This exceptional wedding site is one of the grandest Old Tahoe mansions in existence. San Francisco banker Isaias W. Hellman commissioned architect Walter D. Bliss to design his 11,700 square foot summer home. Bliss also designed the famous Tahoe Tavern. The rustically elegant home, called Pine Lodge, was completed in 1903 and was considered to be one of the finest in the High Sierra. Hellman’s daughter, Florence Hellman Ehrman, inherited the estate and with her husband, Sidney, entertained family and guests here until 1964. In 1965, California State Parks acquired the property. Pine Lodge sits on a knoll with a commanding view of Lake Tahoe, and expansive lawns extend down to the lake and pier. Weddings for up to 200 take place lake side, and receptions for up to 125 take place in the garden, adjacent to the gazebo. Brides and attendants may use the Butler’s Cabin as a changing room. Fees collected for this venue support ongoing restoration of this grand estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
More information: www.parks.ca.gov
The Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics was created to preserve and display our wonderful ski heritage. The museum is a tour back through ski history from its beginnings through the 1960 Olympics. Visitors will learn the history of skiing in the Sierra and the story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Interpretive posters will present excerpts from two recent ski history books, “From Longboards to the Olympics” by Mark McLaughlin and “Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games” by David C. Antonucci. In addition, there will be a display celebrating the wonderful book by Eddy Starr Ancinas about Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows “Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – Tales from two Valleys”.
The exhibits include hundreds of artifacts including official Olympic items such as skis, racing bibs, official results, promotional literature and participation mementos. . Dozens of never before exhibited banners, souvenirs and spectator memorabilia from the Batiste Family Collection are on display. The collection includes items from the pre-Olympic days of Squaw Valley Ski Area. Exhibits will also show rarely seen conceptual drawings prepared by Walt Disney for planning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games.
Location: Boatworks Mall, 760 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
More information: www.tahoemuseum.org
Open until September 14th.
The Watson Cabin still stands on the original site where the Robert Montgomery Watson built it in 1909, and remains an outstanding example of turn-of-the-century construction. It is the oldest building in Tahoe City that still sits where it was built, in the heart of Tahoe City, above Commons Beach, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The first residents of the Cabin were Watson’s son Robert, his wife Stella and their daughter, Mildred. While the cabin is a testament to the simplicity of pioneer life, it was one of the first in Tahoe City to have indoor plumbing! Originally, the cabin contained a living room, kitchen and an outdoor porch. Upstairs there were 2 bedrooms, a sewing room, and amazingly, indoor plumbing in the bathroom! Eventually, the outdoor porch was extended and enclosed to make room for the family of three who for many years lived here year ‘round.
Location: 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, California
More information: www.northtahoemuseums.org
The Gatekeeper’s Museum is a reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper’s Cabin, on the same site where the original stood until it was destroyed by arson fire in the early 1980s.
The original Gatekeeper’s cabin was built by Robert Montgomery Watson—also the builder of the Watson Cabin—to be the home of the Watermaster who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. We still have a Watermaster, but s/he no longer lives in this cabin. Instead, the cabin showcases Tahoe history, from the Washoe people through the logging and mining eras and the establishment of the tourism industry at Lake Tahoe. Exhibits include Native American baskets, resort memorabilia, historical photographs, clothing, oral histories, maps, archival documents, newspapers and artifacts. Our resource library allows researchers on-site access to historical documents. Copies of historic photographs can also be ordered and purchased from the Museum.
Location: 130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
More information: www.northtahoemuseums.org
The Museum stimulates interest in, increases knowledge of, and maintains watercraft and marine artifacts significant in Lake Tahoe’s maritime history through the highest standards of historic preservation, innovative interpretation and public education.
More information: www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org
Eagle Rock volcanic outcrop at elevation 6,286' rises up from Highway 89 in Tahoe Pines, between mile marker 67 and 68. A moderate 20 minute hike leads to an amazing panoramic view of Lake Tahoe. Early photos from the Tahoe Tattler newspaper document recreational use by area "residents" as early as 1881! Park on the west side of the road on the south end of the rock. The new trail, located away from the creek, winds up the side of the rock.
More information: www.sierranevadageotourism.org
Aptly named due to the view of the posteriors of the folks bending over the bridge to catch a glimpse of the giant trout leaping to catch the food tossed to them. Located on Hwy 89 in Tahoe City just south of the Wye.
Spend the day relaxing at Emerald Bay Beach – a National Natural Landmark with 360 degree views that encompass Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm Castle. This dramatic bay setting has been called one of the “most photographed places on earth.” Emerald Bay is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City and Meeks Bay on Highway 89.