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South Lake Tahoe Area Attractions

Lake Tahoe offers nearly unlimited possibilities for family recreation year round. If your family and loved ones enjoy spending time outdoors during vacations, then you will find perfection in a trip to Heavenly Inn. Take your time exploring the area during your stay – after all, Heavenly Inn is an extended stay hotel.

The lake and community offer fishing, kayaking, and canoeing, as well as parasailing, skiing lessons, and dinner cruise boats. The mountains around South Lake Tahoe and Heavenly Inn allow you to go hiking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing in the warm season, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Heavenly Inn puts you in the prime spot to enjoy all that South Lake Tahoe has to offer. The Ski Lifts of Heavenly Mountain Resort are only a short walk, while a private beach and a lakeside restaurant are a quarter mile away.

One of the great things that is offered upon arrival to Heavenly Inn is an audio CD. This informational CD takes you around the lake and gives a description on all the sights and things to do in the area. South Lake Tahoe is known for being fun-filled and stunning, and we want you to get the most out of your stay.

Summer Activities in Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is truly a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. The warm weather provides unlimited possibilities for an abundance of recreational activities.

The extended stay hotel Heavenly Inn is 3 blocks from a private lake beach (guests receive a pass) so it is not as crowded as the state park beaches. There is a marina that gives exclusive discounts on kayaks, wave runners, and powerboats. Parasailing is also available, and daily hot air balloon rides are less than a 5 minute drive from the Inn.

The choices for biking are endless in Lake Tahoe. There is a mountain bike shop one block from the Inn where you can rent cruiser bikes or mountain bikes. The cruiser bike path starts a block uphill from Heavenly Inn. Mountain bike trails are 2 miles away, but can be reached through the cruiser bike trails. For hiking, the Heavenly Gondola is something we recommend everyone does on their first day in town. The Gondola is 2 blocks away and takes you to the top of the ski resort. There is a viewing platform there with a 180 degree view so you can choose where you want to hike in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. There are also several moderate to extreme paths that take you over 10,000 feet, ranger hikes, and interpretive trails.

There are 3 different Lake Tahoe waterfalls that are not well known, and not easy to find - but our General Managers are happy to locus you in the right direction.

If you are a climber, every variety is available from bouldering to extremely difficult climbs - there are two spots that have hooks in the wall - but you will need to bring your own ropes and carabiners. If you need equipment to climb around Lake Tahoe, there are nearby rental shops in the area.

Winter Activities in Lake Tahoe, California

As soon as the snow hits the ground, Lake Tahoe transforms into a leading winter activities destination, and Heavenly Inn puts you in a prime spot to enjoy all that the area has to offer.

There are 5 ski resorts within an hour’s drive of Heavenly Inn with varying degrees of difficulty – almost every ski resort has both children and adult programs. Several have snow tubing areas in addition to skiing. You are only a quarter mile away from the ski lifts of Heavenly Mountain Resort, the largest resort in California and Nevada.

In addition to skiing at Heavenly Inn, there are 2 lakefront resorts which offer snowshoeing and cross country skiing - Zephyr Cove Resort and Camp Richardson Resort. These resorts also feature onsite dining and great events such as “Saturday Night Wine Nights” where guests snowshoe out to a bonfire and sipping their favorite wine.

For more ideas and specific information, visits or call our General Managers, Joe & Debbie, at 530-544-2400. Our staff will be happy to give you ideas!

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