Where is Emerald Bay State Park?
Look down at this amazing Bay and you’ll understand why Mark Twain called Lake Tahoe “the most beautiful picture the whole earth has to offer”. While the lake itself sparkles as blue as a Topaz due to its remarkable clarity and depth, this slightly shallower Bay on the West Shore shimmers rather in beautiful shades of blue-green, highlighted by the tiny Fannette Island in the middle of the Bay, the only islet in Lake Tahoe.
From large holding bays on State Road 89, you can look out for the ruins of a small stone tea house on the island. This cottage and the stone “castle” built on the nearby shore called Vikingsholm, a Nordic-style building with 38 rooms, are the work of Lora Knight, an extraordinary woman who had married very richly and used her fortune to train young people who otherwise could not afford it.
Learn more about them and visit their Hand-built summer house, a replica of a Scandinavian Castle from the 9th century, with great attention to Detail. Tours are offered several times a day from the end of May (Memorial Day) to the beginning of September (Labor Day) – they are definitely worth the walk from the parking lot.
Address: 138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 541-3030
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