Best Beds and Breakfasts in Tahoe

Best B&Bs in Lake Tahoe: Mountain Lodges and Victorian Homes

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 features 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. If you really want to get away, the Deer Run Ranch offers a two-room bed and breakfast with views of Washoe Valley.


The Deer Run Ranch is located in Washoe Valley, about 45 minutes from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. With views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Washoe Lake, this small B&B is a special spot away from the Tahoe crowds. Two rooms decorated with local Native American art and private baths are available as well as a home cooked breakfast in the morning. The owners have added special touches such as a natural pond, pottery made by the owner and walking paths down to the lake. Keep an eye out for the wild deer that love to visit this alfalfa ranch.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The owner is a potter and her studio is available for tours.

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Minden/Gardnerville, NV

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 are 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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The White House B&B is located in a restored Victorian home.

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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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The River Street Inn is right in the center of old downtown Truckee.

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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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Do you want to get away from it all? This B&B is located in the foothills of the Virginia Range with great views of the desert.

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South Lake Tahoe

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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Heavenly Valley Lodge has a complimentary happy hour on the weekends and holidays.

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Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge has been serving guests in the Tahoe area since the 1950s. Located on the beautiful west shore of the lake, the resort offers comfortable rooms, a popular restaurant and both summer and winter activities. Each room has lodge-style d├ęcor and many offer waterside private balconies, down comforters, mini fridges, and free internet access. There are also rooms that look out over the garden and some even have fireplaces. The lakeside restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as happy hour. It features mountain-style cuisine such as fish tacos, burgers and vegetarian dishes. Some of the dishes even feature ingredients from the resort's garden.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Sunnyside Lodge rooms include a continental breakfast and afternoon tea.

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This elegantly rustic Black Bear 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. Breakfast is available in the on-site bagel cafe. 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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Black Bear Lodge has a beautiful garden with native landscaping and a fire pit.

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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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The charming Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast allows well-behaved dogs.

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If you want a real taste of the mountains, the Fireside Lodge Bed & Breakfast will accommodate you. This charming, log-cabin inspired B&B features Tahoe themed suites, the 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.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Lodge offers a complimentary marshmallow roast from dusk until 9:00 p.m. at their outdoor fire pit.

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The Cottage Inn is a charming bed and breakfast located on the stunning West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The original building is from 1938 and decorated with traditional Tahoe style furnishings and decor. The inn has shoreline and water access as well as shade from the hundreds of pine trees. The inn features 22 studio and suites with charming, colorful decor. All rooms have private baths, TVs, fireplaces, mini fridges and Wifi. Some of the rooms even have jetted or soaking tubs. A country breakfast is served every morning and can be adjusted for specific diets. The Cottage Inn is also located close to some of the area's best restaurants.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Cottage Inn offers an afternoon happy hour with wine.

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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...  More About Christina