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“Originally Built Scandinavian Home” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm
Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530-541-3030
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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie...
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
Stateline, NV
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Originally Built Scandinavian Home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Situated in beautiful Emerald Bay on the Southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is a replica of an original Vilkings home. Built in the 1920's by a wealthy San Francisco woman who fell in love with the architecture on one of her many trips to Scandinavia, this jewel is a short hike down from the highway (89) and worth every step. The grounds are immaculately kept and docents available in the summer months to explain the buildings history and that of the Tea House that sits on Fannen Island in the middle of Emerald Bay. Take a cruise aboard the MS Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen to see the Mansion from the water... well worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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English first
Atlanta, GA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful Home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you are in the area, don't miss this place. We walked the mile down to Vikingsholm (wear appropriate footwear and be ready for a steep hike), toured it and then walked the half mile or so to the base of the Lower Eagle Falls. Both are beautiful!

Visited April 2014
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Lewiston, Idaho
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Amazing workmanship.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Can't believe the workmanship on this house. I can just imagine living here during that era and being very content with my privacy.

Visited March 2014
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South Lake Tahoe
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“I take visitors to see this structure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

With a good interpretive guide person, this is interesting. There is a fairly steep one-mile trail down and up from the parking lot, each way of course. Sometimes the parking lot is overfull, with some illegal parking.

I enjoy seeing how a wealthy family lived.

Visited December 2013
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Truckee, California
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14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Go for the view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

There is a wonderful one mile walk down from the upper parking lot to the house, once you reach the bottom get onto the Rubicon trail towards Bliss State Park. If you go all the whole way to Calawee Cove it is a 10 mile round trip. The trail hugs the water the whole way and the views are stunning. The house is beautiful but it is Emerald Bay and the surrounding area that hold the real charm. For some out of shape folks the one mile walk down might be enough; but if you are a runner or an avid hiker go the distance because the visual rewards are astonishing.

Visited November 2013
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