Former Lighthouse businesses doing well after relocation |

Former Lighthouse businesses doing well after relocation

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Many of the former businesses in the Lighthouse Center are finding success at their new locations. Coffee Connexion was among seven businesses that had to vacate the Tahoe City shopping center by the end of May to make way for an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million in upgrades, including a new roof, utility replacement and ADA enhancements. "We opened on Aug. 2, and we were busy right off the bat because tourists were here … and now slowly all the locals are finding us," said Robin Dworkin, owner of Coffee Connexion, which is serving caffeinated drinks and treats from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily out of a concession trailer called Coffee Connexion Too! in the Lighthouse Center parking lot. The post office and Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate — both of which have previously undergone upgrades — were exempt from moving from the center, as were Safeway and CVS Pharmacy, properties not owned by Austin, Texas-based Schlosser Development Corporation. Sandi Tibbles, owner of Scraps Dog Bakery, said she's happy with her new location in the Cobblestone Center. "I always hope things happen for a reason, and I think it did this time," she said. "(Relocating) was a lot of work and a little worrisome, but for me, I think it worked out well." Steve Hanson, co-owner of Video Stop — now at the Big Tree Center — said that by the end of July, business was on par with its previous location and it's seeing twice as many new accounts. "There just aren't enough feelings to express what I'm feeling for the community," said Steve, whose wife, Sara, also owns the store. "We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them, and every time they come in, it's like, 'Thanks for finding us. Thanks for coming in.' Sassafras, which was renamed Keena, is also faring well in Truckee's Gateway Center, said owner Roxanne Williams. "I would say things are good, but I think I need to build a customer base in Truckee," Williams said. "… My reception has been really good here. The people who have come in have been really nice and excited about a new option in Truckee." Meanwhile, for Unique Nail Spa — now in the Bechdolt Building — business has been "quiet, slow," said Manager Tuan Lee. While locals have found the new storefront, visitors are finding it difficult, he said. Project completion at the Lighthouse Center is anticipated for next summer, said Paul Gaddis, project manager at Schlosser. At that time, affected business can return. "We would love for everyone to move back in, but we realize that's an individual business decision," he said. When asked if Coffee Connexion would move back, Dworkin said it would return. "Everyone else found a new location, but I decided I'm going to move back in when they finish … because it's the best spot for me," she said. "… I did look around town, but this was really the best because of parking and the post office." As for remaining open in the winter, Dworkin said days of operation will be weather-dependent. "If it's a snowstorm, I just won't open," she said. "… I'm doing it one day at a time; figuring things out as I go." Other businesses such as Keena and Video Stop have signed multi-year leases for their new spaces. "It's going to work out," Steve said. "… I'm hopeful about it."

Scenic cruise highlights dedicated work

Twenty summer volunteers at the Tallac Historic Site as well as members of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation board of directors combined business and pleasure recently when they were treated to a cruise of Lake Tahoe aboard The Party Boat anchored at the Tahoe Keys Marina. Capt. Ron Williams, owner of Lakeview Sports and the 49-passenger boat, hosted the group on a two-hour cruise to view the recently restored Rubicon Point Lighthouse at Bliss State Park. While the volunteers enjoyed the sun and lake, THF board members conducted their monthly meeting before joining the volunteers for a light brunch provided by Capt. Williams and the THF board. Funds for the stabilization and interpretation of the Rubicon Point Lighthouse were provided by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation through a $20,000 grant from the James Lennane family, while $5,000 from the Henry Lapkin family and Judy Koch was used for archeological research. Restoration specialist Chuck Fell and Mike Whitsell of California State Parks provided the physical restoration of the structure. The Rubicon Point Lighthouse is the highest elevation lighthouse on a navigable body of water in the world at 6, 500 feet. It was originally built in 1919 and provided light to Lake Tahoe for two years. The first lighting of the lighthouse in 80 years will begin slightly before dusk on July 7. People will be able to view the light from their boats on Lake Tahoe as well as from the shore.

