Starting off as a dream, Karen Walsh always wanted to own a wine bar. She spent years researching the perfect venue. Being a local the vision was to have a wine bar right on the water’s edge. Lake Tahoe as a backdrop is the perfect complement to wine tasting and good eats. She even had a name. A name that stuck with her from when her mother won a contest to name a new local ice cream store in her hometown, The Idle Hour.
After years of patiently waiting, The Idle Hour would become a reality when the current location became available. At the time it was just an office building with a view. Slowly office by office, she began creating with her team an oasis away from the busy downtown. 5 years and counting, Karen and her wonderful staff strive to make an experience locals and first-time visitors will not forget. The Idle Hour brings together wine tasting, an eclectic small bites menu, retail items, and an event space, all in a gorgeous Tahoe lakefront wine bar and venue. Visitors and locals looking for a one-of-a-kind location to relax and enjoy an array of boutique wines while soaking up the South Lake Tahoe lakefront will delight in the view from the expansive deck.
Looking for the quintessential Tahoe venue to host a wedding or event, The Idle Hour will rise to the occasion. Idle Hour’s lakefront event space and the deck is the only South Lake Tahoe venue of its kind. Sweeping panoramas, elegant interiors, and experienced staff help make a visit to The Idle Hour truly unforgettable. With several different options to reserve this venue, experienced staff, and a hands-on event manager, Idle Hour will strive on making events to remember as easy as possible. This venue can do it all from smaller baby showers to corporate outings and extravagant wedding ceremonies.
Wine experts and novices alike are at home in the warm and inviting interior of the Tahoe lakefront wine bar and tasting room. Guests can sample a wide selection of artisan wines, fresh-made pizzas, paninis made to order, or Abdallah chocolates, while they sip wine or shop for gifts. Looking for a Lake Tahoe shopping venue, The Idle Hour’s retail store has wine accessories, home decor, and treats from the South Bend Chocolate Company.
With awards coming in for “Best patio” and “Best wine selection” from Best of Tahoe. The mission is to keep creating new and fun ways to enjoy wine, food, and amazing Tahoe views with family friends, and fur babies. Visit the website or come down to The Idle Hour in South Lake Tahoe.
The Idle Hour
3351 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
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