Northern California January 25, 2018
Most People Don’t Know About These Strange Ruins Hiding In Northern California
Most people are familiar with the epic castle,
Vikingsholm, located on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The historic mansion attracts the lake’s tourists all year long. However, few people are aware of the strange ruins that can be found on a nearby island. This little island is the only island within Lake Tahoe, and it’s been home to this odd structure for decades. It’s a beautiful destination that is definitely worthy of a visit.
Sitting on the Emerald Bay of Lake Tahoe, Vikingsholm is one of Northern California's most treasured landmarks. Built in 1928, this incredible mansion is a highly trafficked tourist spot. However, few people know about the incredible landmark sitting on a nearby island.
Fannette Island is a tiny island located within Emerald Bay. It's been known by a variety of names over the years, but it was in the 1920s when heiress Lora Josephine Knight, the owner of Vikingsholm, took notice of this charming place and built something incredible on top of it.
The island is accessed via boat, canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. When the weather is nice there are usually rental companies set up on the bay where you can rent a boat from. Swimming isn't allowed due to the extremely cold water.
Don't worry, the trip to the island from the bay is easier than it looks. It usually takes people roughly 10 to 20 minutes to paddle up to the solitary island. The destination is definitely worth the extra effort it takes to get on the island.
Once you arrive on the island, it's a small hike up some rocky terrain to get to the ruins of an old structure. The stone house has been silently standing at the top of the island for nearly a century. Rumor has it, Lora Josephine Knight would invite guests to this place for tea, which is where its name of "Tea House" came from.
Can you imagine sipping on a cup of tea while enjoying a view like this? It sounds pretty incredible. The ruins of this old tea house are in surprisingly good shape with all four walls and a fireplace still in tact.
This historic building makes for a pretty great place to spend the day. With the incredible views of Tahoe and nothing but the sound of the wind and water splashing against the island's rocks, it's easy to see why Lora entertained guests here.
Did you know about the tea house on Fannette Island? If stoic structures like this one fascinate you, be sure to check out our list of
17 Abandoned Places In Northern California.