Day 4: Back to the Bay {Tahoe 2016}

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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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Extra comments (in italics) by: Joyce
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

Day 3: South Lake Tahoe {Tahoe 2016}

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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.

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Extra comments (in italics) by: Joyce
Photos by: All the Moys and other various people who helped take our pics

We went to Van Sickle Bi-State Park on Sunday. It was nice, and I was excited that we got to see the state line for the very first time! Then after, we went to Vikingsholm Trail and the elevation was so high, but the view was great!

Van Sickle Bi-State Park 
We went to the state line at Van Sickle Bi-State Park! It was cool that we jumped between the state line and we could stand in both states at the same time. (Thanks to some new friends we made at the state line, Heather from Sacramento and her mom from Colorado Springs, who helped us take our pic for us. The mom was so sweet and told us where we should stand for the best pic. :p )
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Heidi’s Pancake House
We had gone to Heidi’s Pancake House before in the winter, and it had yummy food. So we went there again. On the top of the walls, there were sculptures of Heidi. I had heard of the book Heidi before but had never read it, so this week, after our trip, I went and checked out that book from the library. At Heidi’s, I got the same thing as last time, The Matterhorn, which has a choice of two pancakes, two wedges of French toast or home fried potatoes, and includes egg plus two strips of bacon, but I chose sausages instead.
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Views of Lake Tahoe
Like I said at the intro, the elevation was great (more than 5,000 ft.), but the view was impressive. In the 2nd and 4th pictures (below), you can see the island behind us. That island is the only island in all of Lake Tahoe. When we were standing and taking the 2nd and 3rd pictures, I was so afraid I would fall, because you can’t stand on the rocks behind us – that is unless you want to fall to a certain death with a drop of more than 5,000 feet. In the 5th picture, we were on our way to a waterfall, but a lady came up to us and said that the walk was too far down for us to walk, and plus, someone had gotten stung by a bee just then, which is probably why I saw so many bugs when we were getting out of the car. So we just took a picture and left, because we had already assumed the waterfall was dried up due to the California drought.
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Before dinner and after we got back from Vikingsholm trail, we took a walk around our place, since it is right on the beach. The beach is private, so we walked along the dock, which is also private, and took this picture. Very pretty.
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Since we don’t own a TV at home, free time on our vacations is spent watching TV at our hotels. I watched the Food Channel, and Emily watched Sprout and Disney Junior. I watched Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars. It’s funny how they have it on TV at the beginning of October when Halloween is on the 31st of October. (The main floor of the townhouse was the second floor where the living room and kitchen/dining room was located, so our rooms downstairs were fairly cold, thus the snuggling in their sheets and pillows.)
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Related Posts: Tahoe Trip 2016 Part 2 Recap | Day 1: Jelly Belly Factory | Day 2: Apple Hill

Day 2: Apple Hill {Tahoe 2016}

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After we went to Jelly Belly Factory, we stayed overnight with our friends’ house. Then, in the morning, we left for Apple Hill, which was about a hour’s drive away. The mom and older sister had to go to softball practice, so we arrived separately and met at Boa Vista, the second orchard we visited.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 8
– Apple Hill, Camino – super crowded, so we only visited 5 orchards
– Arrival in South Lake Tahoe at dinnertime
– Staying at: Aston Lakeland Village Resort

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Extra comments (in italics) by: Joyce
Photos by: Joyce and Norm

Below is a picture with me and my friend on our drive to one of the five orchards we visited. It was a little blurry because the road was bumpy and we were in the car. She asked to go along with us that time.
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Abel’s Apple Acres
Our first stop was Abel’s Apple Acres. (Kind of a tongue twister, right?) They have all sorts of baked goods there. My friend got a caramel apple there and then I had an apple donut. I also had part of an apple fritter too, and we bought apple cider. Then we got a pizza slice. (Because, a “real” lunch was needed. 😉 ) It was REALLY good and also very big so I had to share it. Also, there is a picture below with a bear. Reminder: if anyone ever wants to go there, there are two bears out front – Annie the Apple Bear and Andy the Apple Bear. Take a picture with them. There are bungee cords down the hill, but you have to pay to go on them.3 4

 

Boa Vista Orchard
Our second orchard at Apple Hill was Boa Vista Orchard. There, you can pick apples, but we didn’t do that because it was very crowded. We also tasted some samples of apples. Fresh apples = good. I ate the Empire apple and the Candy Crisp apple. If you haven’t heard of either of these, the Empire is a little crispy and sweet. The Candy Crisp is very crispy (like it’s name) and sweet. They also have a little shopping area with things that people sell there.
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Kids Inc
Just like it’s name, Kids Inc. is completely kid-friendly. They have: Kids arts and crafts, You-Pick pumpkin patch, pumpkins and apples, Corn Maze (all ages), Junior farm tours, and a nature trail. There is a very big hill that leads to the little kid corn maze. Kids were rolling down it. There was one girl and her mom, and they had their pumpkin. But unfortunately, their pumpkin rolled down the very steep hill! They also have vineyards at the end of it, so the pumpkin rolled INTO the vineyards! The dad went to go get it, but I think they should have gotten a new pumpkin instead of going through all of that trouble later.
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Rainbow Orchards
After that, we went to Rainbow Orchards. They are famous for their Apple Cider donut. This was our friends’ last stop, so we said goodbye and took the picture below before they left. There are benches that you can sit at there also.There are: Hay Bale Hop-a-Crooked-Mile, “Piper’s Pumpkins” Photo-Op Wagon with Heirloom Squash and Pumpkins, and a Fresh Cider Mill. We didn’t go to these because we didn’t have enough time, but I’m sure they are very good.
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Honey Bear Ranch
Our last stop was Honey Bear Ranch. We went to this one by ourselves, and it was very quiet there, which I liked better than all of the orchards, which were crowded. They have very good apple milkshakes there, but they didn’t have any left, because it was later in the day. There they have a waterwheel, a fish pond, and lawn area games.

 

Welcome to South Lake Tahoe
We drove to South Lake Tahoe from Apple Hill. This was 1 hour and 15 minutes, but because of traffic, it took us more than 2 hours to get there. We arrived at dinnertime. I had forgotten how much elevation there was there. I couldn’t look down almost the entire time. On our way there we passed Strawberry (population of 50 people) and Twin Bridges (population of 10 people).We stayed at Aston Lakeland Village Resort, which is a townhouse place. We went with my dad’s parents and his brother and his wife. We rented a 3-story place with 4 bedrooms and 1 loft bedroom on the 3rd floor. Then, we made fried rice there for dinner.
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Related Posts: Tahoe Trip 2016 Part 2 Recap | Day 1: Jelly Belly Factory