Businesses glad for the business

This weekend, South Shore restaurants had waiting lists, there were lines at the ski resorts and it was difficult to find a spot on a roulette or craps table late in the evening at any of the four Stateline casinos. And this was a good thing – for the South Lake Tahoe economy, that is. With the opening of U.S. Highway 50 on Friday, the tourism lifeblood was flowing through the veins of the South Lake Tahoe community once again. Local business owners reported a marked difference in the amount of people in town for an average, non-holiday weekend. “Friday night was much busier than normal – the highway opening made a real difference,” said Mike Ford, manager of Paramount Ski & Snowboard Shop, 3542 Highway 50. He said business was hurting from the 27-day closure, primarily because of the lack of weekend crowds. “Especially on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, when people are coming in for the weekend, I’d say we were more than 50 percent down,” he said. But now that the vital artery is up and running, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed it will stay that way. A massive mudslide near White Hall closed the highway Jan. 24, after being open only one week due to the New Year’s Day floods. Highway 50 is the South Shore’s main link to the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area, and most of the traffic comes from day- and weekend-trip visits. It was estimated that tourism-related businesses lost more than $40 million in revenue as a result of the closure. Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort, with 70 percent of business dependent on the highway, was among the hardest hit. This weekend, however, Marketing Director Ted Austin was singing a different tune. “We were thrilled to feel as though we’re on our way back,” he said. “There was a heck of a lot more action around here than there has been on other weekends.” However, Austin said he expects numbers to be even higher in the coming weeks as families can find out the road is open and have more time to plan a ski trip. “The road opening, as wonderful as it was, was too quick so I think a lot of people couldn’t make changes to come up with their families,” he said. “I know singles and couples without children can make decisions fairly easily, but families, which this place relies on, could have already made plans.” Smaller lodging businesses that saw a drastic drop in room sales over the past two months also reported an increase this weekend. “Friday night we had no business, probably only one room filled,” said Jeff Potter, an employee at Sunshine Inn Motel, 1184 Emerald Bay Road. “But last night all but a couple were filled. We really depend on the highway.” Jean Draxton, owner Green Lantern Motel, said she thought a lot more visitors chose the South Shore over the North Shore for skiing. “It was a much better weekend compared to weekends in January,” she said. “Business has definitely picked up since the highway has opened. The neighbors I’ve talked to seem to be pretty happy about this weekend.” The highway reopening was felt in almost every facet of town and the food service industry was no exception. “It was a good weekend,” said George Moraida, manager of the Cantina, State Route 89 and 10th Street. “I would say business picked up about 20 percent from when the road was closed.” At Red Hut Waffle Shop, 2723 Highway 50, business was also up considerably. “We noticed a huge difference – it’s been great,” said Nancy Gardner, owner. “We’re thankful, and we pray the road stays open.” John Packer, spokesman for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, said visitor counts were expected to increase drastically with the reopening of Highway 50. “I think there’s a pent-up demand for people who didn’t take the alternative routes, and who said ‘I’ll just wait until the road opens again,’” Packer said Friday. “It means a lot.” However, he said the job of marketing South Lake Tahoe is far from over. “We have to get people used to the idea that the highway is open and that it’s safe – that it’s not gonna go down again,” he said. “Just because it’s open today, a lot of people still don’t understand. We need to keep it up.”

