Contrary to popular belief, autumn is actually one of the best times to head to Tahoe. Not only are the crowds gone, but the water is warm, the winds are calm, and there’s enough craft beer and solid cuisine to keep you full until winter.
1. Go swimming. Seriously. Tahoe and alpine lake waters stay tolerable until mid-October.
(Courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe)6. Luxuriate in a fall spa treatment at the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s glamorous facilities. Their signature organic massage, facial, and mani/pedi are only $129 each. // ritzcarlton.com
12. Explore lesser known alpine lakes like Star Lake, Independence Lake, and Fourth of July Lake (patriotic theme not required).
20. Warm up on chilly nights with a s’mores martini at the Resort at Squaw Creek, spicy blood orange margarita at Base Camp Pizza, or pinecone infused hot chocolate at The Living Room at the The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. // squawcreek.com, basecamppizzaco.com, ritzcarlton.com
(Courtesy of Restaurant Trokay)22. Warm up your tummy with seared ahi tuna steak and lime cilantro sauce at Cedar Glen Lodge, blackened mahi mahi at Moe’s BBQ in Tahoe City, or any seasonal dish at Trokay in Truckee. // tahoecedarglen.com, moesoriginalbbq.com, restaurantrokay.com