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With yet another forecast pushing snow back to very close to MLK Weekend, the following is just some ideas for families in the Tahoe Region to look at if the kids are bored. There are a few things that are a bit different like seeing a Mammoth's skelton and ghost tours and 'stuff'. If it helps a family enjoy Tahoe better, it served its purpose.



Things to do at Lake Tahoe

which are

Different, Unusual, Extraordinary … and Para-normal

Unusual things

Hmmm, would you like to see a dungeon, ski with skiing Royalty, hunt Ghosts, see a Mammoth’s Skelton, or see “the Elephant House”?

Or would you prefer to see cars that were owned by Elvis Presley & John Wayne?

These holidays, see something unusual, extra-ordinary …. and even Para-normal if you’re lucky.

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Kids, be saved by puppies:

If you ask Ski Patrol very very nicely, your child can be buried in snow and then saved by these puppies-in-training  – budding Avalanche rescue dogs.

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 Paddle boards, Kayaks and Water Taxis:

Grab a paddle board, a kayak, a bike,  or catch the water taxi around north shore.

Thunderbird Castle & Yacht


Visit the Whittel Estate, home of the incredibly wealthy late George Whittell and his 55’ yacht – powered by aircraft engines.

Tour the Lighthouse room and other hidden gems – and  600 feet of tunnels to the underground dungeon. Contact 1800-go-tahoe for bookings. Tours are limited to 20 people and cost approximately $39. Located near Incline Village.

Unfortunately his pet elephant, Mingo, is no longer with us (but if you want to see a Mammoth’s skeleton, look at “Museums” below”

Born in 1882 to a fabulously wealthy San Francisco family, Whittell  ran off with the circus, he drove an ambulance during World War I, boxed with Jack Dempsey and played poker with ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd.

In 1936, Whittell began buying up land around Lake Tahoe and eventually owned virtually the entire Nevada shore. He had planned to develop it but after building Thunderbird Lodge he decided he liked not having neighbors. He disliked guests and refused to build bedrooms for guests. He had more money than Midas and more eccentricities than a balmy British Lord. He even built  “Elephant House,” to accommodate Mingo, the 2-ton Indian elephant Whittell purchased on a whim from the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1931. Mingo lumbered around the lodge grounds in summer and was trucked back to Whittell’s Woodside estate in winter.

On a wall is an eye-catching photo of Whittell with a very large lion nuzzling his nose, “Bill”. Yes, he had a pet lion.

Visit the Estate for more information …and a visit to the dungeon.

Fort Churchill

Around Memorial weekend, Civil War breaks out at Fort Churchill near Silver Springs, 27 miles from Carson City. Demonstrations include firing cannons, moulding bullets, and life during the Civil War.


Midway between Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe on the western side of Lake Tahoe is Vikingsholme, – or catch the paddle steamer there (see below). Beware: in winter the road can be closed due to snow or avalanches. Why did Viking Raiders build an outpost here, or did a wealthy socialite build a summer home for herself in the Norwegian style because Emerald Bay’s deep dark waters reminded her of Norwegian fjords?


Ski with Stars …or star in your own ski movie

Wayne Wong, Jonny Mosely, JT Holmes, Julia Mancuso, Thomas Gardtman and the Gaffney Brothers take tours, run clinics or ….the Gaffneys will film you in your own mini movie: bring your own stuntman.

Pictured: Olympian Julia Mancuso skis around with guests at Squaw Valley and autographing memorabilia in support of a pool party hosted by the High Fives Foundation




Beginner’s ski lessons for children:

4 is an ideal maximum number for lessons, in my opinion, and Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe are the place to go.


Kid-sized snow mobiles

are available for rent at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in the Snoventure park. There’s snow tubing too for the kids.



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Ask a local:

Tripadvisor.com and http://www.epicski.com  have forums where you can ask a local any question you want. Their opinions are generally unbiased and independent. Log in, and ask away.

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Annual Winter Festival

The annual winter festival in Tahoe City in March takes place over 10 days. Local communities get together and host up to 50 events including fireworks and a 1980s retro party: see www.tahoesnowfestival.com for more details.

Wunderlust: Psychic readings, meditation et al at Squaw Valley

 Hosted in late July over 3 days, you’ll meet spiritualists, healers, artists and yoga instructors. Free your mind, unwind and relax. Or get tied up in knots if yoga’s your ‘thing’.

Wunderlust (PS: check the latest dates at www.squaw.com) 

Movies on legends like Shane McConkey screen in the village at Squaw Valley too. mcconkey skiteam extreme mcconkey

The Rocking Stone

The rocking stone is at 10263 High St. Truckee. It’s a perfectly balanced rock which moves with the gentlest touch. Is it natural, was created by a long-lost tribe’s Shaman, or was it an altar built by Bigfoot? Whatever the answer, it is unusual: feel free to make up your own theories about how it got there.




Now how is this for an adrenaline rush — flying over Carson City and Lake Tahoe in a World War 2 fighter plane?


Prophesies, prayer, healing and Christian Fellowship:

In Truckee, drop in and see the mountain pastor at the River Rock Christian Fellowship. This is not your typical church service, and it provides healing services and personal prophecies. Tel 530 587 0149 if you have any questions or special needs.

They also feed snowboarders and wax snowboards: hey snowboarders need saving too.



Ghosts in Virginia City

Virginia City was the thriving mining town where Mark Twain started his career as a writer for the local paper. Townsfolk parade the streets in period costumes and the streets are full of interesting shops, former dens of iniquity and places of shootouts.

Keep an eye out for the memorial to the lynching of undesirables in the 1880s, and recall them good ol days before lawyers ruined everything

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Maybe visit the museum dedicated to a much loved lady of the night who was brutally murdered by a client. Photos of her funeral procession show something to behold.

Reputedly the most haunted places in Virginia City are the old St. Mary Louise Hospital, the Comstock Hotel and the original graveyard. Ghost hunters will tell you about the shadowy lady who could be heard saying “What year is this?”, and the traveling light in the graveyard.

Another haunt is the Carson City Hotel. Ask to see the ugly painting on the third floor.Image

“The Suicide Table” at Virginia City

Stroll genuine western sidewalks, visit old wild West saloons, see the infamous “suicide table”, ride the local stagecoach or the trolley or simply browse shops full of interesting antiquities. Virginia City is well worth devoting a full day to.

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Daron Rahlves “Banzai” Ski Race

Imagine hurtling down a mountain with only a few turns for a share of $80,000? Watching is almost as much fun. For upcoming dates, check www.daronralves.hookit.com or visit hid Facebook page.

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Squaw Valley KT-22 Banzai


Sugar Bowl / Tour Final Silver Belt Banzai

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South Lake Tahoe/Stateline:

Fancy a cruise on a paddle steamer? The MS Dixie Queen is an authentic paddle steamer from the 1800s which offers various package tours. Cruise to Vikingsholm on Fannette Island over a few hours and enjoy a few drinks and meals while listening to history narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Cruise across the lake at night for a dinner dance.

Best Bar’s for the over 30s: Eagles Nest Heavenly, Graham’s at Squaw Valley,

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You can also look at www.squaw.com for information about a bus tour from South Lake Tahoe’s Ski Run Marina to Squaw Valley – it returns back to South Lake Tahoe in the evening with a dinner dance cruise. A new 25 minute speed boat is due to start between Tahoe City and a marina in the Heavenly region soon too.

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Eating and Ice skating and Olympic memorabilia a top Squaw Valley:

Catch the famous cable car from the base of the Squaw Valley Village to the top known as “High Camp”. The facility includes several bistros and restaurants, a museum dedicated to the Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley in 1960, and a very large ice-skating rink.


Soar over Lake Tahoe with Soar Minden (www.soarminden.com tel 1800 345 7627).

Of course gliders aren’t as big as this plane :)

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Guided tours:

Take a guided tour with Tahoe Trip and Trails (www.tahoetrips.com tel 530 583 4506)


Try kayaking on the lake with Tahoe Adventure Company (www.tahoeadventurecompany.com)

Project Discovery:

This is an outdoor adventure camp run near Reno: See http://www.unofficialalpine.com  for the advertisement and contact details. http://unofficialalpine.com/index.php?adclick=1

Fishing Charters:

Fishing anyone? Take a trip with www.salmonstriperfishing.com, tel 1 866 751 1331 or Incline Village’s Action Watersports (tel 775 831 4386), or Tahoe Sport Fishing (tel 800 696 7797), or Don Sheetz (tel 877 270 0742) or Sierra Fin Addicts (tel 775 225 0979).

