John Muir, a professional naturalist, once called the Lake Tahoe as, “The Queen of All Lakes.” Mark Twain called it in his best words as, “The fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Lake Tahoe, also known as the Jewel of the Sierra, lies nestled between California and Nevada. The lake beams bright with shimmering reflections, cascading in a myriad of deep-blue and greenish hues, mesmerizing the thousands of guests who come to encounter its invigorating forested shorelines every year.
Perched at a lofty height of over 6,000 feet high, in the mighty Sierra Nevada range, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in America, second only to Oregon’s Crater Lake, while encompassing a depth of 1,660 feet. The picturesque and spellbinding, high-altitude setting, makes the 72-mile ‘water heaven’ a circumnavigating twist around the rugged alpine terrain, and being surrounded and fenced in by sweeping snow-capped mountains, makes it one of America’s most prized driving experiences ever.
At the forefront, in one of the greatest playgrounds in the world, six miles away from the equidistant historic mining town of Truckee in California, and from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, lies the region’s most premier grand dame luxury lodge, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Located mid-mountain in the ski village of Northstar, The Ritz-Carlton’s lodge blends in seamlessly with the jagged mountain terrains, and provides a surreal location with an unrivaled Ski-in/ski-out access area to the slopes.
Rugged mountain vistas tamed by the leading name in pampering, The Ritz-Carlton, provides the quintessential alpine acquaintance as the ultimate winter-summer retreat in the state of California.
The very mention of the name, Ritz-Carlton, might bring visions of warm Mexican nights in Cancun, or of an over-the-water bungalow in the hues of aquamarine and turquoise, crystal clear South Seas of Bora Bora.
Opened in 2009, at a cost of $300 million, this alpine gem is what one would expect immediately from a Ritz-Carlton property. Intimate and enchanting.
From the moment I arrived at this beautiful lodge, professionalism was on parade. The staff was personable, efficient and was honed into getting me settled in. My bags were transported swiftly and carefully to my large living quarters.
The same over-the-top catering to the guests of every whim remained a constant display throughout my stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
This forest sanctuary comes complete with many room styles: 150 deluxe rooms of 450 square feet, 16 executive suites ranging from 800 to 1400 square feet, the residential suites taking it up a notch with 1,600 to 2,600 square feet of luxurious living. With other amenities including gas fireplaces, impressive floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping panoramic vistas of the snowy pine-covered mountains of Northstar, the balconies overlooking the Martis Valley, creates an extraordinary and an unforgettable vacation.
It gets even better, as the Ritz-Carlton even welcomes “man’s best friend.” Pooches are always welcomed, and the swanky lodge gives your pup the ultimate pampering it needs.
The first and only, AAA rated Five Diamond mountain resort in California, provides a variety of dining options, all with the spellbinding colossal views of the mammoth mountains looming large in the background.
Manzanita, the resort’s signature dining option, features a range of refined Californian dishes, plated to the tastiest perfection. Chef Chris Watkins and his team of culinary experts, whip up Hardy, seasonal and comforting dishes.
Brews, Blues, and BBQs on the back patio at the Backyard Bar & BBQ offers a refined taste of the west in a laid-back, casual, al fresco dining with a slope-side perspective.
If you’re in a dash, the Café Blue offers organic coffees, smoothies, fresh pressed juices, an oatmeal bar, local baked goods and various sweets.
Aficionados of a la dolce vita lifestyle can escape to the regaling serenity of the Ritz-Carlton’s 17,000 square foot, spa and fitness center. An indulging oasis featuring 17 tranquil treatment rooms, you are able to choose from signature organic massages, deep cleansing facials, manicures, pedicures, scalp and full body massages. Blended scents and scrubs, nourishing seaweed wraps, and aromatherapies are provided for you to relax and open up to the beautiful Californian scenery.
Restore yourself at the fitness center with its state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight training equipment, seasonal fitness classes, detoxifying dry and wet saunas, the heated outdoor lap pool, the eucalyptus steam room, or just soak in an outdoor hot tub and just chill in a relaxing Jacuzzi. Anything is yours.
AN EPIPHANY OF WINTER EXPERIENCES AND ENCOUNTERS
Conjured images of powdery mountains come to life in the famed ski region. The highest concentration of ski resorts in North America. Reflections of the time you skied in Northstar, back to your stately chalet, will linger with you forever, even after you’ve left The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
Northstar is constantly touted as one of the nation’s top ski resorts for families with kids. Even in years with less snow, Northstar has the largest snowmaking capacity on the Northern Shores.
Staying at the Ritz-Carlton puts you in the mid-level adjacent to the convenient ski lifts. With an attention to the tiniest detail, ski valets are ready to accommodate your every whim and escort you to your skis, or to your snowboards.
