4-Star Hotel and Casino Overlooking the Sierra Nevada
In 1944, Harvey Gross opened a casino in a log cabin near the southern banks of Lake Tahoe. It's come a long way since: today, Harveys Lake Tahoe is a glass-encased monolith with enough restaurants and shows to suit a small town. Beneath the glitzy exterior of the resort, though, there are still hints of its history; the Sage Room steak house contains hand-hewn timber-frame beams that buttressed the original lodge.
The thumping heart of Harveys is still its casino, now a 52,000-square-foot facility, which features a live-action keno lounge, a poker room with daily tournaments, and Nevada’s only nonsmoking race and sportsbook betting. There's more Vegas-style entertainment at Harveys Cabaret Theater, where two quick-witted performers create comedy Wednesday through Sunday.
For a break from the neon, step aboard the Tahoe Star, a 54-foot yacht that’s owned by the founder of the Harrah’s chain of casinos and cruises from late March through the end of November. On its trips through scenic Emerald Bay, the Star has seen its share of star passengers, including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and the guy who tailors Bill Cosby’s sweaters.
The resort's dining options explore a variety of tastes, from the Black Angus sirloins of the Sage Room to the fish tacos of the Cabo Wabo Cantina, a spinoff of rocker Sammy Hagar’s original. There’s even a ski-lodge version of the Hard Rock Café, complete with chandeliers forged from antlers.
Although much of the resort’s nightlife roars on 24/7, guest rooms in the Lake Tower are a quiet place to retire for the night. Mountain Tower Classic rooms have views of the Sierra Nevada; Mountain Tower Deluxe rooms are more spacious, with 360 square feet of living space.
Stateline, Nevada: Gaming Hub on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore
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 Heavenly ski area.
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