Vintage Tahoe Tours take to Lake Tahoe |

Vintage Tahoe Tours take to Lake Tahoe

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TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Itand#8217;s common local knowledge: the best way to experience the magnificence of Lake Tahoe is in a boat. With that said, savvy lake lovers can now add the proverbial cherry to this sublime summertime treat in a classic mahogany boat, thanks to Vintage Tahoe Tours.

New on the Lake Tahoe scene this year, Vintage Tahoe Tours offers a variety of excursions ranging from a one-hour Kaiser Estate Tour to a three-hour Emerald Bay Tour all in the comfort of a mahogany masterpiece. The company has several boats in its vintage fleet including classic Chris Crafts and HackerCrafts.

Dean Woolery, Vintage Tahoe Tours principal, firmly believes the classic wooden boat ride with its unique smooth and#8220;Cadillac-likeand#8221; ride is unrivaled.

and#8220;The sound of powerful twin engines pushing the vessel at 30 plus miles-an-hour is reminiscent of the auto racing experience at Daytona or Talledega,and#8221; Woolery explains. and#8220;The beauty of the shining varnished mahogany and teak is unsurpassed by the most modern fiberglass yacht.and#8221;

Managing partner and head captain Greg Barraclough reports that and#8220;99.9 percent of the time customers are smiling from ear-to-earand#8221; when they depart the woodies.

and#8220;There is nothing like the ride, the sound, and even the smell of a wooden boat,and#8221; Barraclough says. and#8220;People enjoy going out for tours on our wooden runabouts because they may never get the experience anywhere else without having one of their own.and#8221;

Like to mix recreational pleasure with a little history? Wooden boats have played an important part in Lake Tahoe culture since the early 20th century and the knowledgeable Vintage Tahoe Tour captains offer a fascinating glimpse of the regionand#8217;s glamorous past.

Woolery promises passengers will learn secrets of old-time lake denizens such as George Whittell, Jr., Lora Knight and Isias W. Hellman, as well as juicy tidbits about the wooden boat challenges by the Kaiser and Dollar families.

All Vintage Tahoe Toursand#8217; guides are U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains who are bonded and fully insured. Passenger safety is their first priority.

Starting at $160 per tour, Vintage Tahoe Tours offers several standard options. Clients are also encouraged to personalize their tours by selecting a specific destination or utilizing the classic wooden boats as elegant transportation to a special event. Reservations are required and there is a one-hour minimum charge.

For more information, visit or call 877-343-1921.

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