When only a traditional hotel will do, we can suggest several, in several price ranges. If you can afford to put on the Ritz, the five-star Ritz-Carlton Tahoe is poised to roll out the red carpet for you and your pet. The $125 per-stay fee isn’t as hefty as it sounds if amortized over a few days, and there’s lots to do in the vicinity, starting with skiing right out the door (er, not with your dog, of course).Trek down to the Village at Northstar and watch ice-skaters twirl while you enjoy a rink-side libation with Spot.
On the North Shore, the Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe and Cedar House Sport Hotel, both in Truckee, offer luxury accommodations with lots of extras. The Larkspur (formerly a Best Western) is sparkling fresh after a major remodel. Its Furry Friends package includes bowls, treats and other goodies, and the canine-savvy staff can provide recommendations on places to play and dine with your pet. Cedar House, notable for its sustainable architecture, stellar restaurant and European-contemporary decor (think leather platform beds and sleek, bent-plywood furniture) welcomes DogTrekkers in first-floor rooms and on some hiking and cross-country ski tours. Some breed restrictions apply, so be sure to ask before booking.
On a budget? Many Tahoe motels welcome dogs. We’ve trekked with ours when a bit shorter on cash to the Best Western Plus Timber Cove in South Lake Tahoe and the Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista on the North Shore. Both do the job, and the price is right.