We received a free stay from Basecamp Tahoe South in exchange for an honest review and social media posts. All opinions remain mine.
Lake Tahoe has always been on my list of places to visit, and when my friend Jessica invited us on a media trip with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau, I took the opportunity.
We traveled at the end of April, which meant that the snow was minimal, as were the crowds. It seemed the perfect time to visit before the weather got too hot and tourists came for the summer fun.
Our visit was too short, but we gained a lot of things during our trip, including a wonderful stay at Basecamp Tahoe South, located just above the state line with Nevada.
In this blog post, I share the details of our stay at Basecamp Tahoe South, as well as the upcoming activities you need to do during your visit.
Basecamp Tahoe South
Basecamp hotels take “underrated buildings” in outdoor-powered locations and offer them in accessible locations to stay and recuperate after playing hard all day.
The location is ideal for a stay in South Lake Tahoe at any time of the year. This is a 5-minute walk to the lake to board a paddle or, if you head in the other direction, you will hit the Celestial Gondola.
Restaurants and shops abound or, if you prefer, the hotel is set to suit all your needs.
The on-site beer garden is hosted south of North Brewing Co.
The hotel is designed to encourage conversation and share stories from your daily adventures. I will also add how easy it was to communicate with the reception via text message. They were very helpful when I asked for a tracking location.
Basecamp Tahoe South is the original Basecamp Hotel and features 73 rooms designed for both adventure and relaxation. Rooms range from Kings and Queens, family rooms, suites and even “Great Indoors”, which takes the glow inside.
Please note that not all rooms are suitable for pets.
Our room had a King bed, a mini fridge, a microwave, coffee and an electric kettle. There were also many coat hangers and equipment, as well as several benches for the same.
Our room was clean and comfortable with artwork designed by local artists and a fun wall painting with a hand-painted map of Lake Tahoe.
Additional amenities at Basecamp South Tahoe include:
16-seater hot tub Swamp fire pits for s’mores Seasonal communal dinners Secure storage of ski and snowboard Lobby bar, exclusive only for guests serving wine and local drinks, including daily “Happy Camper Hour” with special offers for craft beers Continental breakfast Various decks to enjoy the views and sip brewing
Pets must be on a leash while in the hotel and must use the designated pet area. Guests can book rooms for pets by phone only. For pets there is a cleaning fee of $ 40 + tax.
They are allowed throughout the property, including the beer garden, fireplaces and in the lobby (including the sofa!).
Trailfolk cafe in Basecamp Tahoe South
Our stay coincided with COVID, so I’m not sure what the typical breakfast setting is. We decided to enjoy a dish from the on-site cafe, Trailfolk Coffee.
The cafe is tucked away in the back of the lobby and is practically packed with colorful fruits and vegetables covering every surface. These are for freshly squeezed juices. I could not resist the daily special juice – strawberry-ginger-jikama-mint.
I also ordered oat latte, which was first-class, and toasted avocado bread, which I veganized. It was delicious, but without the egg it left me feeling insatiable, as there was no real vegan substitute. There were a few more menu items that could be arranged on request.
Dog-friendly hikes are made near Basecamp Tahoe South
There are plenty of trails around South Lake Tahoe. Not all of them are suitable for dogs, so check in advance. I need to check out several treadmill locations during our visit.
Van Sickle State Park is just a short drive or across the street from Basecamp Tahoe South. One of the most accessible parks in the Tahoe Basin, Van Sickle offers easy to moderate trails and connects to the Tahoe Rim trail above the ski resort.
I was scheduled for a longer run while we were in the area and I love nothing more than exploring the trails when I travel.
The local bike shop offered to hit Mount Tahoe to escape the snow. The trail meanders behind some homes to start and then heads to the top of Mount Tahoe. There is no great view from above, but I couldn’t stop looking down the road.
The Tahoe Rim is a 165-mile trail that traverses the lake, with opportunities for day trips and multi-day hiking trips to alpine lakes, beautiful views and wildlife meadows. National Geographic Adventure magazine ranked the trail as one of the top 10 in the country.
For more dog-friendly activities around Lake Tahoe, check out my dog guide!