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Escape the City at Lake Tahoe's Zephyr Cove

Close to San Francisco, yet a world away.

Ready to take a break from the stress of city life? Bay Area residents rejoice — you are a quick hop and a jump away from the mountainous playground that is Lake Tahoe.

We're sure you know about the bounties of the town of South Lake Tahoe, but what about the quieter joys of nearby Zephyr Cove? Just across the border into Nevada, Zephyr Cove gives you room to roam without missing out on everything that makes Lake Tahoe so unique.

When to Go

Photo by Josiah Roe

Lake Tahoe is truly a year-round destination. In the summer, the lakeshore is lined with beach-going travelers and families who picnic, swim and relax on the sandy beaches. In the winter, over 400 inches of snow coat the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the Lake Tahoe region becomes a skiers paradise.

If you're one who likes to avoid the crowds, and you have flexibility in your travel schedule, check out the laid-back vibes of Tahoe in March or September. Remember that Lake Tahoe's surface elevation is 6,200 feet, so be prepared for some chilly weather in any season.

Where to Stay

Photo courtesy of Zephyr Cove Resort

Zephyr Cove Resort offers a little something for everyone. Book a night or more at in one of the resort's 28 cabins, which were built in the early 1900s and then renovated to retain their charm while providing modern amenities. There are also four guest rooms in the lodge itself, which sleep from 2 to 6 guests. 

For those who travel in an RV or prefer sleeping under the stars in a tent, the resort has a 93-site RV park with full hookups and 57 additional sites for tent campers (47 walk-in, and 10 drive-ins). No matter where you stay in Zephyr Cove Resort, you'll only be steps away from the bright blue water of Lake Tahoe.

Zephyr Cove Resort is also home to two dining establishments — the Zephyr Cove Restaurant, which is open year-round, and the popular beach-on Sunset Bar and Grille, which is open from late spring through early fall. 

Things to Do

If you're staying at Zephyr Cove Resort, there are plenty of activities that start from your room or cabin. In the summer, the Zephyr Cove Marina offers beach activities like volleyball and swimming, watercraft rentals, and parasailing. The resort's 2.5-hour scenic cruise is always a hit! 

In the winter, the resort runs snowmobile tours on over 45 miles of trails and offers custom backcountry tours for those who are seeking a powder-filled experience.

Craving even more adventure? Oh, we don't think you'll get bored:

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Brian Walker

Added by The Outbound Collective

Are you ready to escape the city and relax on the shores of Lake Tahoe? We certainly are...see you there!

Cover photo by Josiah Roe

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Sara SheehyAdmin

Writer | Nomad