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FEATURE: VIKINGSHOLM RETAINS HISTORIC CHARM

Helen Henry Smith remembers weaving between the thick trunks of towering pines as summer dusk fell through the forest and twilight grew on the surface of Emerald Bay, darkening the sky over Lake Tahoe.

Smith had the good fortune to spend portions of her first 14 summers at Vikingsholm, the fantastical Scandinavian-style castle tucked into the northwest corner of Emerald Bay.

“I spent many happy years there,” Smith, now 86, says from her Palo Alto home.

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