36 Hours in Lake Tahoe

36 Hours in Lake Tahoe

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Straddling Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is a winter playground for skiers and snowboarders, food enthusiasts and anyone willing to be pulled into the area’s adventurous orbit.

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    Set in a cozy niche of the Victorian-era Truckee Hotel, Moody’s is a sleek, hip, jazzy bar that could just as well be in Paris.
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    For the past four years, the chef, John Weatherson and his wife, Nyna, have pioneered French-inspired, locally sourced cuisine such as venison with sunchoke, or green apple granita with celery, pomegranate and, yes, snow.
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    Night skiers have a great opportunity on Saturday when Squaw Valley illuminates its long runs with a new high contrast lighting system.
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    The Landing is a stylish upgrade of a 40-year-old motel overlooking the lake a 10-minute walk (or three-minute shuttle ride) from the Heavenly Gondola.
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    Visit the resort's Opal Ultra Lounge, where strobes, a body painter, go-go dancers, bachelorette parties and their inevitable hangers-on swirl on the red concrete floor.
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    At the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, you can check out signature retro bands like the Stone Foxes or the English Beat.
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    Snuggle next to the roaring fire amid Black Forest décor for a sampling of half a dozen tall drafts of Teutonic brews and pretzels topped with mustard, cheese and bacon onion jam.
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    Skiing between states is now easier thanks to the 2012 extension of Skyline Trail, which runs across the ridge above the resort.
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    Rude Brothers Bagels doles out pastries, bagel sandwiches stuffed with everything from hummus to cranberry turkey, and the sort of eccentrically exuberant smoothies — granola, peanut butter, ice cream and milk, anyone? — to fuel a day on the slopes.
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    You’ll find old-school casino action here, right down to the surf and turf meals on the panoramic 19th floor.
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    The chef, Gilbert Ramos, has spent the past two decades building up a loyal following with post-ski-worthy dishes such as scallops and other fresh seafood sautéed in lemon and wine and tossed with linguini.
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    Catch the sunset at the Inspiration Point turnoff, perched next to a series of hairpin turns overlooking Emerald Bay. From this spot 600 feet above the shore you can watch the shadows of the Sierras engulf the lake’s electric blue waters.
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