Fly Fishing

Or turn your hand to fly fishing with Truckee River Outfitter – Fly Fishing (tel 775 853 7368)

Swimming anyone?

Also this facility at Squaw Valley, at “High Camp” at 8,000’, has a heated swimming pool, and there’s the Resort at Squaw Creek’s pool for guests booked in there. A new water recreation indoor facility is on the drawing board at the Village at Squaw Valley: in the meantime they have a hot tubs on a floor (4th floor) above Reception: I get lost.

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Pictured: Squaw’s High Camp pool set amid the slopes. Also the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley has a pool for guests who stay there. Over at Heavenly Ski Resort is Montbleu’s indoor pool.

Squaw Valley:

Throughout the year numerous events are held including parties hosted by sponsors and charities such as the High Fives Foundation – High Fives dedicates itself to supporting disabled athletes.

The Bar of America in Truckee:

For bands and great tucker, visit the Bar of America.

River Ranch, near Alpine Meadows Ski Resort:

Sit by the bubbling brook which meanders past the courtyard whilst enjoying local and imported wines and beers and some innovative fine fare such as buffalo steaks. The River Ranch is a popular spot with locals and sporting celebrities who are generally very welcoming and keen to tell you about their region and its attractions.

Donner State Park

Visit the State Park which is the site where a storm trapped emigrants. The poor souls were forced into cannibalism to survive. See http://www.parks.ca.gov or call 530-582-7892 for further information.

At the lake are miles of hiking trails for your enjoyment.

Donner Ski Ranch

Not far from Truckee to ski Ranch is a very affordable venue to introduce your family to downhill skiing.

Marilyn’s Catwalk and eclectic pieces

Marilyn’s Catwalk stock an fascinating range of outstanding garments and leather vests and jackets at very affordable prices. If you’re looking for something special and almost one-of-a-kind, dropping to Marilyn’s is well worth it.

Stained glass and eclectic art:

Truckee truly is a mecca for unusual art pieces and stained glass. Quite a few shops in Old Truckee as well as in the train station. You won’t be disappointed.



Dining by boat

The restaurant listings in this section are restaurants that are boat friendly.  What that means is that they have either boat valet service or someplace to tie up your boat while you dine.

Sierra Vista Lakefront Dining

  • Dock
  • Full bar and dinner menu
  • Happy Hour 3-6 daily, Tue and Thurs until 9
  • Large lakefront deck
  • Tahoe City, (530) 583-0233

Sunnyside Resort

  • Boat valet service
  • Dock
  • Full bar and dinner menu, Sunday Brunch, Large deck overlooking the lake
  • Sunnyside, (530) 583-7200

West Shore Cafe

Garwoods Grill & Pier

Chambers Landing

Sunsets on the Lake

  • Boat valet service
  • Dock
  • Full bar and dinner menu
  • Island bar, cool tropical style palapa bar on the lake
  • Tahoe Vista, (530) 546-3640

Lone Eagle Grille on the Lake

Pierce Street Annex

  • Dock
  • Full Bar
  • Pizza, Pasta and Salads daily from Noon
  • Dancing nightly
  • Tahoe City, (530) 583-5800

Beacon Bar and Grill

  • Dock
  • Boat valet service
  • Large lakefront deck
  • Located at historic Camp Richardson
  • South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-0630


Learn to Water-ski

With Birkholm’s water-ski school: and they’ll come to you: tel 530 573 1928

Horseback Stables and Trail rides

Saddle up at:

Camp Richardson’s Corral

Cascade Stables,  

Northstar Stables

Squaw Valley Stables

Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center

Verdi Trails West, Inc.

Zephyr Cove Stables

River Rafting

Try rafting with Mariah’s Wilderness Expeditions (tel 1800 462 7424) or Tributary Whitewater Tours (tel 1800 672 3846).


North Lake Tahoe Clubs, Live Music & DJs

  • Bar of America
    • Commercial Row, Truckee, (530) 587-3110
    • Live Music, rock ‘n roll, blues
  • Gar Woods Bar & Grill
    • 500 North Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, (530) 546-3366
    • Friday & Saturday, Live acoustic guitar
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Country Club Drive, Incline Village, (775) 832-1234
  • Variety of nightly bands Wednesday through Sunday
  • 995 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 833-3222
  • D J
  • Commercial Row, Truckee, (530) 582-9219
  • Music, blues (7 days a week)
  • Legends
  • Past Time Club
  • Pierce Street Annex
    • Roundhouse Mall (back), Tahoe City, (530) 583-5800
    • D J (Thursday, Friday & Saturday)


  • Sierra Nevada Pizza
    • 881 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village, NV, (775) 831-8878
    • Live Bands (weekends), call about Comedy Nights


  • Stanley’s
    • 941 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-9944
    • Guitar player (Friday nights)
  • Tahoe Taps
  • Palisades Drive off Hwy. 267, (530) 587-7777
  • Live Music (Friday & Saturdays)

North Lake Tahoe Sports Bars

  • Bar of America
    • Commercial Row, Truckee, (530) 587-3110
    • 7 TVs
  • Bullwackers Pub
  • Resort at Squaw Creek, (530) 583-6617
  • Pool Tables, Shuffle Board, 4 TVs
  • Pete ‘N Peters
    • 395 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, (530) 583-2400
    • 2 Pool Tables, 5 TVs, Shuffle Board


  • Rookies
    • 930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, (775) 831-9008
    • Pool Tables, TVs, Slots
  • Tahoe Taps
  • Palisades Drive off Hwy. 267, Truckee (530) 587-7777
  • 2 Pool Tables, 7 TVs, burgers/pizza, 26 beers on tap


South Lake Tahoe Nightlife, South Tahoe Clubs

Live Music & DJ

  • The Island Restaurant & Bar
    • 4093 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 542-1142
    • Live Music Nightly (Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk), 10 great Microbrews on tap
  • Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe
  • C/O Harvey’s Resort Hotel/Casino Stateline Ave.
    P.O. Box 128
    Stateline, NV 89449
  • 775-588-6200
  • Kiosk open daily in Harrah’s Casino from 5 p.m.-Midnight
  • Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, (775) 588-6611
  • Live entertainment nightly
  • 2543 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-8328
  • Live Music Nightly (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk), Open Mike on Monday Nights
  • Harvey’s Resort & Casino, South Lake Tahoe, (775) 588-2411
  • Ron Rose (classical piano) – Wednesday through Sunday
  • Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, Zephyr Cove, (775) 588-3508 or (775) 882-0786
  • Dinner/Dance Cruise
  • 4090 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 542-4435
  • Local musicians perform live nightly (Rock, Blues)
  • 3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, (530) 542-1095
  • Microbrews on tap, Sundays Live Music, Tuesdays DJ, Thursdays Latino DJ
  • Caesars Tahoe Resort & Casino, South Lake Tahoe, (775) 586-2000
  • Dancing nightly 9pm – 4am, Live Music Mondays
  • Hwy 50 & San Francisco Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-4960
  • Live Music Thursdays (Rock & Roll)
  • 1031 Fremont Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 541-6603
  • Live Music 2 to 4 nights a week (depending on the season)
  • Embassy Suites Resort, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 543-2135
  • DJ – Dancing Nightly
  • Harrah’s Center Stage
  • Hoss Hoggs
  • Llewellyn’s
  • M.S. Dixie II
  • McP’s Irish Pub & Grill
  • Mulligan’s Irish Pub
  • Nero’s 2000
  • Rojo’s Tavern
  • The Tudor Pub at Dory’s Oar
  • Turtles Sports Bar & Dance Emporium

South Lake Tahoe Sports Bars

  • The Cantina Bar & Grill
    • 765 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 544-1233
    • 3 TVs
  • Classic Cue
  • 1965 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe,  (530) 541-8704
  • 3 TVs, Pool Tables, Game Room
  • 290 Kingsbury Grade, State Line, (775)588-6563
  • 5 TVs, Pool Tables, Shuffle Board, Poker Machines
  • Embassy Suites Resort, South Lake Tahoe, (530) 543-2135
  • 8 TVs (+Big Screen during Football Season), Brick Oven Pizza
  • Goal Post Restaurant & Bar
  • Turtles Sports Bar & Dance Emporium


Wildflowers atop Squaw Valley: Please buy a ‘pet pass’ ($~15): proceeds go to the Humane Society

Not another museum, mom!


