Tea Garden Lodge – South Lake Tahoe

Author: , November 30th, 2016

Tea Garden Lodge

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Tea Garden Lodge has over 25 comfortable rooms, private beach access, centrally located a block away from the casinos and Heavenly Gondola, walking distance to shops and restaurants and friendly staff!

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Dolly Travels: Lake Tahoe

Author: , November 6th, 2015

Lake Tahoe

Hello, everyone,

I know. I usually write blog posts when I am in another country; however, right here in Northern California, we have a most beautiful place to visit: Lake Tahoe. The lake does sit on the border of California and Nevada, and both side are very lovely. We (Frank and I) decided to take a week, for R&R, and stay (almost) local. This area is a two hour drive from our home. We came up here Friday afternoon, and checked into the Lake Tahoe Vacation Club. This is a very nice resort, and our room has a kitchen that makes it easy to do some cooking, if I want to do that. We weren’t here to cook, however, so we looked at other alternatives, like having fun!

Friday night, we took a dinner cruise on the paddle wheel boat, Tahoe Queen. That was a nice treat. Although it did get too dark to see much of the lake scenery, we enjoyed the dinner, visiting with our table companions and hearing the captain’s commentary on the history of the lake. The history is very interesting, but I would have to do more research to write intelligently on the subject. What I do know is that the lake is 2 to 3 million years old, and that it is the second deepest lake in the United States, surpassed only by Crater Lake in Oregon.

Although the lake is shallower than usual, due to the drought, the boat was able to get through the narrow inlet into Emerald Bay. We enjoyed our little voyage. We had to be bussed from our vacation resort over to Zephyr Cove to take this trip. Usually, the Tahoe Queen sails from a dock not 100 yards from our hotel. Again, the drought is to blame.

Sunday we took a drive, went over the Carson mountain range into the desert terrain of western Nevada. We wanted to see Virginia City, which had been a booming metropolis in the 1890’s, during the silver mining heyday. It is hard, for me, to imagine the hardships people had to go through, to get up to Virginia City during that time. The road up to that city now is twisty, windy, lots of gear shifting and we were driving on a highway.! We had driven over the mountains from the very green, mountainous region of Lake Tahoe, crossed the Carson Range, and went immediately into desert country. However, visiting Virginia City is a step back in time, about 150 years, so I felt it was worth the drive to see this old city.

We parked near this church. This church was built in 1875, burned to the ground in 1875 and rebuilt in 1876. That tells me that the church was a very important part of the silver miner’s life. One block away stands the Episcopal church, built in the same era. So the miners had choices for their religious needs.

To get to the city center, we walked 2 blocks, uphill, to the Main Street.. On this street we saw saloon after saloon, a few brothels and an opera house. One saloon had a Suicide Table. I didn’t really investigate that, but we enjoyed our step back into time, without finding how to kills ourselves.

Yesterday, with the wind blowing all clouds away, leaving us with a wonderful sunny day, we decided to drive all the way around the lake. From our hotel, we drove west, then took a right turn onto Highway 89, and started following the highway that goes up the western side of the lake.

We continued on our trip. I wanted to stop in Tahoe City, and see the area which is the only outlet from Lake Tahoe to the Truckee River. Usually, we would stand on the bridge, watch the fish swim up into the lake. So many people would be hanging over the railings, watching this, that the bridge became known as Fanny Bridge. Not so, now.

We continued on our way, stopping at Gar Woods, in Carnelian Bay, for a late lunch, then back on to our home for the week.

Despite the drought, this area is still so peaceful, lovely to see, and lovely to stay here.

Today, the sky is an ominous gray. The temperature reached a high of 60 degrees F. We really hope that the rain predicted for tomorrow, does comes about, although it would impact our hiking plans. We need the rain..

I am happy we chose to do this time away from home. I am so glad to see the beauty of our Sierra mountains, and I am also happy that we only had to drive 2 hours to get here.

As I was driving, I remembered that one item on my Bucket List, is to kayak around the perimeter of the lake. The lake has 72 miles of shoreline. I think, that by kayaking 8 to 10 miles a day, I could do this in 10 days. However, I do not want to sleep on the beaches. I want a boat that has a motor, to follow me, just in case I get into trouble, and also someone to ferry me up to a nice hotel at the end of each day, so that I can shower, have a good meal, a glass or two of wine, sleep well, then be ferried back to my kayak the next day. I also would like someone to kayak with me.. Do I have any takers to join me on this trek?

