Travel Blogs from South Lake Tahoe
Getting the Honey Badger in shape takes work! Pete washed and waxed for several days, a section at a time. The biggest project created problems and it isn't finished nor do we know if it can be. That is the installation of the new back up monitor and camera. The monitor went easier than Pete expected but the camera has been a bugger. He can't figure out how to get the old one out! And it is the camera causing an unreliable picture. I've prepared several meals ...
... beach and enjoyed the sea and sunshine :)
Headed back to the campsite for a chilled afternoon of reading and cards....which almost didn't happen as our new neighbours arrived and decided to play Barry White very loudly....now this isn't to say we have anything against a bit of Barry, just not whilst trying to be at one with nature! ....they turned out to be a pretty nice couple and turned it down once they realised it was a teensy ...
This morning we left the clouds of Bodega Bay and headed off to Lake Tahoe.
The drive was beautiful as we past by Sonoma and Napa again then around Sacramento, past Folsom (didn't get to see the prison unfortunately - but both started singing Johnny Cash songs here!), through the El Dorado National Forest - which was stunning, and finally arrived in Lake Tahoe.
... 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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Historical Traveler Reviews Avalon Lodge South Lake Tahoe
Good find in South Lake
My wife and I just returned from Lake Tahoe. Our first two nights we spent at the Avalon, I can't say anything bad about this great little hotel. Location is good, as you walk to the gondola you notice other places to stay but can tell the quality is not the same as the Avalon. Rooms are very clean (bathrooms could stand to be updated but are clean) breakfast in the lobby and coffee in your room are very convient before you start your day. All in all great place to stay would stay again. As Hans will tell you, this is not the nicest place to stay in South Lake but is by far a cut above the rest, and after seeing surrounding hotels and lodges I can't argue.
Thanks Hans and Staff for operating this great place in South Lake.
Great and cheap alternative to casinos
My girlfriend and I stayed there in January and really enjoyed it. It was clean, very affordable and a short walk from the casinos. I definitely would recommend it and look forward to returning. Both of us liked it, which says a lot. The management was very nice and welcoming. It also seems to be a very quick walk to the beach (but couldn't tell with all the snow).
Stayed in room 12 at the Avalon Lodge in Jan. Room had fantastic jacuzzi tub and gas fireplace, coffee maker, fridge and micro which was convenient. Bathroom could use a bit of updating but was not disgusting. Parking right outside door. Room was pretty quiet..you could hear people walking upstairs occasionally, but nothing too disrupting. Lodge is located 3 blocks from Heavenly gondola which was a pretty long walk in ski boots, but not out of the question. within easy walking distance to the big casinos. Owners were very nice and accomodating. Unfortunatly I cant really say much nice about South Tahoe itself..did not find anywhere very good to eat and it definetly did not have a "ski town" feel to it. But the skiing at Heavenly, Squaw and Alpine were very good. Would totally stay at the Avalon again, and would make sure it was room 12.
My friend and I stayed at Avalon Lodge in early January 2005, right in the midst of the huge dump of snow Tahoe received. We had a blast! Hans and his wife were warm, friendly and helpful, the room was SO comfy (the little bear room ... and we especially loved the fireplace), breakfast was convenient, and the jacuzzi was pure heaven after 6 hours of snowboarding. The parking lot was a little small and difficult to maneuver in sometimes, but Hans and the staff did their best to clear away the huge piles of snow. Overall, we'd highly recommend Avalon Lodge and would definitely stay here again!
My family and I stayed at Avalon from December 27th thru December 30th. Overall it was a pretty good stay, but there are a few things that I feel I should point out. First the bad things....the room has a strong musty smell and the sheets and blankets on the bed were itchy. Also when I did some research in the area I found out that I could have got a similiar room for $59.00 compared to $104.00 that I paid. Now the good things..Hans and his wife were very polite. They picked us up and dropped us off for the our bus ride to the airport. Went to Caesers, Harrahs, Harveys, and Bill's Casino, but only had luck at Harveys. Hope this is useful.
A Great Find!
My husband and I stayed at Avalon Lodge in August, 2004. It was charming, romantic, and a great find. The room was spacious, neat, and clean. Customer service is wonderful. Hans and his wife are gracious hosts. We definitely will come back and stay here. If you stay at Avalon, do give Harry, their gorgeous puppy, a pat on the head for us!
Quiet and Romantic I highly reccomend
This lodge was great. The managment was very helpful and accomadating with all my request. The room was lovely with a soft comfortable queen bed that had luxury linens. The jacuzi was clean and the hot water was HOT and plentiful. There was also a full bath so we could run in for a quick shower before going out. Being 2-3 blocks from the gondola, the beach and all the casinos was really nice as we could walk to all the dinning and entertainment we could ask for. The continental breakfast was Great. I had a warm cinnamon roll and my girlfriend had a croissant drizzled with chocolate. Fresh juice was also provided. All in All a great trip, a great place to stay and you can't beat the rates.
This is the most misrepresented hotel I have ever had the misfortune to come across! We had reservations for last summer and it was the most run down, depressing hotel I have ever encountered. The exterior was shabby and in disrepair and the interior was downright disgusting. The carpet was ripped and stained, the bedspreads were old and didn't look clean. The tablecloth that hid the old table had a huge stain on it. Needless to say, we did not stay and because we had reserved online, we did not get a refund. DON'T BE FOOLED! My advice: If you want to stay anywere decent in South Lake Tahoe, spend the money and stay somewhere nice! There are just too many old, run down hotels.