Category Archives: Lake Tahoe

Catch a Bleu Wave

Its not quite ski season just yet, but there is still plenty of fun to be had in Lake Tahoe. Get out onto the lake for a sightseeing cruise aboard the Bleu Wave Yacht. It’s not time to wax up your downhill skis yet, but while you’re waiting for the first flakes to accumulate and become inches of powder, enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe from the lake.

The Bleu Wave Yacht has been around the world, and now she’s content to carry passengers from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay. While on board you’ll enjoy a lunch buffet of meats, cheeses, veggies and more. You can ride in the comfort of the cabin, where you’ll find a fireplace, private lounge and stateroom, or ride on the open party bow for fresh air and a spectacular view of the sparkling lake surrounding by forested mountains.

2The cruise will travel seven miles from South Lake Tahoe, to Emerald Bay where you will see Fannette Island, and the little tea house built there as part of the Vikingsholm Estate. The Vikingsholm Castle is just off shore, a 38-room mansion. The Emerald Bay area boasts a lovely sandy beach, and views of Eagle Waterfall.

Around Lake Tahoe Tour

Next time you visit Lake Tahoe, make sure you see all of Lake Tahoe with a fun tour that takes you all the way around the pristine lake, stopping at some significant sites along the way.

On the Around the Lake Tahoe Tour, you’ll travel aboard a luxury bus with expansive windows, so you can enjoy non-stop great views from every seat.  You’ll visit Emerald Beach, the country’s first ever under water National Natural Landmark where wreckage of boats and barges lie beneath the shimmering lake’s surface.  Enjoy a walk on the sandy beach and a spectacular view of the only island in the lake, Fannette Island, and Vikingholm Castle, a 38-room mansion, that actually has a sod roof.

Lake TahoeYou’ll continue on around the lake stopping at Rubicon Point, the Truckee River Bridge and the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley.  The Waterfront Boatworks Mall is a long stop for you to buy some lunch at one of the many eateries or restaurants with views of the lake, plus pick up some one of a kind items in the unique shops, before continuing the tour around the lake, with a final stop at Sand Harbor, a beach-goers delight with sand so fine and white, you’ll think you’re in Florida.

Sample the Harvest in Apple Hill

As the summer draws to a close we have much for which to be thankful.  Cooler temperatures, warm memories of summer fun, and the bountiful harvest of summer crops make this a special time of the year.

If you’re planning to spend some time enjoying Lake Tahoe before winter is upon us, there is a fantastic tour on Wednesdays that will take you into the Apple Hill region of the Sierra Nevada foothills for a day of visiting some of California’s productive farms and vineyards.

The El Dorado County Wine & Harvest Tour in Apple Hill travels through the astounding beauty of the foothills to visit the Historic Boeger Winery built on the site of an 1850’s homestead. You’ll visit the original home and distillery still in use and sample award winning estate bottled wines.

The tour includes stops at Jodar Vineyards and Winery, and Boa Vista Orchards.  At Boa Vista you’ll enjoy the cider making facility and visit the bakery where you can find delicate pastries and fresh fruit pies, and shop the farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cider, honey, and gourmet olives among numerous other offerings.

The tour includes samples at three wineries and a catered gourmet picnic in the foothills, with a wide range of treats that can easily accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diets.  Create custom sandwiches and salads to enjoy in the fresh air.


Yosemite – Just Wow!

Vacations Made Easy is excited to share with you a new tour we offer from Lake Tahoe.  This amazing sightseeing tour runs on Thursdays, picking you up from your hotel for a full day packed with stops at world famous sites.

Riding on a luxury tour bus, you’ll head out for Yosemite National Park, entering at Tioga Pass where you stop for some amazing views of the valley from this high summit of one of the few passes across the Sierra Nevadas.  You’ll visit Tuolumne Meadows for great vistas of the surrounding granite monoliths, and the fertile alpine meadow brimming with wildflowers.  Spend the day stopping at places like the famous Half Dome and El Capitan, these granite marvels rise thousands of feet above the valley floor.  Stop by Tenaya Lake, set idyllically amid boulders and fragrant pine forests.

Yosemite Valley Tour From Lake TahoeYou’ll visit the crown jewel of Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley.  This eight-mile long valley is surrounded by granite summits, red metamorphic rock peaks and forested mountains.  The valley is home to some of the worlds most famous waterfalls, like Yosemite Falls, Horsetail Fall and Bridalveil Fall.  You’ll be treated to a narrated nature hike to either Yosemite Falls or Bridalveil Fall, plus enjoy a scrumptious and healthy catered picnic lunch beside Cascade Falls.

Take an early weekend so you can spend Thursday on this astounding Yosemite Valley Tour from Lake Tahoe, then play on the lake all weekend.

Great Gatsby Festival in Lake Tahoe

Before Leonardo DiCaprio played Jay Gatsby on the big screen and the country went mad for Gatsby parties, and fashions and everything Gatsby, The Tahoe heritage Foundation was hip to the scene.  Since 1985 they have held a Great Gatsby Festival at the Tallac Historic Site.

