What to do and see in Homewood, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Homewood is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California of about 200 residents, located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. It is located 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Tahoe City and north of Chambers Landing and Tahoma. It is the location of Homewood Mountain Resort. The community of Tahoe Pines uses Homewood's ZIP Code, 96141. Thomas McConnell is said to be the founder of Homewood, after he purchased lakefront property on Lake Tahoe's west shore and laid out the Homewood District with property on either side of Highway 89 in 1889. The Homewood Post Office was later established in 1909.
Restaurants in Homewood

1. Sugar Pine State Park

Tahoma, CA +1 530-525-7232
Excellent
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Sugar Pine State Park

This park in the Lake Tahoe region has nearly two miles of lake frontage, with dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.

Reviewed By CleopatraBunny - Flagstaff, Arizona

Lovely Mansion Beach with Erhmann Mansion you can tour. Limited picnic tables and benches but lake views and grounds are worth visiting. Little critters will pester you for food, but they are not so annoying as to ruin a great afternoon visit.

2. Inspiration Point Vista

Emerald Bay Rd, Tahoe City, CA
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Inspiration Point Vista

Look out over Emerald Bay.

Reviewed By zimmys57 - Delavan, Wisconsin

The views you will have from this spot are simply fabulous so find a way to stop and see first hand.. As other reviews indicate you have to be patient and search out a place to park as it is a very popular stop. Be sure to bring your camera or phone as it is a great place to bring home a memory of your visit. Enjoy.

3. Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, CA 96145 +1 530-541-3030
Excellent
82%
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5 based on 691 reviews

Emerald Bay State Park

This spectacular bay in Lake Tahoe is best approached by hiking trails.

Reviewed By Andy L - Allen, Texas

Great stop to view Emerald Bay and a short downhill hike, but not when there is a lot of snow. Great photo opportunity. Fees are apparently charged for the summer time but not in the winter time.

4. Meeks Bay Beach

Emerald Bay Road, Tahoma, CA
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Meeks Bay Beach

Includes public and private resort beaches, which are both well-kept.

Reviewed By Sandy S - Loomis, California

The campground is steps away from the white sand beach. Volleyball courts are at the ready. There is a little snack shack overlooking the beach and the bright blue water of Lake Tahoe. Back in the campground: each campsite is covered with wood chips to reduce dirt and dust. The shower/bathrooms are very clean. Campers should take note that no pets are allowed which was unusual but I appreciated the quietness and we never had to clean dog poo off the kids shoes. The staff was friendly and helpful. We were there at the end of the season so there weren't many others. This place is popular and sells out early for the summer months. Summer is high season and fees are higher than skirt season but it's well worth it. All campsites are full hookups except for tent campsites. Make reservations well in advance

5. Matt Heron Fly Fishing

400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146-9778
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5 based on 67 reviews

Matt Heron Fly Fishing

Matt Heron Fly Fishing is an all inclusive fly fishing school and outfitter in North Lake Tahoe, CA. Our school is widely regarded as one of the best in the country, offering daily classes on our private stocked ponds, spring through fall. Our year round outfitter is based out of Truckee CA, and provides trips on the Truckee River, Little Truckee River and Sawmill Lake. We also have access to many other creeks and lakes, as well as private water options. During the winter, we host trips to some of the worlds finest saltwater destinations and lodges. Next time you're in Tahoe, let our talented team of experienced guides and instructors show you an amazing experience on the water!

Reviewed By wolfturbo - Laguna Niguel, California

Wow - I just got back from 3 days on the Truckee and Little Truckee with Matt and I couldn't be happier. I have fly fished extensively throughout the Western United States and two things about this trip stuck out with me: I can't believe how fabulous these wild trout are and Matt Heron is in the top 1% of all the guides I have ever used!

He knows these rivers like the back of his hand and he is tenacious in making sure his clients have the best experience possible. He has a positive attitude, he is fun and he knows just the right balance between instructing versus letting you do you own thing. Your worst case scenario with Matt is you'll have a great day on the river. But if you want to learn, we will gladly make you a better angler.

