Stylish, Eco-Friendly Boutique Hotel Steps from Lake Tahoe
Tucked into a pine forest steps from the southern shores of Lake Tahoe, the 968 Park Hotel is one of the region’s only certified green, eco-friendly hotels. A gut renovation in 2009 outfitted the boutique with stylish recycled materials, including a zen lobby that features repurposed wooden decor.
Outside, private cabanas wrap around heated pool; inside, you’ll discover a hot tub and sauna. The 968's massage spa boasts a full menu of massages that includes Swedish, hot-stone, deep-tissue, and even a skier’s massage. In-room treatments are available for an additional charge. Further relaxation awaits at The CoffeePub, where you can sip a glass of locally made wine, a bottle of craft beer, or an espresso.
Handcrafted, recycled-wood furniture fills standard rooms, which also feature 42-inch plasma HDTVs, high-thread-count Egyptian-cotton sheets, and Sterling Sleep System mattresses. Bathrooms are decked out with a tile-and-glass shower and organic My Earth bath products.
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.
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