North Lake Tahoe – Hyatt Regency
We checked in around 6:30 pm on a Thursday evening, just before Memorial Day. The complimentary champagne offered at check-in was a very nice touch. Coming from a night of camping, it was refreshing to check into a hotel and be able to shower and relax. Our valet was quite talkative and congenial and had a lot of recommendations for things we could do while we were staying at the hotel. He escorted us to our upgraded king room which had LOTS of space and nice furnishings. The nightstands on each side of the bed had motion sensor lights that came on when you stepped out of bed – very useful at night. The bathroom had a rain shower head, which I love!
Our first night there we went over to the hotel’s private beach and although it was a little chilly, we had a good time sitting by the fire pit and chatting with other guests. We walked out on the pier to watch the sunset. We could feel our stress and tension quietly slipping away. The next morning we went for a walk down the path that the valet had suggested when we checked in and then hung out on the private beach again. Although the weather wasn’t warm enough for sunning or swimming, it was very beautiful and peaceful for hanging out. The pool at the hotel was a great spot for laying out and had a small bar/grill poolside for guests. We spent a few hours at the pool the two days we were there.
Everyone we came into contact with was very friendly and had recommendations for where we should eat and what we should do. One place recommended for breakfast was The Log Cabin and it was so good we ate there twice! Several hotel employees remembered our names, which was very nice. There were a lot of little touches that made the experience very pleasant and memorable.
South Lake Tahoe – Aston Lakeland Village
Saturday we drove down the west side of Lake Tahoe and were mesmerized by the beauty of the lake, particularly Emerald Bay. We got into South Lake Tahoe around 6:00 pm and checked into our condo at Aston Lakeland Village. The place we were staying had a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor and two more beds upstairs in the loft. The kitchen was nice and fully equipped and the living room had comfortable chairs and couches. It was a great place to spend a couple of days. The owners had a journal in the kitchen for guests to write in about themselves and their experiences in Lake Tahoe. It was fun to read about some of the other people that had stayed where we were staying. After we checked in we walked down to the beach to watch the sunset. The view was spectacular! It was fun walking in the sand and waiting for the sun to go down.
The next morning we were lucky enough to go on a short cruise of Lake Tahoe. Again, the weather wasn’t particularly warm for being on a boat, but it was sunny and beautiful and a very fun experience. There were a lot of activities to do in town as well as around the lake and I wished we had had more time to enjoy a hike or two.
Destination Expert, Andrew Bornstein