South Lake Tahoe in the fall is gorgeous. The weather is perfect and it is somewhat of an off-season with fewer people. When you typically think of South Lake, you probably think of the casinos and ski resorts. Those are great activities, but since we visited in the early fall, we wanted to get outdoors to enjoy mother nature.
Black Bear Lodge – This perfect place to stay for a quaint getaway. The cabins at Black Bear Lodge are picture perfect. We stayed during the fall, but can imagine how cozy and cute they would be with some snow dusted on them. Since we were traveling as two families we opted to stay in the Den, which has two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living area. It was great to have a common space to hang out at once the babies went to sleep for the night. They have a few other single room cabins as well as rooms within the main lodge if you would like a more hotel-style room.
The main lodge boasts tall ceilings and a big fireplace, in true Tahoe fashion. We enjoyed their lounge bar, which is open to lodging guests as well as the public. The menu features craft beers, California wines and small plate appetizers – with a rotating list of featured wineries. In the summertime you can enjoy a glass of wine out on their patio.
Eat & Drink
Glazed and Confuzed – If you are looking for a sugar rush to start your morning off right, head to Glazed and Confuzed. Finding it can be a bit tricky, as it is located at the Tahoe Beach Retreat at Sidelines Sports Pub. You’ll want to try every flavor, so come prepared with an empty tummy, or lots of friends. We loved the Maple Bacon donut, and you can’t leave without getting their signature pink Floyd either!
Refuge Coffee – This cute little coffee counter is located in Blue Granite Climbing Gym. They’ve only been open for a couple of months, but their coffee game is strong! The owner, Jared has been in the coffee business for years and has always wanted to open his own coffee shop to share his love of coffee. Stop by for a hot coffee or try one of their delicious smoothie choices. We got both and our morning was off to a great start!
Verde Mexican Rotisserie– We stopped here for a casual lunch and loved everything we tried! Their rotisserie meats are tender and flavorful, try it on a plate or in a burrito. They also have amazing healthy options like their riced cauliflower salad that we couldn’t get enough of. This is a great choice for a family meal, or even pick up to-go.
Tahoe Pourhouse – Have you ever wanted to try a bunch of different wines with your meal instead of just choosing one? Tahoe Pourhouse solves all your indecisive issues with their wine wall. They always have a variety of 20 wines on tap that you can pour yourself. Choose which wine you would like to have, pour the amount you would like to try, and pay when you’re done. Make sure to complete your visit with something from their food menu as well. They have a variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Loft – If you’re looking for a fun and unique night out, The Loft is the perfect place to go. Enjoy a night of delicious food and a hilariously entertaining Magic Show after. Their dinner selection consists of Italian favorites. Must tries are the Grilled Cheese Dippers and Wild Boar Cannelloni. After dinner, grab a drink before heading into the theatre where you’ll enjoy a couple of hours of live magic. The show is family friendly, so bring the whole crew!
Cascade Falls – This hike is is long enough to get some exercise in, but short enough that it won’t take up your whole day or leave you feeling exhausted. We started at the Bayview trailhead. You can find parking either in the Bayview campground, or on the road along Emerald Bay. All along the hike you’ll enjoy picturesque views of Cascade Lake. Once you reach the summit, meander to the left and walk across the granite until you can hear a stream trickle. Since we went in the fall there was not much of any falls, more of a teeny tiny stream. The views were gorgeous, nonetheless and we hope to visit again when there is more water!
Lake Tahoe Boat Rides – You haven’t really experienced Lake Tahoe until you’ve gotten out on the water. Lake Tahoe Boat Rides offer a variety of different boat and yacht tours. They also have a private option so you can customize the length of the ride and tour the geographical area of the lake you would like to visit. Our favorite thing about our ride with them was the super knowledgeable and friendly Captain who shared a lot of history and tid bits about Lake Tahoe that we never knew about!