Nestled on the California border of North Lake Tahoe, the small community of Kings Beach offers a fun-filled day for the whole family.
Known as the Logger’s headquarters during the 1870s, Kings Beach is rumored to have earned its name when the land was obtained by a man name Joe King during an all-night poker game, according to “The Saga of Lake Tahoe” by E.B. Scott. King developed the small logging establishment into a town of motels, restaurants, markets and homes, which grew to be the community seen today.
Start the day off right with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at Java Hut located next to Kings Beach State Recreation Area in the middle of town. Java Hut offers small meals and a full selection of coffee, espresso and teas.
After fueling up to head to the beach and enjoy the sunshine. North Tahoe Watersports, located at the Kings Beach State Recreation area, is a one-stop spot for water toys for the whole family. Owned and operated by Andy Habeger and Kurt Wilhelmy for the last 11 years, North Tahoe Watersports rents something for the whole family including stand-up paddleboards, single and double kayaks, and pedal boats. Aqua cycle trikes are an unusual new way to cruise the beach. For those seeking an adrenaline fueled afternoon, North Tahoe Watersports offers one of the cheapest options for personal watercraft rentals for anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours.
Feeling brave? Get a bird’s eye view of the beach while parasailing behind the “Queen Mary.” North Tahoe Watersports has a friendly staff of U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains who will take participants on 10-minute tours of the North Shore showcasing some of the best beach spots, beautiful homes and underwater landscapes while sailing behind the boat on 400- or 800-foot lines. The knowledgeable staff makes for smooth sailing and can make the experience as mellow or exciting as you choose. Photos of your adventure are available for a small fee. (Check out North Tahoe Watersports’ ad in this issue for a discount on your next adventure.)
If a day at the beach has worked up an appetite, check out the Char-Pit. A Kings Beach staple since 1962, the Char–Pit serves a variety of burgers, ribs, chicken and ice cream. If a burger isn’t going to hit the spot, try something from the fryer, including clams and fish tacos or fish and chips. Garden veggie burger options and a variety of salads also are available.
Spend the afternoon exploring the many shops and boutiques that are all within walking distance of downtown Kings Beach. Parking is available in public lots located on Brook Avenue and Minnow Avenue. The staff at Tahoe Mountain Sports can provide the information you need about hiking, biking, beaches, disc golf and camping in the Tahoe area. Additionally, they rent a wide variety of gear for your outdoor pursuits. Sign up online for the e-newsletter at tahoemountainsports.com to receive 20 percent off your next purchase.
Jason’s Beachside Grille offers a family friendly atmosphere for dinner with lakeside dining in summer and a cozy fire pit during winter. Jason’s offers a variety of American dishes from gourmet burgers to prime rib and seafood plates, as well as a full bar and a wide selection of craft beers. The house specialty – baby back ribs – were voted best ribs in Tahoe and are slow roasted in a homemade hickory barbecue sauce. After dinner, try one of the homemade dessert options. Stay for the live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The North Tahoe Business Association free concert series – Music on the Beach – is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday until Aug. 9, and features a variety of music from soul, funk and bluegrass to blues, hip hop and metal. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and settle back for a sunset accompanied by music and beverages.
Late night entertainment can be found at The Grid, open till 2 a.m. nightly, serving food till 11 p.m. Whomp Whomp Wednesday’s is a locals’ favorite for bass heavy electronic music and dancing, and every Sunday is karaoke night.
The Night Rider provides free, after-hours transportation between Stateline on the Nevada border and Tahoma on the West Shore and includes Northstar. The buses run from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Check laketahoetransit.com for a full schedule.
Article and photos by Jenn Sheridan
9 a.m.-1 p.m. |Farmers’ Market | Kings Beach State Recreation Area
6-8:30 p.m. |Music on the Beach | Kings Beach State Recreation Area
July 19-21 & July 26-28
10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Arts & Crafts Fair | Kings Beach Plaza
gotahoenorth.com | northtahoebusiness.org
Info Booth | On the beach, Kings Beach State Rec. Area
Live music | Entertainment section in this issue