There’s No Place Like Ta-Home – 16 Of The Best Places To Stay In Lake Tahoe

Sunset at Tahoe City with view of pier

As soon as you put a word like “premier” or “best” in front of a statement, there’s a sense of expectation. That it’s more than just a place to lie down and go to bed but rather an experience. That doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive or have a hoity-toity feel. For us, it could be a combination of architecture, amenities, access to attractions, or even customer service. Most of all, the beds are comfy! Here’s what we think are the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe.

 

Truckee

The first town in Tahoe that comes to mind when you utter the words “ski town” is Truckee. It’s located a few minutes from Northstar, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, and a host of other world class ski resorts. The charming historic downtown is filled with local boutiques and cool restaurants, all walkable after a day on the slopes or in the mountains. One thing to note is it isn’t on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Redlight Historic Bunk Hotel & Speakeasy

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Front of Redlight Historic Bunkhouse & Speakeasy
Image appears courtesy: Redlight Hostel Speakeasy

Here’s a great example of a place that’s less about the fancy-schmancy and more about its location and history. Located right smack dab in the middle of historic downtown Truckee, you’re a short walk from all kinds of fun including the Amtrak train station. Start the evening off right by socializing in the speakeasy lounge and stumble yourself upstairs to your bed. They have a studio suite, private room with and without bath as well as private bunks.

 

Cedar House Sport Hotel

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Front of Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee California
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On the other side of the spectrum, you have the four-star Cedar House Sport Hotel. Built with unrefined and recycled materials, its construction embraces the environment surrounding it. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe. They focus on the meticulous details such as high-quality bottomless coffee, fresh chocolate chip cookies at check-in, and of course cleanliness. A great basecamp if you want a bit of seclusion but still have access to all the fun things Truckee has to offer.

 

Northstar Cabins

Another thing to consider is if you’re less likely to go out and experience downtown Truckee and more so stay in, you may want to take a close look at the cabins available surrounding Northstar at Tahoe Resort. The ski resort is more family oriented featuring great groomers and a quaint village at the base. Here’s a list of the highest rated accommodations on Booking.com within the Northstar Village:

Starry Aspen Grove

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  • Studio – Queen Bed & Fold-out Sofa
  • 731 Square Feet
  • Full Kitchen
  • Provides free bikes with accommodation

Northstar Village 237

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  • Studio – 2 Queen Beds
  • 333 Square Feet
  • Kitchenette
  • Patio w/ BBQ
 

North Shore

Like a well-rounded meal, the north shore has a little bit of everything for everyone. Towns like Kings Beach give access to the lake. For those searching for less mountain town vibe and more quiet beach village, Tahoe City is where it’s at. And, if you want to be IN the mountains, Olympic Valley is a good option.

Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn

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hotel room at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn
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If the focus of your trip is to ski Squaw or its sibling Alpine Meadows, highly consider basing yourself at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn. Located in Olympic Valley, it provides ski-in and ski-out access to Squaw Valley. Ski all day, enjoy the apres at the legendary Le Chamois, and finish off with a soak in their hot tub without getting in a car.

Sunnyside Resorts and Lodge

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Pet friendly hotel room at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge in Lake Tahoe
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For those wanting to stay by the lake, a great option is to stay IN Tahoe City at Sunnyside Resorts and Lodge. The hotel itself provides easy lake access and your steps away from the multitude of shops like our favorite outdoor outfitter Alpenglow Sports as well as restaurants. Besides its location, the well-maintained lodge from the 50’s provides a cozy cabin atmosphere along with niceties such as a wonderful continental breakfast and afternoon tea.

 

Mother Nature’s Inn

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hotel room at Mother Nature's Inn
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Close your eyes and imagine a cabin. Colorful comforters that look quilt-like. Throw pillows with whimsical bears on them. A bed frame made out of wooden logs. Maybe a wooden welcome sign painted with a cartoon bear swimming in a lake. That’s exactly the feel you get when staying at Mother Nature’s Inn. What you may lack in a lake view, you more than make up on customer service and location in downtown Tahoe City next to the lake. A great value based on what you get.

