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Black Bear Inn, South Lake Tahoe—We already had fallen in love with Black Bear Inn’s dinners, created by the talented chef Alex Elsaesser, when a look at the inn’s rooms enticed us further. With five rooms in the main lodge and five more rooms within three cabins, the Black Bear Inn showcases mountain style with river rock fireplaces, log beams, wood beds, and views of the forest and green-green grassy grounds. The lodge rooms are lovely, but for the most privacy and romance, reserve the Snowshoe Thompson cabin. Within its 840 square feet, you’ll find oriental rugs, vaulted ceilings, a huge bath with spa tub for two, a walk-in shower and a three-sided rock fireplace. Lounge on the private patio and deep-breathe the fresh alpine air. Room rates start at $210 for a lodge room and include a full breakfast. 1202 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe; (530) 544-4451; tahoeblackbear.com

The Cottage Inn, Tahoe City­—The bears laze around the roofline and nudge at the windows of The Cottage Inn in Tahoe City. These bears are fake, but the knotty pine and stone walls aren’t. Indeed, this inn is as authentic as it gets when it comes to a mountain getaway. Built in Old Tahoe style in the late 1930s, the property, nestled among the pines, backs up to Lake Tahoe’s north shore and allows beach access for all guests. Each room, uniquely themed and decorated in a warm, rustic, mountain style, has a fireplace and a private bath. The Enchanted Cottage includes an indoor tree, and Skier’s Chalet, Sail Away, Sierra Siesta and Bird’s Nest, among other rooms, house bathtubs for two; a hot tub graces Bit o’ Bavaria’s private balcony, and Romantic Hideaway has a whirlpool tub with a stone waterfall. Rates range from $160 to $340 a night and include a country breakfast. Romance rules at The Cottage Inn—no children younger than 12 are allowed. 1690 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City; (530) 581-4073; thecottageinn.com

 

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