Lodge on Lake Tahoe with Lake-View Rooms and Private Beach
Named America’s best lake by USA Today in 2012, Lake Tahoe draws visitors not only for its breathtaking scenery (the Sierra Nevadas form a ring around the lake), but also for the boating, fishing, and paddleboarding in its crystal-clear waters. Set on a private white-sand beach, Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa provides premier access to Tahoe’s aquatic activities, and it’s the only south-shore hotel with lake views from every room. There’s also a full-service marina just steps away, and you can take a sightseeing cruise or ride a mountain gondola to take in the region’s natural beauty.
Every room at Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa overlooks the lake, and each has a private balcony or patio to enjoy the view. Inside newly renovated lake-view lodge single-queen rooms, knotty pine furnishings and gas-burning fireplaces create a warm welcome. Mountain decor such as table lamps with black-bear figurines and western-inspired wall tapestries adds to the rooms’ rustic style.
Just offshore, there are droves of jet skis and speedboats (available seasonally) making waves, as well as fishers in search of salmon and trout. During the summer, an outdoor swimming pool offers an alternative to taking a dip in the lake. During the winter, guests can ski or snowboard or take in gondola sightseeing at Heavenly Mountain Resort. And if you’re in need of a recharge, head to Elements Day Spa for a massage, body wrap, or facial.
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. Nearby, Emerald Bay State Park is also accessible year-round with a moderately easy hike to the base of Lower Eagle Falls, which 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.
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