Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Historic Visit

While in South Lake Tahoe, we went to Tallac! 
It is a cluster of estate homes from the early 1920's.

Imagine the lake in the late 1800's... it was an up and coming place for California's successful and wealthy entrepreneurs to build their estates.  The surrounding lake area was still a barren, hard to get to place that was was mostly inhabited by local Indian tribes.  But by the 1920's, city folk had found a summer getaway... it was glamorous parties, summer festivities and wooden boats on the lake. 

Today, visitors can catch a glimpse of the past as it is part of the US Forest Service in partnership with the Tahoe Tallac Association to keep it alive with summer fun such as its annual Great Gatsby Festival. 

You can tour several estates on the property for free.  We entered the main house through the back yard...

and the door was HUGE - I love iron scroll design.

Check out this TINY water heater for the kitchen!

They show a video every hour that explains the history of the Tallac site.

When news spread about the beauty of Lake Tahoe, a hotel soon followed to accommodate visitors.

Some of the dishes used at the hotel.

A truly vintage handkerchief.

 I spied a bottle of Apricot Cordial, sounds yummy!

A Breakfast Menu...

This is the estate next door... Pope Estate

$5.00 charge to tour the home with a guide who shares history of the home.  We didn't do it because we had plans to go to Emerald Bay that day.

The best part is in the back yard of the estate, you walk just a few yards and your on the beach of Lake Tahoe!  It's free because its part of the US Park Service and became our new private getaway with clean bathrooms included!  We came back several days in a row with our picnic basket and made some great memories.

We learned they have an annual
Great Gatsby Festival on the estates and the public is invited to join in the fun.  They even have a Afternoon Tea with Vintage Fashion Show... I 'm making plans to attend next year!

Here is the poster for this years festival...


2 Cha Cha Bloggers left a comment:

Susan August 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM  

Enjoyed your trip to Lake Tahoe !
I think an Elizabeth Taylor film was made in Lake Tahoe (A Place In The Sun) back in the 1950's, great wooden
boats !

ChaChaneen August 20, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

Susan, you're right! I did some quick research and found it was filmed around Lake Tahoe and a couple other places on the Nevada side. It said the crew had to hose the snow off the ground and trees for one of the scenes because it was supposed to be hot outside. Ooooh burrrr to be actors - they make it look easy! Now I'm going to have to watch the movie! Thanks so much for sharing!