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Sharing Lake Tahoe: Responsible Tourism and Stewardship

January 11, 2023 | Jill Amen

Sharing Lake Tahoe: Beach view from Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Winter 2023

Lake Tahoe is breathtaking. The largest alpine lake in North America, both the lake and surrounding region are an important economic, recreational and ecological resource. As a destination, Lake Tahoe is easily accessible, offering year-round entertainment and recreation, and it’s world-famous. In other words, Tahoe’s crystal clear waters, stunning mountains, forests and year-round outdoor recreational activities, including 14 ski resorts are what attracts millions of people a year. With that comes sharing Lake Tahoe: Responsible Tourism and Stewardship.

Environmental Health

Mule Deer, North Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is vibrant with life; home to a variety of fish including rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon and mackinaw. Surrounding areas are rich in wildlife; black bears, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, beavers, martens and a variety of birds are visible and live among us.

Although there are many aspects to our region’s environmental health, human populations are by far the biggest cause of concern. Development, run-off pollution, trash, increased traffic congestion, lake levels, invasive species and a huge inflow of people—all create an existential threat to our way of life. 

Year’s past, early tourists experienced over 100 feet of visibility in Lake Tahoe.  Today, the lake’s visibility is rarely 75 feet—sometimes only 20-30 feet. Last year the non-profit organization, Clean up the Lake pulled over 25,000 pounds of trash out of Lake Tahoe, including 171 tires and 4,527 aluminum cans. And, the clean up is far from over.

Fire risk remains another big threat. To clarify, fires in our region start easily and grow out of control rapidly, as evidenced by the 2021 Caldor Fire. Often started by human carelessness, fire has devastating effects for decades. 

XC Skis and Snowshoes at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort Beach on North Lake Tahoe
XC Skis and Snowshoes at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort on North Lake Tahoe

A Shared Experience

One thing is for certain: Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort shares a deep passion for our region—the lake, mountains, forests, meadows, wetlands, rivers and streams—many of which cross the resort’s property and all offer an extraordinary mountain experience. As the only family-owned and operated North Lake Tahoe Resort and hotel in North Lake Tahoe, it is firmly committed the integrity of Tahoe’s vibrant eco-system. 

Another certainty: Tourism and development will continue to grow. Vital to our economy, tourism touches the lives of all who work, live and play here. Preserving our shared destination extends to protecting the lake’s water clarity, beaches, forests and all the species that depend on it, including us. To sum it up, how we as a community—both residents and tourists—respect and grow our region will be the deciding factor in sustaining our natural wonder.

Stewardship and Responsible Tourism

The key is to balance the needs and activities of the local community with the protection and preservation of the natural environment. Above all, this includes valuing and promoting sustained and responsible tourism, recreation and resource use as a way of life.

“At Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort we are actively making efforts to lighten our steps and promote the concept of respectful and responsible, eco-tourism”, said Alex Mourelatos, General Manager. “As a result, our commitment to the concept of “silent sports” help us define what responsible tourism means. For example, sports like snowshoeing XC skiing, sledding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and bird watching can all be experienced right on or near Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. Moreover, we wish to lead by example, a culture of caring—from our employees and neighboring businesses to our guests. Consistent, positive messaging and recreational opportunities promoting this lifestyle are a commitment we all need to make in the tourism industry. Stewardship starts where we are.”

Simple Principals to Share

Leave no trace. Most importantly, visitors are encouraged to respect the natural environment and minimize their impact on it.

Be prepared. First and foremost, check road conditions and prepare before heading up the mountain. 

Public transportation. Most Tahoe visitors arrive by car and rely on it their entire visit. However, visitors should be encouraged to choose low-impact transit options include shared free transit (TART), public buses, express shuttles to and from Reno, ski shuttles and free night shuttles as well as bike-friendly routes.  Another option is Park-and-ride, which is becoming more accessible and something we all can do. Finally, the best thing about taking transit is the ability to sit back and view the most breathtaking scenery. Check out transit details and schedules: www.TahoeTruckeeTransit.com .

Support local businesses. In brief, choosing and supporting locally-owned businesses and organizations that are committed to environmental sustainability can help support the local community and economy.

Engage. It’s part of the experience. For example, get to know your community even if just visiting. Many people are happy to share their knowledge visitors get the most out of their trip.

