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    Best all around place to stay in Tahoe

    Hey all,

    My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Tahoe in a couple of weeks. We're looking for a good place to stay that will accomodate both of our needs. I'm interested in riding the coolest trails and she would like a little bit of everything: hiking, sightseeing, gambling, night life, etc.

    Did a bit of research and we're thinking the north end of Tahoe such as Crystal Bay or Incline Village would be good as this area seems to be pretty close to the trails around Tahoe City, Northstar, and the Flume Trail while at the same time offering the other options for recreation mentioned above. What do you guys and gals think? Open to other suggestions as well.

    Thanks in advance for any input!

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    Depending what rides you do, Southshore is a good option.....

    I'm biased since we have a place in southshore....but I did stay in Incline Village a few weeks ago.....

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    get a rental in tahoe donner

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    If your gf wants gambling and night life I'd stay on the South Shore, personally. The casino's at King's Beach look beat and nightlife-wise you can walk from most bars/casinos to another, and to your hotel on the south shore. And you won't be so far from the riding on either side of the lake that you couldn't drive within an hour. Seems like the best way to keep both of you's happy.
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    Move around

    It might be a little more of a hassle -- but to get all those things out of one trip, you might want to stay in a few different places.

    IMHO:
    1) South Shore is disgusting. Toads is great -- the only reason to go to South Shore. Not enough reason to stay there.

    2) North Shore has better atmosphere and great riding. It's worth staying in Tahoe City -- as there is loads of hiking, biking, boating, and restaurants.

    3) The West Shore is the Best Shore.

    4) Incline Village is pricy -- but very nice. And then you can gamble a little -- maybe see a show. But if you really want that experience -- go to Reno.

    And -- some facts:
    1) Kings Beach is in California and does not have gambling.

    2) Tahoe-Donner is not Tahoe. It is Truckee. Very different.


    Okay! Now go forth and have some Tahoe fun!

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    Thanks a lot for the ideas everyone! Klarity, I really appreciate the specific info about each area and I'm thinking that moving around might be the best bet as well.

    I talked to the guys at Olympic bike shop at Tahoe City and they said that there are cool trails within minutes of your hotel and that they have maps. Might be the best bet as I can get riding done early in the morning and then spend quality time with my girl.

    BTW if we do decide to move around is it pretty safe (at this time of the year) to move from place to place without making reservations first or should we book all accomodations before the trip? Thanks again all!!

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    South Shore has the better Casinos, the better trails, better hiking (Think Desolation Wilderness), lots of restrants to choose from and is cheaper.

    Believe me if you think all that’s worth riding on the South shore is Toads you don't know jack.

    Sure there's some crappy area's around the south shore but there easy to avoid.

    Flume is just as close to get to from the South Shore as it is from the North.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klarity
    It might be a little more of a hassle -- but to get all those things out of one trip, you might want to stay in a few different places.

    IMHO:
    1) South Shore is disgusting. Toads is great -- the only reason to go to South Shore. Not enough reason to stay there.

    2) North Shore has better atmosphere and great riding. It's worth staying in Tahoe City -- as there is loads of hiking, biking, boating, and restaurants.

    3) The West Shore is the Best Shore.

    4) Incline Village is pricy -- but very nice. And then you can gamble a little -- maybe see a show. But if you really want that experience -- go to Reno.

    And -- some facts:
    1) Kings Beach is in California and does not have gambling.

    2) Tahoe-Donner is not Tahoe. It is Truckee. Very different.


    Okay! Now go forth and have some Tahoe fun!
    Wow you got me. Kings beach is 2 miles from the casinos in crystal bay. My bad, hkmeup, I am sure that without this clarification you would have spent hours, days even, circling the expanse of Kings Beach in search of the elusive casinos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klarity
    It might be a little more of a hassle -- but to get all those things out of one trip, you might want to stay in a few different places.

    IMHO:
    1) South Shore is disgusting. Toads is great -- the only reason to go to South Shore. Not enough reason to stay there.
    You are dumb. Seriously.

    back to the question....
    I live and ride in S. Lake. I feel lucky every single day because of this. There are lots and lots of reasonably priced places to stay. Casinos. Beautiful beaches. Incredible hiking. oh and the biking isn't so bad either.

