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The keycard for a room at the new Hard Rock Hotel in South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe's newest hotel and casino is the Hard Rock Hotel, located adjacent to its casino counterparts, which include Harrah's, Harvey's, and the Montbleu. The Hard Rock, which opened about a month ago, is part of a rejuvination going on in South Lake, one that hopes to replace old, run-down inns with a rush of new blood that involves local, environmentally friendly properties (Hotel 968), five-star lodging (The Landing), and destination resorts (Tahoe Beach Resort).
About a year ago, we took an in-depth look at The Landing when it opened, and also highlighted some hotels that exemplified this transition in Tahoe. Now, let's step through the doors of the new Hard Rock and see what it has to offer. Take a moment to browse the gallery, and then see below for more detailed descriptions of the property.
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South Lake Tahoe's newest hotel, the Landing.
Despite eight ski resorts in the greater Tahoe area, winter is actually the region's offseason and, this year, it has seen an impressive amount of renovation take place in anticipation of the busy summer season. Below, we take a look at some South Lake properties that have been brushed up of late:
It's the newest hotel in Tahoe having just opened at the end of last year, and it's also South Lake's most high-end boutique resort. We told you about the bathrooms that sport the manliest hotel amenity ever, and that novelty is just a tiny aspect of what makes the lake-front Landing impressive. Its in-house, wood-fire Greek restaurant, Jimmy's, is perhaps the best dining in town (we recommend going with the tapas), and its position on the lake results in killer views. A full-service spa, free wine tasting, valet parking, and in-room fireplaces round out the perks. Rates start at $199/night.
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The only thing cooler than staying at a hotel this summer is being a guest at one that has a built-in music venue. This is a great time of year when well-known musicians go on tour at big arenas, but some even play some sessions at hotels as well. Yay!
Here are a few acts performing at a property near you. But ya gotta act fast when it comes to scoring a seat! We just missed out on Whitesnake tickets at an Arizona resort, plus they refused our offer to play Tawny Kitane in exchange to get on stage with rock god David Coverdale. Boo! But there’s still time for these shows!
THE CLEVELANDER HOTEL, Miami Beach
If you happen to be in Miami today we suggest you get to the legendary Clevelander Hotel if you want to take part in Y100’s daytime Mack-A-Palooza 2013 fest, which will feature a special appearance by none other than the lately entertaining Miley Cyrus! She’ll be there along with hype DJ and Rihanna-man Calvin Harris. Oh, and it’s FREE! You have until 6pm to see if Ms. Cyrus breaks out her gold grill, sings her new song, "We Can't Stop" and twerks her sassy little self.
After Euclid's powdery onslaught trapped us in an 6-hour traffic jam en route to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area this Christmas, we sought refuge at the ski mecca's newest piste-worthy pad, Basecamp Hotel.
Hey, if it's good enough for the NYTimes, it's good enough for us -- snowstorm or no!
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What goes under water, is piloted by teenagers, and is sitting in our lobby? asks the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe. And the answer? Why, a 2,000 lb, 14-foot, fully functional submersible, of course.
A photo on the hotel's Facebook page shows the vessel just hanging out in the lobby. But this isn't some misplaced piece of furniture—it's actually on display at the hotel until next month, when it embarks on a series of 60 dives in Lake Tahoe.
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Lake Tahoe last week, from the Hyatt Regency
The ultimate ski weekend of the year is almost upon us, with Presidents' Day fast approaching on February 21. And while the slopes are almost always packed—and some hotels we checked are already fully booked—we managed to find a few deals still floating around.
Ski.com reports that Park City, Utah's Courchevel, part of Deer Valley, has rooms discounted from the usual $325 to $260 when you book at least four nights. The Best Western Landmark Inn in Park City has rooms for the weekend for under $200 with a non-refundable internet booking rate. And Park City Crash Pads, an achingly hip management company that's putting hotel-style branding on area rentals, has rooms for as low as $109 a night.
The Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont has rooms for $199 over the holiday. Killington's Greenbrier Inn has rooms for $156 a night while the Snowed Inn (ha) is at $192 a night for the long weekend.
It only opened in December, but earlier this week things looked dicey for the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe. On Tuesday, news outlets including The Sacramento Bee reported that the hotel had gone into default. Apparently the property itself did not go into bankruptcy, however its developer "put nearly $1 billion worth of Northstar real estate development into bankruptcy reorganization."
