With winter coming to an end, we decided to head up to Lake Tahoe for the weekend for one last look at the snow, some relaxing and enjoying of the crisp fresh air. With a call into one of our preferred hotels, the 968 Park Hotel, reservations were confirmed and we were on the road. 968 Park was stripped of it’s former self and turned into a “green” hotel that gives you that relaxed feeling you desire when away from home. The twenty percent discount for return guests doesn’t hurt either.
The only playing in the snow this trip was going up to the base of the mountain to watch some of the moguls competition. In fact we just took a couple drives, did a little hiking around Eagle Falls on the west side of the lake by Emerald Bay, did some reading and searched for some good food and drinks near the hotel. Search is exactly what we did too. South Lake Tahoe is not the best place for two foodies to go unless those two people bring their own food and get a place with a kitchen. We chose to just bring some snacks and a few beers in the ice chest, with the intention of venturing out to see what we could find, which ended up being a mistake. Being from Napa, we thought we would try the local wine bar that had amazing reviews on yelp, serving both wine and small bites, to see what all the fuss was about. Oh boy, do some people need help in experiencing good food! I’m hoping that the reviews were for the wine and service which were both good, because the food was nothing short of what you could get in the frozen food section of your local grocery store and stick in the microwave. The only bright spot in town for food this trip was the always consistent Driftwood Cafe which was across the street from our hotel by the entrance to Heavenly and happened to be working with the hotel and providing a discount for guests which was appreciated.
We did however, find some good wine at the hotels free wine tasting on Friday night with guest vineyard Too Good winery from El Dorado County that poured consistently good wines. Good beer was flowing from the taps and amazing music from Helena and The Bear is what kept us in the lobby Saturday night. With the exception of Lindsay Lohan’s annoying twin as the bartender, it was a great night full of laughter and acoustic covers of songs in a way we did not know was possible. In the end, it was another successful weekend getaway to recharge the batteries in the beautiful Sierras that we are so fortunate to live close to.