Casinos and South Lake Tahoe

If the California Tahoe Conservancy is to be believed nearly 200,000 people visit Lake Tahoe on a busy summer weekend. The best part of it all is that Tahoe never gets excited about it. That’s probably because the visitors who flood its 72 miles of shoreline responsively bow to the innate beauty of its mountain lake straddling California and Nevada.

Miami, FL, September 26, 2006 --( Apart from the standard summer activities that form a part of a weekend spent circling Tahoe that is set in the backdrop of Sierra, there is also the buzzing nightlife created by the enchanting Nevada casinos. They are a welcome respite from the tiresome outdoor activity of sightseeing, hiking and exploring or from getting acquainted with the personalities, events and summer homes of turn-of-the century Tahoe landowners.

You can kick start the night by setting the mood. Enjoy an appetizer of barbecued albacore ($10.25) and a tasty house drink at Naked Fish (3940 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 530-541-3474) before you allow yourself to role the dice. If you are itching for the tumble of the dice on felt or the shudder and snap of a fresh deck of cards being shuffled, the South Lake Tahoe’s casinos, shuffled against each other along the border of Stateline, Nevada are bound to excite you.

South Lake Tahoe’s casinos are getting sexier. The Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa (55 Highway 50, 775-588-3515) also known as old Caesar’s or the elegant 19 Kitchen/Bar at Harvey’s Resort Casino (18 Highway 50, 775-588-2411) are swank new establishments that sport a fresh look and attitude. However, if you enjoy old-school ambience and low-limit tables, the Lakeside Inn and Casino (168 Highway 50, 800-624-7980) or hang-loose Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino (27 Highway 50, 775-588-2411) are some of the places for you to visit where a huge hot dog and a draft will leave you poorer by only $2.50.

The list is long and includes brands like Harrah’s and the choice is wide enough to cater to the tastes of all and sundry, from low limit tables to sophisticated gambling tables and slots.

After a night out at the casino’s you are sure to want to crash out in a comfortable room. Plan to reserve your abode in advance especially if you are planning to be a part of the South Lake Tahoe weekend scene. There are numerous sites on the net too where you may view the facilities and amenities and locale of hotels, vacation rentals and even bed & breakfast arrangements. is one of such sites which has evolved as extremely user friendly and is featured in National Geographic and The New York Times.

Luis Betancourt