South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, for families, friends, and couples
Tahoe South

Tahoe South promises the ideal escape For Couples, Families & Friends

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By Katie Joll

What does it mean when you plan a getaway to Tahoe South? It means no matter who your traveling companions are, you’ll impress them with your choice—Tahoe South is the definition of a “perfect vacation destination.”

Time for Two

As a romantic getaway, Tahoe South is regularly featured on “top destination” lists. For the couple that hikes together, skis together, bikes together, or just wants to kick back together, this mountain oasis has vacations for two perfected.

Breathe in the sweet alpine air, and greet the dawn of a new day with one of the most picturesque hot air balloon adventures around. Lake Tahoe Balloons offers a private flight for two, complete with refreshments, for that special occasion. Soak in the stunning vistas of North America’s largest alpine lake—and maybe sneak in a proposal from high atop the Sierra.

For those who prefer to be closer to the ground, explore both water and wine on a romantic cruise on the clear blue lake. The wine cruise on the luxurious Safari Rose allows couples to mingle with some of California’s top winemakers, pairing good wine with delicious appetizers and unparalleled scenery.

Those seeking a more sedate pace and private setting can sway with their sweetie to the clip-clop rhythm of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride. Year-round, the beautiful, gentle draft horses of Borges Sleigh and Carriage Rides provide a romantic way to enjoy serene lakeside views.

When relaxation is the aim, decadent spa treatments transport couples to blissful abandon. Soothe the senses with a massage, facial, or virtually any treatment you can imagine from one of more than a dozen day spas or at one of South Lake Tahoe’s full-service resorts.

For romance, a dinner for two is always on the menu. Enjoy dining with a view of the lake and a dazzling Tahoe sunset at Riva Grill or Edgewood Restaurant. Move in closer for a beachfront meal at The Beacon Bar & Grill or Jimmy’s Restaurant. Innovative cuisine and classic, local favorites feature on menus for all to savor.

Family Action

Put down the tablets and hide the remote—Tahoe South has enough activity to enthrall any visiting family. No matter the season, family-friendly fun is at hand.

Winter visitors can introduce their kids to the white stuff; snow play, including tubing, sledding, or building snowmen, is right at hand. Head to the tubing and snowmobile track by Tahoe Snowmobiles, opposite MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, or try out tubing or mini tubing at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Purchase a Sno-Park permit from California State Parks to access one of several parks in the area where you can take your own gear. For those wanting a bit more of a rush with the ease of equipment rental and groomed slopes, look to snow parks such as Adventure Mountain or Hansen’s Snow Tube and Saucer Hill.

Summer guests can rent paddleboards or kayaks to explore the clear waters of the lake shoreline. Join in the summer series of Wednesday paddleboarding races at Lakeview Commons, then return the following night for an evening concert paired with tasty choices from local food vendors.

An Adventure Pass for Epic Discovery at Heavenly Mountain Resort opens up a world of extraordinary activities. Family members big and small can select their own thrills from among hiking tours, climbing walls, adrenaline-pumping zip lines, and an exhilarating mountain coaster.

Miniature golf lovers can swing for par at two local mini golf courses. Magic Carpet Golf is a fun tradition featuring a pirate ship and engaging obstacles. During the summer months, the middle of Heavenly Village is transformed to accommodate the second mini golf venue. Hit a few holes, then grab a bite to eat or catch a movie at the nearby cinema. In the winter, the Heavenly course is converted into a magical ice-skating rink. Families can treat themselves to hot chocolate, pizza, and a variety of outdoor games after time on the ice.

Snow play—including tubing, sledding, or building snowmen—is right at hand.

When it’s time for a more leisurely pace, immerse the family in Tahoe’s storied history. Tallac Historic Site features the Baldwin, Pope, and Valhalla estates, providing a glimpse into the lives of wealthy lake dwellers of the early 20th century. Spot the rail tracks used to launch boats into the lake, or head into the Baldwin Museum to examine stories and artifacts that teach about the region’s earliest residents, the Washoe people.

A short drive up the western side of the lake delivers visitors to Emerald Bay, a spectacular site that has captured imaginations for generations. Hike down to the Vikingsholm Castle, and paddle across to view Fannette Island and the remains of the old “teahouse.”

Fun With Friends

Get your group together! Tahoe is the perfect venue for that weekend reunion or a fun escape with your pals. Friends of all ages, interests, and abilities will find a getaway to remember.

When we say Tahoe South does après ski, we mean it delivers among the best there is. Step off the gondola in Heavenly Village, and kick back around the fire pit. Order up savory food and your favorite beverage, and soak in the warmth of the glowing flames.

Ready to keep the party going? Tahoe South regularly features a host of live-music options. Holiday season partiers can celebrate to pumping tunes at the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival. Local indoor venues also feature year-round live bands and entertainment.

Over the warmer months, outdoor venues provide a host of options for getting groovy. The Summer Concert Series at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys features big-name acts, while Live at Lakeview introduces top talent from bands near and far at no cost to the audience. Heavenly Village hosts regular live music, and the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival presents a range of acts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Rollers, high or low, will find thrills at the gaming tables, slots, or hopping nightspots.

Those who want to try their luck can enjoy world-class, Nevada-style gaming 24/7 at the Stateline casinos. Rollers, high or low, will find thrills at the gaming tables, slots, or hopping nightspots. And there’s always the possibility of catching a headline show while you’re here.

Golfing friends are spoiled for choice during the months without snow. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course includes stunning lake views and hosts the annual celebrity American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Bijou Golf Course offers nine holes with meadow and mountain backdrops, while Lake Tahoe Golf Course features a spectacular championship design and PGA programs. Nearby, you’ll find Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and some great options to perfect your swing down in the Carson Valley, with Genoa Lakes Golf Club and Carson Valley Golf Course.

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