One of the few really fine examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States can be found here at Vikingsholm on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. While in her sixties, Mrs. Lora Knight had her seven-bedroom, seven-bath mansion built in only five months. The setting reminded her of a Norwegian fjord, so she wanted her home to look appropriate for that setting, and it does. Made from local stone and timber, and with authentic reproductions throughout, Vikingsholm is truly a delight, and Knight's story is rather engrossing. Be warned that the fairly steep one-mile hike down from the parking area means a one-mile hike back up, and the tour itself is relatively short. But it's definitely worth the trip.
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