The Ritz-Carlton at Northstar — Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
Ritz-Carlton Highlands, located mid-mountain at the Northstar California ski resort near Truckee, is a recent addition to the hotel scene in the Lake Tahoe area. But this hotel with a spa and fine dining has already set the standard for luxury at the lake.
The Ritz, which sits in the mountains surrounded by pine trees, lets the beautiful area speak for itself. It keeps its design and decor to a stylish minimum. The lobby's main focal point is a 55-foot-tall granite fireplace. You can enjoy the warmth from several levels, including The Living Room bar, which serves light meals.
The 55-foot tall granite fireplace in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton — Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The main restaurant, Manzanita, features California cuisine with a mountain influence. The chef sources organic and sustainably grown meat and produce for the menu whenever possible. Breakfast features a fried egg sandwich with applewood smoked bacon, tomato, gruyere cheese, arugula, sourdough bread, potato and aioli. The dinner menu features the Fulton Valley Free Range Chicken with herbed gnocchi, butternut squash, apples, Tuscan black kale and pine nut salsa.
The 170 guest rooms and suites include luxurious suites, deluxe guest rooms and club level rooms. Guests have access to the Ritz's various activities and events, including skiing, mountain biking, star tours, the Ritz Kids children's programs, food and wine events, bocce ball and outdoor fire pit fun.
One of the luxury suites at the Ritz — Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
For a special treat, the Ritz-Carlton's spa and outdoor pool allow you to enjoy the hotel on a whole other level. The spa features 17 luxurious treatment rooms, where you can escape for a massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, wraps and peels.
The spa even offers packages that will envelop your senses, like the 50-minute Organic Passion Fruit Cabernet Envelopment that includes Grape Seed Exfoliation and Mud Envelopment, followed by a Hydrating Body Butter Application - all with the scent of passion fruit.