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The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe Opens Exclusive Lake Club
Long perceived as a mountain resort property-only in the Northstar California Resort, The Ritz-Carlton has upped its game by building a spectacular day-use club for its guests. Situated smack dab on sparkling Lake Tahoe, the Lake Club was conceived and built to enhance your experience of the lake.
With thoughtful architecture design by Principal Architect Clare Walton of Walton Architecture + Engineering and her team, the Lake Club is constructed of natural materials like ledgestone and cedar wood, with lots of open spaces open to views of the lake, hereby integrating seamlessly into the wooded waterfront setting. Throughout its construction, the Lake Club exceeded the stringent environmental and building standards for the region. In addition to the outstanding building, as a designer myself, here is what is dear to my heart: environmental considerations during the planning process include lessening the building’s footprint from the previously standing structure by more than 30 percent, improvement of scenic areas through lush landscape additions, water quality and frontage improvements, and usage of permeable pavers in the parking area to curb drain off into the lake during storms. The landscape architecture, designed by locally-based Design Workshop, was inspired by Lake Tahoe’s natural environment, utilizing native plants and trees including aspen, bearberry, creeping wild rye, Jeffrey pine, lupine, mountain mahogany, rabbit brush, and sagebrush
As you might guess the Lake Club is focused on offering guests a stylish but relaxing place to access the lake to a myriad of water activities. Lake activities can be arranged to include stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, wave runners, luxury boat rentals, parasailing, water-skiing, wake surfing, charter fishing, and formula yacht and sailing charters right from the private boat pier.
But what you don’t know is that there are fabulous food and beverage offerings right here from The Ritz-Carlton’s Executive Chef Mark Jeffers including a rotating menu from the grill. Feast lakeside on items like marinated skirt steak, grilled shrimp, sausages and veggie burgers, seasonal salads and desserts, and breakfast items including whole fruit and granola. For a refreshing cocktail, try the “Mai Tahoe Tai” or “Basil Bloom” while the kids enjoy the milkshakes and root beer floats. Lake Club will also pack you a delicious lunch “to go” for your excursions on the lake.
Lake Club, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located in Tahoe Vista, CA (approximately 15-20 minute shuttle ride from the resort). Lake Club is available exclusively to resort guests who reserve the Lake Club package daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., based upon availability. My tip is to book the Lake Club Package as soon as you make your reservations at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe because guest space at the Lake Club is limited so everyone can enjoy themselves there.
By Michelle M. Winner, AFAR Local Expert
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South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA