Follow your Senses: Your Guide to Fall in North Lake Tahoe
November 8, 2023 | Jill Amen
As the days grow shorter and the air crisper, North Lake Tahoe reveals a different kind of beauty in the fall. Your senses are awakened: every sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell carries the unmistakable signature of autumn, making it a journey that lingers in your memory long after the season’s gone. Time for that mindful escape to the quiet, before the holiday’s bustle once again. Summer crowds wane, yet blissful sunny days remain.
Join us this fall at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in Tahoe Vista, CA for a journey filled with stunning landscapes, outdoor adventures, and cozy moments by the fire and lakeview accommodations. So, gear up for some fun activities or sheer relaxation. Either way, get ready to embrace your senses.
Stroll or Hike through Fall Foliage
Let’s start with a good wander. Breath in the fresh, crisp air. Capture sweeping views through tinted amber and shimmering aspens. Embrace gentle breezes like whispered secrets. Follow sweet scented pines and cedar, feeling the soft floor and crackling leaves beneath your feet. Set out directly from Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort for enchantment on every turn of your winding path.
Kayaking in the Fall
Next, paddle the calmest waters, framed with shores of crimson gold and dusted mountain peaks. Feel the sensation of gliding through intimate stillness. Soft sounds of rippled lapping. Mourelotos Lakeshore resort’s 275 feet of private sandy beach is a great launching point.
Cycling in Autumn
The day is not over yet. Try cycling on paved or dirt trails, through dense forests, by mountain streams, under canopies of vibrant colors. Feel the rhythmic motion of body, bike and nature. Begin your ride directly at the resort and find miles of trails to explore nearby.
There’s more! How about a nostalgic stroll or savory dining? Roam through our charming downtowns with diverse eateries and restaurants along the way. Visit Truckee for its historic charm and wine tasting, Incline Village for upscale dining and entertainment, and Kings Beach for cozy cafes and that quaint mountain vibe.
Explore by day, cozy up by night. You’ve arrived! At Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in North Lake Tahoe you’re always warmed and welcomed. A cozy retreat where you can recount the day’s adventures. Where you can do it all, or nothing at all. A time for celebration: hot cups of cocoa, wine and fireside gatherings, snuggles at sunset, and gazing at the stars above. Indulge in the moment. Whether a charming lakefront suite, rustic cabin, or large residence retreat for family and friends, Mourelatos wants to ensure that all of your senses are scintillated.
In summary, embracing the fall season in North Lake Tahoe is a journey that delights the senses and offers a wide range of activities for all. Now that you’ve discovered the wonders of this season, what’s next? Book your stay at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort for your fall and winter escape.
A View from the Water: Exploring the Beauty of North Lake Tahoe’s Water Trail this Fall
August 28, 2023 | Jill Amen
With the lake a bit quieter and the changing interplay of light and color, fall offers one of the best times to experience the magic of the North Lake Tahoe Water Trail. A unique aquatic journey, the trail combines paddling, peaceful moments of solitude, and the ultimate immersion into nature—all while making everlasting memories.
Often called a Water Route Through Paradise, this view from the water is an inspiring perspective for those who love and appreciate our iconic destination. A network of scenic routes designed for paddlers—canoe, paddle boarders and kayakers of all skill levels—you can experience a blend of calm, crystal-clear waters, underwater rock gardens, stunning shoreline and vistas, and hidden mystical coves.
The full trail spans over 72 miles, with 20 marked “trailheads” where you can easily launch and land for out-and-back or point-to-point paddles. Plus, there are dozens of resting places, campgrounds, lodging, special points of interest and support facilities along your enchanted way.
Embarking on the North Lake Tahoe Water Trail
The North Lake Tahoe portion of the trail is divided into several segments, each with its own unique character and features. From the peaceful tranquility of Sand Harbor to the awe-inspiring views of Crystal Bay to Tahoe Vista, every segment offers a different perspective of the lake’s splendor.
