Best B&Bs in Lake Tahoe: Mountain Lodges and Cozy Cabins
By Christina Nellemann
Reno and Tahoe Local Expert
Bed & Breakfasts in the Tahoe area range from elegantly rustic mountain lodges and cute cabins to restored Victorian homes. Each of these 10Best B&Bs feature either a continental or full, gourmet breakfast in the morning to get you started on your Tahoe adventures.
For a special event or getaway, the Black Bear Inn has beautiful grounds and a large fireplace in the lobby. The Tahoma Meadows Cottages have pet-friendly cabins tucked into the trees and the Painted Rock Lodge in Squaw Valley has amazing views of the forest and the resort, an 8 person spa and 2-story windows that look out onto the Truckee River. For more views, The Shore House at Lake Tahoe is in the perfect location for a wedding.
For bed and breakfast locations in Truckee, the River Street Inn has a great view of the Truckee River. Edith Palmers Country Inn and the White House Bed & Breakfast are located in Virginia City, which is about 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe in a historic Western town where you can ride an authentic steam train. For a bit of history, the restored Genoa House Inn is the perfect choice. Also in the small town of Genoa is the White House Bed & Breakfast, located in an elegant Victorian.
The White House Bed and Breakfast Inn
This B&B in Genoa, Nevada (the oldest settlement in the state) sits in the shade of the Sierra Nevada range just below Lake Tahoe. The home from 1885 has been completely restored and each room contains luxurious beds and linens, bathrobes, Wi-Fi, cable, a flat screen TV, a DVD player, and a private bath with heated marble floors. Coffee and tea is available all day and continental breakfast is served in the morning. The White House is also wonderfully suited for special events like weddings, honeymoons, parties, corporate events and bachelorette parties. The B&B is just steps away from downtown Genoa with its quaint shops and restaurants and David Walley's hot springs. (775-783-7208)
River Street Inn
The innkeepers of this historic home on the Truckee River have retained the classic look of this home from 1885, but have added modern amenities like a full kitchen, baths and a great room with comfortable furniture for lounging and reading. The rooms have queen size beds with down comforters and the baths have claw foot tubs. They also have a newly-renovated family suite, which sleeps up to six people, and a 900 square-foot apartment. Large windows are available in all rooms for some great views of the mountains and town. The inn serves a small continental breakfast in the morning, but the kitchen is available for your use any hour of the day. Rates are $115-130 for midweek and $155-$170 for weekends.
The Shore House at Lake Tahoe
The Shore House at Lake Tahoe gets you right on top of the water and away from everything. The nine guest room (plus honeymoon cottage) bed and breakfast is close to much of the great outdoor experiences on the North Shore including hiking, skiing, biking and waterspouts. The inn has a lakefront hot tub, kayaks and paddle boards for rent, a lakeview massage studio, free WiFi, free parking and a full gourmet breakfast each morning. The Shore House has been rated as one of the top places for weddings and receptions on the North Shore and the owners are experienced event planners. Weddings can be held on the inn's pier or in the garden. The Honeymoon Cottage on the property features a vaulted ceiling and knotty pine walls, it has a panoramic view of the lake and mountains, a gas-log fireplace, and a queen size custom built log bed with memory foam mattress. It also has a quaint private bathroom with brass fixtures and a two person hydro massage whirlpool tub and shower in the bedroom.
Edith Palmer's Country Inn
Edith Palmer's Country Inn is located in a Victorian home that was built in 1863 and originally used as a cider factory. The Inn is an award-winning Bed & Breakfast with four Victorian inspired rooms. Visit Marilyn's Room and stay where Marilyn Monroe did during the filming of the Misfits in 1961. Rates for each of the rooms range from $95 to $140 per night for two people. The inn has a garden with rock terraces that lead visitors up the hillsides overlooking Virginia City. The main dining room is available for breakfast, dinner and special events like weddings and social functions.
