Working in the tourism industry and social media world, it was impossible to escape the buzz surrounding the new West Shore Cafe at Lake Tahoe. No one really needs an excuse to drive up to Tahoe, but if you’re traveling with a toddler, sometimes you do. A few weeks ago, I dragged Manfriend and the Child along to try the new cafe. Our trip happened to be after a major snow storm, so it was exceptionally beautiful.
West Shore Cafe is directly across the street from Homewood Ski Resort, and by “across the street” I mean you can literally take five big steps and arrive. (Okay – maybe ten.) I expected the cafe to be hoighty-toighty. It was certainly elegant, but also rustic and very inviting.
Being the only family there, I was a bit nervous we’d disturb the other patrons – a few skiers fresh off the slopes, and a few couples at the bar – but luckily the Child was on her best behavior and it was an enjoyable experience for all. The lunch menu included a nice variety of burgers, fish & chips, salads, wings, sandwiches and soups, with prices ranging from $10 – $18. We ordered the chicken strips for the Child, asking for a side of fruit in lieu of the greasy fries. Although Manfriend and I had great meals, hers was the most impressive! The best kids plate I’ve ever seen, and definitely the healthiest!
After a tasty chocolate dessert, we were lured upstairs to see their suites. Much like the cafe, the suites are classy and cozy, with awesome decks and views of Lake Tahoe. We all know Lake Tahoe is all around friendly and laid back, but the West Shore Cafe and Inn adds an element of “snug” and “cozy” for the perfect blend.
Before the long drive home, we wanted the Child to blow off some steam, so we did a little photo shoot on the pier just outside the cafe. This image just melts me.