    The only time I'd say stay on the N. Shore over the S. Shore if you're looking to downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC
    Believe me if you think all thatís worth riding on the South shore is Toads you don't know jack.
    yep.

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    go, stay somewhere have a great time!!!
    we stayed at the biltmore once in crystal bay and it was a little seedy, 2.99 breakfast all day

    way back in the day the north lake lodge in kings beach had really inexpensive,nice cabins,now just nice, close to the beach and walk up the hill to the casinos

    and if money isn't an issue the hyatt in incline is kind of nice, good place to go out to dinner

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    nevada side. can't beat booze 24hrs a day. scotch at 4am, yup, they got that.


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    Incline Village. Best.Place.Evah!

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    IMHO -- say what now?

    Okay South Shore Enthusiasts! IMHO means In My Humble Opinion. Remember --the OP was someone taking a VACATION. So while you may enjoy the cheap goodness of South Shore for living (your service sector job doesn't support living anywhere else?) just remember that it isn't necessarily the right place for a vacation.

    So, let's see:

    South Shore = good riding (after driving to the trail head), cheap casinos, cheap restaurants (hello MacDonalds and Burger King!), cheap hotels (complete with that nostalgic 1956 odor!), and limited access to Lake Tahoe. But it is cheap. And there is great riding just a few car-miles away. It is also closer to Emerald Bay, which is awesome and has spectacular hiking.

    North Shore = great riding right out your door, (great xc and downhill plus SPECTACULAR views of the lake), immediate access to the lake, plus all lake-related activities (boating, paddle boarding, sun bathing), River Grill happy hour (can anything be happier? Hmmm.... maybe Mamasake's happy hour), Wolfdales, Christy Hill, Syd's bagels (and on and on -- all within walking. There is also a low-pro MacDonalds), a great biking path all the way to Sugar Pine Point State Park, rafting on the Truckee River, easy access to the flume trail, easy access to the TRT. And cheap hotels (some even come with that old-Tahoe smell).

    Now -- to hkmeup and his girl -- please! DO check out South Shore. It is part of the whole-Tahoe experience. But (and again IMHO!) not worth staying there for long. While you experience some of the great riding, your girl can go shopping at the outlet mall and Ross Dress For Less.

    As to the bike shop (IMHO, as well as many others!) you got the right one -- Olympic will do you right. They walk the talk.

    About free-wheeling it: I think you'll be okay. Early September, (AFTER Labor Day Weekend, the place is all yours, kids in school, etc) is not the most popular time (yeah for you !) so you will have the run of the place.

    Have fun. Hope to hear about it!

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    Going with the girl friend. Then stay here
    http://www.fantasyinn.com/roomphotos.html

    There is a cheaper place closer to the state line but I don't know the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89hawk
    Going with the girl friend. Then stay here
    http://www.fantasyinn.com/roomphotos.html

    There is a cheaper place closer to the state line but I don't know the name.
    ROFL..BTDT.."Princess Suite" is hilarious, hot tub and everything! Really clean too, surprisingly. Just beware of waking up to naked skydivers!

    Best thing was then going to grab dinner at Swiss Chalet...

    MMMMMM...fondue and beef!!

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    Thanks again all! My girlfriend and I have been checking the posts nightly and will be definitely taking into consideration everyone's input when planning our trip. Will let you know how it goes.

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    Only people that live in Tahoe would get into the North vs South issue. I spent every summer from 1956 until the 1970's in a cabin my aunt leased from the feds near Kings Beach. The 70's and 80's family freinds had a house in Zepher Cove area where we spent the summers. Now-days I try to spend a week or two a summer MTBing in Tahoe. Sometimes at a friends home in Dollar Point but I prefer the trails in South Tahoe so we rent a house thru VBRO. Unless you wait until after Labor Day the traffic in Tahoe City is not fun. I have rode every trail I can find in Tahoe and truly not a bad ride there.

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    Last year we stayed in a casino in Crystal Bay. $40 a night.....

