Lake Tahoe is a popular weekend destination on the West Coast, offering fun outdoor adventures, romantic views and a diverse choice of accommodations, ranging from luxury to budget. There are many great things to do in Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe is home to lively nightlife, casino hotels on the Nevada side, and boutique shopping at Heavenly Village on the California side. The West and the North Shore offer beautiful nature, outdoor activities and scenic lake beaches.

1. Everline Resort and Spa

Everline Resort and Spa
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Everline Resort and Spa is a beautiful destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This Northern California getaway features majestic views from its 405 luxury rooms and suites. Guestrooms are designed for comfort, and amenities include refrigerators, coffee makers, personalized thermostat control and free high-speed internet access. Guests of this resort at the base of Palisades Tahoe can enjoy outdoor summer activities including golfing on a championship course, water sports, hiking and biking, as well as winter fun like ice skating and skiing on Palisades Tahoe’s runs. The resort provides several on-site restaurants and room service. Sandy’s Pub is a casual sports bar serving lunch and dinner, while Six Peaks Grille, one of North Lake Tahoe’s premiere restaurants, is a more formal dining option with spectacular views and innovative dishes. There are many great restaurants in Lake Tahoe.

400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, Phone: (530) 412-7034

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2. Clair Tappaan Lodge, Lake Tahoe

Clair Tappaan Lodge, Lake Tahoe
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Nestled in Donner Pass, Clair Tappaan Lodge is a historic property offering hostel-style lodging for adventure enthusiasts craving a mountain retreat. This is a perfect option for the budget adventurer seeking a home base close to lake and mountain activities. Guests are less than 25 miles away from all Lake Tahoe has to offer. The atmosphere of the lodge is casual, with comfortable communal spaces accommodating up to 145 guests. Rooming options include single-gender dorms, two-person rooms, and family rooms with twin-sized bunk beds for groups traveling together. Single bathrooms are not available, but the men’s and women’s communal bathrooms have been recently remodeled. Meal plans can be included; healthy, hearty breakfasts and dinners are prepared daily in the professional kitchen. Packed lunch stations are available each morning.

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3. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
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Located mid-mountain at the Northstar ski area, The Ritz-Carlton of Lake Tahoe is a rustic escape with upscale furnishings, massive fireplaces, and picturesque views. This resort offers fun, adventure and relaxation in a mountain setting. During the summer, guests are steps away from hiking, mountain biking and fly fishing and only fifteen minutes from water sports at Lake Tahoe. In the winter, skiers can take advantage of the resort’s direct access to slopes or hop on the intermountain gondola. The hotel spa provides a menu of options for guests to relax, restore and rejuvenate, and children’s activities take place daily. At the end of each day, the Marshmologist will be at the fire pit creating cocktails for the adults and s’mores for everyone. Browse our California weekend getaways guide for more ideas.

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4. The Cedar House Sport Hotel

The Cedar House Sport Hotel
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With a focus on culinary education and outdoor exploration, the Cedar House Sport Hotel is a South Lake Tahoe destination for those seeking adventures in nature. This family-owned boutique hotel is a hub for winter and summer mountain lake activities. The stylish decor complements the natural elements of South Lake Tahoe. The hotel is in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly building, and the rooms’ furnishings provide a relaxed ambience. The single, queen, king and luxury suites all come with amenities like Keurig coffee makers, in-room refrigerators, docking station radios and free wifi access. The popular Stella Culinary School offers hands-on experiences, cooking classes, and “Create Your Evening” personalized dining options.

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5. Secrets Inn, a Couples' Getaway in Lake Tahoe

Secrets Inn, a Couples' Getaway in Lake Tahoe
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Secrets Inn is a couples-only hotel located in South Lake Tahoe. The Inn provides a romantic getaway experience and access to year-around activities at the lake and mountain. Secrets Inn is in walking distance of beaches, shops, casinos, restaurants and the Heavenly Gondola, so couples can enjoy exploring the area together. With spectacular views of South Lake Tahoe, the property has 22 spacious mountain suites designed for relaxation and romance. Dedicated to providing a romantic stay for couples, all rooms include jetted tubs, walk-in showers, fireplaces, complimentary wifi, and no noise until after noon. Secrets Inn offers romance and wine & cheese packages for an extra surprise during a stay, and the hotel also provides beach items, including coolers, beach toys, chairs and towels, for guests to use while spending the day at the beach.

