Fall is a wonderful time to visit Lake Tahoe. The summer crowds have left and the winds have died down. The sun is still shining and the air and water is warm. During the end of September and the beginning of October, the aspen leaves will begin to change from fresh green to bright orange and the entire area becomes golden.
Best of all, the hotel and motel prices drop by 20 to 30 percent. You can stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast for around $150 per night and many hotels and family fun cottages have fall specials. Here are some of the most affordable (and nice) places to stay at Lake Tahoe during the fall season:
The Pepper Tree Inn in Tahoe City has some great views of the cute city and the blue water of Lake Tahoe. It is close to restaurants, coffee shops, the Homewood ski area, the Truckee River and various hiking trails. Prices for a double room with a lake view run about $135 a night.
If you are visiting the lake with a large family, a cabin might be the best choice. The Three Peaks Resort in South Lake Tahoe has a beautiful five bedroom cabin that rents for around $395 a night. It has two king beds and three queen beds as well as a full kitchen, hot tub, fireplace and free WiFi.
If you are on a budget and want to be able to walk to everything, the Blue Lake Hotel at Heavenly in Stateline is a good choice. The hotel is close to the Heavenly ski area as well as the casinos of Stateline and the restaurants and events of South Lake Tahoe. The hotel has a spa, continental breakfast and laundry facilities. The average price for a room is about $50 per night.
It wouldn’t look like this beautiful home built in the 1920’s would be affordable, but the Chaney House is so much more than a beautiful place to stay. For about $200 a night you get a stay in this historic touch of old Tahoe with 18 inch stone walls, Gothic arches and a massive stone fireplace. A gourmet breakfast is served in the formal dining room or on the patio that overlooks the lake. The home has a private beach and is a 15 minute walk from Homewood. WiFi is included as well as a private pier.
If you want a romantic and cozy getaway that won’t break your budget, this historical mansion from 1880 located above Truckee will fit the bill. The Richardson House Bed & Breakfast is nestled in the hills above town and a sumptuous full breakfast will rouse you and your partner out of the feather beds. The house features Victorian decor, gardens and fresh flowers and cookies in the afternoon.
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