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Enjoying South Lake Tahoe Without a Car

January 07, 2015

If you want to come to Tahoe South from out of the area and don't want to drive or rent a car, that's very easy to do.  Here's how:

From the Reno Tahoe International Airport, there is a comfortable bus, South Tahoe Express, that goes directly from the airport right to us here at Lakeside Inn.  The South Tahoe Express has multiple daily departures from the airport.  The one-way scenic ride costs about $30 per adult and about $17 for children aged 4 - 12 (discounts available for a round-trip ticket). 
View the South Tahoe Express' website.

Once you are here and checked into your room, getting around town is easy.  The Tahoe Transportation District has shuttle buses that go up Kingsbury Grade, down Highway 50, and even buses that go to Carson City.   If the buses don't go close enough to where you want to go, there are plenty of cabs in town. 
View the Tahoe Transportation District's website.

Thunderbird Lodge Tour and Boat Cruise

July 24, 2014

Lake Tahoe has a rich history with lots of interesting stories.  One of the most interesting historical stories is that of George Whittel Jr. and his Thunderbird Lodge.  Tours of the lodge can be accessed by land or water.  From Tahoe South, a fun way to get to the Thunderbird Lodge is aboard a beautifully restored 40' cruiser, Tahoe, that departs from the Zephyr Cove Marina (three miles north of Lakeside Inn and Casino).

Once onboard the boat, your captain and tour guide will slow the boat a few times to discuss several points of interest along the east shore of Lake Tahoe.  During the ride, passengers can enjoy a continental breakfast, including orange juice and coffee.  The scenic ride itself takes approximately one hour to reach the Thunderbird Lodge. 

Upon arrival to the Thunderbird Lodge, the real fun begins...the interesting and perhaps whacky story of George Whittel Jr.'s life and the story of the Thunderbird Lodge.  Your tour guide will tell you about the loss of George's twin brother at the age of three, his rejection of the idea of going to college and instead joining the circus, his love of exotic animals (and a pet Lion named Bill that he took with him wherever he went), his large inheritance of wealth from his parents, his toys (boats, cars, planes), and the many phases of construction of the Thunderbird Lodge. 

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