Respect local regulations. Lake Tahoe is located in a sensitive alpine ecosystem. As a result, it’s important to follow local regulations and guidelines such as fire bans and boating/fishing regulations in order to protect the environment.

Leave with inspiration and stories to share. Share your love for Lake Tahoe with your friends and family; For instance, share photos and stories that encourage others to appreciate and respect our environment.

Traveler’s Responsibility Pledge

To sum it up, take the Traveler Responsibility Pledge. Before embarking on a journey to our Lake Tahoe region, please take the Traveler Responsibility Pledge; a commitment to preserving the natural wonders of the Sierra, which means responsible tourism and stewardship for Lake Tahoe region.

Effective stewardship of the Lake Tahoe region requires the cooperation and support of all members of the community including local governments, businesses and individuals. Likewise, practicing stewardship means we all participate—locals and visitors alike. We all play an important role in ensuring Lake Tahoe remains a treasured destination for years to come.

Start your Winter Adventure at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

Start your next Winter adventure stay at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. And, the best time is right now to book directly for exceptional multi-night discounts and our no worries, no stress MLRTahoe Guarantee: Free, fully-refundable cancellation with a 72 hour heads up. Join the Winter fun today at MLRTahoe, your Tahoe Home. 

For our dedicated return guests, don’t forget to use our Booking Code: VAL2023!

Need assistance booking your stay? Our friendly team members are happy to help. Call us directly at (530) 546-9500.

-Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort—Your Basecamp for adventure!

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Visiting North Lake Tahoe in the Winter: Be Prepared for Almost Anything!

December 20, 2022 | Jill Amen

North Lake Tahoe, our premier winter destination is in full swing with resorts fully open and the holiday vibe upon us. Tis the season for high-energy sports, winter adventures and Après ski excitement—certainly something inviting for everyone in North Lake Tahoe. Cozy up, venture out—or both!  At Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, North Lake Tahoe’s premier lodging experience, we’ve got you covered!

Whether exploring by ski, board, sled or snowshoe traveling up to Lake Tahoe, from almost anywhere in the Winter, takes preparation. Even with Tahoe’s laid-back atmosphere and vibrant bluebird days, we all have to take Winter seriously! Sh…t happens, and planning ahead makes all the difference. 

Before Heading up the Mountain

First, check the road and weather reports. Even with clear skies weather changes quickly in snow-country, and driving to Tahoe means 4-wheel, all-wheel drive or chains. If chains are the only option, they are an absolute necessity; know how and where to put them on. Road checks mean business during storms and ice. Ladder cables are not allowed in the Tahoe area. Some check areas have professionals who can installI, charging around $30; $15 to remove. Driving on chairs means observing a 25 to 30 mph speed limit. When installing pull completely off the roadway to the right as to not block or be endangered by traffic.

Gassing up is a smart idea, or more than one reason: Gas prices are higher up in the Tahoe area and road conditions, accidents and traffic may mean extra time on the road.

Supplies

In addition to snow chains, food and water are essentials for any vehicle in the mountains. There is a caveat there that we will get to shortly. Other items should include an ice scraper, warm gloves and jacket, snow boots and even a blanket in case if stuck on the road. Be prepared for the chill—think survival if conditions go from flurries to blizzard.

Essential Snow and Ice Driving Tips

Before driving in snow and ice ensure a is snow-ready trip. Check wiper blades, tire pressure and tread. Carry a small snow shovel—plows and tows aren’t necessarily readily available when conditions get dicey. 

Visibility means removing snow and ice from windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals and license plates. Keeping distance between vehicles, passing with sufficient distance and clearance, and driving slowly avoiding sudden braking, acceleration and quick turns all mean road safety. Applying steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles or pumping the brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles will help avoid slides and skids. If a slide occurs steer in direction of the slide, slowly removing the foot from accelerator.

Navigating During Storms

Deviating from main roads or relying on GPS, where roads have not yet been plowed or maintained may mean digging out of snow banks—at best. And, In blizzard and high wind conditions, even if a highway is open the ski resort may be closed. Check before.

Getting stuck can lead to traffic congestion, greater delays and difficulty for snow-removal equipment to clear the area. Always watch carefully for snow removal equipment. Locals, visitors snd safety authorities all benefit from common sense and courtesy. Share the roads responsibly.

