Sequestered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, David Walley’s 1862 Restaurant and Saloon centers around its seven natural, hot mineral springs and pools. During winter months, guests lounge in the bubbling pools and take in panoramic views of snowcapped peaks. David Walley’s is also home to its eponymous restaurant, with menu of casual fine-dining dishes that complement a wine list noted for earning Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence in 2012. Entrees include grilled swordfish on horseradish mashed potatoes, and braised lamb shank on saffron-orzo pasta. Around the resort, world-class skiing routes host dozens of snowboarders and skiers, with hundreds of miles of snowmobiling, hiking and mountain bike trails. In summer, hot-air ballooning, wakeboarding, and water skiing are favorite pastimes while guides lead horseback sojourns through the many nearby trails.
There's no ambiguity to the main draw of Stateline—it's gambling. Just as there is no ambiguity to the origins of the town's name, as it lies right along the California-Nevada border. As such, Stateline pulls in plenty of visitors from California, and in turn, Nevadans can easily hop the border to visit neighboring South Lake Tahoe, home to the Heavenly Ski Area.Once skiing season winds down in late April, it becomes easier to hike the granite banks of Emerald Bay. Two of the most popular routes lead to Eagle Falls, whose waters cascade with more force during the snowmelt in May.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
South Tahoe sparkles during the day and then again at night. Day trips to Emerald Bay State Park make for fantastic photo opportunities of the lake as it shimmers within a bowl of glacier-carved granite. Autumn in Lake Tahoe affords some of the best mountain-biking opportunities in the country, and winter brings in the ski bunnies with nearby slopes that provide complimentary shuttle service to the hotel. Snow-shoers and hikers can take in the staggering Glen Alpine Falls, which cascade 65 feet down the rock face and provide sightseers with beautiful views, natural sounds, and free legal advice. Evening jaunts out on the town among the glimmering nightclubs and casinos pave the streets silver with slot-machine earnings.
Taj Mahal Restaurant’s flavor slingers cook up a menu brimming with authentic North Indian specialties. Muffle the atonal sputters of voracious stomach saxophonists with chicken curry ($12.95) or the chicken tikka masala, a spicy consortium of chicken chunks roasted in a traditional clay oven ($12.95). The lamb vindaloo showcases a succulent slab of sustenance accompanied by sauce-kissed potatoes ($13.95), and the vegetable korma features veggies and nuts swapping investment strategies beneath a canopy of cream sauce ($10.95). Temperamental tongues needn't worry, as the amicable wait staff will happily set up the perfect match between dish spice levels and guests' spice tolerance.
The oven admirals at Straw Hat Pizza bake an extensive fleet of California-style pizza and conjure up an impressive menu of other handheld edibles. The kitchen team prepares each crust to pack a flaky, crispy, crunch-causing texture, creating a sturdy foundation capable of supporting cheese, sauce, toppings, and hardbound copies of Mark McGwire's autobiography. A chicken-bacon-ranch pizza saturates taste-sensory apparatuses with a dual-meat format and a vegetable cast of tomatoes and red onions, and the aloha chicken merges chicken, ham, pineapple, and bacon on a highway of barbecue and red sauce (each $12.99 for a 10"). Vegetarians can imbibe the windfall of grown ingredients that fill out the large California veggie pie—a conference of zucchini, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spices, and white sauce ($12.99 for a 10"). Straw Hat Pizza also puts together an impressive roster of hot sandwiches, such as the sauce-packed meatball version ($5.49).
Majestic views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada and local rolling foothills greet tee-tackers from the get-go at the scenic Eagle Valley, where their winding spread of two 18-hole courses present various challenges for all skill sets. Their 50 Mile Club pass affords linksters a bevy of benefits including a round of golf with a cart on their picturesque West Course or East Course, ideal places to reenact the east vs. west golf battles seen on MTV in the 1990s. An additional bonanza of four drink tokens, four driving range tokens, advanced tee times, and discounts on lessons, future rounds, merchandise, are all available, as are discounts at the range (see full description and pricing here and daily golf rates here.