TAHOE: For the Bros
If the Rat Pack (and not just Peter Lawford) had been stoners, it would be all buds and bros in Tahoe today. Wait — it is, bro. Grab your goggles and go for solar hits and back-country boarding; ganja-fueled gambling; Nevada dispensaries and brothels; and a free haircut if you’re lucky. — Ed Murrieta
There’s only one dispensary on the California side of Lake Tahoe. Visit Tahoe Wellness in South Lake Tahoe for flowers, concentrates and edibles — plus an on-premises smoking lounge and free haircuts by a collective member/stylist, the latter by appointment on Fridays.
CROSS THE LINE
Got a California state medical cannabis ID card? Medical cannabis dispensaries in neighboring Nevada offer reciprocity. (Translation, if you’ve got a Golden State medical cannabis ID card — available for $200 at your local county health department — you can buy medical cannabis in the Silver State.) A 20-minute drive to the North Shore from South Lake Tahoe, NuLeaf, a joint project with Berkeley Patients Group, is the lone dispensary on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Head to Reno and Sparks for even more dispensaries offering reciprocity. Note the laws: What you buy in Nevada stays in Nevada, and don’t bring California weed into Nevada.
Brothels in Sparks and Carson City offer some of Nevada’s other legal pleasures. As you must for sex acts, negotiate with your sex worker whether you can use cannabis in the room. And be sure to tell her if you’re packing cannabis lube.
Score a smoking room and a balcony the Hard Rock Casino just across the California state line in Stateline, Nev. Or check into Harrah’s — where few will smell the weed in your pocket for all the cigarette smoke in the house. On the California side, The Lakeshore Lodge and Spa offers lake-view balconies, patios and 500 feet of private beach in South Lake Tahoe.
Boarding, dude. Don’t forget to pack a magnifying glass for igniting Tahoe OG solar hits in your glass pipes atop Sierra peaks.
For local craft beer, crawl South Lake Tahoe Boulevard: Cold Water Brewery and Grill, The Brewery At Lake Tahoe, Stateline Brewery & Restaurant. In Incline Village, Alibi Ale Works resists over-hopped West Coast IPA in favor of well-rounded flavors. To the northwest in Tahoe City and Truckee Tahoe Mountain Brewing and FiftyFifty Brewing specialize barrel-aged beers.
Add tacos — Taqueria Jalisco, Taco Taqueria and Taqueria Jiminez to your South Lake Tahoe Boulevard craft beer crawl. Go German at Himmel Haus. Mustang Ranch Steak House in Carson City has nothing to do with Mustang Ranch brothel in Sparks. Play it safe with steaks at the Hard Rock.
The Aficionados’ Treat
California’s most sophisticated city promises the Golden State’s most sophisticated cannabis travel experience. Chic dispensaries, high-quality cannabis, smoking and vaping lounges, pot-paired dinners, edibles cooking classes and ganja yoga all available to visitors with valid medical cannabis recommendations. Plus all the general tourist attractions — restaurants, museums, shopping, big-city energy — that make San Francisco a world-class travel destination without weed.
Retired Hippies’ Heaven
Never has the tie-dyed dream of traveling back roads in a vintage Volkswagen bus been more palpable than when turning off Highway 101 onto Highway 128 wending west, where the landscape turns to grapevines and farm houses. Yes, this is Mendocino County wine country, and as the axiom asserts — where wine grows, weed grows — it’s also cannabis country. Seeds of cannabis tourism have been planted here and will mature over time like wine.
Firing Up Foodies
You think you’ve tasted Humboldt County? Clear your throat and try again. Humboldt’s farm-to-toke reputation overshadows its farm-to-fork roots — but behold grass-fed beef and grass-fed dairy; field-to-glass craft distilleries, cideries and breweries; single-origin drinking chocolates; and Humboldt Bay bivalves that account for 70 percent of California oysters.
The Outdoorsman’s Oasis
You’re midway into a 590-nautical-mile run down the Pacific from Seattle to San Francisco aboard your Tayana 37 sloop. Before you tackle Cape Mendocino, pull into the safe harbor of Humboldt Bay. Not a sailor? Bring or rent toys for paddling, surfing, rafting, biking and hiking. Take a pack-mule trip. Heck, just find naked swimming holes in any of the county’s six rivers. Humboldt’s a bounty of adventure — especially if you stray into the wrong pot patch.
Girls’ Spa Weekend
Don’t let the lack of an actual cannabis spa in the Bay Area keep you and your BFFs from enjoying a cannabis spa weekend. DIY and BYO, girls. Load up on body-soothing edibles, topicals and frozen raw cannabis juice shots. Check into a four-star spa. Hike the Headlands. Soak up Sausalito. Book a private cannabis products demo for you and your besties.
For the Bros
If the Rat Pack (and not just Peter Lawford) had been stoners, it would be all buds and bros in Tahoe today. Wait — it is, bro. Grab your goggles and go for solar hits and back-country boarding; ganja-fueled gambling; Nevada dispensaries and brothels; and a free haircut if you’re lucky.
Perfect for The Parents
Sacramento is a political town, but even cannabis regulation and taxation take back seats to the interest in the Kings’ new downtown arena. The city’s culinary scene sizzles and beckons even San Francisco food critics. To spark your appetite for Sacramento’s farm-to-fork fare, or to quell the nauseating hype of the new arena, medical cannabis patients can smoke throughout the state capital’s walkable and bikeable downtown neighborhoods — even on the Capitol steps. Stick to the city core and you may not need a car.