Hotel at a Glance: 968 Park Hotel
This centrally located, alpine-chic hotel is intended for guests looking to enjoy Lake Tahoe and its surroundings while making as little negative impact on the natural environment as possible. The building was constructed using recycled glass and blue denim insulation, as well as douglas fir lumber reclaimed from an old mine. Outside you’ll find native landscaping, while guest rooms feature organic linens and zero-VOC paints.
- Location: The hotel rests at the foot of the Heavenly Mountain ski resort, near the lakeshore, shops, restaurants, and numerous shuttle stops.
- Take it easy in the indoor hot tub or dry sauna. When the weather’s nice, you can go for a swim in the outdoor heated pool.
- Onsite CoffeePub: Sample both types of brewed beverages—coffee and beer—as well as local wines. Live acoustic music accompanies happy hour.
- Furnishings made by hand from reclaimed wood can be found in guest rooms, which also feature organic linens and Sterling Sleep System mattresses.
- In-room technology: free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs with premium channels
South Lake Tahoe, California: Year-Round Haven for Outdoor Adventures and 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. In the summer, the lake’s clear, freshwater surface—which straddles the California-Nevada border—is dotted with swimmers, boaters, and jet skiers. Several ski resorts with world-class slopes typically stay open from November to April, and 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.