Property at a Glance: Resort at Squaw Creek
Step outside at Resort at Squaw Creek and you’ll find yourself in the midst of Tahoe National Forest. The AAA Four Diamond resort adjoins miles of hiking and biking trails that let you explore the scenic surrounds. You can rent cruisers and mountain bikes onsite, or even book a fly-fishing excursion to cast for rainbow trout in the resort’s private stocked ponds. To discover more hiking and fishing opportunities (along with a slew of restaurants and bars), drive about 10 minutes to Lake Tahoe’s north shore.
- A room with a view: Deluxe rooms and fireplace suites have picture windows overlooking Tahoe National Forest.
- Play a round of golf on an 18-hole course ringed by six mountain peaks.
- Go swimming in an outdoor pool with 120-foot water slide. You can also splash in the outdoor plunge pool, indoor lap pool, and three hot tubs.
- Use your nightly $25 dining credit toward steaks and seafood at Six Peaks Grille or fish and chips at Sandy’s Pub.
- Winter fun: ice rink, ski-in/ski-out access, alpine ski and snowboard rentals
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 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.