West Tahoe encompasses a large area along the Lake Tahoe West Shore and beyond. It is home to some of the best hiking trails, mountain ranges, and luxury properties in the Tahoe region, and is only growing in popularity. Residents of West Shore have stunning views of Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear waters and often have access to exclusive, private beaches through property owner’s associations.
There are all sorts of homes available on the West Shore, whether you are searching for an idyllic vacation home, lakefront estate, or an eclectic Old Tahoe cabin. Many people custom remodel older homes, but this does not mean that there is not a high degree of aesthetic harmony in West Tahoe. Whether you desire a mountain estate, waterfront property, or a decadent single-family home, West Tahoe has plenty of options.
What to Love
Close to resorts like the Homewood Mountain Resort
Shopping in downtown Tahoe City
Trekking the lake-long Tahoe Rim Trail
Plenty of outdoor recreation activities
Locals of West Tahoe enjoy the finer things in life. They have access to world-class spas, ski resorts, lakes, and golf courses, yet quiet living. West Tahoe is a highly affluent community and is perfect for retirees who want relaxation and fun in their late years and families seeking fun things for kids to do.
Of course, being located by Lake Tahoe defines most residents’ lifestyles to some extent. Whether a resident prefers to lounge at the beach or enjoy an upscale dinner on the lake, or would rather engage in aquatic sports like boating, fishing, and swimming, Lake Tahoe offers all kinds of fantastic activities and opportunities. Locals can craft their lifestyle on the West Tahoe to fit their needs and preferences.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
A great advantage of living in West Tahoe is enjoying the various dining options available in the region. Set in a ski lodge-like environment and a tradition of West Tahoe residents for over 100 years, Swiss Lakewood offers the quintessential West Tahoe fine dining experience. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful artwork and dark wood furniture, serving unique Swiss cuisine. For a taste of fresh Californian fare, locals stop by Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique. This eatery in nearby Tahoe City combines Asian and European influences to craft delicious dishes in a sophisticated setting.
Offering lakeside seating by Lake Tahoe, Christy Hill is renowned for its French bistro style and impeccable service. Its various menu options including fresh pappardelle pasta, artisanal cheese, and iconic dark chocolate torte, are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Another waterfront location is River Grill, serving delectable surf ‘n’ turf plates. Its bi-level structure allows plenty of guests to visit, and River Grill also hosts live music nights, creating a lively and dynamic environment.
Things to Do
There are so many things to do for residents of West Tahoe. Lovers of outdoor winter sports enjoy visiting Homewood Mountain Resort for their fix of skiing and snowboarding. The resort offers season passes and lessons for beginners and has a variety of trails (67 runs) for people of all skill levels. Another ideal place for winter sports is Blackwood Canyon SNO-PARK. This park has trails that are suitable for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, accompanied by stunning mountain views. Tahoe Cross Country (Tahoe XC) located in Tahoe City is also very popular with locals who like to cross country and skate ski on beautifully groomed trails with amazing scenery.
No worries if you are vacationing on the West Shore and don’t own a boat. SWA Watersports – Lake Tahoe Boat Rentals has you covered. Renting a boat is the best way to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe. You can choose to rent a boat for a few days, ranging from a speedboat to a jetski, or you can select a daily rental option and utilize a pontoon or private charter. For a day full of adventure and breathtaking views, check out Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks. These adventure parks have aerial ropes courses and ziplines, so you can explore Tahoe from the sky. Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks are a great family activity, and cater to a wide range of ages and abilities.