Firelite Lodge

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Pool at Firelite Lodge in Tahoe Vista California near Kings Beach
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Situated in what’s known as the “banana belt” of the North Shore, if you love sunshine and beaches, this is a good place to base yourself. Moments from sandy beaches including one of the few dog-friendly beaches and a variety of water activities. Short drive from north shores’ ski resorts and walk-able to dozens of family-run cafes and shops. A great pick for anyone that’s looking for affordable lodging but still well managed, maintained, and comfy beds.

 

West Shore

Just to the south of Tahoe City is the region that was first envisioned as a tourist destination back in the 1860’s. Due to this, it also has the most laid back and relaxed atmosphere. Cozy hamlets like Homewood and Tahoma exude old school charm, unpretentious lodging, and access to private beaches.

West Shore Café And Inn

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hotel room at West Shore Cafe and Inn one of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe
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Across the street from Homewood Mountain and literally footsteps from the lake is West Shore Café and Inn. This is definitely one of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe if you like access, seclusion, and mountain-inspired architecture. The jaw dropping beauty of the location is reminiscent of the gorgeous Fleur Du Lac estate from Godfather Part II which makes sense since that property is in the same region of Lake Tahoe. Some rooms feature a seating area and other have lake or mountain views but all of them will leave lasting memories for a lifetime.

Tahoma Meadows Cottages

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Exterior of Tahoe Meadows Cottages in Lake Tahoe
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Want to get a feel of how it was like to stay in Tahoe nearly half a century ago? Look no further than the Tahoma Meadows Cottages. These well maintained set of cozy cabins nestled under a canopy of evergreens harken back to a time that embraced nature, solitude, and time with friends. Each of their fifteen hand-crafted cottages provide a wonderfully refreshing and unique experience. Let’s just say once you return from your trip you’ll be snapping your hiking boots together like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz yelling, “There’s no place like Tahoma, There’s no place like Tahoma…”

 

South Shore

If Tahoe was New York City then the Stateline/South Lake Tahoe corridor would be Manhattan. This is where massive acts like Blake Shelton and Duran Duran headline the outdoor summer concert series. The après scene buzzes with energy within the Heavenly Village all year long. For night owls, the casinos in Stateline offer up all-night revelry including nightclubs.

The Lodge At Edgewood Tahoe

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Interior of Edgewood Tahoe Hotel one of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe & quite possibly North America
Image appears courtesy: Edgewood Tahoe

When it comes to listing the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe, we had to give a nod The Lodge At Edgewood Tahoe. This level of accommodations, service, and access to the excitement filled casino corridor and yet at the same time with seclusion is a delicate balance that they somehow are able to do. They don’t just strive for excellence, they ensure it. With that being said, it does come with a price tag. If you can afford it… it’s well worth the splurge.

 

The Landing Resort & Spa

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hotel guest looking out at beach from The Landing Resort & Spa
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Just a few blocks from the main drag of South Lake Tahoe’s casinos and the Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola, you’ll find this laid back and yet luxurious slice of heaven. Even with its heated marble bathrooms, comfortable beds, and other grand amenities, you don’t have the feeling of pretentiousness. Rather, the customer service goes above and beyond your expectations. You’ll feel like a king or queen for your stay with the front desk’s cheery mood as well as providing such things as complimentary ski or snowboard storage.

The Coachman Hotel

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bar at Coachman Hotel
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If you’re looking for a full experience, the Coachman has it in spades. Once you’ve parked your car at the hotel and checked in, you’re walking distance to the Heavenly Gondola or the bustling entertainment district of the south shore. After you’ve had your fill of adventure, you can relax in their bar. Sip on a local cold brew or well-made cocktails while enjoying the complimentary s’mores. And once you’re done for the day, adjourn to your comfy room that’s decorated in a modern European meets mountains style. Now THAT is how you do Tahoe. Sun-up to Sun-down full of fun.

