Wooden Boats

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

40th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance

This event is a key part of Lake Tahoe maritime preservation and education, and also your chance to view over 80 classic boats on display, in running for top prize. In addition to boat viewing, your 1-day or 2-day ticket access to the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance offers the opportunity for live music, food and beverage purchase, full-color souvenir and vendor booths worth browsing!

The Skinny:

August 10 and 11: 10am to 4:30pm

Awards ceremony at 6pm on Friday

Tickets $25/advance, $30/door, $35/two day advance, $40/two day door


Lake Tahoe Living History Day

Pine Lodge, the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Built in 1903.

Step back in time to the 1930′s, and taste the once bustling life at Ehrman Mansion, with this FREE  event at the Lake Tahoe Living History Day!

Experience the lavish lifestyle of the late Florence and Sydney Ehrman with many entertaining activities at Sugar Pine Point State Park – live bands, historical talks (one by a living descendant of Ehrman, Frances Dinkelspiel), in-residence guided tours, and even a vintage car display! There will be an abundance of children’s activities, where they can pick up a mallet and play croquet, or try their hands at pick-up-sticks or jacks.  It’s all about having fun 1930s style.

Pack your bathing suits and towels for the whole family, and enjoy a picnic on the sprawling lakefront lawn. See just why this spot was a private summer retreat for 60 years in the Hellman-Ehrman family.

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Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance: Boating in Style

If you have never taken a ride in a wooden boat, you truly have not experienced Old World Tahoe. It is a taste of luxurious times when pleasure crafts were constructed of gorgeous mahogany and decadent leather interiors. No matter the power and gusto of the engine, they seemed to glide with ease across Lake Tahoe, and still do to this day.

Today when locals and tourists think of “woodies” we rarely envision the wooden boats of Garwoods, Chris Craft and Riva. We are familiar with Garwoods Restaurant and the famous “Wet Woody®”, Lake Tahoe’s rum version of the popular margarita. Nonetheless, both are valuable pieces of Lake Tahoe tradition and local culture.

Regardless if you’ve had the pleasure of riding on the Thunderbird, or not, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is your chance to view over 80 classic boats on display and in running for top prize. The Concours d’Elegance had meager beginnings in 1972 when a group of members from the Tahoe Yacht Club got together to share their passion for wooden boats. Today the event has grown into a key part of Lake Tahoe maritime preservation and education.

In addition to boat viewing, your 1-day or 2-day ticket access offers the opportunity for live music, food and beverage purchase, full-color souvenir and vendor booths worth browsing.


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