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South Lake Tahoe, California by Elena Dillion

Well if you guessed where the picture was taken last week I am proud of you! The lake certainly wasn’t prominent in the picture. Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places to vacation. I have many reasons why and I will be explaining them all this month with each Friday’s post.

This is the second year in a row we have spent the week between Christmas and New Years in South Lake Tahoe. Last year while we were there, snow was nowhere to be found. I kind of liked it even though everyone else was hoping for fresh powder on the mountain. This year was a whole new deal. It snowed and snowed. Before we got there, while we were there and right after we left. I packed snow boots, warm gloves, my big jacket, scarves, long underwear and lots of warm socks. Can you tell I’m not a fan of cold? I’m a Southern California girl and my blood is thin.

I will deal with it willingly because Tahoe is worth the bundling. And the freezing. It has everything you could need in a vacation town but let’s start with the fact that it’s beautiful. That applies to winter and summer. Gorgeous blue skies, beautiful pine trees and the lake as you can tell by the pictures is something to see. Clear and cold it is immense. There really isn’t another word for it.More on this later.

We have stayed in many places in Lake Tahoe. We’ve stayed at Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, we’ve camped at Zephyr Cove, and rented homes. This time we stayed with friends in their condos and it was a blast. I love this kind of vacation where everyone is forced to hang together. We made lunch and dinner together most days, played games, watched movies and just relaxed. A really great way to spend time with family and friends to recover from the holiday stress.

The kids and one or two of the adults would leave the house at eight am to hit the slopes for snowboarding. The snow was amazing this year. The kids couldn’t get enough.

I walked with my friend every day or we went to the gym that is open to the public at Kahle Community Center (There is a small daily fee) It is a great place with indoor basketball courts, a video arcade and a full gym with running track. The gym has a beautiful view of the trees so working out is a little more pleasant!

We took one walk to the Lake where we ended up hip deep in snow quite a few times. We must have looked ridiculous. I laughed so hard at one point I thought I was never going to get out!

At first glance, it seems to be a beautiful but quiet place and it is, sort of. There is much more toLake Tahoe than one might think and you will hear more about it next week!


About the Author

Elena lives and writes in a suburb north of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California

which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves

being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.

A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come

out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely,

why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

Website:     Twitter: @ElenaDillon    Facebook: ElenaDillonAuthor


Mary Preston - March 8, 2013 - 3:09 am

It does look beautiful. I don’t do well in the cold.

Marilyn Baron - March 8, 2013 - 7:15 am


I’m a South Miami girl and never got to see snow growing up so I love to see it. But as I get older, I like seeing it outside where I’m inside viewing it, curled up with a good book and some hot chocolate.

I loved Lake Tahoe. We went there with our kids and drove there from San Francisco, past the Donner Pass. It was amazing. The lake was so pristine, as calm as glass and the most beautiful turquoise color. With the surrounding mountains, it looked like Switzerland. We were there between Christmas and New Year’s and on our last day of vacation my daughter got sick so we took an early flight out. If we hadn’t done that, we would have been stranded there for three weeks. Apparently, you can get snowed in there. Although I would have loved getting “stuck” in Lake Tahoe.

Elena, tell us about your new book, Breathe. It’s on my TBR shelf and I can’t wait to delve into it. What’s it about? I love the cover.

Great post.

Maxine - March 8, 2013 - 7:55 am

Elena, YOu make it sound beautiful and exciting. I would like to visit Lake Tahoe, but don’t ski, don’t snowboard, but I do like to walk, sit by the fire and have a hot toddy. Can’t wait to read your book.

Elena Dillon - March 8, 2013 - 8:37 am

Mary- I don’t do well in the cold either. I’m okay as long as I keep moving and I don’t have to drive in the snow.

Marilyn- you can definitely get snowed in up there but it might be worth it! I wrote a Young Adult Romantic Suspense book that was published in December. It’s about a teenage girl whose sister is murdered by a serial killer. They decide to move to the south a couple years later to make a fresh start and just as she is getting used to her new life, creepy things start happening to her now. It was tons of fun to write. I am finishing my second book right now and hoping to publish it in May.

Maxine – I love Lake Tahoe but I am definitely the type to appreciate the snow out the window myself! =) The summers are beautiful and there is just as much to do believe it or not.

Pam Asberry - March 8, 2013 - 8:55 am

I have never been to Lake Tahoe but it sounds amazing! Thanks for blogging with us! I look forward to learning more!

Elena Dillon - March 8, 2013 - 10:34 am

And I meant to say in all that ramble: Thank you so much for having me here! :-D

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - March 8, 2013 - 12:39 pm

I lived in Denver long enough to know I much prefer warmer climates. Snow is pretty, but I’d rather experience it as ambiance out the window. I’ll join Maxine fireside. ;)

However, Lake Tahoe does look like a great summer vacation spot. Looking forward to learning more about it.

Sandra Elzie - March 8, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Well, having lived in Southern CA and in the Sacramento area, I understand loving the warm weather. Our favorite place to ski was Squaw Valley (at Lake Tahoe)and have a ton of great memories from there when we used to take the kids.

I also hate the cold, but with the right clothes, I stand stand it for a bit…and you’re right about Lake Tahoe being absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for blogging with us.

Sia Huff - March 8, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Hi Elena,
I’ve never been to that part of the country. Your pictures are beautiful. I look forward to hearing all about a new place. Thanks for sharing.

bbblues - March 10, 2013 - 10:30 am

I am getting cold reading this! :)… When you talk about sinking in the snow, I can feel every bit of it! It has happened a lot where we live in the NY snowbelt. So familiar. Love this.

Connie Gillam - March 11, 2013 - 11:01 am


I grew up in the Midwest with the snow and ice (but without the beauty of Lake Tahoe)and I don’t miss it. I’m ready for the sun and the beach.

Hildie McQueen - March 11, 2013 - 4:14 pm

It sounds like the perfect place for a holiday. I’ve been there once, it’s very pretty. Thank you for sharing. :-))

Susan Carlisle - March 11, 2013 - 10:27 pm

The one and only time I’ve been to Tahoe there was eight feet of snow. So much so that we didn’t get to ski but it sure was beautiful.

Elena Dillon - March 14, 2013 - 4:42 pm

It really is a beautiful place. I’m excited to be writing about it. It has so much to offer. The sinking in the snow thing this year was a new experience. I’ve never been in that much! My husband didn’t find it as funny as my friend and I did. =)

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