Basecamp Hotel

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Basecamp Tahoe South
Image appears courtesy: Basecamp Tahoe South

Extroverts will LOVE this hotel and think it’s one of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe. Literally across the street from Harveys Casino, you’ll find the Basecamp Hotel. As the name alludes, this place might be one of the best the places to stay in Lake Tahoe if you like being in the center of everything. Their beer garden is always happening featuring both visitors and locals alike mingling together to enjoy the local craft beers made on-site by South of North Brewery. The courtyard features live music, picnic tables, and fire-pits. And the rooms themselves are adorned in rustic wood furnishings accentuated with modern gray linens and bright accents.

 

East Shore

Home to Sand Harbor, nearly 27 miles of shoreline, and thousands of acres of pristine undeveloped lands, this is nature at its finest. The only lodging that’s on the eastern shore is on the northeastern corner in Incline Village. This is the epitome of a high-end vacation destination that’s all about luxury and seclusion. It’s also where the legendary mountain bike route the Flume Trail ends. If you’re looking for a great lunch, be sure to set aside time and go to Mountain High Sandwich Co. You won’t regret it. 

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

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heated pool at Hyatt Regency in Incline Village Nevada Lake Tahoe one of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe
Image appears courtesy: Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

For the finer things in life with a slower more refined way of vacationing, you’ll enjoy the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. Like James Bond, the hotel is confident and polished but without being over the top. Each detail is meticulously taken care of like access to a private beach. And if you do feel like enjoying the evening, there is a 24-hour casino on the grounds.

Note: Be aware, there’s a mandatory $22 nightly parking fee & $40 resort fee that’s automatically added each night of the stay. Compared to the prices of other high-end hotels, this puts it in the same price page. The resort fee gives you access to private amenities such as the beach, bar, heated pool, complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and access to the hotel’s exclusive water sports rental company.

Club Tahoe Resort

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Image appears courtesy: Club Tahoe

Another great option to consider if you want to stay in the beautiful Incline Village but without the fees and free parking, check out the Club Tahoe Resort. Less classic lodging and more for a long-term stay, they feature a host of two-bedroom suites that can sleep up to six people. Within their units, you’ll find washers, dryers, free wifi, and even a fully equipped kitchen so you can whip up your own meals. In addition to the suite’s features, you also gain access to the resorts other amenities like an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, arcade, racquetball, and even a game room.

 

Looking For More Trip Ideas When Visiting Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe is BIG! In fact, it’s the largest alpine lake in North America. The shoreline is over 72 miles in length covering five counties and two states. All of which provide unique experiences unlike other parts of region. To help make the most out of your trip to Lake Tahoe, we’ve put together an epic travel guide, highlighting the best of what you can see, do, and eat in any time of year:

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Ski Lift Lines Apocalypse Hits American Resorts Across The Country

Sun Valley Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30th

Saturday, January 30th will be a day that lives in infamy. A day that skiers & snowboarders went skiing on the West coast, went snowboarding in the Midwest, and schussed down the slopes on the East coast. No mountain was left un-skied, creating what we’re calling “Ski Lift Lines Apocalypse.”

As you’ll see below, if you felt like the ski lift lines were especially long, you weren’t alone. Here’s just a glimpse of what people endured on Saturday, January 30th.

West Coast

Northstar Lift Lines Apocalypse
Photo by: Nick Borelli
Kirkwood Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30th
Photo by: Isabelle Tsien

Mammoth Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30thRockies

Sun Valley Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30th
Photo by: Curtis Fong / Dan Giesen
Big Sky Ski Resort shedhorn lift
Photo by: Russell Morris

Midwest

Devils Head Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30th
Image appears courtesy: Ski The Midwest

East Coast

Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30th

Ski Lift Lines on Saturday January 30th

The Perfect Storm Literally

So, how did this happen? What caused this mass influx of people to every ski area across the country. It couldn’t be just one thing. We’re thinking there’s a multitude of reasons for these lengthy ski lift lines.

