Located mid-mountain at Northstar California, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a AAA Five-Diamond resort and a kid-pleaser year-round, thanks to the acclaimed Ritz Kids program and in-house arcade. During the holidays, though, the hotel ramps things up with VIP-style perks, from elaborate holiday buffet feasts to in-room surprises and treats. Don’t miss the resort’s nightly Marshmology experience, which will enhance your appreciation of hot cocoa and s’mores: You’ll learn about the history of the confection and then toast some of your own at the hotel’s fire pit.
Another delectable event that will feed your imagination as well is the “Stars & S’mores” program. Guests are invited to gather at the resort’s Fireside Terrace to take part in a fun and accessible night of astronomy that includes a scientific approach to appreciating the stars and greater cosmos, as well as poetry readings and guided telescope viewings. All of which culminates, of course, with s’mores around the resort’s outdoor fire pit.
With all the snow, Lake Tahoe isn’t so much different from the North Pole during winter, making is a great place to have a chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. They make appearances during the holiday season; kids can fill them in on their Christmas wish-lists, have photos taken, and even have a story read to them by Mrs. Claus.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe teams up with Atelier Truckee, a local artists’ organization, to offer opportunities for crafty workshops to learn how to do things like design and hand-stamp your own wrapping paper, transform pinecones in waxed fire starters, and design waxed holiday ornaments using delicate mulberry paper.