Maybe you don't want to be pampered exactly, but you do want to be treated very well on your Tahoe vacation. Consider the Avalon Lodge. They welcome you with a complimentary drink, the rooms (all of them non-smoking) have fireplaces and French presses and there are extras such as iPod docks, microwaves, refrigerators and free Wifi. The continental breakfast is quite large and features locally baked goods. Outside there's a seasonal heated pool, a whirlpool and fire pits. You can check out outdoor gear such as bikes, kayaks and snowshoes at the front desk at no charge. You can even store your luggage here if you want to spend some time at the lake after you've already checked out. Pets are welcome, too, with advance notice. Here's an insider tip: If you are a returning guest, military, police, firefighter, librarian or an educator, the Avalon has a discount for you.
4075 Manzanita Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA