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Tahoe South is the summer hotspot for weekend getaways

Breathtaking views, championship golf, trail rides, beachside dining and cruising along “blue” Lake Tahoe – What more could you want? There’s so much to do in Tahoe South that it’s time to start packing your bags.

When my friends and family come for a visit, it’s my job to find them the best deals and vacation packages. Whether they are looking for a luxury or boutique hotel, resort, vacation rental or more, I can recommend a hot deal and a great place to stay in South Lake Tahoe.

If you are planning an upcoming trip to Tahoe South, here are my top five recommendations for summer 2012:

Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe - Hotel & Ski Resort has several great packages. The "View the Blue" package is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. It includes two tickets aboard the MS Dixie II or MS Tahoe Queen, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and two tickets to ride the Heavenly Gondola to the observation deck 3,000 feet above the lake. I suggest the “Golf the High Sierra” package for beginners and experienced golfers. This package includes a spacious two-room suite, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and more than 30 golf courses to choose from.

Ashton Lakeland Village Resort is another one of my top picks because it offers private beach access and free amenities including tennis courts, swimming pools, children’s playground, volleyball courts and outdoor barbecues. Ashton’s “Summer Splash Specials” start at $149 per night.

Inn by the Lake is where my family stays when they visit. It’s a cozy place with great accommodations, friendly service and priceless views of Lake Tahoe. Plus, they believe pets deserve a vacation too! Did I mention it’s within walking distance of several local eateries and shops?

The Avalon Lodge is my recommendation for a 3-day weekend. Now through June 25, you can get three nights for the price of two. And from July 1 through September 3, you can extend your stay to four nights for the price of three. The lodge offers free bike and kayak rentals. It’s also within walking distance to the Lake Tahoe beach and mountains.

Lake Tahoe Accommodations is a great option for families planning a last-minute getaway, with a large network of vacation rentals. Now through June 28, you can get four nights for the price of two. This is a phone-in special only. Call 855.785.8495 for more information and package options.

Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village rewards vacationers for their long (absolutely worth it) road trip to beautiful Lake Tahoe. This summer, the resort is offering a “Dollars for the Drive” deal. Stay for three consecutive nights and they'll credit you a dollar for every mile you drove to get to the resort (up to the value of one night stay).

Are you planning a trip to South Lake Tahoe this summer? What are some other hot deals in the area?

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.

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