Sharing both California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the largest alpine lake in the country. What really sets Lake Tahoe apart from most bodies of water is its crystalline clarity and the surrounding panorama of mountains. Whether you fish, kayak or admire it from the shore, Lake Tahoe’s beauty is always overwhelming. Because your Lake Tahoe getaway options are endless, deciding what you want to do ahead of time could allow you to pack more in. For a more serene visit with hiking and boating, stick to the California side. If you want big-name entertainment and the chance at a jackpot and glitter, head to Nevada. If you’re planning to explore North Lake, the perfect place to land your private charter jet for a Tahoe getaway is at Tahoe Truckee Airport (KTRK).
Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Lake Tahoe | Truckee, CA
A mountainside retreat, the Ritz-Carlton pairs its plush accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows for an inimitable view of the forest. Pamper yourself with a room on the Club Level. During the winter, ski-in and –out and take a gondola to Northstar. In the spring and summer, enjoy championship golf at nearby courses. Don’t forget to stop by the fire pit Marshmologist for s’mores.
Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge | Tahoe City, CA
A smaller lodge with views of Lake Tahoe and the mountains, the Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge is one of the ultimate luxury lakefront accommodations available. Drink coffee on the balcony in the morning while taking in the scenery. Relax by the en-suite river rock fireplace at night. During the summer, the bar is the hotspot for boaters and revelers.
PlumpJack Café & Bar | Olympic Valley, CA
A restaurant at the PlumpJack Inn, the PlumpJack Café and Bar is hailed as the best restaurant in the Tahoe Basin by serious foodies. The menu created by executive chef Jack Connell changes seasonally, taking advantage of freshest produce available. The award-winning wine list always has something perfect to complement your meal.
Evan’s American Gourmet Café | South Lake Tahoe, CA
Bringing you the best in high-end dining in South Lake, you’ll find Evan’s American Gourmet Café in a small vintage cabin. The intimate restaurant is known for its world-class food, excellent wine list and superb service. The creative cuisine includes freshly caught seafood, savory meat and can’t-pass-on desserts.
Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar | Truckee, CA
Just north of the lake, off of I-80, is the quaint town of Truckee. Originally a ski lodge, Cottonwood sits on top of a hill overlooking downtown. You will be surrounded by historical artifacts such as longboard skis and vintage sleds, as well as great views from the outdoor deck. The restaurant has been rated one of the top in the Tahoe area, and is sure to deliver a great experience for you and those you’re with.
Lake Tahoe has endless boating opportunities. Rent your own sailboat, speedboat or kayak. Charter a tour. Better yet, charter a private wine and cheese tour with Tahoe Sailing Charters in the Tahoe City Marina.
If you don’t rent a home with a private beach, enjoy the fine white sand and turquoise coves at the Lake Tahoe—Nevada State Park Sand Harbor. Pack a picnic and snorkeling gear. Take an easy hike on the nature trail.
For a more no-kids-allowed experience where you can get the ultimate tan without those pesky tan lines, go to Whale Beach or Secret Cove. The beaches are off the beaten path and don’t have any amenities other than the striking views.
Connect with nature and get away from your comfort zone, but not too far away. Rent an opulent RV or camping trailer (the type that extends), stock it with all your favorite foods, magazines and entertaining gadgets, and park it at a Tahoe campground. Bliss State Park has some of the best views (book site 148, 149, 151, 153 or 156), as does the Nevada Beach Campground.