California Road Trip: Sonoma, Virginia City & Lake Tahoe

After our stay in San Francisco, the real road trip experience begun. We made our way to Sonoma for one night and stayed at the Sonoma Mission Inn which was very comfortable and chilled. The Sonoma and Napa Valley regions are stunning to drive through but we probably didn't need to stay a night there in the end as we hadn't actually booked any wine tours. It's a lovely area and somewhere I would like to go back to a little later on in life and see in a bit more depth.

Whilst in Sonoma, we were told to pay a visit to the Fremont Dinner

It's your classic American dinner with some great props and quirks throughout.  

We managed to grab a table outside just before closing for some proper, all-American comfort food. 

Before hitting the open road again...

And crossing the Californian border into Reno, Nevada.

I'd been told about this 'ghost town' called Virginia City in Nevada. Essentially, it's an old mining town from the 1800s that has now become a major tourist attraction. 

Although there are many buildings, sidewalks and features that can be deemed 'authentic', the area has been re-imagined for tourism with many shops and gimmicks throughout.

It was still very much worth a visit and I had fun peering into some old, historic buildings and seeing how things had been left un-touched from many years ago.

We made our way back down the wiggly mountains, stopping off on the way to capture a pretty amazing view. 

I suffer from car sickness and so this was a welcome break. Not good for those with vertigo though...

We had driven a lot in one day so it was wonderful to arrive at Lake Tahoe which straddles the border of Nevada and California. It's truly a sight to behold.  

It is the second deepest lake in the US. Winter time is spent skiing, snowboarding and skating whilst summer is for hiking, sailing and water sports.  

The accommodation in general isn't over-the-top or particularly luxurious but more of the log cabin/summer camp vibe. We stayed at Cedar Glen Lodge with some of the friendliest and most helpful staff we encountered on our entire trip. 

A very cosy, atmospheric and self-sufficient bedroom with a little kitchen, sink and balcony overlooking the peaceful lake.

There was still a fair bit of snow on the mountains when we visited Tahoe so we decided to take advantage of the weather and booked a snowmobile tour.

I'm so glad we did because when we reached the highest point there were some of the best views I'd ever seen. 

360 degree views and another chance to pose precariously on a rock... 

Before going off on our own later that afternoon and finding another rock or two to take in the views...

...Breathtaking right?

My chap is very good at seeking out places to see/eat that seem 'off the beaten track'. After a bit of driving around on our last night in Tahoe, he discovered Moe's Original BBQ in Tahoe City. I was so excited to be there so only took a quick snap of my food before devouring it in 5 minutes but it was the perfect finale to our Tahoe visit.