In my humble opinion what makes this lake so special is the clarity; it's so you might think you were staring into a crystal pool in the Caribbean. This lake is 6,200 feet above sea level buried between ever taller mountain peaks. The lake is purposely under developed which adds to the lakes peaceful aura.
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of luxury, so the Ritz is one of favorite haunts while visiting this picturesque area. Pulling into the large round driveway of the Ritz Carlton you are greeted by the attentive valet staff and upon entering the doors of this grand hotel your eyes are drawn to the center of the room by a towering stone fireplace the covers 40 feet of vertical. A beautiful wooden staircase loops the fireplace and provides cozy nooks for settling in for a good conversation and a scotch. If you're up for a little celebrity spotting this is the place! (I've have spotted quite a few in my visits here.)
The hotel fits into the rustic country vibe of the area so well, never feeling stuffy or ostentatious, and offering a mountain cabin that overlooks the slopes and with a wide range of delicious cocktails. Go figure you can ski from the hotel to the chair lift, it is perfect!
The back deck is a winter paradise, filled with heated pools, hot tubs and an outdoor restaurant. There's also an oversized fire pit with comfy seats surrounding it and an attentive waitstaff. (The drinks are quite good, however the food leaves a little to be desired.) My personal favorite is a fine cigar and an adult hot coco.
During the Christmas season, the Ritz Carlton wraps the nearby trees with twinkling white lights, giving a warm, soft glow to the small forrest behind the hotel. Perfect spot for a visit during the holidays!
Overall, this is a gem of a hotel, nestled deep in the mountains of north Lake Tahoe and I highly recommend making room in your calendar to spend a couple nights at this snowy castle in the sky. For reservations visit www.ritzcarlton.com
All photos courtesy of the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe.