, 2023-03-30 17:55:19,
Crystal blue water abuts the soft sand that leads to green forests in the warmer months. Peak after snow-capped mountain peak pierces bluebird skies in winter. A year-round destination, Tahoe—which refers to both a lake and a region—offers a range of hotels that cater to all four seasons, whether you’re in search of a secluded cabin, a lakeside retreat, or a mountain town lodge.
Tahoe can be delineated into three areas. First, there’s Lake Tahoe proper, the largest alpine lake in North America. Approximately 2 million years old, Lake Tahoe proffers 75 miles of shoreline spanning two states, California on the west, and Nevada on the east. Surrounded by a backdrop of steep Sierra Nevada apexes at an elevation of 6,225 feet, the lake is home to several native species of fish, including brown and rainbow trout, as well as Tahoe Tessie, a folkloric creature compared to the Loch Ness monster that’s beloved by locals.
South Lake Tahoe is the livelier, more developed, and more populated part. Four casinos add to the robust nightlife scene while the area’s proximity to the federally protected Desolation Wilderness, a sprawling subalpine and alpine forest, appeals to backcountry hikers. A trio of ski resorts presents a variety of terrain types while the lakeshore geography offers long sandy beaches. An hour’s drive north, North Lake Tahoe operates on “Tahoe time,” yielding a more laid-back experience. Secret rocky coves along the lake encourage exploration, and with 12 ski resorts, there’s no shortage of winter activity spots.
And for the mountain town–loving dog owners out there, we see you: Gravity Haus, Ritz-Carlton, and Desolation Hotel all allow your pup to check in, too.
Read on for five of Tahoe’s best hotels, which offer adventures in every season.
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