A Weekend Getaway in North Lake Tahoe

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a weekend away to recharge. When I was invited to join a group of bloggers for a wellness-themed weekend, I was excited to take the opportunity to stay at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and experience all that a resort has to offer. I brought along Rodrigo and my boys so that I could also experience the weekend getaway in North Lake Tahoe from a family’s point of view.

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is always a good idea (I think so anyway!), but this was my first time visiting in September. It may be the ideal time because summer weather still reigns, but the crowds have thinned.

The Hyatt offers everything we needed for a relaxing weekend getaway: several restaurants, a full-service spa, pools for kids and adults, and a private beach. Our balcony room was comfortable, clean and quiet, but really, we came here to be outdoors.

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

One of the most popular things to do in Lake Tahoe in the warmer months is kayaking. We took a three-hour kayaking tour from the Hyatt beach to Secret Cove, a small secluded beach on the east shore.

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

The lake is ridiculously beautiful when you’re on the water. The color of the lake changes depending on the depth of the water and the position of the sun, so we were treated to deep blues and turquoise greens throughout our tour. In some parts, the water is unbelievably clear (I read the clarity is up to 70 feet!).

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

While out on our kayaks, we learned a few fun facts about Lake Tahoe. It’s an Alpine lake that was formed two to three million years ago thanks to a fracture in the Earth’s crust. The lake sits at 6,225 feet elevation but is surrounded by mountains, the tallest of which reach more than 10,000 feet tall. The lake is up to 12 miles across, and its deepest point is a whopping 1,645 feet, making it the second deepest lake in the U.S.

Kayaking North Lake Tahoe

We were fortunate enough to have a guide take us on the kayaking tour. Charlie from the organization Move Mountains does all kinds of guided treks in the nature around Lake Tahoe. His expertise and especially his kind demeanor had us all relaxed and in touch with the beauty of the nature around us. (I highly recommend contacting Charlie to find out how he can help you get to know the area!)

Kayaking North Lake Tahoe


Besides kayaking and all the other water sports available at the Hyatt through Action Water Sports, there’s another way to get out on the water, and it’s pretty special: sailing on the Sierra Cloud, a 55-foot Catamaran. We grabbed spots on the netting and watched the water go by below and next to us while enjoying mimosas and pastries.

Sailboat ride North Lake Tahoe

Perhaps my favorite activity in the Tahoe area is hiking, and there are hiking trails all around the Hyatt. We opted for the Flume Trail, a short drive from the hotel, but there are trails within walking distance from the Hyatt.

The Flume Trail is popular among mountain bikers but also with locals and is much less crowded than some of the other trails at Lake Tahoe. We barely saw other people during our trek. This trail is named for the wooden flume that was used to transport lumber here in the late 19th century. If you look carefully, you’ll find old nails from those days.

Where to go hiking North Lake Tahoe

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe

That night, we enjoyed a slow dinner at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, the Lone Eagle Grille (although I also liked the food at the smaller Sierra Cafe). My travel style tends to favor getting out and about, finding the best little places and trying local specialties, but I will admit that having so many food options right there at a resort is very convenient, especially because when you’re traveling as a family or just want to relax completely during the getaway.

Back at the hotel, the kids made s’mores at the hotel firepits, explored the hotel grounds, and tried out a three-person kayak (with mixed results!), the kids’ pool and hot tub, and the hotel arcade. I ended my stay with a massage at the Stillwater Spa and Salon on the bottom floor of the hotel before heading home refreshed. What a lovely weekend getaway in North Lake Tahoe: nice accommodations, beautiful weather, time in nature, conversation with new friends, and quality time with family.

Weekend Getaway at North Lake Tahoe: Hyatt

Hyatt Lake Tahoe

Have you been to North Lake Tahoe? What’s your favorite way to experience Lake Tahoe? 

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Disclosure: I was a guest of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, but as always, all opinions are my own.


  • Christina says:

    This looks like a wonderful place to get away from big city life! I too, love kayaking and hiking! I haven’t been to Lake Tahoe in much too long, but your pics just makes me want to plan a trip right now! I wouldn’t mind going in winter to ski, either!

    We recently stayed at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco and they really took care of us and the room was lovely with fantastic views of the city.

    • Jenna says:

      Yes, this is the perfect getaway from the city life–you can completely relax and be in nature. Nice to know about the Hyatt in SF. I haven’t stayed there but will keep it in mind.

  • Andi says:

    I prefer Tahoe on the fall and winter, it’s so beautiful there. I have stayed at the Hyatt it is a fantastic property. I’ve never kayaked there, I think I am missing out!
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    • Jenna says:

      Yes! Next time take a kayak out on the lake (unless it’s in the dead of winter…too cold for me!).

  • Brianna says:

    I’ve long wanted to visit Lake Tahoe and the Hyatt Regency looks like the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

    • Jenna says:

      Yes! It would be a very nice place for a couple to stay. With your love of the outdoors, you’ll love Tahoe when you do get there.

  • Kelly says:

    You hit all of my favorite things to do in Lake Tahoe. I love hiking the Flume trail and kayaking is the best way to experience the lake. My dad has a place just down the street from the Hyatt so we go there often to rent jet skis or eat at their great restaurant.

    • Jenna says:

      That’s so nice that your dad has a place near the Hyatt. It is such a pretty area–very peaceful and woodsy.

  • Jessica says:

    Never been to Lake Tahoe, looks dreamy! I am a big fan of the Hyatt brand. They sure know how to spoil guests!

  • Kaitlyn says:

    What a great opportunity! I could definitely use more weekend getaways. These photos look so dreamy!

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