It's most likely that during your trip to Lake Tahoe you will be provided service by the people who work and live here. Use these Lake Tahoe travel tips to help make your vacation the best one ever.
Patience Must Be Practiced
So much has changed in Lake Tahoe since the pandemic began. Businesses had to close due to loss of income and staff. Workers had to leave due to lack affordable housing. Employees who used to travel from abroad were prevented from arriving. We've had to learn how to provide the services and experiences we offer with fewer staff and supplies.
Be patient with us. If you are attempting to reserve or book an experience allow us the time to get back to you. It is likely that we are on another call or engaging with someone else when you call or email. Assume that your food might take a bit longer to be prepared or delivered. We're all doing our best to do all of the things that need to get done to make your vacation amazing.
Give Everyone Space
The practice of six feet of distance and shifting to virtual engagement has put us all in a new mindset. Lines appear longer and, with more people out and about, wait times have increased. On-demand may have made some of us more demanding. Many people are so happy to be freed from the restrictions of lockdown that they want to take advantage and make up for all that was missed.
Give us space to prepare your experience. Whether you are dining or boating, attending a Yoga class or parasailing adventure, going for a bike ride or relaxing on the beach, we're gathering the materials and setting up the space for you to enjoy.
Make sure you read all the information given to you when you book or before you depart for your location. Schedule additional time for travel and finding the business. Arrive tend minutes early prepared to wait until they are ready for you. Listen to all the instructions and directions. Give us the space to create an incredible experience.
Know Before You Go
Many of the experiences offered in Lake Tahoe are offered by professionals. Those that have survived over time are probably doing things right. Although you might find someone offering something new and even cheaper be aware before booking.
Did you know that charter boat captains on Lake Tahoe should be licensed by the Coast Guard? Concession permits are required on public lands. Massage therapists are regulated and all businesses should be licensed. Although many are, some services offered in Lake Tahoe are not following the rules.
Before booking any experience do your research. Make sure that you are receiving a legitimate service from a licensed company. Reach out and ask questions beforehand. Call around and compare answers before reserving or booking. By doing so you not only protect yourself, you protect the businesses that have done things right.
Keep Your Host Happy
If you're traveling to Tahoe for a celebration we are ready for you. Experiences like Tahoe Tastings, Tahoe Club Crawl, Private Yoga, Lake Tahoe Boat Rides, and Dare to Pair are designed for groups. We want to help you have fun during your visit.
Help us help you have the best time. You know your group better than we do. It's important that you consider your group's dynamics before you book as well as before you arrive. Make sure there is someone in the group who will step up and manage things before the situation gets out of control. Be prepared to tell your captain or guide that your group can't go on. When you take responsibility for yourself and your group you help us to focus on our job of managing the experience.
Before you called, filled out that form, or emailed to request your reservation time, energy, planning, and money went into creating your experience. This blog is a representation of the constant work and attention that Lake Tahoe businesses put in to the experience you receive.
Yes, everyone providing a service should be tipped. If you are being guided by the owner of the Yoga studio, led by the developer of the bar crawl, photographed by the owner of the company, it is a demonstration of their dedication to the business as a whole and their presence in it. They are just as deserving of recognition for the work they are doing as the teacher, chaperone, or server that they hire to support their business.
Know You're Not the Only One
Around 15 million people visit Lake Tahoe every year. That means we provide services to thousands of people. By the time you arrive in the basin we have probably said the same thing thousands of times. We have waited for thousands of minutes. We have answered the same question with the same response a thousand or more times. These repetitions can wear us down.
It may be your first time Forest Bathing. Maybe you're a beginner paddle boarder. This could be your first wine tasting. Remember that you're not the first first-timer we've guided. If the experience is not rated for beginners, don't sign up. If it's clearly stated that beginners are welcome trust that your guide knows what to do.
Your guide may not be all sunshine and rainbows when you arrive. Their job is not to be your friend, it is to create an experience. This could be the thousandth time they are doing it. They may be fatigued from working the previous day. Perhaps they are just having a tough go of it at the moment. Before you judge them or write a nasty review take a moment to remember that you aren't the only one they've served. If your service provider truly fails at their job be sure to let the manager or owner know how they fell short.
