Hidden-Gem Resort near Casinos and Mountains
Mark Twain touted Lake Tahoe as “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” but most people here aren’t content to just admire the scenery. The mountains offer hiking trails and opportunities to view the fall colors. But there's plenty to do on the mountains whatever the season, including hiking and biking. At night, come back to the hotel and enjoy what readers of the Tahoe Daily Tribune picked as the winner in the Loosest Slots, Casino with Friendliest Employees, and Happy Hour categories for Best of Tahoe.
The casino draws in locals and vacationers alike with its blackjack and craps tables, poker room, and slot machines. Its floor is free of gaudy excess; it features high ceilings and walls fashioned with wood paneling or river rock. A Wednesday-night class instructs players on the finer points of blackjack, craps, creative nonfiction poetry, and poker, and there's a nightly poker tournament.
At the onsite Latin Soul restaurant, Chef Alvaro Ochoa has been slicing and dicing for more than 24 years, crafting fare brimming with Latin American flavors. He mixes huancaína, chimichurri, and tomato-chipotle to create a tasty dip for plantains, yucca chips, and garlic breadsticks, all served in a dining room replete with fiery wall murals. Guests can also visit The Timbers, which offers upscale American fare such as filet mignon, chicken piccata, and quinoa, mango, & kale salad.
South Tahoe: Natural Splendor Meets Glitz and Gambling
Located on the eastern side of the California-Nevada border, Stateline has the glitz and glamour of Nevada's distinctive casinos, but is also close to the unspoiled beauty of Lake Tahoe. Each winter, Tahoe's Sierra Nevada mountains get some 400 inches of snowfall. But before the snowfalls, visitors are encouraged to take time to view the changing color of the leaves before they fall to the ground.
When you’re not on the mountains, it's worth it to take a day trip to Emerald Bay State Park, where you can take advantage of the postcard-worthy photo opportunities of the shimmering lake surrounded by glacier-carved granite.
At night, tourists hit up Stateline’s glimmering nightclubs and take in a variety of local concerts, events, and shows.