After leaving the Redwoods, I headed east to Lake Tohoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe offers a wide variety of activities to locals and its visitors. Winter sports, summer outdoor recreation, and spectacular scenery are all there to be taken advantage of. The Nevada side of the lake also has large casinos and plenty of entertainment.
To explore the foodie scene, I spent two nights in the east end of South Lake Tahoe, a popular tourist destination with restaurants, shopping, hotels, and Heavenly Mountain Resort. For skiers, snowboarders, and adventure lovers Heavenly Mountain is the place to be. Overlooking emerald colored waters of Lake Tahoe, this resort is heavenly indeed.
The first place I stopped at for local beer and lunch was The Brewery, Lake Tahoe’s original brewpub. With its convenient location in South Lake Tahoe, The Brewery not only offers great selection of handcrafted ales, but also a full menu, which includes steaks, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, pizza, and salads.
My beer choice was light and refreshing wheat ale – White Out Wit (number 2 on the menu below).
Their Spicy Chicken Sandwich with the side of Coleslaw was delicious.
The second brewery I visited was Cold Water – all-grain brewery featuring hand-crafted beer brewed on site. Besides alcohol the brewery’s menu features a great selection of dishes. I especially enjoyed their appetizers and their flight of beer which offers samplers to satisfy every palate.
My very delicious and satiating dinner consisted of Truffle Parmesan Fries, Clam Boil served with toasted baguette,
and the brewery’s famous South Tahoe Loaf – a sourdough loaf served with the choice of Cheddar Beer Fondue or Kale Artichoke Dip (In this case the loaf was served with both the fondue and the dip).
And for a little treat, I stopped at Sugar Pine Bakery, a locally owned bakery. The bakery is popular for its beautiful cakes, brownies, pies, cookies, and other baked goods. All their products are baked every day to guarantee their freshness.
I ordered a scrumptious mini pumpkin pie.
In between my foodie adventures, I went on a short hike at Emerald Bay, which is located 11.2 miles north-east from South Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay is a National Natural Landmark, which offers magnificent view of the bay and the surrounding area.
After taking in this spectacular view (the first image of the post), I walked down the Rubicon Trail to Emerald Beach.
While relaxing on the beach on a beautiful day, I watched children play in the water, kayakers paddle around, and an eagle soar in the blue ski, and I though about all the delicious food I had on this leg of my road trip. Lake Tahoe with its great outdoors and a small but colorful foodie scene is a place to remember. Happy travels!