    Easy access to the Meadows, several parts of the TRT, Flume Trail as well as other trails in the North Tahoe area.

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    I stayed at the Park Tahoe Inn with a Girlfriend back in Jan '09 it's in south Lake Tahoe. They have Tempurpedic beds which is pretty nice and the price was pretty cheap. It's walking distance to bars and casinos too. It's nothing fancy but a good place to crash with clean and pretty updated rooms.

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    One foot on topic, one foot off: bikes in casinos?

    I spent 4 bike-free nights at Harrah's last week -- nice hotel with fair mid-week rates. This hotel/casino was actually clean enough to wonder about bikes-in-room policy. I'm not a huge fan of leaving stuff on the racks overnight (or even for 1/2 hour unsupervised).

    The Q: Anyone keep their bikes in their rooms? Any issues with doing so? I saw just one roadie in the lobby with his bike, checking in or at least asking questions. Didn't see one bike go into or out of an elevator while there. Thanks.

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    South Shore is the way to go. Get a house via VRBO or Craigslist. I personally love South Shore. It's not quite as quaint as North Shore but there is a lot more variety. There's night life, casinos, easy access beaches, and plenty or trails from most neighborhoods. I usually stay around Montgomery Estates off of Cold Creek. There's good access to Powerline which has great access to other spots.

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    I really like the Best Western Station House Inn in S Lake. It's off of 50 by 2 blocks, so it is nice and quiet. But it is still only a very short walk to the Starbucks/Raleys/Heavenly shopping center and the casinos.
    While it's more expensive than the bargain places, but the room fee includes a cooked-to-order breakfast from the on-site restaurant which is damn good. It's nice to be able to walk 30 feet for breakfast and coffee before a day of riding.

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    Just spent a week at SLT with the family and rode with some locals I know.
    For a family renting a bigger place through VRBO is the way to go.
    Wife and I swapped kid duty. Kids loved riding the lower trails, especially riding to the beaches. Looking forward to when they can ride with me.
    Rode Toads. Christmas valley downhill was way fun. Sidewinder was fun for bermed corner stuff. Corral was ok.
    Tahoe Meadows to Spooner twice (even days). Did Flume trail one of those times, cool ride, scenic and glad I did it, but don't feel the need to ride it again. Other time up around Marlette Peak.
    Did a few shuttles due to time constraints and family commitments.
    First time to Tahoe and I'll be back.
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    It's really hard to go wrong anywhere on the lake. Where'd you end up, OP? Have car, will travel, especially in the summer.

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    I love North vs. South Shore arguments.

    Let me just note that Klarity is smoking crack. There's so much misinformation in that post that I've only got time to respond to the whoppers.

    Yes, South Shore has a toy downtown with trendy restaurants, just like Tahoe City does: the Heavenly tram plaza. (And ours has an excellent brew pub in it.) Except we've got a real town surrounding it, with options for non-yuppies that don't involve $23 4oz portions of grilled fish: five different sushi restaurants, two excellent Thai restaurants, lots of cheap Mexican, ...
    Quote Originally Posted by Klarity
    South Shore = good riding (after driving to the trail head)
    Most of the trails you're talking about are a drive (Martis, N*, Rose, Stanford Rock, HITG). Sure, you can ride up Fiberboard and down TRT/Missing Link from town...and I can ride out Powerline to Cold Creek, Corral/Armstrong, Toad's, and the entire TRT if I stay at a hotel on Ski Run. What's your point?
    Quote Originally Posted by Klarity
    cheap casinos
    You're just jealous because there's nothing to do in North Lake after 8 PM unless you want a DUI.
    Quote Originally Posted by Klarity
    cheap hotels (complete with that nostalgic 1956 odor!)
    We've got the expensive ones too...but unlike North Lake, we've also got the cheap ones for dirtbags like us who don't care what color the bedspread is so long as we're saving $80/night.
    Quote Originally Posted by Klarity
    limited access to Lake Tahoe.
    News flash: South Shore has all the beaches, because that's where all the sand ends up. (Unlike North Lake, where the 'beach' is a bunch of rocks plus 100 feet of trucked-in sand.) I've got over half a mile of public beach next to my house.