Scarcity Of Fresh Snow

This winter’s storm track has been pretty much locked up in the Pacific Northwest for most of the season. The week prior to January 30th though, fresh snow fell across most of the country.

Mountains Are Considered ‘Safe’ Over Beaches

By around mid-January, most people are over the cold and snow. They’re planning or about to head to a beach destination for some sun and fun. But not this year it seems.

Drive Markets Over Fly Markets

What do all these places have in common? They’re all ski resorts that you can drive to within a few hours. Many of these skiers and snowboarders would’ve skipped these spots and flown to somewhere remote like Canada for their powder fix (which is still closed to the US).

Where To Go Instead?

If you do want to get away from the crowds, skip the major resorts. Find a small one that’s a bit further away. Or another option for those with a higher risk tolerance, head to a resort that’s even further away. We’ve heard Telluride is SUPER empty this winter as well as many of the Idaho resorts such as the the two New Indy Pass Ski Resorts.

Being eternal optimists, we’re hoping this was a one-time situation that won’t happen again. Fingers, toes, and ski poles crossed.

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The Normalization of Deviance Applied To Traveling In The Mountains

Sunny day cross county skiing in Lake Tahoe near Powder House

Originally Posted As Part Of Our 2016 California Avalanche Workshop – Recap

Winter is fast approaching. Out of all the years, this might be the most questionable ski season ever. Will we be able to ski at a resort or not? No matter how much ski resorts reassure us the answer is yes, last spring is a stark reminder that it’s possible to shut down. And if this happens again, the surge of people heading into the backcountry, both experienced and novice, will be even more. While we’re not saying that you shouldn’t go touring, we hope this presentation by Cody Townsend from the 2016 California Avalanche Workshop will open up your eyes to the signs.

What Is Normalization Of Deviance

Traveling and meeting new people exposes you to different viewpoints and frames of mind. This is where Cody Townsend came up with the idea of applying “normalization of deviance” to backcountry skiing over coffee with a venture capitalist named Paul Kedrosky. The basic premise behind it is that you gradually expand your acceptance of risk until the point that it fails. The danger is still there, but your tolerance to put yourself in harm’s way increases. Cody Townsend learned this lesson first hand when on the Le Duc wall while filming for Conquering the Useless.

The team and crew spent all their efforts to climb to the top, but there were five glaring red flags that couldn’t be ignored.

  • New snow
  • High winds
  • Rapid rise in temperature
  • Signs of avalanche activity
  • Whoompfing under their feet

We’d probably be fine but I don’t like that “probably”

Cody Townsend at the California Avalanche Workshop talking about his concept
Image taken by Matt Bombino

If they would’ve accepted the risk and gotten away with it, it’s a slow march towards a bad decision and failure happening in the future. So, what should you do? Here are some basics to follow:

Ace Of Base Rule

When in the wild, remember that old school song by Ace of Base… I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes. Be aware of the minor details around you of what’s going on.

Be An Example Leader

If someone does something that you don’t like, raise the issue! For example, someone forgets their beacon in the car… then don’t go out into the backcountry.

Don’t Break Rules

Rules are not made to be broken in the backcountry. They are designed to keep you safe and make sure you get home.

To close things out – if you’re just starting out, consider exploring our backcountry guide. It highlights everything from how to get started, education & training, tips on staying safe, gear reviews, news, and more:

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It’s Official: Squaw Valley Changing Name… To What?!?

Squaw Valley Name Change

Big news coming from the shores of Lake Tahoe. After months of deliberation and research, the CEO made the tough decision to make the Squaw Valley name change official. Per the executive team’s announcement, they’ve had concerns about it for a long while. The team concluded it’s the right moment to move into action, especially at this time of heightened awareness and righteous demands. 

What Does Squaw Mean?

If you look into the meaning of squaw, it’s either unbelievably offensive or historically accurate. For the Mohawk tribe, “ojiskwa” means the female part of the anatomy. For the Algonquin version of the word “esqua,” “squa” “skwa”, it’s the totality of being a young female woman. Many will argue that within the native speakers of Alqonquin, they still says words like ‘manigebeskwa’ = woman of the woods, or ‘Squaw Sachem’ = female chief. Similar to other racial slurs, does it matter what the origin is if it’s used in a way to be derogatory?

