Inns of Tahoe; eleven choices, bed and breakfast and otherwise Essay

Inns of Tahoe

Eleven choices, bed and breakfast and otherwise. All are within
30 minutes of skiing

Looking for a place to stay on a Tahoe ski trip? Besides the usual
questions about rates and location, now you might ask, “What’s
for breakfast?’ “Can we bring our kids?’ “Is there
a ski package?’

Nearly a dozen bed-and-breakfast inns have sprung up over the past
few years in the Lake Tahoe area, offering a total of 49 rooms. None is
more than 30 minutes –by car or public bus–from downhill or
cross-country skiing, and some are no more than a 5-minute walk away.

Some of the inns are strictly bed and breakfast; others are more
like small hotels. Two have restaurants. Unless noted, earliest
breakfast is at 8, so you shouldn’t plan to be first on the slopes.
All but one offer indoor, locked ski storage.

Hurry if you want to make reservations for the holidays or a
specific weekend; some inns may already be full. Most require a minimum
stay of two nights on weekends during ski season, and a few require two
nights during the week. Since most of these are private houses and
owners are often away during the day, call during the evening.

Rates are for one night, double occupancy, with breakfast included.
Few accept credit cards, but most accept personal checks. None allows
pets. Some offer ski packages and lift discounts; call for details.
Unless noted, area code is 916.

Nordon, Truckee

Norden House, Box 94, Norden 95724; 426-3326. One of old Highway
40’s provision and rooming stops, this aging building has been
recently restored with five bedrooms, three with private bath. Sugar
Bowl and Royal Gorge are only 1/2 mile away. Pickup is available from
Truckee airport and Greyhound bus stop on I-80, Children discouraged;
smoking in living room only. Rates: $36 to $52.

A-Room-at-the-Top, Box 305, Soda Springs 95728; 426-3211.
Country-style furnishings and a woodstove contrast with this
condominium’s modern architecture. It’s a 5-minute walk to
Boreal Ridge; Royal Gorge is 3 miles away. There’s cross-country
skiing at Castle Peak, a 5-minute walk. Two rooms downstairs share a
bath; upstairs living room for guest use. Children welcome. Rates:
$35 to $50.

Bradley House, Box 2011, Truckee 95734; 587-5388. Large restored
Victorian sits on a hill overlooking Truckee and mountains beyond.
Innkeepers will pick up guests at Truckee airport, Amtrak station, and
Greyhound stops. There’s downhill and cross-country skiing at
Northstar, 6 miles away. Upstairs, five rooms share a divided bath; one
downstairs room has a woodstove, private bath, and separate entrance.
Breakfast at 7:30; complimentary wine and cheese in late afternoon.
Color TV and VCR in living room. No smoking; ask if you can bring
children. Rates: $40 to $60; 20 percent midweek discount for two or
more nights.

Tahoe City, Tahoma

Mayfield House, Box 5999, Tahoe City 95730; 583-1001. Built in
1932, this is the area’s most traditional B&B. Take breakfast
in bed or in the dining room; enjoy complimentary wine in the evening.
It’s a 1/2-block walk to downtown Tahoe City and free buses to
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, 10 miles away. Six rooms share three
baths. Breakfast at 8:30, can be served earlier. No children under 10.
Rates: $55 to $75; Visa and Master Card accepted.

Cedar Tree, Box 7106, Tahoe City 95730; 583-5421. Contemporary
wood-shingled house, comfortable but not lavish, sits in a quiet
location. Continental breakfast. On weekends, owner will take guests
cross-country skiing on nearby wilderness trails (no instruction).
Alpine Meadows, Homewood, and Squaw Valley are within 15 minutes’
drive. Three rooms, one with private bath. Children welcome. Closed
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Rates: $30. Lakeside House, Box 7108,
Tahoe City 95730; 583-8769. Built in 1916 and recently restored with a
B&B in mind, this gambrelroofed mountain hideaway opened last
August. Home-cooked breakfast; games, playing cards, paperback library
for evenings and snowbound days. Homewood, Squaw, and Alpine ski areas
are within 15 minutes’ drive; wilderness cross-country trails are
three blocks away. Four rooms, one with private half-bath; all share a
shower. No children. Rates: $55 to $65. Alpenhaus Country Inn, Box
262, Tahoma 95733; 525-5000. Enjoy a European mood–Basque night on
Thursdays, Tyrolean night on Sundays, strolling accordionist, and a
hearty breakfast in the inn’s restaurant. Homewood is 2 miles away
for downhill skiing; Sugar Pine Point State Park 1/4 mile away for
cross-country. Seven rooms with private baths; those at the back are
quieter. Children allowed; two rooms can be joined to make a suite.
Rates: $49 to $61; major credit cards accepted.

South Shore, Carson City, North Shore

Christiana Inn, Box 6870, South Lake Tahoe 95729; 544-7337.
Exterior is a combination of Swiss chalet and 1950s tract house.
Furnishings are part import store, part antique shop; restaurant
downstairs serves innovative continental dinners. Heavenly Valley is a
convenient 5-minute walk; cross-country skiing at Telemark Country
Sports is a 5-minute drive. Five rooms with private baths, including
two suites. Children welcome. Rates: $75 to $150; major credit cards.

Elliot Chartz House, 412 N. Nevada St., Carson City, Nevada 89701;
(702) 882-5323. Step into the past in this 1876 house. All
furnishings, from rugs to light fixtures, are from owner’s
collection. Walley’s Hot Springs is 30 minutes away, as are
Heavenly Vally and Mount Rose. Breakfast is sumptuous, served as early
as 7 if requested. Three rooms, two baths (neither private). No
children or smoking. Rates: $65; two or more nights 10 percent

Haus Bavaria, Box 3308, Incline Village, Nevada 89450; (720)
831-6122. Built specifically as a guest house in 1980; the German
owners have mingled a gasthaus with an American-style B&B. Five
upstairs bedrooms have twin beds and private baths. Common living room
has a woodstove and mountain views. Complimentary late-afternoon wine
and cheese. Breakfast includes German breads, six or seven cold meats,
soft-cooked eggs, fresh fruit, strong coffee. It’s 5 minutes to
Incline Village and cross-country at a nearby golf course. Children
over 10 welcome. Rates: $45.

Lake Tahoe Bed and Breakfast Inn, Box 177, Kings Beach 95719;
546-4441. This 1940s house has been altered to accommodate guests;
French provincial furnishings, stone fireplace. The multilingual
household speaks Dutch, English, French, and German. Five miles to
Northstar; cross-country at a nearby golf course. Three rooms, one with
private bath. Smoking in living room only. No children or ski storage.
Rates: $55 to $60.

Photo: Skiers return to their second-floor rooms at Alpenhaus
Country Inn; two nights a week there’s a theme dinner with music in
the restaurant below

Photo: Young guest at Haus Bavaria learns how to whack open a
soft-cooked egg, part of hearty German breakfast

Photo: Renaissance revival bed and other furniture in 1876 Elliot
Chartz House comes from owner’s antique collection

Photo: Eleven houses mark inns in Lake Tahoe area; we describe them
on page 61. A section of State 89 northwest of South Lake Tahoe is
closed in winter

Photo: Beside a crackling fire in Mayfield House, there’s a
serene corner for writing or games


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