10 Best Bed and Breakfasts at Lake Tahoe: Victorian Homes & Cozy Cabins
By Christina Nellemann
Tahoe Local Expert
Looking for a hotel with great service, and a quiet, family atmosphere? Bed and breakfasts in Tahoe like the Genoa House Inn are the perfect choice for you. Beyond the friendly hosts, a bed and breakfast will open your eyes to a new world of comfortable and more affordable accommodations. Leave the long lines and mazes of hotel floors to enjoy a private room just a few feet from the entrance at the Bliss Bungalow one of Tahoe's most popular B&Bs. Not sure yet? Trust the experts and read Tahoe bed and breakfast reviews.
For bed and breakfast locations in Truckee, try the Inn at Truckee or the Truckee Hotel. Both are located close to old downtown Truckee with its great shopping, restaurants and bars. 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 some luxury, 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.
10 Tahoe Mountain Resort Lodging Catamount Lodge
The Catamount Lodge at Northstar is available for ski and summer rentals and is just steps from the Northstar gondola. Each of the 40 studio, suite, one, two and three bedroom villa accommodations provide luxury experiences for who ever rents them. They start as low as $129 a night and Northstar will regularly run specials. The facility includes a residential fitness facility with state of the art exercise equipment, steam rooms, locker rooms and outdoor hot tubs. Other amenities include and outdoor pool, ski lockers, a gas fireplace, washer and dryer and a gourmet kitchen. The lodge is also near Northstar Village and the free skating rink.
9 Zephyr Cove Resort
Guests at the Zephyr Cove Resort will find themselves near the airport. Several nearby attractions include the Zephyr Cove Beach, Heavenly Ski Resort, Tallac Historic Site, Ehrman Mansion, Vikingsholm Castle and the Grover Hot Springs State Park. Locations for various outdoor activities like fishing and horseback riding are also close by. Accommodations at the Zephyr Cove Resort come in guest rooms and cabins. Guest rooms are housed at the Zephyr Cove Lodge and are equipped with coffee makers, refrigerators, microwave ovens and private bathrooms. Cabins are furnished with cable televisions and fully equipped kitchens, among others. The RV Park & Campground is also available for camping and RV cruising. The Zephyr Cove Resort features a gift shop and an RV Park and Campground. For various events, the resort provides spacious venues such as The Pavilion and The Lodge. On-site dining options include the Zephyr Cove Restaurant, Sunset Bar & Grille and the Zephyr Cove Coffee Bar.
8 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.
7 The Truckee Hotel
This historic hotel was built in 1873 and was a popular stop for local gold miners in the area. Now the hotel is right in the center of Old Town Truckee and contains four floors with 37 rooms. Eight of the rooms have private baths and clawfoot tubs. They also have several rooms large enough for a family of five. An expansive continental breakfast of rich coffee and herbal teas, baked goods, fruit, cereals and juice are served in the Whitney Room on the second floor each day. The hotel also has ski racks to drip dry your skis and boots. The hotel is also the location of Moody's Bistro, famous for its local menu items and hopping bar and live music.
6 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.
5 Painted Rock Lodge
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. This luxurious mountain lodge is situated on the Truckee River at the confluence of Squaw Creek at the mouth of Squaw Valley. The Painted Rock Lodge is a 6500 square foot log timberframe lodge boasting 8 large suites, 3 in the adjacent East Lodge and an expansive living area that make it ideal for lodging, luxury vacation rental, family reunions, corporate retreat, weddings and special events. The lodge amenities include an outdoor hot tub for 8 adults, beautiful landscaping and interior design, skylights, 7 TVs, views of the Truckee River and a private exterior entrance to the Master Suite. There is also a pool table, a wet bar and a stereo in nearly every room.
4 Inn At Truckee
We are a conveniently located hotel in Truckee, CA situated within minutes of Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, Downtown Truckee and numerous world class ski resorts. We offer a very competitive rate, nice & clean rooms, free continental breakfast, friendly staff and numerous dining options within walking distance. In addition, we are one of the only pet friendly hotels in Truckee!
3 Bliss Bungalow
The Bliss Bungalow was built in 1914 and was originally the home of John Chartz, District Attorney in Carson City. Fully restored in 2005, this Arts and Crafts style home has the original fir floors, pulley windows, pine moldings and high ceilings. The private guest rooms contain a bath with shower, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker/coffee makings, Direct TV with HBO, alarm clock, hair dryer and WIFI. The Victorian walnut burl queen beds are from 1860's Carson City and has a pillowtop mattress, 400 thread count sheets with down comforters and pillows. There is also a dresser, closet, iron and desk area, an antique toilet with antique bathroom fixtures and shower.
2 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.
1 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.
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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