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Dispatch: South Lake Tahoe Is Heavenly

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | April 06, 2016

Dispatch: South Lake Tahoe Is Heavenly

PHOTO: South Lake Tahoe shoreline (Photo by Janeen Christoff)

There’s still time this season to make some turns if you are headed up to South Lake Tahoe. Heavenly still has a lot of snow, but it’s not just a destination for winter ski bums. There is a lot going on in the summer months, too. In fact, it’s the busiest time of year in Tahoe.

Summer is going to be a new experience at Heavenly Resort where they are launching more adventurous activities for kids and families. Heavenly’s Epic Discovery program includes climbing walls, a new ropes courses for kids and families, the Hot Shot Zip Line and the Blue Streak Zip Line, summer tubing, hiking and more. This summer will see the launch of a new canopy tour, the Alpine Coaster, 4x4 mountain tours and an interpretive learning project created in collaboration with the forest service.

Most people visit Lake Tahoe for its outdoor activities such as skiing or mountain biking or hiking, so it’s not the first place you think of for live performance theater. But visitors should definitely check out The Loft in Heavenly Village one night. Not only is it an excellent place to grab a drink with comfortable lounge chairs, big leather couches and a free-standing fireplace, but it’s also a restaurant and theater as well.

Currently, the show is Magic Fusion with Magician of the Year, Tony Clark. The show is great for kids and, as with just about every magic show, the whole audience gets involved. Guests can start with drinks, stay for dinner and the hour-and-a-half show.  The lounge is open daily and shows take place once on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and twice on Saturdays and Sundays. The theater is dark on Wednesdays, but the restaurant and lounge are still open. It’s recommended to get tickets in advance and also to make dinner reservations if you plan on dining before the show.

Lake Tahoe is unique in that, on the south side of the lake, it’s a gaming destination, but big casinos don’t just cater to those interested in hanging out at the blackjack table. Outdoor enthusiasts will find that shops cater to their technical needs and the resorts allow you to get your game on but also seek some peace and serenity in the spa.

At the recently renovated Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa relaxation comes in the form of the Onsen Spa, which allows visitors to truly escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives – or just recover from a great day out on the slopes. An extensive spa menu covers all of the bases for those looking to unwind for a full day of pampering to those seeking out Ashiatsu treatments. There are several different types of massage, body treatments such as polishes and bronzing, facials and a full-service salon.

With a treatment, guests receive access to all of the spa’s amenities for the day, including full use of the men’s and women’s private relaxation areas, saunas, whirlpools and the eucalyptus steam rooms. Use of the fitness center, pool and Jacuzzi is for registered hotel guests but visitors can purchase a day pass.

Rooms at the resort are also spacious with views of Lake Tahoe. They have a modern feel with dark wood furniture accented by white counters accented by bright-colored furnishings. Suites feature a variety of amenities from Jacuzzi tubs to wet bars and adjoining rooms, but deluxe rooms are still plenty big with options for two queen-size or one king-size bed. There is a resort fee but Internet access is complimentary. When staying at the hotel, guests should remember that it is a casino and they do allow smoking, which still can be noticeable even in a smoke-free room.

If you are treating yourself to a spa day, you should continue the pampering into the evening with a lakeside dinner at the Edgewood Restaurant at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The restaurant is situated right on the lake and is the ideal place to take in a sunset – which is one way to finish off a weekend getaway.

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