Your Guide to a Fun-Filled Summer Weekend in Lake Tahoe

Visitors enjoy summer in Lake Tahoe

We get a lot of weekenders and people looking for a quick getaway stopping by our little piece of heaven here in Lake Tahoe. When they get here, they often ask us for recommendations to make the most of their time here. If you only have a few days to soak up everything South Lake Tahoe has to offer, have no fear. There’s a lot to do and see, but Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is here to serve as your home base and help you make the most of your fun-filled weekend. Here’s an itinerary full of exciting activities to get you started…


Alright, since this is a weekend getaway, let’s assume you ducked out a little early and made the trek to Lake Tahoe on a Friday. After your crazy work week is done, you’re probably ready for some relaxation and fresh Tahoe air. Let’s go…

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate Happy Hour at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Drop off your bags and start your trip out right with your favorite drinks at Happy Hour prices in our stunning atrium. Our Happy Hour runs daily starting at 4:30 p.m., so check-in and grab a drink to get your weekend started!

Specialty Cocktail at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy an outdoor summer concert at The Shops at Heavenly Village

The Shops at Heavenly Village host free outdoor concerts with regional and national musicians every Friday and Saturday evening from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. It’s the perfect way to kick back, relax, and soak up the sights and sounds of Lake Tahoe after a long week.

9:00 p.m. – ?
Explore Lake Tahoe’s exciting nightlife

The night is still young, which means it’s time to hit up one of our many bars, pubs, or casinos. From karaoke to slot machines to dancing, choose what best fits your personality and let loose!


7 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Fuel up with a delicious breakfast at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

With so much to do and see here, you’re going to want to start your day early. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel offers a  breakfast buffet every morning in the atrium included in every reservation. We have scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, coffee, and so much more. We’ll be sure to get you fueled up and ready to go for the days adventures.

8 a.m. – noon
Explore Emerald Bay & Eagle Falls

Now it’s time to lace up your shoes and get ready to explore the area. If you’re looking for picturesque views, it doesn’t get much better than Emerald Bay. It’s actually one of the most photographed places on the planet. While you’re there, you can explore around the bay and visit Vikingsholm Castle, one of the first summer homes in Lake Tahoe that’s now open for tours. After that, be sure to hike up to the Eagle Falls waterfall and spend some time becoming one with nature. Before you head out, be sure to check out our tips for planning the perfect hike in Lake Tahoe.

Noon – 2 p.m.
Eat lunch at Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe or Yellow Sub

Sprouts and Yellow Submarine are favorites for lunches around here. Sprouts has great healthy, on-the-go items. The majority of their menu is organic (as much as possible) and prepared daily, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Yellow Sub has more than 20 sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more, plus delicious fresh lemonade. Relax and enjoy your food there or grab it and take it to enjoy outdoors near the water. (Psst… Don’t miss all of our favorite places to eat in Lake Tahoe while you’re here.)

2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a ride on the Heavenly Gondola

You can’t visit South Lake Tahoe without taking a ride on the Heavenly Gondola. Grab your camera and enjoy the mind-blowing panoramic views on the 2.4-mile ride up the Heavenly Mountain. Some of the best views in Lake Tahoe!

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Take a sunset dinner cruise

Our sunsets are pretty spectacular — and what better way to take them in than right on the lake during a sunset dinner cruise? Enjoy music, local cuisine, and live music aboard the M.S. Dixie II and take in all the beauty of Lake Tahoe with this unique dining experience.

9:00 p.m. – ?
Kick back at the hotel.

It’s been a long day. Take some time to relax at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. We’ve got a heated swimming pool, on-site dining options, and comfortable rooms perfect for cozying up with a book or movie. Rest up and get ready for a full day tomorrow.


7 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Fuel up with a delicious breakfast at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Take time to try all the delicious options you didn’t have on Saturday!

Kayaking near Emerald Bay in South Lake Tahoe.

You’ve spent a lot of time around the lake this weekend, but we haven’t actually gotten in it yet. Now’s your chance to dive into that crystal clear water. Thankfully, there are many ways to enjoy the waters of Lake Tahoe. Rent some kayaks, give parasailing a try, or just enjoy swimming and relaxing at one of our awesome beaches. It’s your last day here so slather on that sunscreen and do whatever strikes your fancy.

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Stop for lunch at Echo.

We may be biased, but we think Echo is a pretty special restaurant. It’s right here at Lake Tahoe Hotel and features an ever-changing menu of seasonal and local foods and beverage options. We’re sure you’ll find something that tempts your tastebuds.

2 p.m. – ?
Shopping time!

It’s almost time to head out, but you’ve got to do a little bit of shopping before you leave. We recommend heading back on over to The Shops at Heavenly Village for some fun local shops, art galleries, eateries, and more you missed the first night. Find yourself a fun memento or souvenir to remember your awesome time in Lake Tahoe!

Plan your Tahoe experience

Sunrise over Lake Tahoe

Of course, this is just one example of how you might want to spend a weekend exploring all the beauty, sights, sounds, and tastes of Tahoe — but we’re barely scratching the surface. Not seeing something that suits you on this schedule? No problem. There’s no shortage of recreational activities and fun events happening all summer long. We’re always here to help you plan your epic Tahoe experience.

Let’s get started today!

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