An Insider’s Guide to Hotel in South Lake Tahoe

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It’s Concierge Confidential, a series in which we uncover a city’s best-kept secrets from people who specialize in exactly that area: long-time concierges at the city’s top hotels.

At Edgewood Tahoe Resort, you’ll find a beautiful lakeside enclave that includes new Villa Suites (opening this fall) on the edge of the forest, a Fazio-designed golf course, and a full-service spa nestled in the woods – a place, in fact, that you might not want to leave.

But there’s so much to see and do around the lake that we had to ask the resort’s “experience manager,” Jason Heapy, about everything South Lake Tahoe has to offer.

Inside hook: What is a unique service your hotel offers that I won’t find elsewhere?

Jason Heapy: Edgewood Restaurant offers stunning lake and sunset views that was voted the best in Tahoe by Tahoe Daily Tribune‘Repeated readers’ choice. No other restaurant view in South Lake Tahoe compares.

Where can I get a cup of coffee near the hotel and have a good walk?

Black Cabin Cafe is a local favorite, then take it to nearby Van Sickle Bi-State Park for a walk in California and Nevada with great lake views.

Where do the singles meet?

With so many craft breweries in town, you can never go wrong making new friends on a tour of South Lake Tahoe’s top breweries. To name a few: South Lake Brewing Company, The Hangar, South of North Brewing Company, Cold Water Brewery and Grill, and Sidellis Lake Tahoe.

How about a restaurant where only locals go?

Taqueria Jalisco for quality authentic Mexican cuisine, generous portions and reasonable prices. It’s an easy in and out spot with the coolest salsa bar around.

Late night place where I can get in a bit of trouble (but not too much trouble)?

Lake Tahoe Aleworx at Stateline is a great place for late night drinks and dancing with an upbeat and energetic crowd.

The best cheap restaurants in town?

The Red Hut Café is your traditional American restaurant where you’ll find great food, big portions and cheap prices.

Where can I go for the best dessert?

Freshies Ohana Restaurant & Bar offers the best homemade desserts and a beautiful rooftop terrace to capture a Tahoe summer sunset.

The best place for a sunset cocktail?

Tiki Bar Tahoe is the only tiki bar in South Lake Tahoe – they serve great cocktails and have a prime location on the beach for summer sunsets.

Where do I go if I want to see politicians make deals?

With all the history that accompanies the Friday Station Steak & Seafood Grill atop Harrah’s Casino, I can imagine political deals being made there. Then it is likely that high-stakes games of chance will follow.

Where to go in the region for a day spent outdoors?

Zephyr Cove Resort is a beautiful location on the beach where you can rent water toys, dine, drink on the beach, and cruise daily from sunrise to sunset.

Where’s a good place to take an Instagram-worthy photo?

Emerald Bay, on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, offers the most iconic sight and is one of the most photographed places on Earth.

The best area to take a four-hour walk if I want to get to know a more “authentic” side of the city?

Tahoe Keys is a great neighborhood for a nice four-hour walk because there are great views, friendly locals, and tons of streets to discover.

What is the easiest way to get around town, in terms of transportation?

Lime and Bird scooters are a quick and easy way to get around town, and you’ll find them almost anywhere to ride when you need them.

What is a lesser-known cultural institution worth visiting?

Valhalla Tahoe! The name “Valhalla” was taken from the Norse myth of the paradise place of the Vikings. These beautiful estates date back to the early 1920s and have beautifully manicured grounds, lakeside access and old growth pine forest throughout. Try to find the secret garden!

What is the underutilized part of your hotel?

Our shuttle service is one of the best in Tahoe. We’ll take you to the most popular local hotspots and pick you up shortly after you call.

What’s a cool architectural site that isn’t overrun with tourists?

Vikingsholm is a hidden mansion on the shores of Emerald Bay that is considered the finest example of Scandinavian architecture in North America. Emerald Bay is often crowded with tourists, but a mile-long walk on a paved road to Vikingsholm can help isolate you from the crowds.

What’s the best thing you can only find in your city?

The most beautiful lake!! Lake Tahoe has crystal clear water with 65 feet depth clarity and 99.994% purity, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world.

What’s the best thing you can do only in your city?

Hike Mount Tallac and take in breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding lakes and alpine mountains. A once-in-a-lifetime view that can only truly be experienced at 9,739 feet.

What can I say or do to make the locals like me?

Above all, Tahoe is a ski town, so if you can impress the locals with skiing knowledge or skills, they’ll give you more credit.

What do tourists tend to do that really annoys locals?

Trash is a big problem in Tahoe. Many tourists do not respect the beauty of nature and tend to leave a mark. We’re keen on leaving no trace, so take what you take and don’t disappoint the locals with litter.

What is the object or activity on which tourists tend to get ripped off? Any tips to avoid this?

There’s no better way to get ripped off than a good night’s play. On the Nevada side of South Lake Tahoe, tourists love to try their luck at the slot machines and tables at one of the many casinos .

I’m looking for a low-key brunch. Where to go ?

Artemis Lakefront Cafe is a great place for a casual brunch to enjoy a delicious Bloody Mary or Bottomless Mimosas, Greek-style cuisine and great people watching from the deck at the busy Ski Run Marina.

The best place to eat a meal or drink a beer outside when the weather is nice?

Azul Latin Kitchen in the Heavenly Village is a festive place to grab food, have a beer, and listen to live music on the patio.

Are there any potential issues I should be concerned about or watch out for when it comes to public transportation (rush hours, delays, petty crimes, etc.)?

Tahoe’s winters can be heavy and the snowy days can make it nearly impossible to get around at times. Whether it’s traffic, snow removal delays or a total blizzard, always expect delays. Summer also brings traffic.

What is the thing that everyone forgets to pack? Or the one thing everyone should remember to pack when visiting?

Tahoe’s summers are warm and beautiful during the day, but the air becomes crisp at night. Don’t forget to pack a few layers to pull on for dinner, sunset, and late-night festivities.

Finally, what is the best book to read about the region before coming?

Clarity: A Photographic Dive into the Remarkable Waters of Lake Tahoe by Dylan Silver has phenomenal lake photography and interesting notes on Lake Tahoe.

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