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Average Hotel Room Rate: $89 USD to $199 USD (prices vary seasonally; group rates available).
Getting There: Reno/Tahoe Airport offers same-plane, one-stop flights from Calgary. Alternatively, Canadian groups can catch connecting flights from major U.S. hubs such as Chicago, Dallas and Seattle.
Connecting flights also available through Sacramento International Airport.
Convention Facilities: At Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, a renovation added a technically enhanced hospitality area to the 22,000-sq.-ft. Special Event Center and brought the guestroom count to 525, with nine additional custom-designed and decorated Summit Suites. VEX nightclub features new lighting and sound systems.
All 400 guestrooms at Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort have been renovated. For meetings, there are 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, 2,500 sq. ft. with free WiFi and high-speed connections. A 4,212-sq.-ft. ballroom hosts 440. embassytahoe.com Housing a 20,000-sq.-ft. Special Event Center, Harveys Lake Tahoe offers remodelled guestrooms, suites, restaurants and bars. The casino floor boasts a party bar with video wall.
MontBleu Resort Casino features 440 rooms, along with Onsen Spa’s comprehensive treatments and amenities. There are 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and Ciera Steak + Chop House, Lake Tahoe’s only 4-Diamond restaurant.
Attractions + Distractions
Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers the ZipTahoe Treetop Canopy Tour, featuring eight lines with speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. The High Alpine Adventure Center offers horse-drawn sleigh rides and throttle twisting snowmobile tours.
Heavenly Mountain Resort expects a February, 2011, opening of its 14,980-sq.-ft. lodge outfitted with a restaurant, bar and 500 indoor seats. Features include upgraded ski lifts, increased snowmaking
Take a paddlewheel tour, best seen from the decks of the spacious M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen boats (breathtaking Emerald Bay is a must). A Mark Twain impressionist provides a history of Tahoe; dinner cruises available.
À la Carte
Nestled in a vintage Tahoe cabin surrounded by towering pine trees, Evan’s Gourmet American Café specializes in inventive, globally inspired dishes and offers a wine list strong in well-chosen vintages.
A charmingly quaint spot off the beaten track, Mirabelle has been dishing up top-notch French cuisine for years. Currently, its stoves are in the capable hands of Alsace-born Camille Schwartz.
19 Kitchen- Bar—inside Harveys Casino, Lake Tahoe—provides spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and features an eclectic menu of steak, lamb, lobster and other seafood. The surf ’n’ turf is, reportedly, large and lavish.