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 things to do. 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 in Crystal Bay, you are approaching Too Good To Be True status. And just wait for when winter roles around – stellar ski slopes, rejuvenating spas and casinos. Hmmm, do you think that's why people move to Incline Village and stay?
But let's add to Crystal Bay’s appeal even a bit more with some of its popular events: 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?).
Visiting Incline Village & Crystal Bay
So what else can you expect in Incline Village and Crystal Bay? Great eateries, for starters. Incline Village restaurants keep the atmosphere casual but the food upscale with their eclectic flavors and influences. As you’ve already gathered, this town is activity-focused, and fortunately there are plenty of Incline Village shops that will supply you with whatever you need for your latest venture--ski coats, handcrafted jewelry, artisanal candles, you’ll find them here. Have you picked Incline Village as your vacation spot? Stay comfy in the local hotels that range from mountain ski lodges to ritzy casinos.
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.