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Too Little Time?

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Bombay, India
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Too Little Time?

Hello. After muddling around endlessly with my itinerary, we now have 2 full days at Lake Tahoe, this December, 2013.

We shall be flying into Tahoe late afternoon, renting a car at Reno Airport & we have tentative bookings at the Hyatt at Incline Village, for 3 nights. On departure day, we shall fly back to India from either Reno or SF, depending on flight times & rates.

After reading here on TA, I think we would like to do the following.

1.Visit Northstar – Snowshoeing / Snowplay / Meal at the Ritz

2.Visit Heavenly – Gondola / Snowplay

3.Visit Zephyr Cove – MS Dixie (non – lunch) Cruise

4.Visit Zephyr Cove OR ??? – Snowmobiling

5.Visit Truckee – Shops / Meal at Trokay

6.Drive the West Side of the Lake – Stop at Sand Habour / Stop at Emerald Bay & walk down to Vikingsholm.

Suddenly my 2 days seems like really little time : ( Would you advise me to:

1.Stay at Heavenly or Northstar, instead of the Incline Hyatt? OR

2.Stay another night, making it 4 nights instead of 3?

Thank you for your help.

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San Francisco...
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1. Re: Too Little Time?

Are you planning on sking or just snow tubing and other snow play? What about snow shoeing? Will you have car with 4wd or chains if needed if it snows heavily?

Edited: 3:11 am, June 24, 2013
Santa Clara...
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2. Re: Too Little Time?

Some of the activities are redundant. Just pick either north or south side. If you go north, do gondola at Northstar and go see water front at Sand Harbor. If you stay at the south, gondola at Heavenly and drive to Emerald Bay. For ease of driving from Reno, stick to north side unless you feel you must stay near casinos.

Manhattan Beach...
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3. Re: Too Little Time?

The Hyatt in Incline will give you lots of choices, including being the only resort hotel on the lake. You can take the free tram (leaves every half hour from Hyatt lobby) the mile up to Diamond Peak for snow play. Great view of the lake from there.

http://diamondpeak.com/

Sand Harbor is just two miles from the Hyatt on the east side of the lake, there is a casino at the Hyatt, plus many restaurants, like the Lone Eagle Grille.

…hyatt.com/en/…LoneEagleGrille.html

Both Northstar and Zephyr Cove are easy to drive to

Bombay, India
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4. Re: Too Little Time?

Hello. Thank you for posting. We won’t be skiing & will have a 4WD or an AWD.

Hmmmm... I thought I picked up the absolute ‘must dos’. Shall I assume that Sand Harbour & Emerald Bay are comparable? Or that the views from the Northstar Gondola will be as amazing as those from the Heavenly Gondola? I’ve heard rave reviews of the MS Dixie Cruise. I’ve also read that Northstar is very festive & quite beautiful around Christmas time.

We can perhaps do Sand Habour + Northstar + a Truckee dinner on day one. But I don’t think we can accommodate the Cruise + Snowmobiling + Heavenly Gondola on day two, given the limited hours of the Gondola & early sunsets.

So you would recommend keeping it 3 nights? If so, what of the above list shall we skip?

Santa Clara...
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5. Re: Too Little Time?

>>>>We can perhaps do Sand Habour + Northstar + a Truckee dinner on day one. But I don’t think we can accommodate the Cruise + Snowmobiling + Heavenly Gondola on day two, given the limited hours of the Gondola & early sunsets.<<<<<<<<<

That sounds better. You really will get a good offering of the lake with your revised plan. If you had more time, sure driving around the lake is great. Sand Harbor and Emerald Bay are different but both very very scenic. With your short time frame, uncertainly about snow and road conditions, I think you would have hit the highlights. Keep your Hyatt reservations. It's a fine choice.

I am not sure I see the reasoning to drive all the way back up to Truckee for dinner. We usually stay at the lake and there are decent choices lake side, though not FINE dining like Trokay. But aren't you going to SF too? Save the fine dining for there if you want to cut out some driving. I myself am not a fan of driving back up from the lake to Truckee for dinner, especially if I am going to have a drink. It's a dark windy road that is undivided. Not a big deal if you want to do it, but you asked... You won't starve along the lakefront. There are more hearty and comfort foods and other establishments without going to Truckee.

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6. Re: Too Little Time?

If you want fine dining, it's right at the Hyatt, at the Lone Eagle Grill, on the lake.

http://loneeaglegrille.com/

Santa Clara...
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7. Re: Too Little Time?

Thanks for the link CAnative! The Hyatt restaurant looks different than the last time I walked by a few years ago. I think it's enough to get us out of the rental home kitchen the next time I am there. : )

Manhattan Beach...
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8. Re: Too Little Time?

We have reservations there next week. Usually I give it a 4 **** rating, but they have renovated the restaurant and menu this past year, so we are anxious to see the changes from last July.

San Jose, California
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9. Re: Too Little Time?

I much prefer the Squaw Valley Gondola over Northstar.

Edited: 9:56 pm, June 24, 2013
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