For those seeking a leisurely paddle, segments like Kings Beach to Tahoe Vista or Carnelian Bay to Gar Woods provide calm waters and breathtaking scenery. These routes are perfect for families, beginners, or anyone looking to unwind amidst the serenity of the lake.Adventurous souls can tackle more challenging segments like Tahoe City to Dollar Point, where wind and waves present an exciting challenge for experienced paddlers.
If you don’t have your own craft you can easily rent from one of our local North Shore shops including Tahoe Adventure Company.
Beyond the beauty of the water, the North Lake Tahoe Water Trail also offers a chance to connect with the area’s natural environment. As you paddle along, keep an eye out for native bird species, such as ospreys and eagles. The clear waters might reveal glimpses of underwater life, from rainbow trout to lake perch.
Environmental Conservation and Responsible Paddling
Preserving the pristine nature of Lake Tahoe is a collective responsibility. As you embark on your water trail adventure, make sure to adhere to Leave No Trace principles and local regulations. Respect the shoreline, minimize noise pollution, and dispose of any waste properly to ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of North Lake Tahoe.
Planning Your Water Trail Adventure
Before setting out on your North Lake Tahoe Water Trail adventure, take a few steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:
Check Weather and Conditions: Lake Tahoe’s weather can change rapidly, so stay informed about the forecast and water conditions before you paddle.
Safety First: Wear a properly fitted life jacket and carry essential safety gear such as a whistle, water, sunscreen, and a map of the water trail.
Paddle with a Friend: Whenever possible, paddle with a companion. It’s not only more enjoyable, but also adds an extra layer of safety.
Protect your Fabs and Phone: Make sure to grab a dry bag; phones have tendency to get wet.
Respect Wildlife: Maintain a safe distance from wildlife to avoid causing stress or disrupting their natural behaviors.
Permits and Regulations: Be aware of any permits or regulations that may apply to the specific segments you plan to paddle.
As you glide across the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe, please take a moment to appreciate the ecological richness, the tranquility, and that remarkable sense of awe. For information visit, laketahoewatertrail.org or call (530) 542-5651.
At Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, we are here to make your Lake Tahoe experience magical. Relax, Enjoy. Cherish.
Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, Your Basecamp for Adventure
Your Next Lake Tahoe Adventure Awaits: Forest Side Tent Camping at our Lakeshore Resort
June 15, 2023 | Jill Amen
Amidst the towering pines and the tranquil serenity of Lake Tahoe, lies a hidden gem that promises a truly enchanting experience – a tent, the forest, a lakeshore resort and you! Nestled in the heart of nature, this unique accommodation at Lake Tahoe offers a remarkable blend of comfort, convenience, adventure and tranquility. Immerse in the forest’s sights and sounds. Turn off your phone; turn on your senses…your next adventure awaits!
Imagine waking up to sunlight filtering through the trees, the gentle whisper of the breeze, the fragrance of the forest floor.
Well, maybe it’s time. Time to step into the beauty of nature’s own playground – just waiting to be explored. Quiet, peaceful, all yours!
At this resort, tent camping takes on a whole new meaning. You arrive to the comfort of your tent, plush queen bed and bedding, deck and comfy chairs—all overlooking the forest, secure and safe, away from it all. Nearby you’ll find electricity, running water, shared bathrooms, hot showers, and laundry. A communal BBQ and dish wash station are also a few steps away.
As you explore beyond your camp, stroll down to Lake Tahoe where your resort experience package includes a 275 foot private beach with dozens of amenities. Let the day take you away on water adventures like kayaking, paddleboarding and hydrobiking. For even more thrills, rent a boat for water skiing or wakeboarding.
Relax the Day Away
Ahh. Time to kick back on that comfortable beach lounger, umbrella if you wish. Or, enjoy a big communal fire pit, some live music and an old-fashioned ice cream shop. Lake watch, soak up the summer sun and simply surrender.
Close by you can explore dozens of breakfast and dining options—local favorites, picnicking supplies, craft beer and fun entertainment.
Take to the Trails
Lace up your boots and take to the trails. Just past your camp, you’ll find a trail that takes you directly to 124 acres of regional park with hiking, biking, wildlife spotting, zip-lining, ropes courses, picnicking, and even stargazing.
