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Emerald Bay provided the setting for one of the first summer homes at Lake Tahoe. In 1863 Ben Holladay, stagecoach magnet and early day transportation king pre-empted land in Emerald Bay and built a summer home. In 1884 a Dr. Kirby bought 500 acres in the Bay and built a resort. A portion of the Kirby land was sold to the William Henry Armstrong family in 1895. Mrs. Knight purchased the land from the Armstrongs in 1928. Mrs. Knight's land included the only island (Fanette Island) in Lake Tahoe and the only water fall (Eagle Falls) flowing directly into the Lake. Magnificent cedars and pines set off by shear granite cliffs make this one of the most scenic areas in the entire United States. Mrs. Knight wanted to build a summer home that would compliment the magnificent natural surroundings. Emerald Bay reminded her of many of the fjords she had seen on numerous travels to Scandinavia. She commissioned her nephew by marriage, Lennart Palme, a Swedish architect, to design the plans.

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Vikingsholm is located at the head of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California. This magnificent "castle" is a unique blend of Nature's spectacular beauty and man's architectural ingenuity. Vikingsholm, situated majestically among towering pines and cedars, was built as a summer home by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight in 1929.

In the summer of 1928 Mrs. Knight and the Palmes traveled to Scandinavia to gather the ideas they wanted to incorporate in Vikingsholm. Vikingsholm was completed in the fall of 1929 and occupied by Mrs. Knight, her staff of 15 and many guests in June of 1930. Mrs. Knight enjoyed 15 summers at Vikingsholm. She always had a home full of guests to share this magnificent summer home with her. Mrs. Knight passed away at the age of 82 in 1945. After her death, the home was sold to Lawrence Holland, a rancher from Nevada. He subsequently sold it to Harvey West, a lumberman from Placerville, California. In the early 1950s, Mr. West, a noted philanthropist, negotiated with the State of California and said he would donate one-half of the appraised value of the land, as well as the Vikingsholm itself outright, if the State would pay him the other half. This arrangement was agreed upon, and in 1953 the house and property were acquired by the State. Vikingsholm is considered to be one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture existing in the United States. It is now a part of the Harvey West Unit of the Emerald Bay State Park. The house is open for tours in the summer months and the grounds and magnificent scenery may be enjoyed all year around by those wishing to visit this beautiful setting.
 
Tours of Vikingsholm Castle are available seven days a week from mid-June until the end of September. The first tour of the day starts at 10:00 A.M. and the last tour at 4:00 P.M. All tours are guided tours and take approximately one-half hour. The tour fee is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free. The maximum number of people on a tour is 49. Limited parking is available in the Vikingsholm parking lot off of Highway 89. (It is advisable to come for morning tours as there are more parking opportunities at that time.)

Bus service to the parking lot is available from both North Shore and South Shore. A one mile steep, but well defined, trail leads from the parking lot to Vikingsholm. Many scenic views can be enjoyed during this walk. There are various resting places along the trail. It is to be stressed, though, this is a steep trail.

There is no public boat service to Vikingsholm, but Vikingsholm can be reached by private boat. A dock is provided for loading and unloading only. Beaching a boat is allowed in the bay from dawn to dusk. Tour boats are available from South Shore and North Shore. These boats allow passengers to view Vikingsholm from the water, but they do not dock in Emerald Bay. children.

