Things to do in Lake Tahoe

November 6, 2007

Lake Tahoe is amazingly beautiful. If you are planning a trip you will enjoy it. And depending on what time of year you visit, there is always plenty to do. In the winter there are all the snow related activities. In the summer, there are all the water related activities. And there is always cruising on the lake.

Most cruises on the lake take you to Emerald Bay, which is the jewel of Lake Tahoe. It is the most photographed area of the lake and arguably the most beautiful. At the heart of Emerald Bay sits Vikingsholm, a Swedish style mansion built in 1868.

There are two ways to get there. One is by boat. If you rent one you can sail it to Emerald Bay and dock it close to the home. The second way is to drive. The road around Lake Tahoe takes you to the house. But the road is only open when there is no snow. This road itself, offers amazing views of the lake. Be careful while driving because in many areas there are no guide rails, and it is a long way down.

Once you get there, there is a small parking lot and then a path that leads down the mountain to the lakeshore and the house. It is a one mile hike. Tour guides say it is a relatively easy hike, and it is – on the way down. On the way up is a different story.

Once you make it down to the lake, you can take a tour of the house. Tours are held every hour and cost $5 per adult. We skipped the tour. Once you’ve seen an old house, you’ve seen them all. But the visitor center has a cool, free museum that exhibits many interesting pictures and tells the story of the house.

On the right side of the Visitor Center is a small path that leads you to Eagle Falls. Follow this path for about .1 mile until you come to the bridge. Continue on the trail to the right side of the bridge for another .2 miles. This trail takes you to Lower Eagle Falls. And the trek is worth it. The falls are beautiful. If you get tired, you can just stand there and let the mist cool you down. If you look hard enough, you can see Upper Eagle Falls and other people at the top.

To see Upper Eagle Falls, there is a parking lot near the Vikingsholm lot. But the lower falls offer a better view then the upper ones.

It is a good idea to sit by the lake and take in the beauty before you make the one mile hike up the mountain to your car. What is really amazing is the height that you will travel back to your car. You actually climb up the entire mountain.

From the Nevada/California state line, it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the Vikingsholm parking lot. Depending on how physically fit you are, it can take you between 2-4 hours to walk down, around, then back up.

But be warned, the trip is a great one to make, but your muscles will be sore the next day. Especially your rear.

Lake Tahoe is amazingly beautiful. If you are planning a trip you will enjoy it. And depending on what time of year you visit, there is always plenty to do. In the winter there are all the snow related activities. In the summer, there are all the water related activities. And there is always cruising on the lake.

Most cruises on the lake take you to Emerald Bay, which is the jewel of Lake Tahoe. It is the most photographed area of the lake and arguably the most beautiful. At the heart of Emerald Bay sits Vikingsholm, a Swedish style mansion built in 1868.

There are two ways to get there. One is by boat. If you rent one you can sail it to Emerald Bay and dock it close to the home. The second way is to drive. The road around Lake Tahoe takes you to the house. But the road is only open when there is no snow. This road itself, offers amazing views of the lake. Be careful while driving because in many areas there are no guide rails, and it is a long way down.

Once you get there, there is a small parking lot and then a path that leads down the mountain to the lakeshore and the house. It is a one mile hike. Tour guides say it is a relatively easy hike, and it is – on the way down. On the way up is a different story.

Once you make it down to the lake, you can take a tour of the house. Tours are held every hour and cost $5 per adult. We skipped the tour. Once you’ve seen an old house, you’ve seen them all. But the visitor center has a cool, free museum that exhibits many interesting pictures and tells the story of the house.

On the right side of the Visitor Center is a small path that leads you to Eagle Falls. Follow this path for about .1 mile until you come to the bridge. Continue on the trail to the right side of the bridge for another .2 miles. This trail takes you to Lower Eagle Falls. And the trek is worth it. The falls are beautiful. If you get tired, you can just stand there and let the mist cool you down. If you look hard enough, you can see Upper Eagle Falls and other people at the top.

To see Upper Eagle Falls, there is a parking lot near the Vikingsholm lot. But the lower falls offer a better view then the upper ones.

It is a good idea to sit by the lake and take in the beauty before you make the one mile hike up the mountain to your car. What is really amazing is the height that you will travel back to your car. You actually climb up the entire mountain.

From the Nevada/California state line, it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the Vikingsholm parking lot. Depending on how physically fit you are, it can take you between 2-4 hours to walk down, around, then back up.

But be warned, the trip is a great one to make, but your muscles will be sore the next day. Especially your rear.

Are You Searching for the Perfect Beach Vacation?

November 6, 2007

There are a great many places to vacation, from the mountains to the city, but the good old fashioned beach vacation is still a favorite with huge parts of the traveling public. There are many reasons to favor a beach vacation, from the sun and surf to the fun of the boardwalk. Before you head off on that long awaited beach vacation, however, it is important to shop around, and to research your beach destination thoroughly.

One of the most important things to know before embarking on a beach vacation is when to go. Most beach destinations have their high season and low season, and in many cases these seasons are determined by the usual weather patterns in the area. A beach vacation is no fun if it is cold or rainy, so you are better off to choose your vacation time when the weather is most likely to be favorable.

