Cottonwood’s Mike Bline Gives Us His Tahoe Faves

This is Mike’s Lake Tahoe cheat sheet.

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Two weeks ago, Mike Bline, owner of a phenomenal restaurant and ski lodge in Lake Tahoe, California, gave us more than a few reasons why Cottonwood Restaurant is a must-stop for travelers and skiers.

Now, he gives us a cheat sheet on some of his favorites “musts” in the area. Recommendations from a local, that’s how we like it!

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JST: What would your perfect day on the mountain consist of?

Mike: Our family’s avocation is Nordic skiing and North Lake Tahoe is home to the most fantastic concentration of cross-country skiing in the United States. My perfect day on the mountain would be a leisurely 10k cruise with my wife, Jennifer, and our daughter, Savannah, at Royal Gorge followed by lunch and a good IPA. This describes a typical Sunday for us.

JST: What is your favorite mountain? Favorite run?

Mike: We have a family history at Northstar and I love the North Lookout area. The tree skiing on a powder day is stellar.

JST: What’s your favorite lunch spot on the mountain?

Mike: The Zephyr Lodge at Northstar.

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JST: What is your favorite après ski bar or café?

Mike: Home! We restaurateurs get plenty of restaurant food…I’ll take Jennifer’s homemade chicken curry any day.

Read more of our interview with Cottonwood here. Follow Cottonwood on Facebook or visit their website.

Jerry Alonzo Leon


Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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