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North Lake Tahoe

Courtesy Resort at Squaw Creek

Where is North Lake Tahoe?

North Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada state line and is 45 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and about three hours from San Francisco International. The North Lake Tahoe Express shuttle from the Reno-Tahoe airport offers group rates, from $42 per person roundtrip for four passengers to $33 per person roundtrip for 11 or more.

What’s new?
• The 170-room Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, opened three years ago, is Lake Tahoe’s first five-star hotel. The ski-in, ski-out property has 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

• The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe completed a $20 million renovation in May that included its 422 guest rooms and suites, two restaurants and its Spa Terrance Conference Center. Located on a private beach, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel has 50,000 square feet of function space, including a Lakeside Ballroom, which fits its name.

Where can we meet?

The North Lake Tahoe area has more than 30 meeting sites, 200,000 square feet of meeting space and 7,000 rooms. Here are a few of the main meeting venues.

• The Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge sits on 74 secluded acres a half-mile from Tahoe City. The 200-room resort emphasizes outdoor activities; its 24,400 square feet of meeting space includes large decks.

• The 365-room Resort at Squaw Creek, at the base of the mountain in Squaw Valley, is a ski resort in the winter and a hotbed of outdoor pursuits in the summer. Its 24 meeting rooms total 33,000 square feet of indoor meeting space; attendees can see the Sierra Nevada Mountains from its outdoor venues.

• Mountain and lake views, vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces make it hard to forget that the meeting is in Lake Tahoe at the Chateau at Incline Village. A 5,200-square-foot ballroom can be divided into three rooms.

• Five miles from Tahoe City, the 57-room PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn has 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

• A millionaire playboy built Thunderbird Lodge in the late 1930s; today, rental fees help preserve the landmark, where events can be held indoors or on a lakeside lawn, two patios or next to a private lagoon.