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6. POSTMARC Hotel and Spa Suites

POSTMARC Hotel and Spa Suites
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Located directly across from the lake in South Lake Tahoe, the POSTMARC Hotel and Spa Suites encourages guests to find adventure during their stay. Seasonal activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, fly fishing, hiking and skiing, all available within close proximity. The POSTMARC is a charming boutique hotel recently renovated to provide a more comfortable stay for travelers. Every room is equipped with unique features and modern amenities. Guests can choose from a variety of themed rooms including the 444-square-foot Watermarc King, whose spa theme includes a wet room, or the 584-square-foot Caesar’s Indulgence, with a hunting lodge motif and a 7-foot spa. The POSTMARC provides a relaxing vacation amid the natural beauty of South Lake Tahoe.

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7. The Avalon Lodge, Lake Tahoe

The Avalon Lodge, Lake Tahoe
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Nestled in the mountains in South Lake Tahoe and surrounded by beaches, slopes, shopping and restaurants, the Avalon Lodge is an inviting upscale hotel making guests’ winter and summer adventures an elegant experience. The rooms in this boutique hotel are designed to provide comfort. Amenities such as a flat panel TV, iPod docking station, coffee press and free wireless internet access are included. Four-legged family members will feel welcome as the property is dog-friendly, providing treats at check-in. The 24-hour on-site Market Cafe sells gift items, healthy goodies, chocolates, and champagne and will deliver morning mimosas to guests’ rooms. The staff will answer questions and make recommendations for activities in the area. The Avalon Lodge provides bikes for guests to enjoy during their stay. The heated pool and fire pit are perfect spots to relax and admire the beautiful view.

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8. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort
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Located in Incline Village, Nevada, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is a stunning property with many indoor and outdoor activities for fun and adventure. The 422 cozy rooms offer impressive views and in-room amenities including a coffee maker, a stereo docking station, and high-speed internet. With its ideal lakeside location, this resort makes it easy for guests to enjoy the private beach and water activities. Travelers can make s’mores at the fire pit, wander through shops, and get pampered at the Stillwater Spa and Salon with a rejuvenating treatment. Guests of the resort can also try their luck at the tables or machines in the Grand Lodge Casino. The resort offers multiple eclectic seasonal restaurant options. The Cutthroat's Saloon has an Old West theme and serves California cuisine with signature cocktails, while the Lone Eagle Grille serves fresh seafood and wild game alongside fabulous sunset views. (website link)

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9. David Walley's Hot Springs Resort

David Walley's Hot Springs Resort
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Located in the historic town of Genoa, Nevada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort is a traditional lodge out of 1862 with modern conveniences and amenities. Close to Lake Tahoe, Reno and Carson City, this resort is a relaxing retreat with five hot spring pools and a full-service spa. A great choice for a family vacation, David Walley’s Hot Springs has spacious accommodations: one- and two-bedroom suites with fireplaces, balconies, and full or partial kitchens. The resort includes a laundry room, fitness center, business center, and playground. Billiards, horseshoes and badminton provide the opportunity for lively family fun, and free wifi hotspots are available throughout the property. The on-site Historic 1862 Restaurant and Saloon offers casual Southwestern cuisine and wild game.

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10. The Ridge Resorts

The Ridge Resorts
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Located in Carson Valley, California, the Ridge is a beautiful 11-acre resort with 302 rooms and suites. Guests can use the complimentary shuttle service to take a five-minute ride into Lake Tahoe. One- and two-bedroom Condominium Suites include full kitchens, fireplaces, microwaves and refrigerators. At the Ridge Club Marketplace, guests can stock up on groceries, apparel, and ski-lift tickets. Adventure and fun are available year-round at the Ridge Resorts. During the winter, there is direct access to Heavenly Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. When summer rolls around, warm-weather activities such as tennis, hiking, and rock-wall climbing are available. Access to the health club, pools and indoor sports complex is complimentary, and Elevations Spa at the Ridge can provide a serene, blissful massage, treatment or facial.

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11. Edgewood, Tahoe

Edgewood, Tahoe
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Edgewood Tahoe is your home-from-home on the edge of Lake Tahoe. The resort is home to the stunning Edgewood Championship Golf Course, which has been attracting avid golfers for more than 50 years. Along the way a world-class resort has sprung up where visitors can enjoy a wide range of outdoor experiences including boating, paddling, kayak tours, outdoor concerts in summer and lots of fun winter sports in the colder months. Currently, visitors can enjoy luxurious accommodation in the beautiful lodge, and from September 2022 you will be able to rent luxury condos in a variety of configurations. The resort offers 3 restaurants, a spa, pool and fitness center.

