of new craft breweries.
Just as a mining boom brought people west, now Lake Tahoe is staying fresh
with a half-billion-dollar investment
boom in new properties, retail space,
restaurants, attractions, venues, expansions and refurbishments.
Among the properties in the refurbished category is Harrah’s Lake Tahoe,
which has completed a US$12 million
refreshment of all 512 rooms and 25,000
square feet of convention space. Across
the street, the 742-room Harveys Lake
Tahoe, which also has 25,000 square feet
of meeting space, is scheduled for refreshment in 2017-2018.
While the area is full of independent
and brand-name properties, Harrah’s
and Harveys remain Lake Tahoe’s biggest room block. According to Terry Azevedo (MPI Northern California Chapter),
director of sales, western region for Caesars Entertainment, groups can buy one,
both or combinations of each property
and have all charges placed on one master account.
To facilitate group movement, Aze-
vedo says, “There’s a tunnel under the
street so you can go to Harrah’s and Har-
veys in that tunnel and not have to go
outside. Awesome in winter.”
Among the resorts’ various meeting
amenities is their 700-seat showroom
available for group hire whether for an
evening’s entertainment, a corporate
presentation or a gala dinner for 300.
And given Harrah’s Las Vegas heritage,
they can provide showgirls to add glitz to
any program element. Harrah’s also has
an onsite DMC and offsite catering team.
Among their popular off-sites are lake-
side beach parties and clambakes. Other
F&B variations have included using food
trucks to turn a parking lot into a mobile
food court with a carnival theme com-
plete with midway-type games.
Since the resorts are at the base of the
mountain, groups can take the gondola
to the top and incorporate the views and
experience into their programming. And
like many ski resorts, there are mountaintop restaurants that can be hired for
“The mountain is very accessible for
winter and summer events,” Azevedo
says. “They have a terrain park so we
suggest that our clients incorporate a
free day skiing or, for those who don’t
ski, tubing or snowshoeing—that way
they can all be together. They don’t have
to break up and have guests go to different places; the mountain does it all here.
OF ALL THE THINGS said of Lake Tahoe,
the short description is “America’s Best.”
USA Today calls it America’s best lake.
TripAdvisor says it’s America’s No. 1
travel destination. Rand McNally and
Orbitz rate it America’s No. 1 ski destination. It’s also been described as “
America’s Most Beautiful Drive” and “America’s
Most Beautiful Bike Ride,” which is both
an observation and event.
In the 1800s, as people heeded the
gold-rush call “go west,” they discovered
Lake Tahoe. One of those early fans was a
reporter named Samuel Clemens, better
known as Mark Twain, who described it
as “... the beautiful relic of fairy-land for-
gotten and left asleep in the snowy Sier-
The pure waters of the 22-mile-long
crystal lake encircled by snow-capped
mountains that so inspired Twain is still
there. To entertain and inspire the mod-
ern adventurer, Lake Tahoe has added
18 ski runs and 50 championship golf
courses. Basically, if there’s a way to
play in and on water, mountain or forest,
it’s doable at Lake Tahoe. In addition to
the outdoor activities, the region offers
nonstop entertainment, nightlife, great
restaurant choices, gaming and retail
therapy washed down with an explosion
From myriad outdoor activities to modern event
spaces to culinary excellence, there’s something for
every group in Lake Tahoe.