10 BEST DOG-FRIENDLY PROPERTIES IN NORTH LAKE TAHOE
No need to leave man’s best friend in a kennel or doggy day care when visiting Tahoe! Check out these 10 resorts that allow Fido to join you on your next vacation!
1. Tahoe Moon Properties, based in Tahoe City, offers more than 50 dog-friendly rentals from small cozy cabins to ski-in condos. Properties are equipped with dog baskets that include dog tags with rental home information, dog towels, sheets for covering beds and furniture, a sticky roller for hair removal, dog biscuits and a poop scoop and bags. Tahoe Moon charges a fee of $40/dog that covers additional cleaning.
2. On the water in Tahoe Vista is the Holiday House with its six-lakefront suites providing panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. The owner “welcomes pets to enjoy our piece of Heaven” and the property is centrally located to all things Tahoe, including beaches and restaurants. Don’t be surprised to see a German shepherd, named Sierra, out on the water on a stand up paddleboard with the property’s owner. There is a $30 flat fee for dogs for up to three days, and a $10/night for extended stays.
3. Located on the West Shore, Tahoma Meadows B&B Cottages is a winner of the Golden Bone Award for exceptional service from DogFriendly.com. Guests stay in charming red cottages, reminiscent of Lake Tahoe 50 years ago, but with all the amenities that guests expect today. The owners at Tahoma Meadows will also post your dog pictures from Tahoe on their website. A good resource in their Pet Information webpage, titled “Adventures with Your Dog at Tahoe,” which includes places – from beaches to hiking and cross country skiing – to enjoy with your pet. Fees are $20/night per dog.
4. Lake Tahoe’s Tahoma Lodge, also located on the West Shore in Tahoma, is a historic, family-owned property with one and two-bedroom cabins that are geared for families. Nearby Sugar Pine Point State Park, which offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and is home to the notable Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, is perfect for morning jaunts as dogs are invited on the paved trails on leash. Dogs are $10/night.
5. PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley, home to Squaw Valley USA, pampers pets with comfy beds, doggie treats, bowls for food and water, a customized PlumpJack guest ID tag, as well as dog-friendly rooms located on the first floor for easy in and out. A $150 fee per room is assessed when you bring your four legged. Nearby Shirley Canyon is a must hike for dog owners, especially with its many waterfalls that encourages Fido to get wet. And, don’t miss one of the newest additions to the Village at Squaw Valley – Squaw Dogs is a shop featuring food, supplements, life vests, toys, leashes and harnesses that will keep your dog healthy and active for all your adventures.
6. Decorated with wildlife, nature-themed décor and renovated in 2004 to maintain its classic Tahoe charm, Mother Nature’s Inn in the heart of Tahoe City offers dog-friendly rooms that are also budget friendly. The property is also centrally located, and guests are literally able to walk everywhere, including to coffee shops, chic clothing boutiques and restaurants.
7. Located mid-mountain at Northstar Resort, the swanky Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe also welcomes pets at their five-star luxurious resort. Owners will also enjoy the ambience that includes rooms with in-room fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, private walkout balconies and views of Martis Valley. Pet fees are $125 (non-refundable).
8. In Incline Village, the lakeside and equally well-appointed AAA Four-Diamond Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino will also take your pooch, but they must be 25 pounds or lighter. Pets to this stunning locale are charged $50/night.
9. Nestled on two acres of pine trees in Tahoe Vista, The Rustic Cottages consists of Old Tahoe-style cottages, with many that are dog friendly. Owners will enjoy the property’s history as it was originally the sawmill and labor camp of the Brockway Lumber Company and was converted to vacation cottages in 1925. Pets are $20/night.
10. Baxter Baird, the owner’s adorable border collie, just may be your first greeter at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee; he’s also prominently displayed in the hotel’s advertisements. The property offers rooms that are an eclectic mix of contemporary design, functionality with an organic edge geared for relaxed comfort. Dogs are welcomed with special treats, dog beds and bowls. The dog-loving staff is also a great resource in providing guests with preferred dog venues throughout the area.
For more information about North Lake Tahoe dog-friendly properties and events geared for dogs, including Peaks & Paws, a dog celebration every August, head to www.GoTahoeNorth.com. And, for the best bargains, check out the website’s Cool Deals, which is updated daily and includes savings on lodging and activities.