South Lake Tahoe has long been the Bay Area’s go-to for folks looking to escape the city. Peppered with ski resorts, lodging, and summer sports, it’s no wonder people flock to it in droves all winter and summer long.
And, sure, it's known for all the aforementioned things — but one thing it maybe hasn’t been on folks' radar for? Design. But, if you ask us, that's changing fast. With new hotels and stylish restaurants popping up as of late, it's definitely starting to grow into a more design-savvy scene. A recent family trip to South Lake Tahoe for my daughter's first time skiing at Heavenly only cemented this hunch I'd been having after seeing more Instagram-friendly spots sprinkle my feed.
We stayed at The Coachman Hotel which is just a stone's throw from where you get on the gondolas at Heavenly. This makes things super convenient if you're looking to ski one of the 97 trails offered at the popular resort. I had heard about this hotel for a bit now, and whenever I'd lament about the design-driven options in the area, folks always recommended The Coachman. After many pitstops (the perks of traveling with a three-year-old) and hours on the road, we checked in and we were welcomed by the rustling of an outdoor fire, bustling bar area, and games galore. I was already loving the vibe.
The space is modern and decidedly hip yet still maintains a rustic feel — with the reception integrated in the cafe and bar area for a super casual feel. After we headed up to our rooms, which was located above the fire pits, on the second floor, we got cozy. The pared-down rooms were stylish yet minimal in a good way. Pendelton blankets were draped over the beds and we were surprised to find complimentary chapsticks on the bedside. And, let's talk about the heated toilet. We got an early night's rest and prepared for our big day of skiing with our toddler the next day.
After getting up and hitting up the communal breakfast at The Coachman, we were ready to roll. We hit up Powder House for our rentals and then we were off to hit the (bunny) slopes at Heavenly. Honestly, it was such an exciting time getting to watch kid ski for the first time (albeit exhausting a bit) and when we were all tuckered out we made our way back The Coachman where we literally just spent the evening hanging out by the fire roasting marshmallows.
It was one of the best trips we've taken as a family and I really loved how the hotel merged modern travel and design tastes with Tahoe's storied sporty environment like a day spent at Heavenly. As mentioned earlier, it's so exciting to see stylish options start to pop up and I can't wait to see what else is in store in upcoming months.