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Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border and is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the west. While skiing and boarding are famous here in the winter months, there’s something to do year round. When all that snow has melted, you can hike in the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains, hop on a cruise around the lake or paddle across the water. There are lots of fabulous stretches of sand for soaking up the sunshine, countless restaurants and multiple live music venues too. No matter when you plan to come, these are some of the top resorts for an unforgettable stay.
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The Landing Resort and Spa is located right along the lakefront in South Lake Tahoe within easy reach of the casinos, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and Heavenly Mountain Resort. It offers lots of luxuries and spectacular water views with accommodations that include lake views, granite stone fireplaces, private patios or balconies, and marble bathrooms with heated toilet seats and floors. Some rooms take rest and relaxation up a notch with light therapy, aromatherapy, steam showers and heated towel racks. Enjoy pampering at the property’s award-winning spa which offers a wide range of treatments from hot stone massage and reflexology to olive oil wraps and cinnamon, vanilla brown sugar exfoliation scrubs. The onsite Jimmy’s Restaurant serves mouthwatering contemporary California and Greek cuisine.
The Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa offers luxurious accommodation on the lake in South Lake Tahoe, including a private beach and rooms that all boast spectacular lake and mountain views. While guests enjoy a secluded feel, the property is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and marinas, with the Stateline casino downtown area and world-class ski resort a short drive away. The lodge hosts a fabulous spa and frequent events right onsite, including golf championships and live music. It’s a great choice for families, with condo-style suites that can sleep five or more and come with full kitchens. Look forward to swimming in the beautiful pool, grilling in the BBQ areas and warming up by the fire pits on the beach in the evening.
The Lodge Edgewood Tahoe is ideal for golfing enthusiasts, sharing 235 acres with the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort that sits along the South Lake Tahoe shoreline in Stateline, Nevada. Guests enjoy private access to Edgewood Beach along with luxe amenities like a gas fireplace, private deck or terrace, soaking tub and excellent views of the water and the mountains. The property also boasts a massive 8,500-square-foot spa and salon, a heated swimming pool, 40-person outdoor hot tub, fire pits, an adventure center, kids camp and upscale shopping. There are multiple dining options, including the Bistro, which was named as one of the “10 places you must eat and drink in South Lake Tahoe,” by the Reno Gazette-Journal, acclaimed for its fresh, seasonal fare.
Marriott’s Timber Lodge in South Lake Tahoe is a top pick for skiers and boarders offering prime access to one of the most popular ski areas in the region, Heavenly Mountain. The Heavenly Gondola is easily accessed too, offering a scenic ride to ski runs in the winter and a series of hiking trails in the summer. The hotel has a cabin-like exterior for the feel of a quintessential ski lodge, along with a bubbling hot tub for soothing sore muscles after a day on the slopes. Rooms include kitchenettes and dining areas as well as separate living and sleeping areas that allow groups of friends or families to stretch out.
This eco-friendly lodge is popular with families as well as couples seeking a romantic getaway, located in scenic and serene North Lake Tahoe. Accommodation includes fabulous cottages and lodge suites that sit right across from the lake. Studios, one- and two-bedroom units are available, some with kitchens, fireplaces and massage tubs. While there isn’t a restaurant on site, there is a wine bar and you’ll find plenty of eateries nearby. The property also hosts a seasonal heated pool, hot tub, sauna, putting green, fire-pit and a sandy beach across the street.
The 18-story Harrah’s Lake Tahoe offers breathtaking views of the lake and the Sierra Nevada mountain range and a high-end experience for those who want to enjoy lots of entertainment. While it’s the ultimate playground for adults, families will find lots to enjoy too. Guests have access to the world-famous South Shore Room and Harrah’s casinos, while the Heavenly Gondola is less than a mile south. When it’s time to relax, enjoy a massage at Reflections The Spa or lounge around the indoor pool. Rooms include beds with 300-thread-count sheets and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
The Beach Retreat at Tahoe offers immediate access to the lake, with a dock adjacent to the property. During the summer, rent jet skis, kayaks and other watercraft. or just enjoy gazing out at the water and soaking up the sun. There’s also an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, fire pits, a seasonal outdoor tiki bar and an ice cream stand along with two onsite restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rooms include cozy gas fireplaces and many have views of Heavenly Mountain ski resort or Lake Tahoe. All come with a private balcony or patio as well as a flat-screen TV and mini-fridge.
Located in North Lake Tahoe at the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is especially ideal for a winter getaway, though it’s fabulous any time of year for enjoying the many activities the resort has to offer. The only all-suite hotel in the area, each one includes two rooms, a living room with a large flat-screen TV and sofa bed and a kitchenette, and a bedroom with either one king or two queen beds. Guests enjoy a free continental breakfast, lunch in the atrium and dinner at the onsite Echo restaurant which serves dishes that use locally-grown ingredients.