Guess what?  My very own backyard – Lake Tahoe – has been named “Best Lake in America,” according to results of a recent readers’ poll released by USA Today.

Various magazine editors narrowed national nominations to the top 16; readers weighed in, and the largest and most popular alpine lake in North America took home top honors by garnering more than 5,000 votes via Facebook and Twitter. You can read the full story (and see who the runner-ups were) here.  In the end however, Lake Tahoe was recognized for its timeless beauty and an international reputation as an outdoor recreational mecca.  The combination of great outdoors, entertainment, nightlife, dining and gaming identify its unique character…and of course it is a great place to buy your dream vacation home! The distinction adds to the list of top rankings and wins for the Lake Tahoe area.  Other awards include top rankings from TripAdvisor, and Rand McNally as the No. 1 ski destination in the U.S.; and numerous designations from, MSNBC, SKI Magazine, Skiing magazine, Transworld Snowboarding for diverse categories such as snow quality, scenery, après off-hill activities and terrain parks at various Tahoe ski resorts.

So for those of you who haven’t been to visit us – what are you waiting for?  Who wouldn’t want to live here and experience all that Lake Tahoe has to offer?  Wondering how the real estate market is here?  Make sure to add a little property showings to your trip.  Whether it is the North Shore such as Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay or Tahoe City or the West Shore like Homewood, Tahoma or Rubicon Bay – there is a little bit of everything for every Buyer. Big skier?  Come check out Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley or Northstar. Time to make that last summer trip to beautiful Lake Tahoe!