Genoa House Inn
The Genoa House Inn is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the small town of Genoa. Accommodations at the Genoa House Inn are individually furnished with Victorian antiques and all rooms have private bathrooms. Amenities include jetted and claw-foot tubs, private entrances through a covered porch and private balconies are included in selected rooms. The inn was built in 1872 as a family residence by a newspaper publisher. This Victorian home has been restored and now offers various amenities. The inn features a library, a porch, meeting facilities and a fireplace in the lobby. Complimentary amenities include vehicle parking, a hot breakfast and high-speed wireless Internet access.
Heavenly Valley Lodge
This dog-friendly hotel is located near the Heavenly ski resort in South Lake Tahoe. All the newly remodeled rooms have brand new beds, linens and furnishings. The hotel is in a wooded area and is very quiet, their cabin-style suites have river rock fireplaces, private bathrooms and kitchenettes. They also offer free WiFi. Enjoy a wonderful complimentary breakfast in the Lodge each morning before you start your day and end the day at their outdoor fire pit. The lodge is close to local shopping, dining and all the outdoor sports in the South Tahoe area including kayaking, hiking, biking and skiing.
Painted Rock Lodge
The Painted Rock Lodge is a luxurious mountain lodge located on the Truckee River near Squaw Creek at the mouth of Squaw Valley. The Painted Rock Lodge is centrally located at North Lake Tahoe with easy year-round access literally minutes from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts as well as the mountain towns of Truckee and Tahoe City. The lodge is now offering individual rooms as a Bed and Breakfast but is still available in it is entirety as a luxury rental. Amenities include a hot tub, water features in the garden, oak accents, a huge kitchen, pool table and an upstairs rec room.
Fireside Lodge Bed & Breakfast
f you want a real taste of the mountains, the Fireside Loge Bed & Breakfast will accommodate you. This charming, log-cabin inspired B&B features Tahoe themed suites, a main room with a roaring fireplace and access to some of the best areas of the lake including the Tahoe National Forest, Emerald Bay and lots of backcountry snowshoeing and hiking. The Lodge features several nine rooms including the Moose Suite, the Angler Room, the Mariner and the Bears Den. Each suite has a fieldstone fireplace, refrigerator, microwave and coffee-maker and a TV/VCR and computer access. The Gathering Room has an expanded continental breakfast and the lodge also offers afternoon snacks. The owners of the lodge are event planners and know the area well. The Lodge is just a quick drive from South Lake Tahoe with its numerous restaurants and bars. The hotel can also be booked for special events like weddings and parties.
Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages
Many of the Tahoma Meadows cottages have been in the area since the 1950s and they make a charming place to bring the entire family--including the dog. Each cabin is uniquely decorated with mountain decor and surrounded by pine and aspen trees. All the cottage are private and have separate entrances, baths with claw foot tubs, living spaces and some even have lofts. The common space serves breakfast in the morning and complimentary refreshments in the afternoons. Also from the common room you can relax by the fire and see the lake from the windows. Weddings and special events can also be held on the property.
Black Bear Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Black Bear Inn Bed & Breakfast has bee voted as on of the best B&Bs in California. This elegantly rustic lodge is located in South Lake Tahoe close to Emerald Bay and the casinos on the Nevada side of the lake. The five guest rooms each have a private bath, king beds and gas fireplaces. The Inn also has three private cabins with patios and a hot tub gazebo on the beautiful grounds surrounded by pine trees. A full breakfast is served each morning in the main room or outside. The Inn has an amazing main room with a massive, stone fireplace, rustic mountain interiors and also is a great location for wedding parties or special events. The inn has been featured twice on HGTV and on ABC's The Bachelor.
About Christina Nellemann
Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors of the Western U.S. She spends her time hiking, camping, biking and kayaking in the mountains around her home, and snorkeling and boating in Lake Tahoe. Christina loves to visit the neighboring states of California, Oregon, Utah and Arizona but has traveled around the world including to Japan, Fiji, Turkey and Ecuador. When she's not traveling or living outdoors, Christina is a graphic and web designer, writer and blogger.
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