I also like to fish with my teenage daughter, so I greatly appreciate the fact that Matt is polite, doesn't use profanity and isn't sneaking a smoke whenever I'm not looking. Sadly, I've had more than a few guides who don't fit this description.

I've already scheduled my next trip so I can settle a score with a few fish that broke my heart on this trip. I give Matt my highest recommendation without reservation!

6. Tahoe Jet Boats

5375 Westlake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141-9800
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5 based on 29 reviews

Tahoe Jet Boats

Lake Tahoe’s all inclusive, all lake service, concierge captained, luxury speed boat adventure and watersports experience.

Reviewed By Monica P

Initial planning process with phone consult was very helpful. The watersports instruction was excellent, the kids learned so quickly! The staff were personable and professional. The boats and all the equipment were in great condition. The overall experience was well worth the cost. We'd do it again (and plan to), fantastic day with TahoeJetBoats!

7. Squaw Valley Ski Area

1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Olympic Valley, CA 96146 +1 530-583-6985
Excellent
51%
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4 based on 517 reviews

Squaw Valley Ski Area

Famous ski area with Olympic memories.

Reviewed By Keith D - Atlanta, Georgia

I skied at Squaw Valley March 4 - 10 and we had sunshine filled days in the Mid 30’s and 100 plus inches of base snow. These days were 11’s on a scale of 1 to 10 and we felt like we were lucky to be skiing at this resort. I used the Squaw app but Squaw needs trail markers and signs on every run like they do in Colo.
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8. Eagle Falls Trail

Highway 89, Tahoe City, CA 96150
Excellent
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4.5 based on 236 reviews

Eagle Falls Trail

A beautiful and well-marked trail.

Reviewed By bverbos - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The hike to Eagle Falls is an easy 1/2 mile, with a clearly marked trail, some elevation gain, and some rocky steps. The falls are visible at a bit of distance on the trail and from above at the falls themselves. If you continue to Eagle Lake it is about one more mile uphill with many rock steps. This part of the trail is rather strenuous and not recommended for children (despite what some tourbooks might say). The lake is quite scenic and you may need to relax on the rocks there for a rest. Returning on the rocky trail requires much care and I would strongly recommend against this trail in or close after rain.

9. Homewood Mountain Resort

5145 W. Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA +1 530-584-6800
Excellent
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4 based on 103 reviews

Homewood Mountain Resort

Reviewed By Emiliamd13 - San Francisco, California

We bought a three-day pass for our children to learn how to ski and used it over the course of two trips while my husband and I enjoyed skiing on the large & glorious mountain.

Pros: Everyone is so nice and willing to help. The snow was amazing the year and there are two mountains you can enjoy with ease for a reasonable price (get -the 3 day pack).

The kids ski school is so good and our kids loved the experience. They also serve hot and healthy food at lunch time so you just have to worry about kidding your child to the school at 9 am and picking them up at 3:30 pm.

The mountain has a wide range of green, blue and black ranges. They also set up some jumping areas which our kids loved.

The views of Lake Tahoe are majestic as well when it isn't overcast.

Cons: The mountain is dated and the food options are very limited so bring a bag of goodies (including hot drinks) and enjoy them at the blue hut half way down the mountain otherwise you have to go all the way down to the one restaurant on the mountain.

If you want an alternative to Squaw that is less busy and hectic, I highly recommend Homewood!

10. SWA Watersports

West Shore Cafe & Inn, 5160 W Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141 +1 775-400-6677
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5 based on 13 reviews

SWA Watersports

Here at SWA Watersports we offer a wide range of services from Lake Tahoe watersports, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, and tours to private charters, and even fishing & sailing charters. We take great pride in providing you a top-notch experience to make your visit here a truly unforgettable one.

Reviewed By Mark F - Moraga, California

Our family rented a 21' boat and float tube from SWA Homewood for an afternoon. Had a terrific experience from setting up the reservation all the way to disembarking from the boat. The staff was friendly and efficient. They gave us good tips for boating on the lake (our first time). My kids had a blast being towed on the tube! We ended the afternoon with a drink and some fantastic noshes on the patio at West Shore cafe with spectacular views of the lake. I highly recommend using SWA.

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