Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on earth. With it’s crystal blue waters and snow-cappend mountains it is hard to beat. Here are three of my favorite places to check out in the Lake Tahoe area.


Looking for a place to stay in the South Lake Tahoe/ Stateline area? You absolutely should check out the relaxing, pet-friendly, outdoorsy vibes of Basecamp! My husband and I stumbled upon this gem when looking for a pet-friendly hotel in the area and were intrigued by the outdoors-inspired décor in the rooms. Little did we know that once we arrived at Basecamp we would be even more impressed!


Not only are the rooms clean and nicely decorated, the hotel offers a good deal of outdoor space for hotel patrons. Though the room we stayed in did not have a balcony (some do), we had plenty of choices when it came to hanging around outside. The hotel has a private beer garden. This is where you can come to enjoy complementary breakfast, but also at night they have a bar where you can try local beer and wine. In the beer garden and on the rooftop areas there are fire pits and Adirondack chairs. Hotel guests are encouraged to relax by the fire at night and maybe even roast a marshmallow or two (they can be purchased at the bar as well).


Overall, I would highly recommend giving Basecamp a peak when booking a trip to Lake Tahoe. The accommodations are great and the staff is lovely- always willing to give you recommendations for hikes, restaurants, what have you.



If you are looking for a nice lunch spot by the water, Riva Grill is an excellent choice. I have eaten there almost every time that I have been to Tahoe. My favorite thing to order is there California Burger, which is a unique burger with avocado (of course!), pepper jack cheese, bacon, and teriyaki sauce. Talk about yum! Other notable options are their Lobster Bisque and Grilled Fish Tacos. Riva is also known for their Wet Woody a frozen rum beverage that comes in a variety of flavors.




South Lake Tahoe Stand Up Paddle is located in South Lake at El Dorado Beach. Kayaks, pedal boats and stand up paddleboards are available for rent at reasonable prices. I would recommend giving paddle boarding a try; it is seriously so much fun and a truly unique experience! If you have never ridden a paddleboard before, they offer lessons to get you started on the right foot, however, I think after about 10-15 minutes you will get the hang of it. There’s really nothing like getting out on the water and seeing the lake from a different perspective.

I hope that these three places make it onto your Lake Tahoe Bucket List and that you enjoy them as much as I did. I would love to hear about any other hidden gems in the Tahoe area that you may know about!

xo Sara