Lake Tahoe Delivers as a Family-Friendly Destination

After a day of winter sports, cozy up by the fireplace in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

After a day of winter sports, cozy up by the fireplace in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.

By Terrie Hansen, CTIE
Vice President – Marketing

It’s that time of year!  Snow is falling and families are headed to the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and all sorts of winter activities.  If you are looking for a great place to do all of that, plus enjoy good restaurants, a few spa treatments, and some adult time at the casino tables, then the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe delivers.

We just returned from a 4-day weekend, multi-family (that would be three) excursion and had a ball. Nestled in the Sierra Mountain Range, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe has stunning views of the lake and boasts 422 newly renovated guest rooms, including private lakeside cottages.

Diamond Peak Ski Resort is a 5-minute ride, and by now the majority of the lifts and runs are open. Our group had both boarders and skiers, and the mountain provided the right mix of difficulty for everyone, even a few jumps for our 9- and 11-year-old daredevils.

The kids stop between activities to take a quick group picture.

The kids stop between activities to take a quick group picture.

Additionally, Diamond Peak has state-of-the-art snow making equipment, so we enjoyed freshly groomed conditions every day.

Back at the resort, the kiddos hit the outdoor heated pool, while the adults sipped cocktails in the near-by hot tub.  Afterwards, loaded with a pocketful of tokens, the kids ran the arcade room, while we tested our skills at black jack and roulette.  Add to that a beautiful spa and a lively pub for après ski cocktails, and you have the perfect family resort!

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Where Next?

So many places to go, so little time. But that’s the beauty of a new year – it’s a fresh calendar, and the months stretch out ahead with possibilities. There are family vacations to plan, upcoming milestones to celebrate, and new destinations to check off you must-visit list.

That list will get a little longer with this issue of Virtuoso Life. Maybe you’ll want to spend a week in London before – or during – the Olympics (page 96). Or set sail with your extended family on a Baltic cruise (page 104). Perhaps you’ll head outdoors for an adventure in Alaska (page 114), skiing in Whistler (page 124), or biking through France (page 130).

The world awaits, so we asked Virtuoso’s top travel advisors to tell us what’s hot for 2012 – the destination and trips they’re recommending clients book now, and why. (Find out on page 84).

And though we asked advisors for their opinions, we also want yours: Where do you want to go next? Tell us by taking our Travel Dreams Survey. It’s fast, fun, and will surely inspire you with a world of destination and experiences, from island escapes and romantic getaways to outdoor adventures and trips of a lifetime.

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Whatever’s on the horizon for your year ahead, may it include more than a few new passport stamps. Happy Travels – and good luck with the survey.

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