Transportation Options

Try alternative forms of transportation when in Tahoe. For a safe, efficient and accessible transport in North Lake Tahoe, check out TART, Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit. Its fun, easy and gets you where you want to go without the hassle of parking and harsh conditions. 

On the Mountain

Every year mountain adventurers go missing. Skiers and snowboarders are mandated to stay within resort boundaries and advised to use caution, respect conditions and watch for avalanche warnings. Sierra Avalanche Center provides avalanche forecasting based on weather, avalanche and snowpack conditions on its website.Its aways a good idea to use the buddy system and share whereabouts—with apps such as Find My Phone or a simple text.  

Bear Beware

It’s true bears hibernate, but Tahoe bears have their own schedule.  Due to an abundant amount of food from various human sources, many bears are on the move throughout the year.  Bear intrusion stories are more than cautionary— bears are also smart; if they can smell it they can find it!  Keep vehicle and residence doors locked and secure. Use precautions when tossing trash; bear boxes save bear’s lives.

Journeying into snow country can be immensely breathtaking and rewarding. It can also mean freezing, punishing conditions. Please be prepared and safe.

Now, it’s time to get on that mountain! Start your next Winter adventure stay at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. And, the best time is right now to book directly for exceptional multi-night discounts and our no worries, no stress MLRTahoe Guarantee: Free, fully-refundable cancellation with a 72 hour heads up. Join the Winter fun today at MLRTahoe, your Tahoe Home. 

For our dedicated return guests, don’t forget to use our Booking Code: VAL2023!

Need assistance booking your stay? Our friendly team members are happy to help. Call us directly at (530) 546-9500.

-Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort—Your Basecamp for adventure!


About Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

The only remaining family-owned and run independent lakefront resorts in North Lake Tahoe, MLRTahoe offers a basecamp for year-round adventure and eco-tourism with acres of pristine lake shore and forest—creating the ultimate all-season Lake Tahoe destination, the epicenter for all things Tahoe. Designed and managed by generations of the Mourelatos family, the all-suite, resort blends authentic Greek hospitality with intimate forest and lake view accommodations and amenities—over three acres of lakefront and six acres of forest lodging, 275 feet of panoramic beach and 15 acres of recreational trails, connecting to the Tahoe Vista Regional Park. On-site seasonal activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, hiking and an almost daily live music scene with internationally-acclaimed golf resorts and dozens of scenic drives, mountain biking and hiking adventures nearby. Winter brings resort sledding and snowshoeing with several world-class mountain ski resorts, back-country adventure and groomed XC trails just minutes away. Surrounded by local vibes and events, gourmet restaurants, shops and artistry, MLRTahoe offers that quintessential mountain escape, where families of all ages return year and year again.

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It’s a Winter Wonderland at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

November 21, 2022 | Jill Amen

Downhill skiing with Lake Tahoe in the background

Our early season snow will shortly give way to a full expression of what our Lake Tahoe winter is all about. Yes, this time of year the mountains are calling…and you must go!

If you are already day dreaming of your next winter mountain retreat, you don’t need to go far…its right here at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in North Lake Tahoe. With ski resorts opening as early as Friday, November 18th it’s time to grab the right gear, take a deep breath and dive right into our fresh alpine air and the best slopes in the West—an unmistakably idyllic backdrop for your next winter experience. 

When it comes to snowfall Lake Tahoe is the envy of most other mountainous regions. Where, almost every year, our snow prayers are heard. Why? If it’s not falling from the skies our resorts are making enough powdery stuff to create a ready base for the next storm that points itself in our direction of the Sierra Nevada. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Come experience it all for yourself! 

Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort is where it all comes together, year after year—your winter escape!  Along with abundant white fluffy stuff you’ll have the coziest of stays at North Lake Tahoe’s best location, readily accessible to all our mountains and activities and always the MLRTahoe Guarantee—all just part of your MLRTahoe Experience. 

Need assistance booking your stay? Our friendly team members are happy to help. Call us directly at (530) 546-9500.

And, don’t miss our North Lake Tahoe early-Winter events:  

Dazzling under a shroud of snow is the vibrant life of North Lake Tahoe. Here is just the tip of the iceberg for après lineups for our early Winter season.

