We are honored to be the recipient of the 2015 North Tahoe Small Business of the Year Award. The North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce honored local leaders and businesses at the 61st
Annual Community Awards Dinner at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
The ceremony recognizes businesses and employees who provided outstanding service to visitors, customers, clients and the community. Here is what the Chamber has to say about us:
Small Business of the Year: Andrew Laughlin, Tahoe City Kayak, for enriching North Lake Tahoe with great service, friendliness, helpfulness and a sense of community. Laughlin consistently provides support to the community while treating all of his staff with the utmost respect and he volunteers for various committees and community events.
We couldn’t agree more! Here at Tahoe City Kayak, we take pride in offering the best service around. We offer high quality rentals, demos, deliveries, repairs, special orders, and have Tahoe’s best selection of kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories from the best manufacturers. Thank you to the chamber for recognizing our hard work over the last 17 years.
Pedal, Paddle, Ski, Relax with Zephyr Cove Adventures
This summer, we had the opportunity to open a new location on the South Shore, Zephyr Cove Adventures. Our store is located at at 183 US Hwy 50 Suite E in Zephyr Cove. Many people are familiar with this neighborhood as Round Hill. We are located in the Charter Communications building, on the same side of Highway 50 as Safeway, right next to the gas station.
Our location is perfect for your South Shore adventures. We are right next to Nevada Beach and offer takeaway inflatable paddleboard rentals from Hobie for fun on the water. We also have a full selection of paddleboards and kayaks for sale in our beautiful showroom. As the only Hobie dealer in South Shore, we have your mirage needs covered. We have Hobie’s full selection of boats in stock in a host of colors. We do deliveries and have experienced staff to help you find the perfect boat. If you need repairs on your boat, we’ve got that covered for you too! In addition, we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy a perfect day at the beach.
Zephyr Cove has an extensive network of paved bike paths and singletrack dirt trails that you can hop on right from our parking lot. We rent high end, front suspension mountain bikes and fat bikes from Scott and Framed for your shredding pleasure.
Come see us if you want to explore our beautiful system of trails. We have been open since June, but just had our official ribbon cutting with the chamber this week. Visit us in person from 9:30 until 5:30 every day. We take reservations for rentals over the phone: 775-580-7905 or on our website at zephyrcoveadventures.com
Weather. It has been a strange year for weather here in Lake Tahoe, which has made for some amazing sunset tours. This winter we had incredibly low snowfall. This summer has been just the opposite, with rainfall amounts topping 200% of average. The rain has been sorely needed. It rained so much in May that the level of the lake rose back up to the natural rim. Plants are looking great and green, with the consistent weekly watering they have been getting from mother nature. With the rain comes clouds, which have been making for incredible sunset tours. We’ve had amazing sunsets almost every night this summer. Our fabulous guide Lisa took these photos last night. Check out the progression of the sunset and the full moon rising over the East Shore.
Sunset is a special time to be out on the water, and our sunset tour is a great opportunity to do so. Advanced booking is required, either here online, or by calling us at 530-581-4336. Our tour launches about two hours prior to dusk. This summer, our sunset tours are launching from our floating dock in the Tahoe City Marina. With your guide, your group paddles southwest, past Commons Beach, the outlet to the Truckee River, the Gatekeepers Museum, and the historic Tahoe Tavern pier. Our guides are well versed in Tahoe lore. Typical topics covered on the trip included flora, fauna, natural history, and the rich human history of Tahoe.
Another great option is our full moon tour this time of the month. You get the magic of sunset, doubled down with the beauty of the moonrise. Come Join us out on the water!
Lake Tahoe Television (Tahoe TV), an affiliate of Outside TV, interviewed us a couple weeks ago. We headed over to their studio here in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City for a little presentation. During the interview we talked about the foldable Oru Kayak, the Hobie Mirage Drive foot pedal propulsion system, paddles, and our new retail location, Zephyr Cove Adventures, which is located in Round Hill Village, in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.
Oru is a cool new product that is made locally, in San Francisco. The boat folds into itself to create a box for easy storage and transport, while still paddling like a traditional sit inside hard shell boat. With hard chines, an Oru kayak paddles and tracks significantly better than an inflatable kayak, yet offers similar pack-ability. Oru got its start on Kickstarter and Shark Tank.
Hobie’s Mirage Drive has been around for years, but is still worth talking about because it is so efficient and fun. It is about twice as fast as paddling and frees your hands for fishing, photography, or just eating a sandwich. You are propelled by peddling with your feet, similar to a bicycle, which causes flippers underneath your Hobie to move back and forth. This motion is similar to a penguin’s wings underwater, the inspiration for the Mirage Drive System.
We would like to give a big thank you to the crew at Tahoe TV for this opportunity. The interview is airing on Saturdays locally on Tahoe TV and you can watch the clip right here.