Postcards, travel

Postcard #2: Holiday at Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay/Vikingsholm June, 2011 © Erin Zaleski

The trailhead to the late Lora Josephine Knight’s ’20s-era holiday home looks deceptively summery, but remnants of one of the region’s longest winters–it snowed on June 6– has all but eliminated typical mid-June activities. Swimming is out, most trails are off limits, and the river is too swollen for rafting. What’s a girl (and her visiting Nordic Lad) to do? Take a cue from Tahoe’s jazz age set, of course.

Just as it took a certain level of  ingenuity and determination to construct a Scandinavian-style mansion in the middle of the Sierras, so too does it require resourcefulness and fortitude to find hikes that didn’t involve trudging through tall snow drifts or plunging through river wells (don’t ask me how I know this). The determination paid off, and now I can’t stop raving about Nevada’s steep Flume Trail, where you can catch one of Tahoe’s most picturesque panoramas.

To unwind after the steep ascent we headed to Moody’s Bistro and Bar for prosecco, cabernet, and their signature tomato soup en croute. Located in nearby Truckee, the restaurant is housed in the historic Truckee Hotel and offers live jazz  and a bygone-era ambiance.

Mrs. Josephine Kinight would approve.

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  • Reply Anders June 16, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Looks beautiful! I heard they serve delicous fois gras at the mansion 😉

  • Reply Erin June 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Free range and organic as well! 😉

  • Reply Friday Photo: Tahoe Blue | Eaton Communications March 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    […] I think Tahoe’s rich history also plays into its intrigue. The lake has served as a glamorous getaway for everyone from old-school Hollywood celebrities to infamous gangsters. Lester “Baby Face Nelson” Gillis was a regular at the Tahoe Inn (the Blue Agave, today), Frank Sinatra roamed the now-defunct Cal Neva casino, and socialite Lora Josephine Knight constructed a Scandinavian-style summer mansion on the banks of Emerald Bay.  […]

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