We love the Fireside Lodge. We stayed there in 2010 and again this month and probably won't stay anywhere else in the Tahoe area. The location is great for a toddler to get out and play in the snow. The owners are hands-on and have lots of little touches which make the place special. It truly feels like you are their guest, not their customer.
Our trips have been an opportunity to get our toddler some time to play in the snow while letting mommy have a "stay-cation" at home. The lodge is great for letting my daughter run wild in the snow. The forest is literally steps from the rooms, so we can be actively involved in play almost instantly and can be back to a warm, dry room within a few minutes. I can't imagine a better setup.
I also love the fact that while the forest is immediately available, stores and shops are a short drive away. Whatever you discover you left at home is a few minutes away.
A few specifics comments:
Each room is unique. You should definitely talk to them about your room selection if you have any particular desires.
I found the Moose room to feel a little cramped for the three of us; the chairs were so large it made it difficult to get around the room. That said, it was nice enough that I'd stay in the same room again.
The Galaga and Ms. Pacman machines get turned off each night, so your record-setting high score will disappear by morning. The skeeball prizes take a lot of tickets, so don't expect to cash them in on anything.
Consider taking advantage of the complimentary breakfast, happy hour snacks, and fireside s'mores. We've met some nice people while saving a few dollars by not eating out.
Biggest complaint: the wifi connection was slow and intermittent. (AT&T data service was good, though.) Of course, if you're vacationing in Tahoe, why are you on the internet?
It's not a 5-star resort or a ski-in lodge, but it is a safe, comfortable place to stay with enough flexibility to accommodate the varied needs of familes, couples, and other travellers.
Each room is unique, so make sure you discuss any particular needs or wants prior to booking.
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