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Help with Lake Tahoe trip

Old Jun 27th, 2006, 11:13 PM
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Help with Lake Tahoe trip

My husband and I have decided to go to Lake Tahoe for our 5 year anniversary this year - sometime in either August or September. We will be taking our baby with us who will be about 10 months old at the time. I would love to get any advice on the best places to stay in Tahoe, things to do (that are baby-accessible), etc. We would like to stay somewhere with lake views if possible. Thanks!
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 04:24 AM
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How long will you be staying at Tahoe? We stopped there for a couple of nights on a driving trip of California in August 2004. Although we are not gamblers, we decided to stay at Harrah's. Nice rooms, good view of lake and walking distance to the tram up the mountain, etc. If you are staying for a whole week, you might want to consider renting a condo at the Marriott Grand Residence Club. Congratulations and have fun!
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 09:10 AM
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One of the "best" places in Tahoe, is the Hyatt Hotel in Incline Village on the north shore. You can have a lake view in the tower rooms, and beach access at the hotel. There is shade for the baby at the beach, lounge chairs on the sand and food service. We take our granddaughter with us, there are paths to take walks with strollers, great new family pools, spa, it's a very baby friendly atmosphere.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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IMO, the North Shore is infitely nicer than South Shore. South Sore is where the major casinos are and the whole area is one big busy strip with tacky motels, etc. I would second the suggestion of the Hyatt at Incline Village - it's a really beautiful area. If you go in August, I recommeend going to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor - it's very close and an incredible venue to see a performance of Shakespeare - outdoors on the beach, facing the lake, watching the moon rise over the mountains - it's magical. The festival is July 13 - Aug 20th.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 04:30 PM
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Thanks, all. We will probably stay for about 5 days. One thing I was hoping to find is a hotel that offers suites. Our baby has such a hard time sleeping in the same room as us so it would be great to find a hotel that has suites with a separate living area so that he can sleep in a separate room than us.

Any other suggestions of places to stay or things to do?
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 06:18 PM
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You might try to find a 2-bedroom condo. That would mean that you would not have to eat out for every meal and would have suitable food for the baby on hand. Another idea which might be less expensive would be a 1 bedroom condo with a sleeper in the living room (guess who gets the bedroom <grin>.

It might be a long shot but try (vacation rental by owner) and then google...condo Tahoe....etc.
Some renters require a week, but we have had very good luck with three days or more.

I, too, prefer North Tahoe for all of the reasons given.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 07:22 PM
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The Hyatt High Sierra has the 2 bedrooms you are looking for, on the same property as the Hyatt Hotel in Incline. However, you would have to give up the lake view, as the units are not in the tower building. However, the view is the mountains and trees, better than the busy area of So. Lake Tahoe.

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Old Jun 29th, 2006, 09:50 AM
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I think the condo idea is great. Cabins are another option. Our family stayed at Zephyr Cove resort a few years ago for a reunion - they have lake front and lake view cabins of different sizes. Most have kitchens and porches. The place has a really rustic, old tahoe feel to it, but with modern amenities. There is a nice, wide beach there, great for walking, playing, and even a little swimming, although the water is chilly There is a dock, a restaurant, and a few other things.
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Old Jun 29th, 2006, 12:28 PM
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I like South Shore. I've been going there since I was in high school (in the 70s), and it's just more fun than sleepy North Shore (but to each his own).

Zephyr Cove is a good call, as are the condos up on Kingsbury Grade, which would also give you the extra room for your child -- and some are pretty reasonable, if you don't mind climbing a few steps. Last summer, I got a place for $165 a night, which had a private spa on the deck and a community pool.

For a place near the action and the lake, Embassy Suites are all two-room suites, albeit a little pricey.
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Old Jun 29th, 2006, 10:59 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions!!
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Old Jun 29th, 2006, 11:14 PM
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I'd definitely look for a condo, cabin, or possibly the Hyatt 2 bdrm units. Don't book at any of the southshore casino hotels - you would have to drag the baby though the smoky casinos/lobby's to go anywhere.

If you have a map of Tahoe, anywhere from Zephyr Cove toward the SE corner of the lake around through Incline village at the very north end to just past Tahoe city at the NW corner of the lake would be good locations. Besides Zephyr Cove and Incline, places to look would include Crystal Bay, Kings Beach and Tahoe City. All have resorts/condos and even decent motels w/ 2 rm units.

Avoid Stateline (that is the area right at the CA/NV border where the major casino hotels all are).
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Old Jun 29th, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Oops - hit post too soon. If you can wait until after Labor day you will have a LOT more to choose from and rates go down quite a bit. August is the highest of high season - well, besides July 4th anyway.
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Old Jun 30th, 2006, 01:20 AM
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Tahoe is just gorgeous in Sept/Oct. My favorite time to go. I live in Reno.
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Old Jun 30th, 2006, 11:37 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I am having a hard time finding any availability at either the Hyatt or at Zephyr Cove! Even in September everything seems to be booked! Not sure what to do now ...
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Old Jul 1st, 2006, 05:02 AM
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I'd start w/ this site

It is the No. Tahoe Conventions and visitors bureau and has a terrific accomodations search engine.

Then after you find a few you like, you can post back here and we can tell you more about them.
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