If there’s one place you could visit before you lose your eyesight, where would it be? For Lesli Hestle, it’s Lake Tahoe.
It was a normal day of checking e-mails when I opened one titled “Lake Tahoe.” “Seeing this place is on my bucket list of things to do before I lose my eyesight,” said Lesli Hestle. “I found your e-mail via Instagram and being from Louisiana, my husband and I really want to do some snow activities! Hope you can help.”
Because I work for a local attractions media company, Getaway Reno/Tahoe, it was my duty to help. Our team got together and thought this was the perfect time to help plan a vacation she’d never forget. This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for these amazing Lake Tahoe businesses that jumped on board and were eager to help create a memorable experience for Lesli and her husband Jason.
Taking a cruise on Lake Tahoe was an activity that topped her list. Zephyr Cove Resort offers daily Sightseeing Cruises and Pints and Paddles Après Ski Cruise with Ike & Martin. Lesli and her husband enjoyed both of them.
The nostalgic sleigh ride is a Lake Tahoe activity that can’t be missed, so this was next on their must-see list. Dwight and Diana Borges, owners of Borges Sleigh & Carriage Rides, booked a ride for the visiting couple. They kept their doors open just for them despite a winter storm coming into the area later that afternoon.
The next scheduled activity was a Gondola Ride. Heavenly Mountain Resort put together a fantastic package which included a Gondola ride, lunch vouchers, and tubing passes. Lesli and Jason wanted to see the snow and that’s what they got; it even started snowing at the observation deck. They enjoyed a delicious lunch at Tamarack Lodge while watching the skiers and boarders ride by.
On the last night of their trip, they found themselves on the will call list for Tahoe’s #1 attraction on Yelp and TripAdvisor, Illusion Fusion with Alex Ramon.
Thank you to all the Tahoe businesses and owners who came together to help make this a memorable experience for Lesli and Jason.