A Fall Weekend at Tahoe with Merrell

This post is sponsored by Zappos. All opinions are my own.

Is fall your favorite season? I love fall in Northern California. It stays just warm enough for us to be able to enjoy the outdoors comfortably, but the crisp air and colorful leaves are unmistakable signs of the changing seasons. Last week we did something that I’ve never done before — we visited Lake Tahoe in the fall. And let me tell you, it was gorgeous.

We spent most of the weekend outside. The time hiking, playing on the beach and just sitting in the sun was exactly what we all needed after a busy few weeks. Fortunately, I had some new favorite shoes to take me through the weekend.

Between doing my best at work, keeping track of my kids, and taking care of myself, I haven’t had much time for fall shopping. Zappos makes it easy to shop for shoes thanks to their 365-day return policy, detailed product descriptions (including videos!), and fast, free shipping. I’ve been using the site for quite a while and love it for shoe shopping.



We started the weekend at a quiet beach at dusk, just skipping rocks and watching the birds rest on the water, and we ended the weekend with a picnic at Tahoe Commons beach in Tahoe City. Even with chilly temperatures, being by the water and mountains is so refreshing.

The highlight of Saturday was hiking a portion of the Rubicon Trail, starting at Calawee Cove in D.L. Bliss State Park. We hiked about a mile (the trail goes 4 miles to Emerald Bay) and then turned around, knowing the kids would soon reach their limit. They had so much fun, though, that we could have gone longer.

After hikes, beach visits and picnics, I definitely gave these Merrells a test. I was not disappointed. The shoes were so comfortable straight out of the box. There was no pinching, no blisters — instead, they felt light yet supportive. I also like that the heel is slightly low, giving my stride a more natural feeling.

Perhaps my favorite thing about these Merrells is that they’re so cute that they’re not just for the outdoors. While I can wear them hiking, I can also wear them to lunch or coffee or wine tasting or whatever my busy travel days include. I even wore the Around Town moc to work today!

What are your favorite multi-purpose shoes?

I’m wearing the Around Town moc in turbulence, the Around Town Antara Lace in brown sugar, and the Around Town Antara Lace in turbulence


  • I love Tahoe, but haven’t been in years! Those shoes! True story…I ONLY buy my shoes online. I have really bad feet, so I like to read all the reviews first and then make a decision. I’m usually about 95% successful buying shoes this way. Zappos is one of my go-tos!

    • Jenna says:

      I love Tahoe, too. 🙂 I also am picky with the fit of my shoe and have had good success buying shoes online after reading reviews carefully.

  • I actually don’t have a favorite shoe, but I’ve only heard rave reviews about Merrell. With the amount of travel and walking I do, I really should be wearing a proper walking shoe, especially ones that look sweet! However, I think the last few pairs of shoes I ordered online came from Zappos. Love the fact that I can ship them right back w/o any issues if they simply don’t fit.

  • Laura says:

    Love all these shoes, especially the last pair! I’m a fan of Merrell and Josef Seibel. Now if only Zappos would ship to Canada!

    • Jenna says:

      I haven’t tried Josef Seibel shoes before but have definitely noticed how cute they look. These Merrells have similar look–nice colors and details, low sole and not bulky at all.

  • I’m such a big fan of those shoes, Jenna! I LOVE me some Zappos, and I’m also a lifelong fan of Merrells. My problem is always finding shoes that are a) cute, b) durable and c) weather resistant. These seem perfect!

    • Jenna says:

      I honestly have been wearing these shoes, especially the mocs, every day. I love how light they are, and Merrells always fit my feet so well.

  • I’m a huge fan of both Merrells and Zappos! I’m in the market for some new fall shoes and loving the Around Town mocs.

    • Jenna says:

      I have been wearing them all the time! I love that they’re slip-on & super light and go with everything.

  • Andi says:

    I love Merrell and have a quite a few pairs, they are so versatile they just work. My hubby does photography and I never know how the days is going to go. We will start with a plan, “like I’m just going to scout” we’re not going to go offroad, then next thing you know, he spotted something and we are on a trail. I got tired of getting mad at him, so I make sure I am wearing something that work wherever we will be walking!

    • Jenna says:

      Yes! And Merrells are good for multi-purposes. I felt comfortable hiking but also going out for lunch and walking in town in them.

  • Tamara says:

    I love Merrells and Zappos! I don’t know what I’d do without the easy return policy.

  • iwona says:

    I have found your blog by accident but Iam very impressed with it. Definetely If I go on holiday to California I will use your knowldge of travelling and choose the place to visit from your recomendation. i will stay with you for longer. U r welcome in Florida

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