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Family Summer Vacation Ideas: Kirkwood South Lake Tahoe

Submitted by on Monday, April 11, 20112 Comments

kirkwood-ski-resort-in-summer-img; credit:Teri and Jackie Soares

Looking for family summer vacation ideas? Tired of the same old summer vacation crowded destinations? Are you looking for something wonderful and different this year for your family summer vacation? You’ve come to the right place. Check out Kirkwood near South Lake Tahoe, California for your next family vacation and you’ll find quiet nature’s beauty, and tons of family fun without all the crowds of South Lake Tahoe. It is an ideal destination for any nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, or family in search of peace and quiet. Read on to find out more about this absolutely gorgeous vacation destination. Amie from Ciao Bambino penned a great post about planning your family summer vacation, and got me thinking… that it’s already April, and I guess it’s always better to plan ahead! Here’s her post; in Hope Valley -near South Lake Tahoe

Where is Hope Valley you ask?  That’s the point.  This is a lesser-known part of the California Sierra Mountains located South of Lake Tahoe; it’s one of Amie’s all-time favorite alpine destinations with dramatic peaks, granite lakes, and wildflowers galore. Kirkwood is the best known resort in the area. There’s miles of hiking trails through spectacular scenery with trails available for all ages.  Read the rest of her Summer Vacation Brainstorm ideas.

Just a short drive from Kirkwood is Hope Valley, and South Lake Tahoe as well as dozens of other family summer vacation jaunts to excite and thrill the nature lovers in your family.

More about  Kirkwood near South Lake Tahoe

Kirkwood (formerly, Kirk, Kirkwood’s, and Roundtop) is a census-designated place in Alpine County, California, United States. The population was 96 at the 2000 census. The main attractions are the Kirkwood Mountain Resorts. The town is accessible by State Route 88. It is within the Eldorado National Forest.  Eldorado National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in the central Sierra Nevada mountain range, in eastern California, with a small portion extending into Nevada.
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Family Resorts & Hotels near Kirkwood and South Lake Tahoe for your summer vacation:


Guests at The Mountain Club can enjoy premium ski in/ski out lodging in the heart of the Mountain Village. Unit sizes range from hotel style units to 2 bedroom plus loft condominiums. These rooms provide excellent access to all village services including restaurants, shops, a ticket office and deli/coffee shop. The building is equipped with a spa, gym, sauna, steam room, massage room and ski check.  Nestled in the scenic Hwy. 88 corridor, and is an ideal destination for any nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, or guest in search of peace and quiet. With its historic charm and striking landscape, and is sure to please guests of all ages. … more
The Meadow offers affordable cozy accommodations with wood burning fireplaces and private balconies. Located on the meadow, these studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units allow for easy access to Timber Creek and the Mountain Village. The large common area of the main building offers a lounge, whirlpool spa and laundry facilities. Nestled in the scenic Hwy. 88 corridor,it is an ideal destination for any nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, or guest in search of peace and quiet. With its historic charm and striking landscape, and is sure to please guests of all ages. … more

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If you’ve visited Kirkwood or South Lake Tahoe for your family vacation, leave a comment about your adventures, I’d love to hear about it!

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