Friday, April 8, 2011

Lake Tahoe, California: Bed and Breakfast Inns That Rebalance and Rejuvenate Our Lives

Author: C.J. Good

As humans, we have the power to influence the world around us by adopting a positive attitude. We can choose to be a positive force in the world that makes a difference. In order to accomplish this, we need to get ourselves into the right frame of mind. If we are permitting our problems to bear down on us day after day; if we allow negative energy and influences to accumulate so that positive ideas have been choked off; if there is disharmony and imbalance in our lives and relationships, then perhaps it is time to take a break. It is not what we do that is important but why we do it. True happiness and contentment does exist; we sometimes have to go looking for it.

For those seeking to rebalance their lives, there is immense power in taking a getaway vacation. Taking time away from our normal environment to recharge, renew and refresh will help us make sense of the concept of rejuvenation and why it plays such a vital role in our interactions with other people. And yes, when we are away, enveloped in natural wonders, there is even a strong possibility that we may change our perceptions, actions, and the world around us.

True success is achieving a goal that is more than material; real success includes spiritual connection, emotional renewal, health cultivation, social contentment and career satisfaction.

We all possess the ability to modify ourselves. Putting ourselves in a different environment will help us change the way we think, the way we handle obstacles, and ultimately the way we feel. Once we recognize how to tap into these areas, we will discover that our attitudes change in a constructive way, and thus the path to contentment becomes that much easier to achieve.

Most of us seek balance and harmony in our lives; and when things are imbalanced, anxiety can arise. When we are calm and relaxed, we are in an optimal state for functioning. What is important is that we become aware and understand how stress operates, how it unfolds and how it can take over our lives and keep us out of balance. In order to aid our consciousness, we can provide ourselves with the tools that are needed to dissolve the stress and anxiety that is often triggered by a plethora of events in modern life.

Consider taking a few days off in Lake Tahoe, California. Tahoe is a destination that promotes health and well-being. It should be pointed out that becoming refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated is not only important to the whole of us, it also affects every cell, joint and body part.

Glistening softly in myriad shades of blue and green, Lake Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, with an average depth of one thousand feet. It is a destination that is very easy to get to. Once you digest the basic importance of getting away for a few days, you will discover that the wait was well worth it. What is quite fascinating is that Lake Tahoe is a very compelling locale. Tahoe provides a creative, stimulating environment for visitors.

Driving around the lake's 72-mile shoreline rewards travelers with heart-stopping scenery that will stimulate a sense of creativity and wonder. Three out of every four days, Tahoe receives sunshine, making it an ideal destination for outdoor pursuits of all types. The landscape incorporates large ideas for recreation and leisure that will satisfy the uniqueness of every one of us. The environment cleverly bridges nature's beauty with the whimsical imaginations of tourists to create a delectable vacation in any season. Visitors can draw on a smorgasbord of activities to explore the area. Swimming, boating, guided-cruises, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, paddleboards, windsurfing and other water-sports are available. Hiking, walking and scenic drives are also fun. In the marina, pleasure boats are lined up side by side, as the morning sun bounces off the lake, giving the light a glittering, touchable quality.

In summer, you might observe sailboat races, or firework shows over the lake. Winter brings abundant snow, perfect for downhill skiing at more than a dozen world-class ski resorts. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing are also options. There are plenty of lake front restaurants scattered along the shoreline; most come equipped with docks and buoys. Lake Tahoe, California is the kind of place that can ignite a deep awareness and understanding of our enormous inner potential.

There are numerous hiking and mountain biking trails all around the area, which can range in length, difficulty and popularity. The 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail circumnavigates the lake and is quite famous. The Granite Chief Wilderness is great for hiking and camping. Desolation Wilderness and Eagle Lake Trailhead are also quite popular for hiking. Several paved off-road bicycle paths are also an option.

On the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, you'll find gambling casinos, restaurants and entertainment.

For pure pleasure, few experiences are as gratifying as visiting a bed and breakfast inn. It is a chance to explore new territory, new foods and new landmarks. Awake to mornings filled with golden sunshine; the smells of sizzling bacon, pine and wood smoke and the boasting cries of birds of prey.

The key to getting the most out of your vacation begins with the innkeeper, who is like your best friend in Tahoe. The innkeeper can help you find activities that blend with your own definition of contentment, which may differ than that of other visitors.

Our definition of a good time is unique to us and when we have a clear vision of what a trip to Lake Tahoe personally could do for us, we will be able to work towards accomplishing a memorable getaway. Fundamentally, the innkeeper might require a snapshot of our likes, dislikes and what is important to us. Once the innkeeper gets a handle on how we perceive a fantastic holiday, the host can formulate an itinerary to help us on our way.

Marty Cohen, innkeeper of The Shore House at Lake Tahoe, in Tahoe Vista, CA shares: "We have lived here for 37 years and have had the inn for 17 years. It gives us a good background to share the area with guests." To help you on your journey, innkeepers will provide a road map that will lead you to having a rejuvenating experience. The innkeeper has a certain amount of knowledge and expertise about the area and can recommend certain excursions without much effort.

Experienced innkeepers will know all the good information, stories and places a visitor will want to see. Typically, innkeepers are warm and conversational; with in-depth knowledge about the location; they are well organized, and accessible. And it is here where customer service really shines, as innkeepers skillfully craft a compelling experience with graciousness and class. They know just the right place for those who are seeking a quiet sanctuary.

The towns and landscapes surrounding Lake Tahoe are refreshing. Here you will experience light bright flashes of new territory. It is a region that gives visitors a different perspective; we see our smallness against the vastness of nature.

