The views are superb at this pretty little lodge right on the lake, three miles south of Tahoe City. All but four rooms have balconies and locally crafted furnishings; some have river-rock fireplaces and wet bars, and some have pullout sofas. While the lodge is great for couples, families also favor it because of its proximity to kid-friendly Homewood Mountain Resort in winter, and water sports and hiking in summer. The inviting Sunnyside Steakhouse ($$$) echoes the design
of old mahogany Chris Craft speedboats. The pricey steak, seafood, and pasta menu will thin out your wallet a bit; the Mountain Grill is a less expensive option, a good choice for those with kids in tow. Be forewarned: this is not a quiet place on summer weekends. The bar is a blast, and gets packed with boaters and bacchanalian revelers.