For more exploration, jump on TART public transport to explore the region. Discover hidden waterfalls, pristine alpine lakes, and breathtaking vistas—a short ride or drive away. For the biking enthusiasts, the resort offers easy access to a network of scenic trails for all skill levels.
See what Tomorrow Brings
After a day of venturing, retreat to the resort’s communal areas, where you BBQ or gather around a fire pit and share stories with fellow adventurers.
As the night falls, embrace the tranquility of the forest. Lean back, gaze at the starlit sky and see what tomorrow brings.
The Lake is Back! Experience Summer at its Best in North Lake Tahoe
June 1, 2023 | Jill Amen
Summer 2023, Bring it On!
This Summer in North Lake Tahoe is about experiences: Exploring something new, spending special moments with friends and family, and finding time just for you. Boat ramps are launching, the lake is brimming, the sun is high, and solstice is just around the corner.
Time to awaken your inner child, play with your family, and immerse yourself in our awe-inspiring great outdoors: On trail, lake, river and beach. With each Blog we’ll highlight fun and new adventures, our fantastic MLRTahoe resort activities and offerings, and share our commitment to environmental stewardship. Whether you do it all or noting at all, this is your Experience Guide to get the most out of your Lake Tahoe vacation. Bring it on, Summer!
Lake Tahoe’s Back
It’s been called liquid sapphire for a reason. Its transitioning hues of blues to turquoise dive to the abyss of 1645 feet. One of the clearest in the world, Lake Tahoe stretches 72 miles and now brims full at nearly 39 trillion gallons. The Lake is back in full splendor. It’s about summer adventure, awe and fun.
Take the plunge – Full disclosure: Yes, it’s still a chill with temperatures in the mid-to- high 50s, but warming to as high as 68-70 degrees by mid-Summer. So why not go for the rush and take that primal plunge!
Get on the Water – Summer on Lake Tahoe means kayaking, paddleboarding or a hydrobike paddle. If you are a guest at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, enjoy one of these self-propelled adventures—all included in your resort stay . And, ski boat rentals are available for adrenalin seeking skiers and wake-boarders, right from the resort.
Beach it – No doubt, the beach is the place to be this Summer. Soak up these sunny days on our 275 feet of private, sandy beachfront where loungers and umbrellas, water-craft, fire pits, beach yoga and “Music on the Beach” capture the quintessential Lake Tahoe experience. Check out our Summer beach activities guide to see what’s awaiting you.
No matter where you are on Lake Tahoe, you can find great public beaches and water-craft rentals—all surrounded by snow capped mountains and forested shoreline. Try the State Park Beach in Kings Beach where you can enjoy plenty of beach activities, concerts and more.
Chill to some Summer Vibes – Kickback for some great local talent with local and world-class musicians and bands all summer long. Time to let loose and soak up some irresistible beats. The experiences are endless with a diverse range of free concerts throughout North Lake Tahoe including Mourelatos Beachside Resort’s “Summer on the Beach” series.
Hit the Trails
Lace up your Boots – With hundreds of miles of winding trails and pathways, the Lake Tahoe region is a haven for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Each trail, no matter how gentle or steep, offers a unique adventure through stunning landscapes, scenic vistas, lush forests, rushing waterfalls and crystal-clear alpine lakes. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, explorer or wanderer, North Lake Tahoe has a trail for you. So, lace up your hiking boots and get out for a leisurely stroll or a heart-pumping ascent, and follow our Summer hiking guide for some of the best trails in Lake Tahoe.
Time to Peddle – Mountain bikers and bike riding enthusiasts know that North Lake Tahoe offers some of the best riding in the Sierra Nevada, with trails and terrain to suit riders all skill levels and interests—from family-friendly to technical single-tracks. Our landscape is diverse, with many trails and routes offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and the Truckee River. Here are some of our top picks sorted by family-friendly to challenging.
Off the Beaten Path Adventures
Try a new perspective this Summer with some mountain exploration and non-traditional hiking.
