Day 4: Back to the Bay {Tahoe 2016}

Note: Some links in the post will direct you to our reviews of the places. Links to all related/previous posts are at the bottom of this post.

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Day 4 – Monday, October 10
– Check-out: 11AM
– Apple Hill, Placerville / Camino – visited 2 orchards
– Lunch: High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill
– Homeward Bound!

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Photos by: All the Moys and other various people who helped take our pics

We really didn’t do much on Monday morning since we needed to check out at 11am. Packing up and checking that we didn’t leave anything was what happened.

Aston Lakeland Resort + Village Center 
Aston Lakeland Village Resort is a collection of more than 100 townhomes (1 to 5 bedrooms with free wi-fi) you can rent along with free continental breakfast in the winter months and free kids camp/activities in the summer months. There is also a shuttle that can take you to and from nearby destinations. The resort village also has a private beach with a boat/walking pier that jets out onto Lake Tahoe.

Our 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom with a loft was enough to fit 14 people. You can probably fit 2 more on the couches in the living room. There was a full-equipped kitchen and a mini patio deck. The townhome had 2-bedrooms and 2-bathrooms on the entry-level floor, the kitchen/living room and 1-bedroom/1-bathroom on the second level, and the loft on the top level. The rustic-themed townhome is apparently owned by the Richardsons. They have a big family, which explains the townhome accommodations.

If you have a big family or a lot of people, renting one of these townhomes is the way to go. Plus, you’re right on the lake.

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On the Road Again 
On the way back home, we ran into some traffic.  Apparently, there was road work on a stretch of highway in Pollock Pines. They were one-laning and stopping traffic in each direction. We had to wait 30-40 minutes in stand-still traffic until we were allowed to travel through the one lane.

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Apple Hill, Take 2
On the way up to Tahoe, we didn’t pick up apple items for friends and family, so we decided to pick them up on the way home. We were also on the lookout for elusive APPLE MILKSHAKES.

The first stop was High Hill Ranch, one of the top apple orchards in Apple Hill. We ate a late lunch and in the same building, there was a window to watch workers cutting apples.

The apple milkshakes were being sold at “The Wine Shop”, which also sells Apple Beer, Apple Wine Spritzers, and Cider Champagne. We ordered the Apple Cider Shake and Caramel Apple Shake. They were the only non-alcoholic beverages sold at “The Wine Shop”.

Abel’s Apple Acres was our last stop where we picked up Apple Butter, Apple Fritters, and Apple Bread for home.
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And then, we were back in the Bay before we knew it!

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And so ends our trips for 2016. Where should we go next?
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Related Posts: Tahoe Trip 2016 Part 2 Recap | Day 1: Jelly Belly Factory | Day 2: Apple Hill | Day 3: South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Trip 2016 Part 2 Recap

20161007_144516Since we are replenishing the funds after our Australia trip 😉 , our trips this year were closer to home. We went to Tahoe in the winter and decided it would be fun to visit again without the snow.

Before we made our way to Tahoe, we stopped off in Fairfield, Auburn, and Placerville/Camino for a factory tour, visit with friends, and hanging out in the orchards (respectively). It has been a long time since we have done a detailed trip recap, but if any ONE of our handful of readers is interested, we will write more!

If you have asked us or will ask us what we did, the answer was and is that we didn’t “do” much of anything. :p Sometimes, it’s nice to just “be”.

Big thanks to the Bagais for having us as houseguests! And also thanks to the Moys (Norm’s fam) for being our travel buddies this round, and making yummy meals when we didn’t go out to eat.

Day 1 – Friday, October 7
– Departure was after lunch since Norm had a work thing in the morning
– Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield – factory tour
– Arrival in Auburn was later than expected after fighting the Friday night traffic
– Dinner: Chick fil A (our first time!!)
Read about Day 1 HERE.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 8
– Apple Hill, Placerville / Camino – visited 5 orchards
– Arrival in South Lake Tahoe at dinnertime
– Staying at: Aston Lakeland Village Resort
Read about Day 2 HERE.

Day 3 – Sunday, October 9
– California / Nevada Stateline (Van Sickle Bi-State Park)
– Lunch: Heidi’s Pancake House
– View of Lake Tahoe from beginning of the Vikingsholm Trail
– View of Lake Tahoe from private beach at Aston Lakeland Village Resort
– Dinner: Base Camp Pizza Co.
Read about Day 3 HERE.

Day 4 – Monday, October 10
– Check-out: 11AM
– Apple Hill, Placerville / Camino – visited 2 orchards
– Lunch: High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill
– Homeward Bound!
Read about Day 4 HERE.

After a busy start to the new school year and adjusting to new schedules and new groups and new plans, the trip was much-needed and very relaxing. We will add links to this post as we do reviews and daily recaps. Have you traveled lately? Where have you been? What should be our next destination?

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