We all have them, we all love them – the infamous girls weekend. Back in the day during college it was so easy to get everyone together. The older we get, the more we need to plan – especially if we don’t live down the hall from each other anymore. Me and a few of my girlfriends try to get together at least once a year for a fun weekend trip. From Nashville, to Denver, to closer to home because some got hitched.

This year, we decided to go somewhere new – South Lake Tahoe, California. September was a time we could all go, and I was pleasantly surprised by the weather. Not too hot, not too cold. I will definitely want to return in July though so I can get in that water!

Now, you know I love being transparent with you all, so I’ll lead with saying our hotel stay was sponsored; however, I’d never get sponsored from a place I wouldn’t actually pay for / can afford.

When I started researching places to stay, I was a little overwhelmed with how expensive AirBnb’s / Cabins / Other Hotels were. A lot of the AirBnb’s were for really large groups as well. Given there was only three of us this year [there’s normally four – MISSED YOU DILL] we needed something that would work for all of our budgets. When I found Hotel Azure I loved their price points, views/location and newly renovated spaces. I typically like to save on stay so that we can splurge on activities.

For my flight, I used my Southwest credit card points to snag a flight to Reno for $12!

Once you get to Reno, I highly recommend renting a car. You can peruse the unique city of Reno, possibly play the slots before you head to the Lake, which is about an hour drive.

Now, onto the good stuff.

72hrs in South Lake Tahoe


Once you’ve landed and settled into your hotel [or not in case you showed up before check-in] head to Pick 6 and get some beverages on their rooftop patio.

After you’ve settled in the hotel, go check out the water. There’s easy access across the street from the hotel. It is absolutely amazing.

For dinner, Base Camp Pizza will hit the spot. The food is delicious, and the outdoor seating with twinkly lights and live music is amazing.

South lake tahoe california


Have coffee with a view.

Bike to breakfast at Sprouts Cafe. One thing I loved about our hotel is they had free bike rentals. The location of the hotel is close to a lot so you don’t even need to drive if you don’t have to.

Go on a private boat tour. You won’t regret it. Our driver Captain Dan from Lake Tahoe Boat Rides was the best. He knew so much about the history of the lake. Go to a grocery store before hand, stock up on some canned wine, snacks, and have the best 3.5hrs ever.

Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe

Hotel Azure Tahoe

Lake tahoe boat tour

Lake tahoe boat rides


Grab a quick breakfast at Bear Beach Cafe. This was a great little cafe attached to the hotel and had really delicious breakfast. Fresh ingredients and not super greasy – perfect for what’s about to come.

Hike the Rubicon Trail. We ended up doing the 10 mile stretch but if you want you can do 5 miles [you’ll need two cars though]. Go early (about 9:00am) to snag good parking and to not see many people on the trail. The trail is breathtaking. There are off shoots to lookouts that give you a panoramic view of the lake and there’s Emerald Bay Beach where you can eat lunch / catch some rays or swim. I didn’t have hiking shoes for the trip and ended up buying some Keens. I don’t understand why all hiking shoes are brown, but I wanted something different so I opted for a green color. They were insanely comfortable for the 4hrs we were walking so I highly recommend! Regardless, my feet and shins needed some love so the hotels hot tub saved the day.

Checkout the shops. There’s so many cute boutiques you can go to in town. Grab a souvenir for someone on your way home or a yummy latte.

Have your last supper at Blue Angel Cafe. The space is cozy and the drinks / food are fresh. My ribs were the shizzy.

South Lake Tahoe California

Emerald bay hike

Rubicon trail hike

Regardless of what you do, you’ll have an amazing time. Until next time, Tahoe.


*Thank you Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

-Happy Traveling-

Lake Tahoe travel guide


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