It’s obvious why travelers choose Tahoe — the natural beauty, the adventure, the parties. It’s a world-class destination any time of year. Go in the summer and find hiking, boating and girls in bikinis. Plan a winter trip and get skiing, snowboarding and girls in bikinis. Better yet, take the party inside and experience the great indoors with cozy cabins and high-end casinos. No matter what you look for in a getaway, Tahoe’s got it. So, if you decide to throw a bachelor party here, there’s a guide for every groom. Use this as a point-of-reference, and choose your own adventure.
Big (possibly disappointing) disclaimer: There are no strip clubs in Tahoe. Repeat: None. Reno’s got you covered in that department. So if you’re looking for that kind of party, there are options, but you’re on your own.
Where to stay/destroy
Rent a cabin
Face it, this could be the last chance before you die to throw an all-out rager. So why not do it where the cops are less likely to be called — in a cabin. Score breathtaking views, private grills and a spacious arena for beer pong. Try VRBO, and get all the comforts of home.
Class up at the casinos
There is a magical line in South Lake Tahoe when crossed, gambling becomes legal and dinner turns into a never-ending buffet — this is Stateline. Casinos are king and accommodations are nothing short of luxurious. Book a room at Harrah’s, Hard Rock or Montbleu and experience 24 hours of entertainment. You and the crew may never leave.
For the laid-back bachelor, this may be the perfect party. Boozing in the woods and lighting stuff on fire is a relaxing way to spend the final days of boyhood with the homies — just keep that fire in the fire pit, yo. Forest fires are a thing around here. Find your ideal campground on reserveamerica.com.
What to do (while drinking)
If Tahoe beaches are been there done that, challenge the group to a rousing game of golf. Loser dances with Aunt Harriet at the wedding. Coyote Moon, Old Greenwood, Incline Village Championship, Resort at Squaw Creek and Edgewood Tahoe are all fair game.
Take advantage of anything a wife may ground you for later. If it involves a helmet or life vest — game on. Skiing and snowboarding are no brainers in this region if the timing is right. If not, head to the lake for jet skiing, parasailing and scuba diving. If you won big on the tables the night before, why not rent a yacht? Action Watersports of Tahoe is your stop for South Lake. For the North Shore, try Full Throttle Tahoe.
For the adrenaline-seeking bachelor, jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet is in the books. Skydive Truckee Tahoe and Minden-based Skydive Lake Tahoe both offer skydiving services. Just don’t tell the wifey.
What’s a bachelor party without cigars and Scotch whisky? Cliché Lounge in Harrah’s has both. With a tagline of “expect anything,” how can you resist? After liquoring up, head down the hall to Peek Nightclub for bottle service and Vegas-style clubbing. Before returning to the room, cabin or tent in the woods, hit up one of the many late night eateries.
Where to recover from a hangover
If you didn’t take our advice for late night dining, then take our advice now. To cure the bachelor party hangover head to Heidi’s in South Lake for piles of pancakes and bacon. If you’d prefer beer as your remedy, try the Brewery at Lake Tahoe. They don’t open until 11 a.m., but let’s be real — you won’t be up before then, anyway. If you’re on the north shore, get a breakfast burrito at Tunnel Creek Café or an omelet at The Wildflower Café for that much-needed protein.
There you have it. Bachelor party bliss. Tahoe-style.