Climb a Rock – If it’s a mountain adventure you’re after, then add the Tahoe Via Ferrata to your must-do list. A highly exhilarating ascent with a real thrill factor, this climbing opportunity combines elements of rock climbing and mountaineering as you traverse up a mountain. Securely attached to safety cables at all times, you are guided up a fixed route of complex terrain along a rock face using a series of steel cables, ropes, ladders, and metal rungs. The great news is that no experience is required; you need nothing but your sense of adventure. Along the way, you will be awed with rugged granite, breathtaking and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Perhaps it’s time to push limits, conquer your fears and hang out on a wire.
Forest Bathing – Take a walk in the forest with mindful intention—a slow and meditative practice that encourages you to be fully present in the moment. It’s not about exercise or hiking, as you may only cover a distance of no more than a mile. It is about disconnecting and finding solace in nature. Self-guided forest explorations like forest bathing often promote a sense of calm, relaxation, rejuvenation and self-awareness—all while improving overall well-being.
Take the time to slow down and engage your senses. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and musty soil, feel the softness of the forest floor beneath your feet, listen to the soothing sounds of birds chirping, tune into running waters, find textures in trees and rocks and listen to the aspen leaves rustling in the wind, observe the intricate details of the flora and fauna that call the forest home, from towering pine trees to vibrant wildflowers. Whether you choose solo or a quite group find a quiet spot to sit and absorb the peacefulness of the forest, or simply stand still and embrace the serenity.
Try a peaceful stroll at the North Tahoe Regional Park, just behind MLRTahoe. Or, venture further to dozens of lush forested trails including Shirley Canyon, Desolation Wilderness, or explore dozens of other trails off the beaten path.
Share in the Stewardship of Lake Tahoe’s Natural Beauty
Summer is naturally a busy season, so before heading off to any of Lake Tahoe’s summer adventures, we encourage you to be mindful of the people and environment around you. Tips for responsible exploring this summer include:
Be part of the solution: Utilize public transportation like TART to help get you around.
Respect the environment by disposing of any trash responsibly.
Always bring a hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.
Check weather conditions before you go – while the summer is usually sunny, calm mornings often give way to windy or rainy afternoons.
Be “Bear Aware” by removing any food from your car. Bears will and can break into your car.
Be fire safe. No camp fires or fireworks of any kind.
This is your Summer. Let Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort be your basecamp for all things fun, relaxing, and adventurous. We’ve got it all: the best beachside and forest side lodging options on the Lake, outstanding customer service, and always, that quintessential Tahoe vibe. Book early. Have fun. Be safe!
Calling all Families and Adventurers: Don’t miss North Lake Tahoe this Spring!
April 11, 2023 | Jill Amen
With nearly record snow pack, its time to experience the best Spring ski season North Lake Tahoe has had in years. If there was too much snow to navigate a few months ago, you will not want to miss out now. With that cold nip hanging in the morning and a little freeze at night, the mountain ski conditions are staying great all day long—miles of laid-back groomers, wide-open terrain and 40 and 50+ degree bluebird days. This is the season to be no place else, but…here!
Springtime in Tahoe also means the sun shines a little higher and brighter, making those longer days a time for even more inspiration. After a record day of hot laps (perhaps), there is nothing quite like springtime après on that sun-drenched deck or patio to soak it all up. This is where goggle tans, crazy hats, Hawaiian shirts and jean shorts make the mountain even more colorful. Don’t forget yours!
Ski through May and Beyond!
And, the good news is Palisades Tahoe and Alpine will be open through the end of May; Alpine will remain open weekends in June and for 4th of July. Couple that with some awesome mid-week lodging specials at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, and the fun factor gets even better—on and off the slopes.
For families with younger aged children who want a break from the snow, try this awesome, but lesser known experience: A trip to the Animal Ark Wild Life Sanctuary, just outside of Reno in the Nevada foothills. A 38-acre wildlife sanctuary and loving home for injured and non-releasable wildlife as well as some of the most exotic species from across the globe. Check for hours of operation before heading out.
For something a little closer to your Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort basecamp, try an afternoon of lake watching on our serene and 275 foot beach. You will also find peaceful exploration while sledding, snowshoeing and hiking on nicely groomed trails directly behind our Resort at the North Tahoe Vista Regional Park.
