Memorial Day Weekend launches the beginning of summer in Lake Tahoe including the “opening day on the Lake” when residents and visitors begin to flock to its beaches and crystal clear waters on weekends and vacations. One of the best rituals visitors and residents partake in the summertime that I especially love is spending the day visiting all of the wonderful lakefront dining options by boat. If you are planning to visit Lake Tahoe this summer, here is an activity that you simply can’t miss! It can be especially fun with a large group of friends celebrating a special event or enjoyed with family members reuniting. To help you along your adventure, I have listed a few of my favorite stops to visit!
First, I recommend starting your day at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino’s Pier where you can rent various models of speedboats by the reputable Action Water Sports. Here you will quickly become equipped with a vessel to host your journey around the lake for the day.
Start your journey by traveling west along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe as you leave Nevada and sail into California. The first stop is one of the most famous along the North Shore, Garwood’s Grill and Pier. Infamous for its signature beverage, the “Wet Woody” rum punch cocktail this is a must try when visiting Lake Tahoe if you want to do as the locals do. Garwood’s is also a great family, all season restaurant to enjoy lakefront dining for lunch and dinner. Save the date – their deck opening party for the summer is June 19th!
Next, cruise further west along the North Shore past Tahoe City and enter the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, especially popular to visitors and part-time residents during the summer months. From a distance you will see the large, brightly colored umbrellas of Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge. A popular family restaurant in the TS Restaurant group, Sunnyside is my favorite place to enjoy lunch al fresco on its large outdoor deck. Personal favorites include: the zucchini sticks, fish tacos and of course the decadent hula pie dessert!
Another popular restaurant to enjoy lunch located nearby is the West Shore Cafe and Inn. Also open for lunch and dinner, guests at the West Shore Cafe and Inn can enjoy the newly remodeled restaurant and California menu offerings including starters, salads, sandwiches and signature entrees. Guests are invited to enjoy lakefront dining under ruby colored umbrellas with convenient pier access while watching boats jet by.
Last but definitely not least, if you still have the time and the gas, be sure to continue traveling down the West Shore until you reach Chambers Landing in Tahoma. Chamber’s Landing is a favorite amongst locals and has been a hot spot on Lake Tahoe during the summertime for decades. Be sure to visit the rustic but often rowdy pier bar to sample its signature Chamber’s Punch before ending your day on the Lake.
Upon return to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino be sure to end your evening relaxing in one of the adirondack chairs lining the Pier overlooking the lake while sipping on one of their delicious cocktails, the Lone Eagle Margarita is my favorite.
Have you visited a lakefront restaurant at Lake Tahoe and if so what was your favorite place? Please remember that when boating on Lake Tahoe to always follow safety measures, drink responsibility and have a sober driver operate the boat vessel.
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