in the US.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:46 am

      Yes, there is so much to do in Tahoe for everyone! I couldn’t recommend visiting Tahoe more. It really is amazing! 🙂

  17. Elizabeth on August 30, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I love being by the lake and Lake Tahoe looks like the perfect summer getaway! Seems like there is a lot to do in addition to swimming with hiking and water sports. Your food looks so delicious too! I love the smores looking dessert 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Yes, Tahoe is amazing! I highly recommend going if you make your way to the West Coast! 🙂

  18. Abbie on August 30, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Such stunning scenery, I can’t decide what’s dreamier the night sky or those beautiful blue hour pics you took!! Thanks for sharing such great ideas for what seems like a perfect lake trip.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      It really is gorgeous Abbie! Also thank you so much! 🙂

  19. Debjani Lahiri on September 1, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Omg Lake Tahoe looks so beautiful and even more scenic through your fantastic photostory .. loved it thouroughly ..

    • Taylor Deer on September 1, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much! It really is such a beautiful destination. 🙂

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Taylor-Tahoe-Rocks7

A woman enjoying the views of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the United States and one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world.

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is in fact the largest Alpine lake in North America that is located in both California and Nevada.

Overall, Tahoe is a year-round destination that offers lakeside beaches, fun water sports, outdoor adventures and renowned ski resorts, but there is something special about a Lake Tahoe summer!

Three women enjoying summer happy hour drinks in Lake Tahoe

During July 2020, two of my friends (Kristy and Hannah) and I did a fun mini road trip in Northern California and Oregon.

We started our road trip in Sacramento, California and ended in Portland, Oregon. Along the way, we stopped and spent a few days in Lake Tahoe on both the Nevada and California sides (we stayed on the California side though) and then made our way to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Redwood National Park in Northern California.

From the Redwoods, we drove north along the coast of Oregon before stopping in Eugene and checking out the Portland area.

In March 2018, I visited Seattle, Washington and truly fell in love with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, so I knew I had to make my way back there and see Northern California and the state of Oregon too. Needless to say, this trip was a dream and everything exceeded my expectations!

A summer sunset at Granlibakken in Lake Tahoe

We spent three beautiful days and nights in Lake Tahoe at Granlibakken Tahoe, which is located in Tahoe City, California (on the western side of the lake).

Overall, Granlibakken is the perfect resort for all travelers coming to Lake Tahoe and they offer amazing activities and experiences throughout the year, but especially during summertime!

In this blog post, discover the top 10 things to do during a beautiful Lake Tahoe summer.

**During my time in Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken Tahoe hosted me for three nights.


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10 things to do during a Lake Tahoe Summer

Getting to Lake Tahoe:

A woman skipping down a street in Lake Tahoe

I will admit that Lake Tahoe in general is a fairly expensive destination. It is also expensive to fly into the Tahoe area.

The closest airport to Lake Tahoe is Reno-Tahoe International Airport, but for me personally, it was much more affordable to fly into Sacramento International Airport. The airport in Sacramento is a two-hour drive to and from Granlibakken.

Views of Emerald Bay State Park

If you plan to see a lot within Lake Tahoe, which you should, I highly recommend renting a car. If you are doing a road trip and aren’t from the local area, where you don’t have your own vehicle with you, it is also best to get a rental.

If you are traveling into Reno-Tahoe Airport, you could also catch the shuttles. The South Tahoe Airporter will take you to and from the airport to a hotel in South Lake Tahoe (check the schedule to see which hotel is best for you to get off at). The North Lake Tahoe Express will bring you to and from the airport to the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region.

(Please also note that Lake Tahoe is not far from Nevada’s capital – Carson City.)

Staying at Granlibakken Tahoe:

A summer sunset at Granlibakken Hotel in Tahoe City

During my time in Tahoe, my friends and I stayed at Granlibakken Tahoe, which is located in Tahoe City, California.

