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Spooky Nights in San Diego | San Diego, California


October is the ideal time to visit San Diego. The weather is still mild enough for a day at the beach, but the crowds of summer are long gone. Stay at the historic Hotel del Coronado for a beach escape during Halloween. San Diego has a number of Halloween events and attractions that you’ll find both terrifying and fun.


Hotel del Coronado

Bask in luxury under the iconic red rooftops of the Hotel del Coronado, a San Diego landmark since 1888. The seaside resort has numerous ocean-view eateries, pools and hot tubs complete with cabanas and a bar, and a relaxing spa. The hotel is steps from a pristine beach and just a short distance from the island’s shops and restaurants. Book the Beach Village Offer and stay in one of their secluded cottages or villas with personal concierge service, daily breakfast, and a $200 resort credit.

Get your costumes ready! Attend the Hotel del Coronado’s Hallo-wine & Spirits event on Saturday, October 29th. It begins with a reception featuring tasty snacks, then transforms into a party with dessert, drinks, dancing, and a costume contest.


Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years of making craft beer in San Diego. Stop by the Coronado Brew Pub for lunch and a beer. We love the Mermaid’s BBQ Burger, topped with bacon, white cheddar, red ale BBQ sauce, and crispy fried onions. Pair it with the Coronado Blood Orange Wit, a crisp and citrusy beer infused with blood orange tea.


The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s longest running haunted house. Located in the trendy Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, it’s the perfect activity if you’re looking for a Halloween scare. Enter the haunted house and encounter a Hellevator, zombie alley, island of dolls, clown subway, and torture temple. Can you make it out?


The Haunted Trail

Like The Haunted Hotel, The Haunted Trail is a fantastic Halloween tradition. The outdoor, mile-long path in Balboa Park is sure to terrify even the most courageous of visitors. Start out in “The eXperiment,” a 3,500 square foot maze of incarcerated lost souls. If you make it through, you’ll move on to brave the chainsaws, ghouls, and horrific characters of the Trail.


The Scream Zone

San Diego’s largest Halloween attraction is The Scream Zone, a complex of horrors at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Enter The Scream Zone for free and enjoy food vendors, photo opportunities, and a bar. From there, you can choose which attractions to purchase tickets for. Highlights this year include KarnEvil, a frightening carnival freak show, and Zombie Boot Camp, an obstacle course that will get you ready for the zombie apocalypse. The Scream Zone also includes a House of Horror and Haunted Hayride.

Halloween in LA | Los Angeles, California


There’s no better place to experience Halloween than Los Angeles. See your favorite horror films and television shows come to life at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, then take a ride on the terrifying Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Here’s your guide to the city’s scariest Halloween events and attractions.


The Garland

Located in North Hollywood, The Garland is only a short distance from Universal Studios, the Hollywood sign, and Griffith Park. Built in 1970, the hotel reflects an old-school Hollywood style with retro-modern rooms. The Garland offers unique activities for guests, like Dive-In Movies shown poolside every Friday and Saturday. Book their Universal Studios Package, which includes a deluxe room, tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, free transportation to the park, and Early Park Admission.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Visit Universal Studios after dark for Halloween Horror Nights, a terrifying celebration of Halloween featuring attractions from famous horror films and TV shows. This year’s highlights include seven new mazes based on The Exorcist, Halloween, Freddy vs. Jason, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and American Horror Story. You can also step into landscapes from The Walking Dead, where you’ll fight your way through zombies in an immersive experience. Horror Nights also includes rides, shows, and Scare Zones. It requires separate admission, but you can purchase a Day/Night Combo ticket that will allow you to experience Horror Nights and the park’s regular attractions.


800 Degrees

Taste LA’s best pizza at 800 Degrees, a restaurant that masterfully combines authentic Italian and contemporary Californian flavors. Their pizzas are Neapolitan and wood-fired, made with flour imported from Naples, Italian tomatoes, and local mozzarella and vegetables. The crust is chewy and flavorful, thick on the sides and paper-thin in the middle. Create your own pizza by choosing one of their bases and adding gourmet toppings. We like the Verde base, which comes with pesto, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, topped with caramelized onions and chicken.

blog5 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is another classic Halloween attraction. It’s held every year in Griffith Park, a historic wooded park in North Hollywood that has served as a filming location for countless movies, including Halloween. Climb aboard the Haunted Hayride and experience scary scenes with live actors and frightening effects. The theme of this year’s hayride is “Secret Society,” exploring darkness, power, and evil. Guests will journey through one of two different paths and then face an initiation section on foot. You can buy tickets for just the hayride, or purchase a general admission ticket that will give you access to different attractions like the suburb of Hell, a Scary-Go-Round, Theatre Macabre, murder scenes at Death Row, pumpkin carving, and psychic readings.



