Hi friends, welcome back! I’ve got another Lake Tahoe post coming at you! After Jon and I checked out of the Edgewood Tahoe Resort, we drove about fifty minutes through more windy roads and hairpin turns to our Airbnb in Tahoma, CA. Tahoma is about ten minutes south of Tahoe City and where more of the locals reside. We passed so many beautiful homes on the lake during our drives from the Airbnb to Tahoe City. I nosily wanted to see Mark Zuckerberg’s $59 million dollar compound…maybe next time! The southern part of Lake Tahoe is more the tourist area where the chain hotels, shops, and casinos are located. We didn’t explore the southern part of Lake Tahoe much, but the difference is somewhat evident driving through.
Jon and I booked an Airbnb so we could have our own space, a nice outdoor area, and be able to cook. I’m not sure about you all, but after a few days eating out I crave a home cooked meal and nutrients! We arrived at our cabin and it looked so idyllic! It had three bedrooms, two baths, a fully stocked kitchen, and a great outdoor area. Our host even left a bottle of wine and card congratulating us on our wedding – very thoughtful!
Almost every cabin in the area had a bear fence, something Jon and I have never experienced. We were a little nervous about accidentally getting electrocuted, but we didn’t have any issues nor see any bears. As you can see, each window and door had bungee cords across them that would shock the bear and hopefully deter it from getting into the house. Each time we returned to the cabin we flipped the switch to off, unhooked the bungees, and were good to go. Conversely, every time we left the cabin, we hooked the cords back and turned the fence on.
After settling in, Jon and I had quite the appetite, so we headed to West Shore Market for sandwiches. We both ordered the delicious Italian sandwich that we enjoyed outside. We loved the laid-back atmosphere here, it definitely felt like more of a local experience and not a touristy area. The causal and relaxed vibes reminded us a lot of being back in Lake Placid.
After dropping off our groceries at the Airbnb, we headed to the Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park to walk the easy two-mile Dolder Nature Trail. After a somewhat sedentary two days, Jon and I wanted to move our legs, but not tire ourselves out before our hike the following day.
The first thing you see in Sugar Pine Point State Park is the well preserved Hellman-Ehrman estate, also referred to as Pine Lodge. I. W. Hellman, a wealthy businessman from San Francisco, bought 2,000 acres of land on Lake Tahoe. He had this compound built in 1903 and it provides an insight into how the wealthy lived in Lake Tahoe back in the day. This estate was one of the finest in the whole region at one point and had the most advanced modern marvels such as electric lights and an indoor plumbing system. The house even had an elevator installed in 1958 and sits on two miles of lake footage! The family employed a staff of up to 27 people, and the estate includes other buildings such as the maids quarters, caretakers house, a boat house, and dressing room.
In 1957 I. W. Hellman’s daughter sold the house and 1,975 acres to the California National Parks System. The estate can be toured in the summer, but sadly the house was not open for tour yet while we were there. I would’ve loved to tour the eight-bedroom mansion. You can also eat dinner in the house for a small $5,000 donation 😉
The well-manicured Dolder Nature Trail includes some of the tallest pine trees in the world which explains why the pine cones are as large as my head! I loved all the fresh air and wonderful aromas on this trail.
If you’re looking for a relaxing stroll, fresh air, beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, a quiet beach, or a historic mansion, I’d highly recommend checking out Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park! There’s truly something for everyone.
To end our third day in Lake Tahoe, Jon and I enjoyed a glass of wine by the firepit and grilled some dinner. We loved having access to a grill and being able to eat outside in the beautiful surroundings!
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for our unforgettable Lake Tahoe hike 🙂