The hotel is situated on the western side of the lake and it is a historical, family-owned and operated mountain resort that is on 74 acres of private woodland forest. It’s absolutely enchanting!

Plus, the resort also provides an ambiance that feels like ‘Old Tahoe’. In fact, Granlibakken was used in 1922 as a winter sports ground for the Tahoe Tavern.

Staying at Granlibakken:

A lodge suite at Granlibakken Tahoe

When you stay at Granlibakken, there are a plethora of different lodging options for you to choose from based off of how many people you’re staying with and your needs.

The resort also has lodging packages that you could choose from. Click here to learn more!

The bedroom at Granlibakken

The rooms that are available for you to choose from at Granlibakken are the Standard Bedroom, Studio, Standard Suite, Lodge Bedroom, Lodge Suite, One Bedroom Townhouse, Two Bedroom Townhouse and Three Bedroom Townhouse.

During our three nights at Granlibakken, we stayed in the Lodge Suite that included one bedroom with a king bed, a sleeping alcove with a double bed, one-bathroom, a private balcony, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a fully equipped galley kitchen and more.

Our Lodge Suite was located on the second floor of our unit, which was nestled in the woods with views of the Tahoe City Treetop Park.

Night stars in Lake Tahoe

There was also a parking lot located right next to our unit, which was very convenient. When we checked into Granlibakken, we were given a parking pass to keep on our dashboard.

Coming back to the resort at night was absolutely magical because the stars were shining bright in the sky right from the parking lot.

Activities at Granlibakken:

A woman at an adventure park in Tahoe City

Since Lake Tahoe is the perfect vacation spot during all four seasons, Granlibakken offers a magnitude of activities to do from skiing/snowboarding to sledding and high-altitude training to tennis camp.

Right behind the resort, which just so happened to be outside our Lodge Suite, is the Tahoe City Treetop Park – an epic adventure park. It offers 97 tree platforms within a secluded forest that contains large pine trees and old growth cedars. There are 27 zip lines and 60 bridges within the adventure park.

Tahoe City Treetop Park is open to everyone of all athletic abilities and the courses range from easy to difficult levels.

A big pine tree in Lake Tahoe

In addition, Granlibakken has five tennis courts, a luxurious pool with a hot tub area, a sauna, Day Spa, daily yoga classes (including private sessions for groups) and more.

If you enjoy hiking, being active and nature, Granlibakken is also located along Tahoe’s Rim Trail and there are also forested walking paths that lead you into Tahoe City or along the Truckee River.

A summer sunset in Lake Tahoe

Overall, Granlibakken isn’t far from most of the popular hiking trails in Lake Tahoe such as the Rubicon Trail, Eagle Falls & Eagle Lake Trail, etc.

It takes 30 minutes to get to the Emerald Bay area by car, where the trailheads for the Rubicon and Eagle Falls hike start; less than one hour to the restaurants and shops of South Lake Tahoe; 20 minutes to the heart of North Lake Tahoe and around 45 minutes to get to the scenic Sand Harbor beach on the Nevada side of the lake.

Dining and Drinking at Granlibakken:

A woman enjoying a summer happy hour beverage at Lake Tahoe's Granlibakken

Granlibakken has a beautiful deck that overlooks the gorgeous pine trees surrounding the area.

In the morning, Gran Spot is where you could grab breakfast and there is also a coffee cart. They also have boxed lunches to go for those are going on a day excursion.

A woman having a spritz at Granlibakken in Tahoe City

In the evening, enjoy happy hour at the Cedar House Pub and Patio!

Also situated in a serene forest setting, happy hour at Cedar House Pub is from 3pm to 6pm PST and you could enjoy $5 glasses of wine, $6 Dirty Arnold Palmers and $2 off appetizers.

After a fun filled day hiking Eagle Falls and part of the Rubicon Trail, there was nothing better than coming back to Granlibakken and enjoying some beverages and shrimp skewers with a view. We had so much fun sitting out on the patio until the sun went down. (Lake Tahoe’s sunsets are absolutely magical!)

