Monday, July 16, 2007

Boat ride

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

luckyzmom and luckyzdad

We drove back to Harvey's where we were staying overnight in a lake view room with, as we discovered early, an incredibly comfortable bed. Early (anything before ten is early for us two vampires) the next morning we grazed at Harrah's breakfast buffet, then joined about 16 others on the bus that was taking us to the "Tahoe Star" to tour Emerald Bay.

Entering Emerald Bay

Fannette Island, the only island on the lake.

The "Tea House", perched atop Fannette Island, is a one room stone structure built in 1928 by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, the founder of Vikingsholm estate.

Mrs. Knight and her guests occasionally took tea here in the afternoon at a large oak table in the center of a room 16 feet square.


Mrs Knight spared no expense to create a replica of an 11th century Viking castle. An army of 200 workers completed the 38 room mansion in just one summer. The grounds are now part of Emerald Bay State Park. Features of the home include delicate paintings on ceilings and walls, six Nordic fireplaces, intricately carved "dragon" beams, Scandinavian antiques and sod roofs seeded with wildflowers. There is a hiking trail off of highway 89, which is one mile in length and drops 500 feet in elevation to the house, which can be toured in the summer.(Restoration was being done in the area of the blue tarp. And many of the antiques had been removed during the recent fire which came within 4 miles of the castle.)

The round library on the Southwest corner of the Vikingsholm, built specifically to hold a round Chinese cashmere rug purchased by MrsKnight for $40,000 in 1928. The rug is still in the castle today.

Back side of Fannette Island

I just love the rocks at Lake Tahoe and paint them often.


  1. Wow! You are positively beaming in the first picture! Yay!

    The other pictures are beautiful, and I would love to go there on day, will have to add it to my list!

  2. I have toured that Bay and house also. It was nice to see it again.

  3. Thanks for sharing memories of a wonderful trip. The photos are lovely.

  4. ooh ooh...we are debating going to Tahoe this weekend and i think your post might have just sealed the deal...those pictures are awesome!

  5. This is almost as good as getting away on a trip myself. I love the pictures. There is nothing like communing with nature when you need to recharge your batteries.

  6. You look so happy.

    So, so happy.

    And the photos were breathtaking. I loved the one with the window, but no ceiling overlooking the water.

  7. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos and stories of your trip. I am so envious. Have not been to Tahoe in so many years. My mom wants our family to have a reunion there next summer, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

  8. Thanks for the tour.

    So many places to visit, so little time.


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