This was commissioned by William Harrah to be placed in front of his casino in Tahoe. Sculpted by Avard Fairbanks and he has sculpted many other beautiful pieces of work all over the country. I hope they never move this beautiful statue.
The plaque reads:
In Commemroation of The Pony Express a fleeting and exciting epoch in the Winning of the West erected April 4th, 1963 by Harrah's William F. Harrah, President. The first Pony Express Rider passed here April 4th, 1860 on his way to Friday's Station are mount point 4/10th of a mile northwest at Edgewood, Nevada.
The Poney Express Seal:
National Pony Express Centennial Association 1860-61 Trail Marker 1860-61. Founders Operators Owners Pony Express Russell- Majors- Waddell
There lots to see and explore around Heavenly Village. Lots of wonderful places to sit and enjoy the outdoors and some very lovely sculptures and beautiful field of flowers. There is also a beautiful fountain in the middle.
Monday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Christmas/New Years Holiday Season:
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
Sunday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM *hours subject to change. Please call shop directly to confirm.
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What is so unique is during summer months this is a 18 hole mini golf course and during the winter months it converts to a ice skating rink. It looks like a wonderful place to spend the day, plus it gives some fun things to do for the kids.
Tucked away in the corner and near the mini golf course is the Cinema. Kind of nice when your trying to entertain the whole family.
Box Office Hours are as follows:
OPEN 15 MINUTES BEFORE FIRST SHOWING
CLOSE 15 MINUTES AFTER LAST SHOW
FOR ALL SHOWS UP TO 5:30 PM
CHILDREN 3 AND UNDER
$7.50 FOR SENIORS AND CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER
$10.00 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION
I guess I have mixed feeling about carriage rides. Yet, horses are meant to work and they are happiess when they are. Borges Family Sightseeing Carriage Rides looked fun, but we decided not too. Just wanted to walk around and explore by ourselves. They have been in business for 30 years. The carriages are of antique European carriage pulled by either a beautiful 2,000 pound Blond Belgian draft horses or one of the family's rare American-Russian Baskhir Curlies. They take you around sharing history of the local area. I would read the site very carefully and ask questions before you get your tickets. There seems to be some very unhappy customers and some who enjoyed it. Check the web site or give them a called to make reservations.
Just off Highway 50 there's a split in to the road to go up to the top of Echo Summit, to Echo Lake. It's a beautiful lake with a trail that goes entirely around it. At least... well I think it goes entirely around it. We never seem to get all the way around. Instead, when we get about 1/4 the way around the lake, we head UP, UP UP the granite boulders. My husband grew up in South Lake Tahoe and he loves to go up this direction, with the goal of making it to the top of Flagpole Peak. We have not yet done that complete trip together, but I'm sure we will next Spring.
In the meantime, we've made it to the top of the ridge, just at the base of Flagpole Peak. Some of the most incredible, gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe are visible from here.
Kirkwood was not located in the immediate vicinity of Lake Tahoe, but it's distance from the lake provided for unparalled skiing. Not only is Kirkwood huge, standing at close to 10,000 feet, but the amount of snow accumulation was fantastic. The conditions were powdery with just the right amount of slushiness (is that a word) to make the skiing less work and more enjoyable. We had a great time and the view of the surrounding area was unimaginable. Definitely one of the top ski resorts I have visited.
The Tahoe Queen is a paddleboat moored at the end of Ski Run Road. This line is unique as it runs every day of the year. Part music and dancing, part dinner cruise, part guided tour ... this boat has it all!
We went on the sunset dinner cruise, and had a wedding onboard the Queen. They cordoned off part of the thrid deck (top) and arranged seating for our guests. The captain and crew were amazing to us as we prepped for the ceremony, the captain even gave us his office behind the wheel house to hide the bride and perform our final wedding prep! The groom was hinding in the little gift shop 2 decks below us, which is on the same deck as the band who played dance music as the boat cruised about. With the music playing, other folks on the cruise danced on the top deck, and on the dancefloor below. The lower deck was the dining room for our dinner cruise.