Cedar House Pub also has live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well as fire pits.

Granlibakken Tahoe during summer

(Granlibakken also has an event space for weddings, corporate gatherings and more.)

Safety at Granlibakken:

A woman wearing a mask for safety at Granlibakken Tahoe

Since I traveled to Lake Tahoe during an unfortunate period in 2020, I did everything I can to remain safe and healthy. That means I did all the research I could on hotels, airlines and activities.

During this time period, I felt extremely safe staying at Granlibakken since their property is Clean + Safe Certified by the California Hotel & Lodging Association.

What this means is that they frequently clean and disinfect high traffic areas; clean and sanitize touchable surfaces and equipment between shifts and users; they remove reusable collateral from guest rooms; clean linens using products in accordance with the CDC; provide and require staff to wear personal and protective gear and train them on proper usage to prevent the spread of the virus.

Where to Eat in Lake Tahoe:

S'mores creme brulee dessert in Lake Tahoe

Since Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation spot, you bet there are plenty of great restaurants located around the lake.

From breweries to seafood restaurants and breakfast cafés to homemade ice cream shops, there is something for everyone to enjoy around Lake Tahoe.

Southern fried chicken from a brewery in Truckee, California

FiftyFifty Brewing Co. (Brewery in Truckee): During our first night in Tahoe, we drove around 25 minutes to FiftyFifty Brewing in the adorable town of Truckee, which is located right next to Tahoe City.

Overall, the brewery itself offers a warm ambiance as it is located in a wooden mountain house complex with stringed lights. I had a delicious local craft beer with fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy and it was delicious!

Strawberry waffles for breakfast in Lake Tahoe

Driftwood Café (Breakfast in South Lake Tahoe): Since we were spending most of our second day in the South Lake Tahoe area, we decided to wake up early and have breakfast there.

South Lake Tahoe is an adorable town with hotels and boutique shops that resemble Swiss chalets. There are also wonderful restaurants in this part of town, which is awesome!

Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe is Driftwood Café, which is a local breakfast spot that offers amazing items. Because we traveled to Lake Tahoe during an unfortunate period, we had to sit outside and since the café is located in a popular spot, the wait for seating was too long, so we ended up taking our food to go, which was fine. I got a waffle with fresh strawberries and Applewood chicken sausage on the side. It was so good!

Chicken fajitas from a Mexican restaurant in Lake Tahoe

Hacienda Del Lago (Mexican Restaurant in Tahoe City): On our second evening in Tahoe, we decided to check out a few restaurants that were close to Granlibakken in Tahoe City.

We ended up getting Mexican at Hacienda Del Lago, which is located right on the water. It was absolutely beautiful sitting outside there and it was a lovely evening. I got delicious chicken fajitas, which are my Mexican go-to.

A delicious homemade breakfast in Lake Tahoe

Fire Sign Café (Breakfast in Tahoe City): One of the best breakfast spots I’ve ever been to during my travels was Fire Sign Café, located in Tahoe City.

There is a lawn in the back of the restaurant that offers plenty of outdoor seating and a lot of the breakfast items featured on the menu are made from scratch such as the hot blue-raspberry sauce that was on top of my French toast. In addition, I also had a delicious smoked salmon to go on the side.

A Dungeness crab sandwich from Riva Grill in Lake Tahoe

Riva Grill (Seafood Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe): Our last evening in Tahoe also happened to be my friend Kristy’s last day on our trip, so we decided to get a nice seafood dinner at Riva Grill in South Lake Tahoe.

Also located on the lake, Riva Grill offers delicious seafood, steak and pasta dinners for all to enjoy. During our time there, I savored a delicious Dungeness crab sandwich on sourdough bread with French fries.

For dessert, we treated ourselves to an amazing s’mores crème brûlée (pictured above).

