A few weekends ago, my good friend Tammy and myself planned this awesome weekend trip. Ever since moving to Stockton, CA I wanted to make a trip to Tahoe because I was only 2 hours away! Tammy and I were finally able to find a weekend that worked for us (unfortunately Mackenzie wasn’t able to make it). I had that Friday off and Tammy was able to take it off as well.
We left from Stockton early Friday morning, picked up Panera, and were on our way.
The drive was absolutely gorgeous and we finally decided to pull over at one spot in Pollock Pines which ended up being a perfect backdrop for a little photo shoot.
We even met a couple that had stopped who were from Nebraska. They stopped us when they saw my Nebraska license plate. I love the friendliness of Midwesterners.
We stopped at Tammy’s friends place to drop our stuff off and then found a cute place on Yelp to grab a quick bite, Sprouts Cafe. I got the Santa Fe Burger – toasted whole wheat bun, tempeh burger, beans, melted monterey jack cheese, garlic, avocado, salsa, sprouts, tomato, carrots, and red onion. Tammy got the Tuna Works sandwich – tuna with nonfat yogurt and monterey jack cheese.
We then headed to South lake to SUP. On the drive we found this beautiful area filled with yellow autumn trees. We took some turns and found a spot to stop and started our 2nd photo shoot of the trip (yep, we’re basic).
We got to Sand Harbor and did a little walking around while taking pictures – you literally want to take pictures of everything. It’s just that BEAUTIFUL!
We even rock climbed down to an area to get some good shots – it was actually quite the workout. Once we got all the way down we were unsure if we were going to make it back up lol
We found the SUP reservations and rented SUPs for 2 hours.
We found out that this weekend was the last weekend of SUP rentals so we barely made it. Not only that, but it was the most perfect day: glass water with no white caps, lots of sun, and very few people. Perfect combination!
We headed for the car and decided to pull over at another spot for (of course you guessed it) more pictures!
On our way back to the house we were lacking some energy so we stopped at Zephyr Cove Resort on the way to grab some coffee – which ended up turning into me finding the perfect gray floppy hat (and on sale for 50% off). I couldn’t resist.
They also had some amazing sounding cocktail specials that we just had to try as well and we got some fries. I had a Bullet Apple Cider Mule which was delicious and fulfilled all my fall dreams.
We made way for the house to get ready for dinner and for a night hitting the town. We ate at Azul-Latin Kitchen. We got the chips with Pineapple-Jicama Pico which was very unique (a good unique). We each got tacos. I got the DF Street Taco (option of meat -I chose Carnitas pork- lime sour cream, cabbage, jack and cheddar cheeses, house red salsa) and the Classic Fish Taco (Panko battered pacific cod, lime sour cream, cabbage, diced tomato, pickled red onions, cilantro). Tammy got those as well as the Sweet Potato Taco (Chipotle crema, cabbage, black beans, queso fresco, cilantro). The sweet potato was probably my favorite!
Tammy surprisingly had friends that were in Tahoe from Florida so we met up with them for a few drinks and hit up a couple casinos.
We went to one of the clubs there which some of the girls thought it was a Vegas club I think. The bouncers checked our purses and I had to throw out all my gum and ibuprofen before I could enter. What the heck?! Not okay. We didn’t know what to expect, but man oh man it was some great people watching! They had go-go dancers like in the Vegas clubs and there were some girls getting down! The club was pretty empty beings that it is “low season” right now.
The next morning I ran and grabbed us some coffee and breakfast. I went to a place called The Morning After. The coffee was really good! I got an Acai bowl and it was very flavorless. It was also very well decorated with a cute rustic theme. It was surprisingly slow.
The morning we decided to walk around the downtown area and do some shopping. I found a cute Tahoe t-shirt and sticker for my hydroflask. I love just wandering around cute little mountain towns. After some exploring, we decided to jump in the car and get some more sightseeing in before we had to head to Sacramento.
We headed to Emerald Bay State Park and wait for it…wait for it….had another photo shoot!
The yellow and orange fall trees just made for an even more beautiful sight. Tammy has been to Tahoe a few times before, but never in fall and she said the difference is just amazing. We both were so in awe that this is a low season. The colors in Tahoe were unbelievable and pictures don’t even do it justice.
We could have spent allll day here and exploring more, but we had tickets to Thomas Rhett in Sacramento that night so headed back to the house to get ready!
We got into town just in time. Got drinks, some food, and sat in our AWESOME seats (this is no joke). Yes, they were high up, but we had these 4 seats that were sectioned off from all the other seats. No one in front of us. No one behind us. And a huge area in front of us to dance/stand.
The concert was Halloween weekend. Thomas Rhett made an Instagram post that week that it would be Halloween themed and to wear costumes. Unfortunately that did not leave us enough time to plan anything. It was entertaining watching Midland, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett and their bands sing/play in their costumes. Midland was a mixture of costumes, Brett Young and his band were in Minion costumes, and Thomas Rhett and his band were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
We were so exhausted after the concert that we decided to just head home (even though we had planned on going out in Lodi). When we got home my neighbor was having this ragger Halloween party and their music was literally soooo LOUD! I’m not quite sure how no one called the cops on them.
Despite the loud music, we got a good night’s sleep. I made us some Pumpkin Spice shakeology shakes for breakfast and we made our way to the Pumpkin patch in Lathrop (which Becca and Garrett had went to the previous week). A lot of coworkers had really talked it up as well.
The Pumpkin Patch (Dell’Osso Farm) was ginormous. There are so many activities including: Corn maze, pumpkin blasters, plank walking, a haunted castle, a kids zone, a food court, zip lines, Cider hill (Literally a bar on top of a hill), pony rides, gem mining, pumpkin painting, pop up shops, hay rides (which in Nebraska we call “Hayrack rides”, but according to their website it’s “Hay rides”), lawn games, tire play area, goat walk, duck races, pig races, express train, Scarecrow ride, Dell’Osso speedway, animal zoo, ball shoot arena, super slide, spinning pumpkins, pillow jumping, and entertainment. Holy cow that’s a lot!
Of course we found the TV to watch the Seahawks game.
And of course a pumpkin patch!
After the farm we decided to check out this boutique we found in Stockton (Blackbird Boutique) which was super cute and of course didn’t leave empty handed.
Our last stop for the weekend was an ice cream shop, House of Ice Cream. I randomly stumbled on it a few weeks prior when I was trying to find a place to get ice cream. When I saw the pictures on instagram I knew that Tammy and I needed to go together.
Tammy and I went for the Crazy Shake of course which is a creamy, thick milkshake served in a glass mason jar (which you get to keep) topped with a scoop of ice cream, a glazed old fashioned donut and any topping of your choice. We tried (most) of the ice cream flavors. They had ones as crazy as hot cheeto, butter brittle, horchata, chocolate chip cookie dough, maple bacon french toast, circus animal cookie, peanut butter and jelly, cotton candy, cookie monster, vietnamese coffee, mint monster, red velvet, birthday cake, banana pudding, blueberry poptart, smore’s, thai tea, pumpkin spice, caramel apple, strawberry cheesecake, captain crunch berry, etc. We went with the strawberry cheesecake and cookie monster (which is chocolate chip and oreo cookies) with fruity pebbles for our topping. It was sooo much ice cream. We couldn’t even finish it.
Check them out on Instagram @houseoficecream_
This was seriously one of my favorite weekends of all time! If you get the chance, make a trip to Tahoe. I am not a fan of the cold, but I could totally live in this cute, beautiful little mountain city!