This doesn't mean the new Ritz-Carlton had a bad ski season, though. Spokesperson Steven Holt said, "We've had an amazing winter." But can strong business save the ski resort from bigger-picture real-estate woes?
It’s -9ºF in Lake Tahoe today. But that didn’t stop folks from coming out to celebrate the opening of the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Late Tahoe. The area received over 30 inches of snow at the summit in the 48 hours leading up to the resort’s debut. Which makes us wonder: Is there anything the R-C and their concierges cannot do? (Maybe the Ritz-Carlton in NYC could do something about this rain?)
The Ritz-Carlton Highlands was five years in the making, and offers the all-important ski-in, ski-out experience for all those CEOs with too much time on their hands. (On the upside, the construction created over 350 jobs in Northern California this year. Yay, employment!)
Lake Tahoe is one of those mountainous Northern California (way North) destinations that is popular during the summer, but really bustling with activity during wintertime, what with the chance for visitors to channel their inner Jonny Moseley on the slopes.
But when The Ritz Carlton Highlands moves into town you'd better believe that the upscale stakes will be raised, which is what will happen when a Lake Tahoe location opens on December 9th of this year, a little later than the original fall opening that was announced.
Lake Tahoe is getting a bit of its own Ritz-Carlton action, with the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe slated to open up this coming ski season. This shot of the construction which Ritz-Carlton posted to their Twitter yesterday is showin' that the hotel is topping off nicely, though we know by now not to judge a hotel's completion by its exterior (the permits can be major issues; we get it, blah blah).
Here's what we know: the 170-room luxe ski retreat is a ski-in, ski-out property that sits mid-mountain in the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, with its official opening date announced as "fall 2009." In addition to the ski concierge services, the place also boasts a restaurant by San Fran chef Traci des Jardins, a 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and "preferred access to the Old Greenwood and Coyote Moon golf courses."
Interestingly, this is the first "new-build resort development" to hit Lake Tahoe in a long, long time and it's being touted as the most upscale in the region. No word yet on whether this hotel will be open year-round or close in the Spring recall the brand's fancy ski retreat in the Vail area started closing for the slower season this year due to the poopy economy.
Village at Squaw Valley's Two-Day Lodging Sale
15% off pre-season stays
Who's up for some skiing? The Village at Squaw Valley (in Squaw Valley, CA -- super close to Lake Tahoe) is offering a two-day sale on October 28th and 29th. If you arrive anytime between December 19th and 24th and stay for five nights or more, you can stay the 25th for free.
Or, if you're interested in a little pre-holiday ski vacay, you'll receive 20% off your pre-season stay of two nights or more. The "pre-season" is officially now through December 18th.
If you're not into the whole 2-day sale thing and aren't down for committing to a trip just yet, there are some sales going on all season including the Flexible Ski & Ride Package: accommodations for one-night and two lift tickets (for use anytime during the ski season or exchanged for services in the Trilogy Spa) starting at $182. For more serious skiers, check out the Extreme Ski Package, starting at $234, which includes two lift tickets and two high-performance demos (ski or snowboard) for each room night you book, plus a nice little welcome amenity in your room at check-in.
Access a full list of packages and make reservations here.
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Winter's just around the corner and soon enough those stylish ski bunnies will be hitting the Lake Tahoe slopes (Wasn't it just summer a minute ago?)
But you can beat the rush (and avoid the black diamonds) by heading to Squaw Valley, just minutes from the mountains, and at a much lower price. Sure, it's a few months before fresh powder falls, but peepers are already lining up for the fall foliage package at the Village at Squaw Valley. It's the perfect way to unwind after summer and gear up before the holidays hit.
Visitors stay in luxury condos that come complete with a balcony, fireplace and kitchen, too. (But this is vacation after all, so why not pop into one of the nearby restaurants or wine bars for dinner instead?)
Now through November 15, guests who reserve the Fall Foliage Package receive two 50 minute messages, dining credit in the village, one night accommodations in a one-bedroom condo, scenic cable rides up the 2000 vertical High Camp, candle making, wine tasting and spa treatments.
Guests who arrive this month can check out the Art Bark Festival and Village Oktoberfest, lacer County, Napa and German Wine Tastings.
[Photo: South Lake Tahoe Rentals]
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