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5 Reasons to Love Fall in Tahoe

By September 11, 2020No Comments

And just like that, the days are getting shorter and there is a crisp hint of fall in the air. Tahoe is famous for it’s summers – the beaches, boat rides, and BBQ’s will never get old. But there is something magical about fall in the High Sierra – with plenty of sunshine and warm days perfect for hiking or mountain biking, changing leaves of the Aspen trees, and cool nights perfect for cozying up around the campfire, here are our favorite ways to enjoy the upcoming fall season.

Warm Days and Cool Nights

Tahoe is famous for late snowstorms in May and even June, but did you know we also get to enjoy a late summer? Weather in September is often still warm enough to enjoy a lakeside day. As an added bonus: this is the best time to take a plunge into the famously clear Tahoe water, as it will be at it’s warmest temperature of the year. The evenings cool down quickly, making a cozy blanket to wrap up in essential for late-night stargazing.

Tahoe is famous for late snowstorms in May and even June, but did you know we also get to enjoy a late summer? Weather in September is often still warm enough to enjoy a lakeside day. As an added bonus: this is the best time to take a plunge into the famously clear Tahoe water, as it will be at it’s warmest temperature of the year. The evenings cool down quickly, making a cozy blanket to wrap up in essential for late-night stargazing.

Hiking and Biking

The Tahoe region boasts an average of 249 days of sunshine each year - which means you’re more likely to find sun than rain, especially during the fall. Since there are fewer people visiting in this season, you can explore the wide variety of hiking and mountain biking terrain and have the views all to yourself. Just remember to bring extra snacks and drink plenty of water - even if you aren’t sweating, you can still get dehydrated, especially at altitude.

The Tahoe region boasts an average of 249 days of sunshine each year – which means you’re more likely to find sun than rain, especially during the fall. Since there are fewer people visiting in this season, you can explore the wide variety of hiking and mountain biking terrain and have the views all to yourself. Just remember to bring extra snacks and drink plenty of water – even if you aren’t sweating, you can still get dehydrated, especially at altitude.

Fewer People

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As the summer crowds die down, the beaches start to feel deserted. This also holds true for hiking trails, traffic, and even wait times at our favorite outdoor eateries – they all begin to dwindle after Labor Day. Take advantage of some mid-week peace and quiet and start to enjoy Tahoe like a true local.

Autumn Leaves

The fall foliage in the high sierra might not have the dramatic Maple reds of New England, but you can find some stunning bursts of golden orange in the Aspen groves. Nestled among the pines, these beautiful trees love water, so you’ll often find them near a stream or marshy meadow. For some truly spectacular groves, head out to Hope Valley, where there are plenty of scenic trails and spots to enjoy a picnic.

Cozy Cocktails

We can all agree that the world doesn’t need any more pumpkin spice anything, but don’t let that stop you from trying out some innovative cocktails with warm flavors of pear, cardamon and cranberries. Check out the Pioneer Cocktail Club for new twists on classic favorites, like the Tree Hugger’s Gimlet or the Spiced Pear Mule.