Here’s a summary of some of the featured exhibits that might be a little different:

Carson City

  • Nevada State Museum
    • (775) 687-4810
    • 600 N. Carson St. at Robinson St., Carson City, NV
    • Minerals, mining, Native Americans, natural history, geology and wild life are the focus of this museum’s exhibits. The largest known assembled imperial mammoth skeleton in North America is one of the newest exhibits. The skeleton was unearthed in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. You can also visit a replica of silver mine and a ghost town, see cowboy gear, firearms, gaming memorabilia and a history gallery of famous Nevadans.
    • Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm (winter) & 9:00am to 5:30pm (summer)
    • Adults $3, Seniors $2.50 & Under age 18 FREE
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum
  • (775) 687-6953
  • 2180 S. Carson St at Fairview Rd., Carson, NV
  • Photographic displays, memorabilia and original equipment from the Virginia and Truckee Railroads await you at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Five steam locomotives, several passenger cars and freight cars, a flatcar and a caboose from railroads that operated during the late 1860′s to 1950 are part of a 25 piece display. Some weekends feature actual rides aboard a train on and around the 13 acre property.
  • Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Adults $2 & Under age 18 FREE
  • (775) 882-6929
  • 5366 Snyder Ave., east of Hwy 395, Carson City, NV
  • Artefacts, basketry, an arrowhead collection, photographs, and contemporary arts and crafts await you at the previous site of the Stewart Indian School. The Stewart Indian School, a vocational boarding school, has its history recounted in a special exhibit. A wide variety of arts and crafts and educational materials are available in the gift shop.
  • Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Donation Only
  • Stewart Indian Children’s Museum


  • William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum
    • (775) 333-9300
    • 10 Lake St. South at Mill St., Reno NV
    • More than 200 rare and classic cars are housed in the hallways and galleries of this museum. Vintage steam-powered cars to sleek Indy 500 race cars can all be found here. Desoto’s and Packards, a 1962 Studebaker, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, a 1910 White and a 1914 Lippard-Stewart are displayed here in authentic settings. Also included is one of Elvis Presley’s Cadillacs, the 1949 Mercury from Rebel Without a Cause, and a 1953 Corvette once owned by John Wayne. The museum also features a multimedia presentation of the history of the automobile and hand-held audio devices that offer further descriptions and educational information. A Cafe and gift shop also may be found here.
    • Open daily, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sundays 10am to 4pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    • Adults $7.50, Seniors $6.50, Children 6-18 years $2.50
    • Look for discount coupons around town – $1.00 off for AAA members

Soda Springs

  • Western SkiSport Museum
    • (530) 426-3313
    • Boreal Ski Area, Soda Springs, CA
    • Hwy. 80 at Castle Peak exit
    • Showcasing the history of skiing, this museum’s exhibits include snowshoes from the 1850′s and ski equipment from throughout the 20th century. See a pair of 8 foot long cross-country skis used by “Snowshoe Thompson”, a mail carrier from 1856 till 1876. You will also find exciting ski films.
    • Open Summer: Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm, Open Winter: Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 4pm
    • Admission: FREE

South Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe Historic Society Museum
    • (530) 541-5458
    • 3058 Hwy.50 near Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Relics and memorabilia tracing Lake Tahoe area history can be found here. Dioramas showcase Washoe Indian baskets, arrowheads, spear tips and tomahawk heads. Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Seminole and Zuni handiworks are all represented in a doll collection. See a 140 year old pipe organ and a model of the S.S. Tahoe, the largest ship ever to sail the lake. Photographs from the 1880′s are on display along with early maps, a collection of ranch tools and several pair of old skis. A medley of films, Lake Tahoe: 1915-1930 can be viewed. Behind the museum you will find a toll-house from 1859 and a log cabin built in 1933.
    • Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day) & Saturdays – weather permitting – the rest of the year
    • Please call for exact hours as they fluctuate through the year
    • Adults & Seniors $1, Children (2-12) $.50