Stop by MILK for a late-night snack after the Haunted Hayride. A favorite with locals, the dessert shop offers a medley of treats such as cookies, brownies, pastries, ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes. They’re famous for their macaron ice cream sandwiches, which have generous portions of gourmet ice cream between two large macarons. Try flavors like green tea, strawberry, and fruity pebbles.

Luxury and Relaxation | Santa Barbara, California


Santa Barbara is a scenic coastal city where there’s always something going on. Plan a last minute getaway for this weekend and attend both the Santa Barbara Beer Festival and the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival. Explore the coastline, sample the area’s best wines, and indulge in the quintessential Santa Barbara experience.


Belmond El Encanto

Up in the hills above Santa Barbara, you’ll find Belmond El Encanto, a luxurious resort that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The hotel is both glamorous and laidback, with restored 1920s features and modern additions. Stroll through seven acres of landscaped gardens with views of the city below, or take a dip in their stylish zero-edge pool. Belmond El Encanto offers guests a variety of culinary options, including formal meals in The Dining Room and Terrace, afternoon tea in The Lounge, and beverages in The Wine Room and The Bar. Experience their fine dining fully with the Gourmet Package, which includes luxury accommodations, a $150 dinner credit per stay, a $60 breakfast credit each day, and access to the spa and gym.


Local Festivals

Both the Santa Barbara Beer Festival and the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival are happening on Saturday, October 15th. Choose your favorite, or attend both! The Beer Festival will be held at Elings Park from 12-4 pm, and will feature more than 20 breweries, as well as some cider and wine. You can also expect food vendors and live music. Head down to the water from 10 am to 5 pm for the Harbor & Seafood Festival. Sample a variety of fresh fish, watch boating demonstrations, browse local arts and crafts, and get free admission to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.


Cabrillo Bike Path

With balmy weather and a picturesque coastline, Santa Barbara is an excellent place for a bike ride. Try the Cabrillo Bike Path, an easy ride right next to the water. The flat and paved route runs along the coast for about five miles, with plenty of grassy areas along the way where you can stop for a picnic. Go solo or rent a tandem bike to ride with friends.


Santa Barbara Wine Collective

The Santa Barbara Wine Collective tasting room, situated between Downtown Santa Barbara and the beach, is the best and easiest way to get a taste of the amazing wine made in the Santa Barbara area. The collective consists of five different local wineries – Fess Parker, Notary Public, The Paring, Ca’Del Grevino, and Babcock Winery. Sample wines from each at the tasting room, where you can buy flights, glasses, or bottles and order in food from select local restaurants.



For over 40 years, Madame Ganna Walska created beautiful gardens full of exotic plants on her Santa Barbara estate. After her death the estate became Lotusland, now open to the public. Spanning 37 acres, Lotusland encompasses 20 different themed gardens and over 3,000 different kinds of plants. See 300 species of cacti on raised beds and viewing terraces in the Cactus Garden, centuries-old stone figures in the Theater Garden, and lotuses and water lilies in the Water Garden. Reservations are required.

Beach and Brews | Santa Cruz, California


Santa Cruz is a vibrant beach town with an expanding craft beer scene. Enjoy a getaway at the beautiful Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a beachside hotel with a craft beer package that will allow you to taste the city’s best brews. This weekend, attend a cider tasting extravaganza when the Hard Core Cider Tour stops in Santa Cruz. While you’re in town, spend some time at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and witness the strange effects of the world-famous Mystery Spot.


Santa Cruz Dream Inn

The retro-modern Santa Cruz Dream Inn is right on the beach and a short walk away from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Downtown Santa Cruz. Rooms are decorated in a light and airy beach style, each one featuring a serene view of Monterey Bay. Explore the city’s craft beer scene with the Santa Cruz Beer Trail package. Stay two nights and save 15% off, plus embark on a self-guided expedition through 10 breweries with a Santa Cruz Beer Trail Passport.


