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