Travel Blogs from South Lake Tahoe
... down that gave us a lighter and wished us well.
We ended up walking 3 miles before setting up camp and realizing we were in black bear country with no rope. Did we want to sleep with our food? The question was answered for us, right on the edge of the campsite laid a big pile of bear poop. We dug a hole to hide the food and called it a night.
I'm pretty tired after a long week of work. It's only 9 but I started falling asleep writing this.!
... trip. As an added bonus the route wasn't crowded and I was able to move at a pace faster than 10mph. The route to the pass had me climbing some of the steepest (26-28Degrees) roads I've ever seen. The road had few guard rails or barriers and was full of switchbacks and extreme elevation climbs with steep drop offs the entire way.
Coming down the eastern side of the mountain I was greeted by something unexpected. I started ...
... equipment to help with the fire and they had set up areas to inform people about the fire on the side of the road. They had blocked off all the little parking spots on the side of the road where you would normally take photos of the park for safety reasons but people were still stopping right on the road to take photos of all the black trees. Madi wondered what had happened to all ...
... a week. Our favorite training exercise was our Tuesday night climbs up Heavenly. A good 2,000 feet elevation climb and back down. Earlier in the summer when the days were long enough, we would pack sandwiches for dinner on the mountain. Now we are forced to stop at the Blue Angel Cafe on our way home.
... we descended down the narrow winding road past the first two campsite loops, and then to ours. Finding that our campground was right next to the road and across from a huge group. No wonder it was the last site...oh well. It was a perfectly good site. When we pulled in there was a car in our site, which happened to be one of the cars associated to the large group. The man recognized that we were here for the site, and came right over to move it. Then we ...
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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.