To learn more about what we offer and our providers at Bliss Experiences visit our website. Request a private event or reserve your space for a curated offering.
Seeking bliss while vesting the basin? We recommend checking out these things to do in Lake Tahoe in Summer. They include opportunities for exploration of our outdoor playground as well as peaceful moments for reflection and connection.
Become one with the lake when you join a tour with Clearly Tahoe. Their kayaks are designed for exploration. Take a slow tour around Sand Harbor, the south shore, or Bonsai Rock, as well as other locations. Soak up the morning sun or watch the water change color as the sun sets over the West Shore.
Their specialty lies in protecting, transporting, and managing these unique boats that offer an experience that gives you the sense of feeling as though you are truly one with the lake. Take advantage of this opportunity to view all of Tahoe from sky to lake bottom. Gaze down into the depths of the lake and sit back to ponder the the height of the mountains. Spend time listening to the surrounding sounds. Allow yourself a few moments of peace as you float among giant boulders on peaceful water.
When asked what time of day is the best for visiting the beach we recommend two: early morning and late afternoon. Summer days in Tahoe are long and we recommend taking advantage of the entirety of the day.
Beach Yoga classes are offered during the more mild parts of the day; at 9am and 5:30pm. Private Sessions can be requested for just about anytime, but Lake Tahoe Yoga recommends avoiding the heat of the day. These classes include so much more than poses. Your guide is trained in varying the practice using the surroundings as tools. You'll be challenged to focus upon the practice instead of the happenings around. The sand will move beneath you creating new experiences in balance and steadiness. Listen carefully to the cueing and may find yourself attempting postures you never have before. Considered the second best savasana in Tahoe, the final resting pose includes a special trick for creating comfort while you rest on the sand, soak up the sun, and relax on the beach.
Early birds definitely get the best experiences when it comes to things to do in Lake Tahoe in summer. Lake Tahoe Balloons offers a truly unique way to experience the basin. After traveling on their custom balloon boat to the perfect launching spot, you'll embark on a hot air tour high above the lake.
You'll receive refreshments and food to energize your body and mind for the flight. Climb into the basket and launch up into the endless blue skies above Tahoe. Your captains are highly trained professionals who keep the boat and balloon afloat while you gaze upon the beauty of the glassy waters below you. With the exception of the sound of the burner and your fellow travelers, the silence of the morning draws your attention. Soak in the scene from your bird's eye view.
Did you know that Tahoe has trees that smell like vanilla or maple syrup? Falcons, Eagles, and Mountain Chickadees reign the skies. Tiny creatures hide in every crevice and crack waiting for the moment to spring into action gathering supplies for the Winter. If you take your time to experience the space around you, your senses will become more refined and you'll notice so much more.
Take a walk with a guide who will show you how to truly appreciate the sounds, sights, smells, and even tangible aspects of the trip. Forest Bathing is more than walking through the woods. It is a mindful experience and connection with the natural world. Felix Brosch of EarthKraft is our recommended guide for these blissful strolls through the woods. In his words, "Forest Bathing is a chance to allow someone else to hold space and time for you so you can let go and be on Forest Time."
In my opinion, there is no better variation on savasana than the one offered during Paddle Yoga with Lake Tahoe Yoga. The studio has been guiding practices on the water since 2011. Most likely the first to do so in the Tahoe basin, they are the most knowledgeable and offer the most robust experience.
Your Paddle Yoga session includes all of the tools necessary for accessing the water. Beginners are welcome. Everyone receives a mini-lesson that includes instruction in paddling as well as what to expect once out on the water. You'll participate in a leisurely paddle well beyond shore to a peaceful spot with 365* views. Every posture is an opportunity to take in a new perspective and soak up that Tahoe magic. Your movements are complimented with floating restoration as you relax in the corpse posture being rocked by the water. This experience wouldn't be complete without complimentary photos that you can download for use on all your social media apps.
As you can see if you're looking for bliss the list of things to do in Lake Tahoe in summer are almost infinite. For more ideas on what to look for check out Tahoe South's things to do homepage.
