As temperatures continue to rise in Northern Nevada, so does the temptation.
You know you’ve felt it: that urge to pack up a few swimsuits, gather together your closest girlfriends and make a break for it.
Well guess what? You don’t have to go far to escape the mundane routine of daily life. In fact, it’s easier than you think to plan the perfect warm-weather weekend getaway with your BFFs. Because as it turns out, that ideal combination of thrilling fun in the sun and relaxing meditative contemplation is right in your backyard.
Or close to it.
Because Lake Tahoe.
Here are just a few ideas for activities located around the lake that will bring your besties together for some lingering laughs and memories made.
Of course the lake itself offers abundant recreational options — from stand-up paddle boarding to parasailing, hiking to horseback riding. The outdoors is the biggest lure when it comes to a Lake Tahoe weekend in the sunshine.
Some may be seeking a weekend with a social vibe, while others are seeking desolation; if you’re more into the latter, go to its namesake: Desolation Wilderness. Bring a picnic and sit atop a granite slope overlooking the sparkling green waters of Emerald Bay. Desolation contains 63,960 acres of sub-alpine forests, glacial lakes, valleys and granite peaks.
Heavenly has the perfect mixture: retail therapy, wine tasting, restaurants — and of course, the Gondola.
Your whole group can take this 2.4-mile ride up the mountain together, chatting while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. On your way up, make the requisite stop at the Observation Deck for selfies against the West’s most beautiful backdrop, then grab an iced mocha at Cafe Blue.
The Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park on the north shore offers a ziplining adventure that caters to all levels of athleticism — beginners to thrill seekers. On the adventurous end of the spectrum, visitors can try to “Black Course,” which involves three different zip lines and two bridges with tree platforms and bridges over 40 feet in the air.
Flume with a view
Rent some bikes — and even ask for your group discount — and find your favorite part of the famous Tahoe Rim Trail, which at 168 miles long has countless options. One favorite: The Flume Trail, which is a fairly docile ride until the three-mile, 1,500-foot descent at the end.
So Su(shi) Me!
One local South shore hot spot: Off the Hook Sushi, located at 2660 Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Yelpers give it a solid four stars, and your girlfriends will agree — its quaint ambiance, personal service and iconic flavors will make you beg for another Saki (which at press time is FREE if you check in via Yelp). You’ll definitely want to sample the famous Crunchy Granola Roll (not necessarily just for the tree-huggers in your group), the Fire in the Sky Roll and the self-named Off the Hook Roll.
See? We told you those two little words would offer endless possibilities: Lake Tahoe doesn’t just translate to the world’s largest alpine lake — it also means “place where girlfriends can come together to explore the outdoors while bonding over stories and making memories.”
Or at least we think it should mean that.