Located on the California side of South Lake Tahoe, The Landing Resort & Spa is for outdoor adventurers, as well as romance seekers. Near the state line border between California and Nevada, the boutique hotel is ideally situated across the street from beautiful Lake Tahoe. While the League to Save Lake Tahoe has coined the term “keep Tahoe blue,” the area around The Landing could be called keep Tahoe green. Between the many pine trees surrounding the property, the Edgewood Tahoe golf course next door and the shimmering blue green waters of Lake Tahoe, you’ll have your choice of color palate to chose from each day. Indeed, our friends were green with envy when they saw the postcard-worthy sunrise and sunset pictures that I posted on Instagram from our hotel room.
This year-round vacation destination offers a wealth of activities to chose from, including skiing and snowboarding (Heavenly Mountain Resort is a complimentary shuttle ride away) mountain biking, standup paddling, and horseback riding. Of course, guests can lounge around the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, or walk across the street to the private and gated Lakeside Beach – the resort offers day passes to the beach.
Our visit was during the winter, so we enjoyed playing in the snow, sipping hot chocolate in the lounge and having a spa day.
Featuring 77 lovely guest rooms and suites, the luxury hotel is family and pet-friendly. We stayed in a dog-friendly king room with a lake view, balcony and gas fireplace. The superior room category included a plush pillow top bed, flat-panel television, mini fridge, Keurig coffeemaker, bathroom with heated floor, rain shower faucet in the marble shower and, drum roll please, a heated toilet seat.
Check in is easy and efficient when you enter the intimate lobby with its hardwood floors and large area rugs. You’ll notice the fresh flowers upon entrance with a warm fireplace to the right of the front door. This is also where you’ll find coffee and hot apple cider during the winter months.
Be sure to make dinner reservations at Jimmy’s Restaurant; especially if you enjoy wild game as that is the chef’s specialty. Wild goose was featured on the menu the night we dined at Jimmy’s.
Stop at the bar for craft cocktails before dinner. I’m told the Lavender Bee’s Knees is a local favorite. However, if you are into wine, the restaurant has an impressive 600 bottle wine collection, representing 7 different countries. Of course, California wine country is prominently featured on the wine list with some ultra premium selections that are hard to find and in limited allocation.
Outdoor dining with heat lamps is an option in warm weather, while we appreciated the dog-friendly lounge area inside.
Spa Day in South Lake Tahoe
After a hard day of play, what’s better than a spa treatment? A spa treatment with a CBD oil enhancement! You read that right. I tried my first deep tissue massage with CBD Care Garden massage oil. The oil has great healing potential for body and cell function. Spa supervisor and massage therapist, Karly Matzen said Colorado has been utilizing CBD oil for quite some time. I’m glad Karly introduced me to this experience. If you have muscle aches and pains, you might like it, too. With four treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, you’ll wind down at the spa. There’s an option for a couples massage, too.
Rates range from $229 in low season to $800 and up during peak season. I recommend coming to Lake Tahoe in the shoulder season for a serene getaway. There is a pesky $35 daily resort fee that covers valet parking, high speed internet throughout the property, fitness center and beach passes. You can make your reservation directly at the hotel website or an OTA like Hotels.com, Travelocity or others.
Hotel review and all photos by San Francisco Bay Area travel writer Nancy D. Brown. Her stay was hosted by The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa. As always, her thoughts and opinions are her own.