I'll eat just about anything while drinking wine, but I hadn't ever really thought about the value of actually pairing wine with the snacks I enjoy. Laura Burgess of Laura Uncorked introduced us to Dare to Pair wine tasting in Lake Tahoe and now my mind and senses are racing.
Swirl, Sniff, Swish
Wine tasting in Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite things to do in the basin. It's a classy way to spend a weekend and fill up your rack, refrigerator, or cellar with wines that you curated yourself. I never learned how to taste wine. I swirl it in my glass, look at the color, sniff it a bit, and then sip it down. If I like it, I have more, if not I move on to the next.
During Dare to Pair wine tasting in Lake Tahoe Laura gives a brief, but comprehensive introduction to actually tasting wine. Afterward, you will never taste it in the same way. She guides you as you smell, savor, and explore the flavors of each wine. Note taking is encouraged. After tasting all of the samples I struggled to remember exactly what made the first two or three unique.
We all know what potato chips taste like, right? Or do we? After exploring the flavors of wine so deeply we transitioned over to foods. This first Dare to Pair included potato chips. Plain, Sour Cream & Onion, and Barbeque. Have you ever actually tasted these foods, like really tasted them?
In a similar fashion to the wine tasting we explored the flavor of each chip. Being that these were more familiar we didn't spend quite as much time exploring the flavors. It was fun to hear how each hit our palettes. Not everyone tasted the same things while sampling the chips.
Dependent upon how technical you want to get, the next step is to explore the various combinations of wine and food. Of course, there were those of us who took a bite, took a sip, and took another bite. Some of us tried one flavor and went through all the wines with it.
Discussions began, arguments and disagreements occurred. Some found a match immediately. There were lots of "Hmms," and "Ewws," and even some, "No's." Most interesting was that not everyone agreed on the flavor pairings. There were some unanimous votes, though.
Curated or Customized
The great thing about being in charge is that I get special treatment. When asked what I wanted as a "twist" in the experience I suggested salt and vinegar chips. Adding in this flavor surprised us all! If you want to choose the twist, or the foods you can book a private Dare to Pair for your group and request your favorites for the event. Laura will know exactly what wine to pair.
We've curated a series of Dare to Pair events that are open for all. You can reserve your space for Grilled Cheese, Barbeque, and Tomatoes. Space is limited, so book early.
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Virtual or Live; this is the question. Each has it's merits, but which is the Right choice for you? We delve into the advantages and disadvantages of both outlets and how our Tahoe meeting space can provide you with an in-person venue as well as virtual offerings. In business or pleasure we'll make sure that you'll create positive memories for a lifetime.
Seeing, hearing, watching, and engaging in real life with others provides us with opportunities to connect in a multitude of ways. As we interact we collect all types of information from each other. Whether we notice it, or not, we are gathering details about personalities, preferences, comfort levels, and more.
At Bliss Experiences we consider all of these aspects when curating our experiences. When you join one of our classes, workshops or lectures, our intention is to create opportunities for you to feel noticed and understood as well as to connect with your guide. Our in-person experiences are more than guided tours; they are chances for all of us to experience Bliss and union.
Developing the skills necessary to present and participate in virtual experiences takes time. During the pandemic there was much to be learned in regard to managing virtual rooms on Zoom, behaving appropriately while presenting, making sure the perspective from the camera to the screen was accurate, recording, editing, being patient with sound delays, and dealing with internet & tech issues.
Now that we have become professionals at virtual presentations and as participants these skills will continue to remain useful. We can attend classes, workshops, lectures, and more live and on-demand with the people we choose no matter where we are. There are countless opportunities to learn from others and experience new things.
Some things will never be the same virtually as they are in real life. Experiencing a room, location, or space is one such thing. There is nothing quite like floating on the lake on a paddle board. A hike in the woods is more full when you are there in person. A room looks very different when you can see all four walls, the ceiling, and floor with a turn of your head.
Spaces hold energy and Bliss Experiences Tahoe meeting space is designed to do so. Every color and all of the décor was specifically chosen to create a sense of peace, calm, and relaxation. Whether wine tasting, checking out the latest styles, painting Tahoe, or practicing Yoga, we hope that you'll experience of sense of reconnection with nature and yourself while sharing our space.