  • Tallac Historic Site
    • (530) 541-5227
    • for information on renting out the Valhalla Estate call (530) 542-4166
    • Hwy 89, just South of Emerald Bay next to Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Three large estate homes – Pope, Valhalla and Baldwin. The Baldwin Estate is open with museum daily June – Aug. 10am to 4pm &  Sept. 11am to 3pm. The Cultural Arts Store at the Valhalla Estate is open daily 11am to 3pm. Tours of the Pope Estate are $3, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Tahoe City

  • Gatekeeper‘s Cabin Museum
    • (530) 583-1762
    • William B. Layton Park
    • 120 W. Lake Blvd. behind Fanny Bridge, Tahoe City, CA
    • This hand-carved log cabin exhibits artefacts recounting the history of Lake Tahoe and was built in 1981 after the original burned down. The original cabin built in 1910 housed the gatekeepers responsible for regulating Lake Tahoe’s water level after the Truckee River was dammed. Local rocks and fossils, early skiing gear, logging and railroad equipment, vintage newspapers and other Lake Tahoe memorabilia are all exhibited here. Tools, baskets and clothing from the Washoe and Paiute Indian tribes are exhibited. Old photographs, oral historical recordings and videotapes are available in the research library. Over 100 Native American dolls and over 800 Native American Baskets are housed in a new annex.
    • 3 acre picnic grounds
    • Open: daily June 15 through Labor Day, 11:00am to 5:00pm & May 1st through June 15 and Labor Day through Oct 1st, Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
    • Donations: $2.00 Adult, $1.50 Jrs. & Srs, age 12 and under FREE
  • Watson Cabin Living Museum
  • (530) 583-8717
  • 560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
  • A national landmark, this honeymoon cottage was built in 1909 on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The cabin is decorated with original furnishings and has been preserved to look as it did at the turn of the century.
  • Open: daily, June 15 through Labor Day, Noon till 4:00pm
  • Donation Accepted


  • Ehrman Mansion
    • (530) 525-7982
    • Sugar Pine Point State Park
    • Hwy. 89, one mile south of Tahoma, CA
    • The Ehrman family built this elegant home just after the turn of the century. The Ehrman family are part owners of the Wells Fargo Bankand are prominent San Franciscans. The mansion is furnished and maintained with turn-of-the-century decor.
    • Six tours daily, $5.00 per car parking – in addition tours are: Adults $2, Children (6-12) $1 and 5 & under FREE
    • Open: 11:00am to 4:00pm, tours are every hour on the hour, July 1st through Labor Day
  • Vikingsholm Mansion & Visitor Center
  • (530) 525-7232 or (530) 525-7277
  • Emerald Bay State Park, 9999 Emerald Bay Road
  • One mile hike down from Hwy 89 or visit by boat. Authentic Norse castle built in 1928.
  • Open: 8am to 4pm daily


  • KidZone Childrens Museum
    • (530) 587-5437, e-mail: info@kidzonemuseum.org
    • 11711 Donner Pass Road
    • A fun, hands-on place to play, discover and learn
      • Art activities all day long in the creative center
      • An indoor play structure
      • Hands-on exhibits with hours of interactive play for children up to age 6
    • Open: Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm, daily admission of yearly memberships. Under 1 is free.
  • Emigrant Trail Museum
  • (530) 582-7892
  • Donner Memorial State Park
  • 12593 Donner Pass Rd. off I-80 west of Truckee, CA
  • Commemorating the struggles of the survivors and those who perished crossing the treacherous Donner Pass, this museum exhibits include the musket William Eddy used to shoot an 800 pound grizzly bear in 1846 and Theodore Judah’s original survey map of Lake Bigler (Lake Bigler is now known as Lake Tahoe). Tape recordings accompany the exhibits. The Donner Story, a 25 minute video shown hourly, describes the bad luck and foolish decisions that led to the Donner Party’s troubles. The 22 foot base of the Donner Party statue outside the museum marks the depth of snow that trapped the Donner party in the winter of 1846.
  • Also included in the museum are exhibits of Native American arts and crafts, tools and clothing. The construction of the Central Pacific Railroad.
  • Camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking.
  • Museum hours:
    • Summer: Memorial Day thru labor Day 10:00 – 5:00 everyday
    • Winter: (September – May) 10:00 – 4:00
    • Slide show: 10:15, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 Donner Party Story (25 minutes long)
  • Adult $2, Children (6-12) $1, Under 6 FREE
  • (530) 582-0893
  • Jiboom Street and Spring Street, P.O. Box 893, Truckee, CA 96160
  • The need for a jail in Truckee was proposed in August, 1873. The area was, at that time sending an average of one prisoner a day to the facilities at Nevada City. Nineteen citizens donated $25.00 each toward the jail. The contract price was $1,235, exclusive of iron work. The building began going up August 11, 1875, and was ready for occupancy September 22 of that year. The original building consisted of just the lower level, constructed of native stone, the walls being 30 inches thick.
  • Open Summer only: 11am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
  • Donations Accepted
  • Truckee-Donner Historical Society and Old Jail

