"There's No Place Like Homewood" Homewood by karenincalifornia

Homewood Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 18 photos

And NOBODY goes here...

Well, almost nobody. If you polled 100 people who have traveled to Lake Tahoe and asked them, "Where is your favorite place to stay in Lake Tahoe?", 99 out of 100 would say South Shore (with the casinos), Incline Village (northeast corner of the lake, with its golf courses and casinos), the Nevada side (east side with its condos and easy access to Reno), Tahoe Keys (southwest corner, with its marina and Venice-like canals, or North Shore (with its restaurants, shops and public beaches). Almost nobody says "The west shore" or "Homewood".

The Phantom West Shore

That's only because most people don't know there is a west side of Lake Tahoe. "There's a west shore?" they would ask. "I thought all this time Lake Tahoe had only three sides. Well, what in the heck is over there? Is there a Harrah's or a Caesar's? Is there are Nordstrom's?"

There is indeed a west shore, and no, there are no casinos. The biggest market is no bigger than a gas station. This is the California side (no casinos permitted - apologies to you high rollers). This side of the lake is isolated and relatively undeveloped. It is the ONLY part of Lake Tahoe that hasn't been marred by those unsightly strip malls that line the road in every other place around the lake.

Not so much as a card club

The West Shore is peaceful, relaxing, and gorgeous. In my opinion, it is what Lake Tahoe should be. It is close enough to Tahoe City to give you choices of places to eat and shop, and (thankfully) far enough away from the casinos of the Nevada side to not even know they are there.

Homewood is a little collection of cabins on the West Shore with a small family-style ski resort, a market and a couple of restaurants. Just perfect!

I'll be that 1 in 100 who says Homewood is my favorite place to stay in Lake Tahoe.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, no strip malls, beautiful, relatively undeveloped
  • Cons:It makes you wish that the rest of Lake Tahoe still looked like this
  • In a nutshell:The most beautiful part of Lake Tahoe
  • Last visit to Homewood: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2006 at 2:11 PM

    That's a nice story of your daughter on the ski slopes. Isn't it nice when we can be proud of our children? Fine winter photos here!

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 3:55 PM

    Hi Karen, I agree... and I'm one of the ones who will pick North Shore. Or more accurately, Northwest shore! Now I have to go see if you've added your Alaska pages yet. :-)

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2005 at 3:37 PM

    Enjoy the snow this year, because it is coming back north when el nino dies down, next year;-] Nice collection of tips - you like at least two bars whereever you go? Oh, now I see your Italian shopping comment :-)


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