The Best of Tahoe: Hotels, Restaurants, Art Galleries, and more

Fall is finally upon us, and that means it’s time to begin planning winter vacations. So, what’s haute for the cold months? Tahoe. The snow-covered mountains of Lake Tahoe are a winter sport lover’s paradise, and the myriad of museums and historic sites give the culture-savvy plenty to do. A traditional wintertime favorite, a trip to Lake Tahoe means enjoying outdoor activities but also indulging in indoor luxury at the best hotels, spas and restaurants.

Best Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands CT

Truckee, CA 96161

(530) 562-3000

Here you’ll find the abundant and comfortable amenities that are to be expected of a Ritz-Carlton property, set against a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountain tops. Each guest room and suite features a  fireplace and high-speed Internet, an LCD flat screen television and an iPod docking station. Take advantage of the many winter recreation services offered, beginning with ski-in, ski-out access for all levels as well as programs for beginners. Indoors, warm up and choose from one of the multiple dining options. Try the Manzanita Restaurant, serving French-meets-Californian fare. At the helm of the eatery is James Beard Award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins. Other fine dining options are The Living Room, designed for lounging and light fare, and Mountain Blue, ideal for families.

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

 The only thing that rivals the fare at Wolfdale’s is the view.

Best Lakeside Dining

Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique

640 North Lake Boulevard,

Tahoe City, CA 96145

(530) 583-5700

Wolfdale’s Restaurant has been serving deliciously fresh and decadent dishes to Tahoe’s North Shore patrons since 1978. Ingredients are always fresh and carefully combined to create unique plates that keep patrons loyal and coming back for more. Entrée options include classics like filet mignon, Maine lobster, mussels and short ribs. The only thing that rivals the fare at Wolfdale’s is the view. The eatery’s location allows diners to take in the alpine air while enjoying an incredible view of the grand mountains and the crystal-clear lake. Nosh on the various happy hour specials, like delectable small plates, specialty cocktails and wines, while taking it all in.