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Sometimes You Just Need a Little Get-Away

For the past week the heat in Sacramento has been unusually high: Triple digits for days. So when my friend said she was going to spend a few days in Incline Village, Nevada, I asked if I could come visit, and – fortunately – she said “Yes!”

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Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Incline Village, Nevada

She was at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino and I drove up Tuesday morning for an overnight stay. (I’ve reviewed it on TripAdvisor if you’re interested in my thoughts about the hotel itself.)

We were eager to enjoy the cooler mountain air, and having a private beach just added to the ambiance!

Of course the hotel was accessible; I counted ten handicap parking spots, and was told at the front desk that there are 12 handicap accessible rooms (although the website indicates there are ten).

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Plenty of accessible parking

On the morning that I arrived it was overcast, with a threat of thunderstorms. So we sat on the patio on the ninth floor and chatted and picnicked, enjoying the cool breeze and the occasional flash of lightning in the distance.

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We did eventually follow the path down to the beach, but since it was lightly sprinkling and I did not want to endanger my camera, we didn’t stay for long.

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The next morning, however, I retraced my steps to see how close Carrieanna might be able to get to the water, should she ever want to stay here.

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Crossing Country Club Drive to reach the beach

The walkway was fairly level and wide, with well-tended flora on either side. And I suspect that it is illuminated at night.

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Reaching the end of the walkway, I found that a wheelchair would need to go through the restaurant in order to get to the boardwalk and down to Pier 111.

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To Pier 111

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Pier 111 Bar
(Minimal ground-level barriers; be careful when nearing the edge)

The view, however, is definitely worth it!

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The view from Pier 111

Overall, it was a lovely way to spend a summer day at Lake Tahoe – and get away from the heat!

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Beautiful Lake Tahoe
(As seen from Incline Village, Nevada)

By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, writer, photographer, former wedding officiant, mother, friend, explorer and new Texian ... that's just a little about me!

3 replies on “Sometimes You Just Need a Little Get-Away”

I’m glad this gave you a little relief from the heat, Ted! And I’m sure you are prepared for the more of the same when you get to Reno. (I don’t suppose there’s any chance you would be able to break away for a visit to Monterey for some cool weather, beautiful scenery and a visit with Carrieanna?)


It’s hot here too, but not triple digits. Your prose and photos, however, cooled me off here in the East. How thoughtful of you to be so sensitive to handicapped accessibility. Incidentally, I will be at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno July 7 – 19 for business meetings/social events day and night.
Ted Hess


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