TAHOE FILM FEST, December 1st-4th, 8am-10pm, North Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Film Fest also celebrates a section of important American Independent Films, and award winning music documentaries. More info

SNOWSHOEING UNDER THE NIGHT SKY, Friday , Dec 23, 4 – 8 PM. Tahoe Adventure Company. A guided Sunset Snowshoe tour followed by a telescopic tour of the night sky with award winning astronomer. More info

Watch our Blog and go to GoTahoeNorth for more terrific events coming this Winter.

So what are you waiting for? Relish the moments, the beauty and magic of North Lake Tahoe each time you stay. Sunshine to snow flurries, whether you experience it framed from the warmth of your cozy room or out in the exhilarating, snow covered mist and après fun, there is something inviting for everyone. Most magical of all? Create your own Winter Wonderland memories at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort.

See you this Winter! Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. 

Relax, Enjoy, Cherish!

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Fall Time is Adventure Time in North Lake Tahoe: Fun for the Entire Family!

October 13, 2022 | Jill Amen

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe in the fall means fewer crowds, beautiful autumn temperatures, crisp mornings and nights. The stillness in the air, glassy water and the vibrant, golden hues present subtle yet colorful changes to our great outdoors. Whether on the trails or at one of the fun fall events, it’s Mother Nature’s time to remind us of the cozy days ahead at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort.

Fall is also a time for exploring. One terrific way to explore North Lake Tahoe is with the Great MLRTahoe Hatdrop. There will be new Hatdrops through most of October; lots of clues and prizes to make it fun for the entire family! The hunt will take you to some truly amazing places all around the region – places you may have yet to discover.

How to Play: Clues are posted in live time on our Instagram page @mlrtahoe. Then, follow our Blog, emails (sign up here), and on MLRTahoe Facebook for more clues on the latest Hatdrop, photos, videos, past drops and more.  The lucky treasure hunters will get to keep the hat, grab some free ice cream at the Famous Mourelatos Cable Car Ice Cream…and enter a drawing for a chance to win a two night stay at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort.

Come Stay, Play and Join in the Fun!

Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort wants to ensure that you always have a unique, fun and truly rewarding experience in North Lake Tahoe.

The MLRTahoe Guarantee: The lowest rates possible are guaranteed when you book directly at MLRTahoe.com or by simply calling our team. Plus, you’ll enjoy a bit more flexibility should your plans change. Need assistance booking your stay? Our friendly team members are happy to help. Call us directly at (530) 546-9500.

Always a 72 Hour Free Cancellation: Cancel without penalty up-to-72 hours in advance when booking directly.

Loyalty Matters: Receive reduced rates on most stays as a loyal returning guest.  We make it easy, fun and rewarding.

Now is the Time for the Best Lake Views: Relish the moments, the beauty and magic of North Lake Tahoe each time you stay.

 Relax, Enjoy, Cherish!

And, Don’t Miss These October Events:

Lake Tahoe Marathon, October 14th-16th. Beginning in Homewood, on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore this event offers a weekend full of running, activities and fun. There are more than 20 events scheduled.

Recommended Adventures: Monkey Rock for Hikers; Flume Trail for Mountain Bikers

Monkey Rock Hike at Lake TahoeOne of the best hikes for fall is to Monkey Rock, a local artist-carved, granite boulder resembling a monkey—and it really does! Only a 2.5 miles roundtrip, this hike offers epic, panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Great for all ages with just over 400 feet of elevation gain. If you want more distance and climbing, simply follow the trail up further. Located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe on HWY 28, just past Incline Village, going East. Park in one of the paid lots at the bottom of the hill or find free off-street parking a little farther away. To reach the trail, walk up Tunnel Creek Road as it heads up the hill in a southern direction behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe. After the hike, stay for a beer or snack at the fun, locally run cafe.

 

Mountain Biker on Flume Trail Lake TahoeIf you are up for a serious mountain bike adventure, try the Flume Trail, a moderate-to challenging one way, 14-mile ride at 7000′ to 8100′ feet. Over 1000′ of climbing in the first four miles and 4.5 miles of single track. The Flume Trail traverses above several steep sections. It can be a wild ride for some and is recommended for intermediate to expert riders. Adventure is not the only reward; the views are spectacular and Marlette Lake is very accessible for a cold dip. This trail is not for the faint of heart; go only as far as you are comfortable. Either way, you’ll enjoy the views, beautiful surroundings and the adventure of it all. You can access this trail at Tunnel Creek or by heading to Spooner Lake day use area in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, just north of the Hwy 50 junction on the East Shore. Follow signs to the trailhead via the North Canyon Rd.

