For our first wedding anniversary, Carson and I decided to pack our bags and head west to the mountains of South Lake Tahoe. Although our plans were pushed back quite a few times, we finally made it and it was well worth the wait! I'm sharing our favorites from the places we ate to the adventures we had and the places I think you would love to see!
Places to Eat
We're huge coffee shop people, especially when it comes to vacation, so we're sharing two of our favorites that both gave off the best Mountain vibes.
Clydes Coffee Roasting Co.
This quaint coffee shop sits at the bottom of heavenly mountain and is complete with a fireplace and morning baked goods. Our order: sugar free vanilla iced latte, Nitro Cold brew, and an almond cinnamon twist.
Revive Coffee and Wine
If you couldn't tell by the name of this shop, I was a huge fan. I mean coffee and wine- you can't go wrong! But thats not all they had. The shop rested in a plot of pines and had ample outdoor seating. We tried our hand at tight rope walking which Carson excelled at to no ones surprise! Our drink orders remained the same but we added a couple morning sandwiches to the mix!
This coffee shop rests just within walking distance from El Dorado beach so one morning we ran the beach and rim of the lake before getting our coffee and the other morning we decided to get our coffee and go down to the beach to watch the waves and sunrise. It's breathtaking and worth the early wake up call.
Our lunches were usually intermixed between activities but we found some local places we were big fans of.
Base Camp Pizza
We liked this place so much, we went back for a second visit before we left! If you're into pizza, this is the place for you! They have traditional and non-traditional flavors but we stuck to the classic four cheese and pepperoni and cheese pizza - classic but delicious.
Ten Crows BBQ
This BBQ joint is located on the corner of the main strip of South Lake Tahoe and has live music playing at all hours. This restaurant wouldn't necessarily be my first choice but marriage is all about compromises and Carson enjoyed himself! I will say the morning leading up to this lunch was filled with 30+ miles of mountain biking so I didn't care what lunch was at that point! Pictured above is the Chimichuri Tri Dip sandwich with a side of Mac & Cheese.
Because this was our anniversary trip we wanted to treat ourselves to a couple of nice dinners and were able to do just that along with gorgeous views!
Riva Grill on the Lake
This restaurant sat right on the edge of the Lake and over the marina of boats and water toys that we had enjoyed earlier that day. The restaurant had outdoor patio seating and live music which added to the atmosphere.
The restaurant served house made red pepper hummus with bread sticks as an appetizer which definitely won me over and I opted to have the cashew crusted salmon over sweet potatoes while Carson enjoyed the Ribeye with asparagus. The food here was great and offered at an affordable price!
Edgewood Resort Restaurant
Okay, first let me just take a moment to say Edgewood Resort is absolutely stunning. I would love to come back to SLT and stay here but this time around it just wasn't in the budget. I would say it would make for the perfect domestic honeymoon location!
Anyways, the resort rests within a golf course right along the lake that also has a private beach and pool. You need to be on a list to get into the resort so reserving a spot at one of their restaurants is a sure way to take in the beautiful property!
This restaurant is their highest end and is located in an epicurean amphitheater that overlooks Lake Tahoe. If you're going to really treat yourself, this is the place to do it!
Sharing my meal below: Cesar salad and filet with micro veggies. The restaurant brought us dessert in honor of our anniversary and this vanilla bean ice cream was dreamy!
Brooks Bar at Edgewood
We loved Edgewood so much we needed to find a way back there and the Brooks Bar served as a perfect opportunity! This restaurant is located just off the pro shop and has indoor and outdoor seating that looks out over the course and Lake partially. No matter where you are on this property, there really isn't a bad view.
This menu provided many more options at more affordable prices which was why we decided it was our best dinner- or at least a close second to Riva Grill. And although it was the middle of summer we both ordered the cup of chili as an appetizer and still talk about it! It was so good and I highly recommend it. The rest of our dinner is pictured below.
Although the food was great, we really enjoyed the activities and time spent together in this beautiful place! This is certainly a place you could be as active or relaxed as you want to be but we certainly took full advantage of all the opportunities!
Must do Activities
Van Sickle Bi State Park Hike
I love hiking for the way it allows you to see a place literally from the ground up and gets you into nature and out of your daily emails, text messages and stress. So I was so excited to discover that Lake Tahoe has tons of trails to hike and we found one I highly recommend.
