Stay in Tahoe City, CA or S. Lake Tahoe,CA?

Old Jun 29th, 2000, 02:26 PM
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Stay in Tahoe City, CA or S. Lake Tahoe,CA?

After receiving a lot of great info on this board (thank you everyone!) we are spending a day in Gold Country, and ending up in Lake Tahoe for the night.

Since the accomodations we wanted, (and could afford) in N. Lake Tahoe are not available, should we stay in Tahoe City, or S. Lake Tahoe? We have two kids, 12 & 15 and would like to be ON the Lake, or just across the street, if at all possible. (This will be just one night in a three week cross-country trip, so we can't break the bank; but we'd like to know which area/town has the most "charm" and/or variety of things to do.

Thank you very much in advance!
Old Jun 29th, 2000, 04:21 PM
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Hi Audra, Most to do? or charm? So. Lake Tahoe has the most to do but tends to be a bit tacky. North Lake Tahoe is more chic but quieter. There's also Donner Lake that is very nice and accomodations more reasonable. See if you can find the Donner Lake Village complex which has some accomodations on the lakefront. You can drive from the gold country up along the western edge of Lake Tahoe and end up in Donner Lake.
Old Jun 29th, 2000, 05:00 PM
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Audra, Truckee's pretty cool, too. Between Donner Lake and over the hill, minutes, from No'shore Tahoe in case you can't find anything in No'shore
Old Jun 29th, 2000, 06:56 PM
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Thanks for the ideas. I'd really prefer staying on Lake Tahoe, however; can you suggest a place with character in Tahoe City? And there has to be somewhere fairly decent in S. Lake Tahoe...any ideas?

Does anyone know anything about the Pepper Tree Inn?

Thanks everyone.
Old Jun 30th, 2000, 10:30 AM
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Hi again, Audra. Did I tell you about the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village? It's right on the lake and very big but also has cottages on the grounds. Don't know the rates--(800) 233-1234 (It's actually in Nevada but very close to No. Lake Tahoe) I have just one other suggestion. If you totally strike out in Tahoe, would you consider staying the night in Nevada City? The Flume's End B&B is wonderful picturesque setting--a flume is creek that used to bring water to a mill that was here. There's a little wooden bridge over the creek and a small patio for sitting and relaxing. It was a brothel for many years and has a secret door and resident ghost. When we were here a while back (4 years?) the rates
were in the low $100s. There's one room with a detached bath that must be cheaper and might do for your kids. This would also include full breakfasts. They might have a 2 night minimum and all of this is for naught. Was thinking the kids might get a kick out of the ghost etc. and then the next morning you could be up early, drive around the west shore of Tahoe and spend some time there, maybe take a boat ride, and then be on your way. Just a thought! Oh--(916) 265-9665
Old Jun 30th, 2000, 12:28 PM
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We were in Tahoe about a month ago and stayed at the Lakeshore Lodge. It is located right on the lake and has its own small beach( which might be a good idea with kids. The place is probably a little dated..but very clean. We had an end unit room with an incredible view of the lake and mountains. They also have condo units.

There is also an Embassy Suites REsort in Tahoe( not the one in Stateline with the casinos) that looks new..and is located on the lake next to where the tour boats depart. The room s have small balconies and offer a view of the lake.

Hope this helps.
Old Jun 30th, 2000, 02:19 PM
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Suggest if you're a AAA member you get their book. The AAA book has the rate of the Embassy Suite Resort for 2 people $249 Plus $30 extra person and the Embassy Vacation Resort as $139 plus $20 per extra person. I was in S. Lake Tahoe last October. There's a ton (well maybe 30-40?) motels about a 5 minute walk or closer to the lake. Most look like something from the 1950's but may be remodeled inside. Anyway the one we stayed at was only $50 per night - and for one night it was OK. Don't know how busy it is in the summer there but in October there were lots of vacancies. The sold out hotels were the casino ones.
Old Jun 30th, 2000, 03:34 PM
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Like the others said, South Tahoe is tackier because of the casinos, but it's close to hiking, beach, etc....Tahoe City is somewhat quainter, but has less choices since it's smaller.

Donner Lake Village (on Donner Lake, not Lake Tahoe) and Incline Village are good choices--never actually stayed there myself, but have heard they're fine. Timber Cove Lodge (a Best Western) is on the beach in SoLake and has a pool and the beach.

I don't know if this is still there, but when I was a kid, I had neighbors that stayed in some tent cabins right on the beach near So was family heaven...loads of kids and activities.
Old Jun 30th, 2000, 03:47 PM
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Stayed at the Best Western Express in S. Lake Tahoe for a few nights a month or so ago. It is okay and right next to a decent restaurant, but no lake view. They do have a jacuzzi/sauna and heated swimming pool, and the lake is just down the road. The entrance for the paddle-wheeler boat ride is not too far.


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