Tahoe City’s location along the northern and western shores of Lake Tahoe, and at the mouth of the Truckee River, is tough to beat. For those searching for coveted lakefront real estate, or a place to enjoy the simple pleasures of a summer vacation, Tahoe City is the place to be. The flat elevation and paved trails along the lake and Truckee River afford cyclists and pedestrians the chance to easily explore town. Spin through Tahoe City, pick out new water skis at Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards, enjoy a 6 mile run along the river from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley, or stop off at Jake’s on the Lake to taste their infamous poke rolls on the lakefront deck. If you dream of lazy day summers: boating the 22 miles of Lake Tahoe, only to dock for a cold drink, then look no further.
If you’re looking for the chic place to call home, or swanky nightlife, then Tahoe City may not be your druthers. But if you would enjoy a taste of ‘Old World’ Tahoe in a traditional alpine chalet or lakefront estate with tremendous character, then Tahoe City beckons. Tahoe City has several subdivisions that are bursting with local culture, and communities primarily comprised of single family homes: Dollar Point, Dollar Hill and Dollar Heights; Granlibakken; Lake Forest; Ridgewood Estates; Tahoe Tavern; and Talmont.
The buzzing summer activity in Tahoe City can be found in the heart of town at the newly developed Commons Beach. Here you’ll find the largest farmers’ market at North Lake Tahoe every Thursday from June to October. Pick up some fresh fish, or a bundle of locally-grown fruit and vegetables, and be sure to try Tahoe Teas’ iced tea while you’re at it. If you’d like to take in the summer night air, enjoy concerts at Commons Beach on Sundays or catch Movies at the Beach on Wednesdays. With a large grassy area and playgrounds for children and young-at-heart to enjoy, Commons Beach is the friendliest choice for a family picnic, or special gathering.
When the Olympics came to Squaw Valley in 1960, Tahoe City prepared for the influx with several new lodging and retail options, and the town has since grown in popularity. It still teems with alpine skiing and natural history. Everyone should experience how Fanny Bridge, at the entrance to Tahoe City Dam, landed its infamous name; the tradition of Truckee River rafting, and why the once luxurious property Tahoe Tavern, built in 1901, became internationally famous.
For the winter lovers, Tahoe City occupies a portion of Lake Tahoe with endless outdoor activities. Alpine Meadows ski resort and Squaw Valley are just a hop, skip and jump down Highway 89. On the West Shore of Lake Tahoe sits Homewood Ski Resort, a small mountain which locals say – hands down – has the best lake view skiing in the whole Lake Tahoe basin. Travel even further down the West Shore and you will encounter nautical history, with Obexer’s Marina (now over 100 years old), Sugar Pine Point State Park, and the blue-green waters of Emerald Bay.