Best Things to do During a Lake Tahoe Summer:

A woman on the rocks at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe

Do the Eagle Falls Hike to Emerald Lake:

A woman on top of a bridge at Eagle Falls in Lake Tahoe

My favorite hike that I did during my time in Lake Tahoe was the Eagle Falls trail to Emerald Lake.

It is a 3.6-mile round trip hike (1.8-mile one way) that will start off by taking you past Eagle Falls. As you cross the bridge, there will be stone steps that take you up to beautiful overlooks and woodland paths. As you continue on, you will finally reach Emerald Lake, which rests in a glacial circle below North Maggies Peak.

A woman in Emerald Lake cooling off during a summer in Lake Tahoe

You could go swimming at Emerald Lake (along with the natural pools along the trail) and it is a great hike for families! You could also continue on and eventually reach Velmas, Dicks and Fontanillis Lakes. In total, you gain 433 feet in elevation on this trail.

A unique tree on Eagle Falls Hike

(Please note that parking in this area is very sparse. There are a lot of hiking trails and activity spots near Eagle Falls, since it is right near Emerald Bay State Park. You will most definitely need to park on Route 89, which is the main road that the trail is off of since the parking lot to this trailhead is small.)

Cool off in the Lake at Sand Harbor in Nevada:

A woman enjoying a summer day in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

On the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park are gorgeous white sand beaches, crystal-clear water and large boulders that allow for swimming and water sports on a hot day during the summer.

A woman enjoying the sun in Sand Harbor

During my time along Sand Harbor, there were large amounts of people actually sitting on the beach, but thankfully, there were quite a few hidden beaches located right off of Route 28, which was the main road on the Nevada side that we were able to walk down from and go swimming.

Even though the California side offers more activities, restaurants, hotels, etc., I found the Nevada side to be more scenic. When we finally made our way down to the private swimming area off the main road, I couldn’t wait to get into the water.

The day we visited Sand Harbor ended up being a hot one, so the water was definitely inviting and refreshing. We jumped off of boulders, swam out to deserted rock islands and even saw a Golden Doodle on a paddle board with a large pinecone in his mouth. It was such a good time and it was also picturesque.

A woman at a hidden swimming spot in Lake Tahoe's Nevada side

On the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, you could also rent kayaks, paddle boards, etc. at Sand Harbor Rentals.

There are quite a few hiking trails on this side too such as The Sand Point Nature Trail and Memorial Point Trail. The Eastern side of Lake Tahoe also has a cool Bonsai Rock Trailhead that allows you to see a large rock in the middle of the lake with bonsai trees on it.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park also has the East Shore Trail, which is known as “America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway”.

A woman about to jump in the water in Lake Tahoe

The closest village to Sand Harbor is Incline Village. It is here where you could find restaurants, shops, hotels and more.

(We also had a difficult time trying to find a spot to park our car at Sand Harbor, so we parked in a local neighborhood that allowed public street parking and just walked from there.)

Go Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or Canoeing in South Lake Tahoe:

Beautiful blue Lake Tahoe during summer

The calming waters of Lake Tahoe are great for those who want to go stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking or canoeing during summer. I highly recommend renting either one of those and enjoying the beauty on the lake.

Unfortunately, we were supposed to go stand up paddle boarding in South Lake Tahoe, but a minor storm prevented us from doing it. We were planning on boarding to Emerald Bay and back.

If you have time and the weather is nice, definitely rent a paddle board, kayak or canoe. You could find plenty of rental shops along the lake.

Boats on the water in Lake Tahoe

In addition, you could enjoy other fun action water sports on Lake Tahoe such as jet skiing, parasailing, boating, windsurfing, wake boarding, knee boarding, water tubing, etc. You could also go fishing on the lake as well!

(There are also plenty of local whitewater rafting tours along the Truckee River. Click here to find your perfect tour.)

Check out the Charming Town of Truckee:

A wooden building in Truckee, California

During a trip to Lake Tahoe, you must check out the charming mountain town of Truckee, California.

