Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe

September 8, 2015

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Labor Day Weekend in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
This past weekend was such a fun and memorable one. Growing up, my family spent a week or two every summer in Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is in Northern California, about 2 1/2 hours from Sacramento. My Grandpa actually built the house as a present for my Grandma back in the 1940s. Lake Tahoe has some of my absolute favorite memories with my Grandma, my parents, my brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins. I haven’t been back since 2007 and I can hardly believe it’s been that long. A lot changes in 8 years! This weekend was basically a family reunion with everyone on my Dad’s side of the family. Unfortunately my brother and my cousin Kevin were the only two not able to make it. As fun as it was, it definitely didn’t feel the same without them.
Ginger on a roadtrip to Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
Matthew and I drove up Thursday afternoon and had a pretty long drive due to holiday weekend traffic, a few accidents, and construction. Ginger was a good backseat driver though and of course we had to stop for In-N-Out!
horseback riding in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
zephyr cove stables lake tahoe M Loves M @marmar
One of my favorite things to do in Tahoe when I was younger was go horseback riding! Matthew has never been on a horse before {can you believe it?!} so this was extra special. Also, how cool that his first time was at the stables I used to go to as a kid!
Matthew and his horse Big John in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
Matthew was so in awe of the horses and of course wants one of his own now!
horseback riding in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
independent shop Wildwood in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
We found some cute new shops like this one, Wildwood! They carried a lot of pretty pieces by local artists and jewelry makers.
M Loves M weekend in Lake Tahoe @marmar
Matthew in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
printed beach coverup by Bell M Loves M @marmar
I finally got the chance to wear this gorgeous beach cover up from Bell! Can’t wait to wear it in a few weeks on my Europe trip, too! The print is so pretty!
water levels in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
You can see a little bit of how the California drought has affected the lake. When I was here last, the water covered that grassy area and went to the stones. There was very little sand area so this wasn’t a beach you could lay out at. 
blue one piece swimsuit in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
I’m still loving this blue one-piece swimsuit! It’s unfortunately sold out but all of Shoshanna’s swimsuits are so pretty!
beautiful blue green water in Lake Tahoe M Loves M @marmar
Not having been to Tahoe since 2007 I was surprised at how much has changed. Most of the Factory Stores at the Y were closed, the Tillys is now a TJ Maxx {this is a good thing!}, the Longs drugstore was closed {I used to get new products there every summer like tanning oil, lipstick, and new lotions}. Also I couldn’t get over the low water levels on the South Shore. Hopefully with the rain and snow we’re expected to have this year, the lake will fill up a little more.
I was surprised to see that a lot stayed the same, though. The Sno-flake was still busy serving up their yummy soft serve, the Zephyr Cove Stable still had their horseback riding, and the house (even though recently remodeled) still felt like home.  I was so excited to bring Matthew there and show him around. I always dreamed of bringing my husband to my favorite place so this was incredibly special. I feel like our weekend there was way too short but I’m hoping we can plan to stay longer next summer! You really need at least 5 days there to totally relax and unwind!
How was your weekend everyone? Did you go anywhere? Or did you stay local?
xox

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