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The robust response we received for our 8th annual Best of 209 contest is a testament to the resiliency of the 209. Just a year after the end of COVID-19 restrictions and the local economy is already booming.

We hope that you enjoyed nominating and voting for your favorite places to eat, shop, be entertained and stay healthy. Congratulations to all of the nominees and especially this year’s Best of 209 winners! Please support these local businesses throughout the region.

In this issue, you will also find a number of ideas to enjoy the last of summer.

There’s nothing better than a lazy summer day at the lake. The 209 is blessed to have a number of amazing lakes from the Sierra down to the Valley that are perfect for fishing, boating and just relaxing on the beach.

In the Navigator section, you’ll find information about the ‘Jewel of Tahoe’s Emerald Bay’ — Vikingsholm. This Scandinavian-inspired dwelling located on Fannette Island is open to visitors.

For those looking to make this summer the time they actually make it to one of the 209’s — and the world’s — most popular natural beauties can find all the information they need in the article “Yosemite for Newbies” in our The Great Outdoors section.

Mentioned above are just a few of the features that you find this issue of 209 Magazine. After reading the magazine, I encourage you to stay engaged by checking out and following us on Facebook and Instagram.

As always, we at 209 Magazine continue to strive to be the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher/Owner 209 Magazine