Lake Tahoe

 

The final stop on our tour of the US was Lake Tahoe for some R&R and skiing. It’s about a three and a half hour drive from San Fran so an easy trip to make. And make it you should – it is lovely up there. I slept on the way up and arrived as Fran was about 5 minutes away. Sorry Fran. It was amazing to wake up to all the snow and tree dotted landscape after falling asleep in downtown SF. The hotel greeted us with a roaring fire and warm apple cider and we knew we were in for a good time!

There are a bunch of ski resorts in Lake Tahoe and we decided to stay at Squaw based on some friend’s recommendations. California had been experiencing a drought until the Thursday we arrived but it started snowing when we were there – luck of the Irish!

The hotel is located in a ‘village’ at the base of the mountain. This meant our hotel room was a 5 minute walk from the first lift. Awesome! All the ski rentals, shops, cafes and so on are all there also so no need to go far to get an Irish coffee over lunch. The food in the village was surprisingly good. We ate in a pizza joint, an Irish bar – awesome sausages – modern Californian food, Mexican and casual café style. All were really good and great value.

 

Happy Fran taking a break from skiing

The skiing was great there as well. There are hundreds of runs and squaw shares ski passes with another mountain so you can go between both. Neither of us had been skiing in ages so it was lovely to get the opportunity to do so again. We’re mad to go on a full skiing holiday now. Japan anyone???

I also did a yoga class one evening – the windows were huge so you could see out to the snow as you did downward dog. It was vinyasa yoga and I think I finally found a class I enjoy! Or maybe I have been enough now. Either way I would go again.

Before we knew it our last leg of our tour was over and we were on the road back to San Fran and home. I’d love to go back to Lake Tahoe in the summer, it’s incredibly beautiful and there is so much to do. Some day!

Thanks for reading. Gilly J

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