Visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer or winter months is the tradition of many people. There are many benefits however of coming to stay in the mountains in the offseason. You may just find that Fall is your favorite time in Tahoe.
1. LESS TRAFFIC
Now this is a huge reason to get to Lake Tahoe in the fall, there are fewer people on the roads. No more waiting in a long line with everyone else trying to get somewhere, the way is clear. The only exceptions to this are the construction sites littering our tiny roadways, however, generally, these stops are only a few minutes and most of them come with spectacular views.
This goes along with the less traffic on the roads. You will be able to find a table at your favorite restaurant at the North shore or West shore without the long, crowded wait or make a reservation for the time you actually want to eat dinner. This also can be nice when you have wanted to try a particular restaurant but it’s always too busy in the summer, in the fall you will have no problem getting in.
3. THE BEACH
The weather in the fall can often be warmer than in the summer. There is one huge benefit to all of the heat in July and August by creating a higher average lake temperature still exists in the fall. A beach day is still a good way to relax and have fun. Just remember to bring a sweatshirt in case the wind picks up!
4. FALL COLORS
Many of the hikes you enjoy in the summer take on a new look this time of year, the deciduous trees are donning their autumn colors and it is a sight to see. Dotted around all areas of the lake including Blackwood Canyon, Fallen Leaf Lake and Alpine Meadows you will find these beautiful pockets of yellow’s, orange’s and red’s.
5. PLACES TO STAY
The prices just like the leaves are falling! Get a great deal on your Tahoe City vacation rental during the fall, Vacation Tahoe Rentals’ homes and condos are listed at almost 50% off their summer prices.
The fun is not over yet, Tahoe is a bustle of activities in the fall. Tahoe City hosts it very own Oktoberfest, complete with beer, brats and music or head out to Squaw Valley for Foam Fest and the Alpen Wine Fest. Head down to the lake to watch a paddleboard or swim race. Sign up for one of the many marathons or rugged competitions held in the fall.
7. GET “GEARED” UP FOR THE SKI SEASON
Take advantage of the still low prices at the many local ski resorts and get your season pass. You can check out a ski lease to make coming up for the last minute snowy weekend a much easier task. Don’t forget to visit the local shops and many ski swaps in the area to get all of the gear you need to hit the slopes.
8. HOUSE HUNTING
Summer is not the only time of year to make the move to Lake Tahoe or to invest in a second home. The selection of homes for sale in the fall is not as large as the summer but owners are getting anxious to sell before winter sets in which means big savings for you. Check out these great properties in Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Agate Bay or Kings Beach.