Winter 2023: Basecamp for Adventure and Events in North Lake Tahoe! Check it all out here!
February 17, 2023 | Jill Amen
Here in North Lake Tahoe, we are shaking it up for 2023 with one of the most vibrant Winter scenes of any mountain destination. Great snowpack, awesome bluebird conditions, and fun & festive entertainment—just to name a few! It’s a dream come true for those who enjoy North Lake Tahoe’s scenic beauty. Whether you are an adrenaline seeking adventurer or an explorer of Tahoe’s hidden gems, it all starts at Lake Tahoe’s premier, family resort in North Lake Tahoe, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort–your basecamp for adventure and events in North Lake Tahoe!
Cozy Dining & Après-Ski
For the foodies in our midst, North Lake Tahoe has a thriving local food scene. From fun toasts and gourmet dining to cozy romantic dinners, there are dozens of options for light fare and delectable dining experiences. Just minutes from Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort you’ll find local’s favorites including Lanzas for hearty Italian, Hiro’s Sushi, Gar Woods Grill and Pier, and The Soule Domain for intimate and cozy, gourmet dining. You can also take advantage of North Lake’s breweries including Alibi Ale Works for brew, pub fare for some of the best live music in Lake Tahoe, and Bear Belly Brewing Company for some local neighborhood fun. Don’t forget to check out our Aprés Ski suggestions to finish off any ideal day!
Try Something Out of Your Ordinary
If you are looking for outdoor experiences, we’ve got you covered there too! It’s not just a Winter paradise for skiers and snowboarders, but also one of the best ways to experience the serene beauty of Lake Tahoe. Try a snowy hike, snowshoe or XC ski adventure just behind Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort in our 124 acre North Tahoe Regional Park—the ultimate playground for Winter activities with dozens of groomed trails and breathtaking views of our surrounding mountains and Lake Tahoe. Connect with nature and enjoy the Winter landscape, escaping the hustle and bustle of the ski resorts.
Explore at Your Pace
If you just want to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty, simply walk outside your door at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort to Lake Watch, gazing at its clear stillness, reflecting the snow-capped mountains and peaks. So serene and peaceful, you will simply escape into the moment. If you want to hit the road consider the scenic Tahoe Rim Drive, taking you on a tour around the lake with stunning natural beauty at every turn. Check road conditions because Hwy 89 on the West Shore closes during and after storms in Winter.
Venture a little further to historic mining towns in the region including Virginia City offering fabled gold rush history and thousands of year old petroglyphs along with breathtaking views of the Carson Range, just outside Carson City in Nevada. The petroglyphs might require a 4-wheel drive or a special tour, but well worth the trip.
North Lake Tahoe Winter Events and Festivals: Get Out and Have Some Fun!
North Lake Tahoe celebrates it all. Perhaps it’s time to give yourself permission to simply join in and play! North Lake Tahoe in 2023 has a wide range of winter events and festivals that celebrate Winter, music, brew and all things Tahoe.
8:00pm – 11:00pm. In a lead up to WinterWonderGrass, 2023 check out some of the awesome Bluegrass bands playing at the Crystal Bay Club and Alibi Ale Works Incline Public House. Crystal Bay, NV and Incline Village, NV.
SnowFest, March 2 – March 12, 2023. Don’t miss North Lake Tahoe’s unique ten-day festival encompassing over forty mountain-style events throughout Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista. A family-friendly mountain Mardi Gras with over 40 events for the entire family, its one of the largest annual Winter mountain festivals on the West Coast. Come for the dog pulls, fireworks, polar bear swims, snow golf tournaments, snow sculpture, parades and stay to be part of our vibrant, welcoming community. https://www.tahoesnowfest.org/
WinterWonderGrass, 2023. This is the BIG ONE: The most popular festival this Winter from March 31 – April 2 at Palisades Tahoe, Olympic Valley where the best brew and Americana Bluegrass bring visitors and locals together for 3 days of music, fun and community. A not to miss family-friendly event, Tahoe tradition for the past 7 years. Get Tickets!