Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Incline Village

#11 of 44 in Historic Sites in Nevada
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society (d.b.a. Thunderbird Lake Tahoe) is the non-profit organization that operates Thunderbird Lake Tahoe for charitable purposes. Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is comprised of the George Whittell Estate National Historic District (Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site), the Thunderbird Yacht, the Donald W. Reynolds Lake Tahoe History and Culture Program, and a collection of Lake Tahoe artifacts, documents, photographs, films, and ephemera entrusted to the Society’s museum archives.
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  • We have Mr. George Whittell to thank for the East shore of Lake Tahoe not being polluted with casinos but instead, filled with lasting beauty and preserved forever. You should not miss this tour...  more »
  • Attractions-wise, one of North Shore’s best-kept secrets, except to Lake Tahoe’s elite, local historians and the lucky schoolchildren who come here on field trips, is Thunderbird Lodge. George...  more »
  • All the positive reviews you have read are true. The volunteers are fantastic. Knowledgeable. We took the 2pm wine and cheese tour. The wines they those were very tasty. Great overview, then they moved us through the house at a good pace. A good mix of stairs and walkways. On this tour we got to go into the tunnels. I liked how the docent previewed the size of the Tunnel for those who are claustrophobic The views of the lake are breath taking.
  • A retreat built by an incredibly rich recluse with lots of high points so he could shoot at Interlopers. Appears hand made with local stone, but inside it is the purest luxury. It includes a sixty yard tunnel to his opium den, pool, boathouse, and memorial to a dead employee. Some of the best views of Lake Tahoe I've ever seen. The tour includes a visit to his yacht, at one time {today?} the fastest boat on the lake. Maintained by volunteers, this place is the closest you will get to a Howard Hughes retreat.

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