WASHINGTON — I grew up in northern Vermont where most of November was considered the shoulder season. This was the time of year when locals took deep calming breathes after the hoards of leaf-peepers fled for warmer climates while simultaneously preparing for an onslaught of neon wearing snow bunnies from New Jersey. It was admittedly not the prettiest time of year to visit (we also called it “stick season” because of the lack of both leaves and snow leaving behind nothing but brown) and the weather was typically cold and miserable, but for the traveler looking for a deal or fewer crowds, shoulder season is where it’s at.
We unintentionally ended up spending the shoulder season in South Lake Tahoe this year. I say unintentionally because at first, we were only going to stay long enough to hike a few trails and see The Devil Makes Three in concert. But a few days in and we were so enticed by the lack of crowds and abundance of hiking trails that we extended our stay for an entire month.
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