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Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society

Explore historic Thunderbird Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe’s magical Castle-in-the-Sky, and home of the world famous Thunderbird Yacht.

Docent-guided tours take visitors on a walk through the stone mansion and grounds to reveal the mystery and legacy of the enigmatic George Whittell, Jr.

Legend springs to life as you discover the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, the Servant’s Quarters, and the 600′ underground tunnel leading to the Boathouse.

In the Boathouse resides the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird, built for Whittell in 1939 and powered by twin Allison V12 1150hp engines.  Walk along the serpentine Dragon’s Tail path to the enchanting Card House with its celebrated poker stories. Tours offer breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, the nearby mountain ranges, elegant gardens, lagoons, waterfalls and fountains.

The house and gardens are open for public tours Tuesday through Saturday from May through October. Private tours available year-round.  Also available for weddings and corporate events.

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