Other passengers joined in wishing our bride and groom best wishes: the couple there for their first anniversary, the Korean golfers from LA who were gambling and dancing, the children playing, and even the band!
As the colors of sunset faded, we sat down for the second dinner seating and our meal. The wedding cake was brought in by our party, and the food provided by the ship's crew was yummy! We were provided with select tables inthe rear of the dining room with windows that overlooked the lake, and even out at the paddles that move the boat. As dusk fell we ate, enjoyed our wedding reception, and visited.
We returned to dock about 11pm and were full, happy and simply pleased with our excursion, and our event. The folks of the Tahoe Queen were amazing, the scenery was stunning, and the company was beyond wonderful :)
My description of our guided tour made this tip too long, so look elsewhere in my tips for that part of the cruise. The attached website is an overview of the various cruises offered in this part of Lake Tahoe ... enjoy!
Having driven to Lake Tahoe from Nevada, I found most of the places I had intended to stop at were not really convenient. For instance, some of those places (located from my map) were obstructed by road works! I drove through Stateline, Nevada, and shortly afterwards saw a rest area which was easy to drive into, complete with free car park, and restrooms. There was also a icecream van parked up. In that heat, an iced Coke never tasted so good!
During the summer, you must go hiking/biking/mountain biking. There are miles & miles of bike paths and trails to enjoy, either along the shoreline/roads, or up into the surrounding mountains. Go hike/bike around Fallen Leaf Lake (part of The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston was filmed there), or hike above Emerald Bay. A full-day strenuous hike is to go to the top of Mt. Tallac, or plan a day or two out into Desolation Wilderness. Or go for a more casual hike/mt. bike trip to Marlette Lake on the east shore. Remember the high elevation will put more strain on your body than normal, so take that into consideration when contemplating a tough hike/ride. Bicycles are easy to rent for the day, there are quite a few places in South Lake Tahoe which offer this service. (This photo's from above Emerald Bay)
Driving around Lake Tahoe. Stop at the many parks and local trails. Hiking in the summer brings surprises and spectacular views with every turn in the trail. Bring plenty of water
GAMBLING-- I prefer the better odds and ambience in Reno. My favorite place to gamble is the PEPPERMILL at 2707 South Virginia Street. 800-648-6992. Sign up for their slot club and earn comps, such as rooms, meals, massages.
In my opinion, there is no better viewpoint of Lake Tahoe than Cave Rock State Park. The park is actually in Nevada, and sits at the foot of Cave Rock; parking is supposedly $5. From the parking lot, there is a beautiful view across the lake to Mt. Tallac and the peaks of the Desolation Wilderness. To the north is Cave Rock, which US 50 tunnels through. While you're here, be sure to peer down into the lake; 50 years ago, visitors could look over 90 feet down. Today, visibility in Lake Tahoe has been reduced to less than 60 feet, mainly due to pollution and development on the lake's south shore.
Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe is accessed from the town itself! The Gondola access point is right there on the main street - the property spans the mountains around the south side of the lake in California and Nevada. There's no smoking on the mountain - so nicotine addicts be aware! The fire risk is real, and sloppy smokers can endanger this entire region.
I didn't do the gondola ride, so I didn't walk about the mountain. But, had I KNOWN about all of this first, I would have made the TIME! The Gondola takes you up the mountain where you can munch, enjoy the views from the platform, rock climb and access hiking trails along the rim.
So this tip is simply to record the website info, and let others know to check this out - it looks like a lot of fun :)
Pope Beach along the south shore of Lake Tahoe is a really nice large beach. The sand and water are clean. There are plenty of restrooms, bbq's and picnic tables available.
No dogs allowed.
It costs $5 to park your car. During peak holiday periods (like 4th of July week) the parking lot is generally full by 12:30.
While you drive along, and you've convinced your friend to drive and you're simply a passenger, make sure to take in the view. Some of the most beautiful scenery I know is along the way to South Lake Tahoe, as you near Echo Summit.
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