Lake Tahoe in the Fall – guest blog

A friend of mine, Lisa Riddle has agreed to share her article on Lake Tahoe, a perfect destination if you enjoy getting away for a special weekend and are looking for a display of fall colors.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.


Lake Tahoe in the FallLisa Riddle

by Lisa Riddle

For a quick getaway from the Sacramento area, you can’t beat a trip to Lake Tahoe. Val and I spent a weekend there this past October where we enjoyed the chilly mountain air and spectacular Fall colors.

From Sacramento, we took scenic Highway 50 through South Lake Tahoe to The Ridge Tahoe, a resort perched on a mountain ridge which overlooks both the Lake Tahoe basin and the Carson Valley. Not all the rooms have spectacular views, so when you book ask for a room with either a Valley or a Lake View.

While we go to Lake Tahoe fairly often, we’ve never taken a cruise. The concierge at The Ridge Tahoe sells discounted tickets for cruises on The Tahoe Queen, but you can also purchase discounted tickets online at Lake Tahoe Tours or simply buy tickets that day at the tour’s office in South Lake Tahoe.

The cruise departs from the west shore of Lake Tahoe, loops around the rock island in Emerald Bay and back again. You’ll enjoy outstanding views of the rugged shoreline, the changing colors of the lake due to changes in depth and plant life, and the spectacular Vikingsholm, a stone castle built at Emerald Bay in the 1920s.

The cruise is narrated by the ship’s captain. Hearing detailed accounts of the history and geology of the area was informative and interesting at first, but long before the end of the cruise, we would have preferred to sit in silence and marvel at the lake’s beauty. We breathed a sigh of relief when the narration ended, only to be disappointed when they filled the airwaves with a video about Lake Tahoe.

While we found the narration to be a distraction overall, I heard other passengers thank the captain for his narration and anecdotes. If you’re unfamiliar with the history, geology and mythology of the area, the narrated cruise is a good way to get up to speed and adds to one’s appreciation of the area.

Don’t forget your camera! The photo opportunities are amazing, especially as you circle around Emerald Bay’s island and Tea House. What’s the Tea House, you ask?


About the author:

Husband and wife team, Val Sutter and Lisa Riddle, live in Northern California. Val will soon retire from the U.S. Army and, while he has traveled abroad and within the States for his job, his favorite trips include him seated behind the wheel of his car driving the back roads. His passion for road travel is rivaled only by his passion for history and he is currently working on a Masters in History. Lisa is a freelance photographer who shares Val’s love for the back roads and captures the journey in digital images and print. Read more about Val and Lisa’s adventures at



Carol Ann Quibell

Carol Ann Quibell is a freelance writer, columnist and photographer who enjoys sharing information on travel and writing with her readers.  You can contact her at Write for Travel.

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