When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!
We asked Michelle Parker, professional big-mountain skier, for her insider scoop on Lake Tahoe including where to eat, drink and play, along with an exclusive tip for first-time visitors.
Christy Hill – A date-night favourite among Tahoe City locals, this elegant bistro has a view of the lake. The food has always impressed me and the location is tough to beat.
Uncorked Tahoe City – A top-notch place to hang, this wine bar is the place to pick up a bottle of vino or enjoy a glass of wine with friends. The staff are passionate about wine and happy to share their knowledge, and the decor and woodwork are beautiful.
Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema – A visit here is the best way to catch a good film in Tahoe City. They hand pick movies and documentaries, and host special events.
Squaw Valley – Squaw Valley’s Shirley Canyon is one of my favourite hiking trails, especially in spring. With its endless beauty, Five Lakes in Alpine Meadows is also a great place to hike.
Insider info – Set the alarm, wake up early and hike up Mount Tallac or Rubicon Peak for a magical sunrise – you won’t regret it!