What was once a historic logging town is now a western style artistic hub that has wonderful restaurants, boutique shopping, local art galleries and more. When we got dinner in Truckee on our first night, we fell in love with how quaint the town was and at night, the entire downtown area lit up in Christmas lights. It was so lovely!

Hike Part of the Rubicon Trail:

A woman enjoying the views on the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe

One of the most popular hiking trails along Lake Tahoe is the Rubicon Trail. It is a 16.4-mile trail that is located near South Lake Tahoe.

It is a moderate hike that starts in D.L. Bliss State Park and ends at Emerald Bay. During this hike, you will walk along an edge that has stunning views of the lake and then head into deep forests. The Rubicon Trail also has an elevation gain of 2,306 feet.

Breathtaking views from the Rubicon Trail in Lake Tahoe

Since we didn’t have enough time, we only hiked part of the Rubicon Trail starting at D.L. Bliss State Park. Even though we didn’t do the full 16.4-mile hike, we still did quite a few miles and enjoyed all of the amazing views along the way.

Please note that it will cost you $10 USD to park your car in D.L. Bliss since it is a State Park.

Shop till You Drop in South Lake Tahoe:

A woman in South Lake Tahoe during summer

South Lake Tahoe is split between California and Nevada.

On the California side, you will find beautiful hotels, shopping, restaurants and fun activities. The Nevada side offers high-rise luxury hotels with casinos and lovely restaurants.

You cannot visit South Lake Tahoe and not walk around. Whether you’re souvenir shopping for a loved one, cooling off with some ice cream or gelato, eating outside at a renowned restaurant, attending an event or just walking along the water, you will not be bored in South Lake Tahoe during summer.

Discover the Emerald Pools in Tahoe National Forest:

Sunrise at the Emerald Pools in Lake Tahoe National Forest

One of the best hidden gems in the Tahoe area are the Emerald Pools in Tahoe National Forest.

Located an hour west from Granlibakken, the Emerald Pools are a 0.7-mile hike along rocks and boulders.

A woman enjoying a beautiful morning at the Emerald Pools in Lake Tahoe

In my personal opinion, if you want to see the Emerald Pools without crowds during a Lake Tahoe summer (because I read that it does get crowded), it is best to wake up early and get there by 7am. The only thing is that the pools are cold in the morning, so you may not be in the mood to go swimming that early.

I do recommend that you get there and hike to the pools in regular athletic gear with actual hiking or trekking shoes. You do have to walk through boulders and rocks, so it will be very difficult trying to get to the pools with sandals or flip flops on.

A woman enjoying a summer hike at Lake Tahoe's Emerald Pools

Tahoe National Forest is fairly large (871,495 acres) and it spans across six counties in California and Nevada.

The Emerald Pools exit is right off of Route 80, which is funny because that is the Interstate that starts in New Jersey, near where I live and goes all the way to California.

When you enter the park, you will need to drive a bit before you reach a little parking lot. From there, you will need to walk through the woods before you reach the pools.

The Emerald Pools are at the base of where the Yuba River in California flows. The water is absolutely gorgeous and crystal clear.

Overall, there are a range of large and smaller pools on this hike. As you walk further up the gorge, you will find smaller pools. During the day, these pools are not as crowded. You could also swim in the gorge!

Take in the Views at Emerald Bay:

A woman enjoying views of Emerald Bay State Park on a cloudy day

Known as Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel, Emerald Bay is a breathtaking spot near South Lake Tahoe. It is an oasis of beautiful Emerald green water, a picturesque mountain backdrop and a serene ambiance.

To get to Emerald Bay itself, you will need to do a short hike that is one mile down from Highway 89. You could park your vehicle in the parking lot at Emerald Bay, but it fills up quickly during a Lake Tahoe summer, so if that is the case, you need to park along the main road.

A woman hiking Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay is the only inlet on Lake Tahoe and it is home to the one official island on the lake called Fannette Island.