The Magic of Connection
Sweet and salty, Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Pasta and Cheese; some things just work well together. Creating experiences that include both live and virtual attendees is no easy task.
Our new space is outfitted with a 10' projection screen, camera, and video equipment. You will be able to attend workshops, lectures, and classes in-person as well as virtually in real time. We hope to help you connect with teacher, guides, and presenters, as well as the other participants from any distance.
We're looking forward to seeing you in 360* and sharing Bliss Experiences with you outdoors, in our new space, and virtually.
We have lived through an historical moment. Has it changed you? It has certainly changed me and reinforced my desire for Bliss.
Less is Good
The transition from "stay at home" to "normal" has an interesting vibration to it. There is an energetic buzz and a sense of exploding excitement over the opportunity to return to doing all the things we did before the pandemic.
While following the directives to stay at home I learned a valuable lesson: I don't need very much. I don't need fancy food or cocktail service. I don't need live concerts (although they are fun) or pedicures. I don't need to go shopping for new clothes, toys, or belongings. I don't need to be doing things all of the time. Less is more.
I grew up playing with whatever was available. We would run around the fields, climb trees, build rock & tree forts, and build mud pies. Our imaginations allowed us to create anything out of anything.
The first time my sister visited me in Tahoe she said, "You live in a postcard." When I guide tours and classes people ask, "do you ever get tired of this?" My answer is, "Never." I get to live the dream and value that I do it in Lake Tahoe and recognize how the choices I made in life helped me to get here. At Bliss Experiences our intention is to help you develop similar values for your life.
Every day I get to look at a beautiful lake, run through the forest, walk on the beach, stand on top of a mountain, hike through the desert, bike, ski, paddle and play. The pandemic has added stress to my life, but enjoying Tahoe has helped me to manage it.
Patience & Empathy
People fled the cities when the pandemic hit. There was a general perception shift that the mountains are safer than the seaside. Our tiny community became inundated with visitors and new residents. The lack of infrastructure, staff, response teams, inability to educate, and enforcement became increasingly evident and the impact has been significant.
Tahoe runs on tourism. We have gotten better, throughout the years, at supporting and sharing information with the influx of visitors that come to the basin every Winter and Summer. This year was a new opportunity for us to learn and change our practices.
As a business owner I had to become more patient. Messaging from my business had to change. I had to constantly remind myself to try to understand the perspective others have; they are just trying to do something "normal" The pandemic has helped me become more patient and empathetic with myself and others.
Sense of Community
Small businesses are the soul of our country. As businesses began to shutter it was obvious that the corporations and larger ones would survive. Small, individually and family owned business needed our patronage.
Bliss Experiences promotes and partners with the small businesses and professionals in our community. The pandemic further reminded me to remain in touch and to continue to bolster them. As we emerge from this historical moment we will continue to grow our list of providers so that you can continue to experience Bliss with them.
I believe that when spending time with someone it is important that your full attention be dedicated to that experience. When teaching classes, guided lessons, or out on a tour I am fully focused upon making the experience special for those joining in.
Now that we are using more virtual tools including live video streams it's easy to be doing many things at once: live feed while recording for later while doing an Instagram live and chatting over text.
I chose to continue to practice focusing upon the task at hand even while learning to use new formats for teaching. I have noticed that, as I venture back out into the world, I would rather be with a small group and have dedicated conversations than in a place where there is a larger crowd and many distractions. Being present and enjoying the moment makes for a far better experience.
When Bliss Experiences opens we will continue to honor quality of experience over quantity of participants so that we can be dedicated to making yours the best.
There are so many things to love about Tahoe, and a few that are not so loveable. Learn more about the things that bring us Bliss when we enjoy Tahoe and the stuff that we all could do without.
We Love Those Big, Blue Skies
One of my favorite views is that of the sky in Tahoe. The color changes daily. I love it on a crisp Winter day when the tree branches are tufted in white. During the Spring the flowering trees can make the blue seem even deeper. In the Summertime the sky sometimes appears turquoise. Daily, hourly, even by the minute, the color of the sky can change.
But the Traffic. . .
