10 Things To Do In Lake Tahoe!

Hello from Tahoe!

California Delicious interns Jack and Katya continue their summer adventure in the majestic Lake Tahoe area!

Tahoe is one of our favorite destinations in all of California because of the area’s natural beauty and also because there is SO much to do here. Whether you are an avid outdoorsman or gourmet food fanatic, this is the place to be.

lake tahoe sierra nevada

We stayed in Truckee, which is about a 20 minute drive from Lake Tahoe. We went to dinner one of the nights at the Village Pizzeria, only a 2 minute drive from Downtown Truckee. It is a locally owned restaurant with DELICIOUS food. Our favorite thing are the pasta breads, which a loaves a bread topped with creamy garlic butter. Yummy! The portions are rather large so Jack and I shared spaghetti with pesto sauce and chicken. The service is excellent and it’s a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner after a day skiing or playing at the lake.

lake tahoe truckee

The next day, we visited Emerald Bay, one of the most famous spots in Lake Tahoe. If you decide to go here, make sure to get there EARLY, especially on summer weekends, as there is very limited parking. Anyways, we enjoyed the spectacular views and can’t wait to go back when the snow starts falling.

lake tahoe emerald

One of the most enjoyable activities we did was stand-up paddle boarding in Sunnyside, which is located in North Lake Tahoe. We rented our boards from High Sierra Water Ski School School for $20 each/hour and explored the shore and tried our best to keep our balance. If you’ve never paddle-boarded before, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to try it because of the crystal clear calm water.

lake tahoe SUP

On our way out, we visited the shops in Downtown Truckee and found some gourmet foods that would be perfect for future gift baskets! We bought Ghost Chili Salsa, Tahoe local tea, and Apricot Scone Mix from a store called the Cooking Gallery.

lake tahoe rocks

We love discovering new local products from all over California so if you know special treats from the Golden State that you think would be a good fit for our baskets- please drop us a line!

Travel Time-
Under 2 hours from Sacramento
1.5 hours from San Francisco
Under 9 hours from Los Angeles

10 Things to do on Catalina Island! Escape the city and have a blast doing it!

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Catalina Island for a weekend. Our interns tell us about the best spots on the island for outdoor activities and relaxation.

Catalina Island boat

Catalina Island is the perfect getaway destination for anyone looking for an escape without having to travel very far! We took a friend’s boat from Redondo Beach, which took us about 1 and a half hours. The Catalina Express ferry that can take you across from San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point daily for about $80 a person round trip to either Avalon or Two Harbors. Make sure to check the sea conditions before you depart because the water can sometimes be pretty choppy.

Catalina Island 1

Once we arrived in Two Harbors (the less populated side of the island), we were greeted by crystal clear turquoise water where we could see the brightly colored orange Garibaldi damselfish swimming beneath our boat. The weather was absolutely beautiful and made for perfect conditions for swimming and hiking throughout the area.

Catalina Island two harbors

Catalina Island camping

Catalina Island beach

We stayed with friends at the Fourth of July harbor where we camped in small rustic cabins at the yacht club. We liked taking the shore boat ($6 a person) to the Isthmus, which had a lot going on compared to where we were. The Isthmus is a popular spot for campers and boaters alike, since it has a Caribbean resort-like feel without the crowds. In this area, there is one restaurant (Harbor Reef) and one store, so if you are camping nearby, make sure to be well-stocked.

Catalina Island biking

During the day, we rented mountain bikes for $22 an hour and took them to the majestic lookout at Cat Harbor, about a 15 minutes ride from the rental place. Along the way, we saw a bison pretty close to the trail! There are about 150 non-native bison living on the island today, as they were brought over in 1924 for a silent film and then left on the island. After mountain biking, we kayaked around the harbors and saw more Garibaldis, along with giant schools of fish.

Catalina Island Bison

Catalina Island Snorkelling

Catalina Island Kayak

Our favorite part of the trip to the island was the dance party that took place in front of the Harbor Reef Restaurant on Friday and Saturday night. They had a DJ and it was open for all ages until 11pm!

Travel Time-
7 hours from Sacramento
7 hours from San Francisco
45 mins from Long Beach