Dedicated B&Bers enjoy the hospitality of the Black Bear Inn (1202 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 877/232-7466, www.tahoeblackbear.com, $250–480). Located right on the road to Heavenly , you’ll be thrilled when you spy the lovely large building with lodgepole and river-rock exterior accents. A giant fireplace dominates the great room, echoed by smaller but equally cozy river-rock fireplaces in the upstairs lodge guest rooms.
Each unique room features a king-sized bed, posh private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and an energy-building full breakfast. Appointments throughout the lodge rooms and cabins breathe luxury, from the cushy comforters to the rustic-elegant furniture. But the most beautiful spaces of all lie outside of the lodge and cabins, so be sure to take a few moments to stroll on the tree-lined paths and serene green lawns surrounding the inn.
Hardcore skiers who prefer to sleep as close to the slopes as possible book their rooms at the Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly (1200 Ski Run Blvd., 888/757-3337, www.tahoedeerfieldlodge.com, call for rates). This resort drips luxury, from the whirlpool tubs in every slate-and-granite bathroom to the stone fireplaces in the spacious living areas of each guest room. Contemporary furniture and striking black-and-white linens compliment the ultra-comfy beds, while TVs, DVD players, and wireless Internet access combine to create the perfect home away from home.
A kitchenette makes it easy to make coffee for your morning enjoyment, while the aromatherapy bath products lure tired skiers and swimmers into their bathrooms to soak the evening away. A yummy buffet continental breakfast is served in the common areas, and drinks and snacks form a tasty après-ski happy hour for guests. Just be sure to bring your credit card to the Deerfield, since all this luxury doesn’t come cheap.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition