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Businesses give vacation to patient losing sight

Meghan Burk
Submitted to the Tribune

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.

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