The perfect winter getaway to Lake Tahoe isn't just about the snow, but about where to comfortably rest your head after a long day outdoors. And that couldn't be truer than when traveling with kids to Lake Tahoe. Yet with so many choices, from ski-in/ski-out condos to lakefront hotels to luxury lodges, how do you choose where to stay in Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, and beyond? Well that's why I’m coming to you today with suggestions of where to stay with kids around North Lake Tahoe.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is a great choice for both couples and families, no matter what time of year. Year-round, its lakefront location with private beach access makes for prime lakefront accommodations, while the winter months afford great amenities like giant gingerbread houses and a free shuttle to some local ski resorts, including Northstar. After a day on the slopes, relax in the hotel’s stunning full-service spa and dine in one of the hotel’s many restaurants, such as Lone Eagle Grille, overlooking Lake Tahoe.
Once those warm spring days come, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is an excellent spot for those who want to enjoy fun in the sun, be it dozing in beach chairs on the lake or kayaking any number of Lake Tahoe’s beautiful nearby bays. Furthermore, you won't even have to bring your own gear, since the hotel offers on-site winter ski and snowboard rentals and a variety of water sports equipment for rent.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The ultimate in Lake Tahoe accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is California’s only AAA Five Diamond ski-in, ski-out resort. The luxury hotel’s location mid-mountain at Northstar provides hotel guests convenient access to a variety of winter sports options, from skiing and snowboarding just beyond the hotel's doors to snowshoeing and snow tubing a short walk away. Plush, light-filled guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and gas fireplaces, while many rooms overlook the snowy slopes of Northstar.
But the luxury doesn’t stop with its location and rooms. The Ritz-Carlton's main restaurant, Manzanita, features fine dining in a cozy, chic atmosphere (go for the lobster roll or French onion soup!). After a day on the slopes, stop for après-ski bites and fireside champagne in The Living Room before rejuvenating in the hotel's slopeside spa. Lastly, don’t miss one of our family's favorite events, Marshmology, a fun activity for guests of all ages in which The Ritz's resident marshmologist serves up creative s'mores every evening.
Northstar California Condos
Just beyond the luxuries of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, is Northstar's many convenient lodging options. For the ultimate ski resort experience, check out any one of the Village at Northstar's unique condos. Ranging in size and amenities, these condos make a great family-friendly option with features like full kitchens and multiple bedrooms, and make a great base with their location above the Village’s many activities. Bonus points for pool/hot tub access.
Additionally, there are a variety of condos available just beyond the Village at Northstar. These come with full kitchens, a fireplace, balcony, and free shuttle service to the Village. It makes for a nice, quiet, and comfortable place to stay for families beyond the hustle and bustle of the Village. Lastly, for modern ski-in/ski-out lodging, try the Northstar Lodge, located just steps from the Highlands Gondola and the Village’s shops and restaurants.
Basecamp Hotel, Tahoe City
Basecamp Tahoe City is the choice if you're looking for a unique, fun North Lake Tahoe hotel for your family. This modern, outdoors-themed boutique hotel features 24 rooms with a variety of sleeping options, from sleek rooms with a king bed to a "great indoors family room" that mimics the feeling of camping. Basecamp has a continental breakfast, s'mores nightly on the decks, and daily happy hour with local craft beer and snacks like house-made stew and grilled cheese. Not to mention, the location can't be beat, conveniently located in Tahoe City and just a 5-minute walk to the lake.
Located on 74 acres near the northwestern shore of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City, Granlibakken is a family-owned resort nestled in a peaceful valley. Stays here come with a hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and access to the heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. Additionally, families can also enjoy discounted rates for the resort's private ski and sled hill and Treetop Adventure Park, California's first aerial park with ziplining and an elevated obstacle course. The park is for kids 5 and up and is open year-round.
Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge
If you're looking for family-friendly, budget lodging directly on Lake Tahoe, the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge might be for you. Located on Lake Tahoe's north shore, this rustic lodge has clean, comfortable rooms with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining table, and fireplace. You can choose a small studio, one-bedroom condo, or two-bedroom condo. With its location directly on Lake Tahoe, Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge has its own private beach and pier, in addition to a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and on-site activities like happy hour socials, build-your-own sundae events, and art and craft classes.