Neighborhood Feature: West Shore
Maybe you’re in love with North Lake Tahoe but aren’t sure what neighborhood is right for you? With lots to do and epic views of Lake Tahoe, let us introduce the West Shore. Made up of several small communities and picturesque state parks, the West Shore has so many fun adventures. Plus, as the name suggests, the whole area is accessed via Highway 89 which hugs the West Shore of big, beautiful Lake Tahoe, so lake views are guaranteed.
Best Breakfast in Tahoe
Before a day spent exploring this area, we recommend starting at the Fire Sign Café. A local’s favorite for over 40 years, this restaurant serves up hearty, homemade breakfasts that you won’t want to miss. If there’s a line for your breakfast table, you can wander across the street and take in some Lake Tahoe views before digging into your plate of Truckee Sourdough French Toast. Just in case you’re in a celebratory mood, they offer fresh squeezed mimosas by the pitcher.
Skiing on The West Shore
In the winter, Tahoe is known for its snow skiing and the West Shore is no exception.
Homewood Mountain Resort delivers lake views along with corduroy runs for the perfect winter day on the slopes. Take advantage of their unique offering and ride to the top of Ellis Peak to take a guided backcountry tour with Homewood Snowcat Adventures.
Gram Worthy Locations
Arguably the most photogenic spot on the West Shore can be found at Emerald Bay State Park. Perched on the only island in Lake Tahoe and visible from vantage points above, you’ll want to make sure you snap a picture of the “Tea House” on Fannette Island. After you capture your Instagram-worthy shot, lace up your hiking boot and hit the trail to Vikingsholm “castle” to take in the Scandinavian architecture and more breathtaking views of the bay.
Pier Hopping & Views
For history buffs and lovers of lakeview drinks and dining, pull off Highway 89 or pull up your boat at Chambers Landing. Located on a pier, this historical spot is the oldest bar on Lake Tahoe and has been serving lucky patrons cold drinks and unobscured lake views since 1875. Enjoy the sunset and alpenglow, drink in hand, from this unique location which is only open during the summer months.
Much More to Explore
And those are just the greatest hits! You can visit Granlibakken for a Tahoe Treetop Adventure you won’t forget, stop in at the Tahoe House Bakery for homemade baked goodie heaven, enjoy lunch lakeside at Sunnyside Restaurant or head to Tahoma to the West Shore’s newest restaurant, Dog & Bear Tavern, for pizza and then end the day relaxing on the Sugar Pine Point State Park white sand beach.