180 Lake Parkway, Stateline, Nevada 89449, 855 681 0119

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12. Lake Tahoe Romantic Getaways: Cedar Glen Lodge

Lake Tahoe Romantic Getaways: Cedar Glen Lodge
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Perfectly nestled in the forest, across the road from Lake Tahoe, Cedar Glen Lodge is perfectly positioned for a lakeside vacation. Accommodation is available in cozy Lodge Suites, (some of which have full kitchens and pampering massage bath tubs) or in one of the stand-alone log-cabin-style cottages which have a separate lounge area and one or two bedrooms, ideal for families. There are plenty of on-site activities to keep the family busy including a large seasonal outdoor pool, a year-round hot-tub, a putting green, ping-pong, volley ball, BBQ’s and a large picnic area. You can enjoy biking, hiking and various lake activities nearby.

6589 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148, 530 546 4781, (website link)

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13. Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
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Located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, Harvey’s was the first casino hotel to be built on the lake back in 1944. Today visitors will find comfortable newly-renovated rooms and suites that make the perfect base for your Lake Tahoe vacation. The rooms are very spacious and most offer beautiful views of the lake or the mountains. Families can choose a double Queen room with enough space to accommodate 4 people. There are many fun activities to choose from all year round including skiing, cycling, hiking, hot-air ballooning and much more. Besides gambling, the casino offers great live entertainment and several dining options.

Highway 50 at Stateline Ave, Lake Tahoe, NV 89449, 779 588 6611

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14. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
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Located alongside Harvey’s on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s is one of Lake Tahoe’s most popular resort hotels. The hotel boasts a variety of room configurations to suit couples or families – most have beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding landscape. If you enjoy temping Lady Luck you will love this casino, which boasts more than 800 slot machines and 500 video poker games, as well as all your favorite table games. The resort has great activities for everyone including an outdoor pool, fitness center and a spa. There are 7 restaurants and bars and non-stop live entertainment.

15 US 50, Stateline, NV 89449, 800 427 7247

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15. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel has everything you need for a relaxing Lake Tahoe getaway. The attractive resort offers all-suite accommodations which are perfect for families or couples. Each of the suites has a separate lounge and kitchenette (with wet bar, small fridge, microwave, sink and coffee maker), a dining area and a bedoom with either 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds. Guests are within walking distance of just about everything including the casinos, restaurants, ice skating, shopping, water sports, biking and hiking. On-site amenities include a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness center, three garden atriums and the Echo Restaurant, serving great American cuisine.

4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530 544 5400, (website link)

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16. Stardust Lodge

Stardust Lodge
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Perfectly positioned to offer easy access to all the prime Tahoe activities, Stardust Lodge is just 5 minutes from the beach and 50 feet from the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola. There are a variety of suites to choose from for couples or families, including cozy studios, one and two-bedroom suites. Even the smallest standard studio offers a kitchenette with everything you need to prepare a simple meal including a coffee maker. Stardust Lodge offers visitors extra little perks like complimentary daily doughnuts, popcorn and coffee. You can rent a bike on site, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or chat to the concierge to arrange all your Tahoe activities.

4061 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530 544 5211

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17. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the perfect choice for visitors who enjoying being in the heart of the Lake Tahoe action. The rooms and suites are modern and comfortable, offering stunning views out over the lake or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. All the rooms feature edgy rock music themed décor, quality linens, a private balcony and complimentary Wi-Fi. The casino is bursting at the seams with the latest slot machines and all your favorite table games. In addition, the resort offers all kinds of wonderful live entertainment and shows, several bars and the option to dine at any of their three restaurants.

50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449, 844 588 7625

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18. Franciscan Lakeside Lodge

Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
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When you book one of the Lakefront Cottages at the Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, you can step out of your cottage directly onto the beach. In addition to these fabulous lakeshore cottages, the lodge has several other accommodation options to choose from, either in the forest across the road from the beach or on the beach side of the road. All the cottages and suites are comfortably furnished and have fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. There are great activities for all family members to enjoy including an outdoor heated pool, all kinds of fun water activities in summer and winter sports in winter. You can also go hiking and biking or enjoy tennis and golf near-by.