Hard Core Cider Tour

Santa Cruz is the first stop on the Hard Core Cider Tour. The tour, which will also stop in Pasadena and San Luis Obispo, aims to get people excited about craft cider while raising money for local charities. The event will be held in San Lorenzo Park on October 8th from 1 – 4 pm. Try unlimited two-ounce samples of 25 local and international ciders, sample bites from local food trucks, and enjoy live music and jumbo lawn games. Buy tickets here.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an amusement park right on the beach. Spend an afternoon strolling down the boardwalk, which offers more than 30 attractions including rides, miniature golf, laser tag, arcades, bowling, and shopping. Don’t miss the Giant Dipper and the Looff Carousel, two historic rides that have been a part of the boardwalk since 1924 and 1911, respectively.


Saturn Café

The Saturn Café is a ‘50s-style diner that specializes in vegetarian and gluten-free options. The restaurant is 100% vegetarian, and has been committed to social and environmental justice since they opened in 1979. Attuned to peoples’ desire for healthy versions of classic American comfort food, they serve delicious meat-free burgers and sandwiches. We recommend the Space Cowboy burger, a vegetarian “Saturn patty” topped with “bacon”, onion strings, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. For dessert, try one of their creamy milkshakes – they even make vegan shakes.


Mystery Spot

Venture into the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz to visit the Mystery Spot. It’s a “gravitational anomaly,” where inside a 150-feet diameter the laws of physics and gravity seem to change. Whether you join those that believe the spot’s eccentricities are a result of an alien spaceship or those who believe it’s geology, there’s no denying that the Mystery Spot is intriguing and entertaining. Take a 45-minute tour, during which your guide will tell you about the strange effects within the Mystery Spot and point out opportunities to experience them yourself.

Girls Weekend in Boulder | Boulder, Colorado


Boulder, Colorado is a bustling city with a small-town feel. Known as one of America’s trendiest cities, it’s home to excellent shopping and dining that make it the perfect destination for a girls getaway. Grab some friends and enjoy a few days taking in the excitement of downtown Boulder and the beauty of the Flatirons that surround the city. 


Hotel Boulderado

Hotel Boulderado’s impressive brick exterior and elegantly decorated interior are reminiscent of both Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival styles. It was opened in 1909 as an upscale hotel when Boulder was first becoming a busy city. Hotel Boulderado has been such an important part of Boulder’s history that it was named a City of Boulder landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its location next to the famous Pearl Street Mall makes it the ideal place to stay for a weekend away with friends. With the Downtown Excursion Package, enjoy luxurious accommodations, valet parking, and a $25 downtown Boulder gift card.


Pearl Street Mall

In the heart of trendy downtown Boulder, you’ll find the Pearl Street Mall. This outdoor mall spans four blocks and is full of street performers, restaurants, boutique shops, and fresh flowers. Pearl Street has been the center of Boulder since the 1800s, and many of its buildings have been restore to preserve the area’s history. Spend an afternoon browsing unique shops like Two Sole Sisters, a boutique founded by two sisters that specializes in shoes, bags, and accessories. Enjoy happy hour at one of Pearl Street’s many distinctive restaurants. We like Next Door Boulder, which offers $3-5 snacks and $5 specialty cocktails.

blog4 Centro Mexican Kitchen

Centro Mexican Kitchen serves Boulder’s best Mexican food, using ingredients from all over the world to keep their menu fresh and exotic. Go for brunch and try the Carnitas Benny, their version of eggs benedict made with smoked cheddar, green chile biscuits topped with poached eggs, pork, and roasted jalapeno hollandaise sauce. Top off your meal with a Bloody Maria, made with house-infused spicy pepper tequila, homemade bloody mary mix, and chile-lime salt.


Celestial Seasonings Tour

Celestial Seasonings is famous for their herbal teas, including the iconic Sleepytime blend. They serve about 1.6 billion cups of tea a year, using more than 100 ingredients from over 35 countries. Visit their Boulder headquarters to take a free Tea Tour. In 45 minutes, you’ll learn how tea is made, walk through their factory, and sample teas. Afterwards, stop by the Tea Shop to purchase teas and souvenirs and have a snack at the Celestial Café, which serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays.


Wonderland Lake

A trip to Boulder isn’t complete without exploring at least some of its 45,000 acres of open space. Take a camera and a picnic lunch to Wonderland Lake, only a few miles from downtown Boulder. You can walk the Wonderland Lake Loop Trail, an easy 1.5-mile route around the lake with views of beautiful fall foliage and the Flatirons.

