Pick up a few sandwiches and a bottle of wine from Sweet Potatoes Deli and head down the West Shore of Lake Tahoe for a picnic lunch at one of the most scenic spots in the western United States - the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.
Completed in 1903, the summer home, originally called Pine Lodge, is constructed out of local, natural materials, and is one of the several opulent estates in Lake Tahoe built after the mining boom. Grand yet informal, the mansion stayed with the original family until 1965 when it was sold to the State of California and became Sugar Pine Point State Park.
With a sweeping lawn, gazebo, and lake-front picnic area, the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion is a popular spot to spend a summer day. Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, breathe in the fresh mountain air, walk the sunny pathways around the property, and take a tour of the mansion.
The view of Lake Tahoe from the property is breathtaking and the ambiance created by the mansion and surrounding outbuildings makes you feel like you've taken a step back in time to when summer vacations lasted all summer long and wealthy families traveled with a retinue of servants.
Tours are 11am to 4pm daily from July through Labor Day.
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