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Liz from Washington asked

Looking for breweries, hikes and restaurants around Lake Tahoe.

I have four days in Lake Tahoe in early May.  Two days I'll be solo and the other two days we'll be a group of four women.  What are the best things to check out?  We'll be in the Northwest section of the Lake, but don't mind driving for the right activity.  We definitely want to do some hiking, but would love to do some other activities as well. 

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Trevor from Los Angeles

If you're staying in the northwest section of the lake, check out these restaurants/bars:

Chambers Landing Bar & Grill - A super casual and lively boat up bar (another great reason to rent a speed boat). Get the Chambers Punch - a slushy rum-filled drink. 

Sunnyside Resort- A casual, fun, and lively restaurant and bar. Drive up or boat up and enjoy lunch or dinner. 

West Shore Cafe & Inn - If you're looking for something a little more refined, this is it. Dinning on the outside deck right along the lake at sunset is perfect. 

PDQ Tahoma Market - Located in the Tahoma area of the West Shore, they have amazing deli sandwiches made on fresh homemade bread. Stop here and pick up sandwhichs if you're driving by, or come here to pack a lunch to take on a hike.

There's also The Dam Cafe if you're passing through Tahoe City during breakfast/brunch hours. 

For more information on Lake Tahoe, including a few of my recommended activities, check out my answer here.

Have fun!

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The Chambers Landing Bar and Grill looks and sounds ideal- I will have to check it out when I pass through Truckee during my annual whitewater rafting trip!

Wow, talk about picture perfect!!!

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Chris from Manhattan Beach

For Breweries, check out FiftyFifty Brewing Co in Truckee.  Also, just down from 50/50, there is Truckee River Winery that has some great beers on tap, healthy foods and a bunch of bocce ball courts making it a local favorite.

Mountain biking is endless in Tahoe.  My favorite shop is called Cyclepaths again in Truckee, a call to them will get you to the best spots depending on what you are looking for.  The owner's name is Greg.  There is only snow at the very high elevations right now so by the time you arrive in May most trails should be open.  In fact, if you get up to Tahoe too late in May the snowoarding might be done...check with Squaw as they will be the last resort open. 

One of the more scenic mtn. bike trails is called the Flume Trail near Incline, there is a company that even offers shuttles to the top so you can just ride down to your car.  If you are looking for a ridiculous 17 mile downhill go 45 minutes North of Truckee to Downieville, again a shuttle service is available to bring you to the top and the single track riding is world class.  The options are endless, it really depends on your riding level.  Tahoe has lots of big rocks so some of the trails can be quite aggressive, others will be simple and smooth.

Have fun on your trip.

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Awesome stuff, Chris! Just FYI, we've helped you geo-tag the places that you mentioned in your answer so that they appear on a map! You can do that by just typing the @-symbol then the name of the place as you're typing your answer. Thanks for sharing! :)

That bocce ball place sounds great!

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Lots of options this year (sometimes still snow everywhere;)




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WOW great answer! It's so cool to see that there's a wide range of options for other types of fun in what most people think of as a skiing- only city. Can't wait to go over the summer!

Hey Dave, AWESOME recommendations! I also wanted to let you know that we've helped you highlight the places in your answer on a map! In the future, you can do this yourself as you answer a question by simply typing the @-symbol followed by the name of the place. Good stuff! :)

These look great--you really know Tahoe!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tahoe City (city)
  2. Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. (attraction)
  3. Truckee (city)
  4. FiftyFifty Brewing Co (attraction)
  5. Fire Sign Cafe (restaurant)
  6. The Dam Cafe (restaurant)
  7. Sunnyside Resort (restaurant)
  8. Christy Hill (restaurant)
  9. Wolfdale's (restaurant)
  10. Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats (restaurant)
  11. Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  12. Dockside 700 Wine Bar & Grill (restaurant)
  13. River Ranch Lodge (attraction)
  14. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort (attraction)
  15. 22 Bistro (restaurant)
  16. Squaw Valley (attraction)
  17. Eagle Falls Trail Head (attraction)
  18. Emerald Bay (attraction)
  19. Tahoe Rim Trail (attraction)
  20. Page Meadows (attraction)
  21. Tahoe City (city)
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