Overall, Emerald Bay is also a state park, so if you do park in their lot, you will need to pay $10 USD, but if you park on the street and just walk in, it is free.

Emerald Bay is absolutely beautiful and it is home to the Vikingsholm Castle, which is a 38-room mansion and considered one of the most amazing examples of Scandinavian architecture. It was built in 1929 and still holds its original features.

Cloudy views of Lake Tahoe during summer

Whether you kayak, canoe, paddle board or boat, it is recommended that you make your way out to Fannette Island and check out Mrs. Knight’s Teahouse. It is a beautiful stone structure that sits on the island and offers breathtaking views of Emerald Bay.

Walk up the Stateline Trailhead in North Lake Tahoe:

A woman taking in the views on a hike in North Lake Tahoe

Another cool outdoor activity that you could do during your Lake Tahoe summer is the North Lake Tahoe Trail Head for Stateline Lookout. It is a rather small hike, but it is awesome walking from Nevada into California and vice versa.

The views at the lookout are absolutely gorgeous both during a Lake Tahoe summer and even during winter because you can see the views of Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Nevada!

Watch the Sunset at El Dorado Beach:

A summer sunset at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe

If you are looking for a wonderful spot to watch the sunset on Lake Tahoe, I recommend heading over to El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe. (This spot is also perfect for picnics!)

I love how the colors from the sky shine bright here ! It is definitely a MUST to see a sunset here during a Lake Tahoe summer.

A sunset in Lake Tahoe

Blue hour in Lake Tahoe is also magical! We caught some gorgeous views on our way back to the hotel from El Dorado Beach.


A woman running down a road in Tahoe

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do during a Lake Tahoe summer and reading about my experience staying at Granlibakken Tahoe.

If you have any questions about my time in Lake Tahoe, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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A perfect Lake Tahoe Summer

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38 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Absolutely beautiful ~ so much beauty at Lake Tahoe ~ loved the breathtaking colored lake views and the amazing mountains and trees ~ so picturesque ~ looks like a fun filled place with a lot of activities. The Granlibakkan Tahoe resort looked so beautiful ~ love log cabin architecture ~ just gives off such warm vibes in the mountains ~ great guide, can’t wait to visit Lake Tahoe ~ definitely on the top of my bucket list! Love you, mom xoxo love ❣

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you mom! It really was a heavenly lake. I love it. 🙂 Love you too!

  2. Cristina on August 7, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    This place is stunning! I had never heard of Lake Tahoe, but it’s a place I would love to check in the future. Also, the food looks amazing 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Ah Lake Tahoe is amazing! You totally have to go when you make your way out west. 🙂

  3. Elena Pappalardo on August 7, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    OMG Lake Tahoe looks so epic!! I’m so glad you finally got to go after your initial trip here was cancelled. Sometimes things really do work out for the best! Those Tahoe sunsets are breathtaking!

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      It really was amazing Elena! Also thank you so much. Everything exceeded my expectations. 🙂

  4. Nicola Lavin on August 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful. I have heard so many great things about Lake Tahoe. It looks like the ideal place to enjoy your Summer.

    • Taylor Deer on August 10, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you so much Nicola! It truly is a gorgeous place to visit. 🙂

  5. Andrea Cannon on August 28, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Love this place so much! Went a few weeks ago and hiked Mt Tallac and then saw a bear in the trail head parking lot after we were done. Was crazy!

    • Taylor Deer on August 28, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Oh wow! That is pretty cool. Lake Tahoe is such a great place to visit, especially during this time of the year. 🙂

  6. Sarah on August 28, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    What a gorgeous spot! I’m loving all the colours here and it looks like an amazing place to unwind and reconnect with nature. I’ve heard sooo many people rave about Lake Tahoe – looks like I’ll have to add this to my bucket list!!!

