Known for being a winter wonderland during the colder season and an outdoor playground when the weather warms, finding Lake Tahoe resorts in the summer is a breeze. There are plenty of things to keep you and your family busy whether you plan to stay on the North or South side of the lake.
Grab some shorts and sunscreen and start planning for your next vacation in Lake Tahoe.
Best Places to Stay in Lake Tahoe in the Summer
North or South? Resort or cabins? Will the entire family have something fun to do? Whatever your vacation needs are, Lake Tahoe’s got you covered. We’ve organized a list of the best places to stay in Lake Tahoe in the summer based on the North and South Shores.
Where to Stay in North Lake Tahoe
Featuring condominium-style units with two-bedrooms, the Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge sits perfectly on the north shore. A quick walk from your spacious suite is a white-sandy beach for you to unwind and catch some rays. Incline Village is a great ski location, but in the summer the endless activities await you and your family. A 24-hour casino, horseback riding, golf and on-site spa will keep you relaxed and carefree. The outdoor pool is open year-round, with perfect views of the scenery around the resort.
This hotel is open year-round, and especially to Marriott Vacation Club owners. For the greatest luxury on the north side of Tahoe, the Ritz Carlton Highlands Lake Tahoe resort is your go-to destination for the best summer activities. With direct access to the lake during the summer months, Lake Club members have a private beach area, boat dock and dining with a great view. Guest rooms, as well as one- to four-bedroom suites are available to visitors, so gather your entire gather party for plenty of space to stretch out.
On-site dining with new twists in flavor is the Manzanita restaurant. Open kitchens and impeccable service help it’s cozy, elegant vibe. Outside on the patio, sit poolside at the Backyard Bar & BBQ for traditional barbecue flavors, pizza and burgers. Bring your food over to a private poolside cabana and relax in the shade. There is also a counter-service cafe for your morning coffee or paninis, as well as two more lounge areas to enjoy cocktails and mountain valley views.
A charming, family-friendly resort that is also perfect for a couple’s getaway, this Wyndham resort is located at the base of Squaw Valley. Although it is an internationally recognized ski area in Olympic Valley, California, there is still plenty to do when the snow melts during the summer. Spacious suites include kitchenettes and private balconies that deliver great mountain scenery. Complimentary bikes are available for all of your outdoor adventures. Guests love the outdoor gardens and pool area as well.
Situated on 500 feet of private lakeside beach, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is known for its world-class amenities. The Sierra Mountain Range brings a wide range of activities outside the resort, but you might end up never leaving the property with all there is to do. The Lone Eagle Grille on the private beach offers award-winning cuisines. After dinner, stroll to the Grand Lodge Casino to try your luck. There is even a spa where you can schedule massages, facials or other salon treatments.
Where to Stay in South Lake Tahoe
A gorgeous mountainside resort in the Sierra Mountains, Wyndham South Shore offers some of the best amenities for guests with family or on a couple’s retreat. Travelers come here to rejuvenate and relax in the scenic splendor. Each unit features a fireplace, so every day can end with cozy serenity. Charming lodge-style units are influenced by Tahoe’s Western aesthetic. This resort features an outdoor swimming pool, two outdoor hot tubs and a picnic area. Across the street and a short distance away is a supermarket, as well as tons of other shopping and dining options.
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe is located perfectly within Heavenly Village. Next to the Heavenly Gondolas, guests can reach a birds-eye-view of the mountain and lake. An on-site spa and fitness center is available for your self-care needs, as well as a relaxing outdoor pool.
Also conveniently situated near the Heavenly Gondolas, Marriott’s Timber Lodge is in the center of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. The alpine retreat is known for being a rustic getaway for your outdoor and indoor adventures. Villas range from one to three bedrooms, allowing you to stretch out and relax after a long day outside. Of course, full kitchens are also featured in every room. Head to the Fire + Ice Grill and Bar for unique Asian cuisine and cocktails. Golfers can also enjoy the proximity of the Edgewood Golf Course only .5 miles away.
Lake Tahoe Summer Activities
Even though the snow is melted and the slopes are closed, there are still plenty of things to do in Lake Tahoe during the warmer months. Vacationers to Lake Tahoe can choose from a range of summer activities, such as:
- Golfing. There are four total golf-courses to choose from ranging from challenging 18-hole landscapes, to Tahoe’s oldest golf-course with only nine holes. On the California side of Lake Tahoe lies Bijou Golf Course and Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. Across the (big) pond is Nevada’s Lake Tahoe Golf Course and Edgewood Tahoe.
- Water Sports. A range of exciting water adventures are, of course, the most popular activities among Tahoe vacationers. The 191 square mile lake that is divided between California and Nevada invites adventurous travelers with jet-skis, paddle boarding, fishing, and more.
- Boating. Most resorts that sit on the shores of Tahoe have private boat access and private docks for owners looking to take their vessels for a sail. Enjoy a nice afternoon on the water and relax with your travel party.
- Hiking. The ultimate trek around Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile hike with eight different sections. Wildflower season is a popular time for outdoor explorers, especially during the peak season in the middle of July to beginning of August. The best known spot for seeing them is at Carson Pass, south of Lake Tahoe’s basin. Check out the waterfalls that are sprinkled throughout hiking trails, like Cascade Falls or Glen Alpine Falls.
- Horseback Riding: For a unique perspective of the lake and it’s surrounding area, go on a relaxing and exciting horeseback ride. Go on a peaceful trot around Fallen Leaf Lake with Camp Richardson Corral, or take the opportunity of the most scenic areas with Zephyr Cove Stables.
- Other attractions: History buffs will love Vikingsholm, considered an exemplary masterpiece of Scandinavian architecture. Located in Emerald Bay and open throughout the summer, visitors can explore the grounds or have a tour to see the inside. For live entertainment, head to Lakeview Commons, where there is a weekly outdoor concert with beautiful scenery. And every concert is free!
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