Formed during the Ice Age millions of years ago, Lake Tahoe is truly a geological marvel. Surrounded by breathtaking, majestic mountains, the crystal blue-green lake will captivate any vacationer seeking the perfect combination of jaw-dropping scenery, outdoor adventures, and other fun things to explore.
However, there is a bit of a difference between the vibes at North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe South—themselves divided only by 20-odd miles of water. This makes for an eclectic mix of things to do for any traveler. Whether you prefer the quieter, more laidback atmosphere of the North, or the vibrant, bustling, art-centric South, you will find a destination to suit your vacation style and have plenty of opportunities all year round for recreation, relaxation, and most of all, fun. Here are some of the best places to stay on both the North and South sides of the Lake.
Lovin’ The Lodge Life
If you like a rustic flair to your vacation, there are plenty of options to choose from in Lake Tahoe—varying from really roughing it to a more luxurious experience.
Zephyr Cove Resort
Classic cabins, lodge rooms, and an RV park and campground make Zephyr a one-stop-shop for Tahoe visitors who want a more “rustic” experience. However, don’t be fooled—there’s so much to do here including fishing, parasailing, watercraft rentals, and sunset dinner cruises that really show off the lake’s natural beauty. Be sure to take a cruise out to Emerald Bay and really soak up the scenery. The campsites offer a variety of options: walk-in, drive-in, RV, and airstream camping are just some of the accommodations you can find at Zephyr.
- Campsite Rates: $82 and up/night
- Airstream Rates: Call for rates
- Cabins/Lodge: $310 and up/night
Cedar Crest Cottages
These newly renovated one, two, and three-room cottages feature a full kitchen and cozy living space. Surrounded by a gorgeous landscape that overlooks Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, these cottages are a definite upgrade from your basic cabin in the woods. Rustic exterior and modern interior merge to make for a relaxing, intimate experience. Guests have access to a small, neighborhood beach to soak up those views.
- Cottage Rates: Rates vary by season and by room type. Check the website or call for rate information.
Relish In The Resort Life
Love a resort that has everything you need under one roof, including a casino, restaurants, and world-class entertainment? There are plenty of choices for rockin’ resorts in Tahoe.
Harveys Lake Tahoe
Casino? Check. Chic, Modern Rooms? Check. Proximity to all Lake Tahoe has to offer? Triple check. Up your resort experience at Harveys—a 19 floor classic since 1944. Take in the hustle and bustle of the casino and dine at one of the amazing restaurants at night after a day of skiing or chilling on a nearby beach. There’s something for everyone at Harveys.
- Room Rates: $99 and up/night. Rates are constantly changing so be sure to book ahead of time.
Club Tahoe Resort
This resort is more for those who want a relaxing escape from the fast-paced casinos (though they are nearby if you change your mind). The scenery can’t be beaten at this resort on the northeast side of the lake, and its spacious, two-bedroom suites combine cozy comfort with all the best amenities. Fans of water sports will rejoice at its proximity to the lake; while lovers of golf will want to take a swing at the nearby golf courses.
- Room Rates: Call the hotel directly for updated room rates.
Hotels For All Seasons
Love that beachy vibe and basking in the warm summer sun? What about hitting the slopes for the renowned Tahoe skiing? These hotels have got you covered, offering plenty of activities and amenities for all seasons.
Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
Located along a private beach in South Lake Tahoe and close to Heavenly Mountain, this hotel is truly a destination for all seasons. Hit the slopes and snowshoe in winter, and then relax in the heated pool. Hit the beach and play some volleyball while sipping refreshing drinks in the summer. Whenever you choose to visit, Tahoe Beach & Ski Club has got you covered.
- Room Rates: $279 and up/night
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
Head to the Ritz and experience luxury at its finest. Lovers of swimming, hiking, and golf will have plenty to amuse themselves at this fabulous location. Snowbirds will love the hotel’s ski-in, ski-out access with mountain concierge service. Relax on-site after a long day of playing outside at the luxe spa, or soak in the pool and take in the breathtaking surroundings. Whatever your reason for visiting Tahoe, you’ll find the best of all world’s at this mountain property.
- Room Rates: $799 and up/night
Lake Tahoe is an amazing year-round destination for lovers of outdoor recreation, luxe lodging, and rustic retreats. Lovers of both ski and sand will find a number of incredible lodging options on both the North and South sides of this pristine lake known for its hospitality and natural beauty.