The Weekender – North Lake Tahoe

I wish every weekend were a long weekend with my family. Sometimes it’s so nice to just hang out and laugh and tell stories with the people closest to you. This weekend was the perfect last trip of the summer and Tahoe was gorgeous. In true Chelsea fashion the only things we did on the Tahoe To Do List was eat, but those meals were so  fantastic that they deserve their own post (stayed tuned). Today is about the views.

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When we arrived it was too windy to lay on the beach at the lake so we travelled to Virginia City for a dose of history and gold mining culture.

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This historic town is absolutely adorable and as kitchy as can be. It has old candy stores and saloons (with buckets of blood apparently), it has riskay 25 cent peep shows for men only and boasts this 100 mile view.

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There was a casino-like saloon that had something called a suicide table. Where it is said that three people killed themselves after gambling away their life savings. This town is not messing around!

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Horse drawn carriages and a museum of horse and human drawn fire engines line the main street. There is so much history here, from the lives of the miners to their families and visitors during the gold rush.

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Being tourists and all, we also rode the train along the gold mine route through the mountains.

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After our train ride, we drove back to Tahoe and enjoyed a lovely dinner at Stella. On Saturday we drove up to Squaw and rode the tram over the mountain and above the Olympic village.

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The giant tram takes you more than a mile up and over the peaks gliding right through the breathtaking views. There is a pool, a restaurant and a bar (perfect) at the top with picnic tables for you to sit back and relax.

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Fun fact from our tram operator: Walt Disney designed Thunder Mountain after the granite rock formations that line the mountains in Squaw.

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You can see a little of Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain, a thick blue smudge in between the greens and browns of the mountain tops. I feel like everywhere you look in Tahoe there is either amazing wildlife (like coyotes walking along the side of the road) or an amazing view. It’s beautiful up there and summer is just as gorgeous as winter.

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