Hotel at a Glance: Tahoe Chalet Inn
Tahoe Chalet Inn sits a short stroll from the southern shores of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. The area surrounding the tranquil body of water is always abuzz with activity. Head to Heavenly resort (1 mile away), a skiing spot that offers hiking in the warmer months. You could also spend a day on the 18-hole championship course at Lake Tahoe Golf Course, designed by William Bell.
- Bring the pooch: The lodge is pet friendly (additional fees apply).
- Guest rooms and suites feature jetted tubs, fireplaces, kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi.
- Dig in: A complimentary breakfast is served each morning.
- Distance to Nevada state line: 1 mile
- Go for a cruise on the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler, a 520-passenger vessel that chugs along the scenic shoreline.
South Lake Tahoe, California: Year-Round Haven for Outdoor Adventures and Late-Night Revelry
Lake Tahoe has no real off-season; people find ways to make use of its pristine water, beaches, and mountains all year long. In the summer, the lake’s clear, freshwater surface—which straddles the California-Nevada border—is dotted with swimmers, boaters, and jet skiers. Several ski resorts with world-class slopes typically stay open from November to April, and Emerald Bay State Park is accessible year-round. A moderately easy hike to the base of Lower Eagle Falls reveals breathtaking views of the waterfalls crashing down from above.
A diverse crowd of spectators gathers at night for South Lake Tahoe’s various events, which range from wine and food festivals to rock concerts and fireworks displays. A few miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe sits Stateline, Nevada, where a handful of casinos host high-stakes games of blackjack and solitaire.