Revamped trail beckons hikers

A vivid rainbow arched over Emerald Bay, marking the hope for a new day for this heavily-traveled tourist hot spot that takes on 1.5 million visitors a year. Twenty parks personnel, contractors and environmental advocates attending the annual California Trails Conference this weekend braved the teasing rain at D.L. Bliss State Park on Friday to receive a presentation outlining plans for making the Emerald Bay area more pedestrian-friendly. The sporadic downpour ran like a stream under the tent, giving the visitors their first lesson in erosion control. The group of hearty hikers also got a sneak peek at the parks service’s latest offering, a rehabilitated loop trail with an offshoot trail to the old Rubicon Point Lighthouse. The state parks department plans to open the trail next spring. The 3-year-old project on the 1.25-mile trail is estimated to cost about $180,000, a majority of which is paid for with grant funding. The trail is short, but it offers much bang for the buck in scenery and easy access, the trail advocates discovered. Trail guide Karl Knapp, the state parks’ Sierra District maintenance chief, said the old trail was “an erosional scar.” Rocks and debris littered the steep trail, which was rerouted with switchbacks above the ridge at Rubicon Point at the endpoint of D.L. Bliss. Fifteen members from state parks and the California Conservation Corps have been diligently piecing together the new trail that is so smooth hikers barely have to watch their feet. Knapp hopes the trail will attract more people who may have had trouble negotiating the rough, old trail. “I told the crews to imagine keeping a rolling beach ball on the path,” Knapp said, guiding the visitors up the ridge that opens up to some of the most sweeping vistas of Lake Tahoe. A few CCC crew members passed the group, steering a “power carrier” cart. They’ve been hauling some rocks from the parking lot to build a staircase leading down to the Rubicon Point Lighthouse near the Rubicon Trail turnoff. The small lighthouse was closed in 1919, giving way to a newer lamp at Sugar Pine Point State Park. D.L. Bliss State Park opened a decade later. The wooden shack at D.L. Bliss was relighted for the first time in 80 years in July 2001. The lighthouse was the highest-elevation maritime navigation light in the world in its heyday of the early 1900s. Carvings inside the shack mark occasional visits from people through the years. The lighthouse has received $20,000 from the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and private donors for restoration work. Today, the hard labor at the Lighthouse Loop Trail shows the years of wear and tear, but the work crew remains dedicated. Two canteens hang from the trees as CCC members chip away at rocks. “The technical aspect of this job is really challenging,” CCC crew supervisor Frank Salituri said. The crew set a rope chain on the shoreline edge of the Rubicon Trail, where a rock walk was set to prevent soil erosion from a steep slope onto the trail. When the work is all complete, Knapp told the attentive group of trail blazers of the hope more backpackers would use the trail to spend evenings at the boat camp at Emerald Bay and hikers would spend the day touring the region from Eagle Point to D.L. Bliss. Knapp even urges they take the trolley from the South Shore to the park. “We’re just trying to get people to think like that,” he said. The trail is but a piece of a bigger strategic plan designed to get more visitors spread through a trail system and out of their vehicles. Alternate modes of transit have been the focus of a major goal among regulatory agencies to build on disbursing the crowds around Lake Tahoe and, in particular, Emerald Bay. “We want to put a sign at Camp Richardson on holidays that says ‘you might as well park here because you won’t find a spot,’” Knapp joked of a situation he called a “transportation nightmare.” Knapp wants business and tourism organizations to further market alternative modes of transit around Emerald Bay, such as the trolleys. At least Emerald Bay has a head start on having its needs fulfilled. Knapp characterized the scenic area as a “granting location made in heaven.”


Ribicon Point lights up

The Rubicon Point Lighthouse at D. L. State Park will be relighted for one evening only from 7 to 11 p.m. July 7. The light, which will flash approximately once every second, may be visible from various points around Lake Tahoe. This is the first time it has been lit in 80 years. In its heyday the Rubicon Point Lighthouse was the highest elevation maritime navigation light in the world. In 1916 the U.S. Congress appropriated funds to construct navigational lamps at Lake Tahoe, a decision that followed three years of requests by the Lake Tahoe Protective Association. Construction of the Rubicon Point Lighthouse took place in 1919 under the director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouse Service. In 1921, upon the request of the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company, along with other mariners, the Lighthouse Service moved the lamp to Sugar Pine Point. The old Rubicon Point Lighthouse was abandoned, but came under the stewardship of California State Parks when D. L. Bliss State Park was acquired in 1929. The Rubicon Point Lighthouse was recently restored with funds provided by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation through a $20,000 grant from the James Lennane family for stabilization and interpretation. An additional $5,000 from the Henry Lapkin family and Judy Koch was used for archeological research. The physical work on the lighthouse was provided by Restoration Specialist Chuck Fell and Mike Whitsell of California State Parks.

Rubicon to light up

The historic Rubicon Point Lighthouse will be relighted from 8 to 11 p.m. for one evening only on Aug. 17. The light will flash approximately once every second. During the previous July lighting it was visible at various points from Tahoe City to Incline Village, the East Shore, South Lake Tahoe and Glenbrook, using binoculars or spotting scopes. About 60 boats and 20 walk-up people visited the point that night. There was one jet aircraft fly-by and several cruise boats acknowledged the light. In its heyday Rubicon Point Lighthouse was the highest elevation marine navigation light in the entire world. Construction of the Craftsman-style lighthouse took place in 1919 under the director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouse Services. In 1921 the lamp was moved to a structure at Sugar Pine Point and the old Rubicon Point Lighthouse was abandoned. The lighthouse came under the stewardship of California State Parks when D.L. Bliss State Park was acquired in 1929. Stabilization of the historic structure was completed recently. California State Parks is working to keep Tahoe’s history alive.

