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Where To Stay In Lake Tahoe For Thanksgiving

What goes well with a nice Thanksgiving dinner? How about a heaping plate of outdoor fun! As we’ve talked about earlier, November is a great time to visit for those that want to experience the area on their own terms. A handful of ski resorts have begun turning their lifts, regardless of what Mother Nature says. And at the lower elevations, you can still enjoy a hike. So, we’re here to help answer the question of where to stay in Lake Tahoe for Thanksgiving.

Squaw Valley – Olympic Glory

Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe Olympic Rings

Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe Olympic Rings | Photo: @seetakaur

The loyal skiers & snowboarders that call Squaw Valley home consider it the ski area all others measure themselves against. Typically, with the help of snowmaking, they’re able to open a few runs for Thanksgiving to allow some early season turns. Even if they don’t open a lot of terrain, you can still enjoy a scenic aerial tram ride to High Camp or even explore the village.

Truckee – Shopaholics

Truckee CA

Truckee CA | Photo @thedemersdogs

If you’re more into a charming historic town and less about seeing Lake Tahoe, Truckee is a great option. About fifteen miles away from the shores of big blue, Truckee's main street provides an assortment of restaurants and shops to leisurely stroll around. And not too far down the road is Northstar Resort, which provides downhill skiing and an ice skating rink.

Tahoe City – Rustic Charm

Tahoe City North Lake Tahoe

Tahoe City North Lake Tahoe | Photo: @tahoegalcruises

On the main thoroughfare with the mountains seemingly far away, it feels less of a mountain town and more like a beach hamlet. That might be why it’s more formally known as a summer destination. During Thanksgiving, the charming center of town is decorated beautifully and provides an assortment of dining options along with biking, hiking, and snowy-fun only a few minutes away.

South Lake Tahoe – Fun For All

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe | Photo: @nala_eva_lee

Do you remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? That’s what South Lake Tahoe is like. Want to go skiing? Heavenly is right at your doorstep. Ice skating rink? There’s one right in the village. A Hike? Even if there’s snow on the highest peaks, the sun-drenched Angora Ridge trail network allows you to do just that!

What about on Thanksgiving Day? Head over to Zephyr Cove for a Thanksgiving buffet followed by a cruise on the waters of Lake Tahoe via the MS Dixie II. For those wanting to stay in, Whole Foods can provide a take and bake Thanksgiving meal that’s scrumptious AND healthy. For a fully catered meal with all the fixin’s, Cork & More will fit that bill. If you do end up staying on this side of Big Blue and are looking for a vacation rental, check out Lake Tahoe Accommodations. They offer an assortment of choices. Want to feel pampered on your vacation? The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel should be on your list. It is the only all-suite hotel in the heart of South Lake Tahoe.

These perfect retreats around the shores of Lake Tahoe will make sure Thanksgiving is celebrated with all the trimmings including outdoor AND indoor fun. Your Turkey Day escape inspiration, right this way...

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Alex Silgalis

Alex founded localfreshies.com® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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