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Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise
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Join a 2 hour cruise around magnificent Lake Tahoe and savor the wonders of this picturesque area. Discover breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Emerald Bay, charming Fannette Island and Vikingsholm Castle. Enjoy lunch (available to purchase on board) as you listen to the crew narrate the local points of interest as you cruise by.
Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour
emerald bay helicopter tour Emerald Bay is the second most photographed location in North America? On this tour, enjoy the wonder of Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake and the Vikingsholm from the best vantage point available! Your helicopter will be a 2004 Robinson R44 Raven II, one of the safest and quietest helicopters in the industry. It comes equipped with leather seats and Active Noise Reduction headsets so you can enjoy your flight in comfort without any unnecessary noise.
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour
Parasailing on Lake Tahoe
parasailing lake tahoe Experience the exhilaration of floating high above the water, as you parasail in paradise - looking out over pristine Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe! This may be the best way to find a little peace and quiet in a town that's this much fun! This tour is seasonal and operates from 1 June through to 30 October.
Parasailing on Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Private Boat Charter
lake tahoe boat charter There are 2 boats available for hire from which you can choose:
22' 300-hp SeaRay with Water Sports Tower (allows attachment of tow rope for waterskiing, etc)
22' 300-hp SeaRay Deck Boat
23' 320-hp SeaRay Bow Rider
24' 320-hp SeaRay Deck Boat
Why not bring a picnic lunch and some champagne aboard and make a day of it on beautiful Emerald Bay!
This product is seasonal and operates from 1 June through to 30 October.
Lake Tahoe Private Boat Charter
South Shore Helicopter Tour
lake tahoe helicopter tour View scenic Lake Tahoe the way that it was meant to be seen...by helicopter! Take the South Shore Tour and see the beauty of Lake Tahoe from Zephyr Cove to the magnificent Emerald Bay. The South Shore Tour departs the South Lake Tahoe airport and heads north to the lake. Upon reaching the shoreline, you will head straight to Zephyr Cove. After reaching Zephyr Cove, you will turn south and follow the shoreline towards Stateline and Edgewood Golf Course. After passing the casinos, continue along the shoreline past Tahoe Keys and head towards Camp Richardson. After passing Camp Richardson, enjoy a trip around Emerald Bay. Your flight will finally bring you back to the airport at South Lake Tahoe.
South Shore Helicopter Tour
Sunset Dinner Dance Cruise
lake tahoe sunset cruise A delightful combination of dining, dancing and sightseeing make for an unforgettable evening on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Choose from Entrees including the signature New York steak, garlic Crusted Trout, Pan Seared Chicken or Portabella Mushroom Lasagne. All menu choices are made onboard, so there is no need to decide your meal now! All meals are prepared to your order on board and served with all the trimmings. Dance to the sounds of Tahoe favorite 'Safari', take a stroll on a moonlit deck, and savor every moment of this 3 1/2 hour cruise. Smart casual attire is required for this cruise.
Sunset Dinner Dance Cruise
Sunset Helicopter Flight
lake tahoe sunset helicopter flight The Sunset Tour takes you on a complete trip around the lake and will show you Lake Tahoe awash in magnificent colors as you view the setting sun from across the lake. Departing from the South Lake Tahoe airport, head north to the lake. Upon reaching the shoreline, you will head west towards Camp Richardson and the fabulous Emerald Bay. After taking a circuit around Emerald Bay, your flight will continue northward along the western shore of Lake Tahoe past Meeks Bay and Tahoe City, and you’ll see the ridgeline to the east of the lake glowing red in the pre-sunset light. You'll then take a turn to the east and fly past Kings Beach, Incline Village, and the favorite Lake Tahoe hangout of the Rat Pac. The Cal-Neva Resort. As your flight continues southbound along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, you will be afforded a spectacular view of the sunset while looking west across Lake Tahoe. You will see Cave Rock, Zephyr Cove, and the casinos of Stateline as they start to come alive for a night of entertainment. Your flight will finally bring you back to the airport at South Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe Sunset Helicopter Flight
Historic Glenbrook Breakfast Cruise
historic glenbrook breakfast cruise The East Shore is home to some of Lake Tahoe's most spectacular homes and you'll see them from the water as you cruise to Glenbrook Bay. A special historical narration and Dixie II's collection of rare photos make this trip to Glenbrook, hub of Tahoe's 19th century lumber industry and one of the lake's first resorts, a special treat for history buffs. Your appetite gets treated to a hearty selection of hot and cold breakfast favorites, fresh fruits and pastries, served buffet style.
Historic Glenbrook Breakfast Cruise
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