Contact UsStanford Sierra Conference Center
P.O. Box 10618
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158 Physical Address:
130 Fallen Leaf Road
Fallen Leaf, CA 96150
I highly recommend extending your stay in Tahoe after visiting Stanford Sierra Conference Center. In my last post, I suggested a few hikes and restaurants in the South Lake Tahoe area. Hiking and eating are two of my favorite things to do, so I started there, but Tahoe has a lot more to offer! Last summer my family visited and I realized I needed to diversify my typical activity suggestions to include fun things for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. So, here are a few more fun things to do on the South Shore:
ActivitiesTallac Historic Site and Taylor Creek Visitor Center: Located near Fallen Leaf Lake off of Highway 89, these are both great places to explore with kids. You can visit one or the other, or walk along the bike path to get between the two. The Tallac Historic Site offers a self-guided walk through historic buildings and beautiful scenery. Check their event calendar to see if anything interesting is happening while you’re in town! The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is just down the road (less than a mile) and provides information about some of the area wildlife. There is a pretty neat Stream Profile Chamber where you can see the animals and plants in the stream through large windows. During the fall, don’t miss the Kokanee Salmon Festival! The creek is filled with Kokanee salmon swimming upstream to spawn—it’s quite a sight! Lakeview Commons and El Dorado Beach: All summer, Lakeview Commons and El Dorado Beach (Lakeview Avenue and Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe) offer many activities for individuals and families. The beach is a fun safe area for kids to splash around in and swim in Lake Tahoe. A concession stand sells locally made ice cream and other snacks, and there are boat rentals on the beach. One of Tahoe’s most popular activities is paddle boarding, and this is a great place to learn! South Tahoe Standup Paddle offers rentals, lessons and guided tours right on the beach. For your daytime beach visit, make sure you have a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and sunglasses! In the evenings, Lakeview Commons has free outdoor grills (bring your own charcoal and food to grill) and a great view of the sun setting behind the mountains. During the summer, there are paddleboard races starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday nights, and there is live music and vendors on Thursday nights.
If you’re spending a few extra days in Tahoe, don’t miss one of Tahoe’s most iconic sights: Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay and Fannette Island are two of the most photographed places in Tahoe. Views from the parking lots on either side of the bay are wonderful. If you’re up for it, walk down the steep path to Emerald Bay Beach from the Vikingsholm parking lot and take in the views from lake level.
The Heavenly Gondola is another great place to see amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. Located in the Heavenly Village, the gondola takes you to the top of the mountain. Be sure to stop at the halfway point to enjoy the best views of the basin. At the top, enjoy fun summer activities including tubing, zip lining, hiking, and a ropes course! Heavenly Village is also an entertaining place to spend a few hours. There are many different shopping, dining and entertainment options in the Village which makes it a great area to stroll, window show and enjoy an ice cream cone on a hot day!Looking for more suggestions? Just ask the front office when you're at Camp and they'd be happy to make more suggestions for enjoying a few extra days on Tahoe's South Shore.
If you are arriving in the area before your Lake Tahoe conference at Stanford Sierra Conference Center, or extending your stay after, we often have other events going on and don't have available lodging. Following are our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Tahoe area before or after your Lake Tahoe conference. Most of our recommendations are located close to the Heavenly Village which has a number of good shopping and dining options, plus a movie theater. The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel formerly Embassy Suites is located on the border between California and Nevada. The all-suite hotel has a comfortable atmosphere and is right next door to the casinos in Nevada if you would like to do some gambling. At the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel your stay includes full breakfast and happy hour plus the hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub. Particularly appealing if your family is traveling with you! If you are flying into the Reno/Tahoe airport and won't be renting a car, the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is conveniently located on the South Tahoe Express shuttle route. You can view the airport shuttle schedule online. The Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village is another family-friendly option with an Xbox game center and kids' activities on the weekends. Midweek stays at Forest Suites include full breakfast and nightly wine and cheese social hours. If you would like to experience a casino, stay in Nevada at either Harveys, Harrah's or Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa. All three are located on the South Tahoe Express shuttle route from the Reno Tahoe Airport and all three offer a variety of dining options with fine dining at Friday's Station at Harrahs and 19 Kitchen and Bar at Harveys. Mont Bleu has an excellent spa and indoor pool. If you are looking for a quieter experience we recommend the Black Bear Inn Bed & Breakfast or Lakeland Village located on the shore of Lake Tahoe. The Black Bear Inn has beautiful, mountain-themed rooms and cabins plus a delicious full breakfast each morning. Lakeland Village is in the center of South Lake Tahoe and is within walking or short driving distance to a number of restaurants. Stanford Sierra Conference Center is open for group events in the spring and fall. If you are visiting in summer or winter, our recommendations are great places to stay to access the excellent array of mountain recreation that Tahoe has to offer. Of course, you don't have to take our recommendations! View the full list of South Lake Tahoe lodging options online.