    We know you're just jealous because there's nothing to the North Shore...it's a bunch of spread-out vacation home settlements with one fake 'downtown'.

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    Easy!

    Whoa. You sound really angry. Case in point why I avoid South Shore. That -- and the endless fast food, oxygen-toting smokers, and befuddled tourists.

    BTW -- this thread is not a north shore vs. south shore debate - except for the raging south shore enthusiasts who made it one. You should start your own idiotic threat for that. Sounds like you'd really enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstepper
    Only people that live in Tahoe would get into the North vs South issue.

    Dean
    Only these two. This is the response you'll get from most Tahoe locals. " Ya go to south shore it'll keep traffic off the trails on my side of the lake".
    Jack Tupp

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Caballo
    We know you're just jealous because there's nothing to the North Shore...it's a bunch of spread-out vacation home settlements with one fake 'downtown'.
    r u high? tahoe, north or south shore, is killer especilly in the off seasons.

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    does anyone here have an opinion on where i can park my rv close to northstar? i'm self contained and need nothing more than a 40'x8' piece of flat gorund. also would like to experience other rides/camping around tahoe area. i'm a highly experienced am/dh type with multiple bikes...anyone willing to show me some goods? i'll be around from sept 15-20 and got a shuttle vehicle. thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by foamfreak
    does anyone here have an opinion on where i can park my rv close to northstar? i'm self contained and need nothing more than a 40'x8' piece of flat gorund. also would like to experience other rides/camping around tahoe area. i'm a highly experienced am/dh type with multiple bikes...anyone willing to show me some goods? i'll be around from sept 15-20 and got a shuttle vehicle. thanks
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    Alpine Meadows Campground (in the Martis Valley off 267). It's about 2 miles from Northstar and < $20/night.
    :wq

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    Quote Originally Posted by fgiraffe
    I really like the Best Western Station House Inn in S Lake.
    We stayed there a few weeks ago and had a room on the shore. You open the sliding door and take two steps onto the beach. I watched the sunset and sunrise over the lake. Amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foamfreak
    does anyone here have an opinion on where i can park my rv close to northstar?...anyone willing to show me some goods?
    j

    I could show you the goods but then I'd have to kill ya. I've seen peeps parking in the upper northstar parking lot and hanging out for the weekend. Don't know how much $ or if it's totally legit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tupp
    I could show you the goods but then I'd have to kill ya. I've seen peeps parking in the upper northstar parking lot and hanging out for the weekend. Don't know how much $ or if it's totally legit.
    that's the kind of info i need. any nearby forest camping access? now how about metting up for some non-northstar runs? as a local trail builder i keep secrets very well.
    j

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    Sorry to take so long to get back to all you kind posters. Had a great time in Tahoe with my girlfriend. Moved around and stayed at South Tahoe first, then Tahoe City, and back to South Tahoe.

    Liked the Star Lake Trail starting at Stagecoach. Climbing was much more technical than I'm used to with all the rock step-ups. Flume was an easy 25 minute drive from our South Tahoe hotel and I enjoyed the views at Marlette Lake. My girlfriend rode Spooner Lake Loop after she rented a bike at Flume Trail Bikes: it was a perfect trail for her first time mountain biking. Really liked the Rim Trail starting at Tahoe City and ending up in the meadows (fun singletrack in there).

    I know I just got a teaser of all the great trails at Tahoe and I'm definitely looking forward to another trip. As for accomodations, my personal favorite, no doubt, was Tahoe City. Kinda in between the seeming remoteness of Incline and the hustle/bustle of South Tahoe. My girlfriend liked South the best with the casinos and shops within short walking distance of our hotels.

    South Tahoe has some deserted hotels off of the main strip that give some areas a run down look but there were plenty of really nice ones as well! Our first South Tahoe hotel was Big Pines and we thought it was clean and quite reasonably priced.

    All in all a great trip: biked, hiked, swam, lounged, rafted on the Truckee, and did the night life thing. Thanks again for all the advice everyone.

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    Good to hear that you had a great vacation. Tahoe has a lot to offer and it also keeps the women happy......

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