West Shore Lake Tahoe Visitors Guide

deck at sunnyside restaurant

The west shore of Lake Tahoe is popular with buyers because of its more tranquil and laid-back feel. The hiking trails, restaurants and old-world charm make it popular among Tahoe locals and visitors. It is the only place on Lake Tahoe where you can enjoy both the sun and the moon rise over the majestic mountains.

The west shore is also home to several popular beaches, including Meeks Bay and D.L. Bliss State Park, which offer swimming, boating, and other water activities. In addition, it is close to several ski resorts, including Homewood and Squaw Valley, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

Unlike the more developed and touristy areas on the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe, the west shore has a more relaxed and secluded feel. Many homes have access to HOAs with pier, beach and buoys. You will also find updated Old Tahoe style residences that capture the charm of Lake Tahoe’s early roots.

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West Shore Restaurants

West Shore Cafe and Inn is located right on the shore of Lake Tahoe and offers stunning views of the lake. It is an upscale restaurant that serves modern American cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients.

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge is another lakefront restaurant that offers both indoor and outdoor dining options. Enjoy dining on the deck overlooking the lake, or mingle around the outdoor bar. They serve classic American dishes with a focus on fresh seafood.

Fire Sign Cafe is also a popular restaurant on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. It's a cozy and casual spot that serves breakfast and lunch, with a focus on classic American comfort food. They're known for their omelets, pancakes, and sandwiches. Fire Sign Cafe has been around for over 40 years and has become a local favorite. It's a great place to stop for a delicious and filling meal before or after a day of outdoor activities in the Tahoe area.

West Shore Lakeside Communities

Tahoe City: A portion of Tahoe City is located on the northern end of the west shore of Lake Tahoe. The close proximity to downtown Tahoe City shops, restaurants, golf and marina make it a great choice for those who like to walk into town. The neighborhoods are in the surrounding hillsides, some with lakeviews. Many luxury lakefront residences are also located in Tahoe City.

Sunnyside: Close to Tahoe City, the Sunnyside community is a secluded and upscale lakefront area with only a handful of much sought after residences. This neighborhood features the west shore’s most elegant lakefront homes. 

Homewood: This small community is known for being near to Homewood Ski Resort and Obexer’s Marina. It also has beautiful beaches and scenic views of the forests and mountains.

Tahoma: Further up the west shore, Tahoma is known for its quiet and peaceful atmosphere, as well as its proximity to several hiking trails and ski resorts.

Meeks Bay: Located on the southern-most part of the west shore, Meeks Bay is known for its beautiful beaches, tranquil atmosphere and luxury homes.

Rubicon Bay: At the farthest end of the west shore, Rubicon Bay offers homes with stunning views of the lake and nearby hiking trails. It also provides close access to the south shore, with all of its shops and restaurants.  

Each of the shores of Lake Tahoe offers something unique. Contact me today for more information about available listings or for a free property analysis of your home.