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Mary Cook  |  62 posts


Mary Cook was graciously given her big break into the freelance writing world with SouthLakeTahoe.com. Before her passion with writing transpired, she ski instructed at Heavenly for two winter seasons, worked two harvest stints in a Napa winery, acquired a B.S. in Biology from Cornell, and dabbled with medical school for a six month period. Originally from a small town in Upstate New York lacking much in the form of entertainment, Mary inevitably became enamored with recreation. Throughout high school, she participated in long-distance running events, ultimately finishing her first marathon in college. At Cornell, she met her first love, ice-hockey, which she continues to play today in South Lake Tahoe’s Ice Hockey League. Shortly after her move to California, she discovered her second love: cycling. She is pleased to report her completion of this year’s Death Ride, a 129-mile road ride over 5 mountain passes outside of Markleeville, CA. Mary hopes her writing career will one day funnel her towards a position with Bicycling Magazine or Outside Magazine. Mary is 25 years old and currently resides in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Vertical Sports

Vertical Sports

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Overview Vertical Sports truly is the “back country store of the South Shore,” offering a full line of Atomic cross country, backcountry, telemark, alpine and snowboard equipment for rent. In their telemark division, Vertical Sports can suit you up with Atomic, Karhu, or G3 telemark skis, with corresponding Garmont boot and Targa or Voile binding, […]

Powder House

Powder House

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Powder House comes in a close second to Heavenly Sports’ conglomerate, acquiring 7 retail and rental store locations under its umbrella. Powder House is known for their first-rate repair shop services, as well as their wide range of ski and snowboard rentals, with brand names like Atomic, Dynastar, K2, Salomon, Elan, Rossignol, Volkl, Head, Burton, Morrow, Palmer, Roxy, and Lib Tech.

Hawley Grade

Hawley Grade

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When considering mountain biking in Oregon, one conjures up images of lush loam, towering trees, and steep, speedy single-tracks. Yet, after whizzing down South Lake Tahoe’s Hawley Grade, I no longer find any reason to road trip to Oregon, for this breathtaking trail covers all the aforementioned bases!

Karaoke Hotspots in South Lake Tahoe

Karaoke Hotspots in South Lake Tahoe

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A trip to Japan is not complete without engaging in the ever-popular form of Japanese entertainment – karaoke. As a staple of Japanese culture, some businessmen hire professional karaoke coaches for fear of losing face in front of their colleagues at karaoke business gatherings. Well – I wouldn’t say South Lake Tahoe covets karaoke to […]

Opal Ultra Lounge

Opal Ultra Lounge

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Your senses won’t know whether to dance or lounge, but at least they have the choice, in MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s newly renovated, late-night, Hookah-loving hot spot. At the bar, grab one of Opal’s finest concoctions, before hitting the dance floor, or just as appeasing, one of Opal’s overstuffed couches.

Lakeside Casino Tavern Bar

Lakeside Casino Tavern Bar

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Tavern Bar, located on the lower floor of Lakeside Casino amongst the slots and 24 plasma TVs complete with satellite sports package, boasts 12 beers on tap and 20 plus bottles, with a majority of these brews priced at $3. Lakeside offers some of the cheapest beer in town, and for this reason, it is said, “every hour is happy hour at Lakeside.”

Steamers Bar & Grill

Steamers Bar & Grill

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This small, yet comfortable, rustic watering hole, made more spacious in the summer by a backyard beer garden, is a local favorite especially on jam-packed taco nights. Needless to say, the cheese-loaded tacos are killer! It is obvious that customer service is number one priority at Steamers.

VEX

VEX

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Roll with the glitz and glam in this, nothing short of, Vegas-style club. Scantily clad go-go dancers atop catwalks will visually entertain you, while in-the-know DJ’s, spinning the latest and greatest of classic club beats, will keep your heart thumping and feet stomping.

Blue Water Bistro

Blue Water Bistro

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Right off Timber Cove’s boardwalk, Blue Water Bistro has one of the best views of Mount Tallac’s omniscient presence over Lake Tahoe. This plant-infested, modern dining facility, decked with artwork, has a romantic outdoor patio where customers can enjoy bistro plates of fresh seafood, organic salads, all natural poultry, filet mignon, and lobster from a French-infused carte du jour.

The Cantina Bar & Grill

The Cantina Bar & Grill

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This sizzling Mexican eatery brings light to the phrase “Viva la Fiesta!” Boasting a 10-year status as Tahoe’s best Mexican restaurant, as well as, local’s choice for best margaritas, why would you go anywhere else for tasty tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, and not to mention, a selection of over 30 beers at a full-service bar, featuring three sports televisions that will graciously be tuned to your favorite game?


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