This gorgeous lake.
Until we talk again,

Ciao for now,
Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Big Pines Mountain House, South Lake Tahoe, California

Author: , May 4th, 2014

Big Pines Mountain House - South Lake TahoePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Enjoy Beautiful Lake Tahoe!: Big Pines Mountain House of Tahoe has over 70 comfortable rooms, private beach access, outdoor heated swimming pool, coin laundry, continental breakfast and our Meeting Room available for groups, gatherings and special events.

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Lots of LGBT Fun in Lake Tahoe this Month

Author: , February 3rd, 2014

Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaLake Tahoe’s slopes are in need of fresh powder, but that isn’t stopping diehard skiers or LGBT partiers from heading up to the Sierra and to nearby Reno for a winter getaway.

Reno and Lake Tahoe offer plenty of fun on and off the slopes with great dining, nightlife, and casinos or simply relaxing by the fireplace with a special someone or friends. There is something for everyone at the lakeside and northern city escape just hours from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Powder Fun

The large ski resorts that are open during this extremely dry winter have had to resort to man-made snow lately and not all lifts are operating. But there is skiing to be had, officials said. Lake Tahoe’s premiere gay ski weekend is WinterFest, which is held March 2-9 at Heavenly and Northstar ski resorts.

Authored By Heather Cassell – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Elevate Your Winter

Author: , January 27th, 2014

Elevation MammothWhen you look up the word elevation the definitions are: 1. The action or fact of elevating or being elevated or; 2. Height above a given level, especially sea level. Both fitting descriptions for the trio of mountain experiences Tom Whitman and his team have created, when you think about them.

It’s all about being high in the sky, whether literally, as on a mountain with a pair of skis or a snowboard, or the emotional high one gets when connecting with friends and having a euphoric blast.

The concept began with Elevation Mammoth 11 years ago. It was a “Why not try it” idea of Whitman’s after a stretch of super-popular LGBT events throughout Los Angeles. A long line of successful parties, of which I would wager most of us have attended at one time or another. You know the routine – dancing all night to great music, played by amazing DJs, with beautiful men and having a ball!

Authored By Joel Martens – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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What to Do on a Layover in Los Angeles

Author: , August 26th, 2013

Los Angeles - Apple Maps

From Apple Maps

The good news is that if you have a layover in Los Angeles, you are probably on your way to (or from) some place fantastic like Hawaii, Australia, or Asia. The bad news? Due to its size and the horror show that is LA traffic, Los Angeles International Airport does not lend itself to easy jaunts in and out of the city.

If four hours is all you’ve got, we recommend you don’t stray too far from LAX. Luckily, the airport is close to a few beaches and an entertaining restaurant, so you won’t be totally stuck.

Hit the Beach

Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Venice Beach are all less that 10 miles from the airport. Head to the closest, Manhattan, by hopping on the red Ocean Express bus that runs past most of the LAX hotels on Century Boulevard, or by jumping in a cab. Once you’re done sunning yourself on the clean and well-groomed sandy beach, you can take a stroll down the 928-foot pier and visit the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium at the end. The beach also has a two-mile-long pedestrian only walkway, a bike path, volleyball nets, and several good surfing spots. If you are here in summer, you might even catch the International Surf Festival.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Shooting Star B&B, Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe, California

Author: , May 21st, 2013

Shooting Star B&B - Lake TahoePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Relax Play Eat Sleep Unwind Escape Enjoy: Escape to North Lake Tahoe’s calm and comfortable home away from home! Lake view, three unique rooms, private baths, fireplaces, heated floors, awesome breakfasts. Smiles, conversation, and laughter.

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Great Springtime Road Trips

Author: , April 20th, 2013

Blue MountainsDarren Murph over at Sherman’s Travel gives us some of his favorite springtime road trips:

Oh, the difference a month makes. Even at the tail-end of March, most of the contiguous United States were still far too frosty for anyone to utter “spring” without sarcasm in their voice. But now, temperatures are rapidly rising, mountainous towns are finally thawing out, and roadways that have been closed for the winter are opening back up. Here are three of my favorite springtime road trips – they’re certainly worth a spin before summer swoops in, and if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Regardless of whether you hop on after a stroll through Shenandoah National Park, or if you fly into Asheville and grab a rental, this 469 mile motorway is not to be missed. Various sections of it are blocked off during the winter due to intense snowfall, but as of now, the full stretch is open for visitors. There’s really no bad spot here; vistas are around nearly every turn, and the quaint towns that line the road are chock full of friendly people, delicious home cooking, and unique stores. If you’re blessed enough with a few days on this route, driving the entire stretch is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Click the link above for his trips near Asheville, North Carolina; Lake Tahoe; and Montana.