Private evening tour at Emerald Bay |

Private evening tour at Emerald Bay

Special to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A special early evening tour of Vikingsholm Castle at Emerald Bay is available Thursday, June 30. Reserved guests will meet at Bliss State Park at 4:45 p.m. and caravan in their own cars down the Emerald Bay Road to the castle. The short drive is a relaxing contrast to the steep, one-mile hike most visitors encounter.

The castle will be closed to the general public and guests will participate in a special one-hour, behind-the-scenes guided tour of Vikingsholm. This is an opportunity to visit areas of the home not normally seen and delve into the history, culture, and architecture on this extended visit.

After the leisurely tour, guests will relax in the Vikingsholm courtyard for a wine and cheese reception with Dr. Helen Smith. Smith spent many of her childhood summers vacationing at Vikingsholm as a guest of the owner, Lora Knight. This is an opportunity to have a conversation with Smith about summer days from 1929-1945 at Vikingsholm, Fannette Island and Eagle Falls. The evening ends at 7 p.m. with the drive back up to Bliss State Park.

Reservations are $40 and may be made by calling Sierra State Parks Foundation at 530-525-6440. Group size is limited, so it is recommended reservations be made early. Proceeds from this memorable evening will benefit the Vikingsholm Project. All of the project’s funds are used locally to preserve Vikingsholm. Currently, the focus is to replace the leaking sod roof. More information about Vikingsholm, Lora Knight, the history of Emerald Bay and the park foundation can be obtained at