Lake Tahoe: It’s a Region, Not a Town

Last week, MYPR hosted its annual winter press trip to Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe. We love working for the property because we are able to introduce numerous journalists to the Lake Tahoe region.

A friend once said, “I love Tahoe, it’s such a great town.” Well, it’s not a town; Many are unaware that Lake Tahoe is a basin with 72-miles of shoreline and numerous towns, communities and resorts around it. It’s a destination with fun facts and information that make the area come to life.  Following are some of the interesting facts about Lake Tahoe that seem to appeal to writers as we introduce them to the area.

· Lake Tahoe is 72 miles around if you drive clockwise but 73 miles when driving counter clockwise. Why? Because driving counter clockwise is the outside lane around the lake, which is so big that it adds an extra mile when traveling in that direction.

· Approximately 60 streams flow into Lake Tahoe but there is only one that flows out of the lake – the Truckee River.

· If you were to drain Lake Tahoe it would cover the state of California with more than a foot of water.

· There are numerous historic mansions found around Lake Tahoe and many are open for tours in the summertime. From Thunderbird Lodge on the East Shore to Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, there is a sense of romance in touring these homes from a bygone era.

· More visitors come to Lake Tahoe in the summertime than in winter. Although the mountains draw visitors to ski at one of the many resorts in the Lake Tahoe basin during the winter, the lake is an overwhelming draw in the summertime resulting in more visitors in the warmer months. This is a unique dichotomy compared to other ski destinations in Colorado and Utah, which draw more visitors in the winter.

There is so much more to explore in the region and simply driving around the lake provides a great insight into Lake Tahoe. We welcome the opportunity to showcase Resort at Squaw Creek and its unique location to media throughout the year.