Make plans to be in the Lake Tahoe area this August 9, 10 to take part in a celebration of Lake Tahoe’s version of the Gatsby lifestyle of wealthy decadence and no regard for prohibition, as defined by the Pope, Tallac and Baldwin Families.

Each year the festival is held at the Tallac Historic Site, home to the estates of the notorious former residents.  Festivities include actors and volunteers dressed in 1920s garb guiding you through what a day in the life of the wealthy and glamorous.  Enjoy period delicacies, music and recreation; vintage car shows, wandering musicians, and tours of the Pope House.

Sunday the festival culminates with a Tea and Fashion Show, with sweets and savories, high tea and ‘bootleg’ champagne.

So throw on that flapper dress, spiff up your flivver, and put on the Ritz to get down Gatsby style in Lake Tahoe.

Fine Dining and Sightseeing on the Tahoe Queen

While you are visiting Lake Tahoe be sure to experience the only authentic Mississippi Paddle Wheeler on the lake.  The Tahoe Queen is a trip back in time to the early 1900s, when paddlewheel boats were the premiere way to travel.

You’ll be greeted by friendly staff who offer you a glass of champagne to sip as you gaze upon the shimmering blue water, pristine shoreline and wooded mountains.  Choose a dinner cruise and dine upon Caprese salad, prime rib, seafood, potato gratin, and a decadent dessert of chocolate cake with raspberries, while you are treated to the incredible sunset over the lake.

Live music on board adds to the magical ambience of this nostalgic cruise, making the perfect outing for families, groups, or a romantic sightseeing adventure for couples.

Tahoe QueenBook your cruise on the Tahoe Queen and discover for yourself why its been voted the best boat cruise in the area.



Concerts, Car Show and Boat Show at Lake Tahoe

There is still plenty of summer left, and plenty of great summer adventures and events to enjoy at Lake Tahoe.

The Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena has an incredible line up of Superstar performers. Plan your weekend to catch your favorite with Train appearing July 25, Journey and the Steve Miller Band on July 30, Boston and the Doobie Brothers August 3, and Aerosmith August 8.

Lake Tahoe Summer Concert SeriesJuly 25 and 26 you can also be a part of Hot August Nights, a car show and festival celebrating the musical and automobile culture of American past.   For some its a trip down memory lane, for others a glimpse at the ‘good old days’ you’ve only heard about.  Doo-wop music will fill the air and chrome will glisten in the summer sun, you may even see a poodle skirt or two.

If classic cars don’t get your motor running, then maybe you’d prefer to view boats on display at the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic.  Enjoy live music, wine and food vendors along with vintage vessels.  The glow of polished mahogany against the sparkling blue lake waters will inspire you to take to the water, so round out your weekend with a dinner cruise on the Tahoe Queen.

Its not too late to book your Lake Tahoe vacation!

Plan a Romantic Weekend in Lake Tahoe

There’s nothing quite like a romantic weekend with your significant other.  Dinner, dancing, maybe a panoramic vista.

The Tahoe Queen Emerald Bay Dinner Cruise offers 2.5 hours of dining, dancing and sightseeing for a unique experience that can offer a little of everything to visitors. You’ll enjoy a delectable buffet dinner on the cruise, but, of course, dining is only one aspect of the night. For those that would like a slightly more intimate experience, you’ll also have the option to take to the deck of the ship and simply admire the beautiful scenery of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe QueenWith two nights of lodging included, you will have time to explore the other attractions that the Lake Tahoe area has to offer. For a wonderful romantic getaway in the Lake Tahoe area, book the Two Night Lake Tahoe Romantic Getaway today!

Lake Tahoe Summer Fun

If you think Lake Tahoe fun ends when the snow melts, think again.  We’ve discovered some great fun ideas for enjoying Lake Tahoe this summer.

Kayak, Stand-up Paddleboards
A nice quiet way to get up close and personal with the lake.  Recommended for those who are rather athletic, as it can be strenuous, but awesome fun.  Local vendors have equipment for rent.

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing & Dinner CruisesSightseeing and Dinner Cruises
See the lake, from the lake!  Choose your boat, and decide if you prefer a lunch-time sightseeing cruise, or a Dinner Cruise, with superior service while you enjoy the view of Lake Tahoe aboard a memorable paddlewheel boat.

Bring your own gear, or hire a local guide to take you to the “hot” spots.  Anglers can hope to land Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, or Kokanee Salmon in this Alpine lake.Lake Tahoe Sightseeing & Dinner Cruises
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
Enjoy the complete works of Shakespeare in this open air venue on the lake’s East shore. It’s a casual gathering, so bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks, although there are some food vendors.  It gets chilly by the lake in the evenings, so bring warm clothes, and take in the sunset and some Shakespeare.  Contact Sand Harbor State Park for details if you plan to attend this festival.