Lighthouse is lit one last time

On the wooded trail leading to the lighthouse – a healthy incline of switchbacks – there is a uni-wheel imprint, saddled on either side by footprints dug deep into the dirt from the weight of a heavy load. “If I’d known it was going to take this long, I would’ve started yesterday,” joked Bill Lindemann, interpretive specialist with the Sierra District of California State Parks, as he struggled up the trail with a full wheelbarrow. Weighted with a large battery, strobe and ladder, the wheelbarrow carried the gear necessary for the one-night fire-up of the old Rubicon Point Lighthouse at D.L. Bliss State Park. “All right, the last stretch – here we come, Everest,” Lindemann says as he lunges up the final tract of trail before reaching the small, wood-slatted structure overlooking Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. Built in 1919 under the direction of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Lighthouse Service, the Rubicon Point Lighthouse ranked as the world’s highest elevation maritime navigation light. The acetylene-fueled glow emitted from the tiny shack helped warn boaters of the jagged outcroppings along the shoreline until lamp operations were relocated to Sugar Pine Point in 1921. Since it was abandoned, the lighthouse has served as a stop along the trail for hikers and a lakefront canvas for knife-etched graffiti. The structure – it’s ramshakled body riddled with weathered age – reeks of history. Last year, California State Parks began assessing the logistics of restoring the old lighthouse to its original state. The primary goal, Lindemann explained, was to keep it as original as possible. When all was said and done, the foundation was better stabilized and a few boards, as well as the roof, were replaced. “We just patched the cracks basically,” said Lindemann. In celebration of the completed work, the lighthouse was relit for one night on July 7. As a small group of people gathered around the refurbished shack and several boats congregated offshore, Lindemann climbed the ladder to the roof and mounted a plastic strobe. For the first time in 80 years the Rubicon Point Lighthouse yelped out its presence in abbreviated flashes of white.

Village Center businesses donating to school sports

Supporters of South Tahoe Athletic Teams have an opportunity to match $15,000 through a matching fund set up by Tahoe Crescent Partners and Village Center Merchants. Tahoe Crescent Partners and Village Center Merchants make up South Lake Tahoe’s new Village Center adjacent to Heavenly Village. The Village Center Merchants have pledged $5,000, and the Tahoe Crescent Partners $10,000, for a total of $15,000 that will be contributed dollar-for-dollar via a matching fund donated by local contributors. Every dollar contributed by the community up to $15,000 will be matched, making for a grand total of $30,000. “It is our understanding that with this matching fund and upcoming events, STAT will meet its goal,” said Terry Hackett of Tahoe Crescent Partners. “All of the Village Center merchants who are part of this community are pleased to do their part.” The $15,000 will match contributions up until December 31, 2004. “This exemplifies the community spirit of the Village Center Merchants and Tahoe Crescent Partners and we are thankful that local businesses continue to step up to the challenge,” said Mark Garratt, spokesman for the fund-raising group. Support STAT has raised more than $125,000 in its efforts to ensure sports programs will take place for the fall. With the help of the matching fund. Donations are tax deductible via 501c3 Trust and are deposited in the STAT account through the Goal Club/STAT. All net proceeds go to keeping our kids in athletics. Checks can be made out and mailed to: Goal Club/STAT, P.O. Box 16903, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151. For more information, contact Mark Garratt at (530) 542-3778 or or

Find a touch of heaven at these seven Tahoe-Truckee places for pampering this Valentine’s Day