Van Sickle Bi state park is a hike of various length depending on how far you want to go but we decided we'd hike 3.5 miles in and turn around and hike 3.5 miles out. It weaves up heavenly mountain and offers viewpoints to look out over the lake all throughout the hike. We also found 4 different "water falls" along the hike which were filled with the most pure, ice cold water. I would recommend this hike to anyone going for the views, easy accessibility, and little slice of heaven.
If you really want to see just how beautiful the lake is, you have to get on it! If you know me, you know I refuse to get in water I can't see through. This lake posed no problem! You could literally see all the way down to the bottom in areas that were 20 feet deep. So, we decided that we would get out on the lake by going jet skiing and in my husband's typical style, we took the class Z supercharged jet ski for a spin. The experience and the views were incomparable. We rode over to Emerald Bay, splashed in the waves made by boats passing and truly soaked in God's creation. There's nothing like nature! We got our jet skis from Tahoe Sports and had a great experience!
After our ride we enjoyed popsicles from the cutest little stand that's local to the area. The popsicles were made with organic cane sugar, natural flavors and crisp Tahoe mountain water. They were so good! I got the lemon lavender flavor and Carson had the strawberry!
So this activity ended up being both my husband and I's favorite one! Despite a fall I had early on, we rode for 5 hours and had honestly the best time! I will preface this activity with a few words of caution: A helmet should be worn at all times while biking. The trails we rode are meant for those who consider themselves moderate to advanced athletes. Buy insurance on the bike for the day as most of these bikes are surprisingly worth a ton of money.
Carson and I downloaded an app called "Trailforks" that helped us navigate the trails on the mountains, know where we were at all times, and helped quantify the level of difficulty each trail would be. We chose to start on Powerline trail and bridged over the cold creek which both proved to be not for the faint of heart! I've taken numerous cycling classes and none compared to the level of difficulty biking up a mountain includes-shocker! But it was worth every bead of sweat and lactic acid molecule in my body. For those of you who prefer a little less sweat but still prefer the views, check out pop beach which has paved trails.
For a great experience regardless of where you ride, check out Over the Edge Bike rentals. Its a bike and coffee shop with personnel who are as nice as they are helpful when it comes to being fit for helmets, bikes, and recommending trails.
Look at these views!
This vacation was definitely one full of activity but just as much as we wanted to be active and explore the mountains, we also wanted to take full advantage of vacation and the ability to relax. We did so by visiting some of the most beautiful places and simply sitting and taking in the views. You'll definitely want to add these destinations to your list.
Places to See:
El Dorado Beach
We loved this little beach for sunsets, sunrises, and peace and quiet in the early hours of the morning. I wouldn't suggest this beach for a beach day however- its small and meant to be an easy access point for paddle boarding, putting in your boat or going for a swim. It is however perfect for a short visit to soak in the beauty. Carson and I chose to come here almost every morning whether it was after a run or after our morning coffee.
We explored this bay when we went jet skiing and knew we wanted to get back to the area to see it from the top! We drove about 15 miles north and the entire way up to the top of the mountains we couldn't help but stare in awe out of the windows. There is a destination at the top of Emerald Bay where you can park your car and look out over the bay. Many other visitors were taking the opportunity to start their hikes at one of the many trailheads that start at the top of the mountain and wind down to the bottom. This was really one of the most beautiful sights of our trip and thats saying a lot considering all of Lake Tahoe is breath taking.
I know i've talked about this once already but its worth mentioning again. If you decide not to stay here but are still in the area, book a reservation at one of the restaurants and take advantage of the views and the private beach! After each one of our dinners, we took a glass of wine down to the beach and watched the sunset. Its beautiful, quiet and little slice of paradise. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
I hope you've enjoyed the recap of our South Lake Tahoe trip! It was a trip to remember and a destination we will surely be visiting again! If you end up visiting and going to any of the places we did, I would love to hear about your experience!
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Everything worn on the trip has been linked below so you too can snag these items for your next adventure or date night!
What I wore to the beach:
What I wore hiking/ biking/ walking:
What I wore to travel in:
What I wore on date night:
The pink dress is not able to be linked but was bought at Alter'd State and is on sale now!