Lake Tahoe's West Shore Index

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THE ''Magical West Shore'' may sound like a term straight out of travel agent school, but spend a week or a weekend on the stretch of Lake Tahoe between Tahoe City and Emerald Bay and you may fall under the same spell that draws many visitors back summer after summer.

If you are not familiar with the West Shore, or wish to get to know it better, don't miss Tahoe Country's West Shore Tour (summer and winter versions).

Tahoe's Magical West Shore
Guidebook • Keepsake

Discover Tahoe's Magical West Shore, first in a series of guidebook/keepsakes celebrating the High Sierra. Lots of vinatge postcards, photos, art and historical anecdotes!

West Shore Art:

  • Nature, Flowers, and Family - Watercolors, by West Shore artist, Missy Sandeman who kindly donated the painting for Tahoe Country's logo.
  • Tahoe Landscapes - by Birgitta McCarthy, part time West Shore resident
  • Scenes of Tahoe - Miriam Biro, Watercolor Cards - including one of Sugar Pine Point
  • Photo-impressionism - Roy E. Dryer III, capturing people's passions (antique boats at Emerald Bay)

    West Shore Businesses:

    Cox and Kromydas, Architects - West Shore resident Nick Kromydas specializes in Tahoe lakefront residences and snow country design.

  • Stony Ridge Cafe - a favorite West Shore eating spot
    Tahoe Accommodator - Perfect vacation homes for the family!
  • Tahoe Gear - Outdoor recreations specialists: skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Located in Homewood. - sales and rentals.
  • Tahoma Meadows B&B - Cozy red B&B cabins surrounded by pines. Unique decor, private baths and full family breakfasts.
  • Tahoma Lodge - Quiet comfortable cabins with kitchens.
  • Unique Retreats at Lake Tahoe - A selection of cozy vacation rentals located in Tahoma.

    West Shore Flora and Fauna:

  • Goober - The Heartwarming and Tragic Tale of a Neighborhood Bear
  • Living in Bear Country - Stories of bear encounters on the West Shore
  • The Bear Facts - How the Black Bears came to Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness

    West Shore History:

  • Meeks Bay - Old Time Photo Exhibit
  • North Lake Tahoe Historical Society - includes the Gatekeeper's Cabin Museum, the Watson Cabin, and the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum.
  • Vintage Postcard Exhibit - From John McKinney's rustic Hunter's Retreat in the 1860s to such posh turn-of-the-century resorts as the Tallac Hotel and Tahoe Tavern, the life of early day vacationers was made vivid for those at home by postcards.
  • Dat So La Lee - The great Washoe Basketmaker from Fanny Bridge
  • The Ehrman Mansion - The summer estate which set the standard for West Shore elegance
  • Magulu Watah - The Washoe Indians summer encampment at Meeks Bay
  • The Tahoe Tavern - "Opulence and Isolation"
  • Sierra Maritime Publications - Books on Tahoe's History, including "Meek's Bay Memories"
  • Tahoma - a brief chronological history of the Tahoma area

    West Shore Home and Garden:

  • Mary's Garden - A seaside-type West Shore cottage garden at 6,220 feet
  • In fall - West Shore residents make their winter predictions.
  • In spring - Tahomans waiting for the snow to melt.

    West Shore Out n'About:

  • Skiing the West Shore - traditional cross-country, backcountry, mountaineering, telemark, and downhill skiing opportunities abound!
  • Refuges for Cross-Country Skiers - these cabins can ease the transition between day and overnight trips.
  • Storms of '97 - Batter the West Shore. Check out the photos!
  • West Shore Tour - a detailed tour of the West Shore from Tahoe City to Emerald Bay - summer and winter versions
  • Fly Fishing in Desolation Wilderness - includes Meeks Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lakes, Desolation Valley, Wright's Lake, & Rockbound Valley
  • Eagle Rock - a great place to ponder life
  • Ehrman Mansion - cross country skiing

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