The Lake Tahoe Region

The Lake Tahoe region has so much to offer to visitors of all ages in all seasons. However, I think most people immediately visualize action-packed skiing winters or water-sports filled summers. Some travel trends revolve around a particular sport or location, but a popular travel trend right now is multi-generational vacations, and when a trip involves planning activities that people of all ages can enjoy, you might have to go off the beaten track a bit, or try something new.

The Lake Tahoe area has some excellent choices for those family members enjoying this travel trend, who may not be hitting the slopes or the water. The California Parks and Recreation department website shares information several sites that may appeal to everyone. A beautiful and interesting one is Vikingsholm.

“Vikingsholm is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight purchased the property encompassing the head of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island in 1928 for $250,000.

Before starting construction of the summer home late that year, Mrs. Knight and her architect traveled to Scandinavia to gather ideas for the construction of the house. Work on the home ceased at first snowfall in the winter of 1928, and was started up again in the spring of 1929.

Two hundred workers were brought to Emerald Bay and started hand hewing the timbers, carving the intricate designs, hand carving the wood for the interior walls, and forging the hinges and latches. Most of the materials to construct the home came from the Tahoe Basin.

Trees were cut for their size and lack of knots, and the granite for the foundation and walls was quarried from behind the house. The ideas for the construction came from buildings dating as far back as the 11th century. Some sections of the home contain no nails, pegs, or spikes.

One of the interesting architectural designs is the sod roof which covers both the north and south wings of the complex. The interior of the home has paintings on some of the ceilings and walls and two intricately carved dragon beams. The six fireplaces are of Scandinavian design with unusual fireplace screens…”

The adults in your travel group can enjoy the architectural details and history of this beautiful home, the kids will be fascinated by the sod roof and can search for the dragon carvings, and everyone can enjoy the stunning location.

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Retro Skate Night in the Village at Northstar™

Two more Tuesdays to skate to the 70′s and 80′s in the Village at Northstar™.  From 6:00 – 9:00pm through August 28th, 2012, you can skate to the old school tunes of your youth.

Entry to this event is free.  Skate rentals are $10.  Find our more about the event here.

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Tahoe Donner Real Estate

Imagine your perfect winter weekend. Are you swooshing down the slopes? Nestled by a fire? Maybe you are trying something new, like dog sledding or snowmobiling? Or maybe you are at the spa while the kids are in ski school? Whatever your image of the perfect winter getaway, you can make the dream a reality in the Truckee area, and with Tahoe Donner real estate  you will be able to find the perfect home. There are homes for a wide range of prices and styles available, and the area really does have something for everyone.

While many people immediately think of the Sierras as a winter sports area, the summer season is no less packed with sports and activities. What are your favorite summer activities?  Swimming, kayaking or relaxing on the beach? There are beach clubs and marinas for water sports, boating, and cruising. Hiking, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, biking, and camping are all accessible to the areas covered by Tahoe Donner real estate.

Here are some highlights of the Truckee area, when you own Tahoe Donner real estate:

Heavenly Ski Resort: “At Heavenly Mountain Resort, skiers and snowboarders alike are thrilled with varied terrain that spans the California-Nevada border and includes rolling glades, terrain parks and challenging technical steeps. Whether a beginner or an expert, a Lake Tahoe ski vacation at Heavenly offers something for everyone, including easy groomed runs, back-country-like terrain, tree runs and exciting terrain parks.” (from

Squaw Valley Ski Resort: “Squaw Valley is the perfect resort for those that love skiing and snowboarding and for those that prefer to enjoy the mountains in other ways. Whether it’s dog sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, we’ve got activities for everyone in the family. Spend the day enjoying the snow and all the winter fun Squaw Valley has to offer. Your vacation can include one of many adventurous or relaxing mountain experiences…the choice is up to you.” (from

The Town of Truckee: “Cradled by mountains and the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee is a thriving town steeped in Old West history. It was put on the map by the railroad, grew rich on logging and ice harvesting and even had its brush with Hollywood during the 1924 filming of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush.  The aura of the Old West still lingers over Truckee’s teensy historic downtown where railroad workers and lumberjacks once milled about in raucous saloons, bawdy brothels and shady gambling halls. Most of the late-19th-century buildings now contain restaurants and cutesy boutiques. The Old Jail, in use until the 1960s, is filled with relics from the wild days of yore. Today tourism fills much of the city’s coffers, thanks to a well-preserved historical downtown and its proximity to Lake Tahoe and world-class ski resorts.” (from Lonely Planet)

Donner Lake: “Warmer than Lake Tahoe, tree-lined Donner Lake is great for swimming, boating, fishing (license required), waterskiing and windsurfing. West End Beach is popular with families for its volleyball, basketball, snack stand and roped-off swimming area.” (from Lonely Planet) With easy access to I-80, and only 40 minutes to the Reno-Tahoe airport, this area can be a truly year-round getaway.

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Home Shopping in Tahoe Donner?

If you are in the Truckee, CA / Tahoe Donner area this weekend, why not check out a few open houses.  The Sharp Team has a few homes for you to see:

Friday August 3rd, 4-7 pm
11432 Sun Valley Road, Truckee California
In Tahoe Donner – Wine & Appetizers

Enjoy every aspect of this wonderfully bright and open Tahoe Donner home. Situated on a lush green lot this home draws the light and mt. essence inside. This open & functional floorplan showcases vaulted pine ceilings, tons of storage, 3 Master Suites, a loft, front & back decks, beautiful finish work, a Wolf Range & a Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Click here to view the MLS Listing or a Virtual Tour.


Saturday August 4th, 2-6 pm
14355 Denton Avenue, Truckee California
At Donner Lake

This stunning Donner Lake home was designed for the best in mountain living! This custom built Ben King home is spread out over 2 over sized lots. There’s a place for everyone with a grand great room with peeled log accents & Hickory flooring, a large dining room, 3 spacious bedrooms, loft/office & a huge family/recreation room. Designed for indoor & outdoor entertaining with the beautifully appointed kitchen, granite bar, massive gas fireplace & covered outdoor decks. Owner’s have access to the private beach.

Click here to view the MLS Listing or a Virtual Tour.

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Enter to Win a Wellness Vacation

You have until midnight tomorrow (Friday 7/13/12) to enter to win a six-night Health and Hiking Retreat at Coastal Trek on Vancouver Island from Travel to Wellness.

Despite the beauty of Truckee and Lake Tahoe, who couldn’t use a wellness vacation to renew the body and spirit!

Some of the highlights include:

Six nights’ private accommodation
Six daily guided hikes
Six sunrise yoga classes
A healthful cooking class
Two relaxation massages
Use of the lodge steam room and hot tub
All meals
Coastal Trek shuttle will pick up and return the winner to any transportation depot in the Comox Valley. (Must be set up prior to arrival.)

Don’t Delay!  Spend three minutes of your time and enter to win!

Read more about this contest hereEnter to Win Here.

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