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There is something about the smell of pine. The fresh, clean fragrance of nature’s bouquet urges you to step outside, draw in a deep breath, and spend the day under the canopy of conifers. Green pine forests are best when paired with cobalt blue waters and, when the weather permits, powdery white snow. Nowhere do these three come together to create an outdoor playground better than they do in Lake Tahoe. Nestled below the snow-capped peaks, high in the Sierra Nevada, the area has so much to offer that it needs two states (California and Nevada) to contain it all. When you and your four-legged friend want to log some time on the hiking trails, frolic in winter’s whiteness, or simply relax on an Adirondack chair with a book and a cup of coffee overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, pet-friendly hotels make a perfect retreat. Grab Chew Barka’s favorite rawhide toy and get ready to experience all the Sierras have to deliver, no matter the season.

Where is a good place to ski in Lake Tahoe?

It’s no surprise that winter activities—like skiing and snowboarding—are the biggest attractions for you. With well over 100 lifts, there are many great places to ski around Lake Tahoe. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Heavenly: Big enough to ski two states in the same day, Heavenly Mountain Resort has almost 100 runs and some of the best off-the-grid terrain opportunities in the area—not to mention some of the most awe-inspiring views of the lake. Your four-legged friend is going to love the fire pits at the pet-friendly Fire & Ice patio area.
  • Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows: Channel your inner champion at the host mountain for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley and its sister resort of Alpine Valley.
  • Sierra at Tahoe: With about 40 feet of snowfall a year and six terrain parks, beginners and experts, alike, will have no trouble finding their wintery groove.

Can I swim in Lake Tahoe with my pet?

After a long day on the hiking trails—or an equally strenuous afternoon thumbing through a novel—a dip in the cold waters will clear your mind and clean your soul (and give your pooch a much-needed bath). Tahoe is split into two zones (north and south), and each has a few swimming holes where you and your furry friend can submerge yourselves in the liquid snow before heading back to your pet-friendly hotel in Lake Tahoe, like the Rodeway Inn Casino Center.

  • South Lake Tahoe is home to the majority of the lake’s swimming beaches. There, you’ll find Eagle Lake, Rubicon Trail, Pope Beach, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Angora Lakes.
  • North Lake Tahoe promises refreshing respites at Meek’s Bay, Lester Beach, and Sand Harbor.

When you and your pet are looking to get away from the city and spend some time closer to nature, high in the Sierra Nevada, make sure to use Travelocity to book your dog-friendly hotel in Lake Tahoe. Not only will you find an amazing place close to the slopes and the shores like the Cedar Pines Resort, you’ll save enough to treat your fellow winter warriors to a couple extra hot toddies at the après ski lounge—and maybe buy Chew Barka a dog sweater from the gift shop.

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