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This was our shortest travel day yet. Only took a little over an hour to get from Reno to the quaint little town of Gardnerville. Looking forward to 2 days hanging with Harry's Godmom Ginny, her husband Shane, kids Alicia, Max, Sarah, my namesake Tina & Jessie. My cousin Ginny is one of the most creative teachers and moms I know! During summer break the weekdays have a theme and we were lucky enough to be here ...
... some ice cream. The highlight of the afternoon was our visit to the Silver Queen Saloon and Hotel for a drink at a wooden bar that dates back to the late 1800s; another feature of the saloon was a floor to ceiling picture of the “Queen” that is adorned with 3,261 silver dollars, which is a tribute to the miners of the Combination shaft that is 3,261 feet deep. While having our drinks we spoke to the bar tender who informed us that ...
Sunday June 29, 2014
Today we headed west on US Rt. 50 to Lake Tahoe and the scenic drives that surround the lake. To get there we had to climb the mountains to the west of us, the road was a 4 lane
divided highway that over several miles, most of which were at a 6% grade, climbed over 2,500 feet. As we climbed from the desert ...
... our checked luggage & had a brief interview with each couple, wanting to know where we've been, what we've been doing, where we plan to go, when we are leaving etc etc. We we're let out about 10 mins before our flight was about to board. Crazy!! Anyway, they are only doing their job & it was an interesting experience. You kinda think to yourself, even though you know you have done nothing wrong - just act normal, just act ...
A beautiful drive up into the mountains brought us to Lake Tahoe where we spent two days and one night.
1. On a hot, busy summer weekend, make sure you get to the lakefront parks early or you may not find a parking spot.
2. Lake Tahoe would have made a great national park, rather than the haphazardly overdeveloped tourist site that it is now. Plan to visit the local parks, not the town of South Lake ...
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Romantic Getaway- We will be back!
My fiance and I got married on April 1, . Jerry (the owner) performed the ceremony for us, and Kevin (owner) was our witness/photographer. We did it exactly the way we imagined eloping. The inn was was very quiet and we felt completely secluded. The attention to detail is everywhere. We stayed in the Sequoia room and couldn't have been more pleased. The bed was very comfortable (always important!) and we never heard a peep from the other guests. We felt as if we were the only ones there and the inn was full. The breakfasts were gourmet and plentiful. You definately feel spoiled. My Jerry & Kevin were very charming. Our favorite places to eat were Evan's, and Cafe Fiore. Our stay was perfect and we plan to return each year on our anniversary.
Our Favorite Lake Tahoe Inn
We love to stay at the Black Bear in when in Lake Tahoe. The breakfast is delicious, and the portions are very large. The beds are very comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. Kevin and Jerry are wonderful hosts, know the area well and are very helpful in arranging restaurant reservations. We can't wait to come back in July.
We have stayed at the Black Bear Inn every October since they opened. The accommodations are wounderful, either in the main lodge or the cabins. We particulary like the Snow Shoe Cabin, and have begun to think of it as our own home away from home. Jerry and Kevin are great host, and always make us feel welcome. The breakfast are wounderful, Brie cheese and apple omelet my personal favorite.
We plan to continue visiting the Black Bear Inn for many years to come.
We have stayed at the Black Bear Inn on three different occasions and cannot say enough wonderful things about our experiences while there. There simply is nothing to fault. We have stayed at many other hotels in South Lake Tahoe since we ski at least 10 weekends each season. There nowhere to stay at South shore that even comes close to the experience we have had at the Black Bear Inn.
The Black Bear Inn is wonderful! We have never been let down in many annual trips to beautiful Lake Tahoe. We've stayed in most of the rooms in the lodge, but our favorite is the Snowshoe Thompson Cabin out back. It is so spacious and tastefully decorated with antiques. It's like a second home! We always plan to spend at least one full day just relaxing at the BBI, usually watching an old favorite movie while the snow drifts down outside. Favorites: Eggs Benedicts, wine & cheese social hour, and our hosts, Kevin & Jerry.
Top Notch On Every Level!
What a wonderful place to stay! From waking up to an excellent breakfast in the morning, to falling asleep in the glow of a crackling fire at night, we enjoyed the hospitality and attention to every detail throughout the entire day at the Black Bear Inn!
We look forward to our next visit, and will recommend this place to all of our friends.
1st class accommodations
I have stayed at the Black Bear Inn every visit to Tahoe since its opening. It is an outstanding bed and breakfast with 1st class accommodations. The atmosphere, hospitality, and accommodations are exemplary. It is evident that the host are interested in making this bed and breakfast top of the line.
Black Bear Inn has top-notch accomodations, wonderful wine & cheese as well as an outstanding, full-service breakfast. The rooms have a fireplace that can be turned on from your bed, a seperate bath as well as a TV & DVD/VCR player. DVD/VCR tapes are available for checkout. The breakfast is prepared each morning by the gracous hosts of the inn. You will love it!
For the price ($250-400) we expected a true full service inn with special touches. Tahoe is not a pricey area as far as hotels go...so we thought this price range would get us a step above the norm there...not true. For starters, the inn is located between a discount motel and a REALLY rundown apt complex. Was not at all like it appears on their website (site crops photos in to avoid these other buildings). The rooms are fairly nice, but pretty much basic. Plain bathroom, average beds and bedding. Bargain thin towels. Nothing much for toiletries or special little touches. CHEAP office carpet for flooring in the rooms. Beautiful main room though--very charming. Very nice breakfast served from 8:30-9:30am.....but if you want coffee before then, you have to go to the Starbucks 2 mi away....none in the rooms or offered in the main lodge outside that 1hr window. VERY annoying inconvenience as this was supposed to be a full service B&B. Evening wine is served in plastic goblets. The cabins are charming (closer to the $400) but are right next door to the scummy apt building. We really wanted to like this place, but would not recommend it or return. Innkeepers are nice enough....but this is WAAAAY too much $$ for what you get. No specials either...I tried as we were there during the week during a slow time. No go. If you want quaint and charming, book the Cottage Inn over near the north shore instead...we toured that and found it to be really cute with a GREAT location on the water. Cheaper too.
The hotel is amazing, beautiful cabins and the attention to detail is fantastic. We planned our wedding here, the service was beautiful and we can not fault anything. A word of warning, if you don't want to be constantly hasseled about parking, money, and because we decided to have a glass of champagne in our cabin with some friends and family after we got charge an additional $400!
We wouldn't have minded if we would have been told beforehand.
beautiful, charming, but read the smallprint.