What kinds of places make for the best destination wedding? Places like Tahoe South, of course, that offer endless opportunities for fun and adventure, or just kicking back and relaxing. But who has time to play group activity leader when you’re getting married? We’re here to help. Here’s our Top 10 list of activities to keep wedding guests entertained at your destination wedding in Tahoe South (you might recommend to your guests that they book a couple extra days here to fit it all in!):
Summer Fun #1: Millions of beaches. Beaches for me.
Wedding guests will find no shortage of postcard perfect beachfront on Lake Tahoe, and with 300 days of sun a year, what better way to spend them than at the beach. Tahoe South has easy access to several public beaches to keep wedding guests entertained, like Pope, Baldwin and Lakeside to name a few. If being on the lake is more their style, they can rent a kayak, SUP, power boat, or jet-ski from onsite marinas at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe and Zephyr Cove Resort. Or start up a rousing game of volleyball on the resorts’ private beaches.
Summer Fun #2: The air up there.
Being on vacation for a destination wedding is the perfect excuse to try something new. Epic Discovery at Heavenly Resort is an adventure-seeker’s playground with ropes courses, zip lines and gondola rides. Or guests can get once-in-a-lifetime photos of Tahoe from 1,000 feet high above the lake as they sail through the sky on an exhilarating parasailing ride. Zephyr Cove Resort will keep wedding guests entertained and get their adrenaline pumping while providing the most incredible, unparalleled views. (Tip: Go early in the morning to catch the sunrise as well as save a bit of money.)
Summer Fun #3: Hiking, biking and climbing — oh my!
Luckily, it’s easy to keep wedding guests entertained in Tahoe South, because it’s surrounded by incredible hiking and biking trails with amazing views, as well as rock faces begging to be scaled. Outdoor adventures for every skill level await. Incomparable Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls up to Eagle Lake are probably one of the more popular hiking treks in Tahoe South. And whether your guests favor downhill, technical or a tamer, family-friendly paved path, we’ve got a trail for every biker. (Tip: Don’t want to travel with gear? We’ve got you covered with numerous equipment rental shops in the area.)
Summer Fun #4: Or should we say “fore!”
Just as winter weddings will always have guests who are dying to go skiing, summer weddings will always have a demographic that wants to golf, golf, golf. Direct those guests to world-class Edgewood Tahoe. In addition to adoring the breathtaking course, golf enthusiasts will love getting to play a round at the annual home of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Make like Steph Curry and Justin Timberlake and book a tee time!
Summer Fun #5: Live for live music.
The beautiful summer season in Tahoe South brings with it an abundance of outdoor live music to keep wedding guests entertained, whether they enjoy dancing or just listening to local and big-name acts alike. Catch a great regional band in the sand at Lakeview Commons beach or on the deck at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel‘s Echo restaurant. Next door to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is Heavenly Village, where multiple music groups play outside some of the venues and restaurants, or across the street is the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, where national acts perform throughout the summer.
Winter Wonderland #1: Hitting the slopes.
Okay. Probably the number-one reason anyone comes to Tahoe in the winter is to check out the slopes. Understandably so, as the Lake Tahoe region has acres of backcountry adventures and more than a dozen ski resorts. Tahoe South is home of Heavenly Mountain Resort — 4,800 acres of skiable terrain and a lively village with shops, restaurants and even an ice skating rink for your snow bunny guests. And when they’re all skied out, Tahoe South does apres-ski how it was meant to be, from cozy fire pits to exciting nightlife.
Winter Wonderland #2: Feeling the need for speed.
Perhaps one of the most exhilarating ways to tour Tahoe in the winter is via snowmobile. Zephyr Cove Resort packages include scenic tours led by experienced guides, which is perfect way to keep wedding guests entertained—with incredible views of a breathtaking, snow-covered Tahoe. And all the gear your guests will need is available for rent to ensure everyone is ready for a safe, cold-weather ride. (Tip: If you’re lucky enough to be in Tahoe South during a full moon, you can even take an evening moon-lit ride!)
Winter Wonderland #3: Bring the fun indoors.
Hard to believe, I know, but some guests might not enjoy playing outdoors in winter, but have no fear — Tahoe South has plenty of indoor fun, too. You can keep wedding guests entertained with cocktails and apps at Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe, located inside Harveys Resort and Casino in the heart of Tahoe South. With tons of rock n’ roll memorabilia, a tasty menu, and thirst-quenching drinks, they’ll have a great time hanging out and enjoying the unique atmosphere (and celebrating your love, obviously). And speaking of casinos, yeah we have a few of those, too, where guests can grab a bite, attend a show, dance the night away in a club or, of course, try their hand at poker and slots.
Winter Wonderland #4: Cruise to Emerald Bay.
If you think cruising Lake Tahoe is a summer-only activity, allow Lake Tahoe Cruises to enlighten you. Your wedding guests can hop aboard a climate-controlled, authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler that meanders into picturesque Emerald Bay for remarkable photo ops. The daytime scenic cruise has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. Guests can also take the elegant sunset dinner cruise for a unique and unforgettable dining experience on Lake Tahoe.
Winter Wonderland #5: Baby it’s cold outside…how about a spa day?
When the temperatures drop outside, keep wedding guests entertained with all the warm fuzzies from a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day. The Spa at The Landing Resort will provide the pampering your guests deserve. Experience one of their signature hydrating facials for that beautiful glow, or let their staff create a custom package for your guests with massages, facials and body treatments. Or if meditation and fitness are more their style, schedule a private group yoga class.
Tahoe South offers so many ways to keep wedding guests entertained while you’re busy, well, getting married. In fact, just hand them this list and I’d say your job is done.