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“Relaxed Area”

Tallac Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A Historic Site made up of 3 Estates built between 1894 and 1930. Each Estate has something different and exciting for visitors to do and see! Learn the amazing history of this area in the free museum, then stroll through the former summer homes and gardens of four wealthy gilded-age families. Guided, self-guided, and private tours are available.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Las Vegas
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146 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Relaxed Area”
Reviewed August 7, 2010

Tahoe nowadays can be pretty rat-race feeling. We found the Tallac Historic Site to be very accessible (easy to find parking), quiet, and relaxing in its nature. I wasn't too awe struck by the historical tour of the grounds but it was a good way to burn an hour or two. The beach there is nice and fairly hidden to the masses. People had dogs on the beach with them here.

Thank Rich807
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Salt Lake City, UT
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547 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 466 helpful votes
“Very interesting area - plan several hours.”
Reviewed August 4, 2010

We thought we'd spend an hour or two here but ended up spending most of the day. There are three "residence areas" and the National Forest Service Visitor's Center is right next door. The forest service purchased this property to open up beach access for the public. It came with several buildings on it. "Buildings" are usually handled by the Park Service. The buildings were boarded up and left to sit for several years then the residents of the area formed a group, the Tahoe Heritage Foundation, raised some money and public interest and persuaded the forest service to restore the buildings. It's been a work in progress for several years. They are helped by many volunteers, both local and outsiders who come in their RVs each summer and live in the campground there that's set aside for that purpose. We were told that they're mostly retired folks and have a variety of useful skills. Each person has to donate 30 hours a week of work to be a part of the project. The first building is called Valhalla and is rented out for weddings, concerts etc., the next property is the Pope estate which consists of the large Pope House and several cabins, which were rented to tourists "back in the day". The "House" is quite large and tours are conducted about 3 times a day. The cost is $5 and well worth it. We had only 4 in our group and the tour was hosted by a local volunteer who had grown up in the area and had a lot of interesting tales to tell. We spent 90 minutes on the tour and throughly enjoyed it. The next property is the Baldwin Museum. It is open to the public and is free. They have a short video about the property, so it's a good place to start. Also, that's where you buy tickets for the Pope House tour. Only part of the Baldwin house is open. The loft is used for offices and one room is a gift shop, but they have a lot of old photos of the area, and there is one room that has some interesting displays set up. We spent a lot of time there and read all the informative plaques. "Lucky" Baldwin was quite a character! We had no idea that the miners from Virginia City "clear cut" all the lumber around Lake Tahoe - except on the property that "lucky" owned. The photos are just shocking! The Forest Service next door has a small visitor's center and restrooms. They also have afternoon Ranger talks at 2 pm which we found interesting, and a wonderful short, easy hike called the Rainbow trail. There are signs along the way and the highlight of the hike (walk) is the stream view room, where you walk down into a room with a glass wall. We spent the better part of the day there and really enjoyed the time we spent. Also there is a great beach ( the reason they bought the property in the first place) there that is several miles long. Not a lot of afternoon shade but very pretty. Parking can be hard to find, but there are at least three parking lots in the area.

11 Thank Saxeygirl
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San Francisco
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Old Tahoe - the real thing”
Reviewed April 22, 2009

Walking the old cement paths and peeping into cottages that are fully restored is an educational as well as pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The gardens and ponds are lovingly maintained. Sit on the steps of the mansions and relive the early 1900's. Daily tours and summer events make this one of Tahoe's best attractions. Right on the shore of the Lake, swimming, picnicing and inflatable rafting are other possibilities. No admission charge, plenty of parking.

3 Thank northbeachbum
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San Francisco, CA USA
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A nice place to take a break from the crowds”
Reviewed August 23, 2008

Beautiful Pine forrest by the lake. Great bike trails and some some interesting vintage architecture.
This is worth a visit. Easy trails and far from the road.

3 Thank LikeOdysseus
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