"Many people get married and come back for anniversaries," remarks Marty Cohen of The Shore House at Lake Tahoe. "We get a lot of writers. They love sitting out by the lake. It is a very comfortable atmosphere for them to be creative."

"A particular couple has been coming for 15 years," continues Marty, "The husband had been diagnosed with non curable cancer, and they keep coming every summer. It is the best rejuvenation for him."

Problems seem less insurmountable while taking in the magnitude of mountain peaks, expansive lakes or soaring pine forests. When we return back to our regular lives, if we can remember to remain positive and recognize that there are no problems but rather, only solutions, this attitude will give us a different perspective on many of life's challenges.

FEATURED PROPERTY: It goes without saying that the grounds and facilities of The Shore House at Lake Tahoe in Tahoe Vista, California are peaceful and soothing to the eyes. A welcoming atmosphere is evident throughout the inn. The location feels like being in the mountains on the water's edge of a pristine lake, with some of the best sunsets imaginable. This gives visitors a sense of privacy and romance. The beautiful setting along with great service makes this a destination of unsurpassed charm.

Prior to arriving, guests typically receive a friendly and pleasant email from the inn asking if they have any special requests or needs. The inn also sends visitors a recommended restaurant list and a selection of activities that can be reserved in advance.

Upon arrival, the host will escort visitors into a lakefront dining room. The host will familiarize newly arrived guests with the property, give them a tour of the inn, and explain the history. The host explains the breakfast particulars, and shares other details, including activities available in Lake Tahoe. Guests are then escorted to their quiet and cozy rooms. The innkeepers are known for their smiles, hospitality and attention to detail.

The Shore House at Lake Tahoe is recommended to anyone who wants a good dose of serenity, privacy and relaxation. Rest on the balcony and just gaze at the beautiful wooded landscape with Lake Tahoe shimmering in the background. It is a place where you can spend easy times in good conversation with friends.

SUMMARY: The Shore House at Lake Tahoe is a lovely blend of warm service, sumptuous breakfasts, and home-style charm. The accommodating staff, comfortable rooms, abundant amenities, exceptional location, and excellent value make for a pleasant B & B experience.

ROOMS: Rooms are comfortable, airy and inviting. Relaxing beds, bathrobes and signature toiletries are provided along with hairdryers. All rooms have refrigerators and balconies. All of the rooms come equipped with gas log fireplaces, and some rooms have two person whirlpool tubs. There is free WiFi, cable TV and a DVD player. Complimentary coffee, water and hot chocolate are available in the dining room 24/7. Fresh baked treats and chocolates are placed in the rooms everyday. Rooms are decorated with pine walls, and log furniture. Unique artwork throughout the property provides a glimpse into Lake Tahoe's character. In addition to the spacious comfort, rooms are immaculately clean with tasteful design. The property has several gardens, and a pier over the water.

SERVICE: Expect to receive gracious service with a warm smile. The owners/innkeepers are well known for their genuine hospitality, efficient service and willingness to help plan activities or excursions. The innkeepers are knowledgeable about the area and provide helpful suggestions to all of their guests. In-house couples or single massage is also available to guests upon request.

AMENITIES: The inn is known for providing an exceptional, and hearty breakfast that is artfully presented. The dining room is filled with character. Award winning Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich and a chili egg puff with fresh baked scones and muffins are some of the items on the menu. The covered balcony, or lakefront lawn and gardens by the waters edge are the ideal reading areas for visitors. The dining room is a peaceful area with a variety of different books, magazines, and board games. The lakefront lawn and garden has superb views of the property overlooking majestic Lake Tahoe with its towering pines. Every afternoon at 5pm, the inn hosts an afternoon social gathering that includes wine and appetizers. It is a great opportunity to interact with other guests.

LOCATION: The location is ideal for those who want to feel they are in a quiet serene lakeside getaway, yet still within a few miles of all other activities. Shopping is a few miles away, as are some of the well-established galleries where you can purchase jewelry, ceramics, textiles and paintings or Lake Tahoe memorabilia. Performing arts centers, spas, dining, parks, attractions, and cultural activities are just a short distance from the inn. Its proximity to fishing, hiking, biking and water activities provide incomparable value. The inn provides complimentary kayaking. It also has a cruise boat excursion including lunch and swimming, (at extra charge.)

CLEANLINESS: The B & B is known to be spotless, especially the guestrooms. The grounds and gardens are meticulously maintained. Overall everything, including the town, is quite picturesque.

VALUE: Compared to a standard hotel room, this property provides an excellent alternative. The niceties, friendly conversation and attentiveness of staff make the difference. The guests appreciate being asked if they are comfortable. The innkeepers are helpful without being intrusive. ~~

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About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: C.J. Good is a freelance writer, keynote guest speaker, and author of two books about finding and cultivating contentment. "Little Gifts of Sustainable Contentment" (Reviews 4.5 Stars, Look Inside) is available on Amazon. C.J. Good speaks and consults on subjects ranging from sales and marketing, to building long term relationships. C.J. Good also gives keynotes on travel topics, health issues, and the generation x/y marketplace. Her purpose is to write quality books that will make a difference in reader's lives. C.J. Good was a sales and marketing executive in the travel industry for 17 years. ~

Lake Tahoe

CONTACT: The Shore House at Lake Tahoe, CA, Marty and Barb Cohen, innkeepers, P.O. Box 499, Tahoe Vista, California, 96148. Call for availability and reservations: 800-207-5160. Rates: $190-325 (depending on season on room) ~

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