In addition to enjoying your Tahoe City lodging, you can enjoy all that the area has to offer. Tahoe City is a town located along the shores of Lake Tahoe and is is a year-round vacation spot with many fun activities for its visitors to enjoy.
While there, visitors can swim, boat, ski and shop. Tahoe City also has many fine-dining options as well as art galleries, museums and other cultural offerings. Why not take time from relaxing in your rental and visit one of the town's museums and art centers.
The Gatekeeper Museum is housed in an original early-1900s log cabin. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society opened the museum in the 1970s in an effort to preserve Lake Tahoe’s history and culture. Exhibits include Native American artifacts, memorabilia from area resorts, clothing, photographs and archival documents from the late 1800s to the present. Because the museum is housed in a log cabin, visitors can also see what a typical cabin looked like during the early 1900s.
The museum is opened daily, except Tuesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children 12 and under are free and senior citizen discounts are available. A visit to the Gatekeeper's Museum would be an educational day trip from your Tahoe City vacation homes.
Watson Cabin Museum
The Watson Cabin Museum is one of Gatekeeper’s satellite museums. It is also housed in a 1900 log cabin and focuses on what home-life would be in a Lake Tahoe cabin. The cabin was built by Robert Watson, who, along with his wife and daughter, was the cabin’s original resident. This cabin is significant, because it was the first residence in Tahoe City to have indoor plumbing and was built for year-round living. As a result, it is a perfect example of how permanent Lake Tahoe residents lived. Many of the museum’s pieces belonged to the Watsons and include period furniture and décor.
The Watson Cabin Museum also has a gift shop that sells vintage-style souvenirs, clothing and home goods. Children 12 and under are free.
North Tahoe Arts Center
The North Tahoe Arts Center showcases the art and talent of area artists. All of NTAC’s exhibits focus on area artwork, have revolving exhibits and include work from both emerging and established artists. In addition to the exhibits, NTAC hosts art classes and special events. Visitors can participate in a single art class event or take a series of art classes. Either way, visitors have the chance to develop their artistic skills and learn the basics of painting, sculpting and photography.
Throughout the year, NTAC also hosts the ARTour event. During this event, local artists open their studios to the public and give guided tours of their space. Visitors can learn about the artists’ work and inspirations as well as buy any artwork on display. Admission to this event is free. Most tours take place during the weekend, and studios are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the NTAC exhibits are also free, class fees apply.
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