Top things to do

Top Choice State Park in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Emerald Bay State Park

Sheer granite cliffs and a jagged shoreline hem in glacier-carved Emerald Bay, a teardrop cove that will have you digging for your camera. Its most captivating aspect is the water, which changes from cloverleaf gree…
Top Choice Californian in Truckee

Moody's Bistro & Lounge

With its sophisticated supper-club looks and live jazz (Thursday to Saturday evenings), this gourmet restaurant in the Truckee Hotel oozes urbane flair. Only fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients make it into…
Top Choice Italian in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Cafe Fiore

Serving upscale Italian without pretension, this tiny romantic eatery pairs succulent pasta, seafood and meats with an award-winning 300-vintage wine list. Swoon over the veal scaloppine, homemade white-chocolate ic…
Top Choice American in Tahoe Vista

Old Post Office Cafe

Head west of town toward Carnelian Bay, where this always-packed, cheery wooden shack (never, in fact, a post office) serves scrumptious breakfasts: buttery potatoes, eggs Benedict, biscuits with gravy, fluffy omele…
Top Choice American in Sunnyside

Fire Sign Cafe

For breakfast, everyone heads to the friendly Fire Sign for down-home omelets, blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, fresh made-from-scratch pastries and other carbo-loading bombs, plus organic coffe…
Top Choice Californian in Tahoe City

Fat Cat

This casual, family run restaurant with local art splashed on the walls does it all: from-scratch soups, heaped salads, sandwiches, incredible burgers, pasta bowls and plenty of fried munchies for friends to share. …
Top Choice Californian in Truckee


Housed at the trendy Cedar House Sport Hotel, this modern mountain-lodge dining room elevates Truckee’s eating scene with Californian flair, harmonizing Asian and Mediterranean influences on its seasonal menu of hou…
Top Choice American in Tahoe City

Dockside 700 Wine Bar & Grill

On a lazy summer afternoon, grab a table on the back deck that overlooks the boats bobbing at Tahoe City Marina. Barbecue chicken, ribs and steak light a fire under dinner (reservations advised), alongside seafood p…
Music in Squaw Valley

WinterWonderGrass Tahoe

Book early for this great little outdoor festival of bluegrass and acoustic roots music, the stage encircled by the snow and pines of Squaw Valley. It's a family-oriented event, with an ethos of sustainability.
Viewpoint in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Inspiration Point

Swoon-worthy views of Emerald Bay, as the camera-wielding crowds testify.