Pinnacles Chalet Incline Village

Our Top 10 Destination Recommendations

Here are our favourite things to see and do in Destination.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

1. Incline Beach

Incline has three private sandy beaches (access comes with the rental for a fee). 

Incline Beach

Incline Beach, in the center of town has a snack bar and beach bar (with drinks service) and a big swim area.
It also has kayak and paddle board rentals.
Ski Beach, also in the center of town has a boat launching ramp, bocce courts and sand volleyball.
Burnt Cedar Beach has a lagoon (slightly warmer water), a swimming pool, as well as a snack bar and beach bar.
Equipment rentals available in season.
All the beach have grills and grassy areas. Life jackets available for loan (subject to availability)

The beaches are private, only for residents and their tenants and guests  (that’s you).  $12 for adults and $5 for children.

2. Diamond Peak

Diamond Peak is Incline’s Town Ski Resort. Only 7-8 minutes drive away!

Practically next door, Diamond Peak has the best views of the lake of any ski resort in Tahoe and a wide variety of terrain, from groomers to back country tree skiing.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort is Lake Tahoe’s hidden gem. Located above Incline Village, things are different here. This is a community-owned resort with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe; miles of welcoming, uncrowded runs; easy access from the parking lot to the slopes; a dedicated Child Ski Center for the littlest skiers and snowboarders; and a great Ski & Snowboard School for older skiers/riders. All of this and affordable lift ticket and season pass prices makes Diamond Peak Tahoe’s best value, year after year.

ElevationBase: 6,700′ (2.04 km); Snowflake Lodge: 7400′ (2.26 km); Summit: 8,540′ (2.6km)
Vertical Drop1,840 feet (561 meters)
Longest Run2.5 miles (4 km)
Snowmaking75% of developed terrain
Skiable Acres655
Runs30
TerrainGroomed slopes, open glades, trees
Beginner18%
Intermediate46%
Advanced36%

3. Hiking

There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails around Lake Tahoe. Many a few minutes drive away.

A hidden valley visible from the Mt. Rose trail. There is a waterfall at the end of the trail.

Within 15 minutes of Incline there are dozens of trails. These range from:
The Tahoe Meadows Loop Trail, an easy 1.2 mile loop trail that is wheelchair accessible and ideal for families with small children to
 Mt. Rose Summit: The highest peak on the north shore of Lake Tahoe Basin (10,778’), this strenuous 5.2 each way hike offers excellent views of the lake, the city of Reno and the surrounding area. (pictured above) and 
the Tahoe Rim Trail that winds around the entire lake.

Our favourite is the Tunnel Creek trail to Monkey Rock. You start or end with coffee and breakfast or lunch at the Tunnel Creek Cafe, pass the Bonanza Ranch (closed), then it’s a scenic climb along the lake to Monkey Rock over looking the lake. It’s a climb but the lake views are unbeatable.

4. Ski Mount Rose

Mt. Rose Ski Resort, with a base elevation of 8,260 (the top of some other resorts) is only 18 minutes away and has both awesome snow and a friendly family owned atmosphere.

Mt Rose has the highest elevation, the driest powder and some of the steepest terrain.

It also has a fabulous ski school (our children learned to ski there) and reasonably priced food and drink. If there has been a big snowfall, its where the powder is!

5. Bite

Bite,  an American Tapas restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants.  Small plates to share, really interesting options. Also a good bar.

This review – from local Paper Moonshine Ink, is still pretty current.

Our favorite item on the menu is the BLT. Bacon, Main Lobster, roasted tomato.
The Key Lime Pie bites and the Bread Pudding for dessert are also family favourites.

6. Thunderbird Lodge

For a bit of history, visit the Thunderbird Lodge. The Hearst Castle of Lake Tahoe.

The Thunderbird Lodge was begun in 1936 by George Whittell, Jr.,  heir to the PG&E fortune. Whittell owned approximately 40,000 acres and 20 miles of Nevada shoreline at Lake Tahoe. He and had plans to develop the land into high-class summer properties, a ski resort and a hotel-casino. However, as Whittell grew older, his interest in animals, nature and privacy far outweighed his desire for more money and he held on to much of the property (Sand Harbor was taken by the state) until his death in 1969. After Whittell’s death, Thunderbird Lodge and adjacent 10,000 acres of property were purchased by Jack Dreyfus of Dreyfus Investments. Dreyfus later sold most of the land to the Forest Service and Nevada State Parks. This is why the eastern shore of the Lake is mostly forests with few houses, unlike the California side.

Tours leave Incline Village Visitor Information Center
969 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV. Look for the building with the big clock.
(775) 832-1606 or (800) GoTahoe.

The lodge is a great example of craftsmanship and the tour is full of fun stories about a man, who among other things had a pet lion who would eat sandwiches out of his mouth. Also there is the Thunderbird Yacht that can go 70 miles an hour and is powered by two air plane engines.   

7. Classical Tahoe

July 20 – August 12 2018 – Seventh Season

Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of the arts that enriches the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Lake Tahoe. We provide exceptional classical music performances by musicians from the best orchestras in the world, and innovative and inspiring educational programs to local, national, and international audiences.

8. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

A huge variety of shows and programs for children and adults through July and August. More than “just” Shakespeare.

Enjoy extraordinary entertainment in an exceptional setting!

Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment before you… all while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset with your friends and family. You’re not dreaming, you’re experiencing the enchantment of Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

Our local brewery.

Alibi Ale Works is a craft brewery located in Incline Village, Nevada on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. They produce a wide range of frequently rotating beers with pure Lake Tahoe water, and our goal is to keep your taste buds intrigued with diverse and delicious flavors. They strive to maintain a beer line-up that brings together traditional European styles, super-fresh hoppy beers, and innovative one-offs that will expand your beer horizons. Barrel-aged and funky/sour/mixed-culture beers rotate frequently through the tap line-up.  

They operate two beautiful locations where you can get the full Alibi experience. One in Incline Village, NV (the production brewery and taproom) and one in downtown Truckee, CA (the public house, pilot brewery and live music venue). 

10. Tours of Lake Tahoe

If you want to see the whole lake, or have a three or six hour photo session with a professional photographer, Around Tahoe will show you the sites.

Daily Tours from North & South Tahoe

Tour around Lake Tahoe through the minds of two local brothers, Chris and Darin Talbot. Since 1977 we’ve learned all the stories, legends, folklore, statistics, landmarks, beaches, movies, and secret spots of America’s most beautiful and treasured lake. You’ll never forget this fantastic journey around the jewel of the Sierras.

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