Squaw Valley Not The First To Change

The interesting thing about the name is that the natives living in the region don’t even have squaw in their vocabulary. It’s a word that comes from East Coast tribes, so there aren’t even positive connotations for them but rather just something that was thrown upon them. Since 2008, there have been 16 valley creeks and many other sites across the country that have removed the word from their names. One of the most notable is Phoenix hiking spot Squaw Peak changed to Piestewa Peak. The peak was renamed to honor Lori Piestewa, a Hopi/Hispanic soldier from Arizona who was killed in Iraq in 2003.

What’s In A Name… Shakespeare Says Absolutely Nothing!

Squaw Valley Name Change
Image appears courtesy: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows – Photo by: Errol Kerr

Shakespeare once wrote:

“What’s in a name?

That which we call a rose / By Any Other Name would smell as sweet.”

The idea behind Shakespeare’s quote is that the name doesn’t matter as much as the quality behind it. It isn’t the name that has made Squaw Valley famous. Host of the 1960 winter Olympics. Wild characters like Shane McConkey, Jonny Moseley, and Scott Schmidt. The King of Spring plus skiing typically until July 4th or later. The list just goes on and on.

What’s The New Name?

This announcement from the CEO states that they’re just in the beginning processes of a new name. The release of the Squaw Valley name change will come in early 2021 and implementation of the name change will occur after the winter season concludes in 2021.

The one thing we can all agree upon is change is constant.

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It’s Official: Squaw Valley Changing Name… To What?!?

Squaw Valley Name Change

Big news coming from the shores of Lake Tahoe. After months of deliberation and research, the CEO made the tough decision to make the Squaw Valley name change official. Per the executive team’s announcement, they’ve had concerns about it for a long while. The team concluded it’s the right moment to move into action, especially at this time of heightened awareness and righteous demands. 

What Does Squaw Mean?

If you look into the meaning of squaw, it’s either unbelievably offensive or historically accurate. For the Mohawk tribe, “ojiskwa” means the female part of the anatomy. For the Algonquin version of the word “esqua,” “squa” “skwa”, it’s the totality of being a young female woman. Many will argue that within the native speakers of Alqonquin, they still says words like ‘manigebeskwa’ = woman of the woods, or ‘Squaw Sachem’ = female chief. Similar to other racial slurs, does it matter what the origin is if it’s used in a way to be derogatory?

Squaw Valley Not The First To Change

The interesting thing about the name is that the natives living in the region don’t even have squaw in their vocabulary. It’s a word that comes from East Coast tribes, so there aren’t even positive connotations for them but rather just something that was thrown upon them. Since 2008, there have been 16 valley creeks and many other sites across the country that have removed the word from their names. One of the most notable is Phoenix hiking spot Squaw Peak changed to Piestewa Peak. The peak was renamed to honor Lori Piestewa, a Hopi/Hispanic soldier from Arizona who was killed in Iraq in 2003.

What’s In A Name… Shakespeare Says Absolutely Nothing!

Squaw Valley Name Change
Image appears courtesy: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows – Photo by: Errol Kerr

Shakespeare once wrote:

“What’s in a name?

That which we call a rose / By Any Other Name would smell as sweet.”

The idea behind Shakespeare’s quote is that the name doesn’t matter as much as the quality behind it. It isn’t the name that has made Squaw Valley famous. Host of the 1960 winter Olympics. Wild characters like Shane McConkey, Jonny Moseley, and Scott Schmidt. The King of Spring plus skiing typically until July 4th or later. The list just goes on and on.

What’s The New Name?

This announcement from the CEO states that they’re just in the beginning processes of a new name. The release of the Squaw Valley name change will come in early 2021 and implementation of the name change will occur after the winter season concludes in 2021.

The one thing we can all agree upon is change is constant.

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