Fall Foliage | Park City, Utah


Utah is one of the best states to experience the beauty of autumn. When the leaves change to hues of red, orange, and yellow, the already-impressive scenery becomes even more stunning. Visit Park City in late September for a fall escape with the perfect mixture of adventure and leisure.


Park City Lodging, Inc. | Fall Colors Tour

Park City Lodging, Inc. lets you design your own getaway with the Fall Colors Tour Package. Choose your preferred lodging from four different locations in Park City that offer beautifully designed condos and homes ranging from one to six bedrooms. Once you’ve selected a place to stay, decide what adventure awaits you. The Local Mountain Bike Tour takes you through the area’s best nature trails, while the Historic Bike Tour is a slightly easier ride through Park City’s historical sites. Both tours are three hours long and accessible to riders of all ability.



Fletcher’s restaurant and lounge serves classic dishes with delicious twists. From 7:00 pm on, visit their Library Lounge for small bites and craft cocktails. Their incredible menu makes it hard to choose just one dish, so we recommend sharing a few with some drinks. Start off with the Bacon Jam with Cheddar Chive Biscuits and the Lobster Tacos, served with mango salsa, pickled red onion, and cilantro cream. For dessert, be sure to try Fletcher’s beignets, made with peanut butter and jelly and stuffed with nutella and crème anglaise.


Utah Olympic Park

Utah Olympic Park, built for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, now functions as both a training center for Olympic athletes and an adventure center for the public. Choose from fun activities like alpine slides, ziplining, and multiple adventure courses. Their most exciting feature is the Summer Comet Bobsled. Slide down the actual bobsled track used in the 2002 games and experience speeds of 60+ miles per hour with g-forces.


High West Distillery

Founded by a biochemist in 2009, High West Distillery was the first legal distillery opened in Utah since 1870. Visit the Saloon to try a few of their whiskeys, like the Yippee Ki-Yay, with notes of cinnamon spice, blackberries, and caramel. For an elegant dining experience, check out High West’s newest venue The Nelson Cottage. On Saturday nights, they host prix-fixe dinners with specialties hand-picked by the chef and whiskey pairings to accompany each course.


Take a Scenic Drive

There are many scenic drives near Park City, but our favorite is Guardsman Pass. From Park City, take Prospect Street and head south into the mountains, where the road turns into Guardsman Pass Road. You’ll take in views of wildflowers and richly colored fall foliage. The drive reaches an elevation of 9,700 feet, which makes for incredible views at multiple scenic turnouts along the way. You’ll eventually reach a fork in the road, where you can choose to head towards Brighton and Salt Lake Valley and see Big Cottonwood Canyon, or towards Midway and Heber Valley through the gorgeous Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Early Autumn Adventures | Boise, Idaho


Natural beauty meets urban culture in the great state of Idaho. Stay at a stylish boutique hotel in downtown Boise and experience the city’s gourmet cuisine and art scene, then head east to Sun Valley to create your own exciting adventure of golf, ice-skating, hiking, and more.


Hotel 43

Hotel 43 was named to reflect Boise’s location on the 43rd parallel and Idaho’s status as the 43rd state. The boutique hotel has stylish and inviting rooms in the midst of exciting downtown Boise. Hotel 43 provides all their guests with complimentary Arts Passports that include free admission to the Boise Art Museum and discounts on performances. It’s home to two delicious eateries – Metro Café offers coffee and breakfast to start off your day, and Chandlers Steakhouse features steaks and seafood, cocktails, and live jazz. Book the Dine & Unwind package and stay overnight in a luxurious room with views of downtown Boise, plus receive a $75 gift card to Chandlers. 


Boise Art Museum

Visit the Boise Art Museum to see inspiring exhibitions in all mediums. Burchfield Botanicals is a look at Charles Burchfield, an early 20th-century artist that produced over 450 sketches of wildflowers and nature as a teenager. See both his early sketches and masterworks through September 18th, 2016. View event calendar.


Indulge Boise Food Tours

Experience the history and cuisine of Boise on an Indulge Boise Food Tour. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour. It’s a 3-hour, 1.5-mile walking tour with 6 or more tastings from the best eateries in downtown Boise. Along the way, your tour guide will tell you about the history and attractions of the area. Waffles, donuts, gourmet olive oils, Asian fusion cuisine, and gelato are just some of the foods you’ll get to try. 


