Lake Tahoe, NV

4th of July Weekend in Lake Tahoe

We made a long weekend out of our celebration in Tahoe and spent a lot of time poolside and boating. Thursday was a day dedicated to relaxation: sunning, ladder golf, and dinner.

Incline Village, Lake TahoeIncline Village, Lake Tahoe

We decided to take the opportunity to head to the Hyatt for drinks outside before heading to nearby Austin’s for dinner. The Hyatt provided a stunning backdrop for a pre-dinner margarita; perfect weather, gorgeous views (as usual) and an awesome outdoor bar to draw the masses.

Austin’s was actually the perfect place for a group dinner – big enough to accommodate all of us on short notice and a menu that accommodated everyone’s needs. The service wasn’t anything to write home about (friendly but ungodly slow — maybe that’s their way of getting you to order extra drinks?) but the food was solid enough to keep people on a budget coming back.

Friday brought another day of  boating, but this time we opted out of packing our lunches and instead headed out to grab a bite at Sunnyside, a great restaurant and lodge overlooking the west shores of Lake Tahoe. As per usual, the food and drinks were great and the atmosphere was on point. If you’re looking for drink inspiration, their SS Refresh could be my new favorite drink. In fact, it may have just inspired my signature cocktail for our wedding next year (think mojito but less sugary).

Lake Tahoe, NVSunnyside, Lake Tahoe, NV

People began to trickle out on Saturday so our day proved to be much more mellow. A little tubing + another night in to end the week. I have since discovered that my shoulders don’t love tubing, though I thought it was a blast at the time (it was my first time). While the boys spent the last night at the Crystal Bay Club, the girls stayed in with sangria. Very calm and very welcomed.

I truly can’t imagine a better place to celebrate the 4th of July than Lake Tahoe! Such an incredible setting made even more memorable with great friends.


More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.