Of course the price of the average beach vacation will be higher when the weather is best, and many smart travelers prefer to travel in the shoulder season or even in the off season. This is a better strategy for some beach vacation getaways than others. Some beach vacation areas, such as San Diego and southern California, have great weather for most of the year, and a winter beach vacation to these areas can be a great treat.

Other areas of the country and the world, however, are more season dependent, and it is important to understand the weather of the beach vacation resort you are considering before putting down a deposit.

The cost of a beach vacation can vary quite widely, depending on the area you decide to visit and where you decide to stay. There are many different beach vacation lodging, from seaside motels and hotels to bed and breakfasts, inns and vacation rentals. It is important to research the lodging options for your beach vacation carefully before making a final decision.

There is no doubt that a great vacation at the beach is a lot of fun, but many people have decided for one reason or another that such a great and relaxing vacation is out of their price range. While it is true that some beach resorts can be quite expensive, if you know where and how to shop you can score a great vacation at your favorite beach for less than you may think. So even if you think you cannot afford to be lounging on the beach while everyone else is working, it pays to check things out. You just may be surprised at what you find.

There are a great many places to vacation, from the mountains to the city, but the good old fashioned beach vacation is still a favorite with huge parts of the traveling public. There are many reasons to favor a beach vacation, from the sun and surf to the fun of the boardwalk. Before you head off on that long awaited beach vacation, however, it is important to shop around, and to research your beach destination thoroughly.

One of the most important things to know before embarking on a beach vacation is when to go. Most beach destinations have their high season and low season, and in many cases these seasons are determined by the usual weather patterns in the area. A beach vacation is no fun if it is cold or rainy, so you are better off to choose your vacation time when the weather is most likely to be favorable.

Of course the price of the average beach vacation will be higher when the weather is best, and many smart travelers prefer to travel in the shoulder season or even in the off season. This is a better strategy for some beach vacation getaways than others. Some beach vacation areas, such as San Diego and southern California, have great weather for most of the year, and a winter beach vacation to these areas can be a great treat.

Other areas of the country and the world, however, are more season dependent, and it is important to understand the weather of the beach vacation resort you are considering before putting down a deposit.

The cost of a beach vacation can vary quite widely, depending on the area you decide to visit and where you decide to stay. There are many different beach vacation lodging, from seaside motels and hotels to bed and breakfasts, inns and vacation rentals. It is important to research the lodging options for your beach vacation carefully before making a final decision.

There is no doubt that a great vacation at the beach is a lot of fun, but many people have decided for one reason or another that such a great and relaxing vacation is out of their price range. While it is true that some beach resorts can be quite expensive, if you know where and how to shop you can score a great vacation at your favorite beach for less than you may think. So even if you think you cannot afford to be lounging on the beach while everyone else is working, it pays to check things out. You just may be surprised at what you find.

Beach Vacation Rentals: Tips and Suggestions

January 16, 2007

Beach Vacation Rentals: Tips and Suggestions

Beach Vacation Rentals: Tips and Suggestions

January 16, 2007

Tired of your hectic lifestyle where you just seem to race against time and have no time for relaxation? Just imagine – you are walking on a secluded white sandy beach, with the warm sand tickling your bare feet, the ocean waves lapping your feet, the cool ocean breeze caressing your skin, and just the moonlight lighting your path. What a perfect place to relax and bring alive the romance in your relationship. Isn’t it? A beach vacation offers you the chance to take a break from your daily lifestyle and relax while enjoying nature’s creations. 

Practice the art of doing nothing by simply relaxing on the beach and sunbathing or bring a splash of adventure into your beach vacation with activities like windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing, whale watching. Beach vacation rental homes are the perfect places to return to after a long adventurous day at the beach. Not only are they ideally located on or near the beach, they also offer exquisite views of the ocean and the beach. Additionally, the beach vacation homes are fully furnished and offer all modern amenities.

You can enjoy beach vacations in any of the beautiful beaches that line the shores of the United States. You can easily choose a vacation home which suits your needs and interests in Sunny Florida, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, or anywhere in the United States. A stay in these beach vacation homes where you are surrounded by the spectacular beauty of nature make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Along with excellent ocean, bay, or gulf views these waterfront vacation rentals offer spectacular sunrises and stunning sunsets which soothe you and drain away your worries. Even medical science advises a vacation by the seaside, when recuperating from any illness or even for refreshing your mind and body. The reason being, that such places bring a positive attitude in the person’s mind, thereby, resulting in a happier and contented personality.

You can choose the type of beach vacation homes according to your needs, tastes, and your budget. The vacation homes available along the beach include condos, cottages, villas, houses, and even apartments. The rates of these vacation homes differ with reference to the type of house, the size, the amenities offered, and the location of the beach home.

In short, beach vacations are your way to a happier and healthier tomorrow. Apart from renewing your spirits and refreshing your mind, beach vacations offer you some memorable moments which you will cherish lifelong. The best ways to enjoy a beach break are by renting beach vacation rentals which offer comfortable accommodations as well as help you to make the most of your vacation.


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