Tahoe. The number one place Californians and travelers alike flock to during the winter months. High altitude, fresh powder and one of the cleanest lakes in the world gives Tahoe a unique appeal for a winter or summer vacation as opposed to any other place. It had been on my bucket list to travel to Tahoe for the longest time, and I finally had the opportunity. I stayed at the luxurious Tahoe Mountain Lodging, where I had the opportunity to make hot coca at night while sitting in front of a roaring fire, watching the gondola ride up/down the mountain from my window.
Lucky for me, the 2018 Winter Olympics were in full swing during my stay at Tahoe and though I don’t even own a TV, I’ll admit, it was nice to have a flat screen to catch up on my favorites; the downhill skiing and ice skating. After a long day of skiing myself, nothing felt better than cozying into a hot bath with candles before turning off the lights and sinking into the king size bed for a deep nights rest.
The restaurants nearby and little grocery store had everything I needed to stay satiated to fulfill the needs sticking to Keto. The store Owner’s wife was telling me they were Keto as well, and pointed out a new fulfillment of Swerve. I was a happy girl to find this out!
The overall rating that I gave Tahoe Mountain Lodging was an 8/10.
What I loved: The rental was nothing short of luxurious, immaculately clean, and the view of the slopes, spectacular. I loved the massive vanity, the sunken tub, large shower, king sized bed and plentiful pillows and blankets. The bottle of sparkling wine and red wine along with a goodie bag filled with s’mores and treats was a lovely gesture upon arrival. It was wonderful to have the ski lockers within the same building as well. The front desk staff were kind and helpful.
What Set It Back: While it was nice to have access to the gym and pools at Northstar, the gym had a foul odor to it and the outdoor pools looked like they needed a serious scrubbing. When there were three people in the gym, I wasn’t able to grab a treadmill or lift, it was very small. Albeit, most people who visit Tahoe in general are having fun in the outdoors anyways. I wasn’t told of any sort of food delivery service, which would have been nice after a long day of skiing, but thankfully there are plentiful restaurants just a few steps away. Typically, if the lodge/hotel/resort is lacking major sustainability efforts, it brings their rating down, which is sadly the case for Tahoe Mountain Lodging. While they had separate recycling and normal trash bins, they weren’t able to show how else they were contributing towards their environmental efforts.
Overall: Highly recommended for a winter vacation, whether alone, or with family or friends!
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.