Tahoma, California is best known to vacationers for being the home of Lake Tahoe. Tahoma itself only has a population just over one thousand, and gets a significant boost from the tourists who flock here in the summer. The place even began as a resort in 1916, and gets its name from a combination of the words “Tahoe” and “home.” This vacation destination is especially popular among families and those who appreciate mountain and beach environments.
Lake Tahoe itself provides the perfect environment to engage in a myriad of water sports such as jet skiing, boating and parasailing. You can also enjoy the view of the lake as you hike, bike or picnic around the area. If you want to grab a bite to eat, Tahoma has some talked-about places such as West Shore Pizza, Where We Met and the Tahoma PDQ Market. The town, as well as the lake, is also surrounded by state parks, the closest being Sugar Pine Point State Park. The lodges and resorts are also sources for things to do. Meeks Bay Resort sells local merchandise such as hand-beaded Washoe jewelry and copper jewelry. Tahoma Lodge features performers, such as the Big Band Jazz group, for live concerts. If you’re into music, the 4th Annual Reggae Festival will be held in the area, as well as the Bass Camp Festival IV in August.
Lake Tahoe is surrounded by a number of little towns where you can do “Lake Tahoe” things like bungee jumping or hang-gliding in Incline Village, which is around 25 miles, or a 45-minute drive by car. You might take a bus or boat tour around the area, or spend an entire day on the sandy shores of Kings Beach. If you go to Tahoe City, which is around 8.5 miles north of Tahoma, you might catch a movie or a concert on the beach. Head over to Squaw Valley to play some golf, or relax by taking a yoga session. You might also find some arts and craft centers around the towns that will give you a glimpse of local craftsmanship. It’s almost surprising how a lake and its surrounding towns can have a little something for just about anyone, but that’s what makes the Lake Tahoe area a top vacation destination.
You can choose to stay in Tahoma or camp out in one of the neighboring towns. Accommodations in Tahoma fall under a few categories: resorts that are more like campgrounds with amenities, bed and breakfasts or inns, and actual resorts. Many people choose to embrace the outdoors by “roughing it” at one of the lodges. That’s not to say you’ll be completely without the benefits of modern civilization. Most campgrounds have facilities for showers, places to buy snacks or prepare food, and purchase or rent goods as needed. Book your reservations in advance—peak season can get crowded near Lake Tahoe, even with spaces to pitch your tent.
Most people drive into Tahoma, California, but once you’re in the area, there are a few ways to get around. You can take a boat tour across the lake, or take the TART—Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit. The TART offers bus service along the north and west shores of North Lake Tahoe, including Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and HWY 267 to Northstar California and Truckee. The North Lake Tahoe Express also provides shuttle service to and from Reno/Tahoe International Airport. If you need transportation along the South Shore, there are local fixed-route and commuter bus services that connect the area with Carson City and Carson Valley. The system includes summer trolley services to Emerald Bay as well as summer bus service from Incline Village and Stateline to Sand Harbor.
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