Think about the last time you really pampered yourself. The last time you splurged on a touch of "me-time" luxury. The last time you allowed yourself to truly escape from the daily grind of life. If you have to rack your brain or leaf through the tired pages of your day-planner to come up with an answer, it's safe to say you're long overdue for some good-old-fashioned R&R. There are few things in life more beneficial and therapeutic to the mind, body and soul than a trip to the spa. An integral part of any long-term approach toward preventative care, spa treatments — like massages, body wraps, facials, aromatherapy oils, hot stone therapies, manicures and pedicures — can reduce stress, relieve pain, enhance sleep quality, lessen depression and anxiety, improve joint flexibility, boost the body's network of biological systems, and repair the condition of your largest and fastest-growing organ, the skin. From extravagant weekend retreats to all-day pampering packages to basic massages or facials, Lake Tahoe has a range of spa options to help you relax, reboot, and renew your body's overall balance and harmony. Start your spa experience with jaw-dropping views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada to calm your mind and strengthen your body, instantly transforming the way you feel from the inside out. Splurge on a deep tissue massage or hot stone therapy to reprogram, reset and relieve muscle tension, as well as melt away pain associated with injury, strain and imbalance. Indulge in organic oils and aromatherapies to naturally relieve tension, stress and soreness. After a heavy dose of sun, wind and snow exposure, anti-aging facials, hydrating cleanses and scalp massages can help rejuvenate, restore and protect the layers of your skin, pores and overall complexion. Embrace everything Lake Tahoe has to offer from the mountains to the massage table. Whether you're a vacationer, a winter sports enthusiast, an extreme athlete or a local looking to relax and unwind, there's a spa treatment designed to suit your lifestyle and leave you feeling more blissful than, say, wrapping yourself in a Snuggie and sipping on a steamy cup of a tea next to a crackling fireplace on a snowy night. In fact, any one of the following spas can likely recreate that Snuggie-hot-tea-fireplace experience for you, too. STILLWATER SPA AT THE HYATT REGENCY LAKE TAHOE RESORT, Incline Village Website: Phone: 775-886-6745 Nestled against the north-eastern shoreline of Lake Tahoe, Stillwater Spa sets the gold standard in luxurious pampering. With a warm sophistication and natural elegance, all 16 Tahoe-themed treatment rooms overlook the quintessential white-sand beaches of Incline Village, set against the vast stretch of deep-blue water just beyond. After being greeted with a plush robe and slippers upon arrival, the luxurious hospitality continues through the welcomed use of amenities like the sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, locker rooms, year-round heated pool and Jacuzzis, and state-of-the-art fitness center. Treatments are personalized from head to toe, each service tailored to the individual guest in order to maximize overall health and wellness. Decompress with a deep tissue or sports massage after a day on the slopes, or unwind with the ultimate definition of comfort and relaxation with the Mother Nature Massage, designed for the expecting mother. "We have created customized packages such as the Stillwater Retreat that include a full day of pampering including a dry exfoliation, massage, facial, manicure and pedicure with a healthy lunch so our guests can truly rejuvenate and enjoy the benefits of our beautiful relaxation spaces," said Julie Orblych, assistant spa director. THE SPA AT THE LANDING RESORT & SPA, South Lake Tahoe Website: Phone: 530-541-5263 Synonymous with tranquility, relaxation and ultimate luxury, The Spa at the Landing Resort in South Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to treat yourself, your partner, or your wedding party. Sip on a glass of sparkling wine and unwind in one of four state-of-the-art treatment rooms before taking advantage of the dry sauna, steam room, fitness center, and showers. Experience the benefits of the spa's "Express Retreat Menu" or upgrade your pampering pleasures through a plethora of therapeutic offerings like their signature facial, which is personalized for all skin types and includes a double cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, plus two treatment masks to help renew, repair and treat any skin condition. Additional treatments range from the Peak Recovery Massage designed to address athletic fatigue, strain or injury to the Prenatal Massage, specialized to enhance body function, tone, and comfort during pregnancy for both mother and child. LIGHTHOUSE SPA, Tahoe City Website: Phone: 530-583-8100 Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Tahoe City is the Lighthouse Spa, where guests can indulge and detoxify the mind, body and spirit. With 25 years of healing Tahoe locals and visitors, Lighthouse Spa practitioners will teach clients how to incorporate meditation practices, pranayama breathing exercises, aromatherapy and specific yoga postures specific to your personal body type and overall wellness goals. "At Lighthouse we approach spiritual wellness with crystal energy which you'll see throughout the spa in all our treatment rooms, waiting area