Our trip to South Lake Tahoe was exactly what we wanted. We’d decided we wanted something more on the relaxing end of the spectrum. When we go to a new city we want to explore and see and do everything but for this trip we wanted to go somewhere we wouldn’t feel like we had to see and do a lot so we could take time out to relax, read and just enjoy some quality time together.
We did just that – we explored the town when we felt like it, and also spent a lot of time just reading books, sitting out on the patio enjoying the weather, played the new board game K had bought, and even went to see a movie!
The weather was better than we could’ve asked for – sunny and cool. So cool, that we actually had to grab jackets for some of our outings.
We did a little bit of sightseeing. We had many good views of the lake, it is beautiful and so clear! I couldn’t take my eyes off it. One day we drove out to the Tallac Historic site to see several houses that had been built as summer houses. One was very rustic, the other – the Pope Estate- was very formal and beautiful. We took the guided tour (the only way you can go inside it), and were impressed with it. The house would be wonderful now – K was in love with the den, and even saw that he has some of the same books they had on display (books from the time period, but not necessarily the exact books they had). It must’ve been quite a spectacle back in the 1920s. Our tour guide was in a 1920s costume and talked to us as if we were guests of the house, which was a fun way to view it. The owners of the house were out, so we were able to see their living quarters (we couldn’t if they were there). From the start it had running water and electricity and the house had separate guest houses and even a small schoolroom on the site. I cannot even imagine traveling back then to get their – it would have taken 2 trains and a boat to get there from San Francisco.
The rest of our time we spent in the city and made some trips back and forth across the border to Stateline, NV. It is odd to be somewhere that you can so often travel across the border- NV-CA-NV-CA, I kept forgetting which state we were in! I also found it so funny how the casinos go right up to the state line (also a street intersection).
Kevin’s birthday was during our trip and we spent part of his birthday afternoon at the casino. He will usually just watch me play, but I finally got him to play after I quickly lost most of what we started with ($40). He really enjoyed playing craps – after a while we finally understand it - and had a run of beginners and birthday luck! He was up most of the time and having fun. We ended up about even and what we did spend ($7) made for a very cheap afternoon of entertainment, and we had a bunch of free drinks while we played!
From our hotel, we were able to walk to some restaurants and also ventured off in the car to some others. My favorite restaurant of the entire trip was Scusa Italian Ristorante. The food was delicious – the bread they bring out is focaccia and the dipping sauce included balsamic vinegar, very different and delicious. We each had a pasta dish and it was very fresh. K even enjoyed the sun-dried tomatoes in his dish! Other standout restaurants – Swiss Chalet (a first for us to have Swiss food) and Kalani’s – Pacific Rim inspired food. We went during happy hour to take advantage of that menu, it was still kind of pricey. They also had sushi. I could not get over how many sushi restaurants there were in town! Pizza I understand – it’s a ski city in the winter and pizza is warm and filling and makes the kids happy, but sushi? Not sure how so many different places can make it…
We hardly ever go to the movies at home, mostly wait until Netflix has it, so we treated ourselves to a movie on the trip. We went to see “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, a very different movie. We both enjoyed it, though a movie about the end of the world is sort of a bummer. I did enjoy seeing Steve Carrell in such a different role, and we spotted people we recognized from other NBC shows!
We also took over the table in our room (we were lucky enough to have a kitchenette in the room) with K’s new board game, Twilight Struggle. He’d wanted to find a game designed to be a two-player game, and he found a doozy! It is about the Cold War (right up his alley). We are still learning how to play, the rule book is big and tough to read. We played one whole game there in several different sittings and are playing again now that we’re home. Its complicated and we’re each still learning the strategy. I think we’ll enjoy it for quite a while, and I am learning more about the Cold war since most of the cards are referring to actual historic events.
In case you are interested, here is where we stayed and I’d recommend it. It’s a mix of rentals and owned units. They had lots of amenities, including movies for rent and we got them to bring us a wine opener so we could have some wine in our room one night (we saved some money by getting some breakfast and dessert stuff at a Safeway about 2 blocks away – we walked to it!) Only annoyance, the walls must be thin or the neighbors we had are just annoying, we got a NOISE complaint for watching a movie at 9 at night, we had to turn the volume up to bear the dialogue, but it was not loud enough to keep anyone up and who goes to bed at 9 anyway? Even the officer who came to tell us seemed confused….
All photos here.