Hotel at a Glance: Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
Set on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the Franciscan Lakeside Lodge blends the rustic charm of Old Tahoe with modern comforts. The property's cottages and studios are located either steps from the water or set back in the forest, and most feature remodeled kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and stainless steel BBQs. The ski resorts North Star Ski Resort, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows are a short drive away.
- Steps from Lake Tahoe: The Lakeside studios and cottages are just that—right on the shore—while the Forest-Side accommodations are across the street
- Lodgepole pine furnishings, curtains, and patchwork quilts give the cottages and studios an old-fashioned feel.
- Fully equipped kitchenettes in every studio and room
- Driving time to Squaw Valley skiing: 25 minutes
North Lake Tahoe, California: Ski Haven, Historic Sites, and Year-Round Outdoor Activities
Surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the 22-mile long Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada state line. But for locals, the real division comes down to the North Shore versus the South Shore. The big-ticket nightlife is down below, including major casinos where the show rooms host everything from live bands to standup comics. In the winter, the north side reigns with one of North America’s largest concentrations of ski resorts. Most of the action is split between two of them. Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, has 4,000 acres of skiable terrain spread across six peaks. Some prefer the more low-key atmosphere of Alpine Meadows, which has about half the acreage but a little more elbowroom.
Many of the resorts stay open year-round, with hiking as a popular summertime activity. The Village at Squaw Valley, designed to look like a European Alpine town, has a variety of shops and galleries as well as a museum dedicated to the 1960 Olympic Games. You can get in free with a cable-car ride and tour the collection of memorabilia and historic news clips.
Crowds of all ages gather for North Lake Tahoe's various special events, which range from wine and food festivals to rock concerts and mountain-lifting competitions. Historic sites in the area pay homage to Tahoe's past as a Native American settlement. In the nearby historic town of Truckee, trendy boutiques and fine-dining establishments sit beside local dive bars and souvenir shops along the town’s main drag.