If a mountain man had retired to live by the shore, he could very well call this home. From the moose head mounted on the wall, flanked by two snowshoes, to the log post beds and wooden stools, this condo is an eclectic mix of luxury and lodge. But mountain men never had it so good! You won't miss any modern amenities. Sink into the two plush couches, watch cable TV, a DVD, or even a VHS tape. Check your email with the WiFi. (Not too long, though. You're on vacation.) When you're hungry, eat at one of the great restaurants in the vicinity or whip up something in the fully stocked kitchen and enjoy it around the big wooden table. Or, sit at th...e breakfast bar where you'll sit on (what else?) 4 wooden stools. Weather permitting, you'll not only find a barbeque on the deck, but a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe as well.
This condo will sleep up to eight tired vacationers (or retired mountain men) easily. On the entry level are two bedrooms, one with a queen and a double bunk, and one with a full and a double bunk, a full bathroom, and a washer/dryer. On the middle floor is the living room, kitchen and another full bath. Upstairs in the open loft, there's a king size bedroom where you'll savor views of both lake and forest.
Though Carnelian Bay's past echoes with the roar of speedboat engines, there are many activities requiring less adrenaline. Rent a much less intense paddleboard, for instance, or sign on to a day of chartered fishing on the bay. Have a picnic on Patton Beach, or take a hike on Tahoe Rim Trail or Martis Creek Wildlife Area Trail. In August, the bay looks the way Garfield Wood saw it when the city hosts the Concours d'Elegance and Wooden Boat Festival.
And that's just summer! Carnelian Bay is within 12 miles of all the area ski resorts, so welcomes winter sports aficionados of all stripes. Anytime of year, you can head a few miles east over the Nevada line and try your luck in the casinos of Crystal Bay. The condo complex also includes an Olympic-size heated pool (seasonal), tennis courts, year-round hot tubs, a clubhouse with pool table and arcade, and a par golf course. Whatever your taste, this quirky, modern condo is the perfect place to stay in Carnelian Bay.
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