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Vacation Like A Local, Your Insiders Guide To Lake Tahoe Gems

Updated: May 21


Welcome to the Insider’s Guide to Tahoe’s Favorite Places, your ultimate resource for discovering the hidden gems and must-visit spots in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, our guide is designed to help you explore the best that Tahoe has to offer. From serene hiking trails and pristine beaches to charming local eateries and vibrant cultural hotspots, we'll take you on a journey through this mountain paradise's diverse and enchanting landscape.

 

Join Inside Incline as we uncover the secrets of Tahoe’s favorite places, offering insights and tips from Sabrina Belleci a seasoned real estate agent who knows the area inside and out. Get ready to fall in love with Lake Tahoe all over again!

 

West Shore

They say, “The West Shore is the Best Shore”, and here are some of the reasons:

  • The Tahoma Market and Deli is a landmark that recently underwent a stunning renovation. The sandwiches are on stellar bread and often sell out by 11 AM. Insider’s tip: order online!

  • If you are an early riser and enjoy sunrise, a hike to the top of Eagle Rock near Homewood is worth the views.

 

North Lake Tahoe spans Highway 28 in both California and Nevada. In California, it’s known as North Lake Blvd.; in Nevada, it's called North Tahoe Blvd. This picturesque stretch encompasses the lakeshore and the charming mountainside communities of Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, and Incline Village/Crystal Bay.


Tahoe City and Kings Beach are quintessential beach communities, offering a unique blend of shopping and dining right on the water's edge. Whether you're looking to soak up the sun on sandy shores, enjoy a leisurely lakeside meal, or explore the vibrant local shops, these areas provide a perfect combination of natural beauty and modern convenience. Join us as we delve into a few reasons that make North Lake Tahoe a beloved destination for both locals and visitors.

  • Thursday mornings at Commons Beach in Tahoe City are bustling with vendors selling the freshest produce, cheese, bread, flowers, and other local items.

  • Skylandia Beach is a quiet out-of-the-way beach, with limited parking, located in Lake Forest, just outside of Tahoe City. There is a picnic area and steps leading down to beach access.

  • Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay – this cozy cafe located directly on the beach serves up coffee, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch with a view. It also offers rentals and lessons. It’s located on dog-friendly Patton Beach.

  • Stop at LaMexicana, the undisputed local’s favorite Mexican takeout serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, located one block off the lake in King's Beach.

 

Incline Village/Crystal Bay

  • The Crystal Bay Fire Lookout Hike is a short, steep semi-paved dog-friendly hike that offers panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

  • Diamond Peak Ski Resort Snowflake Lodge – take a dog-friendly hike to the outdoor tables to enjoy a sunset

  • A visit to Luxe Nails & Wellness and Panache Tahoe Boutique will make you feel truly pampered and on-trend

  • Locals know the best lunch is outdoors on the patio at The Grille located overlooking the Championship Golf Course

 

Lake Tahoe’s East Shore is a serene and picturesque stretch renowned for its crystal-clear waters, stunning granite boulders, and pristine beaches. This less-developed area offers a tranquil escape with breathtaking natural beauty. It has become much easier to explore by bike and foot with the development of the East Shore Trail, which we suggest you enjoy. During the summer, Sand Harbor State Park closes just moments after it opens. We offer a few alternate ways to enjoy the East Shore.

  • Tunnel Creek Café is the gateway to East Shore Trail and Flume Trail Bike Rental & Shuttle. Visit before or after your walk or bike. Plus, they host live music on summer Saturdays.

  • Visit Spooner Lake, part of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You can hike the Marlette Flume Trail, a section of the famous Tahoe Rim Trail, or do a short walk around Marlette Lake.

  • Hike the trail among the boulders to Chimney Beach and other lake access points via the Highway 28 parking lot and highway parking.


South Lake Tahoe blends outdoor adventure with urban amenities, offering everything from casinos to headline entertainment, five-star food, boating, and hiking in the summer. Explore the lively downtown area, filled with diverse dining options, eclectic shops, and exciting nightlife.


No matter how well you know Lake Tahoe, we hope these insider tips help you find a spot or experience to enjoy.

 

For more insider’s guides, tips, and real estate market reports, follow Sabrina at @insideinclinevillage and subscribe to the Inside Scoop at www.insideincline.com

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