Lake Tahoe’s après-ski scene by personality
Living and vacationing in Tahoe requires a lot of physical exertion. Skiing, hiking, snowshoeing — even walking through an icy parking lot requires you to be in top form (plus, the high altitude definitely puts more pressure on the lungs than many people are used to). After a long day, unwinding is key to surviving the rest of your weekend.
But, here’s the thing: relaxing looks different to everyone. Do you prefer to try a new style of food and expand your tastes? Looking to get out on the town? Maybe you just want a quiet night with your family.
Never fear — we have après-ski suggestions for everyone.
You’ve spent the day exploring the backcountry and crossing untraveled terrain, and have come off the mountain covered in dirt with some epic photos in hand. Someone as adventurous as you should check out the following eclectic cuisines.
The Oyster Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a great place for any seafood lover who is looking to try new things. It features fresh, seasonal oysters on the half shell, as well as oyster shooters. New Orleans eats such as gumbo and jambalaya are also offered.
Fire + Ice, located in Heavenly Village, offers a create-your-own meal experience with Asian, American, Italian and Latin flavors. Speaking of Latin cuisine, check out Azul Latin Kitchen (also in Heavenly Village) — they have an expansive bar and pour tequila flights, so you can stretch your tastes in that regard, too.
The Class Act
Vacation homeowner up for the long weekend? Visiting Tahoe from your mansion? If so, then you have some cash to burn and want to spend it satisfying an exquisite palate.
Apart from the high-end spots you can find in the casinos, such as Friday’s Station at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Ciera Steak & Chophouse, top-notch eats can be found at multiple locations along the South Shore.
Located on Kingsbury Grade, Chart House’s menu includes a wide variety of both seafood and steak. Salmon, swordfish, filet mignon — need we say more? The view of the lake isn’t half bad, either.
Café Fiore, found on Ski Run Boulevard, offers classy Italian cuisine. Start off with eggplant crepes before indulging in your pasta of choice.
At the opposite end of South Lake Tahoe is one of the region’s newest eateries: The Lake House. Its upscale, yet comfortable, ambiance is a great fit for its diverse menu. You’ll find a range of high quality foods here — duck, trout and chicken marsala are all dinner options.
Regardless of where you go, don’t forget to keep that pinkie up while you sip Silver Oak’s Cabernet Sauvignon.
All those PBRs you chugged on the mountain are definitely wearing off — where should you refuel?
Luckily, South Lake Tahoe is not lacking in bars and craft breweries. Sidellis Lake Tahoe, both a brewery and restaurant, opened shortly over a year ago and has a great selection of rotating beverages that range from porters to ales.
If you’re looking for a standard bar, Whiskey Dick’s Saloon has darts, pool, shuffleboard, beer pong and live music. Classic Cue is filled with pool tables and has a great selection of your typical bar foods. Out in Meyers, The Divided Sky is a favorite — the comfortable space is a great spot to relax with a cold beer.
Tip: Don’t change out of your ski gear before going. Nothing says, “Hello, ladies,” like a sweaty flannel and helmet hair.
The Basic ‘B’
Your hair is curled, the beanie is adjusted to perfection, and the sleeves of your flannel are rolled just above your wrists. You’re ready. There are three Starbucks in South Lake Tahoe: at the Y, in Heavenly Village and in the Tahoe Crescent V Shopping Center — you’re welcome.
After photographing your to-go cup with pristine snow and beautiful nature in the background (don’t forget to use #TahoeSnaps when you post on Instagram) where will you go?
Brunch! Heavenly Village’s Driftwood Café serves mimosas and Bloody Marys, so you’re set. Swing by the Coachman Hotel (named by Vogue as one of the most Instagram-friendly new hotels in the world) to top off your social media posts.
Conclude the night by hitting up clubs. Where else are you going to show off that cute outfit in this outdoor mecca? You certainly won’t be hitting the slopes in those leggings. Check out MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Opal Ultra Lounge and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s Peek Nightclub.
After spending the day teaching the kids to ski, it’s time to take a breather and fuel up. Heavenly Village is your best friend — from the movie theater to live magic shows at The Loft, ice skating and a large selection of great restaurants that offer burgers, pizza, Latin food and more, you’ll easily be able to recuperate.
If you don’t have a way to get over to Stateline, Ski Run Marina is another good option. Popular eateries in this center include Riva Grill and Artemis Lakefront Café, but there’s also a gelato shop (Art of Gelato) and Lake Tahoe Chocolate Shop recently relocated to the marina. There are a handful of souvenir shops, such as Cabin Fever, too.