While the Washoe were the first to enjoy the shores of the present day Tallac Historic Site, three of the original luxurious estates erected between 1890 and 1921 still remain today, and play host to special events and tours to learn about the “Era of Opulence” in South Lake Tahoe.
Kids can cook up a storm using old fashioned recipes during Kitchen Kids, while adults can join Anita Baldwin for some light refreshments and hear stories about the Tallac Casino and Resort, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe, and sip bubbly with Mrs. Pope on the porch.
Rich in history ranging from generations of Washoe Indian who spent their summers here to the three socialite families from San Francisco in the 1890s, this huge estate has been so well preserved you feel like you are stepping back in time. During its heyday, the resort included two large hotels, a casino, and numerous annexes and out-buildings. Exhibits about the Baldwin family, the former proprietors of the Tallac Hotel, and the Washoe can be seen at the Baldwin Museum.
Today, many of these historic buildings are open to the public for viewing, managed by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. Between June and September you can join a Tallac interpreter for heritage programs, guided walks, building tours, demonstrations, behind the scenes peeks, and more. A changing schedule of activities with times, places, and a detailed description is available in the Visitors Center and the Baldwin Museum.
Fees are suggested donations, and help the Tahoe Heritage Foundation support these programs. Please donate so everyone can continue to enjoy this special place in South Lake Tahoe.
Pope House Tour: Take a guided tour through the Pope House.
June – Sept, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM (except Wednesdays)
Take a guided tour through the Pope House. Requested donation: $10.00 Adults/ $5.00 Children. Hwy 89 past Camp Richardson (530) 541-5227.
Servant’s Tour: Join a Pope Family Servant for a tour around Pope Estate to explore how servants lived and worked while “holed up” – ha! – spending the summer at Lake Tahoe.
$5 per person Wednesdays June-Aug 11:00am and 2:30pm, and Saturdays June August at 2:30pm
Kitchen Kids: Cook up a storm in the Pope Estate kitchen using old fashioned recipes.
Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm
$10 – ages 6 to 12 only
Lucky’s Legacy – Cell Phone Tour
Grab a guide booklet for $2 and get the phone number to dial up the story of Lucky Baldwin while you tour the remains of the Tallac Casino and Resorts, the first casino built in Lake Tahoe.
Afternoon with Anita: Meet Anita Baldwin for some light refreshements while she tells you stories of the Tallac Casino and Resort. She recounts her adventures as the daughter of the infamous Lucky Baldwin. Fridays at 1pm June 10 and 24th, July 19th, & Aug. 19th, 2016 at 1 pm – $10 per person
Vintage Vatican: Get an insider’s look into life at Tallac and tour the Pope House with Mrs. Pope while you sip bubbly and sample appetizers. $15 per person, Saturdays July 11th, July 18th, August 1st, August 15th, 2015 at 4pm
All fees help the Tahoe Heritage Found develop and maintain the historic programs and materials provided for this historic treasure.
The Tallac Historic Site is located 3.5 miles from the junction of Highways 50 and 89 on Hwy 89 between Camp Richardson’s Resort and the Forest Service’s Taylor Creek Visitor Center. For more information about these South Lake Tahoe events, please call 530.544.7778.
Top photo provided by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation.