Lake Tahoe Honeymoon Guide & Itinerary
After you’ve tied the knot and all the chaos of wedding planning is over, you should certainly have honeymoon plans already in place to celebrate with your spouse. If you’re looking for a scenic honeymoon destination without leaving the country, Lake Tahoe is one to consider. Here’s everything you need to know and some recommendations to make the most out of your honeymoon in Lake Tahoe.
Where is Lake Tahoe?
Nestled in between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. You can enjoy different parts of the lake as Highway 50 circles around from North Lake Tahoe to South Lake Tahoe.
What to do in Lake Tahoe for your honeymoon?
Lake Tahoe’s natural scenery is one of the best out there. Surrounded by high mountain ranges and pine trees, you will be blown away by the views. There are also a variety of outdoor activities to partake in – from paddle boarding, kayaking, boat rides, hiking, mountain biking, to snowboarding or skiing in the winter – the list of things to do is endless.
Your Lake Tahoe honeymoon can be as romantic or as adventurous as you want it to be. After a long day of outdoor activities, you can enjoy a delicious meal at any of Tahoe’s fine dining restaurants while watching the sun set over the lake. Of course, you can choose to capture these moments with a professional Lake Tahoe photographer.
How to choose a Lake Tahoe photographer?
During your romantic getaway, it is a good idea to hire a Lake Tahoe photographer to capture fun honeymoon moments. Whether it be on a boat ride or simply photos for your couple’s album, you sure will want to remember these good memories.
As a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I enjoy telling stories through photographs. Special occasions like anniversaries and honeymoons also deserve to be captured and memories treasured for years to come.
The Ultimate Lake Tahoe Honeymoon Itinerary
How Long to Stay in Lake Tahoe for a Couples Getaway
Whether you’re planning a couples weekend getaway or a week-long honeymoon in Lake Tahoe, the number of days you stay totally depends on how much you want to do. You can see a lot on a weekend as Tahoe is a small-town, but the activities to partake in are often full-day retreats.
Weekends in Tahoe tend to be pretty busy, especially during the summer and winter months. Lake Tahoe is a very popular tourist destination with heavy tourist season falling between July and August. Skiing and snowboarding season depends on weather, but mostly occur between the months of November to March. It’s all up to the powder gods how much snow is coming to hit the slopes every winter.
What to Do On Your Lake Tahoe Honeymoon
For adventure seekers, there are plenty of scenic hiking trails in Lake Tahoe, which includes Spooner Lake, the Tahoe Rim Trail, and Desolation Wilderness. You can enjoy the sunset from the steep cliffs of Cave Rock or on the shores of Nevada Beach. There are a variety of state parks including Emerald Bay State Park, which was created by glaciers millions of years ago.
For casual beach lovers, you can visit Sand Harbor State Park as well as Nevada Beach. There you can enjoy the clear blue waters under the hot summer sun. Rent a kayak or a paddle board, there are a lot of caves and rocks to explore around the area. You can also look into boat rentals for cruise packages and tours.
In the winter, you can enjoy different ski resorts from Heavenly Village, Squaw Valley, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar, and Kirkwood. Each resort has its own unique features but are all equally good for beginners and expert skiers and snowboarders alike. There are also tubing activities available for those who are not interested in snow sports.
Where to stay in Lake Tahoe during your vacation?
Heavenly Mountain Lake Tahoe
4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (775) 586-4442
A well-known ski resort on the border of California and Nevada, Heavenly Mountain offers the ultimate mountain experience. Take a ride up the Gondola with your honey for epic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Sierra at Tahoe Resort
1111 Sierra at Tahoe Rd.
Twin Bridges, CA 95735
Phone: (530) 659-7453
A rustic setting for your mountain wedding, shared with only you and your guests; Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort in South Lake Tahoe provides mountain views and stunning natural beauty that will create memories for a lifetime on your wedding day. They offer a range of venues and customizable spaces to make your dream day a reality.
North Star Resort
5001 Northstar Dr.
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: (530) 562-3830
Located on the North Shore, North Star resort is a perfect stop along Highway 80. Offering group lodging and an all-inclusive wedding package, North Star Resort has experienced coordinators that can help make sure every detail of your wedding is perfect and bring your big day to life.
Squaw Alpine Valley
1750 Village East Road
Olympic Valley, California 96146
Phone: (866) 368-1357
Where to Eat On Your Lake Tahoe Honeymoon
Lake Tahoe has a variety of fine dining options – from Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt, Riva Grill on the Lake, Lakeside Beach House Restaurant, The Boathouse on the Pier, and Edgewood Restaurant. You can treat your fiancé to a delicious romantic meal during your Lake Tahoe honeymoon. Be sure to order drinks and enjoy the sunset views of the lake with your loved one.
Where to Stay on Your Lake Tahoe Honeymoon
Your Lake Tahoe Honeymoon isn’t complete without a nice stay. You can go the Airbnb or Vrbo route and book a place on their platform. Or you can stay at a luxury hotel to celebrate new beginnings with your loved one. After all, your Lake Tahoe honeymoon is all about your love for one another. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little and have some fun!
Check out the Lake Tahoe Hyatt Regency, which offers views of the Sierra Mountain Range and has spa packages, delicious food, and fun kayaking excursions. Another luxurious option is the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe – a cozy option during the winter months with their in-room fireplaces and tall windows.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa
111 Country Club Drive
Incline Village, Nevada, 89451
Phone: (775) 832-1234
The Ritz Carlton
13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court
Truckee, CA. 96161
Phone: (530) 562-3000
180 Lake Parkway
Stateline, NV. 89449
Phone: (775) 588-2787
Kimmi Cranes is a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer who offers couples honeymoon photography, all-inclusive wedding photography packages, engagement photoshoots, elopement photography and family portraits. Based in South Lake Tahoe, she’s more than happy to travel and capture your special event wherever you choose to hold it. Whether that be in the boonies of the desert, somewhere in the forest, or along the coastline, she will be there to make your elopement photography dreams come true! She loves to explore the outdoors and take photos of people in front of breathtaking landscapes. Her photos craft a beautiful story of love, excitement, and emotions to be remembered for years to come.