    • Taylor Deer on August 28, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Lake Tahoe truly is a breathtaking destination. You totally have to go at some point in the future. 🙂

  7. Jackie on August 28, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful place! That’s a great tip about flying into Sacramento for a cheaper flight. I need to make it out to Lake Tahoe soon!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:37 am

      Yes, Lake Tahoe was absolutely breathtaking! I couldn’t recommend visiting more! 🙂

  8. Albi on August 29, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Awesome things to do and I love your accommodation, seems like really nice and cozy place to stay in. Cannot wait to visit the Lake Tahoe

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:39 am

      Yes, staying at Granlibakken was so much fun! You will love Tahoe when you eventually visit. 🙂

  9. April on August 29, 2020 at 6:35 am

    I have never heard a bad thing said about Lake Tahoe and some of your images are just stunning. It’s definitely a place I would love to hiking. One of these days I will get there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:39 am

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful in Tahoe! The hiking is so much fun. 🙂

  10. Teresa on August 29, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Lake Tahoe looks incredible! I was going to go on my California trip last year but I run out of time. I really need to come back to finally go! 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:40 am

      Yes, you totally have to go back and I recommend staying anywhere from 3 to 5 days. It is so beautiful! 🙂

  11. Marjut | The Smooth Escape on August 29, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Great article! Lately I’ve been seeing so many amazing photos of Lake Tahoe and I realllly wanna go there, even more so after reading your post! 🙂 Fingers crossed that international travel will soon be possible again.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:41 am

      Thank you Marjut! It truly is such a beautiful destination to visit and I highly recommend it when visiting the West Coast. 🙂

  12. Talia on August 29, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Lake Tahoe has been on my list forever and I really want to go there! looks beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:42 am

      You totally have to go at some point Talia. You would love it! 🙂

  13. Hazel on August 29, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    It’s hard to believe that Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake. It’s turquoise colour makes it look more like the Mediterranean Sea. The park looks fab. Thanks for sharing, Taylor.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:43 am

      Yes, it is so serene and beautiful! Also thank you Hazel! 🙂

  14. Arabela on August 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    You look gorgeous and Lake Tahoe seems like an awesome place to visit in summer. Such clear waters! What a pity that I lived in California for over three years and haven’t made it to Lake Tahoe yet!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:44 am

      Thank you Arabela and Lake Tahoe is absolutely beautiful! You totally have to go at some point. 🙂

  15. Agnes on August 29, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Those photos at Emerald Lake are gorgeous! We just had to postpone a trip up there because of the air quality related to the wildfires, so Tahoe’s still on the list. Hope to get out there soon!

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:45 am

      Thank you Agnes! Yes, I did hear about the wildfires in California. I wanted to do a trip to Napa, but I am holding off on it until things calm down.

  16. Jen on August 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Breathtaking! A little ziplining followed by a spa day sounds like my kind of weekend. And so many yummy eats! I love that we have places like this right here in the US.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:46 am

      Yes, there is so much to do in Tahoe for everyone! I couldn’t recommend visiting Tahoe more. It really is amazing! 🙂

  17. Elizabeth on August 30, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I love being by the lake and Lake Tahoe looks like the perfect summer getaway! Seems like there is a lot to do in addition to swimming with hiking and water sports. Your food looks so delicious too! I love the smores looking dessert 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Yes, Tahoe is amazing! I highly recommend going if you make your way to the West Coast! 🙂

  18. Abbie on August 30, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Such stunning scenery, I can’t decide what’s dreamier the night sky or those beautiful blue hour pics you took!! Thanks for sharing such great ideas for what seems like a perfect lake trip.

    • Taylor Deer on August 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      It really is gorgeous Abbie! Also thank you so much! 🙂

  19. Debjani Lahiri on September 1, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Omg Lake Tahoe looks so beautiful and even more scenic through your fantastic photostory .. loved it thouroughly ..

    • Taylor Deer on September 1, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much! It really is such a beautiful destination. 🙂

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