Mountain encounters include a slide-down Northstar’s tubing hill, snowboard and skiing lessons, snowshoes, skating, and Nordic-style skiing over 20 miles of manicured cross-country trails, or just sitting down by the fire pit while building a snowman.
After a day of winter events, get your very own sugar-fix as you meet with the archeologists, and be prepared to become versed in making cherry, green apple or other delectable flavors of S’mores.
From sledding to snowmobile tours, ice skating to dog sled tours, and even horseback rides through the fluffy trails, Lake Tahoe, is the ultimate quintessential winter adventure.
SUMMER RETREAT AT THE LAKE IN THE SKY
As the snow caps disappear and the temperatures begin to rise, a contrasting mountain experience emerges. During the summer months, the mountain and the lake transform into a family fun-filled vacation haven.
Experiential Adventures await and the adventures begin right out of your doorstep. Catch a few rays by the backyard pool, relaxing with your favorite cocktail at one of the poolside cabanas, or take a hike to Sawmill Lake where stunning lake reflections are endless. Helpful guides are there to teach you the flora and fauna, and the history of the region. Cast a fly fishing rod for a chance to reel in the catch of the day.
Hitch a scenic gondola ride up the Northstar Mountain and hike the numerous trails offering sweeping views of the Pacific Crest and Martis Valley, or challenge you to an adrenaline rush on the most extensive, lift-accessed mountain biking park in California.
The kid-friendly vacation destination resort includes scavenger hunts, pizza making, programs and instructions involving wildlife and nature to environmental responsibilities.
Guests of the resort enjoy preferred access to the high Sierra golf course, the signature, Jack Nicklaus, offering an unrivaled golfing experience.
Kayak, paddleboard, water ski, hire a fishing charter, soar, high above the gorgeous lake on a parasail, enjoy a leisurely float down the Truckee River, or take a bit more strenuous white water rafting trip, further downstream in the raging rapids of the Truckee River.
Stargaze the night away from The Backyard’s open spaces on a Tahoe Star Tour.
THE LAKE CLUB
Seeing the need for a lakeside presence, coming in the summer of 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, will unveil its exclusive, Lake Club offering an elegant, multi-level dining and bar facility with sweeping, panoramic views of the Lake in the Sky. The Lake Club will allow the guests to access an expansive lawn that extends to the water’s edge, connecting to the adjacent beach and lake in the forefront, complete with a private boat and pier, offering a myriad of summer recreational activities and water sports.
Acquiescing one of the most formidable high elevation backdrops, the Lake Club has been designed to optimize its unprecedented proximity to the water’s edge, minimizing the distinction between inside the cabana-like structures with its generous use of floor-to-ceiling glass, providing guests with a unappalled lakeside adventure. Large sliding glass panels on the lake-facing rear terrace further reinforce the concept of blending seamlessly the indoor theme to flow-out to its Lake presence.
Designer Claire Walton’s artful use of materials includes stone and cedar from the surrounding area. The color palate meshes into the landscape creating a warm and sophisticated counterbalance. A clean contemporary design, crossing the main entrance, a flawless staircase leads to a rooftop terrace dining area includes a large outdoor fireplace. The elevated perspective leads to breathtaking inclusive lake scenery.
“Our intention is to create a space that complements the rugged landscape with a clean, modern aesthetic,” said Clare Walton, principal architect of Tahoe City-based Walton Architecture + Engineering. “The transparency of our design allows guests to connect immediately with the setting and flow seamlessly between interior and exterior social gathering spaces.”
“The launch of the Lake Club will provide our guests with luxury amenities and private access to Lake Tahoe along with limitless summer recreational activities,” said Joseph Mattioli, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. “The addition of the Lake Club will allow The Ritz-Carlton to offer a one-of-a-kind luxury resort experience, one that includes both direct access to the mountain and to the lake, a first for the Lake Tahoe region.”
The Lake Clubs’ private boat pier will afford day trippers access to water sports including kayaking and stand-up paddle boards. Activities will be provided by the Tahoe Adventure Company and Action Water Sports Tahoe Vista, offering wave-runners, luxury boat rentals, parasailing, waterskiing, wake surfing, charter fishing, and Formula yacht and sailing charters on the Sierra Cloud. Guests will also be able to experience Wild Goose II, a renowned 36-foot handcrafted wooden boat plying the waters of Lake Tahoe
S’mores galore at the winter-summer Lake Tahoe hideaway retreat
The perfect four season destination lodge in a lap of luxury. The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe is much more than a passable ski accommodation. It’s a sophisticated lifestyle where attention to every detail matters the most.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe supersedes all expectations.
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