Charlie in Tahoe. Carole (CC)
Tahoe abounds with dog-friendly places to stay, but for location and convenience, it's hard to beat Zephyr Cove Resort, a cluster of cabins in a scenic lakeshore location on the Nevada side of the lake, just minutes from South Shore casinos.
Most of the nicely updated cabins have kitchens, which makes the what-to-do-at mealtime question a lot more manageable during snow season, when area restaurants have yet to open their dog-friendly decks.
Dogs aren't allowed on the swimming beach at Zephyr, but you can walk north, over and around an area defined by shapely granite boulders, to a secluded piece of shoreline where it's OK for Dash to explore without a tether around his neck. Zephyr Cove cabins are reasonably priced from around $100 per night midweek at this time of year, plus a $15 per night pet fee.
If you're looking for upscale South Shore lodging, make tracks to Fireside Lodge Bed-and-Breakfast
, a log cabin-style lodge remodeled with river-rock fireplaces and knotty pine woodwork to capture the essence of Tahoe. Owners David and Christine Latshaw welcome well behaved dogs to their "doggone friendly
" property and are happy to recommend hikes, ski trails, restaurants and other canine-friendly activities. Rates from $119 include an expanded continental breakfast. Pet fee is $20 per night, pus a $100 refundable deposit.