AAA Four Diamond Resort on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore
Tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountains, the AAA Four Diamond Resort at Squaw Creek sits just 10 minutes from Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The resort’s location makes it a great starting point for outdoor pursuits in the rugged Squaw Valley. In warmer months, the resort draws outdoorsy folk to its hiking trails, fly-fishing center, and golf course. Once winter arrives, guests can traverse 11 miles of cross-country-skiing trails and glide around an outdoor ice-skating rink.
Deluxe rooms and fireplace suites have picture windows overlooking Tahoe National Forest. The surrounding nature heavily influences the resort’s full-service spa, which won fifth place in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 readers’ poll of North America’s best spas. Indoor waterfalls and birch tree trunks help to set the mood for a specialty massage or facial or a relaxing soak in one of three hot tubs.
This getaway includes a nightly $25 dining credit you can use at the resort’s onsite eateries. At Six Peaks Grille, you can dine on regional cuisine as well as steaks and seafood amid gorgeous mountain views. Sandy’s Pub is the place to grab fish and chips and a spot to watch the game.
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 sports museum. 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.