The Cascade Sierra Mountains form a ring around 191 square miles of blue water—Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. You can get a nice view of the lake from Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa—it's the only hotel on the South Shore in which all guest rooms face the lakefront. Meanwhile, there are seven ski resorts around the Tahoe area; the lodge is only about one mile from the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort. For those looking for something even closer than the nearby casinos, restaurants, and more, the lodge offers an full-service, on-site spa.
Each newly renovated lake-view lodge single-queen room has a balcony or patio and a gas-burning fireplace, and several units include fully equipped kitchens (available for an additional charge). Knotty-pine furnishings and mountain lodge decor give rooms a rustic feel.
South Lake Tahoe, California: Skiing Destination with Late-Night Revelry
Lake Tahoe has no real off-season; people find ways to make use of its pristine water, beaches, and mountains all year long. Several ski resorts with world-class slopes open up in November, as Tahoe usually gets around 400 inches of snow per year.
Emerald Bay State Park is accessible year-round. A moderately easy hike to the base of Lower Eagle Falls reveals breathtaking views of the waterfalls crashing down from above.
A diverse crowd of spectators gathers at night for South Lake Tahoe's various events, which range from wine and food festivals to rock concerts and fireworks displays. A few miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe sits Stateline, Nevada, where a handful of casinos host high-stakes games of blackjack and solitaire.