Lake TahoeOver Memorial Day weekend, Derika and our friends Emily and Tetler spent the weekend in Lake Tahoe to attend our friend’s wedding. I’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, so I was super excited to spend the weekend there. We were only able to stay the long weekend since I am still in culinary school, so I know that we had to make the most of the small amount of time that we had there. We crammed a ton into three days, so I thought that it would be fun to give you a quick recap on how you can squeeze the most out of your time there. We were not that much of sporty spices while we were there, due to the weather, so this is my guide on how to successfully eat and drink your way around the lake.


Let the drinking adventure begin 🙂


We arrived into Reno on Friday night; it was just a little over an hour drive to our Airbnb. During our three nights in Tahoe, we stayed at this Airbnb and loved it. We could not snag a place on the lake, so we settled for the next best thing. This cute cottage is perfect for four people, super close to Tahoe City for a day of shopping and it has a lovely hot tub for morning and evening dips.
Since we spent one of our free days at the wedding, we only had one full day to be a tourist. Since it was supposed to rain and I had never seen the lake, we decided that it would be fun to drive around the lake. This adventure would only take you about 2.5 hours without stops. It took us the better half of the day after all of the stops that we made. 🙂

1. Start your Day off Right with an Awesome Breakfast/Lunch at the FireSign Cafe.

FireSign Cafe

We actually stopped at the FireSign Cafe on our way out of town, but I highly recommend it.  We waited a little while but they have a really cute coffee shop right behind the cafe where you can hang out. This place is great for vegetarians and meat eaters, their menu is huge, and I will definitely go back on our next visit.


2. Stop in Tahoe City for a Beer and some Tots at the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company.


3. Check out Emerald Bay.

Emerald Bay
Our Emerald Bay stop was a crowded one, but we managed to find a place to park so that we could snap a quick group photo of us in front of Emerald Bay. This is one of the best views of the lake and I would highly recommend it.


4. Twinkle your Toes in the Lake.

Twinkle Toes
The south side of the lake is really touristy, so try to stay away if you can. We ended up stopping in a really cute park just after we passed the south side of the lake, so that we could stretch our legs and twinkle our toes in the water.


5. Go to the Hyatt’s Pier 111 Bar at Grab a Cocktail in the Sunshine.

Pier 111
A friend of mine told us to go check out the restaurant at the Hyatt on the north end of the Lake. The restaurant was a bit crowded, but we noticed a bunch of people hanging out on the Pier so we thought that we would go and check it out. Come to find out that there is an awesome bar at the end of the pier. It was the perfect place to enjoy the lake in the sunshine. The first photo on this post is also from this pier.


6. Stop at the Lake Tahoe Cali/Nevada Border and Take a Selfie.

Cali-Nev Border


7. Grab a Beer, Snacks and Play Some Cornhole at the Mellow Fellow.

Mellow Fellow is located right at the California-Nevada border, so after you are done taking your selfie, you need to stop here. We loved their beer and sausage selection, and their awesome patio where we played cornhole for the better part of the afternoon.


8. Stop of at Gar Woods for a Wet Woody!

The stop at Gar Woods was Emily’s fault. She use to go here when she was younger and said that her mom loved the Wet Woody cocktails. Once I heard the name Wet Woody, I knew that we had to stop. This place has a full bar, but everyone in the place is drinking Wet Woodys. These drinks make you feel like you are on vacation, and are so so amazing/ridiculous, and boy do they pack a punch! Go there and enjoy a great afternoon on their patio.

The weekend flew by, but we had a great time in Tahoe and I would love to go back.  I hope you enjoyed my little adventure and have fun trying our some of my recommendations.


Happy Traveling!

2 thoughts on “A Weekend on Lake Tahoe

  1. Alyson

    I’m headed to Tahoe in a week for a bachelorette party so all these drinking spots will be great to know. 😉 I love Emerald Bay and can’t wait to see it again! It’s so beautiful there.

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