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Spend the Night
NORTH LAKE TAHOE
In mid-December, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino (laketahoe.hyatt.com) will unveil a complete redesign of its 24 lakeside cottages. The Village at Squaw Valley (squaw.com/the-village) also has completed $1.2 million worth of renovations of its slopeside condominium suites. Each bedroom in every condominium now has new mattresses and modern, triple-sheet bedding. Many condominiums also have received new furniture, carpet, additional flat-screen TVs and air conditioning.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel (tahoeresorthotel.com) is working toward
replacing its past identity as Embassy Suites by investing $5 million in renovations. By winter, the resort hopes to infuse more of an alpine ambiance into the lobby, where you’ll be able to play checkers or chess or read in front of a dual-sided fireplace. In the remodeled all-suite rooms, sink into new Serta perfect sleeper mattresses and snuggle up under 300-thread-count sheets. Other touches include new flat-screen TVs in the suites’ living areas and bedrooms, new bath surrounds, granite countertops and new headboards.
Other hotels that have undergone renovations include Timber Cove Lodge, which has become Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe (tahoebeachretreat.com); Tahoe Beach & Ski Club (tahoebeachandski.com), in its third year of a five-year renovation; and The Ridge Tahoe Resort (ridgetahoeresort.com), which just added a new pickle-ball court (a mix between tennis and pingpong) as part of a 10-year plan that includes more than $10 million in improvements.
Plus, a high-end boutique hotel overlooking Lake Tahoe called Landing Resort & Spa (thelandingresortandspa.com) has replaced The Royal Valhalla Lodge.
Sorensen’s Resort (sorensensresort.com) in Hope Valley is hosting several new events this winter. On Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., relive the adventures of John “Snowshoe” Thompson as he makes the trek from Genoa, Nev., to Placerville in the late 1800s. It’s a great deal for kids ($5) and adults ($10). But be prepared: You might hear the siren call of Sorensen’s berry cobbler. Sorensen’s lodging guests receive discounts to two other new events, including the Holiday Cards in Woodblock Printing Class Dec. 3–4, where you’ll walk away with unique, handmade holiday cards. And on March 1, take a guided tour in search of bald and golden eagles in the nearby Carson Valley.