Genoa Town

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Seriously, Genoa is a gem located on the south of the lake in the valley at the bottom of the Kingsbury Grade road. The stores are full of unusual items and really friendly folk. The antique store is a “must see” destination. genoa 001

And there are ghosts:

Genoa Historic Ghost Tours

Tours see www.genoahistoricghosttours.com or call 775 220 0605

Genoa Historic Ghost Tours

Beginning Tuesday January 3rd 2011, visit Sandie LaNae at “Evergreen Gene’s Inc.” to receive you Psychic Stone Reading. She’s out and about once again!


Tough Mudder:

In mid September, watch this amazing test of endurance at Squaw Valley





Mountain biking, rentals and clinics:

Picture: Northstar California Resort


Annual blues and jazz concerts are hosted at Northstar and Squaw Valley


Cycling races:

The Amgen is one event, and another is the Seaotter classic






8 week ski lesson program: under $200 …for 8 weekends? Bargain!

Run by volunteer ski instructors at an amazingly low price, children can learn to ski over 8 weekends. See www.skytavern.com about Sky Tavern Mountain, next to Mt Rose

The snowbomb card: www.snowbomb.com

Look at the free ski lift passes and discounts on ski lifts, meals and lodging on offer to “Snowbomb” card holders,san franscisco snowbomb festivalpaul ortiz daryl nolch and bob at Snowbomb Sugarbowl


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Camel Races in Virginia City: Labor Day Weekend

In true Virginia City spirit, the Camel Races began as a hoax.

Bob Richards, late editor of “Territorial Enterprise,” wrote a fictitious account of the city’s “Camel Races” in 1959.

The San Francisco “Chronicle” took up the challenge thrown down by Richards; and movie director John Huston charged to victory in that first race on a camel borrowed from the San Francisco Zoo.

In 1962, Ostrich Races were added to the event, and in 1987 Virginia City took the competition to its sister city, Alice Springs, Australia. Traditionally, the Camel Races are held on the weekend after Labor Day in Virginia City, and in mid-May in Alice Springs.

Ropes, climbing wall and Zip Line: at Northstar


Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Adventure Park consists of three activities: two ropes courses, a zip line, climbing wall and orienteering courses.

The course is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from June 27 through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Hours 12:40 to 5 p.m.

A junior course, for ages 4 to 9, is available daily

The climbing wall, also located in Northstar Village, is open daily from June 27 through Labor Day weekend. Reservations recommended. Minimum of 8 participants to conduct the course.

Orienteering courses, teaching map and compass reading are offered daily from June 29 through Labor Day. Customized ropes course programs teaching teamwork and risk-taking for groups are available throughout the summer. Registration and information for the ropes courses, climbing wall and orienteering courses are available by calling (530) 562-2285.

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Enjoy Lake Tahoe, and have fun.






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And you can check out Philpug's museum of historic bindings in Reno.
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Originally Posted by evansilver View Post

And you can check out Philpug's museum of historic bindings in Reno.

It's edited and the hordes are lining up for miles ....I hope he doesn't mind me saying its free beer for snowboarders;)



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Some of the activities listed in the original post are not available in the winter, even in a winter without much snow so far like this one. Two examples are mountain biking at Northstar and tours of Vikingsholm Castle - only available Memorial Day to Labor Day.


You can get a tour of Thunderbird Lodge year-round if you have a group that pays the $500 minimum.


See http://www.vikingsholm.com/tours.html and http://thunderbirdtahoe.org/tours-private-group

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