The 968 Hotel is a six-minute walk from Lake Tahoe, two inches from Mother Nature, and less than 600 footsteps from two of Lake Tahoe's major attractions—a glass-walled gondola ride that gives riders a sweeping view of the brilliantly blue lake, as well as an upscale shopping center, which houses an eight-plex cinema, an ice-skating rink, a mini-golf course, and a locally popular breakfast café. Those ready to wander join an all-day, small-group wine tasting around Lake Tahoe vineyards, and history buffs can investigate the site of the Tallac resort, which features preserved vacation homes, hiking trails, and guided walks.
Peace of Mind Float Spa casts a gravity-defying spin on relaxation with sensory-deprivation flotation tanks. The tank's solution of filtered, sterilized water mixes with 800 pounds of Epsom salts to imbue guests with a feeling of weightlessness that aims to induce deep relaxation and alleviate physical ailments. The water is heated to skin temperature to simulate a state of anti-gravity typically experienced only by astronauts or koalas at an all-you-can-eat eucalyptus buffet. An oxygen aromatherapy treatment can heighten the effects of floating before or after the treatment with one of four scents. The relaxation destination also hosts a far infrared sauna, which uses soothing heat and infrared rays to penetrate the body and aid natural detoxification.
Vicki’s scissors traverse through hair, cutting new 'dos that range from simple bobs to flowing layers. She arms herself with conditioning treatments to add to hair’s health, and finishes off new looks with highlights or all-over color. The salon also offers handmade jewelry for purchase to complement refreshed visages.
After Andrea Felesina earned her master's degree and started a career as a registered nurse, she couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to take a holistic approach to health. Her curiosity led her to the Bodhi Tree School of Massage, where she acquired national certification in massage therapy. With her newfound ability to blend eastern and western techniques, Andrea opened Sierra Nevada Holistic Services inside a ranch-style cottage. In addition to offering therapeutic-massage services, Andrea also leads yoga nidra meditation sessions, drawing on training she received from yogi Amrit Desai. Yoga nidra combines light stretching, breathwork, and guided imagery to completely relax the body and banish the stress of wondering where the keys to the bomb-squad van are. Andrea also concocts her own aromatherapeutic blends to ease muscle aches, indigestion, and depression with help from fellow practitioner Sue Fritz, who brings 40 years of medical and holistic training to the table.
With nothing more than a curling iron and some hair spray, Christi McAlpine transforms limp locks into a cascade of perfectly spiraled curls. It is one of the many techniques she excels at while manning her own workstation inside Phresh Endz. On par with her updos are highlights in eye-catching hues and extensions that channel Cousin Itt. Her customer base ranges from men and women to teen boys and girls to children younger than 12.
Katrina Craig Johnson’s clients aren’t just time slots in her appointment book. She hopes to build a lasting relationship with each person through her beautification services. Those include eye-catching mani-pedis and removing unwanted hair on the face, body, and tail through waxing. She offers a handful of facials—including chemical exfoliation peels and corrective facials—that gently combat acne and sensitive skin.