Incline Village & Crystal Bay

When explaining Incline Village to a visitor, one learned local said it this way: Incline is basically a huge country club. Membership to all the fantastic amenities the town has to offer -- ski trails, tennis courts, a rec center, golf course -- comes with residency. That's a town worth living in, don't you agree? Sure, he wasn't saying that every sports-oriented activity in town was free, but he did mean that Incline Village residents have access, sometimes free, to some pretty cool recreation. When you add in all the water sports available on the lake, access to beautiful beaches (shhhh . . . even a clothing-optional one), superb mountain biking trails, one of the only skate parks in Lake Tahoe and an 18-hole disc golf course, you are approaching Too Good To Be True status. Hmmm, do you think that's why people move to Incline Village and stay? 

But let's add to it even a bit more: The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, considered one of the best of its kind in the entire country; annual events that bring out the locals and bring in the visitors such as Red, White and Tahoe Blue, a community-wide Independence Day celebration, again considered one of the top ones in the country (are you seeing a pattern here?) or the Ullr Fest, created to honor Ullr, the Norse god of snow and patron saint of skiers (have you ever seen a horde of skiers in Viking helmets swooshing down a mountain?). 

Sure, Incline Village might seem a little more uptown than some of the other Lake Tahoe towns. Great. You get to choose the vibe that suits you, whether you're coming for a visit or calling Incline home. But being uptown here is relative, and those who love Incline Village like it exactly the way it is.