Summer in the Sierra Nevada.
A year ago, we ran a design story in Sierra Living about a couple with three children who bought and remodeled a townhome near Northstar. The wife admitted she’d initially been unenthused: She’d grown up in Placerville with a dad who ski patrolled, and had grown weary of snow as a child. But when she visited Tahoe one June with her husband, everything changed. “I had no idea about Tahoe in summer,” she said.
Amusingly, I find myself in a similar situation. I’ve always dreamed of an A-frame near the lake, something built in the ’50s and relatively untouched: knotty pine, a roaring wood-burning stove, cunning bedrooms upstairs tucked under that slanted roof, built-in bunk beds for children. But my SoCal born-and-bred husband has not. So when I began re-introducing this idea—as the perfect life for us once our children are through with school (UC Berkeley Law for her; UC Davis undergrad for him)—I got plenty of push-back.
“It’s 13 degrees in South Lake,” he would report somberly on a winter morning, at home in southwestern Placer County, where our temperature was four times that. Or even more alarmingly: “There are winter storm warnings! The forecast says a foot of snow! They are closing the highways!” I eventually talked him into a family weekend there this past January, to try it out, and the kids happily snowshoed to Emerald Bay, while I was charmed by the wintry lake and the glittering snow (“I forgot it sparkles in the sun like diamonds!”). Meanwhile, however, my husband was slipping and sliding in his sneakers on the ice, a look of abject misery on his face, and saying things like, “It feels so claustrophobic—all this snow piled up everywhere!”
But summer may be changing his mind. While working on the calendar of events for this issue, I kept happily calling down the stairs: “Kurt Elling is appearing in Incline Village with the Reno Jazz Orchestra—tickets are only $29! Free concerts at Lakeview Beach every Thursday and in Heavenly Village every Friday and Saturday! Paddleboarding festival at Kings Beach! Farmers’ market on Ski Run Boulevard with organic produce! Sample the Sierra in Bijou Park!” It’s far from over, this debate, but he has at least started to open my Zillow links.
Whether it ultimately changes his mind or not, we are happy to bring you summer in Tahoe—which is every bit as fun as winter in Tahoe, if not more so, and as our cover story makes clear, it doesn’t just mean sitting on the beach. There are world-class music and theatrical and yoga events, historical tours that take you back to the luxury of Old Tahoe, easy hikes that lead you to stunning vistas, and pier bars—with specialty cocktails—you can drive your boat to.
And it’s not just Tahoe of course: You’ll find street fairs, art, outdoor movies, concerts, marathons, professional sporting events, and food/wine/craft beer festivals all over our region this summer. You can also work for a week in Yosemite, helping maintain the park during the day and camping under the stars at night. And as always, we have plenty of advice about where to buy (or pick) farm-fresh, local produce and how to prepare it for effortless entertaining.
So get out there this summer, with your reluctant spouse or screen-bound children. Who knows? They may also one day say, “I had no idea about the Sierra Nevada in summer.”
Thea Marie Rood