How to spend 36 hours in Lake Tahoe, with Forest Suites as your base camp.
4:30 p.m. | Take a Dip in Lake Tahoe
At 191 square miles, stretching nearly 22 miles between California and Nevada, this is the largest alpine lake in North America and a Shangri-la for nearly every imaginable watersport. Start your immersion with a simple swim at Pope Beach, offering incredible views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains.
6 p.m. | Basecamp Pizza
With fresh California-style pizza, daily happy hour, and live music, Basecamp is the perfect spot for the whole family. If you feel like sitting on their comfortable outdoor patio, feel free to bring the dog along for some crust.
7 p.m. | Paint & Sip Studio
For those who haven’t already found inspiration in the Lake Tahoe scenery, this studio pours some extra creative juices. A two-hour session, ranging from $25 to $50, includes all painting supplies for a masterpiece along with a variety of drinks.
9 a.m. | Heavenly Ski Resort
Get in an early morning run on the mountain at Heavenly Ski Resort during the winter months, or take advantage of all the summer fun on the mountain, like the gravity-powered Alpine Mountain Coaster. The coaster takes you on a scenic tour through the natural rock formations and forest of the mountain.
12 p.m. | Lunch at Freshies
Back in South Lake Tahoe, enjoy the Hawaiian atmosphere of this organic restaurant, which cooks up island-style plate lunches, curry dishes, and noodle bowls along with sandwiches.
2 p.m. | Cruise Lake Tahoe
Head to Zephyr Cove for a two-and-a-half-hour scenic cruise around Emerald Bay and beyond aboard the M.S. Dixie, one of the biggest vessels on Lake Tahoe.
7 p.m. | Dinner at Riva Grill
Watch the sun go down over Lake Tahoe from the Riva Grill patio. It’s more than just ambience Riva has in spades: they also have a world-class menu which you can savor while you sip on their famous Wet Woody. With a number of tantalizing seasonal variations, this renowned beverage is sure to satisfy even the most discerning cocktail drinker.
9 p.m. | An Evening at The Loft
Take in a show right in Heavenly Village – a magic show, that is. Prepare to be wowed by the illusion of it all at The Loft. Enjoy a glass of wine in the theater, adorned with classic red drapery and a stunning overhead chandelier.
12 a.m. | Arty the Party in Harrah’s
Ready to tie a bow on a perfect day? Spend the late-night hours dancing to Arty the Party at Harrah’s. This one-man band is the best disco, R&B, and soul act in Lake Tahoe. It’s dancing room only at Center Stage when he plays on Friday and Saturday night.
10 a.m. | Brunch at Cold Water Brewery
This contemporary space with plank and wood walls features a build-your-own–Bloody Mary bar, filled with everything from capers and Old Bay to pickled green beans and A1 steak sauce – the antidote to a late night at Harrah's. Fuel up for your next adventure with the huevos rancheros or the eggs Benedict.
11:30 a.m. | Hike to Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Head over to Van Sickle Bi-State Park for show-stopping views of Lake Tahoe and a trail that will take you up to the base of a waterfall. If you are in the mood to extend the adventure, hike or bike all the way to the scenic Tahoe Rim Trail connector.