Let us take you on your next adventure. Join us this fall!

Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, Your Basecamp for Tahoe Adventure!

HatDrop Updates:

Congratulations to the lucky winners. We have had 4 lucky winners to date. Each has enjoyed Mourelatos famed, Cable Car Ice Cream, a chance to win a two-night stay at North Lake Tahoe’s most adored resort, and more chances to play and win in the Great MLRTahoe Hatdrop!

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Visiting Lake Tahoe in the Fall

September 15, 2022 | Jill Amen

Fall Aspen Leaves in Lake Tahoe

A Special Message from: Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

Join us in our commitment to preserving the natural wonders of Lake Tahoe.

North Lake Tahoe in the fall means fewer crowds, lots of activities, and beautiful autumn temperatures. It also means the increased threat of wildfires. Fire is a natural process in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and most of the Lake Tahoe Basin is considered a “fire environment.” It contains flammable vegetation and a climate to support fire. Although every season is fire season, this is the time of year to be aware, prepared, and ready to do whatever it takes.

As residents and visitors to our Tahoe communities we must accept the responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area. For the Lake Tahoe Basin, it is not a question of “if” wildfire will occur but “when” it will occur. We are encouraged to learn to live more safely with this real and increasing threat. With that, we should possess the knowledge and skills to prepare our properties, to know how to evacuate early and safely, and to do all we can to prevent and protect. This means giving a commitment to preserve our shared treasures, our biodiversity, our irreplaceable environment, and our homes.

After the Caldor fire, some lessons are clear:  What we do before wildfires ignite can makes all the difference. Fuel reduction, defensible space, family plans for safe evacuation should be top of all resident’s minds. Visitors should consider when to visit and when to it best to free up resources to those managing our lands.

In conjunction with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort shares in its commitment to ensure that the magic continues in the Lake Tahoe region — in the culture of our communities and the natural beauty that surrounds us.

North Lake Tahoe and Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort asks for your commitment in preserving our natural wonders of the Sierra. Before embarking on your next journey to our beloved region, please take the Northlake Tahoe Traveler Responsibility Pledge: 

  • Become a Steward: Think like a local! Lend a hand during one of our community clean-up days or volunteer through North Lake Tahoe’s Ambassador program.
  • Stay Educated: Check conditions and operational modifications ahead of your visit. Sign up for county and state text alerts and stay connected to travel advisories and emergency updates while you’re here.
  • Respect Your Environment and Each Other: Outdoor fires of any type this time of year are a hazard and not allowed. Take your trash with you. Lend a hand and help where you can.
  • Keep our Wildlife Safe: Wildlife depend on natural behavior for survival. Not feeding wild animals keeps you safe and the wildlife wild.
  • Demonstrate Mindful Travel: Travel with awareness and observe the impact of your actions – it takes all of us working together to create a healthy and positive Tahoe experience.
  • Be Fire Safe: Get prepared, informed, and involved! We are incredibly grateful for the firefighters and first responders who work to keep the region safe. The health and safety of our residents, communities, local businesses and visitors is the highest priority.

 

How Travelers Can Be Prepared When Visiting Our Lake Tahoe Resort

Travelers coming to North Lake Tahoe should always be prepared. To do so, they can ensure they do the following:

  • Be sure to keep a full tank of gas and emergency provisions on hand
  • Before traveling, research areas on your itinerary
  • Consult local weather and air quality forecasts
  • Refer to official sources for current information and facts, and visit this page.

Another great resource is Tahoe Living with Fire, a collaborative education and outreach program filled with tools for homeowners, community members, educators, and fire professionals. Tahoe Living with Fire is a comprehensive program providing recommendations and resources on preparing for wildfire and reducing wildfire threat in the Tahoe region. It is committed to protecting life, property, and the environment at Lake Tahoe through proper fire management. For more information, visit this page.

Our Lake Tahoe Beachfront Resort is Here to Help 

Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fires. Thank you for being part of the solution. We all play a role in preserving the magic of Lake Tahoe and our Sierra Nevada. After all, we are all in this together.

-Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort

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