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GoldenBear03
12-11-06, 04:11 PM
Thought about giving the wife a trip to Tahoe for Christmas. I would enjoy the skiing and she would enjoy the gambling.

For those of you familiar with Tahoe, where are the good places to stay, eat and play? Would you recommend this or a similar destination, like Jackson Hole, for us?

BaylorGuy314
12-11-06, 08:48 PM
It is the most awesome place on Earth. I've been there three times in the past four years.

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SoTexBear
12-11-06, 08:56 PM
Stayed at Caesar's Tahoe for our Honeymoon. That was 10 years ago. America West had some nice vacation deals back then. Don't know about now.

90sBear
12-11-06, 08:59 PM
Thought about giving the wife a trip to Tahoe for Christmas. I would enjoy the skiing and she would enjoy the gambling.

For those of you familiar with Tahoe, where are the good places to stay, eat and play? Would you recommend this or a similar destination, like Jackson Hole, for us?
I don't think I would describe Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole as similar.

Texas Golfer
12-11-06, 09:02 PM
I've stayed at all of them at one time or another and they're all really nice. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourselves.

Hometown Bear
12-11-06, 10:11 PM
My wife and I went there about 5 years ago for our anniversary. Granted, it was the Summer, but we both fell in love with it. We stayed at Harvey's Hotel and Casino. It was great for the money, but Caesar's also appeared nice and clean.

However, if Rick's Casino is still there...stay away unless you are a cheap ******* or like to take health risks. We went one night just to see what it was like and change the scenery a bit. We played a few slots and then I headed for the tables. I sat down at the Blackjack table and started playing. The guy next to me is asking the dealer about the fight in the parking lot the night before. The dealer heard about it, but didn't know the details. Not five minutes later they changed dealers. Our dealer had a black eye and stictches on his chin. Of course he said you ought to see the other guy...which I didn't believe, at first. When I left the table and went to where my wife was she asked if I noticed the bartender. Yes, he looked worse. On our way out a fight broke out at the craps table...needless to say we didn't go back in there the rest of the trip.

BaylorGuy314
12-11-06, 10:43 PM
I think it really comes down to how much you want to spend.

The Incline Village (north side of lake) area is certainly cozier, quieter, cleaner, quainter. It's more residential and less commericalized. The Hyatt there is absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately, you're looking at $250-300/night there, so while you are getting a lot, you are paying alot. It is probably the nicest place to stay on the lake, outside of some of the houses nearby.

There are several casinos on the north side of the lake as well. They are all mucher smaller than the ones on the south side, but they have a very "old school" charm to them. It's like going back 50 years ago. Very cool ambiance. That being said, don't stay at any of those hotels. While they look cool and are fun to visit, their accomodations are generally subpar.

The Cal-Neva falls into the category above. While it's OOZING with history, it's 80 years old (or so) and it shows. It's an absolute MUST VISIT though, even if you only go for a short time to play blackjack or craps. But again, don't stay there for the night.

I also recommend the Biltmore for a quick gambling stop (right down from the Cal-Neva). Again, do it just because you can. You'll feel like Frank Sinatra gambling back in the mid 1900s. Very small time, very friendly (in my experience). That whole little strip makes me feel like I'm living on the lake 50 years ago. (I know, I already said it once, but it's true.) So small. So quaint. So cool.

Now, the south side of the lake at Stateline, NV is much more commercialized and is neat in it's own way. The Harvey's and Caesar's are the two biggest casinos and are nice, although there are lots of nice hotels and condos there. I believe there is a Marriott there as well, but never actually saw it. I can go into more detail about that area if that's what you are looking for. The casinos there are also much more "vegas-esque" (although nothing near Vegas...just much moreso than the others). Prices are cheaper and the views are still awesome.

Like I said, PM me and I'll get back to you promptly.

Bankerbear
12-12-06, 07:11 PM
Only been there once - around 1986 / 87. It is absolutley beautiful.

They had twenty five cent craps in the morning --- throw out $5 and you are the big money at the table!

We stayed at Harvey's and skiied Heavenly. Also snowmobiled in the national forest and it was awesome!

Saw the Pondarosa on the trip from Reno, but have heard the house has been torn down. I bet HopSing did it!

WacoGone
12-12-06, 07:48 PM
Thought about giving the wife a trip to Tahoe for Christmas. I would enjoy the skiing and she would enjoy the gambling.

For those of you familiar with Tahoe, where are the good places to stay, eat and play? Would you recommend this or a similar destination, like Jackson Hole, for us?
Tahoe Keys Resort. Rent one of the houses...there are some good ones that back up to woods in the Alps-Austrian part of town, and then some actually on the Keys that sit on the water. That's in South Lake Tahoe. You'll be very close to the center of all the action (skiing, gambling) and can hit the slopes pretty easily from there.

Self Made Bear
12-12-06, 07:56 PM
We did our annual guys ski trip there for five consecutive years. We are cheap, and we are guys, so with the exception of one year, we stayed in Reno and got free or next to nothing rooms. But if you're bringing the wife stay at the Lake, there are some affordable places if you look. If you stay in Reno with the wife, stay at El Dorado.

robear
12-12-06, 08:22 PM
if you are planning on South Lake Tahoe.....skiing Heavenly......do NOT stay at Caesars....it is a pit.

Harvey's and Harrah's are nice....across the street from one another. Both are 2 blocks from the gondola for Heavenly. There is a nice wine bar in Harrahs....the best house wine I have had at any time.....wonderful Cali Cab, trendy restaurant in Harveys [19....if I remember the name] and the great steak place in Harrahs...a must. Right over the Cali border is a nice restaurant in the basement of a building 1 block from the gondola. Sorry, I am bad with names.

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RD2WINAGNBEAR86
12-12-06, 10:00 PM
Wonderful place for a vacation. Absolutely beautiful. I regret to say the last time my family and I were there we only had one good day of skiing because it snowed so much! My little girl did enjoy having one ski in Nevada and one in California on one of the runs at Heavenly. There was also a place at the bottom of the ski resort that my wife and little girl went ice skating. They really enjoyed it.

Hope we go back in the not so distant future.

RD2 :headache: