Moving to Tahoe: First Steps for Living in a New Town
For many new buyers, the draw to Tahoe is surely based on the visits they made in the past, and the many golden memories they have made in the area. Living in Tahoe, of course, is a bit different than moving to Tahoe.
Once you get unloaded and settled in, I recommend going down to the public library and getting a library card. It’s easy and free. Then walk over to Tahoe City Chocolate—it’s basically next-door to the library— and introduce yourself to the owner Ak who has owned it for more than ten years. My favorite candy in his shop is the toffee, but I am sure we all have our different preferences for chocolates, gummies, truffles, and the like. Really, if it’s in his shop, then it’s delightful. So, now that you have your library card and some candy, I recommend you find a spot to enjoy these items by the lake.
Next on the list is upgrading your bike—Olympic Bike Shop is a great resource, as is the Back Country in Truckee. If you buy a bike from the Back Country they tune it for free (at least this was the case last year!) If you can chat up the employees or other customers, this is a good place to make a friend and find a trail to ride. Most of the techs even give lessons and are super helpful. If you already have a bike, make sure to get it tuned at the start of the season. It can take a week to get it ready but it’s worth it when the snow melts off. Getting out on your bike is a wonderful start to the spring season.
There are so many options for getting out doors: Cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking, to name just a few of the dozens of activities in the Tahoe area. I usually recommend simply renting equipment to start, and finding out what works best for you. Finding your favorite hike will be the search that lasts forever. They all seem to become one of a kind and an adventure in itself.
I also recommend finding a wellness doctor. Someone that can help you lift your spirits, or to get readjusted. Here are a few people and places that I recommend: Dr. Campbel in Tahoe City, John Walsh, who is also in Tahoe City, Dawn at New Leaf, or Dr. Stephanie Riley in Truckee for natural healing. I also recommend acupuncture in Kings Beach, and facials at Dollar Point with Stillwater. Establishing care with someone you know is a wonderful resource to have. If you happen to have a fall from a bike injury or something like that, you’re already a patient, and you can get in.
Getting accustomed to living here will come naturally, but I wanted to provide you with a few ideas and places to start, based on my experience getting to know the people of Tahoe. Also, don’t forget some of the ways of getting to know the people in your community, such as making friends with your neighbors, church members, or realtors. These folks are always ready to help out with fun small chat when you need it.
Enjoy your time here!