Capital City Public Market

Every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm you can find the Capital City Public Market on 8th Street in downtown Boise. The market has a long list of independent vendors displaying art, clothing, and jewelry, and more. It’s a great place to try locally made food and beverages. Look for Sugar Whipped, a bakery that makes every dessert you can think of, and stop by Potter Wines to try their signature Jalapeno Wine, a unique blend of spicy and sweet that is great for cooking or drinking.


Sun Valley

Take a day trip to Sun Valley, located a few hours west of Boise. It’s a premier destination for adventure in any season. Visit in late summer and choose from dozens of outdoor activities. Play a round of golf surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery at the Trail Creek Golf Course, or go ice-skating at the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink. The area also has almost 400 miles of trails that are perfect for hikers and runners.

Best of Glacier National Park | Montana


With some of the country’s most amazing lakes, mountains, and glaciers, Montana is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Relax at the cozy Grouse Mountain Lodge and explore Glacier National Park. Since becoming America’s 10th national park in 1910, Glacier has been delighting visitors with its many lakes, mountains, glaciers, and meadows. Here are a few must-see areas of the park and the best activities in each one.


Grouse Mountain Lodge

Stay at Grouse Mountain Lodge for a luxurious Montana getaway. It’s located in Whitefish, Montana, just west of Glacier National Park and minutes from Downtown Whitefish and Flathead Lake. In addition to comfortable rooms, suites, and lofts, Grouse Mountain Lodge has a day spa, fitness center, a fire pit, and multiple outdoor hot tubs. Situated near five incredible courses, the lodge is a golfer’s paradise. Book the Fall Golf Package to enjoy 18 holes of golf for two with a golf cart at the course of your choice as well as a $25 meal credit for on-site restaurant Logan’s.


Going-to-the-Sun Road

The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic drive that winds east to west through many of Glacier National Park’s most well known features. We recommend driving the entire road, which takes about two hours. You’ll pass by stunning sights including glaciers, valleys, waterfalls, and wildlife at every turn. The paved road is perfect for biking as well. Rent a bike and choose a stretch of the road to take on.


Go Boating on Lake McDonald

Spend some time out on the beautiful blue water of Glacier National Park’s largest lake. The area around Lake McDonald used to be filled with huge glaciers and has since become a truly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Visit the Glacier Park Boat Company, which has been in operation since 1938. You can rent your own rowboat or motorboat, or sign up for one of their hour-long scenic cruises. You’ll be taken across the lake on board the historic DeSmet, Glacier Park Boat Company’s flagship vessel which was built in 1930.


Picnic at Logan Pass

Drive up to Logan Pass, the highest elevation in the park that you can get to by car. At Logan Pass, huge mountains tower over expansive fields of wildflowers. This popular spot is one of the best places in the park to see wildlife, so keep an eye out for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears. Logan Pass is the perfect place to stop for lunch, so be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy while you take in the stunning views around you.


Hike Through Many Glacier

Many Glacier is another of the park’s most iconic areas, well known for the active glaciers you can see among the mountains and lakes. Many Glacier has some of the park’s best hiking trails. For a short jaunt, try the Apikuni Falls trail, a 1.7-mile round-trip hike that leads to a birds-eye lookout over a waterfall. We also like the Iceberg Lake hike, a longer option at 9.7 miles round-trip. The trail passes by incredible mountain views and waterfalls, eventually arriving at Iceberg Lake, an alpine lake named for the icebergs that float in it.

Late Summer Escape | Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Spend the last days of summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After Labor Day, the summer attractions wind down as the city prepares for the winter season. Experience the beauty of Jackson Hole before the snow hits and the crowds arrive. Stay in Teton Village with a vacation package full of summer adventures and visit Bridger-Teton National Forest for a day of hiking through stunning wilderness landscapes.


Wild West Package at Teton Village

Teton Village offers gorgeous mountain views from cozy lodging. It’s within walking distance to local shops and restaurants, making it the ideal place to stay during your Jackson Hole getaway. Take in the area’s natural beauty with the Wild West Package. Stay for four nights in a 2 bedroom condo in Teton Village and take part in number of outdoor activities. You’ll enjoy a scenic tram ride, a rafting trip through Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, and a 4-hour sunrise or sunset wildlife tour.


Il Villaggio Osteria

Located right at the foot of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Il Villaggio Osteria has a cozy atmosphere and excellent food. Their handmade pasta and wood stone pizza oven offer an authentic taste of Italy. Order the Carne pizza, topped with prosciutto, soppresata, roasted garlic, mozzarella, and beef and pork ragu. If you have room for dessert, try one of their Gelato Sandwiches, a serving of vanilla, coffee, or mint chocolate chip gelato between two chocolate chip cookies.


