Hey, guys! Well, we are back in Kelowna and finally, have a little down time. We feel like we have been on the road constantly this summer, so it is nice just to stay put for a couple of weeks. Though, all the traveling has been pretty amazing. Last week we were in Lake Tahoe. The hubby got invited to play in the American Century Championship golf tournament, so we made a little family trip out of it. Carey was going to busy most of the time, so we brought my sister along to keep Liv and my company.
Location / Hotel:
e stayed at the Harras hotel and casino which was just down the street from the golf course. The hotel itself was not my favorite, it was not updated, and restaurants in the hotel were not great. But it is located in a prime location; we were walking distance from a lot of shops and restaurants. We did decide to rent a car, and I am so happy we did. We did a few planned outings, but it was also nice to get away from the hustle around the hotel and find some quieter spots.
Sand Harbor Beach
ur favorite outing was by far Sand Harbor Beach. I have been to some beautiful beaches in my time, but this is probably my all time favorite. You have the beauty of the beach, with the clear turquoise like water but with the backdrop of mountain and trees. My type of beach for sure!
It was about a 30-minute drive north of our hotel. There is limited parking there, so you have to be there early if you want a spot. Once the parking lot is full, they turn you away. So we got there at 8 am right when the park was opening, and there was already a huge line of traffic waiting to get in. Luckily we got in no problem and was able to find a prime spot on the beach to set up shop. It was nice getting there early, not only did we have time to find the perfect spot but we were able to take some photos without having a ton of people in the background. By 10 am the water was littered with people and there was not a single open spot on the beach.
There is a small bar and grill there where you can have lunch and get a couple of cocktails. We also were able to rent a paddle board which was a lot of fun. Since we didn't want to keep Liv in the sun too long, we only did a half of day, which was perfect. I highly recommend setting aside a few hours at Sand Harbor beach if you are in the area.
here are a ton of bike rental places all along Lake Tahoe. If you have a baby, it is worth calling before hand to make sure they can accommodate a baby or small child. Not all bike rental locations had baby carriages. We ended up going to one just north of our hotel. They had some really cute bike paths that led to a few different beaches. Was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours.
Fallen Leaf Lake
e knew we wanted to do some hiking while we were there so one morning we headed down to Fallen Leaf Lake. A few people had recommended this area, saying it is usually not as busy as some other locations. It was about a 40-minute drive from our hotel and was a bit rough once we got off the highway. We had a small car; an SUV would have been a lot more comfortable for this drive. But we made it regardless, and it was beautiful. Again, we spent about a half of day here exploring and wandering around. I don't know if I would say that it was a must see, but if you have the time, it is worth checking out.
he food was a little hit and miss; we are usually pretty healthy eaters so that can be hard to maintain while traveling. A lot of the restaurants near the hotel had pub style food. Luckily my girlfriend had recommended a few restaurants that we ended up loving. The first night we were there we went to Base Camp Pizza. The food and atmosphere were awesome! I forgot what pizza we got, but it was the one loaded with veggies, and we loved it. It was packed though, so if you go, I would recommend going there first and getting your name on the list then explore the area a bit while you are waiting. There are lots to do right in that area.
Our favorite restaurant was Sprouts Cafe. I think we went there a total of 5 times over the week. It is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu is packed with clean, healthy options, but also super satisfying.
The only other restaurant worth noting would be Naked Fish Sushi. We ate here one night and really enjoyed it. Our favorite roll was the Maui Wowie.
arey had the honor of golfing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament. What an experience that was for him! To be honest, I thought watching the golf tournament was going to be boring, really boring. We even skipped the first day and went to the beach instead. But when we went on Saturday my sister and I were both surprised, once we actually started paying attention and following along, we really got into it. We were only going to follow Carey for the first nine holes, but we ended up walking all 18, and then doing it again the next day! It was also really neat seeing/ meeting the other athletes and celebrities. I am a huge Broncos fan, so I loved seeing John Elway. Meeting Justin Timberlake was also a highlight of the tournament. Overall we had a great time and hoping Carey gets invited back next year.