There is so much to do here it is a bit overwhelming at first. Let’s break it down into activities based on which side of the lake you will be staying on. On the California side, Emerald Bay State Park is a must! The Gondola Ride at Heavenly is just that heavenly! If you’re visiting in winter, you cannot make a wrong decision of where to ski or snowboard. All of the mountains and trails are spectacular and you’re best bet is to find the one that matches your skill level (this is also true for the Nevada side). If you’re here in summer, the Mt. Tallac Trail is a must for hikers! When you get hungry, try these places: Café Fiore, Christy Hill Restaurant, Sprouts, Char-Pit, Jalisco Grill, Sidellis Lake Tahoe Brewery, Dough Custom Pizza, or Plump Jack Café. As for the Nevada side, there is still plenty to do and see. In winter, take a sleigh ride at Private Sand Harbor Lake. Skiing and snowboarding is equally amazing on this side of the lake. In summer, there are boats tours and all kinds of water activities. Going on at least one hike while visiting is on your to do list! Cascade Falls Trail is absolutely breathtaking! Flume Trail is great for bikers (hikers welcome too)! When it’s time to eat, try these hot spots: Long Eagle Grille, Chart House, Le Bistro, Red Hut Café, Tunnel Creek Café, Fat Burger, or Ciera Steak & Chophouse.