OLD! Historical Memento Photos of Tahoe Cedars (23 photos)
Tahoe Cedars was for sale in 2009 for a cool 15 million: www.cblaketahoe.com/realestate/listing/2900249
Tahoe Cedars Property Owners’ Association: www.tcpoa.org
Update June 2017 – after so many years the beloved cabins of Tahoe Cedars have been demolished. We almost made it this past weekend driving up from Los Angeles – at some point we will revisit the site to stay posted on current developments. See notes at the far bottom of this page for latest updates from prior guests.
Update October 2016
The cabins are all in a bad state – some of the roofs have holes – steps down to the lake are mostly gone. Concrete steps to some of the cabins severely crumbling. Erosion control measures have been taken on the steep slope leading down from the cabins to the beach. A sign in front of the property indicates the cabins will all be torn down and replaced with 6 single family units. Signs hang from all the cabins indicating the water and sewage has been turned off to the property and to not use the bathrooms. We walked into Cabin B – it is a mess – upstairs as well. Still smells the same though as 20 years ago.
Here are our most updated photographs of the property – not necessarily how you want to remember Tahoe Cedars – but 15+ years of neglect has certainly taken its toll on the property. These may well be the last photographs taken before the cabins are torn down forever.
Update August 2013
Hasn’t changed much since last year. Hole in chain link fence off of the main highway – things looking run down nearby – hotel across street all boarded up, old real estate office next door, boarded up. The PDQ market is still there as is the Pizza place in the small shopping center on the other side of the highway. The roofs are holding up fine – anything wooden is starting to show age – paint fading etc. The entire property is still for sale. Interested???
These 5 photos were taken in August 2013 (staff photographer John T.):
These 5 photos were taken in September 2013 (staff photographer, Elizabeth K.):
Update September 2012
Mostly looking the same. Swam in the water right in front of Tahoe Cedars. Nice to be back. The pier is painted black now and falling down a little bit at the end. Otherwise all the cabins the same, and the lawn dead. A lady was sunbathing on the pier and later walked up into the cabins. Didn’t chat with her though.
Update July 2011
The general condition of Tahoe Cedars continues to worsen in this, the 9th summer after closing. The place was in tatters, more than other years, everything is looking quite dilapidated. The doors to cabins are open with a mess inside – someone had obviously been having a party in the cabin closest to “The Lake”.
The “red” pier is a mess. The ladder at the end of the pier has collapsed, the paint is shot and the boards are all warped. Access until early July could be had from the property next door – but now that is all fenced off so you would have to check out things from a boat. We will try secure some recent photos at some point – if you are in the area and can take some photos, please email us 🙂
Leave Comments – if you stayed at Tahoe Cedars, please leave your comments and memories at the bottom of this post in the comments section. I will pass them on to Dorothy. Thanks!
Tahoe Cedars Lodge was one of those rare resorts where the price was affordable, the views were scenic, new friends were found and families vacationed here year after year. I spent 2-3 weeks here every summer from 1974-2001.
Tahoe Cedars Lodge was rated one star and consisted of approximately 11 historic rustic cabins on lakefront property. There were no phones or televisions in any of the cabins – that was part of the charm and appeal. This was a resort where you brought several good books and a willingness to embrace a slower pace of life.
Some of the cabins had small freezers, refrigerators and cooking facilities. Dishes, silverware and all other cooking utensils were provided in these particular cabins.
There is a small private beach below the cabins. A painted red pier was also available from which you can fish or swim from. I spent many hours at the end of this pier watching the lake, fishing, or sun bathing. There are several buoys anchored several hundred feet from the end of the pier and a small row boat is available for use from shore.
If you were in the mood pick up a paddle you could play a game of table tennis. A laundry mat is still located across the street and the PDQ market is still open just down the road. The grounds were neatly landscaped and there were chairs and a few tables conveniently placed near the end of stairways or overlooking The Lake.
Depending on the time of the year many of the desirable cabins had to be reserved years in advance. However, the units right next to the road often were vacant and did not require lengthy reservations.
This lodge is located at 6980 West Lake Blvd and is easily noticed by the distinct dark blue roofs located on each cabin. Tahoe Cedars was open from May 1 to the end of October.
Author’s Note & Update
After over 65 years this one of a kind lakeside resort closed its doors to the public forever at the end of September 2001 when it was sold. The Tahoe Cedars property sold again, this time for 13 million in late 2003 to a CEO of a prominent Silicon valley firm.
All original structures remain standing as of late 2016. Thanks for the update emails from former guests 🙂
Visible damage from mid summer 2007 includes: the banister on the cabin next to the Ping Pong table has fallen down and the grounds are covered in pine needles, pine cones and broken branches. The insides of the cabins remain the same – you can still see the old drapes and tables. Its like looking into “history” but if you stayed here year after year, you were a part of this history and this history means something. Former customers have moved on – some have died, some stay at Donner, some have found other cabins near The Lake, some do not vacation at Tahoe anymore – but all who are still living remember the tons of memories with nostalgia and a lot of fondness.
The ping pong table is still standing – broken branches and an old pipe and a tank rest on top of the badly warping wood. The “lakefront cabin” 24 and 25 has two tall posts holding up part of the porch roof. The deck is in a bad need of a paint job and part of it may collapse if there is another heavy snow fall year. The many layers of red paint are peeling revealing the raw color of the wood beneath. The bench at the end of the deck where so many memories were made is almost completely warped, with several layers of wood coating peeling off. Bulbs are still growing on the property. The grass is still green and from a distance you cannot tell that no one lives here anymore.
The only access to the property is by boat as the main driveway entrances have tall fences blocking them. Property still looks decent as of July 2007. Fences are still up, blue roofs are in good shape.
If you need additional information regarding this resort, have specific questions or would like to share your memories, please email Dave
June 2005 Photos