National Museum of Wildlife Art

Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art to see over 5,000 works by more than 550 artists reflecting the wildlife and landscapes of North America. Their collections include pieces that span from 2,500 B.C. to present. Be sure to walk the new Sculpture Trail, a ¾ mile long route that showcases artwork integrated directly into the beautiful landscape of Jackson Hole. From now until September 5th, 2016, you can catch the Grand Teton National Park in Art exhibit. Created to coincide with the National Park Service’s Centennial, it’s a collection of art depicting the Teton mountains over 100 years.


Grand Adventure Park

Head to Teton Village’s Grand Adventure Park for an afternoon of adventure. You can take on the Aerial Adventure Course, featuring a ropes course and zip lines, or jump off the adrenaline-inducing Drop Tower, which lets you experience a thrilling free-fall. Purchase a Grand Adventure Pass for only $79 per person and get unlimited access to the entire park, including mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, and a climbing wall.


Bridger-Teton National Forest

Take a day trip to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, home to three unique wilderness areas. Bridger Wilderness has 7 of the world’s 10 largest glaciers and offers incredible views of alpine lakes and beautiful valleys. The Teton Wilderness features scenic rivers perfect for hunting and fishing. The Gros Ventre Wilderness is known for its wildlife and breathtaking geography, in particular the stunning red, purple, and yellow-sloped mountains. Together, these wilderness areas offer over 1,000 miles of trails to explore. We recommend the Grizzly Lake Trail in Gros Ventre, a route that treats you to views of the Red Hills and the Tetons.

August Outdoor Escapes | Lake Tahoe, California


Mark Twain once said that Lake Tahoe was “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Stunning blue water and lush forests take your breath away at every turn. Whether your ideal vacation is made up of adventure or relaxation, Lake Tahoe’s 71 miles of shoreline has something for everyone. Stay at an elegant hotel and kayak through North Lake Tahoe, then head east and south to see the area’s most beautiful spots.


The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is an award-winning luxury hotel in North Lake Tahoe. The hotel affords an elegant wilderness stay, reflecting its mountainous surroundings with features like in-room fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and complimentary s’mores at nighttime fire-pit gatherings. Make your Lake Tahoe getaway extra special with the Discover With You package. It includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast each morning, a s’mores welcome gift, and a $100 hotel credit per night of your stay, which you can use at the hotel’s restaurants, lounges, spa, and more.


North Shore Kayak Tour

Tahoe Adventure Company offers both land and water adventures all around Lake Tahoe. We recommend their North Shore Kayak Tour, a 3-6 mile trip through the pristine waters of North Lake Tahoe. Highlights include King’s Beach, Crystal Bay, and the deli spread lunch and snacks that are included with the tour. If you’re still feeling adventurous after you return to land, sign up for a different adventure or one of Tahoe Adventure Company’s multisport excursions.


Lone Eagle Grille

Styled to resemble a Tahoe lodge and boasting a beautiful lakefront view, the Lone Eagle Grille is a perfect lunch spot. Take a seat next to one of their many panoramic windows and enjoy seasonally inspired dishes. For a starter we recommend sharing the California Asparagus Salad, tossed with soft-boiled egg, manchego cheese, pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette. Lone Eagle Grille also serves some of Lake Tahoe’s best burgers and sandwiches, like the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Sandwich, a mouth-watering combination of tender meat, pickled carrots, onions, and baby spinach, and spicy aioli.


Sand Harbor

Cross into Nevada and spend a day at Sand Harbor, a 55-acre stretch of Lake Tahoe featuring serene beaches, coves, and forest. Go for a swim or a scuba dive in the lake, or relax in the sun on shore. Be sure to pack a lunch to enjoy in the shady picnic area, and then explore Sand Harbor’s short trails. The Sand Harbor to Memorial Point Trail is a half-mile route that takes you to peaceful beaches and vistas, and the Sand Point Nature Trail ends in incredible views of the lake.


Emerald Bay

Take a day trip to South Lake Tahoe to see the famed Emerald Bay, one of Lake Tahoe’s most celebrated spots. Enjoy sweeping views of the bright blue bay and surrounding forest from 600 feet up at Inspiration Point, or from the six miles of shoreline at D.L. Bliss State Park. You can even venture out by boat to Fannette Island, a small outcropping in the middle of the bay that affords 360-degree views of Emerald Bay.