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Things to do in Lake Tahoe

Things to do in Lake Tahoe

You’ve finally made it! After first a dream, then a wish, and finally a plan, you’re here! Let’s find you some things to do in Lake Tahoe!


Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, shopping at upscale boutiques and eclectic second-hand stores, delicious dining, a pampering spa day, or the thrill of a roll of the dice, you will find something you love to do in Lake Tahoe. 


Most people equate this area with snow…and they’re not wrong! Lake Tahoe is home to many ski resorts, including Heavenly Ski Resort, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Enjoy your time on the slopes skiing or snowboarding, and don’t forget about apres-ski fun. It’s all part of the experience!! 


Did you know that most ski resorts offer amazing additional amenities and services, including special events like live music, art festivals, disco snow tubing, aerial tram rides, and believe it or not, even weddings! Have you found a few new things to add to your things to do in Lake Tahoe??



What are you looking for? You’ll probably find it in Lake Tahoe! 


And you’ll almost certainly find it in Heavenly Village. With over 20+ shops, 15 eateries, live theater, a movie theater, and even an ice rink, you can spend an entire day and night here! 


Check out Earthbound Trading Co., an international lifestyle shop for “…the nomadic spirit who embraces individuality and craves exploration.”


On Tahoe Time offers locally-made keepsakes, mementos, and souvenirs. Similarly, Up Shirt Creek offers local and unique Lake Tahoe clothes. 


Don’t forget to check out local artists! The Eadington Gallery provides landscape photography, while Pacific Crest Gallery offers a varied selection of fine art, sculpture, art glass, jewelry, and gifts. Looking for a new and unique piece of jewelry, graced by an exotic gemstone? You must visit Poe Rava Gem Co.!


Is finding a unique and pre-loved treasure on your list of things to do in Lake Tahoe? There are plenty of shops to visit – you’re sure to find the perfect item! Choose from one or all of the following: 


Mountain Kids Consignment

The store that prides itself on providing incredible deals on new and gently used kids’ clothes, accessories, toys, and sporting equipment. 


Tahoe Pass It On Thrift

The only thrift store in Tahoe City! Its reputation precedes it as the place to find hidden treasures. 


Karma Consignment Boutique

Starting out as just a women’s consignment shop, it’s popularity soon had it expanding to includes men’s and children’s items as well. 



There’s no doubt that several delicious meals out are on your list of things to do in Lake Tahoe! We’d love to share some of our favorites: 


Less Expensive


If you’re looking to keep costs down and still enjoy a healthy meal, check out Sprouts Cafe, a local favorite for decades!


What’s a vacation without chips and guac and a hearty burrito? When you’re craving your favorite south-of-the-border dishes, head to Jalisco Grill


What’s better than a good old fashioned diner? Nothing!! You’ll love Meyer’s Downtown cafe for some ultimate comfort food!



Hands down, the Flatstick Pub is the place to be! Enjoy a varied menu, with everything from salads, to pub foods, to soups. And best of all? There’s a miniature golf course right on-site! 


Sometimes, there’s just nothing better than a burger and fries! When you’re craving this good old American standard, head on over to California Burger for some of the best!


Does your mouth water when you read the words eggplant parmesan or lasagna or fettuccine alfredo? It’s time for you to head over to Scusa Italian Ristorante for a delicious dinner!


How about trying something just a little out of the ordinary? After all, you are on vacation! Artemis Mediterranean Grill features Mediterranean, Greek, and Middle Eatern food. Who knows, you might walk out of there with a new favorite dish!


Fine Dining

Ready to pop the question? Celebrating an anniversary? Maybe you’re celebrating a big win, like a new job or home. Any of these restaurants are a fine choice for your special night out.


The Lake House offers a beautifully varied menu, with entrees for vegans and carnivores alike. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. They offer amazing choices!


Cafe Fiore boasts an absolutely decadent menu of fine Italian dishes. Be sure to bring a hearty appetite!


Jimmy’s Restaurant features gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe. You’ll savor both the fresh and flavorful California cuisine and the magnificent ambiance!


A Day at the Spa

And why the heck not?! You absolutely deserve to add a luxurious massage or facial to your list of things to do in Lake Tahoe. 


Here are some of our favorites. 


BioSpirit Day Spa – The Tahoe Body Renewal is blissful!

Lighthouse Spa – right on the Lake

A Massage for all Seasons – featuring a large variety of packages to suit every need and budget


Places to Stay

Here in Lake Tahoe, JZ Vacation Rentals offers a variety of rental properties to suit every family and group, from a 3BR/2BA cabin to an 11BR/9BA lodge. Check them out here and give us a call tp book your favorite!


The JZ Difference:

Here at JZ Vacation Rentals, we strive to provide an exceptional experience to every guest that walks through our doors. All properties managed by us go under a “150 point inspection” to ensure that we provide brand consistency and comfort across our inventory of properties, and the last thing we want is for you to have to run straight to the store when you first arrive. We offer 24/7 guest support and we utilize smart technology to ensure you will be walking into a safe and clean home. 


Additional Details

Each home is provided the following:

  • A fully stocked kitchen (crockpot, toaster, coffee, dishwasher, microwave, and stove)
  • Pack and Play and high chair for those traveling with children 
  • Washer and dryer, laundry detergent, iron, and ironing board 
  • Toilet paper and paper towels 
  • Shampoo, hairdryer, make-up wipes 
  • Dishwasher soap, dishwashing liquid 


This list just scratched the surface of things to do in Lake Tahoe on your next vacation. Always be sure to spend some time out in nature, just enjoying the lake and it’s surroundings. Until next time.