This summer finds us in Tahoe City, CA for two sun-soaked weeks.  Days are spent bouncing from the pool, where my son hones his swimming skills , to the rocky Commons Beach where my husband can take a spin on the kayak while the kids clamber around the adjacent playground, to the bike path where I take my daily walks while my daughter snoozes in the stroller.  We finish with meat on the grill and white wine spritzers as the kids fight to keep their eyes open long enough to eat dinner on the deck.

Tahoe elevates casual to an art form: the term “no shirt, no shoes, no service” does NOT seem to apply to the general populace.  But Stylin’ Mamma takes no breaks on trying to look her best.

For active days, a go-nowhere swimsuit is a must.  If Kristy Walsh can play Olympic beach volleyball in a triangle top, surely I can wrestle my son in the pool in one.  For activewear shopping and paddleboard rentals, look no further than Tahoe Dave’s  on the main drag. 

To go from beach to burgers at the Bridgetender , throw on a soft camp shirt, and easy denim that shows off those tan gams.  Flatforms are edgy but comfy for strolling the town.

Tahoe’s snowboard-to-paddleboard locals are high on eyewear.  You can’t swing a cat without hitting the latest and greatest Oakley has to offer.  Oversized, bright colored: this is the place to rock your more daring sunnies — with polarized lenses, of course! 

For date night, the River Grill serves up seafood alongside the Truckee River, where the last of the rafters are taking a sunset drift as the Alpenglow sets in and the guitarist strikes up at the fire pit.  Come prepared to hum some Fleetwood Mac and bring a cozy sweater to throw over those crisp white khakis.

Accessories are minimal…if worn at all.  And skip the watch: you’re on Tahoe Time now.