Sumptuous AAA Four Diamond Resort on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore
Tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountains, the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Resort at Squaw Creek sits just 10 minutes from Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The resort’s location makes it a worthy starting point for outdoor pursuits in the rugged Squaw Valley. The adventure begins right at the resort, where a 120-foot water slide jettisons its riders into a deep plunge pool. You’ll also discover hiking trails that wind through the property, as well as an onsite fly-fishing center.
The resort channels the more serene qualities of its landscape at a full-service spa. Birch-tree trunks and river rocks create private treatment areas for massages and facials. Elsewhere, you can take a dip in a heated outdoor pool, relax in one of three hot tubs, or eavesdrop on the babbling brook. The golf course—designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.—looks out over scenic prairies and pine-covered mountainsides.
Six Peaks Grille, one of the resort’s four dining venues, serves up breakfasts of fresh fruit, lox, and a gold mine of pastries kept warm in white linens. The breakfast buffet allows you to load up on made-to-order omelets, bacon, french toast, and pancakes. Cascades Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet that includes Alaskan salmon and freshly-baked bagels with a stunning view of Squaw Valley.
The resort’s 405 rooms and suites underwent a $53 million renovation in recent years. The deluxe rooms have picture windows that overlook Tahoe National Forest. Fireplace suites have separate living rooms with gas fireplaces and resort-style kitchens.
Squaw Valley: Hiking and Cycling Through Mountains on Lake Tahoe's North Shore
Located about a 15-minute drive from North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Creek is situated amid some of northern California's most revered scenery and varied terrain. The resort rents out bicycles by the hour, including Marin cruisers for adults, Trek mountain bikes for kids, and tagalong carts for infants and beloved pet rocks. Use these to hop on Truckee River Trail, a gently rolling, paved path that follows a crystal-clear river 7 miles to Tahoe City. There, you’ll happen upon a paved trail with views of the Lake of the Sky and access to Tahoe Vista's beaches 10 miles to the north.
Lupine and buckwheat paint the mountainside, and the High Camp here is a nice jumping-off point to hike on some dry, pebbly trails. If you’re unaccustomed to the high altitude, you may find yourself easily winded on even short hikes; still, the 1.5-mile jaunt uphill to Emigrant Peak is worth the trip, as you get 360-degree views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.
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