A noticeable effect of the Covid-19 pandemic was a reduction in pollutants due to decreased travel. In Tahoe, it wasn't the air pollution that we noticed had decreased, but rather, how few vehicles were on the road and how quiet our town had become.
As the pandemic continued to limit activities in other places our town became more and more inundated with visitors in need of a mountain escape. The traffic increased and, soon, the roads were as packed as they become on Independence Day Weekends. Before you travel to enjoy Tahoe and a view of our beautiful blue skies take a moment to learn about how to travel safely to and around the basin.
Check out these resouces:
Tahoe Road Trip
Parking In Tahoe
Winter Driving In Tahoe
The Dangers of Parking for Snow Play
Fields of Fluffy Snow
A fresh snowfall leaves everything blanketed in white. It is one of the most quiet times to be outdoors. Walks in the woods, cross country skiing, backcountry tours, and resort adventures are "in." The forest colors and smells are a little different. The beaches have a different feel to them. It can seem like there is endless space for play. It's just magical.
But the Disprespect. . .
Now, I have only lived in Tahoe for a dozen or so years, but I have never seen what I have seen this Winter before. The meadow near my home is a lovely place to enjoy a walk or snow play. There is a small parking lot nearby that provides all you need including bathrooms and baggies for dog poop. Instead of accessing these amenities visitors parked on highway shoulder to access the meadow and even created fires which could have easily gotten out of control and put our homes at risk. Trash from broken sleds, packaging and food was picked up by the pounds.
It's important to look for signage before stopping to take photos, a walk, or play in the snow. If there isn't a parking lot or sign that indicates you can park, don't do it. If you don't see a fire pit you probably shouldn't have one. If there aren't trash cans available be prepared to carry out that which you brought with you. Look for and read the signs posted. They are there to help you know how to respect and protect the area.
All That Open Space
Living in Tahoe is not easy. You have to earn the lifestyle. We pick and choose our days off, where we play, what we do, and who we do it with. Yes, we have secret stashes and hidden spots. Sometimes we choose not to go to a place we love because it's better to allow those who can't always get to it to enjoy it. Timing is everything. We know exactly where to be, when, so we can experience Bliss.
But, the Evidence of Humans. . .
Leave no trace is an important practice. Like staying within the ropes at a ski resort or putting away your toys at home; leaving no trace is a way of demonstrating integrity. Remember those big blue skies and fields of fluffy snow? You can be the one who let's everyone else enjoy them when you leave no trace.
-Carry out your stuff (and whatever else you find that doesn't belong)
-Leave stones, sticks, logs, etc. where they are (unless they are dangerous)
-Leave the snow as it was before you arrived
-Clean up after your pet
Bliss is Everywhere
Bliss can be shared among all of us if we are all considerate of each other wherever we are. Whether you are enjoying the views, playing in the snow, exploring a new spot, or spending time in your favorite place consider how your behavior could be effecting others. Can you make the change to have a positive effect?
If you're seeking more information about planning a trip to Tahoe we're here to help. From experiences to resources and classes to guides our intention is to shared Bliss with you.
Tahoe is a wonderland. Every season creates not only beautiful landscapes, but also new opportunities to get outside and play. For those of us that enjoy playing in the outdoors there are some simple practices we can all engage in to spread cheer all year and everywhere.
In the show “The Crown” the queen educates Margaret Thatcher on proper behavior while stalking a stag. She mentions the importance of dressing properly, speaking quietly, and avoiding wearing perfumes. The same is true for spending time outside while visiting Tahoe.
Before heading outdoors consider your clothing; are you dressed practically for the temperature and weather? Have you dressed up as though going out to dinner or spending time in snow, dirt, and potentially changing weather conditions? Feel free to skip putting on scents that distract from those naturally occurring in the forest and you’ll be able to enjoy the smells of juniper, ponderosa, and sage.
Listen to the Silent Trees
There are so many magical sounds to hear while you are outside. From unique birds to the whisper of the wind and the crunch of snow beneath your feet the opportunity to fully experience the outdoors includes listening.