and retail offerings," said spa owner Sheila Barnett. "In addition to helping reduce stress, crystals strengthen your healing abilities and help you get grounded." Body treatments at Lighthouse are inspired by the healing wisdom of Ayurveda — a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing derived from Ancient India. More than a mere belief system for treating illness, Ayurvedan oils, techniques and cleanses are designed to help people reach optimal healing by promoting balance of the body, mind, spirit and environment. Extend your Lighthouse Spa experience with a visit to their satellite location at Granlibakken Resort, where you can attend your own healing retreat from a private getaway to the annual Women's Wellness Weekend, each experience aimed at reaching your body's full rejuvenation potential. THE SPA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE, near Northstar California Website: Phone: 530-562-3030 Indulge in 17,000-square-feet of luxury at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe, where the awe-inspiring magnitude of the mountains meets an oasis of pampering services to instantly melt away the stresses and strains of everyday life. Step into one of 17 treatment rooms to begin your high-altitude experience in ultimate restorative luxury. Reset your body after a day on the slopes with a seasonal Après-Ski Massage, which specializes in elongating stretches and pressure point techniques — or turn up the romance with a couples massage. "The Cozy Cabin Couple's Massage is another unique experience that offers treatments tailored to the needs of both individuals," said communications manager Robin Penning of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. "Treatments are performed in a romantically illuminated spa suite featuring its own fireplace where couples can relax as though they have escaped into the woods." To achieve optimal health and wellness results, dive into the heated co-ed spa lap pool overlooking the slopes at Northstar California, sweat it out at The Ritz-Carlton's state-of-the-art fitness center, or take advantage of their fully-integrated fitness programs including Pilates, yoga and spin classes. THE SANCTUARY, Kings Beach Website: Phone: 530-546-6005 Alternate between massage, acupuncture, yoga and Pilates at this one-stop-shop for wellness, health, relaxation, healing, and spiritual growth. Practitioners offer a wide array of therapies to create an all-encompassing space for connection, rebuilding and restoring the mind, body and soul. Services are designed to instill balance and inner connectedness that is sure to stay with you long after your time at The Sanctuary. "A day at The Sanctuary offers an opportunity to re-set, unwind and begin to rebuild. It's a break from the demands of not only a job, but the demands of home life," said Julie Morrison, who owns and operates the business alongside her mother, Kris DeBerg. "We believe that when someone feels better, they live happier and healthier lives. Our massage therapist, acupuncturists and teachers offer people an experience that will enable them to shift their mental and emotional health as well as an opportunity to heal physically, emotionally and spiritually." TRILOGY SPA, Olympic Valley Website: Phone: 530-584-6125 Step out of your ski gear and into complete comfort at Trilogy Spa, located in the Village at Squaw Valley. Award-winning body treatments, massages and skincare services are available year-round at the stylish, chic and comfortable 4,000-square-foot spa. "Taking time for yourself to just breathe and relax is an important part of spiritual well-being," said Trilogy Spa owner Alli Cautilli. "We offer pre-natal massage for the deserving mother to be … and we have a lounge space that is perfect for a ladies weekend away, bachelorette parties or bridal showers." Drop in to the Lava Lounge any time for a glass of premium wine or champagne with friends and select from an à la carte menu of mini-treatments for the ultimate après-ski gathering or off-season occasion. Need a little nosh before sipping on the wine? Spa receptionists will happily order sushi from nearby Mamasake or sandwich patters from PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, delivered right to the door of your exclusive experience. NORTH LAKE MASSAGE AND SKIN CARE, Tahoe Vista Website: Phone: 530-546-4885 A stone's throw from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe is North Lake Massage & Skin Care in Tahoe Vista, where the scent of therapeutic grade essential oils seep from the space, inviting guests to spend a day of pampering in peaceful privacy. This hidden-gem-of-a-spa is only a short drive from Incline Village, Kings Beach, Northstar California, Squaw Valley and Tahoe City. Enjoy the gravity and strength brought on by the deep-tissue, bare-foot massage techniques of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, or unwind with the nurturing touch of Swedish, Thai, or hot stone massage. "Try our herbology texturizer wrap for a service that never disappoints as you are gently massaged with exfoliating micro-grains that melt into your skin, wrapped into heated blankets and finally finish with a luxurious lotion used over the whole body," said Bethany Lambrecht, the spa's licensed esthetician, massage therapist and co-owner. "Come spend a day with us and we will be sure to send you home feeling blissful, relaxed and happy."