With “The ‘busy’ trap” NY Times article by Tim Krieder making such a splash recently, I thought I would encourage you to take a vacation. Get some rest, get some you time, get some down time with loved ones. You need it and there is a good chance you are just sitting on paid days off. If you live in the Bay Area, it’s so very easy to escape and I’m going to give you some tips on how to get out and enjoy a little time in Tahoe this summer. I had the pleasure of escaping the city pace by way of South Lake Tahoe last month and these were a few of my favorite things.
- Stay in a house on the water if you can: We stayed in a vacation rental in the Tahoe Keys. I loved the access to the water and the chance to have slow and sleepy mornings hovering over a mug of coffee. Check out VRBO.com or HomeAway.com for anything from a cozy cabin or something fit for a hip hop video (no joke).
- Commit to doing something active once each day: Tahoe offers nearly every activity imaginable. We promised to do something active once a day and it made the trip really dynamic. Some days it was a leisurely kayak “stroll” down the keys at sunset or other days it was a longer hike along Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls. Getting out and experiencing what the area had to offer was so refreshing and made the city feel like a land far, far away. My very favorite activity was hopping up on a Paddle Board. Just take it from me, wear the life vest – nothing is quite as panic-inducing as falling off your board into that breath-taking (literally) water.
- Hike the Rubicon Trail: I was daunted to go on the Rubicon Trail because a mid-day hike that doesn’t end at a FroYo shop sounds more intense than I can handle. This trail, however, was intense enough to consider this a workout and beautiful enough to distract me from my huffs and puffs. Emerald Bay is aptly named, but the gradient of blues in the lake along the way should not be overlooked. It’s absolutely stunning.
- Visit Zephyr Cove: Because… look at it!
- Eat at Izzy’s: Tyler and I dropped into Izzy’s Burger Spa on a suggestion from a local. The little shack is small and unassuming enough it would be easy to miss it. Don’t! The burgers were made with simple, fresh ingredients and the simplicity made for one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. And the frings (fries and onion rings)….oh the frings. Thanks, Iz.
Pack your things. Do it now. It’s time to escape for a bit. Get a little mountain air in those lungs, you’ll be glad you did.