Leave your personal speaker or stereo at home. If you do choose to listen to music do so with one headphone only. Not only will you be better able to hear the sounds of the next osprey or eagle that flies overhead, you will also be able to hear other people as they approach you.
Leave Only Footprints
As you travel take notice of the naturally occurring flora and fauna around you. Banana and orange trees do not grow in Tahoe. Plastic bottles and wrappings do not grow on any of our plants.
Help to decrease litter in the basin by not only carrying out what you have brought with you, but also by grabbing any trash you find while outdoors. In addition, leave the outdoors outside. Building cairns, taking pinecones, or gathering other items from the forest impacts the basin. Take only photos and leave nature in its place. Leave the place you visited just as it was before you arrived.
Not all parking areas have parking spaces delineated. When parking at a trailhead or in a backcountry access area take a moment to consider the shape, how other cars are parked and how your vehicle can fit while taking up the least amount of space.
It helps to check out the license plates. Look for a car with local plates and take note of how they parked. They may know some unspoken rule and following their example is likely a good choice. Remember to get out of your car cautiously when parking in outdoor access areas and be sure to keep your person, pets, and belongings out of the way of other vehicles. Be considerate and aware of your surroundings at all times. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to turn off the “beep” sound that your car alarm makes when you lock it up.
Share the Space
You are unlikely to be the only person exploring Tahoe’s outdoors. With every step you take, imagine that you are about to walk into a stranger’s home. After all, you aren’t in yours anymore.
While adventuring into this new territory remember that all of the animals and plants call it home. Not only are you likely the only animal in the area, you are probably not the only human. Allow others to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents.
Show your respect for the wilderness and it will show you it’s magic
We're always happy to share Bliss with you! Allow us to be your guides when you visit Tahoe. Our inside knowledge and connections will make your trip blissful.
Travel might not be in the plans, or the budget, but that doesn't mean you can't have Tahoe while staying home. Learn more about our virtual experiences.
Come Together From Afar
Many of us are working from home. With services like Slack, Zoom and Teams making it easy to do our work and connect virtually meetings, training, and team building is changing.
Virtual experiences are customized to meet your needs as a team. We curate the best providers from Tahoe and beyond to help you to bring your team together no matter where you are. We organize everything and host your event on our applications. We can even record your sessions for future use and review.
Avoid the Crowds
Traveling is stressful. The energy, cost, time, and frustration involved in trying to get somewhere can deplete your enthusiasm about where you were headed. Virtual experiences eliminate travel time allowing you to enjoy experiences from home. You can even spend time with friends or family who live internationally without the hefty price of an airline ticket.
Set up your lawn chair or hammock and get ready for guided meditation practices, experiential workshops, and engaging activities. You can practice Yoga along with our guides from your living room, backyard or deck. We'll create a list of materials you'll need to get creative and even cook along with our providers.
Stay Home, Stay Safe, Be Well
If you're not feeling quite your self, but you still want to join in the fun, a virtual experience is a great way to include everyone with reduced risk. Virtual experiences can also be recorded and shared later. Those who are unable to attend in person can watch at a later time.
A wedding video provides you with the opportunity to experience your special day for the rest of your life. Our Virtual Bliss Experiences allow you to do the same with your bachelorette party, birthday celebration, milestone event, family reunion, and countless other reasons for coming together. So, even that person who missed out while sick can feel virtually there.
We Have the Best Views
As curators of experiences we have sought out some of the best spots from which to offer our experiences. We have exclusive access to hidden meadows, cassidyboathouse.com/boathouses and on-water access. We won't be sticking you in a conference room or office space. You'll have the best views of Tahoe while you practice, learn and engage with our providers.
We've become skilled at setting up the perfect shot and know how to adjust our sound and yours to create peaceful practices, engaging conversation, Q & A moments as well as quality workshops and lectures. Your experience can be adjusted to suit the needs and desires of your group.
Experience Virtual Bliss
Our curators have chosen specific topics, experiences and providers that align with the needs of a variety of organizations and groups.
If you're interests lie in quality time and connecting with others on a more personal level then allows us to honor your requests and create a custom experience.
Ready to experience Virtual Bliss? Take the next step and request your experience.
Jenay Aiksnoras, Experience Curator