6944 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148, 530 546 6300

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19. Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe (Trademark Collection by Wyndham)

Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe (Trademark Collection by Wyndham)
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Carefully combining stylish aesthetics with the allure of the great outdoors, Hotel Becket is your perfect base from which to enjoy everything Lake Tahoe has to offer. The resort is located in the heart of Heavenly Village on the South Shore, offering year round outdoor recreation, great shopping, dining and much more. The boutique-style rooms are located in 2 buildings and offer configurations to suit couples, families and even your dog. Expect little luxuries like high thread-count linens, in-room coffee makers and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property has an outdoor BBQ area, an alfresco dining area as well as a seasonal outdoor pool and indoor hot tub.

4003 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530 544 6000

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20. Hotel Azure, a Romantic Getaway in Lake Tahoe

Hotel Azure, a Romantic Getaway in Lake Tahoe
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Located in a tranquil forested area directly across the road from the azure waters of Lake Tahoe, Hotel Azure welcomes visitors to come and experience the best of outdoor recreation all year round. In summer you have abundant water sports to enjoy, while the cooler months are perfect for hiking and biking. In winter you have the wonderful winter sports on Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, featuring dark wood accents alongside a serene neutral palette. Some have private balconies and there is no extra charge for children under 17 sharing a room with their parents. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, hot-tub and fitness room.

3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530 542 0330

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21. Station House Inn South Lake Tahoe

Station House Inn South Lake Tahoe
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The Station House Inn is perfectly positioned to provide a base camp for your Lake Tahoe vacation. Just about everything is within easy walking distance including a private beach, restaurants, casinos, outdoor recreation facilities and the ski resorts. The inn has comfortable guestrooms and suites in a variety of configurations to suit couples or families. Each room boasts attractive rustic décor, large TV’s and modern bathrooms with either a tub or walk-in shower. All the rooms have coffee makers and a small fridge. If you visit in winter you can enjoy ski-out/ski-in convenience, while in summer you can relax beside the outdoor pool.

901 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, P530 542 1101

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22. Tahoma Meadows Cottages

Tahoma Meadows Cottages
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Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoma Meadows Cottages provide ideal lakeside accommodation in quaint little red cottages. Each of the cottages has been individually decorated to provide a rustic lake-side ambiance and all cottages benefit from gas heaters, a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. A great perk is their delicious continental breakfast which is delivered to your cottage every morning. There are a wide range of activities to enjoy including fly fishing, paddling, boating, hiking, biking and climbing in summer and brilliant skiing in winter. You are also within easy reach of several attractions including the Emerald Bay State Park and beautiful Sand Harbor.

6821 West Lake Blvd, Tahoma, CA 96142, 866 525 1553

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23. Boulder Shores Lakefront

Boulder Shores Lakefront
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Perched on the boulders at the edge of Lake Tahoe, Boulder Shores Lakefront is a wonderful rental home for a large family/group vacation. This massive rental home is situated in a private enclave of just 8 fabulous homes and provides guests with the ultimate lake-side location. The home is set over 3 levels and comprises 5 bedrooms, 4 of which have king beds. The fourth room has bunk beds to sleep an additional 4 adults or children. There is a massive living area on the lowest floor including kitchen, dining and entertainment space and an outside deck with BBQ, just a few steps from the edge of the lake.

260 North Lake Circle, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, 775 742 4329

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24. Cedar Crest Cottages

Cedar Crest Cottages
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Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, this privately owned Lake Tahoe bolt hole is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy all the lake has to offer. Each of the comfortable and stylish cottages comes equipped with a gourmet kitchen, comfortable living room and a laundry room. Cottages vary in size from 1 bedroom to the large 4-bedroom Owl cottage – you may book more than one to suit the size of your group. There is a communal fire pit and BBQ and the beach is just across the road. Area attractions and activities include farmer’s markets, walking, hiking, biking and water sports.

4815 West Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141, 888 451 0156

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25. Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge
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The Sunnyside Restaurant is one of the most popular places to dine in Tahoe City. Here you can relax on the largest lakeside deck in the area, while you enjoy a wonderful cocktail and a delicious freshly prepared meal. The good news is that they also have a lodge which makes an ideal base from which to explore the area. The attractive lodge rooms are bright and airy and look out over the marina and lake. The lodge is located in the heart of the Lake Tahoe action and you can enjoy year-round outdoor recreation including boating, paddling, hiking, biking, horse-back riding and fishing in summer as well as a plethora of winter sports when the snows arrive.

1850 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, 530 583 7200

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