Where to Stay and Play in North Lake Tahoe

I recently had the awesome opportunity to travel to North Lake Tahoe.  This was my first time to North Lake Tahoe and I am so excited to be able to come back and share with you guys where to eat, stay and play in North Lake Tahoe, because you need to come visit here!  And make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of this post, to click on the link for your chance to win an awesome giveaway, which includes a two-night stay at Red Wolf Lodge, ski lift tickets and MORE!

I am in love with North Lake Tahoe…or call it love at first sight.  I quickly discovered that the north shore is definitely a little more my speed when it comes to weekend getaways.  North Lake Tahoe was less crowded, and instead of everything being in one central spot, (recreation, food and shopping) everything is spread out over a few cute little towns that make up North Lake Tahoe.  This makes exploring a must!

(Disclosure: Grand Pacific Resorts provided me with compensation and a two night stay at the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge, in exchange for writing this blog post.  All thoughts and honest opinions are my own).

It was a quick drive from Modesto to North Lake Tahoe, taking us just around two and a half hours.  We checked into our hotel at the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge in Tahoe Vista and were delighted by the cabin-like rustic feel the rooms had.

You use an actual key to get into your room!  How fun is that?!

The studio room feels like home away from home.  And at first I was concerned about how comfortable a murphy bed would be.  But rest assured, this bed is COMFORTABLE!  Probably one of the best nights sleep of my life!

A full kitchen in every room.  This is perfect for families trying to save money by eating in, rather than eating every meal out.  There’s a Safeway and a Raley’s grocery store just a few minutes down the road from the hotel, where you can go to stock up on groceries.  Hit up the Tahoe Food Hub and let the kiddos pick out some local veggies to have with dinner too!  The resort also has outdoor grills you can use.

Don’t forget to walk down to the resorts private beach and dock.  It’s the perfect spot to take in the views of Lake Tahoe.  A selfie is a must 🙂

There was so much exploring to do since this was my first trip to North Lake Tahoe.  And snow or not, there are always a ton of things to do here!

Our first stop was to check out Tahoe Food Hub in Alpine Meadows.  Tahoe Food Hub is just a short 10-minute drive from the resort.

It’s like a farmers market, but in a shop-type setting.  You can find local, sustainably-grown produce, specialty products and pasture raised meats and eggs from over 35 farms within 150 miles of North Lake Tahoe.  So if you are looking to make dinner at the resort, stop by Tahoe Food Hub and buy some fresh, local and affordable ingredients and support the local community at the same time.

Next, we were off to Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley to take in the views of the ski runs and hit up all the shops!

Skiing sounded like fun, but lets be honest…I am more of a shopping kind of girl.  So we enjoyed spending the afternoon at The Village at Squaw Valley.  They have tons of cute little shops, mostly independently owned small businesses, featuring locally made products.  I love being able to shop small and support the local community, and ended up buying some yummy smelling, handmade soaps from Lather and Fizz and some dog treats for my pups from Squaw Dogs.  We also had a quick lunch (which I will tell you all about in part two of this travel post) and then decided to head to Tahoe City to continue with our shopping adventures.

Tahoe City is just a few minutes to the west of the hotel, and has a ton of small shops and boutiques, as well as restaurants.  There’s no fast food here (not that I was looking for any) or big box stores.  So you actually feel like part of the community because of the small town feel.  Kings Beach is just a few minutes to the east of the hotel, and also has plenty of small shops to peruse as well as independent restaurants.  Live like a local!

The sunrises in North Lake Tahoe are breathtaking!

Look how cute this front porch is that is attached to our hotel room at Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge!  I didn’t want to leave and who could blame me?!  We had such an amazing weekend and had an awesome time exploring North Lake Tahoe.


And make sure you click HERE to enter the Nourish Your Noggin giveaway for your chance to win several awesome prizes!  And there’s also a promo code at the bottom of the giveaway page to save you 10% on your next stay at Red Wolf Lodge!!

Stay tuned for part two of this travel post…ALL ABOUT THE FOOD!!  We ate at some awesome restaurants and you definitely don’t want to miss where to find the best filet mignon in North Lake Tahoe!




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  • Reply
    Linda Patrick
    February 13, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Loved this! We are 20-year owners at Red Wolf and get to spend 2 weeks there every July! It is the best and your blog was spot on!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:11 PM

      Thank you Linda! I’m so jealous that you have been 20-year owners at Red Wolf! I am so in love with the resort!! I hope to go back soon. Glad you enjoyed the blog post. You will have to check out part two (all about the food) so you can give me your restaurant suggestions! XOXO

  • Reply
    February 13, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    That does look pretty fabulous! My husband went to Tahoe once when we were dating and in high school; he talks about how beautiful the region is but we have yet to make it that far west.

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      February 14, 2018 at 9:12 PM

      Thank you Joanne! It is pretty amazing…Tahoe is my favorite place. I hope you can make it out someday!! Totally worth the trip!! XOXO

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    February 13, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    It looks like you had a good time. We have never been to Tahoe even though it isn’t that far. You’ve given me some inspiration to check it out. Thank you for sharing.

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      February 14, 2018 at 9:14 PM

      Thank you Amy! We always have a fabulous time in Tahoe…I definitely didn’t want to go home, and I am one of those people that are usually happy to come home from vacation lol. I hope you make the trip to Tahoe!! XOXO

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    Maria Doss
    February 14, 2018 at 6:38 AM

    We are always at south Lake Tahoe, since it’s the closest access from the bay area. But, you have convinced me to to drive further next time. It is one of our favorite destinations for both summer and winter. A gorgeous place indeed!!

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      February 14, 2018 at 9:15 PM

      Thanks Maria! We always go to South Lake Tahoe since it’s closer to us here in the valley…but it only took us a little over two hours to get there! You definitely need to make a trip to the north shore! XOXO 🙂

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    Kristine Puzel
    February 15, 2018 at 6:48 AM

    Kelly – this is so informative. When I was growing up, we had big family gatherings every year in South Lake Tahoe. I have never been to North Lake Tahoe, so this was a wonderful discovery! Your pictures are great ! (#62).

    • Reply
      February 15, 2018 at 9:38 PM

      Thank you Kristine! I have always gone to SLT too…this was my first time to North Lake Tahoe, and I love it even more than SLT! I definitely recommend 🙂 XOXO

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    February 16, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    I need to get up there. I usually head to Reno. Thanks for the reminder.

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      February 19, 2018 at 6:32 AM

      Yes!! Take a little detour and go to North Lake Tahoe! You won’t be disappointed!! XOXO

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    February 17, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    I’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, but your pictures and highlights from your trip have convinced me I should add it to the bucket list!! Looks like just the place my husband and I would enjoy!

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      February 19, 2018 at 6:34 AM

      Thank you Leanne!! You and the hubby would definitely have fun here! XOXO

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    February 17, 2018 at 5:23 PM

    I love the fact that they have a food hub, we have one too! The prices are higher but I know we’re supporting local grown food!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2018 at 6:36 AM

      That is so cool that you guys have a food hub there too! So important! 🙂

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